Far too many people think that psychic abilities and spirituality are synonymous. Psychic abilities are our extrasensory perception and/or mind-over matter skills, where spirituality is our moral character.
While I have always wanted and needed a spiritual connection with the Divine, I have avoided stepping into the ‘spiritual teacher’ role for years because I was so disgusted with hypocrisy and self-deception in this field. And it doesn’t matter whether we are talking about traditional religionists or new agey/alternative types. Both are groups have their hypocrites and pretenders.
What is spirituality? While exploring this topic, I came across an interesting quote by the Dali Lama: “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” The Lama seems to be equating religion (which is a very bad word in modern America) with spirituality. I don’t see how kindness can be considered spiritual, much less a religion! I think in attempt to emphasize that our spirituality should be a part of our daily lives, the Lama has done what most others have done: watered down any attempt at spirituality and turned into to politeness.
I say that spirituality is more like a staircase, that requires effort to ascend, but will eventually lead to union with God. There is a common saying in the modern new age movement that “we are one,” implying that all people are somehow mystically connected. While this is nice idea, what about God? Shouldn’t our spirituality actually be an effort to have a better connection with the Divine?
To make it even more confusing, many people mistake psychic development with spirituality. I’ve often heard people say, “Well, God wouldn’t allow someone to develop such extraordinary powers if they weren’t good and moral, right?” Nothing could be further from the truth. If someone are a good driver, does that make them spiritual? If someone is a good writer, does that make them spiritual? If someone is a good accountant, does that make them spiritual? The answer is obviously no.
Spirituality has nothing to do with driving, writing or accounting. Someone could be morally bankrupt and still perform those tasks well. The same is true with psychic perception. We must stop thinking of psychic perception as anything other than a skill.
Let’s continue with analogy of the staircase: a staircase requires effort to ascend, regular steps, is not done all at once and we can slip if we are not careful. Spirituality is the same way.
So what is the key to true spiritual development? What is the key that unlocks the door to the staircase? Regular meditation. The thing that surprises me most in my field of public psychic is how few self-proclaimed psychics regularly mediate! This is an absolute basic! How can a psychic possibly be free of mental distractions and noise without regular meditation?
When I have asked psychics how they meditate, I usually get an answer like “well, I just close my eyes and relax.” And that sounds good if they are attempting to nap. But the purpose of meditation is to reach higher stages of consciousness! Relaxing just won’t do.
Meditation, in today’s hectic world, is the lost key. And like ascending the staircase, forging the key requires effort. Learning proper meditation can be challenging, but it is well worth the effort.
Meditation can help us overcome the trauma of childhood, improve our health, clear out old, worn out belief systems, and spontaneously remember past lives. Solutions to one’s daily problems often present themselves in mediation. This skill, this key, is something the spiritual aspirant simply cannot neglect.
But be forewarned, however. You will eventually be forced to face your own demons and shortcomings. All the times you behaved less then admirably will come before your minds eye and you will be forced to admit your mistakes and correct your behavior. Meditation, and therefore spirituality, are not for the faint of heart.