When I first became interested in metaphysics, it was very discouraging to pick up book after book and read about all the psychics who appeared to have cornered the market on spirituality. They wrote prolifically about meditation, yoga, and God, although not necessarily in that order.
There were numerous “how-to” books on the subject of self-actualization and the discipline required to attain that exalted state. It seemed as if, like Athena, springing full-grown from the head of Zeus, all these psychics were born in a state of grace, fully perfected, with none of the flaws that the rest of us mere mortals possessed. They seemed to have never had an unspiritual thought, word, or deed, or experienced mundane problems like the rest of us.
Eventually, I realized that psychic does not equate with spiritual and that there are a lot of “phony holies” out there writing and teaching about the road to God-consciousness.
These “phony holies” were in competition with each other trying to be perceived as the most godlike. It was almost as if everyone was gazing into the magic mirror and asking, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most spiritual one of all?”
It was a wonderful learning experience. It taught me that a person can be very psychic without being the least bit spiritual and that a spiritual person, though usually very psychic, may not even be aware of it.
People are often more enchanted with psychic gifts than attaining God-consciousness. And in a way I can’t blame them. Psychic ability can be trained and within a relatively short period of time they can see proof of this phenomenom.
They can practice sending and receiving messages through the ethers just by thinking and visualizing. They can send healing to people and plants and see quick results. They can see auras and hear voices. They can perform all their parlor tricks and look mighty impressive.
On the other hand, no one can actually see God-consciousness. I’m not even sure they can feel it when they are in the presence of someone who has reached that level.
So, why would the masses prefer to go through the long, arduous journey of self-realization when they can slide through life just using God’s gifts?
If they were more concerned about their spiritual selves everyone would be acting more humanely to each other. Violence wouldn’t keep exacerbating in every corner of the world.
There wouldn’t be a culture of people who have entitlement issues. We wouldn’t be surrounded by greed, hatred, and bigotry. We would be searching for the God within and sending God’s love and light to everyone in the universe.
But that isn’t happening. We complicate our search for God-consciousness by focusing on the psychic potential, which is the by-product of spirituality, instead of on God which is its essence.
It brings to mind the story of the man who is reunited with his guru after many years. The guru asks, “How have you spent these last twenty years, my son?” and his disciple says, “I have been learning how to walk on water.” The guru shakes his head sadly and says, “What a waste of time and spiritual energy. Why didn’t you just take a boat?”
Between now and the end of our life we need to ask ourselves if we have wasted our spiritual energy by settling for the illusion of spirituality by walking on water instead of taking a boat and striving to become one with God.