As we develop our psychic side, we must have the background and resolve to use our abilities only for purposes that are good and helpful, and never to use them for harmful means or ends. We also commit to continually refining our character as we progress, for without virtuous character, knowledge cannot be put to the right use, and out of ignorance or intention, can end up causing harm rather than benefit—whether to oneself or others. Spiritual development and character development are the same thing for all practical purposes.

The mystics of all the great spiritual traditions emphasize prayer and meditation as a means of communion with the Divine and as the way to reach higher states of consciousness. These are the tried and true methods of helping ourselves to develop spiritually. We are told to listen for the still, small voice, and that the Holy Spirit will guide us. Developing the ability to hear that still small voice reciprocates with the development of our psychic awareness, as we learn to understand the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Spiritual practices develop the same skills and subtle senses that people think of as “psychic.”

We can become aware of much more than this third-dimensional, physically-visible world, if we but apply ourselves to uncover awareness of our subtle senses. We say uncover, because we believe that psychic abilities are natural and latent in us all, and that development work helps to bring these natural abilities forward. Over time, it is possible even for those who feel they have no experience, or very little talent or knowledge in these matters, to develop their intuitive sides.

You House the Spark of Divinity

People sometimes do not realize their close association with God in reality. In essence, we are spirit—a spark of God—housed in several vibratory layers that are increasingly dense, eventually outpicturing as a physical, seemingly solid form. The densest husk is our physical body, made up of the elements in food that we eat and the air that we breathe. The next layer is the life force, the thing that makes the physical elements alive; the life force is also known as prana or chi and is closely associated with the breath.

The next more subtle housing of the soul is the lower mind, which is unruly, changeable, and habitually runs along many diverse unsteady paths, such as dreams, ideas, and beliefs. This level of mind is subject to being led outward through the influence of the senses. Ordinary levels of consciousness involve the lower mind, such as sensing with the five senses, and processing information. Book-learning or academic studies take place in the lower mind, and mind-content is influenced heavily by habits and tendencies, whether for good or for ill.