Posted in Questions Sent In By Readers on 09. Apr, 2012
Recently someone wrote to me asking if it’s true that psychic development can hinder your spiritual path. This reader had read on the internet that psychic development can hinder a path of ‘enlightenment’.
Here’s my answer:
Psychic development, done sensibly, can help a person hugely on their spiritual path, which is why it is puzzling to me when I occasionally hear that it isn’t helpful for those on a spiritual path. This is the whole reason why I teach psychic development – because it helps people to grow spiritually and it’s helped me in my life. I don’t teach anything I don’t personally find helpful.
Here are the specific reasons why psychic development can help us to grow:
Psychic development can help you to know what your gifts are, and what other peoples’ gifts are
One of the skills I teach through psychic development is reading the Akashic records through my Professional Intuitive Training Program. I have given Akashic record readings for about 4 years now and it’s a very satisfying service to offer because it is incredibly helpful and affirming for people to hear what is good about them, and who they are as a soul. By reading the akashic records you can also know what a person is learning in this lifetime, and have plenty of other interesting information besides. So that’s the first reason why I love psychic development. Onto the second reason…
Psychic development is a requirement for most practitioners of spiritual healing
All the techniques I use for healing (such as cord-cutting) require that the practitioner uses their intuition as part of the process. Without these intuitive techniques (some of which are incredibly simple and easy to learn), a person would not be able to facilitate healing in this way. In the second level of my professional intuitive training program, I will be teaching students how to read the energy body (amongst other things). In the third level, I’ll be teaching healing. But there is a reason why it’s taught in that order. Intuitive development comes first.
Psychic development helps you to make good decisions
You have a lifelong connection to spirit, to your higher self and to your spirit guides. These are the beings that you learn to connect with more consciously through psychic development. Your spirit guides will always be on the same page as your higher self or soul. They will never lead you away from the path that your soul wants. As such, they can help you to choose the paths that will bring you growth and excite your soul. Using psychic development in this way can also save you time and money, and energy. I use my intuition all the time to help me make good decisions in my work and finances. Not to mention relationship decisions. By honing your intuition, you can more easily and quickly suss a person out.
Common Pitfalls on the path of psychic development
I use the word ‘pitfall’, however, be aware that any path can be abused, including psychic development. I have been exploring psychic development for about ten years now so I’ve fell down both of these potholes, which means that I know how to avoid them:
1. Communicating with random spirits who have no guidance to offer
In my Psychic Awakening course, we learn how to connect with spirit guides and the higher self, and use spiritual protection techniques to avoid those random spirits who should not be offering us guidance.
If you want to know more about these lost spirits, read this article:
The next pitfall applies to pretty much any path you will ever take:
2. Over-doing psychic development
I think that the adage ‘everything in moderation’ is relevant. Don’t do psychic development for hours daily. There is a reason why I offer a 13 week course. Doing a little/some each week is preferable to jumping in at the deep end and getting it all done in two weeks. Doing the latter can leave you ungrounded. Remember not to neglect your life while you undertake any new path of learning. If your finances are in a mess, your house needs cleaning, and you need to do the grocery shopping, then go and attend to those more pressing matters before you do your psychic development. Yet surely this applies to everything. Use your common sense. You do not want to use psychic development as an escape from your life. People do. I have. And like using anything as an escape, it’s a dead end road. But that does not mean that the whole path is rotten – on the contrary.
What about Psychic Development as a path to enlightenment?
The person who wrote to me worried about psychic development hindering their spiritual evolution used the word ‘enlightenment’ in their question. Enlightenment is a word I rarely use and below I explain why.
What is enlightenment?
To my understanding, enlightenment is that state where you no longer need to incarnate any further. You have reached the end of the line as far as earthly incarnations go. You will have exhausted the life lessons that humans can learn here on earth.
You’ll know when you get there, but it’s unlikely you will any time soon. Otherwise you wouldn’t be incarnating here, unless you’re here in the knowledge that it is not for your own growth. Souls don’t incarnate here for the fun of it – they come here for the growth.
I believe that enlightenment is an unhelpful goal for human beings to consciously hold. This is because you are already growing anyway. Perhaps you are on a path of healing too (which is very helpful for speeding up enlightenment). Yet there is not much you can do, besides healing, which can lead you to enlightenment. You’ll get there in your own time. And even all the healing in the world will sometimes not lead you there.
Plus there is the issue of comparison. Saying ‘he is enlightened but she is not’ is not meaningful to my mind. By saying this, we imply that there is one linear-like line of progression that our souls follow. Not every soul has the same path. Some paths take longer than others. All souls have specialties. Some soul groups like to incarnate on planet earth more than others for different purposes. Some are very invested in this place as a place of evolution. Others are not. So to measure their evolution by the same yardstick of enlightenment is misguided, and anyone who has knowledge of the soul groups will not apply this same measurement to all souls. Each soul is unique and every path has twists and turns.
I also believe that pursuing enlightenment takes us out of the present moment and into the realm of the future. This shifts you subtly out of a state of being enough, and into a state of lacking, simply because you are not in the future. Remember to enjoy the journey, and don’t enshrine the destination (one that the soul is not as attached to nearly as much as the ego is).
Aiming for growth is enough. And even if you don’t aim for growth, you’ll still be growing anyway.
What are your thoughts and experiences with this?
- Learn to communicate with your spirit guides
- Know your life purpose & soul gifts
- Learn to read auras & know who other people really are