I have heard that meditation can allow you to access psychic powers? Is that true? How is it done? –AD
Ah, psychic powers. Reading thoughts. Knowing things before they happen. Moving things with your mind. Touching fire without harm. Bending metal bars without effort.
All of this and much more is possible through meditation. Those skilled in meditation have walked on water, flown through the air, ran through the flames, and shone with blinding light. And then there is a greater power still, one that is foundational to all of these…
The power that is latent within you can scarcely be imagined. If only you truly knew what you were capable of — there are truly no limits to what you can become.
All things have their price, though.
To develop any faculty takes time and effort, often coupled with the skillful guidance of one who has attained that skill. So while it may seem like a most interesting pursuit to develop psychic powers, first ask yourself: to what end? What is it you seek by it? And is that psychic power necessary? Is it the most efficient way of getting what you seek?
For example, say you wish to develop telepathy, the ability to hear the thoughts of others. I would ask, what do you need that power for? If you want to know what others are thinking, it is quite often most efficient to simply ask them. Look at their body language. Notice how you feel when you are around them. If you master these skills, you will probably find you don’t need clairvoyance, for people are actually dying to tell you their thoughts. The problem is that most people never really listen. If you can listen to others, you will find many who are eager to speak to you.
Do you wish to be able to see objects and people at a distance, through clairvoyance? Again, I wonder if you really need it. Can you use Google Street View instead? Perhaps you should actually visit.
When I say that all things have their price, it means that first, there is the price of the time and energy it takes to develop that skill.
Once you’ve invested the time, then there is the holding of that power. Holding power is holding responsibility. When you have a power, you are bound to use it, and then you must consider whether you are using it wisely and well.
For example, over time I developed an ability to work with spirits, particularly those that are lost and confused, even those that have become deeply misguided. I found that these spirits are often attracted to me, often in places that are imbued with sacredness (as well as in places where the energy has lost its natural order and become more chaotic).
I don’t view this skill as a great gift; I view it as a responsibility. And many times it is beyond my ability, so I call upon an energy that is much greater than my own personal energy, that light and inspiration that flows through my teachers, John Happel (my mentor), and Puran and Susanna Bair, the leaders of the spiritual school that is IAM Heart.
Alright, so you’ve read all this, and now, you’d like to know:
What is the greatest psychic power?
Here it is: to know what is inside you and what is outside you.
You might be thinking, ‘How about being able to shoot lasers from your eyes — that seems a lot cooler.’
Here’s why it’s so important to differentiate between inside and outside you.
Psychic powers all involve skills in faculties that are normally undeveloped in people, particularly in these three aspects:
- perception of subtle energy, meaning the ability to observe the way that energy is flowing;
- movement of that subtle energy into a different flow; and
- transformation of subtle energy into a different form.
If you want to feel what another is thinking or feeling, you must first become aware of the texture of your own thoughts. Otherwise, how will you know if your thoughts are your own or those of another?
Knowing what is inside of you and what is outside is the foundation of the first step, perceiving energy. And the fact is that most of us are pretty bad at it. We think all sorts of things that are outside are inside. For example, we are affected by the thoughts and energies of others. But most of the time we fail to see that, thinking each thought that arises in our minds is ours alone. This is not the case at all. Many of them come from some outside influence beneath our awareness.
And we often think inside is outside. Most of what we think we know about others is simply our own doubts, fears, and hopes — in short, we project onto others our ideas and preconceived notions. Only very rarely do we see what is — and what is becoming — clearly.
If you want to commune with spirits, or receive intuition about the future, or even shoot lasers from your eyes, you must begin in exactly the same place: what is the energy within my body, mind, heart, and soul? What is the energy that I think of as outside myself? As you come to know yourself, you learn the perception of energy. Your task is then to move that energy. Then there are times when energetic work best occurs through the transformation of one kind of energy into another.
Your heart is the master transformer and controller of energy, as your heart is the keystone that lies at the core of your being, uniting body, mind, soul, and spirit.
In our school, we teach the basic methods which help you perceive energy in course 101, then continue with methods to move and transform energy in course 102. What happens to you as you work with energy is the topic of course 103, and course 104 teaches you how to heal yourself from the heart wounds that have held you back in the past.
As you develop, your notion of what is within you and what is outside you begins to shift. You realize that all things are within you, as your own heart opens to become the Heart of All. This realization unleashes far greater abilities.
How to do all this is a study of a lifetime.
But the goal of it is not so limited as to develop a certain power, it is to understand who you really are, and to use your time here on earth in a fruitful way, one that fulfills the purpose of your life. All beings have a purpose.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share a comment below.
Yours in the One Heart,