The answer to this
question is much like the preceding one. There are, of course, no
"unnatural" powers, and it is obviously merely an appeal
to magic to make up a power that does not exist. It is equally obvious,
however, that each individual has many abilities of which he is
As his awareness
increases, he may well develop abilities that seem quite startling
Yet nothing he can
do can compare even in the slightest with the glorious surprise
of remembering who he is. Let all his learning and all his efforts
be directed toward this one great final surprise, and he will not
be content to be delayed by the little ones that may come to him
on the way.
Certainly there are
many "psychic" powers that are clearly in line with this
course. Communication is not limited to the small range of channels
the world recognizes. If it were, there would be little point in
trying to teach salvation. It would be impossible to do so.
The limits the world
places on communication are the chief barrier to direct experience
of the Holy Spirit, Whose Presence is always there and Whose Voice
is available but for the hearing. These limits are placed out of
fear, for without them the walls that surround all the separate
places of the world would fall at the holy sound of His Voice. Who
transcends these limits in any way is merely becoming more natural.
He is doing nothing special, and there is no magic in his accomplishments.
The seemingly new
abilities that may be gathered on the way can be very helpful. Given
to the Holy Spirit and used under His direction, they are valuable
teaching aids. To this the question of how they arise is irrelevant.
The only important consideration is how they are used. Taking them
as ends in themselves, no matter how this is done, will delay progress.
Nor does their value lie in proving anything—achievements
from the past, unusual attunement with the "unseen," or
special favors from God. God gives no special favors, and no one
has any powers that are not available to everyone. Only by tricks
of magic are special powers "demonstrated."
Nothing that is genuine
is used to deceive. The Holy Spirit is incapable of deception, and
He can use only genuine abilities. What is used for magic is useless
to Him, but what He uses cannot be used for magic. There is, however,
a particular appeal in unusual abilities which can be curiously
tempting. Here are strengths which the Holy Spirit wants and needs.
Yet the ego sees in these same strengths an opportunity to glorify
itself. Strengths turned to weakness are tragedy indeed. Yet what
is not given to the Holy Spirit must be given to weakness, for what
is withheld from love is given to fear and will be fearful in consequence.
Even those who
no longer value the material things of the world may still be
deceived by "psychic" powers.
As investment has
been withdrawn from the world's material gifts, the ego has been
seriously threatened. It may still be strong enough to rally under
this new temptation to win back strength by guile. Many have not
seen through the ego's defenses here, although they are not particularly
subtle. Yet, given a remaining wish to be deceived, deception is
made easy. Now the "power" is no longer a genuine ability
and cannot be used dependably. It is almost inevitable that, unless
the individual changes his mind about its purpose, he will bolster
its uncertainties with increasing deception.
Any ability that anyone
develops has the potentiality for good. To this there is no exception.
And the more unusual and unexpected the power, the greater its potential
usefulness. Salvation has need of all abilities, for what the world
would destroy, the Holy Spirit would restore. "Psychic"
abilities have been used to call upon the devil, which merely means
to strengthen the ego. Yet here is also a great channel of hope
and healing in the Holy Spirit's service.
Those who have developed
"psychic" powers have simply let some of the limitations
they laid upon their minds be lifted.
It can be but greater
limitations they lay upon themselves if they utilize their increased
freedom for greater imprisonment. The Holy Spirit needs these gifts,
and those who offer them to Him and Him alone go with Christ's gratitude
upon their hearts, and His holy sight not far behind.