Love & The Pursuit of Spiritual Powers

aya2One of the most rewarding aspects of spirituality is being able to see and commune with the angels, ancestors, spirit guides as well as heal, transform and even raise the dead! Having psychic and/or supernatural powers plays a major role in this, however, it should not take precedence over love. Love is the greatest power in the universe. If you don’t have love, you have nothing. In fact, in the Bible, Paul the apostle says it best in 1st Corinthians chapt. 13:

If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes,what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

So what is love? Webster’s online dictionary describes love as a:  strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. Obviously love means different things to different people. For some love is purely emotional. For others, it is a combination of emotion and will. The mystic understands love on a deeper level for to the mystic, love is the underlying force that permeates all creation. In other words, love is God. When we love truly, we connect with our higher selves and our creator. We connect to the essence of life and creation. Love when experienced in a mystical state, goes beyond emotion and “feelings.” Emotions are fleeting. Love never dies. It just is. This is what makes love the most powerful force … the fact that love is the building block of everything. When we are connected to the essence, we are connected to all power, all wisdom, all knowledge, in fact, we are connected to all there is, including the spiritual gifts we often crave! In the Bible Jesus says, seek ye first God’s kingdom and everything shall be added onto you. To read this literally might confuse some. How can I access everything by aiming for something I am yet to reach as the quote implies? Personally, I have made a habit of saying to myself, Be or dwell in God’s kingdom within you and all is yours.

I bring this issue up because I have met many people who tell me they wish they had this gift or that gift. I know people who have spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars in pursuit of so called spiritual powers. Now there is nothing inherently wrong in wishing to develop spiritual gifts, it all depends on the intention. If the intention is to show off, compete or imitate someone else, then it is purely ego based and therefore not aligned with love. You may succeed on many levels as evidence shows there are many people with supernatural powers who are not exactly loving and compassionate. The difference between those people and those who practice love as their primary motive for spiritual growth is personal freedom. Any supernatural act done in the absence of love exposes one to lower forces and karmic consequences. In the end, it is not worth it. Also as they say, with power comes great responsibility. Be careful what you seek for what you seek may be too heavy for you. What you seek may require you to sacrifice everything. Wish for only that which was destined by the spirit of love to be yours and you shall have true power and the freedom that comes with it.