In those moments when we forget ourselves, when we forget our egoic needs and drives and become divested of the trappings of mind and power games over others, we may wonder, “Who am I?”
This becomes a spiritual quest to find the ultimate truth of our being and it may be an intellectual pursuit, trying to make sense of life through thinking, or it may become an experiential one whereby you learn to turn inward and receive guidance.
Reasoning and philosophizing through contemplation have guided intellectuals and academics throughout the ages. This wisdom was confined to the parameters of the Christian theological system (I am writing here primarily about the Western Christian tradition). Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy was acceptable and Plato (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato) and Socrates (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socrates) are regarded as part of our spiritual heritage, the founders of Western philosophy. This has been a guiding light for many seekers of truth throughout the ages. There may have been numerous Christian mystics and philosophers who have have what Eastern mystics would term “enlightenment” but the fact that they heard voices or had visions does not signify enlightenment.
One of the most interesting mystics is Swedenborg who followed his inner guidance and had insights about the nature of our reality. He was a scientist who was intellectually gifted but was able to allow his inner wisdom to guide him along the path of mysticism. He was able to challenge many of the beliefs and especially the practices of the Church, following his own path. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Swedenborg)
According to Alice Bailey those who are born with psychic ability are souls who have brought those skills from the Lemurian era (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Bailey). She considers them to be less evolved for they are not growing spiritually. Psychism should not be the goal of spiritual growth, it is a by-product of the the opening of the third eye through meditation and other spiritual practices.
The Seven Steps to Awakening by Ramana Maharshi, Nisargadatta Maharaj, Vasistha is an invaluable guide for those seeking enlightenment. It is a process of unfolding and illumination that is achievable, through dedication and perseverance.
Do the work.
It’s worth the effort. It will change your life.
When you surrender intellect and suspend disbelief