How do I find my psychic or spiritual Gift?

This refrain,  from fledgling witches, pagans, sensitives and empaths, “How do I find my psychic or spiritual Gift”,  or “I’m doing this ritual or this thing and haven’t received any spiritual or psychic gifts or powers” irritates me to no end.

Isn’t  Magic supposed to be, well, Magic?    In a word no.

“Why can’t I have any gifts?”   You aren’t entitled to them.

Well what do I have to say, what are you saying?

The only gift you have is Life.

Let that sink in.


Life, don’t take it for granted.   Every blessing we have,  or have had, we need to be thankful for.  We need to be aware of each moment of our life that got us here this far and be thankful for.   There is not one thing in your life are you allowed to be ungrateful for.      This includes the bad things in our lives.   Our lives are tested.    We are given good instructions.    We are given many bad things to learn from, to avoid, to see the negative impact they have, how to become vigilant, caring, and desirous of what is good and right.

Thankfulness and Gratitude,  without them, you are not likely to have respect, integrity, the temperament to work through to receive good things with delayed gratification,  the character and resolve to keep at doing what is right and correct, to be creative, resourceful to find a path, the means and the way to make life possible, better, not only for yourself but others.    We are social beings, and we can’t do this by ourselves.

Magic works only if you have had an honest relationship with yourself, your community and the world around you.    This is fundamental.    True there are types of formulary magic and spell work, to help you make gains here and there.    This isn’t real abilities or powers, it is the sheer manipulation of tools and symbols to extract something for yourself.    This is why the term “witch”  has negative connotations, besides millennia or so of bad propaganda and polemics.  The wise women, the expellers, the cunning men, were all known to help others.   And the selfish parasites that want more and manipulate and cheat magic only to destroy those who do help.    The good caring people, who produce end up being a target for the parasites of our society.  And when they can’t get what they want now, they make other people’s lives miserable.     They have taken for granted the resources and the people in their communities for all what could be given to them.  Instead of not getting what they wanted, they made it more difficult for all those others who needed those resources.

Psychic Gifts or spiritual ones, come with a price, which requires either work or conformity.    Let us take the spiritual gift of Salvation or Grace.    (Rarely do I see this actually work.)   One must be willing to change, to accept a spiritual force to change who and what you are.  You have to be willing to make the changes yourself and battle all those bad habits and everything else to align yourself to this gift made by a God.     A spiritual gift, grace or (called by the Hindus)  a shaktipat, is a gift of love and it has to be received with love, respect, a sense of personal  honor and integrity to take care of that gift.  Those who think that Grace is an eternal blank check should read Matthew 12:32 to know otherwise.   One must have the ability to take care of that gift.

Most spiritual or psychic gifts, are en-trained by initiation, into levels of work or grades in magical covens, lodge, groups or practices.  And you must do preparatory work to get there.  And those who work that magic to expose and imprint these skills into you don’t want to waste time and their personal energy if you are not ready.           In so doing, if there is a magical or spiritual egregore or built up spiritual domain, presence, heaven or common spiritual mind, temple or what have you, any parasitical behavior or poor behavior or lack of effort will diminish this sacred practice or venue.       This is the very thing that Native Americans get upset with when their traditions are miss used.   It diminishes them.     Their very last thing they have is being destroyed by selfish people taking for granted these responsibilities.  They are not gifts. They are responsibilities.

If you don’t have access to these  great traditions, resources, people or gifts of God, or the responsibilities that are asked of you are too onerous or you are not going to keep up with, in thought, word and deed, you have to do this on your own.

Some people think their family may have had special talents.  They are not gifts.  They may be inborn talents, temperaments, or may be indeed spiritual gifts  passed on to them. Again it depends on the receptacle, the sacred space in you  whether or not such a gift will flourish.       The culture, the folkways, the respect of the elders and a relationship with them are required for them to flourish.      Try to plant a cactus in the arctic or  an aspen on the equator.  It won’t thrive.       Many of these traditional gifts of spirit are not finding fertile ground.  We have all changed, our society has changed us, and many are not respectful of their traditions, their elders, the old ways,  and have taken them for granted.

So  if you don’t have that,  you have to work for them.    The Indian culture and all the Yogas  are about work.  Yoga means work.  Chi Gong, is about working with energy.   Practice, practice and more practice, and cultivate the right attitude, the respect, the understanding, the feeling, the thinking, the behavior  to develop the insight to perfect the practice more and more.   These abilities are called Siddhis in India.     The basics of meditations,  energy awareness and cultivation and having an honest relationship with yourself, the world around you and everyone and everything in it, is absolutely necessary to begin to understand the extremely hard work, dedication, discipline to achieve these abilities.   And at each step, taking nothing for granted, not one piece of information, feeling, understanding.    Respect it and ruminate on it,  refine it, compare all the anomalies, all the changes, the differences, building up a complex repertoire of experiences and methodologies of bringing them each to life.   And remodeling all the experiences in new creative and evocative ways, to step  through and practice the work with each and everything in the  world.    Feedback, honestly received to develop an ever better understanding to get there.        And Teachers for all of this,  looks to see if you have the temperament, the talent, the desire, the will, personal honor, integrity and the respect, along with a thankfulness to not take anything for granted, before they even are willing to teach you.    This last bit, if one were to create an energetic spiritual form and blessing to help you along the way, you had best be able to  be able to receive it and make honest use of this incredibly expensive, time consuming, crafted  by decades, centuries or millenias  gift.

Along with a gift there is usually a community, a guru, a master, a teacher, who have learned what it takes to receive, cherish and cultivate the gift, and how to pass it along.  The “Gift”, energy, grace, shaktipat  causes changes in people and those that share these gifts help people negotiate and manage these changes in the culture, help people to understand what they are experiencing and how.     And in time, how to create such a thing is lost, especially if any part of it is taken for granted over any period of time.


The Elders of PEC have learned it and earned it the hard way.  Their teachers made their students learn it the hard way or they have learned it on their own.   And our tribe requires each one to love one another honestly, become their own authentic person, to have integrity and to honor who they are, and respect those who deserve it.   The Tribe is family, a community, and a culture that encourages each other to thrive at all levels.    Most importantly, we try to not take each other for granted.    They are, along with my life, my children, my tribe is something I cherish.


If you learn and cultivate your spirituality from the basics on, you will have inborn temperament from your spirit vehicle, a cultivated gift passed from you to you, from life time to life time.     That  is worth working on.   What do you think?









What is my Faith I have been asked.     I honestly answered that it was none for a while.  I was then asked what my religion was, and I honestly answered I had none.       Then it went to what do you believe?

I believe in two things only, and work towards faith in another which is a result of the first two. I have belief in Life and Love. When there is no life there isn’t anything, and with no Love why bother.

My principles for living and immortality are wrapped up in the following sayings.      Mind, Body and Emotion, in balance creates Spirit.  Life, Love and Truth, in harmony creates Integrity.    If these are healthy, and superimposed on each other,  Integrity and Spirit creates soul.    Life, Love and Truth in Harmony, put simply, is to live absolutely honestly, with absolutely everything, including yourself, your world and if not the universe.  If you have an honest relationship with the universe it will have an honest relationship with you.

Faith on the other hand, I work to have faith in people to be positive, evolving, intelligent and sometimes to do the right thing, as a whole. Some years I have my doubts.

Fear versus Faith. While most people’s faith is in a thing or dogma, it is my personal assurance of a life long practice. Life, Love and Truth in Harmony, with mind, body and emotion in balance, generating integrity and spirit respectively. Together this cultivates soul. Love, that principle tying it all together. Love as in an honest relationship with everything. Fear, moroseness, worry, hate/madness, and giddiness to me are all negative emotions, that erode energy from people. Respect, sadness, pensiveness, anger, and joy, give energy purpose, reflection, taking stock of what is, movement and focus. This innervates the mind and the body, and cultivates coherent spirit. What matters is if it is in balance with the mind and the body.   And if there is a lot of chaos, at least be in a dynamic equilibrium.

I normally don’t say I believe or have faith in anything, I either know or am working to know. My distinction is that faith is not something to have, but is a practice. The world and even its circumstances may go away. The art of being and being in a relationship with the universe, is not something to take for granted and to act like it is just is. It is like any relationship it has to be worked, and in the practice the proof is in the interaction and its mutual development. It isn’t the seed or the flower, it is the act of planting the seed perpetually. And for that it is about living fully, and fully engaged.

There are other metaphors that are equally apt.   It isn’t the destination it is the journey.    I say things like   it is not the artifact of things in a time or a place.  It is the process of being that is more important.   Take a chair, or any chair or thousands of them.  In time, they decay, break and fail to be chairs and cease to exist as a chair.  The art of making a chair, the building of a chair, the teaching of the building of the chair, perpetuates what the essence of what a chair is, for eternity.  So that in its fullness, a chair is.

Balance and Harmony,  spirit and integrity, is a discipline and a practice, that survives and contributes to a soul to build a vehicle for eternity.       This isn’t a faith, nor a belief, it is about being and not being an artifact.

If what people can understand is just this, the rest would be easy.     Getting you there and having a faith that people want to be immortal, evolve and be more than what they did yesterday,  bought today, or plan to control tomorrow, is a faith.     This is backed up and held sacred each time a person helps someone, becomes a better person, loves people,  places, the essence of things honestly, and does the right thing no matter what evil, chaos and destruction surrounds them. I will celebrate and hold sacred each of these things.  This confirms my faith in people and this planet.   This explains why I teach.  This explains why I am working on building a model community.   This helps me to Love.  This will help me believe in you.  This is how I want the Universe to remember and hold sacred in me.