I met Caddy around 1986, while she gave a talk about her community. By the time of Eileen Caddy’s transition, January 1, 2007, she had evidently reached Enlightenment.
Today I came across a website commemorating Eileen Caddy’s work with the Findhorn Foundation.
It was a treat to research her and be able to list her as a member of my personal Enlightenment Life List.
Was Eileen Caddy a Psychic or a Spiritual Teacher?
The order matters, at least if you aim to progress on a path to Enlightenment.
Psychic development is about astral frequencies. Often it is said to be equivalent to spiritual development.
Personally, I do not find this to be borne out by my aura reading research. Instead, there are psychic frequencies and there are is also a spiritual frequency.
Chakra databanks, for instance, contain both a gift of your soul (Divine frequency, and permanent) and a changeable size and quality (astral frequency, and healable).
The Findhorn Foundation does attract many people interested in psychic development, no question. However, here is a tipoff about where Eileen Caddy was coming from in her wonderful work. As noted at her website:
“Eileen Caddy first received personal guidance from a still, small voice inside herself, a source she called the God Within. From that day on she lived her life by that inner guidance, which led to the creation of the international spiritual community that is the Findhorn Foundation.”
Her work flowed from that.
Capture the Fort — Advice Worth Considering
My former guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (founder of the Transcendental Meditation Program(TM)) often advised his followers to “Capture the Fort.” To give you the gist, Blog-Buddies.
Imagine a big fort, with a load of living space, a glorious building (in this analogy, equated to God’s house).
A large territory is included along with the fort itself. There are gold mines, silver mines, diamond mines, all sorts of interesting and valuable things.
All those interesting things correspond to specialties of psychic development. (And it’s a pretty great analogy considering that, in general, astral flash is where most of the money is in personal development that neither emphasizes human achievement or belonging to an organized religion). Medical intuitives, mediums and channellers, psychics who do angel readings — now those are the lucrative specialties in New Age.)
You can spend your whole life playing among the various treasures of that territory. However, a wise person will “Capture the Fort” and become Enlightened. Then you own all the goodies along with God. You can explore them as you wish.
For a detailed discussion of “Capture the Fort,” you might enjoy listening to my interview with Rick Archer about Enlightenment over at Buddha at the Gas Pump. Because of our mutual background in TM, Rick asked some very sharp, detailed questions about “Capture the Fort.”
He wondered because he knew of my work with aura reading. He assumed this meant psychic development. I had to explain that I teach energetic literacy skills, not psychic development. As I recall, I went into a bit of detail about both Aura Reading Through All Your Senses® and Empath Empowerment® in order to explain how each of these is different from psychic work.
Why Put the Cart Before the Horse?
No contest, the astral work can be flashier. Maybe you have read about The Romance of the Astral in my how-to book about spiritual cleansing and protection. Maybe you have done more than read about The Romance of the Astral!
Long story short, it is wise to begin with spiritual development and pursue psychic development later, if at all.
A small technical point about the difference between spiritual development in contrast to psychic development:
Often people assume that a person will progress from psychic work to Enlightenment. Highly unlikely. To my knowledge, there isn’t a single person on my Enlightenment Life List who is a practicing psychic, although many have been nominated. And you are free, Blog-Buddies, to nominate more.
In Enlightenment a person may have no desire whatsoever to pursue mining that astral silver or gold. For instance, my esteemed buddy Jeffrey Chappell doesn’t go there. He seems to be doing just fine!