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Capture the Fort — Why to Choose Spiritual Development First If You Seek Enlightenment


Capture the fort, a strategy for pursuing Enlightenment

Capture the fort, a strategy for pursuing Enlightenment

Eileen Caddy, founder of the world-famous Findhorn Community, was added to my Enlightenment Life List today.

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.

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  1. 1
    Linda Stone says:


    I especially appreciate your explanation of the work and Enlightenment of Judy Lavine. When I was studying acupuncture in Santa Fe, in the early eighties, a woman by the name of Chris Grissom was doing an ancient acupuncture, a spiritual technique.

    She charged big money, mostly to celebrity types such as Shirley MacLaine. Shirley wrote a book about the technique and it became a very popular destination for achieving Enlightenment with a few acupuncture needles. (Supposedly.)

    My teacher from China said the technique should be employed only by a master acupuncturist who could determine if the student was ready for such a psychic opening. He said it was dangerous, and that if employed to the wrong person it could cause insanity.

    Eventually there were several such psychotic breaks and the “Master Griscom” whom had no training in acupuncture, only the one technique, went the way of the dodo bird. I don’t know what happened to her followers.

    My teacher explained, “If you open upper windows of the psyche while the windows below are like a cesspool…. You will only have shit come into the windows. When the student is ready, the upper windows are closer to heaven, and what comes into the opened windows, is God.”

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    Bridget says:

    Hi Rose, thank you for the educational post. I have noticed most enlightened people didn’t seem to have young children when they became enlightened. As a mother of a toddler, I have been working on myself when I have the time and the money. From your knowledge and experience is it possible to become enlightened as an active mother to one or more children under the age of 16?

  3. 3

    You’re welcome, BRIDGET. Anything is possible.

  4. 4

    Well, wow yet again, LINDA STONE.

    Doesn’t this story make all of us good for not being movie stars able to spend top dollar on the latest thing. 😉

    You know, one of you Blog-Buddies might wish to propose Shirley MacLaine as a candidate for the Enlightenment Life List.

    Someone new was added there today, BTW.

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    David.. says:

    Linda – excellent observations. I sometimes see people playing with the Yoga Sutras or kundalini techniques. It’s not uncommon for such people to have a rough process as a result.

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    David.. says:

    Hi Rose
    I know a few psychics and to me, if the abilities show up, it’s good to develop them as skills, similar to why we might want to gain empathic skills. Who wants to spend their life being haunted, etc.?

    But I fully agree with Capture the Fort. I’ve been to a couple of Spiritualist churches. They do mediumship and energy healing as part of the service. But “spirit” for them often means the dead, not the divine. And energetic literacy was mostly about stage 1.

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    David.. says:

    I can see some value in using abilities to support others. But that should not be confused with spiritual healing or spiritual development.

    So often in the marketplace, anything non-physical is called “spiritual” even when it’s not. Even when it’s anything but. There’s a big difference between developing skills and spiritual development. If people don’t recognize the difference, they won’t be looking for better. And even if they are, with all the “noise” and misinformation out there, how do they discriminate? It took me years before i found this site.

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    David.. says:

    And even some who have found a spiritual practice end up picking a renunciate technique.

    Recently found out a friend of mine had been using a renunciate mantra for 10 years and was wondering why her career and relationship were flat. The blessing – she was using a guided meditation so it wasn’t very effective.

    Often, they’ve picked this up from a trusted friend or teacher so it’s hard to steer them otherwise. Or it’s spirituality by fad. Lots of education required.

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    Adam McIntosh says:

    Ermagerd YAY AMY!

  10. 10

    DAVID, thank you for all today’s comments (so far).

    Spirituality by fad” — what a useful term for explaining a lot we witness today in pop culture.

  11. 11
    Amy says:

    Thanks Adam. Your comment made me laugh out loud at work. LOL 🙂

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    Isabella says:

    I think there’s a comment missing in this thread… something very special about Amy, perhaps??? 😉

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