Calvin Coolidge (1872–1933), President of the United States said, “We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.” Being good, just, and holy are unseen. Some are able to tell if we’re gifted in this way by our actions. But we don’t easily see these qualities. Coolidge may well be alluding to some longed-for goals also like peace, justice, and equality.
Working for the common good, calls for foresight, honesty, and trust. These gifts are by nature spiritual. Billy Graham (b. 1918), an evangelical Christian evangelist and Southern Baptist Minister wrote, “The greatest question of our time is, ‘Will we be motivated by materialistic philosophy or by spiritual power?’” Often Americans receive in our homes a preponderance of TV ads to buy more goods with promises that they will be happier. They are never satisfied although it seems there’s an overabundance of goods available. This may well be the sort of materialistic philosophy Graham was talking about.
Touching Eternal Goodness
Some believers have gained insights in what it means to touch the eternal goodness of things by persevering in goodness. M. Scott Peck (1936–2005), a psychiatrist and best-selling author said, “Great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. The experience of spiritual power is basically a joyful one.” Having the gift of knowledge and dedication is hard work. Year after year, some scholars persevere in studying and doing painstaking research to be of service to mankind. These endeavors have to coincide with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to obtain the best results. Many of these explorations are ongoing, never end, and will last from generation to generation.
Jane Goodall (b. 1934), a British ethologist, and anthropologist wrote, “I absolutely believe in a greater spiritual power, far greater than I am, from which I have derived strength in moments of sadness or fear. That’s what I believe, and it was very, very strong in the forest.” Goodall discovered this force in the forest where she worked with animals. Believers may be able to find it in sanctuaries at their churches, while others may touch this power in their homes, or work places.
Two Known Powers
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), a Baptist Minister and leader of the African American Civil Rights Movement said, “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” King, Jr. was commenting critically of the affairs in scientific America. Let’s hope that he was wrong on that score, for much of spiritual power is unseen, still many people believe it’s superior to science. For, it’s an amazing and indescribable gift.
Amit Ray (b. 1960), an Indian spiritual master and author did a great job in summing up spiritual power at work in the world. Ray wrote, “There are two types of seeds in the mind: those that create anger, fear, frustration, jealousy, hatred, and those that create love, compassion, equanimity and joy. Spirituality is germination and sprouting of the second group and transforming the first group.” So it’s with these spiritual gifts in our world. Some situations may look grim and hopeless, but spiritual power is able to transform these bad, and worthless elements that taint our lives. It’s the truth which flows from our good and merciful Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.