We must not be misled when we meet people who have not advanced by means of intellectual understanding, but have certain psychic abilities that seem to appear spontaneously. Based on our understanding of the mission of spiritual science, we know that souls can now think only because the clairvoyance of an earlier age has been suppressed. People with natural clairvoyance, which was not acquired through inner effort, must be seen as persons who have remained at an earlier evolutionary stage and who should therefore receive special care in our Society, rather than be considered particularly advanced.
It would be an incorrect judgment if we were to consider such souls particularly mature, as having experienced particularly high incarnations. People with a natural gift of clairvoyance have gone through far less than those who are thinkers nowadays.
Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 154 – The Presence of the Dead on the Spiritual Path: LECTURE THREE: AWAKENING SPIRITUAL THOUGHTS – Basel, May 5, 1914
Translated by Christian von Arnim
Previously posted on March 14, 2020