"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good." Paul (I Corinthians, 12:7)
With the revivification of pure Christianity, in the Spiritist groups with Jesus, the same preoccupation exists, which use to torture the students of the apostolic times, with regards to mediumship.
The majority of the workers involved in evangelization become anxious for the immediate development of their incipient faculties.
In certain centers they insist on an achievement superior to the possibility that they dispose of; in others, they dream of great phenomena.
The problem, however, does not lay in the exterior acquisitions.
Let each individual enrich his own intimate illumination, intensifying his spiritual powers, through knowledge and through love, and he will enter into the possession of eternal treasures in a natural way.
Many students would like to be great clairvoyants or admirable prognosticators of the future, motivated by the prospect of superiority; however, they do not even deign to meditate on the sweat of this sublime achievement.
They are inclined toward profit but do not reflect over the effort to achieve it. In that regard, it is interesting to recall that Simon Peter, whose spirit felt so happy to be with the Glorious Master in the Tabor, was not able to withstand the anguish felt by his Friend flagellated in the Calvary.
It is justifiable for the disciple to hope and seek spiritual aggrandizement; however, whoever does have a humble spiritual faculty should not be unappreciative because a fellow student has a more expressive quality. Let each person work with the material he was given, convinced that the Supreme Lord does not take part in the activities of spiritual manifestations according to the human whims, but rather, according to its general utility and usefulness.
XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Our Daily Bread. By the Spirit Emmanuel. Spititist Alliance for Books, 2003. Chapter 162.