Most people whose faith depends on biblical scripture believe spiritual practices including forms of divination to be a sin, condemned by God. Fundamentalists claim that astrologers and diviners are agents of the devil leading the weak to eternal damnation, destined to forever burn in the firing pits of hell. They selectively quote the Bible to back up their condemnation of divination systems and heightened gifts —many of which were accorded high respect within the same Bible. Fundamentalists ignore the fact that the Bible, even after extensive early editing, still contains numerous verses that show God approving the use of divination as a way to decipher His will and make enlightened decisions. Fundamentalists rely on narrow interpretations of an ancient text that has been translated many times, that includes words and concepts no longer spoken or understood. Rational people will have a healthy skepticism and in the final analysis, should trust their own intuition about how to interpret ancient scriptures and what beliefs to base them on. If you haven’t already, I highly recommend taking the time to research the history of religion, the bible, and man’s role. You just might be surprised as to what you find…in fact I’m certain you will.
One subject I find especially ironic is organized religion’s condemnation of spiritual gifts, considering that the Bible in itself is considered a channeled work. Is it not? Transcribed by authors through what St. Paul later defined as “the gift of prophecy,” which was available to all who believed in orthodox doctrine. It is an article of faith in scripture’s authority that God spoke through prophets, who received His message using what we now call channeling, a freeform psychic version of divination.
Don’t misunderstand. It’s not my intent to hammer organized religion. Although it has been some time, I do enjoy attending service. To commune with others while divine loving energy surrounds you…well, that’s just good for the soul. However, I do find that out of roughly 4,200 religions worldwide the thinking that one’s religion being the absolute is pompous and a bit naïve.
I grew up in a strong Christian home. My Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings were spent at our local Pentecostal church, and throughout the years Mom held her weekly woman’s bible study. If you’re not familiar with the Pentecostal faith, it’s reasonable to say that Pentecostalism is a sub-branch of the Baptist. However, there are a few major differences.
Pentecostal; The emphasis is on the Holy Spirit and his gifts, Speaking in tongues is real, Disciples have direct access to God and the Holy Spirit Source. Pentecostals believe that the holy spirit gives prayers/true believers/followers a number of “gifts”… such as the gift of prophecy and speaking in tongues – a language unknown to him/her, also known as the heavenly language or of the angels. Many times once a person has spoken in tongues it is then followed by another giving interpretation for all to understand. This is believed to be a direct message from the holy spirit. Gifts? Speaking in tongues? Hmm, this sounds a bit familiar, similar… Yep, back to that in just a bit.
When I was a young girl I recall evangelists coming to speak at our church. At the end of service we’d all walk to the front and receive a quick blessing. On a couple occasions as I stood before the evangelist, I was told to have the gift of prophecy. I was your typical young girl, and in these moments I remember being overcome with embarrassment and couldn’t walk away fast enough! Of course experienced stuff, but didn’t everyone?
When I was about 16 one of the visitors just so happened to be an old family friend, and stayed with us while in town. The day she was to leave Mom told me she wanted to chat with me before heading out. Sitting there at the kitchen counter she stated the following; I’d been given the gift of prophecy, would sing in church, write songs, birth two children, and as an adult counsel to abused, neglected children. She said my gifts would offer great insight, enabling me to better help others. In the years that followed all would come to pass. Ok, so not the singing in church. I was far to shy for that, and the writing of songs actually turned out to be countless written poems. I do however have two children and counseled kids for many years. – My heightened intuition was greatly beneficial, to say the least. So why do I share this? Well, one might say our discussion in the kitchen that day is quite similar to a psychic reading…hmm, I thought so too. Nevertheless, in the eyes of the church This is different.
When I was in my early 20’s (now nearing mid 40, cough/cough) my “awareness” kicked up a notch so to speak. My roommate (a kindred spirit) was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. That evening as he was leaving for work I connected, feeling the spiritual relm like never before. The moment was accompanied with a strong premonition of what was to come. He sadly died that night.
It was during this time that my third eye became wide open. I started receiving information constantly, and often times the messages were accompanied with strong physical sensations. So understandably I wanted to know more. Why was this happening? What does it all mean? Where is it coming from? Books! I read lots of books, and then I read some more. I also spoke with a wonderful woman on several occasions (spiritualist she called herself, she didn’t care much for the term psychic). She explained so much to me. This lovely, caring woman will always hold a special place of love and remembrance in my heart. Even now as I write, her flowery scent has filled the air. ♡
So there I was…reading one spiritual book after another and finally receiving clarity on what I’d been experiencing throughout my life thus far. It was during this time I even went out and bought my first reading deck. BUT remember I grew up Pentecostal. This is all a HUGE no, no! Fear entered. My mother’s words also echoed in my mind, reinforcing those fears. “The Bible says this, the Bible says that.” (btw, my mother is also very intuitive AND would interpret (channel) divine messages in church, but again…different.) My response was always the same… But how can it come from an evil place? it just happened to me? I didn’t seek this out, I didn’t join some cult. I’ll tell you why…because it doesn’t and didn’t. I’m not saying evil doesn’t exist or isn’t real. It most certainly is. True, some choose to pull from the dark vs the light, but this wasn’t me. Truth – We are spiritual beings and all have the ability to tap into our spiritual gifts. We are here to experience happiness, love, triumps, sorrow, trials, and so on. All of which allows us to grow and hopefully fulfill life’s true purpose…to experience self love, share that love with others, and become closer to the divine – spiritual enlightenment.
The fears and beliefs instilled in me as a child caused me to struggle with my gifts for many years, even putting up blocks at times. Regardless, I always found myself back on a “spiritual” path. Why? Because it is MY inner truth, the path I’m meant to follow and part of my life purpose. It is what I’ve always felt and known…naturally.
In spite of what some religious followers may believe, I’m inequitably not dancing with the devil, conversing with demonic spirits and certainly not damned to hell. God is my creator and I’m a spiritual being. I now feel more love, peace, and connection with the Holy Spirit than ever before. I’m also very thankful for the awareness of my gifts – the gifts given and available to all.
For those with a different belief system; I believe everyone has there own path to follow, and should. It is not my place to convince otherwise or debate, and vise versa. After-all, it’s not so much the road to enlightenment that matters, it’s reaching the destination.