Christianity, Values and spirituality in the Noughties
When I was young, we went to church a lot. Actually it was one of my most remembered memories. After church we would go out to eat in a restaurant. And it really made me happy. Though being in the church bored me a little bit, I still marveled at what really goes in the church. I mean I could sense a buzz hanging in the air; something like a static that only belonged in such places. I used to feel a sense of pull when I was in church, like someone was pulling me inward. I would also feel a sense of celestial-weird-disembodied-but wonderful feeling when I went to church before. But when I was a child, I kept a secret from my family and kept it from them a bit until now. I am a psychic.
If you've read my previous posts you will know that I do use psychics some times. Whilst in the bible it says that we shouldn't it also says a lot of things that we should and shouldn't do that Christian people now do (Playing stringed instruments? Being homosexual.) So if you like me use psychics don't feel ashamed, as long as you love God with all your heart you will be fine. Of course not all psychics are real and so if you want a good one you should get a friend to recommend you if possible or if not check out some reviews such as this site which I like, it's by a christian lady called Iris and here you can find the best psychic reviews she has tried. If you know a good psychic then you can comment and share it there too.
Growing Up Years
Growing up in a strict catholic family meant that I have to go to church a lot on weekends, attend bible studies, go to retreats and much, much more. I did like it a lot like when I was nine, I used to go to church every day, not because my told me so, but because I did really want to. I felt the joy and happiness at that time, no longer the detached-celestial-bored-scary-holy-weird feeling that I would get when I was much younger. I yearned for it. But deep down inside I also felt confused. As I was growing up I would always have de javu and weird dreams. I always thought I was different from other kids. But this I could not really explain. I never thought that I can be a psychic or anything like that, I just thought that I want to have better dreams.
As I grew up, I started loving things connected with the psyche and the arcane. I still was very much catholic but I cannot accept that God could be confined to what my church defines him to be and that other religions are wrong. So I learned about other schools of faith. I read about Buddhism, Wicca, Islam and so forth. This was me at 16, and at that time I felt that it might not yet be the time. I stayed with my faith. In my first year of college (I took up Psychology) I learned about St. Thomas and Summa Theologica and this made me trust that there is God. But I still longed for what was shunned by my faith: magick and spiritual insight to the future.
And so came my immense love for Wicca. I identified with it and felt that I am a Wiccan Witch. I knew I was still Catholic and I do not want to change religions, but I was also a Wiccan. And then I learned about reading the Tarot and doing candle magick. I thought that it was God who gave magick. I refuse to think that magick is evil. My family on the other hand found the way of me getting dressed in Edwardian style clothes or black felt weird, but since I still went to church a lot, they felt I’m just doing this for fashion.
Journey to Enlightenment
When I became an adult, I later on met my husband and he was a Chinese Buddhist but also a Catholic. They believed in Zen Buddhism and Catholicism both at the same time. He on the other hand, did not have much faith in being a Christian. And so I convinced him to become more faithful to God and Jesus. But he had his Buddhist traditions which I wanted to keep. So we went to temples and such. I went to church less, since I felt many people who go to church are fakes and that true Christianity lies in the heart.
My husband was very open minded in me practicing being a psychic. We bought several Tarot cards. I learned to hone my skills though I may not be as good as others because my visions come and go. They were very clear like watching TV, but it was difficult for me to make predictions for others at first. I felt that my life was going much better. I believed that faith is fluid and should not be confined but what others say. I know that true goodness is much more important.
As I became busy with life and at some point did not practice my psychic abilities, I felt stressed and tired. I yearned for the call of reading Tarot cards. I also fell into Yoga. Yoga literally saved me. I had been depressed and felt life was like running a hamster wheel but yoga allowed me clear my mind. This made me fall in love with the practical sense of traditional Buddhism, the one which is not Zen but real and pure. I learned about letting go of desire and allowing myself feel pain and then controlling myself to not embrace the pain.
What Is It Like and What to do?
Many people have talents and capabilities that they hide because they feel that it is a bad thing. But being a psychic is a gift. Even if you feel that you want to hide from it, it will surely find you. Your Third Eye Chakra is full of energy so you have to release it. Being a psychic is not evil. Even in the Bible, many people were blessed by God with this gift. Daniel, was the dreamer who had many visions so King Nebuchadnezzar appointed him into a high position but also helped saved the Jews. Joseph, became a high ranking official second to the Pharaoh because he foresaw the coming famine. John the apostle, had dreams and visions about the Revelation. Being a psychic is not evil, it is just some tagged psychics evil because of their fear and ignorance.
For me, being a psychic can be very difficult. I can break you into bits but it can also make you whole. Growing up in a strict Catholic Family meant that my own family and my other relatives thought it was evil. I had to explain it to them and defend it so that they can learn about it and get rid of their ignorance.
If you are a psychic or you have a feeling you have one, you must try to learn more about yourself. You must know what kind of psychic are you. Are you a clairvoyant, claircognizant or clairaudient? You may also try to seek the help of experienced psychics, not just to learn how to be one but how to simply go about day to day life. They have many experiences that they can share with you. You can try to get some psychic readings at first to learn how psychics channel into you. You can take lessons into reading the tarot and channeling your Mind’s Eye. I hope my story has inspired you and helped you in your own journey. Take care and bless!
Still not sure about the ethics of psychics? Read my previous post for more thoughts and a review on this matter.
“Dearest Lord Jesus, please give me a miracle.” is prayer that most of us Catholics and Christians utter to Jesus. We want to experience a miracle and we want to change our lives. Sometimes we feel that we are going through such a rough patch that we feel that the only way to solve our problems or our sicknesses is through a miracle.
But many doubt that miracles still do exist nowadays. They think that miracles are only things that have happened in the Bible with the apostles or the saints. They think they live such menial day to day lives that have a miracle happen is something unperceivable. Many Christians or Catholics have faith but not enough faith to see miracles. They are too blinded by life’s busyness, their problems and things that happen around them for them to notice. But yes, even in this day and age MIRACLES STILL DO HAPPEN.
What are miracles?
According to Wikipedia, a miracle is an event which is surprising and welcome and is good in nature. It cannot be explained by science and therefore is believed to be given via a divine intervention. Miracles are things that happen that we do not expect but with which is very helpful to us or to others. Miracles have been seen and perceived in many different religions and beliefs. But in all of these religions, miracles have a unifying quality, it is the ability to provide something good and extraordinary.
In the bible, there are four kinds of miracles, these are the creation, controlling nature, curing the sick from natural or demonic ailments and having the power over life and death. Jesus mainly did three kinds of miracles having control over nature, curing the sick and exorcising demons from possessing people. In order to call something a miracle, it must be felt by any one of our five senses. It also has to free from any natural causes and is not associated to anything that is caused by man or nature. Jesus mainly did miracles to show his divine right as the Messiah.
How can we see a Miracle?
To see a miracle would truly be one of the best events of someone’s life. But how do we see a miracle? According to the gospel according to Matthew, one must only have faith the size of a mustard seed and he will be able to move mountains (Matt 17:20).This is also true for witnessing miracles. We must be open to God’s grace. And the path to seeing miracles from the Lord is through faith.
There may be many technical ways to define miracles. The Vatican has requirement for something to be called a miracle. But for me, I think miracles can come from anyone, anytime and anywhere. People around us can be miracles. Pets and animals around us can be miracles. Even the first breath in the morning that you take can be a miracle. We can either choose to live life and see things as normal and ordinary or we can open our eyes or see them as miracles.
Most of us live each day as ordinary and just waiting for a good moment to come. We wait for the weekend to come. We wait for holidays to be happy. We wait for paydays to celebrate and be happy. We wait till we go to a good restaurant to enjoy good food. But this does not have to be. We can start appreciating each and every day that is given to us. The fact that we are well and was able to wake up this morning is a miracle enough. We can start counting our blessings. We can choose the way we feel. Instead of feeling stressed and down, we can choose positivity and happiness. We can be thankful that we do not need to go through trash to have a meal on our table. We can smile at each and every moment of our lives.
You Can Be a Miracle!
Yes you can be a miracle. Many people and beings around you are praying for a miracle to come to them. Many stray dogs and cats wish to be adopted and to be loved. Many of them stay in the pound and some are just waiting to be euthanized because no one was kind enough to take them in. You can be the answer to the prayers of these little angels. You can also visit those who are in prison where most of their family members have forgotten them. You can go to the hospital and visit those who are alone and no one to cheer them up. You can lend a helping hand in shelters to feed the homeless. Directly helping a homeless man or woman could not only cheer them up but also help out a smile on your face.
We are called to be stewards of God. This means that we have to take care of each other. We need to help those people who can receive help. We need to help those who people have refused to assist. Many times we are given the chance to change lives and make people happy but we are often too blind or too busy to hold out our hands.
Do miracles still happen? Yes they do. You can be that miracle right now. You can change the world, one good deed at a time.
Many people have gone through a journey of finding themselves and finding out about their faith. They want to know why everything is and they want to see the logic in their religion. They would like to have their religions intellectually be explained and to make sense to them. They long for answers to questions that never seem to end. Many have gone through the struggle. Many chose a different path. But all in all we would like to know why.
“Life is a gift.” I often hear this phrase being said. But many of us who go through struggles in life think about the reasons why need to go through all this pain, all this sorrow. Sometimes we just think why do we need to suffer if in the end we will go to a better place? There are so many things that we want to know about life, about existence but what we long for is happiness and release; release from pain.
Should we ever believe in psychics? That is the question. As Catholics and Christians we have always, always struggled with things that is beyond what the Church and dogma tells us. We fear what is unknown. We declare evil what is beyond our understanding. But to be a child of God, should we really be ignorant? To be children of God should we shun the gifts that God has given to his other children?
Praying is about communicating with God. It is a moment where you open your heart and talk to him. Prayer can be a song, a dance or a thought that you offer to God. But how should we really pray? How should we commune with God? How do we speak do to Him? Does he even ever hear our prayers?
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.’ And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained’” (John 20:21-23).
It is Sunday morning and you hear your alarm buzzing. You struggle to get out of bed. Go to the bathroom. Try to brush your hair and teeth. You stare at yourself in the mirror and think to yourself “Do I really need to go to Church today?”. Then you decide to jump back to bed and tell yourself “Just another five minutes… Zzzz…” and then you wake up 20 minutes later. You now scramble to get dressed and just put your hair in a ponytail because it just won’t agree with you. You run out carrying your shoes as you go out of the door on your way to church.
Becoming a Christian and accepting Christ as your personal Lord and Savior is one of the best things that can ever happen to you. You are full of joy and excitement. You feel the rush of the Messiah going into every fibre of your soul. You feel like you are going to explode with joy. You are so full of blessings that you just want to share it into the world. But the world can be cruel and sinful at times. It has it’s temptations that pull you away from your relationship with Christ. So you try your best to be a good Christian despite what the world outside the church is; the question is how? How do you live a life pleasing to God in this modern times? How do you relate with your non believer friends and relatives with sounding too righteous or awful?