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Intuition and Religious Suppression

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I was recently asked this question:
Was just wondering how Christianity fits into all of this. Many Christians say that anything to do with psychic abilities comes from the devil, in order that the devil claims a hold on you. I’m a Christian, and I feel I have some sort of gift, but friends would kill me if they knew I was looking into this. I’ve also been reading one of your books, which makes a lot of sense. I saw where it says that you have a master’s degree in divinity and pastoral counseling. So, how do you, as a psychic, take those kinds of responses that it’s the devils work?? Thanks for any time you can give in order to help me search… – R.B.

My Answer:
Since the beginning of my career as a psychic and medium, I have encountered questions and concerns from well-meaning Christians as to whether or not I am in cahoots with the devil. This many fear, might be the source of the psychic information I receive and who knows what else I might be capable of. The Bible, I am told, warns against this kind of supernatural activity.
Not to toot my own horn, but this is a topic that I have a fair amount of experience with. I grew up in a religious home. My mother was a United Methodist minister, and I attended Baptist and Methodist church services on average of three times a week for most of my young years. At present one of my brothers is a Methodist minister and my other brother is a theology professor and chair of the religion department of a prominent Catholic University. As you can imagine, since childhood I have engaged in many theological discussions.

For most of my career as a professional psychic I have been challenged, questioned, rebuked and misunderstood by a few religious folks. As far back as I can remember I have had intuitive and psychic experiences. Even though I have never felt this ability as anything other than a natural way to connect to a greater, loving divine presence (God), I know that some people do not view it this same way. Confronting the fears and concerns of others has made me stronger and helped me to more fully appreciate the connection between the divine and intuition. Hopefully, I have inspired some people to challenge their own misconceptions and apprehensions.

I believe that the Bible speaks to our level of conscious. We interpret it based on our understanding and beliefs. As we grow and evolve, what we read in the Bible takes on new meaning and significance. There are many ways to interpret what is written within this (and other) sacred text. For some its pages are a code of morals and stringent directions for daily life. For others it is an interesting story of history and the struggle for spiritual meaning. Others read the Bible for their personal salvation or as an uplifting source of love and wisdom.

For me, the Bible is a book of intuitive guidance, supernatural happenings and the promise of miracles. Throughout its pages there are abundant examples of intuitive and psychic awareness and extraordinary events. In the Old and New Testaments there are many instances of prophecy, encounters with angels, messages from the beyond, dreams that foretell the future and mystical occurrences. The coming of the Messiah, his ministry, his betrayal and his death were all foretold by prophets.

One of the simplest examples of intuition in the Bible is prayer. Prayer is our communication and connection to God, the divine presence. It is a soul opening and communion with the Spirit of truth and unfathomable love. We listen to all kinds of things all day, the news, television, our co-workers, neighbors, family and friends. Prayer is a different kind of listening. It is the listening within, not with the physical senses but with the spiritual senses. The word psychic literally means deriving from the soul or mind. It originates from the Greek word, psȳchikós, which means the soul. For me, being psychic is the ability to open my soul and receive divine guidance and direction for myself and others. I am not alone in this. Each of us has the ability to listen within and communicate with the divine forces.

For decades the divine gift of psychic sensitivity and spirituality have been separated and distanced from one another. There are many historical reasons why religious authorities have associated intuitive/psychic awareness with evil and dark forces, more than I can go into in this short article. When an individual’s innate ability to receive divine guidance is suppressed, people are at the mercy of the church to interpret God’s direction and will for them. Reliance on religious authorities is strengthened. The clergy are thus sanctioned as the sole divine mediators. This is a position of power, influence and control and one which ultimately robs the individual of a conscious personal connection to a greater power.

There are many well-meaning church going Christians and their ministers and pastors who have not questioned this archaic position and in their heart believe that intuition and psychic awareness is to be feared and denied. Yet, the spirit of God is within and the individual can connect and communicate with this presence through their intuitive faculty.

But like many things, it is only when you personally experience the Spirit of love and wisdom within will you truly believe. Discover this for yourself. Spend time in quiet, close your eyes, and invoke the presence of all that is good, divine, loving and wise. Receive the holy vibrations of love and wisdom and rest in this peace and know that this is a form of intuition.

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and His worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24

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But, I Want To Go This Way….

                                                                 I recently had an ahha moment where I was reminded that my intuition is not always so interested in leading me in the direction that I want to go. Seems obvious enough, but it took me awhile to realize that many of the times when I thought that I had misinterpreted or was confused by my intuitive signals, I was in fact, reading them correctly.

I used to feel that my intuition had failed me (or I had failed it) if I felt intuitively led into situations and experiences where I was challenged and tested. Now I have come to understand that my intuition was not faulty, it just had a different agenda.  I had places to grow and issues and pain to confront and all along my intuition has known this.

There is always another step, another level of growth and a layer to peel away. Our intuition is as focused on helping us to heal as it is in leading us into the easy and blissful.

Your intuition is connected to the deeper part of you.  Sometimes I fall into the trap of wanting my intuition to work for me to further my aims and desires. I forget that I have not always been the best judge of what makes me happy.  I am forever grateful that my intuition feeds my soul and responds to my spirit and not my overly human self that wants what it wants

A client of mine recently posted this on my Facebook page.

She wrote:

“Was driving home from school yesterday and turned onto a road even though something told me not to–as soon as I made the turn a voice in my head said, “I TOLD you not to go this way, but if you insist, then SLOW DOWN.” And I did and narrowly missed a car that pulled out in front of me–by inches. Thought of what you would say! 🙂

Thankfully she listened and avoided a possible collision. Beyond the life-saving effects of her intuitive knowing, it is a good metaphor for how our intuition often points us in the opposite direction of where we want to go. 

Intuition is an invaluable ally. It will alert you to danger, provide you with insight into others and yourself, send you messages as to how to take care of your health and overall well-being.  It will also lead you into situations and experiences that you might not normally consciously choose.

Intuition leads us into a deeper mystery. Don’t try to overthink it or question if it is keeping you on track with your goals and desires. In every moment there is an opportunity to intuitively receive and be lead into what you most need mind, body and spirit. This is the genius and magic of your intuition.