This idea always sounded a bit weird to me even though it did go through my mind.
I don't really even know how to start from it other than with the fact that, above every every man-made religion stand unwritten rules of morality and give-and-receive universal laws we obey even if we want even if we don't. Energy reacts to energy, frequency to frequency, everything is in motion, and nothing gets lost but transformed, even though we might end up many times with the idea that we lost something forever, that we cannot return to a certain essence and so on. Well I agree with this to a certain degree but I find it to be a more difficult topic.
Getting back to ours, if you respect those, you cannot possibly consider yourself a "bad human being that will end up in hell". In fact sometimes it can even be called that you have an angel on your shoulder or/and a strong sixth sense, protecting you from harm and certain situations, or simply being able to see the outcome and where it leads, what that situation/idea/thing is part of on a bigger scale. Sometimes that big scale image seems so far apart from the "natural laws" you understand; the ones that I for example think should ease our life not get ignored so that life becomes "hell". In this category we can put using our intuitive nature to navigate in life and concentrate more on "love" vs always fighting and grinding on our path.
And you have the gift of wisdom so that you can blame, put yourself down, or let others do that to you? The answer is no, for all the reasons in this world.
Now what some chose to do with it is a personal matter but as always it has repercussions on those around you. There are people who have gone wrong with their gifts, whatever the concept of wrong translates to, even knowing that wrong is sometimes a necessity. But there were some very wrong things that were swimming through societies less than 50 years ago as well, and still are today, I can only talk like this because my home is not plagued by war and famine. And we may thank collective work, allright.
One thing I want to say through this is, even those people using their gifts to help other people to a degree where they give too much might get rejected from societies, blamed, or might have to hide away. In fact, it is still a taboo subject in many parts of the world, though I am so glad it has become less so and people are more at ease with it, as opposed to seeing spirituality as something "demonic", "beyond their understanding and thus dangerous" and so on. It is in our nature to fear what we cannot understand i guess. Less than 60 years ago predicting or being able to tell people what happened with their husbands on the battlefield during the WW2 through spiritual practices even if asked by friends and people would have not been something you wanted to communists/police to find out about. In fact, writers, poets, or people with big ideas and concepts questioning what repressed people and brought pain at the cost of the happiness of a selected few were pretty much being imprisoned, shot, tortured, and it is a big part of our history, the massive "clean up" that happened in Russia during the communist period for example. Also happened in other south-eastern European countries (fun note: it's still happening)
In my country for example, the spiritual values in general are deeply connected with orthodoxism and there are many practitioners actually known in wide circles because of their work and healing, even by those who were once skeptic all their lives and never had contact with such ideas. At one point they needed help because they reached a critical point (or other reasons). Career people or sportsmen. But it's not a one-standing religion that defines it. It's more like everything combined. You can be an christian-born who became Odinist just because you liked the idea more, and still have good memory, accurate intuition, sensible soul and "awesome energy" overall provided excesses don't happen. You can be a shintoist. You can be an atheist. What they have in common is that they are not seeking to hurt others and step on them to reach egoistical goals, and this is all that i see to matter. It's about what shines deep in there.
I think religion is a beautiful thing that reminded people to go "outside themselves" and think in abstract terms about life and our own species, and I also like how everything says how our Gods came from the sky like reinforcing the ET part of our genetic code ideas heheh :D. Like usual, it was also the human mind capable of twisting religion, but the good intentions behind it exist (I loved Trevor's example about american indians). I'm perfectly aware some believe in and might blame certain actual alien species for bringing the negative in our world or other concepts, but I personally couldn't see it as a sole or even main reason for our problems ...
I personally feel really good in nature, with kids, animals, but also among people who can think in abstract terms and understand that everything has deep roots that go beyond the surface. Also, as another example, ever since I was a kid, and heard the biblical story of St. George killing the dragon, I was kinda shocked. Why was everyone happy to see it gone, instead of trying to understand what that animal was, or taming it, or capturing and observing it? what if it was a rare animal species and the last of its genus.
I have a very environmentalist view on life but this is because i feel for them and I think it is part of our duty to protect our own planet that we're part of and gives us everything.
Isn't it disrespectful to life in itself to assume that a person doing good deeds constantly will end up in hell for using something like a strong intuition in the process? For sure not even death or "hell" are what people think they are traditionally. I am going to be honest, these things need to be channeled, excess energy exists as well and it needs an outlet, though more than not we end up feeling more drained or tired, in my case for example, but I blame myself of course...
You mentioned, though, mediums and spirits there too. It's a side with which I had contact in a way, given my "one foot here on foot there" nature, and yet I have always been afraid to address it. I didn't like the idea, I still do not much, and I like believing I have more important things to think about yet. I am not totally kicking it aside, but in my head it remains, if not, one of the more or most dangerous branches. Were some of my concepts influenced by the religion/society i was brought up in? Yes, absolutely, more or less fortunately, but part of my 'duty' is to shed what is no longer useful ^^ I'd rather have big walls to tear than being swept by the winds.
Thus to end this: It is not about trying to delete, nullify or ban what you get to have innately. It's about learning how to use it... positively, preferably xD Thinking that there are "Gods" theoretically "opposing" this and possibly speaking through other even sillier people so that it has repercussions on "myself" makes me giggle. Sorry but if I need to understand something to help me progress, I'm right here. As simple as that: if it wasn't to be, it wouldn't be there.
updated by @kate: 10/14/16 05:15:38PM