updated by @rene: 03/06/17 02:30:51AM
I think it is very normal. I would encourage you to get yourself back into a Body of Believers though. However I also know that empath gifts are not as understood. I have oticed a change by some when I engage in certain skills when going to church. The one skill is seeing the dials taking the people emotins you recieving to zero then pushing your dials to ten. I added another dial , the God dial adding what I am receiving from God to ten. I found this takes me to a whole new level of awareness where my empath gifts are concern. I am not sure what exactly you are talking aobut as the Gidts of mercy are of the Holy Spirit. Could 6ou please explain? I do know I carry the gifts of prophetic, releasing the Holy Spirit in an atmosphere, counseling gifts. I know my empath gifts feeeds into all of these gifts also. I am sure your God given gifts are supported by your empath abilities..... I will write more later. I hope this gives you some answers for now.
I used to be part of a major religion, in fact, I only left it a year ago, but I needed to because I couldn't follow god and my religion at the same time because they were telling me two different things. I just wanted to love people no matter what, not judge them and call some people righteous and some sinners.
I was hard to break free because I use oracle cards and crystals and all that, too now and I was always told it was bad. My husband hates that I use all that stuff, but that's where my spiritual gifts are and I can't help it.
You are just going to have to do what is best for you, and it will be unique to you. If that means you feel drawn to use stones and meditation, then do it. People who give you a hard time about it don't understand. It is hard to sort of break into another way of connecting to god, but when you allow yourself to do it, it is very freeing.
I am of the same opinion as you now, that I don't feel I have to attach myself to one religion to follow god. The universe is full of truth and beauty and I just don't think it could be confined to one single plan. If it works for someone to be in one region, then I'm glad they found what works best for them, but it's not for me.