In childhood I had imaginary friends, lucid dreams, empathic sensations, isolated psychic experiences which felt disfavored in my Christian culture. One time when I was about 9, I went camping with our church. Some kids and I were playing cards and for an hour I could tell them what card they picked without looking at it. Finally they all wanted to show the pastor. He came and sat with us, he laughed and said it was amazing. I felt a complete pure energy. He told me that I was playing with something dangerous and I needed to put the cards away.
I had a pretty "normal" nuclear family. Mom, dad, siblings, extended family, middle class, all of us educated. I have always searched for God/Source and always found God/Source, but not in the ways necessarily advanced by religious constructs. Some Christians would probably not include me anymore in their definition, which is fine. Following a series of unfortunate events over the last 10 years-- I've been stalked, threatened with harm, fired from a job as an attorney--- During this time I also raised flowers, children, created art and wrote and helped and healed 100s of people in various roles.
After my recent encounter with a set of people (close in time) who wanted to hurt me and others who felt healed by me and friends who felt who were angry at me for being myself! --- I decided I wanted to get to the bottom of "this." What is "this" phenomenon that cuts both ways? In June 2016, I discovered the word "Empath" and found this community. This summer I worked with light and dreams and water... I have had several psychic experiences and I am accepting these things wholly for the first time.