Some people have asked me if metaphysical practices, such as channeling guides of the Light, astrology, past-life regression, spiritual clearing, tarot, and meditation, are demonic or sinful.
I’ve found no evidence those are.
On the other hand, negative magic and some spells can entangle you with negative energy and entities so I recommend avoiding them.
Also, ouija boards can attract mischievous entities and are better left to people experienced with spiritual protection and communicating with spirits. If you still want to use them, protect yourself by only having positive intent, calling on guides of the Light (who never encourage fear or negativity) for protection and guidance, and avoiding using Ouija boards when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or when feeling fearful or weak.
Why do so many people assume metaphysical subjects are dangerous? To understand where some of the misconception comes from, I recommend reading The Christian Conspiracy by Dr. L. David Moore, who is a lifelong Christian.
Dr. Moore outlines the Vatican political process of canon selection (the editing of the Bible) that took place for five hundred years after the death of Jesus. Some principles made the cut, and they threw many others out.
While I’m sure there were many good-hearted people in the Church who had noble intentions, editing of the Bible was based on the opinions of a religious group attempting to make their organization the most popular and powerful.
Dr. Moore writes, “The major point to be understood is that the Old Testament upon which so much of early Christianity depended in order to have a historical basis and to become legitimized, didn’t officially exist until well after Christianity had been established and even after much of what later became the New Testament had been written. In addition, one major reason for establishing the Old Testament as canon was because during the first century C.E., Christianity was distorting the historical record in order to enhance their own new religion.”
Whether the Bible is to be taken literally or figuratively, there are those who claim that reincarnation was once discussed and accepted, and possibly in the Bible. According to Edgar Cayce on Reincarnation by Noel Langley, the Byzantine Emperor Justinian (483–565 A.D.) “summoned the Fifth Ecumenical Congress of Constantinople in 553 A.D. to condemn the Platonically inspired writings of Origen.” These writings apparently referenced the pre-existence of the soul.
In addition to the extensive editing and rewrites of the Bible, there was the influence of the Inquisition or the Holy Calling (1231–1820). The Papacy established this to punish anyone who expressed a belief in reincarnation or practiced anything metaphysical that would threaten the universal control of the Church. They proclaimed these beliefs as the work of the devil and they sent any believers to dungeons or tortured or burned them to death.
Countless people have died because their beliefs (or beliefs of which they were accused) went against those of the Church, including the many put to death for “witchcraft” from 1484 to 1775. Fears of persecution might remain in the subconscious minds of many alive today. We are conditioned to believe that anything metaphysical is invalid in part because inquisitional viewpoints still exist.
Organized religion continues to provide support and structure for those who choose to use it. However, some organized religions, which may be based on fear and guilt, continue to openly condemn and spread misinformation, intentionally or unintentionally, about metaphysics. This is unfortunate since many have found both their metaphysical viewpoints and their traditional religious backgrounds have many parallels and can exist together peacefully.
There are many ways to connect with spirit: meditation, prayer, attending religious or spiritual services, spending time in nature, creating art, making love, enjoying a good meal, and others. As long as you avoid negative magic, calling upon negative entities to do your bidding, or attempting to manipulate anyone, you aren’t committing sins or creating negative karma.
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