Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
I was having dinner with my wife and a longtime friend of ours who is psychic and a few years older than us and she got onto the subject of religion. I told her flat out that as a psychic person she didn’t believe any of that stuff, but she went on as though she didn’t hear me. I pressed her on it and finally got her with some reluctance to confess that although she was involved in religious activities from time to time, she didn’t pay a lick of attention to the bible or any of the priests.
“I have a direct line to God.” she said, “why the heck would I listen to them? They don’t know anything!” Actually, that applies to pretty much every psychic I’ve ever known, and includes myself. Oh, everyone is polite about it and couches it in non confrontational words, but it all comes down to the same thing: With regards to religions, psychics tend to keep their own counsel.
Since we all know what it’s like to receive “divine” information and can do it at the drop of a hat, it’s pretty easy to spot it when someone can’t. I know that I took a great interest in spirituality as a child and when I’ve brought this up with other psychic people, they’ve said the same thing. So perhaps this is just part of the psychic journey. We investigate spirituality early and in religion we sense the presence of pointless dogma even if we can’t articulate it. At some point it dawns on us that “hey! They’re clueless!” Priests, pastors and the like were the first authority figures I stopped paying attention to. (Many more authority figures from all walks of life would eventually make that list.)
In describing their religious views, psychic people show themselves to be pretty picky about the concepts they’ll adopt. I’ve normally heard words like compassionate, loving, caring; A sense of oneness, being linked to humanity and the world, a closeness to nature and the unity of all religions are also part of what I have typically heard. Punishment, guilt, fear and damnation are simply not part of the psychic spirituality. I have yet to meet a psychic person who thinks anyone is going to Hell. (Isn’t it just the smoking section anyway?)
While most psychic who embrace religion are content to simply pretzel logic themselves into believing the best of the church they’re affiliated with, others find it simply too tedious and make up their own stuff. Such is the case with famous psychic Sylvia Browne, who decided that when it comes to religion, it’s better to start with fresh ingredients. She created The Society of Novus Spiritus. And right there on the front page of their official site is what could probably taken as the religious creed of every psychic:
“Take what you like and leave the rest behind.”
Is that a psychic’s way to look at religion or what? True to her psychic roots, the description of the organization is as follows:
In April 1986, Sylvia Browne embarked upon the most important chapter of her life. She founded a spiritual organization called Society of Novus Spiritus. This decision was a natural extension of her love for God and for all of humanity. Novus is Sylvia’s monument to God, a forum to express the joy and love that is God – with no fear, no guilt, no sin, no hell, and no Satan. Through Novus, Sylvia gives the world a means to understand God, Life, and the reason for Being.
If she had never uttered a single psychic prediction, this alone practically stamps “psychic person” on her forehead. We all seem to draw a line in the sand when it comes to how we perceive religion and we all pretty much draw that line in the same place. What’s up with that? Why are we so consistent in how we handle this area of our lives?
Here’s my explanation and it’s a naturalistic one. When we think of God, none of us imagine the Old White Guy In The Sky. There is really no specific deity presence anyone can sense. If such a thing existed we would all be as aware of it as we are the sun. There would be no missing such a thing psychically. When faced with the concept of God, we take it to mean this feeling of connectedness and in order to have that feeling, we need to open up to love and compassion. What we take for God is really the collective consciousness of each other and the universe. It is vast and powerful enough to be perceived as God and can serve any purpose of God we care to assign to it.
The Guy in the Sky and the concept of Hell are objective reality concepts and therefore cannot possibly exist in our universe which has no objective reality. Entanglement, which demonstrates a quantum level connection between all things pretty much translates spiritually into all of us being part of the same “thing” with no separation. So punishing others is just a way of hurting ourselves. It leaves no room for anyone to be chosen by God because if just one person is, we all are and if we all are, then it is meaningless.
As psychic people, we get this intuitively, which is why our versions of spirituality are so similar. When we check things out spiritually, we are going down that quantum rabbit hole and we’re all seeing the same thing; we’re so certain of it that we reject all the parts of religion which don’t agree with it and adopt those that do.
That’s what I think is happening. It has seemed to fit so far, but it’s not dogma for me. I’ll change it if better information comes along.