Saints or CharlatansWritten by Skye Thomas
What's difference? How are we supposed to tell difference between real healers and those who are selling snake oil? It's a big seller to claim that your work is divinely inspired. Even better, tell them you've gazed into eyes of God and come back to tell tales. Tell them that in Ireland wee folk are still spotted on occasion. It's far off and exotic. They'll believe you. Oh, how we love such tales. Those who have never touched magic will always hunger for stories to tell them what it's like. How do you know who's stories to believe and who's just spinning yarns?
The answer lies in how divine has affected them. Everyone who truly experiences sacred is changed forever. For sake of peace I'll not argue over whether it's God or Buddha or Mohamed or angels or fairies or Mother Nature or Light or whatever name you give that source of divinity. For sake of my poor fingers typing, I'll shorten concept to Heaven and I don't mean pearly gates and streets of gold. I mean truly divine force behind life, creativity, and magic itself. Everyone who has ever had a real one on one relationship with Heaven has come back with what I call Joan of Arc Complex. It's that save world, help needy, heal sick, clean up pollution, free Tibet type mentality.
It has nothing whatsoever to do with any one religion either. Mother Theresa had it. Gandhi had it. Einstein had it. Jesus had it. Buddha had it. The Dali Lama has it. Many of you reading this have it. It's not about being famous or important although that does sometimes occur as a result. None of these people care about being famous or acquiring wealth. From time that they were touched by Heaven, they saw a vision and a spiritual purpose that they recognized as being bigger then themselves. They were all merely servants of a divine spirituality. Every single one of people suffering from Joan of Arc Complex feels a deep spiritual calling, an obligation to help his fellow man. They were all peacekeepers. They did not require war and battle to change others or to prove themselves. With a quiet calm incredible self-assuredness, they rolled up their sleeves and did work that was spiritually asked of them without concern for their own personal egos. They all have a magical mysterious magnetism about them. They are doing work of Heaven and they do not shy away from saying so.
I've met plenty of real life people that no matter what they're religious beliefs before it happens, once they connect to divinity of Heaven, they see a unity of all religions. They are no longer judgmental of such things. They truly understand oneness of all living creatures. They all see how interconnected everything and everyone is. They see how every thought and emotion effects plants and animals as much as it effects our attitudes towards each other. They say things like, "It's all God, it's all good." Or they'll say, "I see Christ light in you." They all have an open-minded loving nature that transcends everything they do. They have a lightness of spirit about them that makes you want to just sit and be in their presence. They have a quiet knowingness and no longer need to argue or prove their point. They all remind me of old monks or gurus on top of mountain of knowledge. They all have a clear vision of who they are and why they are here. They do not apologize for being spiritual nor for being human. They tend to have a sweet childlike sense of humor that never cuts or hurts anyone. They are wise even if not formally educated.
Fairies and Mental HealthWritten by Skye Thomas
Schizophrenics hallucinate alternate realities. People who claim to have been abducted by aliens are accused of having Fantasy Prone Personalities. So what about those of us who claim to be conversing with angels, fairies, and spirit guides? Are we nuts? Absolutely yes! If we weren't crazy before we started chatting with divine, we soon will be. Just constant questioning of one's sanity can drive a person insane. How do you know if you're really talking to spirits or if you're losing your mind?
Let me start by saying that until little creatures begin showing themselves as real and 3D touchable as any other critter on earth and do it on a massive worldwide scale so that they're able to be counted and kept track of like anyone else on endangered species list, then you won't ever really know for sure will you? So why don't they? Well that's one of those million dollar questions. As far as I can tell it's a combination of them not actually existing in a physical sense beyond spiritual realm and that they get a certain amount of pleasure in teasing and playfully messing with our minds.
I don't know what official stance is according to Grand PooBah of Psychiatry, but I know that most people who are certifiably insane don't know that they are. The saying goes that if you are capable of questioning your own sanity, then you must not be too far gone yet. Not very reassuring, I know. Are they real or not? That's question you're asking. I could give you one of those psychobabble answers like, "They are as real as you believe them to be." Again, that doesn't really help much.
Here's first question to ask yourself. Do they control you? The reason I ask is because throughout history there have been stories in all religions and cultures of some type of spirits that come to lovingly guide us along our way. So are spirits controlling you and your life or are they guiding and nudging you? If they're pushy and controlling you then there's a higher probability that it's a psychological game you're playing with yourself. "The devil made me do it." That usually means that you don't want to face your secret motivations and so you have created an entity to force you to do things.
If they don't control you and are simply loving guides trying to help out, then do you control them? If you are able to tell them what to do and they are working around clock at your beck and call, then chances are you're making them up. Free will is at core of love. Nobody is forced to do anything. If you're able to control when they come and go and what they do or do not do to help you, then you aren't working with separate entities. Angels, fairies, and spirit guides are not our cosmic slaves to be controlled and dictated to. If you can do that, then they aren't real.