A very interesting question no doubt.
Now, I mean no boastfulness by saying this:
On my office wall, in front of me as I type this, hang a number of Tertiary Qualifications.
They could - to some - be seen as an indication of a ability to think, to question, to analyse.
And yet many of my beliefs...what I hold as *true* for me...many would see as illogical and irrational.
My own culture is one that is said by some to be in some ways 'spiritually aware' - Maori.
Though much of that 'spiritually aware' concept to me I see/hear/read about these days seems, well, kinda wanky to be honest.
I tend to see it used regularly in such a way as to almost claim some form of kudos...almost in some effort to place onself above others...when really
- to me anyway - there is nothing at all special about it.
Said it here a number of times - its no more special than having blonde hair, or clear skin...its simply just the lot you were born within and so
really has stuff all to do with any personal achievements or otherwise which might warrant
some form of feeling of achievement.
Same way the rich child born into a rich family is in no way *better* than the poor child born into the poor family.
Throughout my life I've seen, heard and experienced many things that may fall within the concept of *paranormal*.
I grew up with a number of our cultures own 'Healers'. We term them 'Tohunga'.
People who received messages, who passed on messages, people who *healed*, saw, heard, dealt with those things that go bump in the night...all that
Thing is, not one of them was rich. I guess because also not one of them really *charged* anything for what they did. They did what they did because
that was, well, their *role* I guess.
Now, I'm sure some people will start scrolling on to the next reply about now (if they haven't already, lol!) but there's a Bible passage that I
see kinda relating to that way of *working*, it speaks of being sent out to 'do Gods work':
'...Freely you have received, freely give'
Now that to me encourages - well, instructs really - anyone who does such *work* to do so freely. Hence why those Tohunga I know don't charge. They
do accept what we term 'koha' or gifts...and normally that koha is in the form of a cuppa tea, or a meal or something.
Its also why I personally don't put too much stock in those who charge $39.99-if-you-call-in-the-next-5-minutes...
So yes - there has been so much I've seen/experienced etc many many times that I couldn't not
be a 'believer'...in spite of what any
logical or rational ability those previously mentioned tertiary quals may suggest.
So why don't these Tohunga leap up, go on TV, take the Randy Challenge, win Lotto or any number of things to be rich, to provide proof, to step out
there and show once and for all these things exist??
Real good question.
Of course the logical, rational answer may well be "Because they can't. Because they are frauds. Because this stuff doesn't exist" or suchlike.
Yup...that would indeed be a good answer really. A logical, rational one perhaps. And one - regardless of my beliefs, what I have experienced etc -
one that is pretty hard to counter.
I'll be honest here...sure, I've seen/experienced some things that other people might go "what the heck!?!" about....and its pretty normal in the
context/culture of my life/heritage etc...but yup there are times I read stuff here, read some of the things people claim to be able to do and
honestly I wouldn't buy it if it came with a free TV.
Theres some pretty big claims made here on this site...some that honestly I think "Yeah man, whatever, played bit too much D&D perhaps".
Oh absolutely thats hypocritical of me to think that...to have that judgement in my mind when I'm all fine and dandy with ghosts, spirits, hearing
and seeing stuff, healings, messages, all fine with that.
...but anyway...more on your question of why 'psychics' don't 'do something'...
One possible answer in my mind - though granted it may well be seen as a cop out excuse in the minds of other people - is that its not actually the
'psychic', the 'Tohunga' or whatever other term people wish to assign.
Its not actually that
person, persay, that does *those things*.
They are just the conduit, the mouth, the eyes, the hands...the servant...of something else.
Of what else? Well, again, assign whatever term or understanding you want to that *something else*. Personally...I term it spirit, I term it 'God'
even. Not surprising given my belief/faith in 'God'.
My own thoughts are these things are not the doing of the person themselves.
Any healing for instance that I have seen/been part of wasn't done by the person in their own right - rather they served as channel, as
gateway/conduit for that *healing power* to come through.
Indeed that is the spoken understanding of the Tohunga I have been involved with...I have NEVER...not ONCE...heard any of them lay claim to what was
Instead they ALL have directed any kudos or *glory* for that work to that which they term 'God'.
Thats just part of their own 'safety mechanisms' in the work they do. Claim not the glory or the kudos or the thanks...for its not yours to claim.
All you were was servant.
Thats our cultures understanding anyway.
...so perhaps thats why none of them have won Lotto...because its not them as such...not like say a fine singing voice which they could use to sing
wonderfully with any time they choose....or big strong muscles that they could use to carry heavy loads any time they choose.
What they do isn't *part* of them...isn't like flesh, bone, blood or ability as such...its something they are *granted* to use, to serve with,
inbued with for whatever job they are doing.
...just throwing in some thoughts.
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