Skepticism? Join the healthy crowd!


Our Charismata Skepticism

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A dose of skepticism can be a healthy thing. Asking questions, and considering "how to think about" something, versus going along with what you were "taught to think (without open-minded questioning)," are a key parts of developing a true relationship to something, especially when it challenges your worldview. {Those qualities are some of the keys of participating in Constructive Dialogue.}


Skepticism, disbelief, and discriminatory behavior about Insight Clairvoyance, Intuitives, Spiritual Counsel providers, and non-fraudulent Psychics and Mediums etc., have arisen over time due to many factors, in both the secular and faith-based formats. Those contributing factors for limiting beliefs and knowledge about all of this include, but are not limited to:


For Thought

  • the norms of secularism, commercialism, capitalism, Cessationist supporters, and the related disconnect from the basic essence of ourselves beyond the limits of our five senses.​


Impure Intentions

  • People using the expression of the Holy Spirit with impure intentions, or they wittingly try to connect with various, undiscerned "spirits" as the sources for your Messages, which is then an entirely different profession than what is found in Our Charismata.


 


The history of monetary fraud, etc. in the Televangelism circuit.

  • This is especially emphasized as a sore point that many Christians still bemoan when they see a service, such as (Christian) Spiritual Counsel that is faith-based, and also costs a fee.

"Those, and any current related faith-based scams, are not a bright light among the wrong-doings 'in the name of Christianity.' I agree, and see this clearly, making it central in my ethics that I am aspiring to do my small part in reconciling, and providing a genuine context."

Read: Our Charismata (respectfully) has no connection with televangelism, fundamentalist Christianity, nor does Anne Marie claim to be a Prophet, or to speak directly the Word of God. Anne Marie's services claim zero authority over Scripture. Her services do not change, add to, substitute or challenge the supremacy of Scripture, or lead to 'foreign gods.' She does not practice as a medium in the Hebrew Scriptural or Spiritist contexts.


 


Royal Sponsorship: King James of England (1611)

  • King James I published his own revision of the Judeo-Christian texts based on his personal biases and agenda; the KJV Bible. This revised version degraded many key words, separating them from their original meaning and context.

"Richard Bancroft (1544–1610), archbishop of Canterbury, served as overseer and established doctrinal conventions for the translators. "
  • The KJV version fed the fire on the already simmering surrounding witch-hunts, about which King James had a (minor) obsession.

"Widespread panic over witches and witchcraft was, in part, determined by the role of one man: the Scottish ruler King James VI, who, following the death of Elizabeth I, became King James I of England in 1603."

"Against this conspiracy [witchcraft and demonology], the faithful’s only hope was to appeal to God—and especially to the God-given powers of kings like James."

 

Misinterpretation of the related Biblical scriptures, or using them out of context.

  • ​Ignoring the theological premise called "relevance theory" while reading Scripture.

Relevance Theory: A model of communication that accounts for how different interpretations arise out of different contexts.

::: Putting one's self in the shoes of the original, ancient audience:::

​::: For Our Charismata's purposes: "The cognitive environment of the Biblical authors." :::

 


People falsely claiming to have these gifts, and taking your time and payment anyway, and here is the added twist: then, they write about it. {JOURNAL POST arriving soon.}

  • People fraudulently calling themselves Psychic/Mediums/Intuitives knowingly taking advantage of those who are vulnerable because of grieving or desperate situations.



 

Misrepresentations through films

  • Film and television giving all sorts of false impressions and distorted information. [Not always!] {Aspiring to post about one, particular film, and basically the only media representation (film, series, tv, documentaries), that is so well written, and so well captures what it is like to live with heightened Spiritual senses, or the set of Clairs.}​​​​


 

Unfortunately, all of this misrepresentation envelops and wrongly affects the practices of True-Hearted, well-meaning, extraordinarily attuned, and service-oriented Insight Clairvoyants, Spiritual Counsel Providers, Intuitives, Mediums, Clairvoyants, Psychics, Energy Healers, Medical Intuitives, Animal Communicators, and Congregational-disciple-non-authoritative-prophetic services.​ {So many descriptors, I know.}

​There is Hope!


I agree, a healthy dose of skepticism is important when you are deciding to interact with someone whose work sits in a context of such historical and present polarities.


A wise response to that skepticism could be then: to practice your personal method of discernment, do your own research looking at the topic from as many angles as possible!, to ask your most awkward questions, to engage in dialogue.

You are encouraged to speak directly, or write, to an intuitive/Spiritual Counsel provider/Insight Clairvoyant with whom you are interested in working, letting him/her/they know that you have some questions and some hesitation, and to ask if that intuitive would respond to what is on your mind. The response will be telling about that particular intuitive (etc. descriptors).

Please remember the importance of not allowing one foul interaction or horrific story to determine your outlook about the entirety of the practitioners in the field, respectively. In that way, skepticism does not become an untried ultimatum, but may still allow room for possibility.

C O N T A C T M E with any questions. Welcome.



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