Dreams and Visions

Vision from God: “Check the Power Source”

“Check the Power Source”

What do you see?

Luke 11:35: “Make sure the light you think you have is not really darkness.”

 

 

lampsvisionOne day while praying, my room fell away and I saw two huge lamps taller than I am appear before me. They were identical in every way. They both produced light. They were both the same size, shape and color. I could see the light bulbs đź’ˇ suspended within the lampshades, as if they were see-through. The light surrounding both of the them was radiant and beautiful.

I heard God say: “this is how it often is with false healings and signs and wonders. They look identical, so how can you tell the difference?”

I didn’t answer immediately, thinking, and then I appeared in the vision with the lamps as if there were two of me and I was watching my twin. Running my hand over the lamp’s chord, I saw myself kneeling to trace the chord behind a table and could feel the chord in my “empty” hand. I could see that each lamp was plugged into a different outlet.

“You get down on your knees and trace the power source,” God replied gently. “You get down on your knees and pray, and know my Word. But unlike false miracles that come with a price of slavery, mine are freely given now that Christ has paid your bill.”

It was then that each outlet morphed. Mist and darkness (Acts 13:11) poured out of one outlet, while beautiful rainbow  promises flowed out of the other.

I saw myself on my knees praying, an open Bible on the floor in front of me. The overwhelming power of God swirled about me both in the vision and when I found myself back in my room.

This vision had been a unique answer to a prayer  I had been asking for awhile. At first, other than my own visions, my only experiences with the supernatural were through work. I am in the natural mental health field, and I am surrounded by healers who operate under every other name but the real Jesus of Nazareth: names like Reiki, Yoga, Crystal Healing, Angel Readers. I love them all as Christ does…they are my friends and most just have a heart to heal others like I do. God sure does lead me into some very interesting conversations with them!

I regularly see their miracles, and like the snake tricks in Egypt, they get results. Hands on healings, instant fruit, and even call themselves light workers. But every time I checked where their miracles were coming from, they were involved with obvious sin and darkness. And there always seemed to be a price to pay somewhere else for those who had received astounding healing. I could actually watch the fruit wither on the vine within weeks or months.

I kept asking where God’s answer and version of this healing was, and He so graciously brought me to a Christian community where people are plugged into God, with genuine signs and wonders following. I have since seen His healings and answers to all the darkness in this world  which is no match for Him anyway!

If you ever see things that make you wonder, look at the source. Are they plugged into YHWH? The Word? Prayer? Is there lasting fruit in their life? Are you plugged into God, the author of all discernment?

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Then, a couple months after drawing this picture, I walked into a furniture store and there were the twin lamps from my vision! In the flesh! God tingled my spirit with JOY, and I laughed out loud; I had just so happened to be looking for lamps for my living room, but not only that, they matched, and were half off (as I never would have bought them otherwise, and He knew it!). He is such a good good Father, and I am so thankful to be plugged into His heart.

 

 

Mental Health

Mental Illness vs. Spiritual Experiences

Is it mental illness? Or is it something else? Could it be something Spiritual or Otherworldly? Are those voices coming from a malfunctioning Temporal Lobe (more in a future blog), which can cause heightened spiritual experiences, feelings of dejĂ vu, and even hallucinations, or could they actually be coming from something in the spiritual realm? These questions have plagued mankind for as long as the mind has existed. Many illnesses were contributed to spiritual causes once upon a time, but mental illness is the only one that seems to perpetuate this dual causation. I find myself defending a stance that modern psychiatry has long tried to stamp out with only science.

I personally feel it can be both spiritual and neurobiological, either, or neither. And I have experienced all three. I have lived normally (experiencing neither) most of my life, but have also had more than my fair share of psychosis (even catatonia) and have had many encounters with the spiritual realm that no one could ever convince me of being psychotic.

Most of these experiences were very different from each other, although I do think one of them was a combination of both. I will be talking about my journey as someone who has had a successful run of treating bipolar naturally for years (best-selling author of Med Free Bipolar, Amazon), but has also operated in the “seer” capacity of seeing beyond the Veil into the spiritual realm off and on since I was three. I am a follower of Christ, but have spent much time (as an Asian Studies minor in college and living in Japan) studying world religions and know more about most religious/spiritual beliefs than many of the people who claim them.

I also operate in a professional peer-to-peer setting as a Dr. Amen Brain Health Certified Coach, where science, research, proof and evidence reign in my day-to-day work, but where clients regularly are drawn to me to talk about all the spiritual and religious things they can’t explain to their psych doctor without fear of committal and extra medications. It’s a safe place where nurses share about the fading light and spirits they see leave people’s bodies at the hospital where they work, and “new agers” chat with me about astral travel and past lives at the same time they talk to me about their mood swings and anxiety. I even get to pray over some of them for healing if they ask me to, right before I share with them what has worked for me using scientifically-backed natural methods. The juxtaposition between the two should seem strange, but is just a part of my ‘normal’ day. God has given me more than one way to provide them with insight and answers.

But now I am meeting whole groups of people who operate in the supernatural without a diagnoses of mental illnesses. On the “I’m spiritual not religious” side, many of them talk of “astral travel”, meditation, seeing spirit guides and claim to be messengers of angels, as well as healers performing successful hands-on-healing techniques where I have seen results. Many in this group seek enlightenment and talk of hearing voices from the supernatural realms without seeming to care if people call them ‘crazy’.

On the “religious not spiritual” side of this, I have interviewed many people who operate in what is called the Gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthinans 12), or other religious experiences, like seeing into the spiritual realms, speaking in tongues (heavenly languages), discerning whether spirits are good or bad, and even the Christian version of astral projection, called “traveling in the spirit”, or “supernatural transportation” (2 Corinthians 12:1-5, Revelation 4:1-6, Ezekial 8). Many in this group are also performing successful healing miracles, seeing angels and demons, and seeing people delivered from mental illness for good. One of my favorite early “faith-healers” was Katheryn Kuhlman, who saw thousands of people healed in her meetings without even touching them (watch the old videos on YouTube).

I sometimes wonder what would happen if a psychiatrist could hear these two groups talk about spirit travel and angels without locking them up for good! There is already one in five people diagnosed with a mental illness! There is a debate beginning whether mental illness even exists, or if psychotic experiences are just a “shaman” or “seer” coming into their abilities. (Shamanistic view of mental health). I personally, however, have seen people develop their first psychotic episodes due to delving into spiritual practices such as reiki, yoga and meditation. (See the chapter in my Med Free Bipolar book titled: Mind, Body, Spirit)

So, how do you know whether what you are dealing with is mental illness, or something spiritual? Well, sometimes you just can’t. But there needs to be more discussion about both, and more dialogue about options that are out there for addressing the underlying neurobiological issues (see www.medfreebipolar.wordpress.com), as well as the spiritual solutions that exist. In this blog, I will be openly talking about all things mental health, as well as things that seem quite crazy, like exploring the word God laid on my heart recently: See-ER (Spelled SEER in a vision but pronounced to me in my heart as See-ER, one who sees.) As I study the differences between diagnosable “crazy” and “seeing” and “hearing” voices from God, my life weaves back and forth between the two like a braided cord my whole life. There are many stories I will tell that are clearly not “diagnosable”, or explainable by the world of psychiatry, which include many visions that later came true, as well as incidents that other people witnessed.

I believe God’s Psychiatry is the answer, both in the answers He has given us for Med Free mental health, as well as the spiritual answers. We are body, soul and spirit, and separating them and compartmentalizing them is part of why we have found ourselves in such a mental health mess.

It’s time to open our Hearts, Minds, and Spiritual Eyes to the only One who has all of the answers.