Okay, so I’ve started the Veridican Manual for Clergy, and here’s the web address. It may be published someday, but it really needs to be free and available, so I will probably keep it as a website.
The term “City of Stars” will be replaced with “Kingdom of God.” in the Tenets of Veridicanism.
1. Jesus used the term Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven interchangeably in the Gospels, and he is referring to the place where God is fully realized, and that is the definition of the City of Stars.
2. The City of Stars was used because it’s what I see on the astral plane as I approach it through astral travel. It appears to be a galaxy-sized city. So, I called it the City of Stars, but I would rather defer to Christ’s terminology, because mine has no special meaning, even to me. It was just a descriptive term.
3. “City of Stars” is an awkward and unnecessary term for Veridicans who mostly come from a Christian background.
When deciding if the practice of the psychic arts is good or evil, it might help to realize that Jesus used them as well—and Jesus felt we should do what he did, and do even more.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.” John 14:12 (RSV)
Jesus predicted the future (Matthew 24), performed healings (Luke 13:10-17), used clairvoyance (Matthew 17:27), referred to astrology (Matthew 24:29-31), and astrology was used to indicate his birth (Matthew 2:1). He performed exorcisms (Matthew 8:29-31), gave personal psychic readings (John 4:4-26), and used spell work to cure the blind (John 9:6). Not to mention, he also spoke with the dead (John 11:38-43).
Some churches preach against the psychic arts and claim that what Jesus did, he did by the power of the Holy Spirit, but what psychics do is done by the power of the devil—even though I’ve never met a psychic who believed the devil was the root of their power. And Jesus had to deal with the same criticisms when the Pharisees accused him of using the power of the devil to cast out demons (Matthew 12:24).
So, the psychic arts were clearly practiced by Jesus. We are encouraged by Jesus himself to do what he did and to do more of it, and the same charge of it being an evil practice was levied against Jesus the same as it is against psychics today. But the evidence is clear, if you’re following the teachings of Jesus, you ought to be practicing the psychic arts.