Posted 16 May 2013 - 07:30 PM
What A. Moran suggests is the "on the sidewalk" answer. What I mean when I say that is in matters of this type of discussion the practical and most straight forward answer is the most useful. Monastic father after monastic father says that in their writings. We believe in the concreteness of this world. The Devil and his demons function in that which doesn't exist, he is the father of all lies. Keep your feet planted solidly on the ground.
Actually what Kusanagi suggest is a product of this very same assertion, but it is in the light of writings advising monastics. As we take our religious or spiritual journeys, in the process of growing many people are lead away from the path they had embarked on. As a result, just as a hiker who hikes off the blazed path gets lost the "seeker" does also. To put it another way, if a person goes on a spiritual journey to seek out God all the distractions that constitute his greatest weaknesses will show-up. His prayers may seem to be answered, life may seem to be falling in to place, but DO NOT get distracted by these things. Likewise getting distracted by what may appear to be premonitions (whether they are premonitions or not) is to loose your focus on your goal, which is God.
The ultimate truth is that it doesn't matter from which the "premonitions" came, they don't matter. seek God first. Don't let yourself be distracted by anything. A quote by Thomas Carlyle fits here.
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.
So seek first the kingdom of God, everything else is distractions.