People are fascinated by fortune telling, dream interpretations, palmistry and spiritual revelations, all supposedly allowing advance assessment of risks. Still, many do not take most predictions seriously, mainly because the assessments for potential danger are not evidence-based.
The Downsides of Relying on Fortune Telling
Information acquired from fortune telling is not an accurate basis for assessments. They do not present evidence but merely assumptions of what to take as precautionary measures.
Animal lovers are not inclined to be enthusiastic about fortune telling as some methods adhere to ancient practices of sacrificing animals. Others even practice haruspication, which looks for divinations and signs in the bloody entrails of slain animals.
Academicians opine that entrusting one’s destiny to fortune telling and other practices can cause cognitive distortion. We tend to make plans and decisions based on assumptions that some things or certain events will end badly, or are bad for us.
Instead of making assessments based on results of actual personal performances and knowledge of competitors, predictions tend to limit our natural abilities. They also bar us from developing our resiliency against failures, since we constantly avoid taking risks.
While there is nothing wrong with seeking the services of fortune tellers, there are other factors to consider whether a business or a career is the best fit for our personal condition or personality. Knowing our competitors, what they can do and the resources they are using are factors that can help us gauge the challenges we face before making positive or negative assumptions.
Spiritual Revelations and Our Religious Beliefs
The greater majority are more inclined to believe in divinations based on spiritual revelations. Such revelations are disclosures of divine guidance for humanity so that lives can be transformed to create harmonious relationships.
In religion, spiritual revelations may be exhibited by way of visions, insights, spiritual experiences or mystical events.
Actually every major religion typically started out as the privileged insights of the religion’s founder, on which the faith of the followers rely. The profoundness of the founder’s insights often relate to the true meaning of life, for being the anointed messenger of God who has control of all things happening in the universe.
Spiritual revelations occur through different media such as by way of dreams, visions or auditory phenomena. In indigenous religions, spiritual revelations are often linked to mystical divination techniques.
Such methods are known and understood only by religious personas who have years of proven prophetic experience. As deliverer of the Words of God, spiritual revelations speak of certainty and therefore easier to use as bases in assessing one’s courses of actions.
While these are religions of literate societies that can discern spiritual revelations by reading religious scriptures, there are also nonliterate cultures who observe spiritual revelations using different media.
Divine guidance can be identified by way of supernatural abilities to perform miracles with the aid of amulets, ability to read stones and interpret natural formations of elements appearing in the sky as heavenly bodies.