Neha_rose wrote: I'm looking more into eastern gods because Taoism and qigong really 'click' with me and make me feel grounded, but I worry about not being accepted by a god apart from my lineage because someone told me they will shun you in the afterlife if you weren't born into their culture.
To be blunt, whoever told you that didn't really know what they were talking about. It's true there are some closed traditions where one might have to be born into the culture, or go through specific initiations, etc, to really know particular deities/spirits/etc. For a modern example, if you want to honor and know the mysteries of the deities of Gardnerian Wicca, you are going to have to be initiated into Gardnerian Wicca, because that information is oathbound to the tradition. That said, there are many, many
open traditions out there.
Classical pagans did not limit themselves to the gods of the culture they were born into, even if they would have been the ones most would gravitate to, as they'd be the ones more well known to them. We know Isis was widely worshiped in ancient Egypt, but her worship spread throughout the ancient world, and there was a temple of hers in Roman Pompeii. The ancient Egyptians adopted foreign deities into their pantheon, such as Qadesh. The Greeks worshiped Bendis, a foreign goddess. The Romans worshiped the Celtic Epona. They even merged deities to become 'new' ones, like Serapis, or Sulis-Minerva. Many Eastern pantheons are no different, and many are open to worshipers who are from other cultures.
That worry could be blocking you from forming a connection. Try reading up on the deities and practices that interest you, look far back into their origins, and look how they spread. You will probably find quite a bit of movement, additions, change, etc, through the history. Also know that forming a connection can take a long time, and it can feel or be experienced in many different ways. Not everyone will necessarily feel a presence, etc. Acknowledgement can come in many small ways. And it may only come after quite a time of devotion. One can also learn the lessons of a deity, grow through honoring them, without ever really "feeling" them. It can be very different from person to person.
I sing of you, blessed, night-winged Dream, Messenger of things to come, greatest prophet to mortals, in the quiet of sweet sleep you come silently and speak to the soul.