My April teaching will be up in a few days on my website. I chose to expand on my March 2014 blog, “The Myth of Forgiveness” for a number of reasons. One, I’ve had a number of clients recently who were traumatized by New Age healers, psychics, or self-proclaimed “channels” pushing this concept, as if it is some kind of magic wand that will wipe away the pain of domestic violence, incest, neglect, abuse at work, etc. I get it that for these types of people calling themselves “healers” who have absolutely no training of any kind, using these New Agey cliches affords them a way to feel important, and to make money. The New Age movement is rife with narcissism, which makes it extremely dangerous, just like any other fundamentalist group. Over the 4 decades of my professional life, the tragic stories clients have shared with me about the advice given to them by this group is both terrifying and heartbreaking.
Two, i’ve been doing a lot of teaching lately on Free Will and the Law of Karma, so it seemed appropriate. I wanted to revisit this topic to help people who confuse forgiveness with letting go to free themselves from past injuries. I hope I have accomplished that. For those who subscribe to my blog, you can see the re-written blog now. Just type “The Myth Of Forgiveness” in the search box.
Finally, in closing, remember, never give your power away to anyone. Listen to your heart about what’s best for you. There is a saying in 12-Step Recovery: “Take what you need, and leave the rest”. This is a time in the world where narcissism has become a pandemic. People with no credentials, no training, and no boundaries are everywhere. Truly spiritual people practice non-infringement. They do not give advice of any kind. To do so would create Karma. If all someone has in their healing tool box are cliches and platitudes, or fundamentalist religious beliefs, rather than solid training and credentials, run. Run faster if they tell you they are “channeling” some mystical being who wants to give you advice on what to do with your life. There is a lot of crazy shit out there. Just when I think I’ve heard it all, someone walks through the door with another story. Unbelievable.