Blog-Buddies, PENNY is the latest member of our Energy Spirituality community to share a story about her empowerment as an empath and a person. What did exiting a cult have to do with it? Read and marvel!
On this Valentine’s Day, I invite all you Blog-Buddies to take heart. Celebrate your spiritual growth, moving out STUFF with techniques like 12 Steps to Cut Cords of Attachment(R), filling up with what thrills your soul.
Moving forward on your personal path to Enlightenment, there may be apparent setbacks like suffering cult mind control. Or recovering from past experiences with people or groups of people who “hurt” you. Afterwards, when you break free and reclaim your own sense of self, your own life, it is all the stronger. Truth is, nobody has the power to permanently hurt your soul, your gifts, your identity.
Nothing and nobody has the power to destroy you, unless you allow it. Why? Because you are in charge of this spiritual journey. You, an amazing and unique creation of the Divine.
You were made with Divine love, light, and power (including power of command). With spiritual self-authority, you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t.
On this day of the heart, I am grateful yet again to be able to teach energetic literacy, helping you’all to have better discernment about organizations like the one described here… using energetic literacy to evaluate anything that you consider adding or subtracting in life. I am grateful to coach you empaths. I’m so glad for the Energy Spirituality skills like cord-cutting and the skill set for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection. So many of you Blog-Buddies are freeing yourself up.
And I feel so privileged to witness the rapid (authentic) spiritual growth of my clients PENNY and RAY. As you can see, RAY’s recent post inspired today’s share by PENNY. I just added headings, minor edits… and admiration for PENNY’s courage.
Exiting a religious cult
Thanks for your post, RAY. I joined a religious cult for seven years. The two characteristics of cult that stood out for me were:
- Unquestioning obedience to the beliefs and practices of the cult
- How difficult it was to leave without being shamed or ostracized
I joined initially because I was a burned-out social worker. Also, I was looking for something deeper and more meaningful in my life.
On the surface, the idea of serving God was appealing to me. I felt the bliss of being part of a group that was so devoted.
I felt important somehow. As a lay person attending workshops, classes, and services, everything was new, energizing, and refreshing.
It wasn’t until I became more involved with the cult, and went through initiations, that I started noticing some discrepancies.
There was certainly no room to disagree with any of the teachings or offer a different point of view.
No self-authority was allowed.
Anyone who used self-authority was considered a troublemaker and was shamed, often in front of the other group members.
At the time, I didn’t have enough faith and trust in my own intuitions and common sense…
to make a healthy decision…
to get the hell out of there.
I was in my 20’s at the time.
The high price of leaving a cult
I eventually left the cult after 7 years but it almost cost me my life.
I had no money. No place to live. No job to go to.
Pre-cult friends and family members? I had not really been in regular contact with them.
I joined the cult with the intention of being of service. I left believing that I had turned my back on God and was indeed going to Hell. (The cult viewed being human as a hellish kind of existence!)
These are potent archetypal forces in the psyche. And add to that a control over personal power. This I now see as bullying.
By the way, there were lovely members in the cult as well as the tyrants.
Exiting a cult can take longer than simply leaving a cult
I am still dealing with the effects 25 years later, especially since I am letting go of my addictions and allowing my subconscious mind to heal.
I am learning to value my self-authority and trust my own discernment more than ever before. Sessions with Rose have definitely helped this along.