Recently, Blog-Buddy Nancy presented a passionate, articulate critique of my work. Searing, really.
She did a great job of presenting questions/problems that many people may have of my work in general and this blog in particular.
Today’s post is devoted to responding to those concerns. You’ll find Nancy’s original comment following my aura reading of Newt Gingrich. To organize a response, I’m cut and pasting comments into an order that seems logical to me.
But today’s post is also a place for YOU to express any questions, comments, doubts, even criticisms you have — whether about what I teach in any of my specialties, the type of blog-posts that I offer in this community, or my personal style as a spiritual teacher (which is mostly what Nancy objected to). Not that I plan to change any of these, but perhaps I can clarify.
By contrast, if you have questions or criticisms related to specific blog posts, that’s one purpose of the COMMENTS BOX at the end of each post.
I also invite you to comment with praise, of course. For instance, you might share your point of view about my work, benefits you have received from my sessions, how you have been using skills of energetic literacy, etc. You might comment about the model of spiritual expert promulgated by Abraham-Hicks, since this is a major part of Nancy’s critique of me.
Is a spiritual teacher allowed to comment on politicians?
Nancy wrote: Your Gingrich reading left me dumbfounded. The evaluation may be very accurate; I’m not experienced enough to know but the intensity of the words chosen (in contrast to the Hanks reading) is a clear mirror of the person who expresses them.
In the culture of New Age, it’s unusual for a spiritual teacher to comment on politicians. Instead, in New Age culture a teacher will either ignore politics entirely or else generalize about politicians… which Nancy does later, incidentally.
This particular blog is devoted to Deeper Perception Made Practical. All the forms of energetic literacy that I teach are intended to answer questions like “Who is this person? How is this person changing?”
Sometimes media interviewers have asked me to answer such questions as a matter of opinion, more like gossip. “What do you think of XYZ?” I’ll refuse. My answer is quite consistent. “Show me a photo. I will read that.”
For example, the three lie detector tests in Aura Reading Through All Your Senses are extremely accurate. Once I did an interview with a newspaper in Nevada, the Las Vegas Sun. I was given about seven photos of local newsmakers to read. I found many positive things to say about most of them. But three of them were outrageous liars, distinctively awful, each in his own way. So I mentioned this.
Reporter Sue Snyder began her article this way, Rose Rosetree can spot a potential fibber a mile away. Or, in this case, 2,400 miles away.
Then she quoted my comments about these three men. All were well known to locals. All three had been indicted recently for various crimes and misdemeanors. If voters had used energetic literacy, they could have avoided putting these men in positions of power.
What’s the point of an election if it isn’t to make the most informed choices you can? What’s the point of following politics if not to make choices? And surely one of the most practical reasons for energetic literacy is to inform one’s choices as a voter.
Aura reading, empath merges, face reading in depth — why bother?
These aren’t just hobbies. Not to me. Energetic literacy techniques activate as much spiritual consciousness as each person has. The point isn’t to brag “I can read auras” but to improve quality of life. To help others. To make smart choices in every aspect of life. And, yes, to vote intelligently.
Ethics dictates not to share insights of Deeper Perception in public about regular people. But when someone is a newsmaker, a reality show star, politician, spiritual teacher, sure. Why wouldn’t we be allowed to use our best skills and clearest language to explore that person’s who-you-be.
Moving toward Enlightenment as the householders we are
Enlightenment, and all that leads up to it, isn’t just for monks with long beards who squester themselves in caves. Householders today are aiming to become Enlightened, too. What will that mean?
What DOES it mean, as consciousness grows day by day and, with it, people in regular society are developing full energetic literacy? Exploring that is the purpose of this blog, remember? Our community of Blog-Buddies here is exploring and learning about that, me included. I wonder:
- Does Nancy consider that, as healers, people are allowed to find problems?
- Are spiritual people allowed to find problems in family members, or themselves, in order to make better choices?
- Are we allowed to look, really look, at people involved in national elections?
- Are we only allowed to be positive about all people at all times?
Are intense words really unspiritual?
Nancy was shocked, shocked by the tone of my blog post, alarmed by “the intensity of the words chosen (in contrast to the Hanks reading)”
Hello! Politicians, heads of financial institutions, media magnates, etc. are getting away with outrageous actions these days. Recently I read an article about shoes that purportedly tone muscles in the legs and butt. As described in an article at PRwatch.org, ” Skechers, Reebok, Avia and New Balance with claims that they promote healthy weight loss, improve posture, fight cellulite, reduce knee joint stress and improve the shape of wearers’ thighs and buttocks. The customer base for the shoes is 90 percent women, and they sell for $100 to $250, They also represent the fastest-growing segment of the athletic footwear industry.”
After the original manufacturer became successful advertising with this angle, other sneaker manufactures began developing similar product with similar advertising. There’s a nice chunk of market share now, selling these shoes to women who want to look as if they exercise without having to actually do the work.
Not one research study gave any evidence the claim was true. (Unless you count research studies paid for by the shoe manufacturers.) In the article I read, a spokesperson for the original company was asked about that. Didn’t it matter to him that the claim was false? As I recall his response, he said:
Who cares if the claims for his product are true? If women believe the shoes are good and keep buying them, that’s all that matters.
Independent fact checkers, covering this election season, are finding that millions of dollars are spent on attack ads. The majority of these, funded by undisclosed sources, are either outright lies or else they combine one nugget of truth with a poop-load of falsehood.
In a world like this, you bet I get angry. My tone is not going to be the same, commenting about person whose career is based on integrity versus a corrup shoe manufacturer or politician.
And what kind of spirituality is it when all that’s expected is a bland smile? I don’t believe in being that kind of teacher, anyway. Socrates is a hero to me, not Rhonda Byrne.
Nancy asks, “Whats up with the political agenda?
It isn’t a political agenda, it’s a truthiness agenda. Any of you Blog-Buddies who want to guest post, using techniques of energetic literacy, are invited to add your perspective on any public figure discussed here. And, actually, many of you have shared some spirited comments that contradicted me completely.
What about those of you who don’t like politics? Well, skip all the posts about politicians. You’ll find other posts galore at Deeper Perception Made Practical.
Generalizing about politicians in a “spiritual” way
Nancy went on to share her perspective on politics:
It doesn’t take much to figure out that the major political players in general worldwide are in the hate and anger band of emotions. Not all politicians but the ones who hold the power and it doesn’t matter which party. It is about power not about caring for people. Some of them are just smoother with the language but it is really about controlling the masses through regulations).
I wonder if Nancy has noticed that recently President Obama signed into law the first National Health Care Legislation in American history. Has she noticed that the main Republican “idea” with campaigning into this major election is… to repeal this advance in our collective life?
How can someone pay attention to real events in America in 2010 and then go on to generalize that all the politicians are in a “hate and anger band of emotions”? Personally, I think it’s pretty compassionate to stop insurance companies from denying coverage to paying customers because of pre-existing conditions. I think it’s a relief to millions of parents that their 21-year-old kids can keep health coverage for a few years longer. That’s the “love band” in my internal radio.
Isn’t the point of government to help people, to protect people, to keep the free market from getting out of balance, to strike a social balance as much as possible? Does anyone who actually follows the facts believe that all matters of legislative record are about what Nancy seems to notice, degrees of smoothness?
Since when is being wilfully blind to political reality a way to demonstrate the ideal way for a spiritual person engages with reality? Personally I don’t believe that spirituality is supposed to be about disengaging, or not following political events, or blithely outsourcing informed decisions to a channeled source like Abraham.
You might not want to read my blog posts about energetic literacy directed toward politicians. You might prefer to read your favorite political blogs. But is it spiritual to use Deeper Perception to explore these important real life happenings? I think so.
Can you tell, Blog-Buddies? My belief in this is passionate. Because I believe that now, in this third millennium, spirituality can finally become accountable. People who are sensitive, empaths and others, are poised to throw off the “victim” way of life and become powerful leaders. Enlightenment can be lived by householders from any walk of life. Anyway, back at my alleged spiritual deficits…
Quoting Abraham-Hicks to define what spirituality means
Nancy concluded: “I am new to this but somehow I expected more from those who claim to understand how life works. I thought one aspires to get above or climb out of the snakepit of political controversy to reach a higher plane of understanding. I think the Hicks books explain this contrast well particulary The Vortex. Its about why one should not engage in the negative.”
One person’s “engaging in the negative” could be another person’s “engaging in reality.” Abraham-Hicks is a very astral-centered belief system. In my upcoming book Magnetize Money with Energetic Literacy,you will find a detailed critique of Law of Attraction and The Secret, as well as other discoveries made possible because of energetic literacy.
You can learn the consequences of any spiritual path by reading chakra databanks. Or one can continue in the sweet, second millennium stereotype of spirituality, where people can present the most astounding lies and get away with it. Spiritual teacheres can sugarcoat reality, advocating practices that are aurically toxic. And, I suspect, aren’t necessarily being followed by those who do the advocating (this not a mere theory but a suspicion that is based on my having read auras of some spiritual teachers).
Supposedly, according to the model Nancy shares with many in New Age, or Christianity, or Buddhism, or yoga teachers, a “spiritual” person is supposed to give a bland smile and always ignore the negative.
Well I am not that kind of “spiritual” person. Although that kind of bland spirituality may be inoffensive and may help people sell books, how much does it help people in the long run?
New to New Age
To me, the most telling part of Nancy’s critique of me was where she wrote, “I am new to this.”
Yes, she is. If she spends 40 years as a professional in mind-body-spirit, like me, she will encounter plenty of deception, broken hearts, and horrible personal tragedies. They happen when people faithfully follow leaders who sound great on the surface but wouldn’t sound so great if examined with Stage 3 Energetic Literacy.
After years of passionate involvement in New Age, maybe Nancy will become more like me, someone who doesn’t love the sleazy side of New Age any more than she likes the equivalent garbage in Christianity or politics or psychotherapy or anything else.
There is a kind of New Age Litany being expressed in Nancy’s comment. I think it’s important for any consumer, New Age or otherwise, to evaluate the parts of this 10-point Litany, so I’ll devote my next post to that. Otherwise, I’ll say here that when Nancy has been steeped longer in New Age culture, she probably would never write a critique like the one she recently delivered to me. Instead, she would turn up her nose, think “How unspiritual! I shouldn’t sully my eyes further” and move onto another blog, preferably one that is steeped in the words and vibe of that New Age Litany.
Thanks for giving honest feedback, Nancy. That isn’t “unspiritual.” At least, not to me. In fact, it is exactly what I aim to do at this blog and elsewhere.
I love the authenticity of your reaction and the willingness to engage. Three cheers for you! Nancy, you have spoken for many, I suspect, who have lurked at this blog, saw something political or read something in any way negative about anyone and stopped immediately.
Not really unlike my Catholic girlfriends, back in the day.
- “Is this of The Devil?”
- “Is this movie on the Church’s list of the forbidden movies?”
- “Will I have to bring this up in Confession, or can I let it slide?”
Let’s celebrate freedom of thought, self-authority. Let’s learn to read truth for ourselves (the whole point of this Blog, remember). Let’s live in this new Aquarian Age with our full empowerment, love, and light.
That doesn’t make us interchangeable nor bland nor scared to think for ourselves. Not unless we choose to be.