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Overcoming spiritual addiction. A guest post by ISABELLE

Empath Isabelle shares how she has emerged from spiritual addiction

Empath Isabelle shares how she has emerged from spiritual addiction

For me, spiritual addiction started when I was 16. I was so, so sensitive. I felt everything that other people felt and found it very very hard to live in objective reality. Hard to live as a human being.

One of my gifts as an empath is that I am a molecular empath. Which may have made it even harder since, back then, I lacked skills as an empath.

Secret struggles, at first

Every day was a struggle; I only felt safe when I was with myself. I hated school. Even though I was considered as one of the ‘cool ones’ (but also the ‘very silent one’), I felt so very different from everybody else.

I couldn’t understand why I had come here. Very painful!

Finding a spiritual teacher

Then my mother told me about Jiddu Krishnamurti. (Her psychologist had given her a book by J.K.)

Immediately I dove into Krishnamurti’s teachings. Somehow I understood every single word of his very complex way of describing life. I loved it…could relate to it so well.

But it also made me feel dizzy somehow. As entering a different reality.

This did not make me feel more safe in objective reality. Quite the opposite.

  • I felt understood by K.  While reading his books, and talking to my mum’s psychologist about him, I felt safer.
  • But as soon as I left Krishnamurti’s world, it returned: The usual pain and horror of being human.

When it became time to interpret life less

I continued with Krishnamurti and several other spiritual teachers until last year. By then I felt so overwhelmed by all the ‘knowledge’ I had inside of myself (given to me by the spiritual teachers, mixed with my own spirituality).

Then I stopped.

Now I wish to know less.

Less of this knowledge on life… that maybe hasn’t reached me through my own real experiences but through other people’s teachings.

I wish to meet life in a more unexpecting, innocent way, not thinking that every word or action (my own or others) holds a special meaning, something to analyze, to put my finger on.

At 28 I am finally understanding more of the downside of doing all that spiritual seeking, all that interpretation of my human experiences. :-)

All that emphasis on spiritual seeking may have made me a victim

Looking back, I would say that I am thankful for the comfort and insight and understanding all of those spiritual teachings gave me.

Now I want to integrate what’s true for me. And do this in a balanced way. Living as human being, hand in hand with my spirit.

Maybe I was a ‘good victim’ because I felt so unsafe as a human being.

On Teal Swan

[Note from Rose: As a contest winner, ISABELLE requested that I read the aura of Teal Swan. You can read the results here: Aura reading Teal Swan. A contest prize for ISABELLE.]

I was for some time part of the Teal Swan Facebook Group.

What did I observe there?

It gave me a strange feeling. I could see how the other members of her Facebook Group were spiritually addicted, that they could not live in objective reality at all.

Seeing and feeling this gave me an insight. I was one of them.

I would be in my room, listening and watching to Teal Swan and all these other spiritual teacher. And it made me feel so relaxed.

I didn’t want to do anything else, just take it all in. Like a drug maybe? Yes.

I don’t want to say anything bad about Teal Swan as a person. I do find her very interesting, even fascinating. She has some very good points.

Reading your detailed reading of Teal Swan’s aura has made me question the words that I chose to describe Teal Swan in my request for you to read her aura. Words like “Coming from another dimension.” And that is supposed to be a good thing?

Thank you!

A Little Postscript from Rose

Big thanks to you, ISABELLE, for this teaching tale about your own emergence from spiritual addiction. Discernment is different from judging — an important distinction for all New Age Consumers.

I also thank you, ISABELLE, is that you sent the photo you did as the basis for my aura reading of Teal Swan, who bills herself as “a spiritual catalyst.” That photograph isn’t recent, I suspect. Why?

Since the time of that photograph, she has shifted into extreme spiritual addiction. This opinion doesn’t come from reading her aura in more photographs but from work done with clients, removing cords of attachment that some of my clients have had to Teal Swan.

In extreme spiritual addiction, cords of attachment become more virus-like. Removal is really a job for someone trained professionally in Rosetree Energy Spirituality (such as you can find at the SESSIONS tab at the top of this page).

What can you co on your own to protect yourself from extreme spiritual addiction?

These days, since The Shift into The Age of Energy, it behooves us to avoid energies, transmissions, initiations, attunements, energetic downloads, ceremonies, etc. that aim to link a person to higher dimensions or life beyond earth. Unfortunately, in this new Age of Energy, it is easy for someone to move into extreme spiritual addiction right along with the idealistic human acting as the catalyst, etc.

You might wish to keep in mind, Blog-Buddies:

  • God and other Divine Beings are not beyond earth. They are right here.
  • Adding input from exotic-sounding astral energies — from spirits, extra-terrestrial beings, etc. — is not required to help you evolve spiritually.
  • The astral beings in your own personal Angel Team (guardian angel, spirit guides, etc.) do not require your begging them for guidance. They support you just fine without that. (You can learn more about this from Use Your Power of Command for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection.)
  • Divine help can be part of your life in the background. Also front and center during your Technique Time.
  • Just avoid practices that aim to make you holier-than-thou or other human beings

You won’t just enjoy a happier life, without bouncing back and forth between being a human being while believing yourself to be spiritually superior.

You can move forward more rapidly on your spiritual path to Enlightenment. Human-based spirituality isn’t flashy. But it can get you There.


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  1. 1
    Kira says:

    Thank you for talking about this, Isabelle.

  2. 2
    David FB says:

    Oh interesting – perhaps the Teal Swan reading is due for an update then? Not a big surprise if it wasn’t a recent photo due to her activity. But you’d think perceptive people would get a hint that somethings not quite right.

    Big difference between divine and astral energies. That might not be obvious to a newbie. But someone experienced? They should know better.

  3. 3
    Zelda says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, Isabelle.

    I relate to the desire for simplicity. I’ve been experiencing that in all areas of my life. So much has fallen away.

    I’ve gotten rid of so many books over the past couple of years.

  4. 4
    Zelda says:

    I guess it’s a form of grief I’ve been experiencing lately in relation to spiritual addiction.

    A couple of experiences have brought home to me how costly spiritual addiction is.

    I’m enjoying an opportunity to work on a project with some amazing, world class designers. I’ve become aware of just how much a person can accomplish when they are actually focused on objective reality and simply working very hard over a period of time at developing their talents.

    I admit that it’s actually quite painful for me to realize how much time and energy I put into spiritual pursuits back in the day, when I really didn’t know who I was.

    I keep doing my best to keep up with all the shifts in consciousness, but oh my, sometimes I do cringe! Does anybody else have those moments?

  5. 5
    Zelda says:

    I was preparing some legal documents related to health care involving the designation of who would step in for me should I ever become incapacitated. My closest relative is not someone I would choose to play that role.

    The last time I worked on this, I’d chosen my cousin. Since then, she stopped communicating with me after I asked her to please refrain from telling me that I just needed to meditate to resolve a serious health issue.

    I needed to remove her name from the document because I can no longer count on her to be there for me in an emergency. I guess because I asked her to stop telling me to meditate, that I’m good with God.

    She’s actually the second person I thought I could count on in a pinch for assistance who has floated off into spiritual addiction.

    Kind of amazing to experience.

  6. 6
    Lilian says:

    Thanks for sharing Isabelle. “Secret struggles” is a good way of putting it.

    It is a bit mad going to school, with your head running over stuff that noone else seems to even acknowledge as real… I remember deciding my thoughts on hell (catholic background) during a Physics lesson, but then deciding it must be impossible.

    But then Radiohead, Nirvana etc were still current, so that was a good distraction!

    Given you’re immense sensitivity as a molecular empath, you’ve done well to clear so many fences by your late 20s. I’m not half as sensitive as you guys and it’s hard enough as it is.

  7. 7
    Brandi says:

    Thank you for sharing your story-deciding to live “hand in hand” with spirit as you say is inspiring. I resonated with that.

  8. 8
    Brandi says:

    Zelda-You asked if anybody else feels the cringe of time/energy spent? Me! Cutting the cord to the teacher of a energetic ponzi scheme has left me cringing at the money/time spent on the courses/books/coaching sessions. Most recently I lost a $1000 deposit on a course I decided to opt out of since discovering this body of knowledge is not helpful to my human life.

    I cringe..and yet I am happy to have found Rose’s work now rather than later. You are not alone:)

  9. 9
    Lilian says:

    Sorry to hear about that Zelda. That does sound difficult. I really don’t know many people into “spiritual’ things and I think it’s best that way. Your design opportunity sounds amazing! Hopefully you’ll be meeting all kinds of new people and friends.

  10. 10
    Lilian says:

    “I keep doing my best to keep up with all the shifts in consciousness, but oh my, sometimes I do cringe! Does anybody else have those moments?”

    I don’t quite know what you mean by that, but how things “feel” does keep changing.

    I tend to take it as a sign of me getting “better” (long story) or is it just what life is like nowadays? Things just feeling slightly different. I seem to becoming more of a creature of habit in order to keep track.

  11. 11
    Lilian says:

    ok, I misunderstood. yeah, we’ve all wasted time and money. though, I guess it’s almost part of the deal living in these times with some empath (and/or psychic) abilities. i try to remind myself that it’s actually really cool to have these abilities. I’m not afraid of death or dying in the slightest, i can feel all kinds of things with my hands and I can see people’s thoughts and generally freak them out! mwa haha. though it’s also cool as a way to have compassion for folk. also, i can get really inspired and excited by things, and feel like I have some inside info on the mysteries of life, which is likely to stop ennui ever being a problem. hooray! that has to be better than just seeing life as a game to get as many pounds in the bank as possible. xxx

  12. 12
    Mirana says:

    Hi Rose
    Love your new profile picture. Reflects the new you!

    I am really enjoying and working everyday the Empowered Empath book.

    I realize I previously have been hit and miss with doing techniques but feel ‘empowered’ this year to develop skills.

    I have had enough of my own complaining about how hard it is to be an empath!

  13. 13
    Mirana says:

    Your techniques are subtle but deeply profound. I like the way you have laid out the information as a program of learning. Your descriptions are clear.

    And I finally ‘get’ that we were given the gifts turned on at birth. I am one of those who felt because I had the gift that I had an obligation to do something with it. Otherwise why would I have it. (that was my rationale).

    So now I give myself full permission to learn how to turn the gifts off. I have noticed changes already!

  14. 14
    Mirana says:

    I wrote a review on Kobobooks which is where I purchased it.

  15. 15
    Zelda says:

    Thanks, Brandi and Lilian.

    Growth! Been through so many shifts and I know it comes with the territory.

    Just nice to connect with others along the way. Helps the cringing to subside. 🙂

  16. 16
    Lilian says:

    I did calculate how much money I would have saved if not for me need to understand myself. I decided to forgive myself and then work out a financial plan for the future. :-p

    I remember when I was still a PhD student feeling energy with my hands while sitting with a bunch of people who were either fundamentalist Christians or atheists (that’s the maths way). Feeling like you belong is not easy! Especially as the people who do know something about what you experience often have an unbalanced, unhealthy relationship with spirit. It’s like you don’t belong anywhere!! Sad panda.

  17. 17

    Big thanks to everyone who has commented so far!

    In Comment 12, MIRANA, you became the first commenter to notice that I did, indeed, change my photo at this blog.

    The old one was from 2013, after I had moved into Enlightenment but still very outdated.

    This newer one isn’t fancy. It’s just, “Grab a camera, Mitch.” Because my hair is fairly decent and I am wearing my gorgeous scarf made by Elaine Warfield!

  18. 18

    Re Comment 13, isn’t it interesting how the basic principles of Empath Empowerment(R) ARE worth revisiting. We get them at progressively more awake versions.

    No wonder I have a whole series of books now for empaths! It is heartening that “The Empowered Empath” is the easiest one yet to understand.

  19. 19

    Re Comment #14, thanks so very much for reviewing at Kobo.

    For any of you Blog-Buddies who haven’t seen the updated list of where to purchase ebook editions, here’s a link:

    Where to buy eBooks and the Happiness CD by Rose Rosetree

  20. 20
    David FB says:

    Lilian – just keep in mind that nothing is a waste. Even if we don’t get the results we intended or realize at some point we’ve outgrown the approach we used to use, it doesn’t mean what was before was wrong or a mistake.

    Life is a process of unfolding. Celebrate your discoveries and allow what has been to be. It is in self-acceptance that the doors open to the cosmic value of who you are.

  21. 21
    Isabelle says:

    Thank you for reading my story and thank you Rose for appreciating my thoughts.

  22. 22
    Isabelle says:

    Simplicity is the right word, ZELDA. I have gotten rid of so many books, too. I only had spiritual-self-help books, tons of them (there’s nothing bad about self-help-books…I just had too many…from authors I now would consider as spiritually addicted).

    I was not able to decide anything without asking some guide, psychic, astrologer, kinesiologist etc. etc. I did not rely on my self AT ALL. So happy I in the end was able to decide…to live a more simple life, working on my self-authority.
    So yes, ZELDA, I also invested so much time, energy and money in order to live a spiritual life, aligned with my life purpose, my soulflame, etc. etc. In the end, nothing ever felt right. I felt so unsure about everything. Every little action, every step I took.
    Oh, I spent SO MUCH money on these things…

  23. 23
    Isabelle says:

    ROSE, you are really one of the first persons I know (in the new age field) who talks about spiritual addiction. Thank you!

  24. 24
    Isabelle says:

    LILIAN, Nirvana was a good ‘escape’ for me too:-)

    I am thankful to finally understand a bit more and see clearer…in some way I always did, but oh so much confusion, distraction and STUFF (I guess).
    ‘Become the most important person in the room’ was eye-opening for me. I still have to work on my skills and I guess remove a lot of STUFF.

  25. 25
    Elaine says:

    Congratulations Isabelle on moving forward! Rose, I noticed the new picture of course earlier in the week. And I knew that would be your color!

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