Throughout history, women have been persecuted by religious communities. From the Salem Witch Trials to Joan of Arc, women have undergone intense scrutiny from the outside world for their beliefs, practices, and abilities.
But what about the persecution of women against each other in the spiritual community?
Witch Hunts in the Spiritual Community
A couple of years ago there was a woman in the online world who was a spiritually themed event planner. Her events quickly became the sought after gig for budding speakers and online spiritual entrepreneurs, her first one drawing some bigger names in the industry. Her second event, however, did not go as well. Due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, her event did less than stellar and she was unable to pay her speakers or for the event itself. (A very common occurance) What happened following the event is open for debate, she has her side, others have theirs. However, what I saw spoke for itself. The people in the online community created a witch hunt, attacking her, gossiping, creating Facebook live videos about their ideas of who she was and what everyone should do to her if they came into contact with her. People hacked her accounts and slandered her on her own pages, angry women posted live videos shouting things like, “You don’t eff with Lightworkers!” It was a disgraceful lynch mob mentality and it was in the spiritual community that pretends to speak so loudly against this type of behavior. They found a witch, and they were determined to see her punished for her crimes.
This is the type of behavior spiritual people have come to expect from others outside of the community. Spiritual people talk about how difficult the world can be when interacting with others who don’t “get it”, but the reality is the witch hunts happen just as much within the community, if not more than from outside sources and unfortunately, this is not new.
One of the biggest best selling spiritual authors on the market today is known for having their team scare and bully people who leave bad reviews about their books. Spiritual coaches online have threatened and bad mouthed others, share personal details about them and even ask their followers to attack them. It is an underbelly in the spiritual community that people don’t want to talk about and ends up being carried away by the wind with people wondering what is true and what is gossip, never leaving anyone accountable for their actions. After thirty years in the spiritual community, I can assure you, this happens more frequently then people talk about.
How Do Spiritual People Get Away Behavior?
If this is such a frequent occurrence why don’t more people openly talk about it?
“Spiritual” people get away with this type of behavior because they use the disguise of being “high vibe”. As with any of the cases mentioned, the spiritual witch hunters claim that they don’t allow negative talk because they are high vibe. Therefore, it is their sacred mission to eliminate the negativity through any means necessary. The danger of persecution and witch hunts in the spiritual community is that since it is cloaked with “enlightenment,” people get away with and are encouraged by this type of behavior. Because they use the disguise of spirituality they can not only deceive people, they can make them believe so wholeheartedly that they are the victims, that their clients, followers, and fans join the witch hunt as well. It is important to remember, just because a person is spiritual does not mean their actions or motives are spiritually based.
There is also the fame factor. When a more well-known teacher attacks a lesser known professional it is terrifying for them. Their business, reputation, and livelihood are suddenly on the line and the fear of speaking out will only make matters worse. Instead, they attempt to sweep it under the rug and move on in hopes that their careers are not damaged beyond repair. This is similar to how large corporations steal from small businesses. They know the small businesses cannot afford to hire the legal counsel to combat them so they have an advantage and do as they please.
Why Do We Persecute Each Other?
Persecution stems from our own feelings of not being good enough and needing to control. The more we put others down the more we inflate our ego pride which gives us a momentary fix of “I’m good enough, because I’m better than them.” But of course, this doesn’t last and is never truly fulfilling because the validation is not real. All true validation comes from Spirit and that validation up-levels our consciousness and sustains us. The only way we will ever feel good enough is by understanding who we are in Spirit and how that makes us perfect and whole.
We believe that by judging others it means we are conducting our lives, relationships, business, and spirituality, correctly. If others are wrong then we must be right. We judge others because in doing so we forget that we actually feel our own sense of inferiority underneath the perfect planning, action, and appearance. By making others wrong, stupid, careless, or ignorant, we feel smarter, more thoughtful, and savvier in our own lives.
We judge parents for not parenting the way we do or feel is correct. We feel poorly about the way people conduct themselves. We criticize the way people talk, dress, act, love, learn, speak, teach, drive, and everything in between. We relentlessly judge people on social media and get keyboard courage to criticize complete strangers. We judge our waiters, bank tellers, people driving in front of us, people on the subway next to us, celebrities, our parents, other people’s parents, politicians, the list is endless. We have become so numb to the inner Divine soul who is perfect that we focus only on the outer human appearance whom we see as flawed.
What Can I Do in a Spiritual Witch Hunt?
As spiritual people or spiritual leaders, we need to commit to a more spiritual way of being. Hating, judging, persecuting, or leading witch hunts against each other is ego, always. That doesn’t mean people shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions, but there is a difference between holding someone accountable and creating or participating in a witch hunt. “Fighting” to make someone accountable is just as much ego as the one causing the harm, even if our intentions are good.
Sometimes spiritual action must be taken. We cannot spirituality bypass when injustice is being done to others, this is often what perpetuates this type of behavior. However, we cannot step into our ego and expect a spiritual solution. Spiritual action will vary depending on the situation but the one component we must keep as light leaders is to commit to the highest spiritual action available, not just what we think or feel should be done.
There are a few key components that we can be used as a moral compass if you are a part of or witness to a spiritual witch hunt including:
- Do your best to stay loving, kind, and supportive of the most peaceful response to everyone.
- Do not attack or add fuel to the fire. Do not add negative comments, gossip, or information especially without having actual facts.
- Work through your own triggers. You can not come from a spiritual place if you are being triggered and operating in ego. Work through your own ego first before proceeding through the next step.
- Offer assistance or support.
- Report it. If you see injustice happening in the spiritual community report it. Whether you see a spiritual witch hunt on social media or in person, report the attacks or bullying to the necessary officials or hosts. Everyone has a boss or platform they report to, find the officials and take action. Just remember, please take action from the most centered place possible.
- Practice forgiveness. This is extremely difficult especially when in the heat of the hunt, but this type of persecution is something we all face and can bring up a lot of harbored resentments and anger. Use this as an opportunity to heal some of your own religious wounds. Practicing forgiveness also helps snuff out the fire as it grows. The more anger we throw at a situation the more it life it is given. Fight fire with forgiveness instead and watch how the situation changes.
Ending the cycle of persecution and witch hunts starts with healing our own wounds of victimization and oppression but it is also extremely important to be honest with ourselves about our own contributions to witch hunts publicly or in our private life. We are all victimized or persecuted sometime in our lives and if we leave those wounds fresh we will be more likely to continue the cycle by persecuting others. In any situation, we must look at our own wounds and triggers and also how we participating in the behavior of victimizing and persecuting others. Where do we create witch hunts in our lives? Are we gossiping in the spiritual community? Are we judging or persecuting our brothers and sisters? Are we criticizing our spiritual sisters in order to use them as a stepping stone in our own success? This self-awareness will help us in eliminating spiritual witch hunts in the future and ending the cycle before it continues or gains momentum.
To A Having An Authentic Sisterhood,
Are you ready to create a community of soul sisters who love, support, and nurture the authentic you? Let’s end the witch hunts and instead, let’s start healing them from our higher consciousness.
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