In my spiritual travels I’ve met a lot of great people offering truly healing services. I’ve also come across a lot of red flags. Whether the topic is astrology, divination, psychic development, twin souls, astral travel, past life regression, or whatever, there are those who will see a desperate need for answers and jump to fill it, not always with your best interests at heart. Here are some warning signs to watch out for when you find yourself in need of spiritual services:
“Other people CLAIM to be able to do what we do but…”
This sets the stage for false authority by both denouncing any others in the field (a serious red flag!) and promoting themselves as the ONLY authority on the subject. A true practitioner would never attempt to damage the reputation of others in their field just to come out on top. They don’t have to! Their work speaks for itself.
“Only a very SELECT number can experience what WE experience…”
Again, this is what promotes the seller into a position of True Authority. What this is meant to do is set up a very small pool of people who can have (insert spiritual experience here). Of course, the person/organization selling the service will be one of the FEW who can do or have this experience, which makes them “experts” in the topic while everyone else is just a “phony.”
“You think you’ve had this experience, but only with OUR help can you…”
This is dependent on the claim before it: only a few people can do or have it, the seller is one of those few, and with their help and ONLY their help, you can too! And forget it if you think you’ve done or had the experience without them! This serves to undermine your trust in yourself so that you’ll place your trust in them instead.
“We are highly evolved 5th dimensional beings who…”
If what follows seems like an impossible spiritual awareness or list of accomplishments, it probably is. If someone tells you that they are an incarnate angel, a highly evolved being with no karma, a deity, or any other higher source, they are doing so in an attempt to establish authority. True higher light beings have no need to promote their authority over you as authority is an ego need. This service is being offered to you by PHYSICAL beings, after all.
“Other people only want your money, but we…”
“…take Visa and Paypal!”
Keep in mind this is a business. If they make money selling books, conferences, consultations, etc. then they are trying to sell you something. If the only way they feel they can get your money is to disrespect other businesses in this fashion, it says far more about them then the businesses they are attacking. An ethical service does not need to play games to get your business.
“In order to be sure you’ve experienced X, you HAVE to have had the following indications:”
What follows then is a strict list of determining factors meant to exclude you and invalidate your experiences. (Or conversely, be so obvious that you’ll squeal with delight and say, “That’s me! Oh, I have to call now!”) Either way, the list will be determined by the one selling the services and, with their already established false authority, it will seem convincing.
Numbers and statistics
When statisics for any spiritual occurrence comes up, such as “only 200 people on Earth have…” or “only 2% of the population are…” you have to ask yourself: where did these numbers come from? Are there any sources cited? Of course not, because there are no sources!
“My information has been channeled from my Higher Self, the Angels, Deities, etc…”
When you hear this, your first thought might be, “Oh, well, if it came from those higher sources it can’t be wrong, right?” This is UNTRUE. First off, we have no way of knowing that the information really did come from a higher source. (Remember, these people are trying to sell you something. What they do is run a business, first and foremost.) Second, the only way to know it has come from a higher source is to trust your intuition and your higher insight above the supposed insight of others. Always! Don’t trust one’s authority just because you’re told to. You have no way of knowing who gave them that authority.
So if you see a spiritual service you are interested in, take a look and make sure they are reputable. Do they promote their services in a positive, healing way? Are they supportive of you and their fellow practitioners? Do they want you to become self-sufficient? Or do they attack others, focus on the negative, and attempt to foster your dependence on them? The bottom line is this: you are your own authority. Never trust the spiritual authority of someone simply because they claim they have it. YOU have it.