It’s [spiritual] Sabotage!!!!

Few know whether the spirit that is guiding is a spirit of light or one we made up. If left unexamined, unchecked, and unconfirmed, these loosey-goosey beliefs and practices can get us in trouble. In the worst-case scenario, they can prove not to be effective enough to sustain us in crisis before we actually do slap somebody. In the best-case scenario, we preach them and even teach them, but fail to grow in awareness or alignment with the creative energies of life…

- Inyanla Vanzant, in Tapping The Power Within

Given the undue influence spiritual leaders wield over followers, I think the preaching and teaching Mama Vanzant speaks of IS the worst case scenario. Whereas, unguided spiritual practices in your own life places you at the center of the potential harm, which to me sounds much less tragic than pied pipering a team of supporters down your unexamined path of spiritual folly. While I do believe that everything we do affects the community whole, I still think that the universe can survive a few spiritually unguided individuals stuck in a personal moment of crisis. May they receive the clarity they deserve. Truth be told, I feel like I find myself in a place of spiritual uncertainty at the turn of every moon. I seek guidance from spiritual elders as a matter of practice to either get me on track, or confirm/keep me on track. Maybe I’ve got it wrong… In fear of this potential wrongness, I’ve become a horrible evangelist, though I self identify as one (what is an Evangelical, anyway??). It’s clear my sight is limited because I fail to understand how one’s own spiritual failings could be worst than spiritually failing and dragging people along with you.

let me go back to reading…

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