This morning I woke up with the image of Teal Swan in my mind. I am not a follower or have any connection with her personally. We are all connected to each other and the feeling I have about this momentary connection is that of an energy that has been created due to a particular episode. Today was no exception and there was in fact a reason that could influence many people.
It is not habitual in me to write about anyone or to examine someone's path in life unless they ask me to and don't intend to make it a habit either. In fact, this is the first time that I write a specific person. I believe that today it is for a good reason. Out of curiosity the first and obvious step I took was to seek information online. I was neither shocked, nor surprised to find out that the third entry on my search was a blog post to slander Teal. I also found a Youtube video from a woman who took upon herself to 'warn' everyone how dangerous it is to follow Teal Swan.
It is true that it is dangerous to listen to certain people. When it comes to listening to someone who strives to inspire and heal others or to criticise someone else with a corrosive message I know who I am going to listen to. What others do and listen to is none of my concern.
How this self-proclaimed-Youtube-saviour associates Teal with certain terms is beyond me and there is no logic to how one term after another can be related to her. But so it is how other people had the audacity to 'reveal' the truth about someone they never met in person. There is also a fact that I find alarming: I read terms such as "dangerous", "psychopath" or "sociopath" "possible cult leader" "narcissist" among many other pearls. How we speak of others says more about ourselves than about the people we are talking about.
Anyone who has a public presence no matter how small it is will be targeted by others. All that is required is to have an online profile and post information of any nature. The more successful one is, the more they are going to be targeted. To slander someone just because their beliefs conflict with our beliefs is a different matter and even though today the intention today was to write on a different subject I cannot sit here and consider anything else than this blog post.
Only a week ago I received a very similar attack, with akin comments to the ones I read today about Teal from a woman I used to know years ago and from whom I had not heard from in 11 years. There were very powerful reasons not to be in touch with her. 11 years after I see that she has not yet managed to let go of our differences. What these critics do not realise in their blindness is that they have provided us with enough evidence to take legal action for defamation of character.
Whether we decide to follow this line of action or not is a complete different matter, but I believe it is time that we all back off, explore and deal with our own fears and begin to support and uplift each other. If humanity wants to have a future the only way we will achieve it is through cooperation and understanding that we are all connected.
I couldn't finish reading neither the two 'articles' I checked nor the video I started watching. I have no intention to poison myself with such derogatory messages.The first thing that stroke me was the low vibrational energy that they carry. The second, and one to which being a writer I always pay attention is the language used, in these cases destructive and undermining.
I remember reading years ago a book length literary essay by Milan Kundera on Ernest Hemingway that really resonated with me claiming that Hemingway, knowing of the importance of language and its message he deliberate chose every word he wrote. Being deliberate in our actions is something I have always admired in others. We might make mistakes, but what really matters is our intention to evolve and transcend our humanity through our actions.
There were also many entries from which I only took the highlights about Teal's life and truth, who and what she is. As far as I am concerned, she is the only one who knows her truth and the only one who has to live with it. The saying 'the truth shall set you free' does not relate to someone else's truth, but our own truth. I already wrote about the subject in 'Seeker After Truth' if anyone was interested in reading it. Focusing negativity on others is only an excuse to validate our own beliefs whether they are right or not.
Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But it is how we express this opinion is what has an impact on who and what we are. I have not personally met Teal and I may or may not have an opinion about her. What I see is woman who had and has the courage to speak her truth, share her knowledge and does her best to inspire others exposing herself publicly. That courage is much more than what most people can say for themselves.
Finally I went directly to the source and watched one of Teal's videos about shadow work. I had heard about it, but I was never curious enough and in order to decide whether to write this article or not, I had to see it for myself. What I heard speaks truth to me and in fact it is something I have been sharing publicly even before I heard of Teal although it is articulated differently. At this point, one could question whether someone is original in their work or not. My only to answer to this is that universal truth has no owner and belongs to everyone. There are those who have a direct connection with this source and choose to share it with the world. That's all. Everyone is a leader and a teacher.
At no moment I had the intention to dip into Teal's life and depict every episode that led her where she is now. Our life's experiences are vehicles that transport us to where we are supposed to be and this includes every mistake we made, as well as embracing each one of these mistakes and the lessons they come with. Our past is not who or what we are. Identity is what we do here and now. Nothing else.
I also read that Teal shares knowledge and experiences that do not relate to this world. It is no surprise that sharing this kind of material attracts both, the right and the wrong kind of attention. Again, this is courage. My only position on this is that we all have a different message to deliver to the world. I prefer to make spirituality practical, starting from the beginning towards the moment of ascension. This is because I feel a strong call to fix the problems in this world and I believe that everything else is a distraction, but I do not disapprove of others sharing such messages. Everyone is at a different level of awareness and consciousness and what might work for one, might not work for another.
What is clear to me that each of us will reach a limited amount of people, thus, everyone out there contributing to spread awareness, healing, enlightenment or any other term they are familiar with is celebrated.
What one has to consider when reading or following a spiritual leader is how they feel about their teachings following our intuition. The example I can give regarding this topic is one from personal experience.
Years ago a friend suggested that I attended Claudio Naranjo's retreat. I was also told that he was the best transformational teacher there was. At the time I couldn't afford it and decided not to go. The truth is that the fees were not that high, considering what others charge. My decision changed a couple of days later. My intuition was telling me to go, so I borrowed the entire amount from a very generous credit card. By the time the retreat was over and considering the results, I would have paid ten times what they asked for it.
I must also say that I went there not knowing who Claudio was. I have never been fascinated by any leaders, idols or public figures and in this case I didn't make an exception. I went there for the experience. And the experience was what made a difference. While most people were distracted by the image of Claudio as a public figure and spiritual teacher and his teachings, books and methods, all I wanted was the experience.
When meeting Claudio I didn't think much of him. As he began to speak my perception changed and so my attitude by the end of the last retreat. Today Claudio is someone a bow to, and so I do to every facilitator who works with him, as they were fundamental in directing me in the last steps of my personal transformation. Such is the appreciation for this gift that I can only 'repay' it by helping others in whichever way I can.
What it was most fascinating about Claudio's speech was that by talking to a group of people is that he had individual messages for everyone. When such messages resonate with us, we can consider then as a little awakening. And this is what we have to look for in a spiritual leader. That part of their teachings that sounds of a truth that we have been looking for and could not articulate until that moment. If both Teal and Claudio have so many 'followers' is due to this truth and nothing else. We must also learn to separate from the image of the leader, until we realise and everyone is a leader.
The leaders we all have to worry about are the ones that ask for our vote year after year making empty promises they never deliver, promoting wars, causing death and devastation around the world and making sure the general population is concerned with finance, housing, illness and a long list of obstacles most people must face on daily basis. It seems easy enough to print money so as to lend it to consumers and create a debt that it will never be repaid, but for some unknown reason, it is not possible to print this money in order to end poverty.
On a final note. Whether Teal is for profit or not, is no one's business either. Under the current financial system everyone is entitled to make as much money as they want to or they can. My understanding of this statement is that the profits from her work will be destined to reach and help more people. There is nothing wrong with providing a comfortable life for ourselves. To question this from the comfort of our homes sitting in front of a computer might not be for the right reasons.
When we go to a book shop we might know the book we want to buy or not. We can choose to buy a new author at chance or to read one we already know. When we have a bad reading from an author, unless one is a literary critic, they wouldn't buy the same book again. In this case it is the same, if you don't like the teachings of someone, move on; there are many other authors in the alphabetical list.
Obsessing with someone with the idea of bringing them down is more detrimental to you than it is to them. And that thing call karma. Yes, sit and wait for karma to pay you a visit. We are all responsible for our actions and their consequences. Throwing the stone and hiding the hand does not work. The Universe is always watching.
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