I just wanted to share some quick thoughts on the role of spiritual leaders this morning. Recently, Doreen Virtue, who I’m sure most, if not all, of you are aware of, announced that she has been Baptized and is now a born again Christian. This has led to some upset and confusion among her followers. (If you don’t know Doreen, meet her here.)
I’ve been a fan of Doreen’s for many years. I’ve read several of her books, I’ve taken some of her online courses, and I own most of her oracle/tarot card decks. In becoming a born again Christian, Doreen has denounced the art of tarot, though she still uses oracle cards for contemplative purposes. Doreen also no longer promotes working with the Ascended Masters. Doreen is not denouncing the New Age or Pagan community, but she is shifting the focus of her own spiritual path and spiritual work to the words and work of Christ.
What I really want to say is this: Neither Doreen or anyone else owes us an explanation. Each and every single person has their own spiritual path to follow, and each path is very personal. Yes, she, like many, many others, is a spiritual leader, but we all choose who we follow and how we follow them. I, for one, am still a fan of Doreen. I believe there are still many things I can learn from her. She is also still a human being, and there are some messages and teachings that I may take with a grain of salt or that don’t completely resonate with me. That may be your experience too, and that’s okay! I wouldn’t expect folks who follow me or view me as a mentor to take every single thing I say as 100% gospel because, as I said, everybody’s path is personal. Every individual’s spiritual growth is unique.
I would also say this: Learn as much as you can from as many people as you can. If there is something I can teach you that resonates with you, GREAT. But also listen to what Doreen Virtue has to say. Listen to James Van Praagh and read the work of Wayne Dyer. Different perspectives, experiences, thoughts, and teachings can only enrich our own path with the Divine and with God. The role of spiritual leaders is to guide, not dictate, others. It’s okay to cherry pick the teachings that speak to you.
So, if you are one of those folks who is upset or confused by Doreen Virtue’s shift in teachings, I encourage you to at least listen to what she has to say and then look within yourself to determine if these teachings resonate with you and your path. If they do, wonderful. If they don’t, that’s okay too. Stay authentic, and there is no right or wrong.