There are many flavors of spiritual seekers, and some appear far more entrapped by their beliefs than others. We often cling to our beliefs and our approach with the assumption that we have it all figured out, and then we judge those who are traveling an extremely different path. As I share my opinions in this post, the intent is not to assert that you are wrong if you have opted for a different approach to spirituality. I have my perspective and preferences, and you have yours. What matters most is not that you agree with me but that your approach works for you.
My preferred brand of spirituality is sometimes messy, disorienting, deeply emotional, painfully honest, and raw with the end goal being transformation and empowerment rather than staying pacified and comfortable. I do not follow anything specific because being a follower is never the answer to me. My perspective shifts and evolves based upon my experiences, my observations, and the knowledge I gain through researching and listening to other people’s perspectives. I definitely do not have all the answers and still have much to learn and explore, but I’m writing this as an encouragement for us to consider which belief patterns hinder us if empowerment is the goal.
If you prefer staying pacified or blissfully ignorant rather than seeking empowerment, this post is not for you. If your idea of empowerment is only personal happiness and peace, and you do not have concerns about the external world because it is insignificant to you, you are likely to disagree with much of what I’m sharing here. If you are new to the awakening process, you might be confused about what to believe, so you can just store these ideas I’m sharing in the back of your mind and revisit them later. If you are troubled by what you see around you, you possess empathy, and you have the desire to be an empowered spiritual activist, this post is for you. This post is also for you if you have an open mind and a willingness to question your beliefs.
The following are the most common spiritual traps I have noticed thus far that hinder empowerment:
1. Everyone likes to rag on the sunshine and rainbows new age folks, and there is good reason for that. A preference for spirituality that is strictly focused on happiness, positivity, light, and feel-good messages is juvenile and disempowering. Avoiding the wounds and shadow within ourselves and the darkness in the world does not allow true healing or transformation to occur. We don’t create solutions or end the mind control over humanity by pretending that there are no issues or painful truths about this reality. Most of us know that denial and optimism taken to the extreme are dysfunctional coping strategies.
A lot of people in the new age movement think they are far more advanced and less brainwashed than religious people, but I have noticed some similarities between the two groups. Just as followers of Abrahamic religions can continue handing over their money to the church and love their evil god Yahweh/Jehovah/Allah from “holy” books because they don’t face the truth about their religion, new agers are as prone to being ignorant, obedient slaves through their avoidance of darkness. Ignoring problems and being stupefied by happiness does not stop the dark controllers of this world from engaging in their games of deception. Ignorance, rather than truth, is truly what’s negative. While some people prefer to think good vibes will fix everything, the controllers take action to bring the changes they want. They love good, ignorant slaves who remain passive and distracted from the evil actions they carry out against humanity.
Happy ignorance is hardly a threat to them. Need any evidence of that? They target real whistleblowers who expose their lies and corruption. They silence the ones who speak too much truth about their criminal, psychopathic behaviors. Spiritual people who speak of fluffy, happy things are ignored and allowed to keep spreading their messages that fail to fix anything in any noticeable way.
2. Spiritual empowerment is not just meditating, being blissed out non-stop, and manifesting personal desires. In the beginning of the awakening process, an inward healing journey usually needs to take place, so it’s very common for someone to focus on self and possibly isolate as they try to adjust. This is understandable and expected. What is not empowering is when people adopt spirituality into their life to feel better about disempowering situations in their life that they know ought to change. You don’t become empowered by numbing those uncomfortable feelings that are trying to be your messenger. Empowerment is also not using spiritual techniques to acquire more useless material possessions to feed self-indulgent egoic desires, which usually contributes to more suffering within ourselves and the world.
Empowerment is about seeking wisdom, expanding our awareness, healing inner wounds, discovering our unique gifts and a purpose to fulfill here, helping one another, and bringing positive change. If we possess love and a concern for humanity, real effort is needed to reduce the suffering we observe in the world. We are not meant to be martyrs who completely sacrifice ourselves for everyone else, nor should we think we can control all outcomes here, but we can each play a part in healing and adding more light to the world if we care.
3. There is a toxic mindset among a lot of new agers who think good and evil do not exist because they claim truth is subjective, or they think we should sit back and relax because good and evil will automatically balance themselves. In my viewpoint, these beliefs are illogical, immoral, and extremely irresponsible for us to adopt. There is no reason to tolerate or justify unnecessary suffering and extreme cruelty that is committed by humans.
It is obvious we can’t help that some suffering exists here (e.g. animals must eat other animals to survive). But if you think there is a justifiable purpose or divine plan for children who are severely neglected, tortured, raped, or murdered by psychopaths (and this is happening every day), think of how you would feel if it happened to someone you love. Better yet, if you believe evil does not exist, I wonder how well you could stick to your beliefs about the non-existence of evil and unnecessary suffering if an act of terrible injustice was carried out against you. Believing that evil does not exist and that intentional, unnecessary suffering should not be stopped is a sign of having no empathy or compassion for your sisters and brothers in the world.
Spirituality that empowers should inspire us to shed light on dark aspects of truth so that we can figure out ways to prevent unnecessary suffering. Not wanting to call something evil gives the psychopaths and controllers of our world even more permission to keep engaging in their selfish and harmful acts against humanity. If there are certain acts that you could never commit because you would feel too guilty doing them, it means you still have a conscience. Why should we make excuses for others who commit these acts?
4. There is an additional trap among those who claim there is no good or bad or that good and bad perfectly balance one another so we should just ignore everything. After sharing these illogical ideas, in the next breath, they will lecture, criticize, and look down on those whom they perceive as negative, depressing, or mean for talking about things they would rather not hear. If good and bad do not exist, why do they view one person’s perspective as good and positive while the other is deemed wrong? Surely I’m not the only one who sees the contradiction in this. It is as if they prefer that you suppress how you think and feel because that is somehow wrong, but they don’t care about the evil acts actually occurring in the world. To them, evil does not exist or serves a purpose, yet if you have empathy and concern about unnecessary suffering, you are the flawed one who needs to change because you feel too much.
Suppressing our concern about humanity’s suffering and enslavement is not empowering. We do not embark on the spiritual path to become desensitized, apathetic, and unconcerned. You do not need to act like a mellowed out robot who lacks strong emotions to be spiritual. It is ok to feel angry or depressed sometimes about what is happening. It makes you a healthy, compassionate human who is still connected with your heart and your emotions for reacting to situations and actions that are obscenely abnormal and sick. Our compassion and feelings should motivate us to find solutions and behave in ways that will reduce unnecessary suffering in the world.
5. This trap is not entirely focused upon empowerment, but it’s one to be aware of if you want to communicate ideas in a way that can be perceived well by others who might benefit from hearing your perspective. Some people on the spiritual path act as if they are completely enlightened and have all the answers about life and the universe, yet when disagreement occurs, they display a smug holier-than-thou attitude. They get into a debate and end their message with a snide “Good luck!” or “Blessings to you!” Maybe their words are not always ill-intentioned, but the attitude that comes across in their communication usually makes their message even less attractive to those who disagreed from the beginning. Being open-minded, understanding, and humble as we communicate with each other gets us much further ahead if we are seeking truth that will empower us.
6. In the beginning of this post, I mentioned that people who lack interest in the external world and its problems are probably going to disagree with my ideas here. Some spiritual seekers believe that detachment from the problems of the world makes them more spiritually mature and advanced. To be honest, my spiritual journey so far has created detachment from the material world, and I sometimes feel too weary about all the dramas here to get overly involved, but I do not believe detachment is empowering. To be advanced and empowered souls, it means we live life with a mission and specific purpose. You do not have to be a literal activist to be a spiritual activist nor do you have to lead a huge movement or help a significant number of people to fulfill this role.
When you are aligned with your heart and soul, you will likely feel an urge to be in service to others in some way. We become empowered when we recognize and exercise our power to bring more light, wisdom, truth, authenticity, and joy into the world. Rather than detaching from the world and its problems, we express our empowerment by integrating our higher knowledge and gifts into our daily lives to solve problems and manifest more of what we enjoy seeing into the world. Even if this experience as a human feels like an illusion, this 3D Earth reality is where we are right now, and detaching too much may be a form of escapism that prevents us from asserting the power we possess.
7. Some people believe the predictions that say there will be a big cosmic shift or some significant event is going to happen in the future that will benefit humanity. I am not a psychic and cannot tell you what will or will not happen. Maybe some of those predictions will occur, but maybe they won’t. Let’s say they don’t happen, and no one ever put in much effort to change anything. That means we essentially surrendered our own power, gifts, and abilities in the false hope that somebody else would save us and fix our problems.
Be aware of the fact that the people running the show here don’t want anyone interfering with their plans, and some of the people telling us not to worry are possibly trying to keep us apathetic, passive, and pacified. Just being hopeful that change will happen on its own will possibly not be enough, yet worrying constantly about what might happen is not going to help. It is intention and mindful action that hold power. Empowerment is when each of us figures out a realistic way to contribute to positive outcomes for ourselves and humanity. We can be proactive and shape our destiny instead of being victims of false prophecy.
8. Here is another massively disempowering trap: being gullible and not using discernment to determine which ideas or movements are helpful and empowering for humanity. It is understandable that newbies will fall for some of the spiritual lies and traps, especially within the new age movement. There is so much info out there that it can initially be hard to decide what to believe or which path to follow as you begin to explore. The bigger problem lies with the more experienced new agers who are like religious followers in that they remain ignorant about the history of religious and spiritual movements.
Many spiritual seekers have never investigated the fact that one of the original leaders of the new age movement, Alice Bailey, was married to a 33rd degree Freemason, that she was a proponent of the New World Order, and she had associations with John D. Rockefeller, David Rockefeller, and the U.N. The Rockefellers are notorious for pushing their social, economic, and political agendas through education and religion. We should be suspicious of a spiritual movement or spiritual leader that has a connection to an elite family like the Rockefellers. You may find value in some new age material and also in some of Bailey’s teachings, but be aware that the leading voices in both the spiritual and truth seeking movements could be controlled opposition or have ties to dark or deceptive forces that do not have humanity’s best interest in mind. It is important to think about and question people’s messages instead of just blindly following someone.
Breaking away from mainstream religions is not enough to avoid being duped and brainwashed. Empowerment on the spiritual path means you always exercise healthy skepticism, trust your intuition about people’s motives, and become aware that certain spiritual movements, teachings, and leaders/teachers/gurus have been purposefully created or supported by the controllers to deceive and keep you submissive. They know there is power among spiritually awakened people, but they prefer that you not discover any philosophy or truths that could expose their lies and threaten their position of power. They fear our desire for truth and empowerment, so they find clever and subtle ways to spread disinformation and lies. We have to be smart enough not to be manipulated and fall for their tactics.
9. Relying on guidance from gurus, spiritual teachers, spirit guides, angels, ascended masters, extraterrestrials, a supposed god, or any other entity is never empowering or wise. We need to learn how to be empowered through our own soul instead of falling into that helpless victim mentality among religious followers who search for saviors and power outside themselves. We do not need anyone to hold our hand or give us answers unless we do not acknowledge the divinity and wisdom that lies within.
Plus, I know some people will not even want to consider this idea, but some of the so-called guides and angels might be deceptive, limited in their abilities, are feeding on human energy, or are using humans for reasons unknown to us. Who knows what their intentions are? Maybe some of them want to assist us, but we need to trust our intuition if anything feels wrong. Maintaining boundaries and practicing healthy skepticism about what we allow into our lives and listen to are essential if we desire our own soul’s empowerment. Use the spiritual path to discover your own power and inner wisdom instead of just connecting with other spirits or energies that you think are trying to help you. You can learn to trust yourself and be your own guru.
10. A trap I fell for in the beginning of my spiritual journey was that I thought I needed to destroy the ego. Immediately after an awakening, we usually become aware of how strong our ego attachment was. As the old identity falls away due to a sudden awareness that it does not fit who we really are, there is much confusion about who we are, how we should behave, how we should identify ourselves, what we desire, etc. Personality labels can begin to feel really strange and inaccurate. Confusion is a normal reaction during this part of the process, but there is no need to destroy anything or to become empty nothingness.
We are here to express our uniqueness, have our own dreams and desires, live life from our own perspective, and feel a wide spectrum of emotions. Desires may simply shift after awakening, and we will hopefully learn not to be as attached to our emotional states or whatever identity we decide to wear. It is normal to have an ego, though, throughout your life and also on the spiritual path. There are many times when your unique expression is much more powerful and influential than trying to exist as no self or nothingness. Empowerment can exist when the ego is balanced with the soul.
11. Whatever spiritual path you take, it is not empowering to think you must be completely non-judgmental, nice, peaceful, and unconditionally loving at all times. The powers that be love tactics that keep us meek and submissive. The psychopaths who hold positions of power do not want you calling them out on their wrongdoings. Religious people are the worst victims of these mind control manipulations considering how fearful they are about even questioning the existence of the god they worship.
Sadly, a brainwashed, submissive population is considered easy prey and, to put it rather bluntly, looked at like a bunch of idiots and pussies to manipulate. Kindness is not a weakness in my eyes, but narcissists and psychopaths will seek to take advantage of vulnerable and kind people. We are in a reality where evil exists, and the psychopathic perpetrators have no remorse for the pain and suffering they inflict on innocent people. To be spiritually empowered, we need to strive to become gentle warriors who know when to express our sensitive, soft, and gentle side and when to stand up for ourselves and defend people who are in harm’s way. There is no empowerment in allowing jerks to walk all over you or passively watching anyone destroy kind and innocent beings.
12. Some people on the spiritual path believe that non-attachment to thoughts and beliefs is ideal. I believe this is true, to an extent. Stopping excessive mind chatter can be extremely liberating, especially if someone suffers with anxiety due to compulsive thinking or if someone is under a lot of stress. Having temporary moments where thoughts and beliefs are dumped from the mind is a healthy, beneficial practice. The problem is that some people could take this idea to the extreme and consider it ideal to stop thinking or believing much of anything most of the time. I agree that clinging too tightly to thoughts and beliefs is unwise, but I can’t see much empowerment being achieved among people who prefer to stay ignorant and empty-minded too often.
Some of us are here to be free thinkers, to play around with ideas, and to try to seek empowerment through knowledge. We recognize the power of the human mind and enjoy the search for truth, even if we are aware that there are some things the mind cannot fathom. Some people also like to claim there is no such thing as truth. To me, that sounds like an excuse to be mentally lazy and not have to put in the time and effort to investigate things. It is far more empowering to keep expanding our awareness, become more informed about this reality we are in, to build plans and solutions, and entertain various possibilities instead of zoning out like boring, non-thinking zombies.
If there are other spiritual traps you can think of that you consider pacifying and disempowering, please share those in the comments. I would like to mention here at the end that there is nothing wrong with hope and positivity, especially when it inspires action and empowerment. We just need to be honest and realistic about the dark side of humanity and the obstacles and limits we face within this reality. I believe we have a better chance of maneuvering ourselves towards the path of empowerment if we all will allow ourselves to keep questioning our beliefs and modify them as needed.