I have many friends who are alternative healers and many of them do a wonderful job at helping others, but I have found, and here I am also speaking for myself as a Catholic Spiritual Director, that we, healers of all stripes, can get a little myopic, meaning we have difficulty seeing clearly. What this means is we imagine that everyone MUST see the world the way we DO! After all aren’t we helping bring a more positive attitude to the world?!
If we are not careful to remember that there are very wounded people in the world our attempts to encourage will come off as being pompous and elitist. We throw out these bonne bouche as if everyone will be totally enlighten by them. Many will. But it is the others that I worry about, and here is my response to this picture:
“Dear X this kind of statement is great, (meaning the picture above which was on her timeline), but it speaks to adults who have worked to create a more positive attitude for themselves. It speaks more to how we should raise our children [so they are more positive in their outlook], and if we are struggling to have that sort of attitude we should seek help from therapist, spiritual directors, counselors. I work with people who view these types of thing, (the picture above), while very positive, [is]as also quite depressing because they feel inadequate because they are, as they perceive the world around, the ONLY ones who are[n’t] doing it right, being positive, being right, not good enough to be positive, or can’t get it right, because they don’t know how to be positive or life situations has sucked the positive out of them.”
What I did not post was something I think is very important, something I myself must remember to do to always include in the post, if you need any help in creating the life you feel God has called you, please seek out a spiritual director, counselor, religious, or therapist.
Let’s pray that encouragement is always truly genuine.