Criticism, scepticism and ridicule can be real stumbling blocks for those on a spiritual path. Michele discusses how she rises above it all
As a child I was blessed in many ways because in my family matters of spirit were accepted as just part of everyday life, and any interest in occult matters was actively encouraged. Other kids may have thought my conversations about past lives were a little odd, but children are generally more open about things, so criticism about my gifts was something I didn’t really encounter until I got older.
Knowing my truth
Once we begin to question our abilities or our intuition it can be hard for us to continue to develop them because we all innately want to be accepted. Even when we get older it can be very difficult to find the right response to challenge people who dismiss our beliefs with harsh words.
I remember one occasion when I was at the wedding of my best friend and she introduced me to another old friend of hers who was much older than me. This woman asked me what I did for a living and proceeded to tell me I was a professional con artist! Obviously when people say things like this it can be incredibly painful – not to mention challenging. All genuine people on the spiritual path spend their life trying to help and heal people, and are passionate givers, so to be told you are a fraud and nothing less than a criminal can detonate powerful feelings.
The right to believe
When I was young, I used to react very defensively, flying off the handle and losing my temper and my cool in the process. But I no longer take this kind of criticism personally.
Everyone has the right to their own beliefs, just as I have the right to mine which have been proven to me time and time again. Like anyone on the spiritual path, I have had the most incredible and magical experiences and validations. Someone telling me it isn’t so has no credence as thousands of experiences have been more than proof. So why do I need to defend them?
Accept and be accepted
We live in a time where people’s beliefs still lead them to try to kill one another, which puts everything into perspective. Here in the UK we are lucky enough not to live in a fundamentalist society; we have the freedom to choose our beliefs and practice them, just as sceptics like Richard Dawkins have the freedom to question them. What matters is we honour this and don’t take what others say to heart. If we were all open and tolerant of each others’ beliefs, the world would be a finer place.
Always remember when facing criticism you have every right to express the unique soul that you are.
About the author
Michele Knight is a well-loved psychic, astrologer and best-selling author, who chronicles her inspiring journey, and the lessons she’s learnt along the way with Soul & Spirit magazine each month.