As I continue along in my journey, I am realizing more and more that I need to pay closer attention to my intuition and not disregard it. Many times I get this intuitive knot in my stomach, alerting me that something is not quite right. I may not always know why or what is not right, but there is definitely something or someone amiss and I need to stop whatever I’m doing, until I have the information necessary to make a decision on how to proceed. Hindsight has proven to me that this intuition, this gut feeling, is a warning system, telling me to stop, investigate and if I proceed, do so with much caution. Manipulators in this world abound, and often those who are the best manipulators are the ones we least expect, and that goes for spiritual as well as other manipulators.
I’m once again faced with the reality that all things must be tested. There are some in my life that I have looked up to as trusted friends, as well as spiritual teachers, who I’m now finding are not what they have seemed. I think we all run across this at many times in our lives, as we are let down by the humanity of those we love. This is different though. This is not just disappointment in being let down, this is a realization that there are some who masquerade as light, but behind that mask, there is great darkness, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, if you will, that is not always easily identifiable and most definitely not for our highest good.
No matter how educated, charming, eloquent, knowledgeable, skilled and respected someone may be, ALL MEN ARE FALLIBLE. There are no exceptions. We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to, “Test everything and hold on to what is good.” When most of us hear truth, we have an indicative feeling inside that says, “Yes, that’s sounds correct, that sounds like truth.” This is a wonderful thing, yet what happens to that when we hear a partial truth? What happens when someone knowingly manipulates truth, so there is a core of truth being spoken, yet there is a wonky twist within that causes it to take on a whole different, but subtle change in meaning? Partial truth is one of the biggest snares affecting us today, and there is tons of it out there. When we hear partial truth, many will get that internal check that yes, this does sound right, because there actually is some truth being spoken. However, we often will not pick up on the remaining lie that is woven in and hidden within the truth, or sometimes we will get that check, but there remains a feeling that something is not quite right, but we really can’t place our finger on it.
Master manipulators are very powerful and highly skilled at making us feel less than, inadequate, guilty, or less skilled and knowledgeable than they are, which sets them in the prime position to take on the role of leader and teacher (or manipulator). A classic line from a manipulator goes something like this, “Oh you poor thing. You just don’t understand these ideas yet, but one day you will. You just haven’t reached my level of knowledge yet, but you’re doing great! Keep on the right path and you will get there.” They often require total trust, as they place themselves in the seat of truth and request those being taught should not look elsewhere, as what’s outside is false. Anyone who denies you the ability to question them should immediately be suspect in your mind. Let me be clear… TRUTH HAS BEEN GIVEN AND MADE ACCESSIBLE TO US ALL, NOT ONLY JUST A SELECT FEW. The key here is that truth is not just dropped into our laps. To find truth we have to seek, ask, read, study, and constantly pursue it.
Crafty manipulators are proficient in making it all too easy to just believe them, because they have already done all the study, therefore it’s not really necessary for you to do so again. Why reinvent the wheel, right? WRONG! In a fast-food, microwave society where we have a tendency to just want to order up whatever our hearts desire, doing the work to find truth doesn’t always sound that appealing, as it’s hard work. It would be so much easier to just let someone else do the dirty work and we can skate by on their coat tails. However, the hidden risk in these pursuits is far greater than most are willing to pay. If you listen carefully, master manipulators have a tendency to contradict themselves and are very adept at incredibly fast back-peddling when questioned on a contradiction. It’s always much easier to take the light off themselves by shifting the onus onto others and never really answering the direct questions.
So what is it I am trying to say here? Well, let’s boil it down to a couple of thoughts:
- Don’t ignore our intuition. When we have a knot in our stomach signaling something or someone is not right, LISTEN TO IT AND RESPOND ACCORDINGLY!
- We are responsible for finding truth for ourselves. Yes, others can help guide that journey, but we had better do our homework and check out what they are suggesting, as they may very well be seriously deceived themselves. In the end, it doesn’t matter who told us what, it’s OUR responsibility to test everything and arrive at our own conclusions.
- Keep an open mind. Quite often, our environment, belief system and upbringing can play a role in keeping us locked in a manipulation. Honestly and earnestly seeking TRUTH will lead you to the answers you need. Just don’t be surprised if they appear in places you did not expect to find them.
- Be aware there is darkness masquerading as light. Don’t be surprised to find some you may love and deeply respect are deceived and a part of the manipulation. Identifying these individuals doesn’t always mean completely cutting all ties either. Sometimes it does mean severing ties if the influence is too great or damaging, but often it can also be as simple as agreeing to disagree and recognizing we need to shield ourselves from their deceptive influences.
At the end of the day, the call is for us to be on our toes, discerning in spirit, and constantly testing all things to determine truth. I hope that helps you in your journey forward!
Love and Light,
Laura Lum Corby
Also published on Medium.