New Age Guru
I went and paid for this session with a new age person. I was severely abused from the time I was a baby. I have cigarette burns all over me and I have many terrible memories but I have done a lot of work on myself and am doing well.
However I am in a transition period in my life and thought I would go and see this woman. My mother was the primary abuser and has abused me all my life. I think she is mad. She is certainly a sadist.
Anyway this new age guru told me that my mother was actually my best friend and anyway I had probably been a complete bitch to her in a former life and I deserved it and this treatment was karmic. She said 'whether you know it or not you've had many past lives.'
I went to one class of hers after that with a group and she would bring up things that I had told her in confidence. What the?
I've noticed that new age people speak with absolute confidence that their view of the world is 100% correct and it's often completely away with the fairies.
This doesn't fit in with my Christian philosophy at all and I eventually got angry about what she had said. I went through hell with my mother and I didn't deserve to be abused as a baby and innocent little girl or teenager or adult.
Response from Dr. DeFoore
Hello Mickey, and thanks for telling your story here. A lot of people can relate to what you've written here. Many have been hurt and/or misled by those whose counsel they seek. It is unfortunate, but true.
I always encourage anyone I'm talking to about finding a therapist to trust their own feelings, and don't go back if it doesn't feel right. Which is exactly what you did.
While it is always a good idea to seek guidance from those with credentials or a similar spiritual background, that is no guarantee. You have to trust your own heart and gut about what is right for you.
I wish you all the best in your continued healing. You have obviously been through a lot, but as you know, you are not defined by what happened to you. You get to decide the kind of person you want to be.
My very best to you,
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