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How to deal with “muggles” who don’t believe in Woo Woo topics

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After I posted my article, Leave people to their beliefsseveral people have asked me how to deal with family and friends who don’t believe or understand their belief in spirit guides, psychic abilities, and the afterlife.

The best way to deal with these ‘muggles’ (a Harry Potter term for people outside of the wizarding world) is to leave them alone.

It is not your job to try to convince the other person that your beliefs are the only valid beliefs. This path leads to frustration, anger, and possibly the end of the friendship.

When I became an intuitive professional in 2006, I had an immediate backlash. Many people I knew saw psychics as frauds, criminals, and quacks, and concluded that I must be one too.

For a while I tried to defend myself to these people by explaining how psychic abilities work, explaining that I am not deceiving people, and trying to give them evidence and proof of the psychic phenomenon.

But they didn’t care, they weren’t flattered, they had a set of beliefs that were as strong and dear to them as the ones I carried myself. “A man persuaded against his will still holds the same opinion.” I broke up forever with those who treated me disrespectfully and badly.

Instead, I focused all my attention on helping those who wanted help and teaching those who had sincere questions, and then teaching others to become professional intuitives. I was much happier when I focused on these people instead, and my work was much more effective in expanding awareness and understanding of psychic phenomena.

One of my colleagues, another intuitive, took the opposite approach. She publicly urged all skeptics to check her out. She decided to make people believe. This took a toll on her because she was subjected to public attacks created by criminals who fed her false information to test her, who then used their experiences with her to punish and publicly humiliate her. She had no chance to defend herself in their forum.

The bottom line is that you don’t have to beat people over the head with your beliefs. Not everyone on the planet has to believe what you believe. Would you want someone constantly pushing their beliefs on you when you don’t share them?

When I’m filling out paperwork at the doctor’s office or when someone asks me what I do for a living, sometimes I say I’m a writer and sometimes I say I’m an intuitive counselor. I can tell who will be open to “intuitive Erin” and who won’t.

So if you’re dealing with close relatives, friends, or colleagues who don’t like this “psychic romp,” leave them alone. The world still goes on and their lives still work regardless of what beliefs they hold.

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