Halley Élise ©2013
There is an onslaught of people coming into the Spiritual and Holistic Community professing incredible, celestial powers with relatively little training, or skill; and most often with no background what-so-ever. These people are referred to as “Shingle Hangers”.
Many of these Shingle Hangers infiltrate well-known, integrity based establishments. They leach on to leaders in the community, under the guise of being Light-Workers, and Master Teachers. These supposed Masters tout expansive gifts, take your money and lead you on a disappointing path. This is how the Metaphysical and Holistic community gets a bad reputation.
Everyone has heard someone who said they could heal and then some time later the poor individual who was told they were well, ends up getting chemo. Or the person who went to get cleared of the evil that surrounds them and paid a hefty amount of money. For a while Miami Florida had a rush of these types of people. Thankfully many went to jail.
There are an abundance of practitioners that are legitimate, have extensively studied, apprenticed with Shaman for years, lived amongst Aboriginal peoples (again for years), communicate with animals, use non-limiting Energy practices, know Universal principles, or have a myriad of psychic abilities that have been well proven. They will not be affected by invasive Shingle Hangers. They will prosper long after the Shingle Hangers have gone.
A one weekend program on anything does not a Master make. It is possible if the practitioner is already utilizing a particular skill-set that they may gain additional tools. This is considered continued education. But, one must still hone their skillfulness. Even a world-renowned singer does not become proficient overnight.
These types of Shingle-Hangers are not limited to the Alternative practitioner community. You may find a tailor or plumber who may profess the wisdom of the ancients (with no credibility) collecting big dollars. Perhaps that is the objective all along; just to obtain large sums; no matter the training or lack thereof.
It appears that when the tern Light-Worker is used, a magical ray blinds the people standing closest, and the person is automatically seen as proficient. This may be the only way these individuals feel they can fit in. Whatever their motivation, it harms true seekers, or those genuinely in need of guidance and casts an unnecessary shadow upon legitimate and helpful practitioners.
The incredulousness is for those who propagate falsehoods. Or those who reinvent themselves to include a litany of miraculous skills acquired between January and March (of the same year). Those who authentically show enthusiasm and willingness to become the thing they tout by sharing and practicing, they get no criticism.
Referrals are sought for physicians and even for house painters; be sure to do the same for your Light-Workers, your Healers and your Metaphysicians and beware of the lurking Shingle-Hangers!
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