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Spiritual Ego: 15 Signs Of A Spiritual Narcissist



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Mateo SolGuest Writer

The spiritual ego is the most dangerous type of ego of all.

If you aren’t mindful, it can wreak total destruction in your life – but not in a violent or aggressive way. Instead, the spiritual ego is disguised under the mask of “good intentions,” “higher vibration,” “awakened perspective” and humble pomposity.

Beware of the spiritual ego. 

It’s a trap that many of us spiritual seekers can and will, at some point, fall into. And the longer we remain in that spiritual ditch, that stagnant standstill, the more likely we are to develop into a spiritual narcissist.

Indeed, spiritual narcissism is perhaps the most tragic malady to befall humanity of all. We’ll explore why a little later. But first:

What is the Spiritual Ego?

Firstly, let’s touch on the basics. The ego is our sense of self; it is the illusory “I” story we carry around in the world as an evolutionary survival mechanism. Yet the ego is the source of all our suffering and our feeling of being separated from that which we truly are which is boundless, whole, and infinite. We might call this Spirit, God/dess, Life, Oneness, Consciousness, and so on.

So what is the spiritual ego? The spiritual ego builds on top of this fundamental ego that we carry around. It is the ego on crack, the ego on steroids, the ego inflated beyond its usual garden-variety size.Yet the thing is, we don’t realize we’ve developed a spiritual ego until life well and truly starts getting messy.

How Does the Spiritual Ego Develop?

The spiritual ego is a product of spiritual materialism – that is, using spirituality to serve the ego, instead of approaching the spiritual path with the intent on trying to move beyond the ego.

When spiritual paths, practices, and concepts become a slave of the ego, this is the birth of the spiritual ego. In other words, when a person’s central idea about themselves is ruled by the belief that they’re a “spiritual person” this is the spiritual ego.

When being a “spiritual person” eclipses all else that a person is, this is the spiritual ego in action. Yes, there are positive benefits to building your identity around spirituality. But there are also some pretty scary consequences that we shouldn’t ignore.

The Development of Spiritual Narcissism

Walking the spiritual path properly is a very subtle process; it is not something to jump into naively. There are numerous side-tracks which lead to a distorted, ego-centred version of spirituality; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques. This fundamental distortion may be referred to as spiritual materialism.

– Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Spiritual narcissism is the very culmination of spiritual egotism: it is the ego that has become so solid, so fixed, so unyielding in the idea of its own spiritual greatness that it is pathological. It is narcissistic.

As we know already, narcissism is a mental disorder where a person has an inflated sense of their own importance (amongst several other hairy issues). The exact same problem applies to spiritual narcissists: they have such unwavering belief in their own awakened perspective, their own “special” spiritual achievements and knowledge, that they cannot connect with (or tolerate) their humanity. Spiritual narcissists cannot tolerate other people either – even though they may fine-tune the external image of being compassionate or wise – others ultimately pose a threat to their delusional grandiosity.

Spiritual narcissism begins with spiritual materialism. Within spiritual materialism (the trap of using spirituality to serve the ego) there is always a seed of spiritual narcissism. And if that seed keeps being fed without going unchecked, without being uprooted or challenged, it grows and grows.

Eventually, we can become so side-tracked, so deluded by the ego that has used spirituality to make itself indestructible, that we are worse off on the spiritual path than when we began.

Examples of the Spiritual Ego

Some of these examples border on spiritual narcissism (or are flat out narcissistic), others can more typically be seen in the spiritual community. Let’s look at some examples of the spiritual ego:

  • Claiming to have “special access” to a spirit guide/angel/spirit/ascended master for the purposes of self-aggrandizement
  • Believing oneself to be the reincarnation of a superior being, famous spiritual historical figure, etc. (what does it really matter if one is?)
  • Taking frequent pictures of one’s spiritual practice and posting them online in order to boost one’s self-image, status, and gain attention/validation
  • Declaring that others can’t possibly understand you because you have attained a certain state of ‘high vibrational awareness,’ awakening, liberation, etc. – and showing contempt for those who aren’t at the same ‘level’ (instead of compassion)
  • Using Dharma-talk to avoid being psychologically vulnerable, showing empathy, and facing human emotions (e.g., “Just let go and let be,” “You attracted that experience,” “Who is there to experience this?”)
  • Looking down on “low vibe,” “unevolved,” “unawakened,” “asleep” people
  • Boasting about and flaunting spiritual achievements or gifts
  • Imitating what a “spiritual person” looks and sounds like

You get the picture.

I’m sure you can think of a few more examples.

15 Signs of the Spiritual Ego

The spiritual ego is so dangerous because it is nearly impenetrable.

People can spend their entire lives (or lifetimes) stuck in the trap of unknowingly misusing spiritual words, ideas, practices, and paths to inflate their egos.

Sadly, the spiritual ego can result in instances of abuse and even murder such as Jonestown, the abuse committed by Bikram Choudhury (founder of Bikram yoga), Swami Rama (Indian yogi), Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (spiritual teacher), Sogyal Rinpoche, Andrew Cohen, and even Chogyam Trungpa (who coined spiritual materialism), and so on. The cases of spiritual ego are so wide and varied they are impossible to include here.

The reality is that as spiritual beings having a human experience we are imperfect. Hell, I’ve fallen into the spiritual ego numerous times – and it’s not pretty. But the crucial thing is to practice humility, openness, and the willingness to be honest with ourselves – these qualities are the best defence against spiritual egotism and narcissism.

So, without further ado, here are signs of the spiritual ego and spiritual narcissism that you need to look out for (both within yourself and others):

  1. Overly publicizing (read: boasting) your special spiritual accomplishments
  2. Claiming a stance of superiority (directly or indirectly) due to one’s spiritual gifts or talents
  3. Attempting to transcend the physical/earthly and take on godlike qualities
  4. Believing that your connection with the Divine is somehow deeper or more special than other people’s connection
  5. Focusing on how “more spiritually evolved” you are than others and …
  6. Judging others for being “less awakened,” “asleep,” “unconscious”
  7. Attempting to look like, dress like, sound like a “spiritual” person
  8. Using spiritual words and concepts to avoid being wrong, mistaken or facing vulnerable emotions
  9. Flaunting how spiritual you are on social media (with photos that demonstrate spiritual postures, setups, locations, tools, etc.)
  10. Becoming overly identified with spiritual knowledge (and how much “you” know)
  11. Trying to convert people to your perception (preaching to them or debating)
  12. Resistance to being “called out” and resenting those who try to do this
  13. Claiming access to special and exclusive spiritual knowledge that others can’t access
  14. Lack of curiosity and receptivity to life
  15. Wearing a mask of niceness, positivity or wisdom

Essentially, those wound up in the woes of spiritual egotism frequently try to reaffirm their spiritual specialness to the world through covert and overt methods. However, more often than not, the spiritual ego is a slippery little devil that is hard to call out or define clearly, simply because we’re so close to it and find ways to justify it.

Why is the Spiritual Ego Dangerous?

Quite simply, the spiritual ego is so dangerous because it is dressed in robes of light. It appears to be awakened, illuminated, wise, and all-loving – and that’s what makes it so difficult to catch.

Furthermore, the spiritual ego makes us feel powerful, even untouchable which is precisely what the ego seeks to achieve. To challenge it challenges the very foundations of our own self-worth and self-image – and that can be positively terrifying. In fact,we can even feel like we’re committing a profane and sacrilegious act calling the spiritual ego outbecause it’s so inflated and has such a good opinion of itself (a delusion which we have totally bought into).

Not only that, but the spiritual ego is also dangerous because it limits all growth: it is the death of any transformation because to evolve means to go through the cycles of death and rebirth. And if the spiritual ego has “already arrived” there is stasis, there simply cannot be any more growth.

In fact, the deadliest virus on our paths is to believe that “we’ve arrived,” have become “enlightened,” or somehow spiritually superior to others. The ego has not only become narcissistic, but it has developed a full-blown God Complex; the state of believing that it is in actual fact God. But this is not in an egoless, non-dual way: this is pure ego-centrism, the very definition of darkness (or the absence of light).

The more ego-based we are, the further we are from the Light of Consciousness which goes beyond the self. And if residing in the ego equals a disconnection from the Divine, living from a place of ego-centric God Complex goes one step further: it is like living in total darkness – the very definition of hell.

When a person is living in hell, they will harm others. This is basic knowledge that even a child could understand. When there is a total absence of light, there is only darkness – and how can a person see clearly, feel clearly, think clearly, or behave clearly in such a state? The result is suffering, both for the one experiencing the God Complex and those unfortunate souls around him/her.

How to Stop the Spiritual Ego

As I mentioned previously, we need to approach the spiritual path with humility, openness, and the willingness to be honest with ourselves.

A crucial place to start is by practicing a combination of self-love and shadow work – two inner work practices.

We all have a shadow side (i.e., the face of the ego that isn’t presented to the public), and we need to become aware of it in order to prevent issues such as spiritual egotism and narcissism from arising.

If you would like to learn more about shadow work, see our free shadow work guide.

You can start by asking yourself questions such as:

  • “If I saw someone else behave the way I do, what would I think of them?”
  • “Am I willing to face my inner contradictions – and if there is resistance, what doesn’t the spiritual ego want me to see?”
  • “In what areas do I feel spiritually superior to others?”
  • “How consistent am I in what I feel, think, and do?”

You can also ask trusted friends, loved ones, or spiritual mentors to help point out areas where you might be falling into spiritual delusion. Introspective journaling (see our shadow work journal), is also another way of calling out the spiritual ego.

What are your thoughts about spiritual narcissism and the spiritual ego?

Originally published at LonerWolf and reproduced here with permission

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Whose Voice Are You Listening To?



Whose Voice Are You Listening To?
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Juliet TangContributing Writer

Throughout my life, there had been no short supply of voices coming from both outside and inside of me pulling me in different directions. Sometimes the voice was gentle like a whisper from a lover, sometimes it was harsh and demanding especially when confronted with a fight or flight situation. The voices took on different roles such as the soother, the sergeant, the seductress, the teacher and they knew exactly when their presence was required. Most of them functioned on autopilot that I never truly stopped and questioned the origins of these voices until my awakening.

As if having woken up from a dream after a long night, I suddenly noticed not all voices were created equal, that is, some of them clearly did not have my best interest at heart despite the fact they all claimed they were looking after me.

Questioning the voices:

One by one, I began questioning each voice every time when it spoke to me. I would ask where it came from and have a conversation with it. Some of them, the self-deprecating and self-denying ones desperately wanted to be heard and they brought with them a ton of excuses, justifications and explanations as to why I must follow their lead or else I would end up with unimaginable catastrophes.

There was the constant nagging one that sounded perfectly soft and sincere, “You can’t do it because you are not good enough.” If only I could plant a tree every time that voice was uttered in my world! Lo and behold, it was the answer to almost every idea I wanted to manifest that was outside of my comfort zone for three decades of my life. I never questioned that voice because I believed it was protecting me and serving my highest good even though it most often reduced me to curling up in a corner of a cage made of self-loathing and tears.

The first time I questioned it was when I was over at my parents’ house one day. I shared some of my ideas with them about a project I had in mind and immediately, my dad’s reaction was, “Who do you think you are? You can’t do it because you are not made of that material.”

Freeze framing the movie scenes:

Right then and there, I saw a movie titled “I’m not good enough” playing scene by scene in my mind. Some of the scenes were from childhood when I hopelessly tried to defend myself in front of dad, but most of the scenes comprised of those moments in my adult life such as the one when I chose a career that was safe rather than one I was passionate about so I wouldn’t end up on the street, or the one when I held onto a failing relationship because I told myself I would never find a partner who wanted to be with me, on and on it played as that moment froze and time stayed still.

How many other voices were there trying to stop me from living my life? And how much was I holding onto that was not mine?

Those two questions initiated an intense healing process that was not unlike spring cleaning accompanied by long periods of soul searching, heartaches and the tears.

It was the beginning of my awakening.

When we go through our lives set on auto pilot – which by the way is a necessary mechanism for us to not having to relearn how to walk and brush our teeth every day – the trade-off is, we are also living on a subconscious level. Without the awareness, we allow our lives to be dictated by outside influences such as values and beliefs from our parents, teachers and culture that we have come to internalize. The result of moving through life reacting based on our past experiences rather than creating from who we are today, makes us feel like powerless victims simply because the life that “just happens to us” is not the one of our choosing as the voices we listen to clearly have no idea what is best for us today, at this moment!

Releasing the chains that bind us to the past:

This is perhaps one of the most empowering and liberating realizations one can have, for the chains that bind us only have power over us for as long as we remain unaware. The second we see them for what they are, a necessary tool, or I prefer to think of them as the greatest gift that allows us to learn what doesn’t work for us in life so we can discover what does work, they will simply shatter into a million pieces and dissolve into thin air.

Once we become conscious of how a voice impacts our decisions, it then becomes our choice whether we will follow that voice, or adjust its volume so it cannot take over.

Free-willing our way forward:

This is the magnificent power of our free will. Our brain is hardwired like a disc that can be both programmed and erased once the data is no longer needed. Once we press the delete button, we will end up with an infinite amount of free space – space to rewrite our stories and our lives.

There are many ways to identify disempowering voices, my favourite one is to just listen to our feelings as they are language of the soul. Whenever an out of tune voice shouts out a command, we experience a moment of “yuck.” Those are usually the voices that trigger fear and anxiety, make us want to scream and run, cause us to lose sleep at night, drag us into a sea of depression and manifest as physical pains and illnesses, the list goes on.

Once those voices are identified, befriend them and talk to them. They are our internal barometers that have been working tirelessly day and night to indicate to us what we truly desire in life. They are our cheerleaders that use any means necessary to get us to run that extra mile so we can reach our milestones. They are the x-ray glasses that allow us to see beyond the surface so we can move into our consciousness and elevate it. This is our time to give them our most heartfelt gratitude for having illuminated the paths in front of us so we can now travel in light, or enlightened.

Eventually, we will discover the one voice that has been singing to us all along – the voice of love, joy and healing that has never judged or abandoned us since the day we began our journeys. As the silence inside of us grows, that voice will become clearer and more expansive and fill us with endless inspiration.

We will say to ourselves, “But I’ve known this all along! I just didn’t listen to it.”

Follow that voice — the voice of the heart.

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Living From The Divine Ordinary



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Juliet TangContributing Writer

Our divinity allows us to experience miracles far beyond the physical, yet our humanness tends to wish to quantify and examine every experience by looking for tangible proof. We are in our heads so much that we often forget the bigger picture: our physical existence is merely one of the dimensions of our total existence, and our five senses limit us to a small percentage of the wonders in the universe.

What Is the Remedy Then?

How do we experience ourselves beyond what we can see and touch? How can we know for certain that there is more than meets the eye? How do we experience “out of the world” when we are “in the world?” Or for me, it was “where is the proof to all this?”

Like many on the spiritual path, I had been looking for those moments of confirmations for as long as I’ve been on the awakening journey. You read about them in healing books and meditation blogs, you hear about them from spiritual masters and yogis. After living on the street for a year and going through multiple crises in health, career and love life, Neale Donald Walsch finally arrived at the door of awakening, hence three volumes of “Conversations with God” were born. Eckhart Tolle spent most of his life in depression and unemployment until he realized “the secret of life is to die before you die – and find that there is no death.”

Experiencing these moments is as awe-inspiring as witnessing Moses parting the Red Sea, and almost always infuses new meaning into our existence and deepens our connection to the divine source. After all, as much as we are taught by gurus and alike that we are spiritual beings who are the divine expressions of source energy; when we are struggling with unfulfilling aspects of our lives and trying to make ends meet, it is easy for us to become detached from our true selves as we fall into life’s ruts and crevices.

Once in a while, the humanness in us desperately needs a reminder from the universe that the connection has never been broken, and we are, as always, eternally loved regardless of the circumstances we are in.

For the longest time, every time when I read about those transformative moments, I always asked the universe “when is my turn?”meditated, I begged, and I patiently waited for the “out of the world” (candles flickering, tree falling, sky parting, you name it, I’ve asked for it) signs to show me that I am always connected to the source. At times, I felt the only way for me to believe was to see the evidence delivered to me in a manner that could be understood and interpreted by my very limited human senses.

What Was I Missing?

The truth is, there is an endless stream of “evidence” coming from the universe at any given moment, but we are not always open enough to be receptive to it. After all, how could we notice anything if we are so caught up in the daily happenings in our little worlds, or hold onto the idea that the sign must show up in a certain shape or form and not be mindful of different, or more subtle types of communication?

Many of us have heard of the notion that the universe manifests through us, meaning whatever we believe in is reflected back to us. When I first encountered this concept long ago, my first thought was “so if the universe has my back, where is the confirmation? And if I don’t receive a sign or some kind of proof, it means none of this is real.”

What I neglected to see with my belief system at the time was I did not truly and whole-heartedly believe in conscious manifestation, in our divine connection, or anything. In turn, the universe brought me exactly what I believed in – situations that confirmed and reinforced my disbelief.

Also, by assuming the signs must manifest physically, I was denying the very nature of my multidimensional existence as a spiritual being in a physical shell and confining my existence to merely the physical dimension. When we identify only with our material selves, we are, in a way, “cutting off” the flow from the source and limiting ourselves from what the universe has to offer.

Who said the universe didn’t send sign after sign? Perhaps it came through as advice from a friend, or a much needed book that happened to drop in my lap. But for as long as we are stuck on the idea that the sign must be one way, we are not even recognizing the signs that are being sent to us!

When we allow only our heads to be the commanders of us, we are essentially allowing our ego to dictate our perspectives and limit us to only the rational, logical, and material. Identifying with just that part of the self often times leads to feelings of depression, isolation, and disconnect as we are so much more than the one-dimensional reality we identify with.

The heart center is a wonderful place. Love, compassion, joy, surrender, and trust all derive from the heart center as that is what connects us to spiritual guidance and higher consciousness. When we are living from the heart, we judge less and love more, we doubt less and trust more; we fill our lives with as much gratitude and forgiveness as we can knowing ultimately, we are all connected to each other and the universe.

What About the Signs?

Well, have you “accidentally” come across a page in a book, a message from the billboard, a bumper sticker on the car in front of you, or a Facebook post that was exactly what you needed to hear at the moment? Have you experienced occasions when you felt perfectly in sync with all that was happening around you and inside of you? Have you been mesmerized by the sunset and lost yourself in that moment of tranquillity and magnificence? What about when you looked into the eyes of your love and saw your own soul gazing back at you?

There, You Have It!

The extraordinary manifests in these “ordinary” moments. As there is no separation between our true selves and the source, every moment of everyday is a sign that we are living the extraordinary. It is our choice whether we want to accept every living moment as a miracle, or view it as part of the mundane. When we give up doubt and choose to believe in miracles, more miracles take place.

What about that jaw-dropping moment of divine connection that is the same magnitude as Moses parting the Red Sea? Did I ever experience it? The answer is yes. It happened when I was least expecting it (ah, life). It was during my Holy Fire Reiki Master atonement. My mind was still, my eyes were closed, and I was in a state where I lost all concepts of time and space.


A burst of bright violet exploded in my mind’s eye. Suddenly I felt as if I was glued to the seat as a stream of powerful energy from above me entered my crown and travelled down my spine vertebrae by vertebrae. I felt the clear presence of a light being behind me and bathing me in what I could only describe as the purest and most loving energy that was “out of the world.” For a nanosecond, my mind tried to intervene, but it was shut silent instantly as the energy and the presence grew more and more powerful. The air around me got chilly, but I was not cold. All I knew was the feeling of being immersed in the infinite light energy that could not be described in words but could only be felt and revered as I became one with that energy. It could have been a few seconds, a few minutes, but that moment became an eternal Now.

Trust in miracles, because that is what you are. Stop looking for that confirmation. You ARE the confirmation. And once you trust in that completely and irrevocably, the universe will go out of its way to “prove” it to you.

That, is how loved you are.

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Juliet Tang is an intuitive life coach, spiritual mentor and medicine woman. Her work empowers those who are looking for more alignment and expansion to awaken to their power and purpose on earth, activate more love, abundance and joy in their lives, and manifest their soul’s desires using the conscious creation process.

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Why The World Needs Healers



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Gogo Thule NganeGuest Writer

When it comes to spirituality I now see that some have come to the conclusion that there is no true need for the concept of gurus or that the journey within is greater when done yourself. I agree that a large and potent part of our Earth journey is one that only we, as an individual can take; that discovering your God-given power and connection is a blessing only you can truly uncover. Though I believe that the ‘guru’ is within, in a sense, I also deeply believe that the guru is everywhere, that teachers and guides are a beautiful part of our journey but most importantly we are one and we need one another.

But since I feel that a major underlying message that is being sent out in spiritual circles is that everything is within and you need nothing else, I’d like to remind you why the world needs healers and spiritual guides, and why coming together has always been much more powerful than standing alone.

Because The Guru is Everywhere

Spirit is limitless and manifests in infinite ways. Not only has God gifted us with our own ability to know the truth from within but that truth and wisdom is reflected back to us all the time everywhere that we go through people, places, books, TV shows, nature, and all things. Sometimes I receive profound messages within my own dreams and meditations and others in hearing the words of my elders or peers and even in the lyrics of a sweet song.

Because spirit can take any shape or form to reach and teach us it is so important to remain open to wisdom in all the ways it greets us in life. I especially say this to those who have been hurt by leaders, teachers, and churches or spiritual communities. Anything and everything can be a vessel. Not all use their vessel for good but we all have the potential to deliver divine information to one another. Be mindful but remain open to the truth because it is all around you even in those that have come to teach us what not to do and who not to be.

Because there are comforts we’d rather not sacrifice.

As I mentioned we are all vessels and carry gifts and much potential. We are all seers and healers of some sort or art form, yet we do not all want to fast at the level as some prophets do or leave the city to relearn how to be in tune with nature in the mountains like monks. We do not all want to do what it takes to fully come into our abilities as psychics or shamans. I love being a shamanic healer and would never go back to my life before this but I would not wish some of the trials I have transformed through on others. It is not easy. Ego deaths are not pretty nor fun. I’ve given up long periods of time away from friends and family, sex, and many other life pleasures.

I believe this is true of all people in every domain. I wasn’t willing to go to university longer than the average 4 years to be a doctor. There are many paths I do not choose because there are sacrifices I’d rather not make and that is perfectly beautiful because we all have paths that we are meant to take and we all will have to make some sacrifice. Spiritual Healing work is deep and at times risky and requires going into the darkness to retrieve souls and soul medicine. There are intense places and dimensions that a healer must go spiritually and physically in order to heal themselves and others. The healers that have taken honourable paths have given up things you cannot even imagine to do what they do and be who they are in order to offer us divine wisdom and access to immense support on our healing journeys.

Because you can’t do it alone, nor see everything.

Not even healers do all of their work alone. If you look at most indigenous ceremonies and gatherings there are many healers that come together and many more helpers and members to orchestrate these powerful ceremonies. Churches have many pastors and a whole hierarchy of leadership to support the community. I even tend to want to be this superwoman figure. I desire to learn all topics and be a master of many things but it’s overwhelming and I’ve come to live this life and do much more than just study. No one does anything alone. Work is hired out, our friends help us move into our apartments, our counsellors guide us to apply for school or fix our relationships, and writers get their works edited and proofread.

All of my teachers have elders that they turn to and seek spiritual advice from. In the African traditions there are always those above us that we gain insight from and who offer a checks and balances of power and ethics. All the healers and psychics I know have their own healer and psychic. We all need help, we all have blind spots, and can’t see everything. Only the creator has that ability. Oh how I wish I could see it all. Most of my prophetic dreams and messages come through me about other people. I once asked my teacher why can’t I see more into my own life. I need my help! She explained that it was because as a healer I am here to serve. There are times when we are to be of service and times to receive. You are not on your own island and you have called certain people or experiences into your life to help in your evolution. We seem to fall into this idea that we are separate not only from God but from others. Allow yourself to ask and receive what it is that you need.

Because we need spirit and a higher sense of self.

When you go to do with a healer, shaman, or spiritual medium of some sort you are not just working or receiving from this “person”. You are also connecting with the spiritual guides and higher powers that work through them. In my spiritual tradition of the Sangomas of South Africa, the healers are guided and led by ancient ancestral healing spirits. When you make your payments in exchange for your service you are honouring and acknowledging a group of spirits that are blessing you through this work and offering you wisdom and healing. It is because of spirit that healers are able to do what they do and it is because of spirit that we seek healers. We need and crave to connect with a higher power and our higher selves. Our wellbeing and our success is related to how connected we are to our soul, our true self, our free loving creative whole selves. We live in times where our connection is constantly threatened and weakened so making that reconnection and union to the body-mind-spirit is vital.

I know that people look at healers sometimes and think that they can do the same. I have even at times looked at others and thought there must be a way to figure out what they do but this is naive and dangerous. A healer can appear to be doing simple everyday things but invoking energies that bring in power to what they do. Everything isn’t always as it seems.

I came across a beautiful piece of digital art (below) by a local artist that I feel depicts the most important part of this whole discussion about why we need healers; this image by Baba Underdog shows an aspect of what we don’t see. A man pouring water over these young girls but tuning into a power beyond this realm. These powers activate the medicine in the work that healers do. You can’t copy that, you can’t do that yourself, and it can be dangerous to just take something you see and replicate it when you don’t understand the power, the history, nor have the level of protection needed that a trained healer has taken the time to gain. Of course you can connect with your spiritual guides but you can’t connect with theirs and each guide or deity has their specialities and different forms of “medicine” that we can all benefit from. It is a blessing to be around and gain from other healers and power houses. We all have something unique to offer.

I often hear of people having extremely difficult spiritual experiences and awakenings made worse because they didn’t have the guidance or training to handle the trials, growing pains, and spiritual warfare that comes with this work. This work is sacred. This work is deeply freeing and though there is so much you can learn and do alone, there is just as much to receive and gain in working with a guide who loves you and wants you to evolve and find home within your own spirit. My teacher always says, “I’m not here to train mini me’s. I want you to surpass the work that I’ve done.” She supports me in discovering my truth for myself.

Honestly, the world needs healers for the same reason that the world needs you. Because we are all individual answers and blessings to the world’s problems and positive evolution. I imagine a time when we are all fully awake to our gifts whatever they may be and honour with gratitude all our guides, teachers, messengers, and helpers along the healing journey.


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Gogo Thule Ngane is a Sangoma Traditional Healer, Priestess, and Medicine Woman. She is guided by the Amadlozi, Elevated Ancestors of her lineage. Her work includes divination, traditional healing, and leads workshops, ceremonies, and retreats on ancient African healing and spirituality. She is devoted to awakening ancestral wisdom on the earth.

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Why We Honour The Ancestors



Why We Honor The Ancestors
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Gogo Thule NganeGuest Writer

I think many people look at earth-based spirituality as worshiping the outside world; something outside of yourself. Spirit has shown me it’s about honouring, remembering, celebrating an aspect of myself, wisdom that is being passed on to me and that I feel called to reclaim.

Whether we hear it or not, the ancestors still speak to us from where they are, in our dreams and in the coincidences of our daily life. They have wisdom to pass on to us spiritually. We are the ancestors, and they are us. There is a lot of power on your side.

Listen, they will speak.

We honour the ancestors because we are connected…

Whether we acknowledge it or not there are ones that came before us, ones that opened the way for you to be here, ones who prayed for you before they knew you, and worked for your future.

Whether we are in tune or not, they walk among us in the spirit realm. We stand on their shoulders. They are still in our blood, in our bones, and when they heal, we are uplifted.

As Edison Agbandje, author of Ancestral Essence says, “Our ancestors hear our prayers first.”

When most hear the word ancestors, they instantly connect to their blood relatives that they may or may not of known. In indigenous traditions this word is more fluid. We have the ancestors and spiritual beings of the waters, the air, the fire, the earth, the blood ancestors of your father and mother’s lineages, elevated ancestors and the adopted ancestors or guardians who have chosen to work with you in past and present life times which come in the form of gods, goddesses, angels, spirit animals, and more.

The reason that certain animal totems and/or gods guide you is because you come from a lineage of people who worked with those energies and lifetimes of agreements to work together. We not only come into this world with physical parents and relatives but also guardians connected to our lineage, helping spirits, a powerful and huge spiritual court.

In my tradition, that of the Sangomas of South Africa, the Ancestors are the center of our work because they connect us to the rest of the spirit realm.

We honour the ancestors because what we need to heal started long before us…

They say that when we do our own inner personal healing, we heal 7 generations forward and 7 generations back. The memories, the power, traumas, pains, and wisdom of our ancestors are currently running through our blood/DNA and thus stored in our energetic/physical body.

Some of us are dealing with sadness and depression, imbalances, illnesses, phobias/mental issues, and life patterns that are connected to what our ancestors went through as well as experiences that are signs of ancestral messages. I once assisted in spiritual work with a young girl who was very sad and fussy in a way that began to concern her mother. We did an ancestral reading to find out there was a male ancestor who was having some kind of trouble that was being expressed through this young girl.

Many of us are going through life having experiences and challenges that our modern day environment can’t explain. Some are seeing, hearing, and sensing things that they can’t piece together because we no longer know how to interpret and recognize the signs and language of the ancestors nor the spirit world. Then there are those, like me, who simply felt that something in my life was missing and felt disconnected.

The fact is to ignore the ancestors is to ignore a part and aspect of yourself. It’s like to have 2 hands but not use one of them, to not nurture it, as well as to not tap into a place of power within you that we all have.

Because there is wisdom to reclaim that vibrates within us…

They walk with us every day, they see your struggles, they can see what’s in your way and constantly protect and lend us their wisdom through intuition, synchronizes, and life experiences. They are able to see what we can’t and guide us back to our higher-selves.

I am honestly fascinated and in awe of how much wisdom we walk with. As a shamanic medicine woman, I’ve been called to work with my elevated ancestors who were healers in ancient times. I once had a vision where my ancestors appeared as lions. I know this because at some point they picked up some chalk and drew their human faces on a board. I was scared initially and ran into the house when I saw them. They followed and eventually I realized they were here to guide me. First one of the lions had a wound on his shoulder. This ancestor lifted my hand up to the wound and it was healed. Then they took me to a window and showed me how to physically and spiritually float up and through the window and fly up into the sky.

This vision and many of my experiences on this journey with clients and myself has showed me how connected we are to them, how much they already have mastered and how we possess this wisdom if we make the connection, choose not to be afraid, and honour their ancient practices.

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About the Author

Gogo Thule Ngane is a Sangoma Traditional Healer, Priestess, and Medicine Woman. She is guided by the Amadlozi, Elevated Ancestors of her lineage. Her work includes divination, traditional healing, and leads workshops, ceremonies, and retreats on ancient African healing and spirituality. She is devoted to awakening ancestral wisdom on the earth.

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