Doreen Virtue:  a creature of fear

It is not difficult for a large population of we human beings to believe a different realm exists.  Scientifically, It makes sense that other life forms are out in the Universe in the various galaxies.  I mean, why not?  One can search and read Stephen Hawkins’ fascinating thoughts on the matter.  Are we so arrogant as to think otherwise?  That we are IT?  Highly unlikely. Those of us who witness serendipity more often than can be attributed to coincidence, or sense the love of one who has died, can easily believe in a different realm of pure compassion and love.

Decades ago, a friend who read spiritual energies and auras, gave me one of Doreen Virtue’s books on being an earth angel. Doreen worked as a psychotherapist specializing in healing eating disorders, until 1995 when she created Angel Therapy, a type of therapy based on the premise that communicating with angels can move a person in the right direction. She wrote over 50 books on the subject and her insights.  I read Earth Angels with great curiosity, and it resonated in a deep part of my soul. My interest in angels has only increased over time.

Doreen has a real gift. Present tense, as things have changed her attitude towards it recently. 

On impulse, I recently searched Doreen Virture for some wisdom, and found her on FB. Well, I’ll be danged. Since 2017, Doreen has taken to renouncing all her past comments, books, inspirations, etc., on angels.  Doreen now only writes scripturally.  What I read stunned me. There she was, in all her right-conservatism, denouncing all religions and spiritual paths but hers, and demeaning and smearing not only her previous works, but the help and guidance she provided to others. Talk about unappreciative. I was critical and rejecting of her decision. I had no doubt that what she had shared with the world came from a higher source, came from the angels.  And here she was, denouncing them to the world as if they didn’t really exist! Well, I would have none of that, thank you kindly. I became outraged. How could she accept and utilize such a gift, then turn into somebody who lumped everybody into a label and denounced them as ridiculous or inferior or just plain and arrogantly, wrong?  I tried a few times to post comments, but ended up thinking better of it and discarded each one.  Now, I am thankful I did. 

As I pondered this abrupt change in personality and perceptions in Doreen’s dismissive attitude, I began to acknowledge that she would not have lost her gift.  She herself, though, was lost.  In the physical world, she always was, or so it seems. She earned numerous certificates then “cancelled” some.  She has been married four times, and suffered abuse in at least one of the relationships. 

Obviously, spiritual gifts are not given to a specific personality or intellect. The gift to connect to higher energies is given freely to people from all walks of life, personalities, beliefs and political persuasions. Doreen’s gift was given to her, probably as a child. More than likely, it felt natural to her to communicate to angels.  At some point, she fully embraced her knowledge of angels and shared it with the world.  This gift is powerful. And because it connects to a higher realm of love and infinity, it continued to grow in power. Doreen spoke, she wrote books, she counseled, she advised.

Doreen has a gift of infinite wisdom, love and joy. When connected to the Highest Powers, it is an empowering connection. She was that power and living it. What was it like for her to be so powerful? Did it give her a high? How did she feel? In reading her comments now, it is clear that she wants to be controlled by a book that was written by men in a time when women were subhuman and an inferior class, interpreted over 15 times, and not ever meant to be taken literally.  When a person defaults to a religious strictness like Doreen has recently, it isn’t to find enlightenment or love.  It is to find control. Why would she give over control of her life to others? Why didn’t she feel confident about herself before?

The desire to be controlled by others is irresistible to some people.  Some people are just born followers.  Sadly, Doreen now has something outside of her that will control her mind, make her decisions, dictate her behaviors, and encourage her to feel superior and reject others for not following along with her.  She needs to believe one specific path is the ONLY path, and she is on it, and if you are not, shame and hellfire on you. And when a belief is dictated in black and white with no gray, there is comfort to followers. There is purpose. There is also an undeniable urge to spew all the rejection, cruelty, bullying, and hatred one has oneself endured by others, out and onto “nonbelievers”.

Now I get it.  She was alarmed.  She lived in fear of the power of her gift.  And like her past, the only thing she knew was to run. In Doreen’s case of connecting to the angel realm, she was terrified by what had opened up to her.  She turned away from the connection and rejected the powerful energies that were cursing through her and her spirit.  She gave up the responsibility of her internal power and turned over any self power she may have been experiencing, to the external world, and the leaders in a movement that would tell her exactly what to do and when to do it.  Her freedom is gone.  She now bows to the external version of what her spirit should be. 

I don’t feel the angels are angry with her.  In fact, I think they are nonchalant.  Doreen served a powerful and beautiful purpose, and reached millions of people in the way the Higher Power meant them to be reached. Her newfound attraction to labels and her subsequent belittling of “New Age” and the angel-speak that went with it, is of no concern to them.  Let her be where she wants to be.  There are others in this world who will see the gift as it was meant to be, embrace it, grow it, and live in happy and respectful honor of it.

I am full of deep appreciation in discovering that the gift is a stand-alone energy, that any one can be given it.  I am comforted and soothed in knowing that there is a choice as to whether you develop it, ignore it, or reject it. And when it is given to others, even in the slightest amount, or in the many years Doreen dedicated herself to it, it profoundly affects people for the better, and will live on in them.  

I am grateful.  In a bright light, I will live, and let live, Doreen. May you find the peace you crave, without causing harm to others.

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