Friday, May 27, 2011

Narcissistic Spiritual Teachers---Causing Psychological Harm

"A pernicious type of narcissist presents himself or herself as a spiritual mentor. Attractive, bright,charismatic----these individuals...practice pseudo spirituality." (from Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life). A growing number of narcissists are putting themselves in the role of spiritual teacher. Often well educated, sophisticated, highly articulate and with compelling personalities, these fake spiritual teachers fool many people who are  looking for someone who can introduce them to a spiritual practice and a new way of living. The most successful of these fraudulent spiritual teachers are highly magnetic, savvy about human nature and appear to be both empathic and sincere.

It is alarming to discover how good people are fooled by these new age spiritual programs that are designed to keep the follower coming to expensive courses that they believe will bring them enlightenment.

True spiritual growth has no price. There are times when we seek the wisdom of those who are of high consciousness. Genuine teachers are not focused on how much money they will make and the accumulation of fame and fortune. Learning how to meditate and to create a spiritual life does not cost money. Authentic  teachers do not encourage large followings or their moment of fame. Spiritually evolved human beings help others toward higher consciousness out of compassion for them and the joy of alleviating their emotional and psychological pain.

Those who become entrapped by the narcissistic pseudo guru are pursued to provide larger and larger sums of money to fill their coffers. They are often treated abusively when they cannot follow unrealistic rules that are arbitrary. Unfortunately, many followers are brainwashed and keep coming back for more. These spurious practices are often designed to make their followers feels humiliated and dependent. Those who leave these  groups feel emotionally lost and disoriented as a result of  the delusion of their belief that the narcissistic teacher was genuine. Those who are recovering from these cruel at times criminal schemes, suffer greatly and take time to heal. To protect yourself from these purveyors of fake spirituality, study the narcissistic personality  in depth. To learn about every facet of the narcissistic personality disorder, visit my

Linda Martinez-Lewi, Ph.D.
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Book: Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life
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