By Kim Hutchinson
A few years ago, someone said to me in response to an article I had written, “I don’t agree with your beliefs, but I respect the courage it takes to put yourself out there”. Instead of attacking my beliefs, this person acknowledged my ability to transcend the fear that keeps most of people locked in the ‘spiritual closet’.
Back when I started on my spiritual journey, I didn’t really feel courageous. I was being guided by angels and they were giving me the strength I needed to step outside my comfort zone. Life was much easier when I was was working in tandem with my angel friends. Then, several years ago, they began encouraging me to do more spiritual work on my own. Gradually, I came to rely upon my higher selves for guidance, which was the angels’ goal.
Walking the Tightrope without a Safety Net
Today was the first time I reached a great height on my own. My higher self encouraged me to submit an article for publication on the in5d.com website. It was accepted and today it appeared online! At first, I was excited to see my writing published on one of favourite websites. Then fear set in. My joy evaporated when I looked down (i.e. started reading people’s reaction to the article) and saw no safety net (angels). Even though I’ve been writing spiritual articles and facilitating angel healings for years, I wasn’t prepared for the glare of a spotlight, no matter how fleeting. I felt naked, exposed and momentarily frightened. Some of the comments were positive and some negative, which is par for the course in polarity consciousness. I didn’t expect everyone to agree with me, but I wasn’t prepared for the feeling stark vulnerability.
After dipping my toe in the pool of public recognition, I now have a deeper appreciation for all the bright lights who dauntlessly share their spiritual gifts with the world despite the persistent resistance they must surely encounter. It’s far too easy to criticize a stranger’s beliefs while cloaked in the anonymity of the internet. Just look at the comment section of any webpage. Some people don’t just disagree; they attack and bully those who hold divergent points of view. And yet, despite the risks that come with being in the proverbial spotlight, many brave souls continue to put their heart and soul out there to help, guide, inspire and heal others.
Pieces of the Puzzle
If we are to come together and solve our problems, we need to support each other. That means holding a safe space for each other so that we may all excel. For those with a spiritual calling, we need to make it safe for them to come out of the so-called spiritual closet and let their heart-light shine. Even if you do not agree with a person’s beliefs, applaud that brave soul’s ability to shine a light in the darkness. We need more love (support) and less fear (criticism). We do not all need to agree; but we do need to respect each other. Each of us holds a piece of the puzzle and it is only by working together that we will heal our world.
To all the brave souls who have blazed a trail of light for humanity, bless you and may the angels keep you safe and strong.