Hi -- I'm watching the abusers, predators, and poisonous people video and this is resonating with me and is such a trigger and I wish people would be more cautious. This is going to be a long post but I really want people to be careful.
There is one thing that people really need to watch out for. Those "teachers" who are only manipulating you for your time and money. I was part of a "coven" that turned into, "now, I need you to make stuff for the shop" "hey study your specialty in the coven class but give me your recipe and now I'm going to sell it in my shop without your permission", etc. It even came down to "oh I would not have taught you the reiki master, if you weren't going to do attunements on other students for free" . This is after I paid about $300. I absolutely refused to do any reiki work for free (or paid in food because that was offered). There is so much more that happened but it would turn into a book.This specific person manipulated people who were searching for spirituality, a place to belong, etc. I was able to extricate myself from it but I can still see it happening from a distance. I've tried to warn people still there but they are so manipulated at this point, they look at this person as if she was a goddess.
Recently, I decided to re-take reiki with another teacher. I paid the full amount for a full weekend class (16 hours) and then guess what happens? The "teacher" says, "oh I'm also going to need my students to volunteer at my next reiki weekend class". I was like, "the F I'm doing that. I paid you, you taught the class, transaction ended. You are not entitled to any of my time other than what I gave in the class. And if volunteering was a requirement, then that should have been mentioned in the class pricing." So I refused to go back and finish the additional 21 day chakra cleanse (which I thought was crap bc I've worked with chakras for a while now and what she was asking us to do was useless and no one would get anything out of it), which by the way required you to journal about any personal issues came up and then she would read your journal. NO. After I told her that I was too busy and couldn't come back, she continued to send me messages through IG about needing to come back because she was the only one who could "seal" my chakras. I've never even heard of that. She was starting to get to the point where she was harassing me. So far it's been a week and I haven't heard anything so maybe now she'll fade into the ether.
Pls pls be careful about who you take classes from. Like Olivia said, if you don't feel comfortable, say NO. You don't have to do anything. Don't defer to these teachers because they may know more than you. That does not take priority over your well-being.
Thanks for reading my rant! Jenn