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Doreen Virtue
A lot of people have been talking about Doreen Virtue's recent YouTube announcement. In it, she shares that she is abandoning tarot in favor of Christianity. 

Before listening to the video, I read through some of what people had to say about her announcement.

As expected, reviews were mixed. Some people saw it coming. Others were taken off guard. One blogger admired her courage. Others were less impressed. Many wondered what this new revelation said about Doreen Virtue's life's work.

So I listened to the video announcement myself.

The first thing that jumped out at me was Virtue's description of her own introduction to the New Age lifestyle. To me, it sounded a little bit like she was saying that the foreign and exotic influence of the New Age expos she was associated with led her astray.

This struck me as odd.

Doreen Virtue did, after all, do more than go to New Age expos. She wrote books that included channeled conversations with angels and pagan deities and ascended masters. She offered classes about how others could make those same kinds of connections. So, if we assume that these connections were real, we have to ask ourselves - can people who connect directly with spirit get it wrong?

I would say yes. I would even have to say that I am a case in point.

I know that I have connected. And I know that I have misinterpreted the guidance I have received. It is only recently, in fact, that I have begun to feel that I am finally getting it right.

Based on my own personal experience, I think it's quite possible that Doreen Virtue is simply doing her best to be true to the guidance she has been given.  In light of Virtue's new, very Christian understanding of that guidance, her issues with predictive card reading and mediumship make perfect sense. 

But perhaps 'new' isn't accurate. Virtue did, as she points out in the video, start out as a Christian. While she is clear in saying that she never completely cut ties, she seems to also be saying that she has come back to the faith of her childhood with an evolved or expanded understanding.

I find this credible. Because, in my own way, I have come full circle as well.

I am even beginning to return to the Christian faith I left behind some nine years ago. Which is something I never expected to say!

So it seems that Doreen Virtue and I have something in common. But this isn't where the similarity ends. Like Virtue, I also have an interest in angels. I am uncomfortable with predictive card reading. And while I have explored a range of New Age practices there are some (such as mediumship and channeling) that I have significiant issues with.

Perhaps because my own belief system is evolving, I am inclined to give Doreen Virtue the benefit of the doubt.

Maybe there is no right way. Maybe there is only the way that is right for us. If Doreen Virtue has found that way, I wish her luck.

*  To read a bit about my journey please see my previous post Birthdays and Blogging and Spiritual Homecomings!

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  1. Thank you for that post. I absolutely agree with you. Blessings

    1. You're so welcome Isma. Thank you for letting me know. Blessings to you as well <3

  2. Nice article! If Doreen is being honest, then I'm wondering why she is selling up her ranch and deleted evidence of funds that she received for it?

    1. Hi Celtic Fairy. Thanks for commenting! I'm glad you liked the article. I found your's interesting as well.

      Like you, I bought several of Doreen Virtue's products with the understanding that the proceeds were going to her animal rescue. I didn't think of those purchases as contributions. I just thought it was nice that she was using the money to do rescue work.

      I would have bought the products either way so I don't feel cheated.

      Because my son does not-for-profit grant writing and consulting I know that it isn't unusual for small, new charities to be unclear or confused about expenses. Usually this is just bad bookkeeping and there is no ill intent.

      My sense is that Doreen Virtue really does love animals and probably meant well.

      If contributions bought the rescue property, and there is equity, the right thing (in my mind) would be to transparently donate those funds to a similar charity when the property is sold.

      If contributions paid for operating expenses on an unsuccessful rescue that is unfortunate but if the money's gone I don't think there is much that can be done.

      I honestly don't know what is in Doreen Virtue's heart. I don't know if her financial problems are real or not. I don't know if she is reborn or rebranding. I only know that it is surprisingly easy to misinterpret direct spiritual guidance so I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt.

      I do wish all the people who feel let down or disappointed by Doreen Virtue's abrupt about-face closure and healing. Spiritual teachers are people but they have a responsibility to their students too and I feel that Doreen Virtue might have given that a bit more thought.

      Love & Light <3


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