There has been a lot of chatter about one of my favorite mentors, Doreen Virtue. It came as a shock to many that after well over a decade of working with the Angelic realm, she was shifting her direction back to a more Christian based set of teaching, with a major focus on Jesus Christ. I say, “back to” because as she explains, this is where it all began for her and her faith – the spark (along with a car-jacking) that ignited her passion for working with the Angels.
For me, this was no surprise or a conflict of interest with what she had been teaching over the many years. To me, both go hand in hand, not one over the other. They run in parallel along with many other beliefs and passions that make up our individual spirituality. When and where they surface is a part of the Divine plan that unfolds for us daily. For Doreen, it was now, and many of her students are having a hard time understanding it.
As I reluctantly read through a few of the Facebook and Twitter posts, the most hurtful one I came across accused her of being a “false prophet,” followed by a quote from the Bible. Now this I could not understand. A false prophet, really?
Yes, it has been a long time since I have seen her in person, but I can distinctly remember what she said to us in her classes way back then, and it was not encouraging us to “follow her.” In fact, it was the complete opposite. Her life’s work was to inspire us to see the Divinity within ourselves, to explore and understand our own unique talents and abilities, and to create tools to assist us in doing so. Reading her books, using her Oracle Cards, or attending her classes was OUR OPTION.
To my knowledge, Doreen was not a prophet or ever implied she was one. She was a lightworker, teacher, mentor, and entrepreneur. And from what I remember, only wanted the same things for all of us. She encouraged us to take many classes, not just hers, and to expand our knowledge into other topics such as Reiki, the Tarot, Astrology, Numerology, Shamanism, etc. She also spoke frequently about other Mediums, Psychics and Healers of that time, promoting their businesses as well.
Looking back, she has been in transition for years, passing the baton to Radleigh Valentine who will no doubt continue her work adding his own unique touch.
Doreen’s change in direction does not take away from anything we have learned from her over the years. It does not nullify or overturn who we are, or any of our talents and abilities. It does not change anything, unless we allow it to change the way we feel about her. For me, I pray to Jesus all the time and I will continue to do so while using my Tarot cards. For me, this is and has always been normal.
The interesting thing is that I too have found myself following a calling from my past. I was raised Catholic, but have not been to church in decades. However, after attending my mom’s memorial service on Thursday, I felt a need to go back to church, say prayers, sing along and feel the energy of Mass. Today I found myself walking through a Catholic bookstore, and it felt like home. I picked up a Handbook of Prayers, a booklet called, The Order of Mass, and a handful of the little cards that contain beautiful pictures on one side and prayers on the other. Does this mean I will not be giving readings, using my Tarot/Oracle cards, or stop going to paranormal investigations with my good friend Janie? No. It just means that this long lost part of me has resurfaced and wants its place in my life too.
Personally, I will always be grateful to Doreen for stepping into that light, and opening the door for all of us. It couldn’t have been easy listening to the naysayers, but she kept moving forward anyway, allowing us to do the same.