The Sufi Lighthouse:
Illuminating Spiritual Abuse
© 2009, Bill Whitehouse
The Interrogative Imperative Institute
P.O. Box 831
Bangor, Maine 04402
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Spiritual abuse assumes many different forms. Such manifestations may be mild, or they can be quite intense and malevolent.
No religious or mystical tradition is immune from the presence of spiritual abuse, for, wherever there are people who are seeking to become closer to essential truths, purpose, and meaning, there will be individuals seeking to generate counterfeit currency to offer to those who are unaware of, or incautious toward, the dangers which lie in wait along the spiritual path.
Some instances of spiritual abuse may involve gullible individuals who are induced to become committed to a ‘guide’ or teacher who, when examined even superficially in an impartial manner, may exhibit many of the warning characteristics of a spiritual charlatan. Unfortunately, in many other cases, the problem of recognition with respect to a given ‘false teacher’ becomes much more difficult and subtle.