Beware of the Sneaky Spiritual Narcissist - Terri Cole
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Beware of the Sneaky Spiritual Narcissist

A few years ago I had an interaction with someone I considered a “spiritual leader” that left me feeling disillusioned and upset. This person implied that if I were further along on my spiritual path that I would not be questioning the validity of what I considered to be their opinion, on a particular topic. In truth, I thought we were simply having a conversation and was shocked at their attempt to manipulate and embarrass me into submission. This was my first real encounter with what I have come to understand is a “spiritual narcissist.”

In today’s video, I will be sharing tips on how you can spot and AVOID these faux healing personalities or self-proclaimed spiritual leaders. This week’s Real Love Revolution video covers:

  • How to spot a spiritual narcissist
  • Traits of a spiritual narcissist
  • Why you should be your own leader
  • How to be mindful when seeking spiritual guidance

Spiritual narcissists are people who use what they claim to be superior knowledge or connection to the divine to dominate others. In reality, a spiritual narc is just your average, everyday narc who embeds themselves in a vulnerable community of seekers to have unlimited access to the narcissistic supply they need to live. Spiritual narcissists will talk the talk of how we are one big family but will employ any means necessary to keep you in line which might include making you feel less-than, embarrassing or bullying you. This is to retain control over you.

If you’re on a spiritual path, it’s important that you get really clear that no one has the magic answers for you. Look for leaders whose content resonates with you in a real way, but who aren’t trying to control you and don’t seem threatened by you. Spiritual narcissistic leaders want you to believe that they have the answers for you and they alone hold the key to your happiness or evolution. Avoid anyone who speaks as though they have cornered the market on “the truth.” Seek out leaders who share the wisdom of their own experience and who are willing to hold up a mirror so that you can see your own magic.

One way to identify this personality type is to observe if they use embarrassment or degradation as a means of control. If you are watching them give a talk and take questions do they subtly mock the person’s inquiry or make a joke at their expense? Do they bad mouth other leaders in the same space? Regular narcissistic traits are indicators as well, like self-preoccupation, claiming special status, exaggerating accomplishments and bragging.

Click below to download the full checklist of spiritual narcissistic traits and how to spot them so you can avoid them.

All narcissists need a narcissistic supply and will get it by finding and exploiting any perceived weakness. Be open, yet cautious. Do research online to see if there are complaints against this person and be mindful that there are people out there who are sick yet have many followers. There are also really amazing leaders too. In Danielle LaPorte’s amazing new book, White Hot Truth, she covers the topic of faux leaders beautifully and shares personal experiences of the varied spiritual narcissists she’s encountered on her life journey. If you have not grabbed a copy of White Hot Truth, do yourself a favor and do it now by clicking here (You’re welcome!)

Bottom line is that ultimately YOU must decide what is right and true for you. As Danielle would say, you must “Become your own guru.”

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Thanks for watching, reading, and sharing!

And as always, take care of YOU.

Terri Cole
https://terricole.com
8 Comments
  • Natalie
    Posted at 14:03h, 19 June Reply

    Hi Terri,

    So good! Really resonated with me!

    Thank you!!

    • Terri Cole
      Posted at 16:36h, 19 June Reply

      Hi Natalie, so glad you found this helpful! Thanks for watching!

  • Mickey
    Posted at 23:06h, 19 June Reply

    Wow! This has happened to me twice and I thought I did something wrong . It was very hard to not feel like I had no right to be upset. I am learning to trust myself .i so appreciate this affirmation to what I was feeling.

    • Terri Cole
      Posted at 10:40h, 23 June Reply

      I’m so happy you found this post helpful. Keep on trusting yourself, Mickey!

  • Stacey
    Posted at 15:16h, 20 June Reply

    Hi Terri,
    This is so spot on…. Thank you for putting this out there and thank you for all you do. I am just catching up with all of the information you’ve recently provided regarding narcissistic mothers, fathers, and spiritual “healers” now and I have experienced them all. I was always aware on some level that “something wasn’t right” and always eventually took steps to protect myself until finally putting an end to attracting or allowing these kinds of people in my life. Zero tolerance. I intentionally put an end to the pattern/cycle which was a very successful move on my part! 🙂 But I never had the correct label or full understanding of what I was experiencing until now THANK YOU!!! Oh my gosh this helps me put it ALL into perspective AND validate myself for all of the healthy choices I’ve made that at times were judged critically by friends and family. I’ve stood my ground and hallelujah – I WAS RIGHT all along!
    Thanks again Terri!!! You are Awesome!!!

    • Terri Cole
      Posted at 23:16h, 16 July Reply

      Stacey,
      You are so welcome! I am glad you are finding the videos helpful and so glad you are here. Keep up the great work 😉

  • Sheng
    Posted at 13:57h, 30 June Reply

    Thank you for creating this post! The title caught my attention because I’m currently seeking spiritual guidance from many spiritual leaders through podcasts and books. Danielle is definitely one of my favorites 🙂

    • Terri Cole
      Posted at 12:05h, 16 July Reply

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad you found this helpful!

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