Admittedly, I was an Internet spiritual chat room junkie. Years ago, I would spend hours, at times full nights, online sharing my spiritual beliefs, knowledge and help with others. Discovering people with similar beliefs, abilities and spiritual missions was exciting, fascinating and at times, amazing. Such similar and diverse people suddenly entered my life and the spiritual journey I had undertaken for many years, had a sudden burst of energy.
Perhaps the first lesson learned was although spiritual tolerance is necessary, realistically speaking, people tend to be judgmental, especially the more “exotic” the belief system. The same EGO that people professed to be “spiritually evolved” came roaring out as some people had a determination to prove they were “right” in their spiritually evolved beliefs and experiences.
On Internet chat rooms, the administrators have that curious ability to bounce anyone out of a room that does not share similar beliefs, questions beliefs and does not agree with what is said. Religious tolerance disappears at the click of a button as an “offending” visitor is bounced out of the room. For the following hour, hours or days, the words of the offender were discussed, and beliefs justified making the “offender” wrong in action and word.
The drama of everyday life follows the egoists in these chat rooms as ego drives them to set themselves up as “spiritual teachers,” “experts,” and “old souls.” Suddenly, these people evolve into these creatures to be held in awe or scorned depending on point of view and beliefs. Newbies who fall under their mesmerizing spells will defend these people blindly believing they have found their path, their beliefs and most important of all, their teacher.
Shaman, Kahuna, Goddess, teacher, etc., are only as important as people place importance upon these titles. The longer I spent on the Internet in spiritual chat rooms, the more I met people with such fancy unsubstantiated titles. Some claim to be angels, others to be reptilian, and others to be even more exotic in title. Could they have such titles, possibly, but when one is truly spiritual in nature, this person has no need of titles or to prove they are right or that their beliefs are the only true spiritual beliefs. Ego takes a backseat to true humility and spiritual evolution.
I have met some true teachers that pop in-and-out of chat rooms, but they are not ones to boast or make claims of any sort of title. They simply share a few words, a few thoughts and leave as quickly as they arrived. Yet there is a special something in what they say or share and resonates deeply within one’s soul.
People must realize that spirituality is one of those areas in life where “credentials” are not required. On the Internet too, anyone can be anything because the Internet is a faceless, nameless entity. I have seen people claim grand spiritual titles, abilities and knowledge, but in time, the truth of themselves and their true natures cannot remain hidden. Imagine encountering a twenty-year old Shaman, who claims to have been on his path for many lifetimes, and believes he is entitled to this tile because of his past.
No one can ever destroy their ego, but on a path of spiritual evolution learn to put ego aside. One can evolve to the point where belief does not have to be proven, and the need to be right is gone. One can simply be a reflection of their belief in their walk and talk and not need others to validate their beliefs. If one needs others to validate, substantiate or strengthen beliefs, perhaps this same person needs to examine deeply what is believed.
In Internet chat, you will always meet the egoists with the important titles and need to be in control. The point to remember is your spiritual journey is yours alone. They can only have as much impact on you spiritually as you allow them. If you see the spiritual egoists as people with spiritual challenges, and accept with tolerance their need to be “in control,” a negative impact will be minimal, and perhaps, just perhaps something shared will have a deep impact on your soul.