Davia had been to a firewalking ceremony, and was now hearing things and seeing shadowy figures in the corners of her eye. The experience had opened up something within her, something that had become frightening and hard to manage. "Can you take it away from me?" she pleaded. "I donít want to have this power anymore."
I know many people who have gone on weekend spiritual retreats that included meditation and a firewalk, and theyíd found the experience fun and empowering. Though I wasnít familiar with the group that sponsored Daviaís retreat, Iíd seen their ads on the Internet, and had met several shamans whose names were associated with the event.
"Davia, tell me what youíre experiencing," I said.
"Itís like Iíve become oversensitive," she explained. "I feel like the spirit world is squeezing me. Itís difficult to go to the mall now, or anyplace thatís crowded. I start hearing peopleís thoughts."
I recommended Psychic Protection by William Bloom, an intriguing book thatís helped several of my students when they felt overwhelmed after opening their third eye for the first time. Davia dismissed my suggestion.
"Thatís not what Iím looking for," she said. "I need someone to take this thing away. Itís like a curse."
My lips pursed when I heard that word: "curse." I donít believe in curses. People have the power to create their own reality, and those who believe theyíre cursed do so because itís easier to blame someone else Ė or something outside themselves Ė for their troubles.
"Perhaps whatís happened," I began, "is that the meditation and firewalk has stimulated your psychic center, which is something new for you. You might want to think about opening your intuitive abilities more slowly and gently. Why donít you go to meetup.com and see if thereís a meditation group near you to join? Iím sure youíll feel more secure around like-minded people whoíd like to help you."
"No," she said, "thatís not for me." She sounded a bit angry. "Isnít there something you can do right now?"
I sighed and sat back in my chair. I thought of Jane Robertsí series of books where she channelled Seth, an ascended master. In one book, she related stories of people calling with requests to interpret their dreams or solve their problems. One man who began meditating said he was contacted by an entity who ordered him to kneel and bow in his presence. Another fellow said Plato materialized on his bedroom ceiling and he felt compelled to become Platoís slave.
Anyone was works with spirit knows that the spirit world doesnít make harsh or ridiculous demands on us. If anything, spirit encourages us to keep love in our hearts and, in the words of Ellen DeGeneres, "Be kind to one another." Spirit doesnít want power over us Ė it wants us to discover the power within ourselves. Nothing is stronger than self-empowerment Ė which is why I donít believe in curses.
So, sadly, I knew what Davia wanted Ė she wanted me to solve her problem. She wanted me to snap my fingers, mumble some words and poof all her troubles away. Sorry, Davia, I thought, but I donít do magic spells.
"If you want to explore what might be happening to you, I still believe your best path is to join a meditation group," I said. "If you want to stop negative thoughts, then stop giving energy to them, and stop letting them rule your life."
"Thatís not what I want," she said.
"Then I wish you peace," I said, "and I hope you find what youíre looking for."
She hung up. I spoke a healing prayer that I hoped might help Davia, and then hoped that she wouldnít look for a solution to her dilemma outside of herself, like contacting a psychic scammer whoíd promise to remove her "curse" for a few thousand dollars.