When people don’t know much about something, they tend to fear it. If you consider yourself to be metaphysical or spiritual or a believer in New Age philosophies, yet you come from a family with a fundamental Christian background, you likely know what I mean.
You may jokingly say that your family would think you were a witch or a devil worshipper if they saw your Tarot cards or your crystals but you probably wouldn’t be too far from the truth. Sadly, many people associate metaphysical beliefs and practices with evil, though that could not be further from the truth.
There is a legitimate reason for this. Religions are notorious for teaching that alternative methods of worship are evil. We’re still living in a society where people are reviled and persecuted for their religious beliefs. (Muslim ban, anyone?) And we’ve all heard stories about the witch trials that led to the murders of women who were deemed a threat to those who were in power at the time.
A friend recently moved and wanted to clear negativity from her new home by doing a smudging ritual, but decided to wait until visiting family members left town for fear of what they would think. In many cases, that might be the right move, particularly if it can save you from getting in an argument with someone who is trying to influence you to follow their religious path. However, in other cases, it can be an opportunity to educate your family about your beliefs and spiritual practices. You may even be surprised that they are more open than you think.
So how do you handle a family that does not share your spiritual beliefs? First, of all, make sure it’s not you that has the problem. Sometimes we are afraid to show people who we are when they wouldn’t in fact have a problem with it. You may be hiding your spiritual beliefs when those closest to you have already noticed that you march to a different beat and they’ve already accepted you for it.
Look for ways to introduce your beliefs to your family members. For example, if you’re wearing a hematite bracelet and a family member compliments you on it, explain to them that you’re wearing it for grounding and protection. Perhaps you might take a family member with you the next time you visit the local metaphysical shop, or hear a metaphysical speaker talk.
If you’re really unsure of how to broach the topic of your spirituality, watch a couple of episodes of SuperSoul Sunday with your relatives and then ease into a conversation. The more open you can be about your spirituality and your beliefs, the more authentic you are. And the better able you are to shine your unique light in the world.