Spiritual Abuse (Manipulation=Witchcraft)

@Zo0mZo0m (1359)
United States
March 27, 2007 10:02pm CST
Few people can readily identify Spiritual Abuse when they see it. You may notice many of the characteristics of Spiritual Abuse can also be used to define a cult. Manipulation An artificially loving, sometimes selective recruitment process-In a spiritually abusive group, the manipulation begins the moment you set foot in the door. Newcomers are treated differently from those who are already enmeshed in the group. Black and white thinking-Spiritually abusive groups leave very little room in between the two extremes, thus crowding out personal freedom. An esoteric approach to truth-Spiritually abusive groups have their own doctrines and their own in-house jargon which they claim can only be truly understood by those who "truly belong." Scripture Twisting-Leaders of members pronounce they have come up with unique understandings of particular scriptures "through direct communication with God". A hidden agenda-The hidden agenda of every spiritually abusive group is always the same: the glorification of the leadership. The true goals of the spiritually abusive group, inconsistency and hypocrisy abounds within it. And because this is the case, information control becomes necessary. Bait and Switch 1. Spiritual abusers bait you with "authority," and switch it with authoritarianism. 2. They bait you with "righteousness," or some other form of spiritual accomplishment, and switch it with elitism. 3. They bait you with "the leading of God's spirit," and switch it with spiritual intimidation. 4. They bait you with "spirituality," or "victory over sin," and switch it with legalism. 5. They bait you with "unity," and switch it with uniformity. 6. They bait you with "honesty," and switch it with abusive denunciations. 7. They bait you with "spiritual discipline," and switch it with excessive church discipline. 8. They bait you with "transparency," and "openness," and switch it with coercive confession. 9. They bait you with "freedom," and switch it with a painful exit process. Group leveraging-Groupthink: Groups become abusive when any disagreement or dissent, or when an unreasonably low threshold of disagreement, is punished -- when conformity to the leader's opinion, or the party-line, is not an option for membership-in-good-standing, but a requirement. The group claims to have ``all the answers'' to your problems. The group seems perfect: Everyone agrees and follows orders cheerfully. Turning the tables-deflects any real or potential criticism of oneself with an accusation against the person doing the criticizing. Guilt-Tripping-spiritually abusive leaders and groups feed on the guilt of their members. They also continually recycle it, and even create it where it did not previously exist. The Emotional Roller Coaster-A member swings between the extreme happiness of experiencing the "truth" with an insider elite, and the crushing weight of guilt, fear, and shame. Unspoken Rules-These are rules which govern unhealthy churches or families but are not formally stated or written. Since they are not spoken verbally, you do not find out that the rule(s) exist until you have broken one.
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@Galena (9124)
29 Mar 07
you know, I've read that whole passage there, and none of it has anything to do with Witchcraft, so why use the word in the title. what you're describing is a very bad thing that happens far too often, but not something I've ever encountered within Witchcraft. the thing is, on the whole there is no real heirarchy, so there is no real way for anyone to abuse their authority over another, because in most Pagan paths, no one has real authority over another. even in Covens, it's not so much authority, as some having more training than others, and expecting respect for that. but anyone can leave a group that doesn't suit them. it's not in the individuals or the groups interests for someone who doesn't want to stay in the group to be part of the group.
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@Zo0mZo0m (1359)
• United States
29 Mar 07
I Samuel 15:23 says: "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubborness is as iniquity and idolarty." You are NOT telling the TRUTH. There is rank and authority in covens. Witches battle one another for higher position and for POWER! There is rank and authority on jobs, in churches, in life, etc., etc.
@Galena (9124)
29 Mar 07
I assure you, I tell the truth as I see it. the vast majority of Witches never have contact with Covens most of their working lives. those who do become part of a Coven are free to leave any time, and the members of the Coven who are more experienced are looked up to, but their word is not law. unlike a cult, if you want out of a Coven, you leave. yes, you are Oathbound to not reveal the Covens business, but no one would force another to remain in a group that they didn't want a part of. because, quite apart from anything else, a member of the group not being fully committed to that group would not be good for the other members of that group. so anyone who wants to leave can leave whenever they want. within WICCA there is a heirarchy of sorts, but those higher up in that heirarchy don't have the same control over others as a religious leader. as each practitioner has a personal connection with their Gods, and doesn't need another person to interpret it for them. if the high priestess tells you to jump off a cliff you can tell her to shove it without being threatened with anything worse than being made to leave the group. no one Witch has true authority over another. and most Witches are solitary. in Traditional Witchcraft there is no heirarchy, only respect for the knowledge of others.
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@Zo0mZo0m (1359)
• United States
29 Mar 07
May I make a suggestion to you? There's a lovely read by Rebbecca Brown, MD called "He Came To Set The Captives Free". It's has to do with witchcraft. There's an ex-witch, who now serves JESUS, who talks a lot about and reveals much about the inner workings of high powered witches and warlocks, and Satan's brides. There're five brides of Satan and the highly powered witches battle one another for this prized position (to be the bride of Satan). There are so many things that are revealed in this read that writing it all down would take pages to do.
@Lavera1 (897)
• United States
28 Mar 07
Thank you for that information, Zoom. I know that you're mainly discribing cults I know of families that are like that. Mothers wanting their kids to bow down to them and obey them regartless as to if it's right or wrong. Just so the mother gets the glory.
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@Zo0mZo0m (1359)
• United States
28 Mar 07
This discussion applies to families as well.
29 Mar 07
Theres a lot to be said by everyone replying and it is quite difficult to understand but cults exist everywhere good and bad Spiritual abuse probably means using witchraft Most who want you to be in their cult want you to be there for a reason. Maybe its something you have they want Some cults feed in a way on others power or use it to get what they want If someone is your enemy and is part of a cult they can use their power to get you and try and destroy your life
@Zo0mZo0m (1359)
• United States
29 Mar 07
You have intrepreted this discussion well. Thanks.
@Galena (9124)
30 Mar 07
no, spiritual abuse does not mean using Witchcraft. Spiritual abuse means using the spiritual beleifs of others to control their actions, their behaviour, their finances, their sexuality.... Witchcraft is not about that.
@Zo0mZo0m (1359)
• United States
30 Mar 07
You ought to read about Jezebel.
30 Mar 07
I think he means spiritual abuse when cults tap into your energies using witchcraft. Sade wrote a nice song called jezebel. Its a slow jazz song and the melody makes the song I added the lyrics at the end incase you dont know the song But the songs quite sad really its about a girl whose life goes wrong Everyone thinks shes a bad person but shes not She has vision as she watches people go by but noone sees her I dont know why you mention jezebel but anyway heres the lyrics but if you listen to the song you hear it more - well infact as I havent reached 500 I cant cut and paste and they lyrics are quite long so you can look up on the internet if you want to hear it Sade, jezebel