Reblog: How To Spot A Spiritual Sexual Predator

I reblog this with some recommendations and some caveats. This post is an excellent overview of many of the red flags of predators within the Pagan community. This is something I’ve written about and talked about at length and I think it’s important for more people to be aware of these dangerous traits.

Here’s one caveat: Many of these red flags are not, on their own, problematic. It’s the constellation of red flags that are the issue, just as with so many other things. The author brings up that sustained eye contact and charismatic behavior is a predatory behavior, and that’s not exactly true; not on its own. So remember–just because some Pagan you know does some of these doesn’t automatically mean they are a predator. Use discernment.

Another caveat: The post is bigoted against polyamory and open relationships. For that reason, I hesitated to share this post, however, the rest of the overview of behaviors is so spot-on that I still find it an excellent resource on spiritual predators. Here’s the thing; just because someone is polyamorous doesn’t mean they are a predator. I’ve seen lots of ethically open relationships. Heck, I’m in one now myself, though it was unexpected. However, where I see poly being predatory is with these additional red flags: When the person is pressuring you to be poly and extolling the virtues of polyamory and how polyamory is better than monogamy, or when the person is telling you they are poly and they’re actually using that as a line to cheat on their partner. Again, use discernment. There’s a big difference between someone new to being polyamorous and enthusiastic about it, and someone who’s trying to manipulate you into a sexually coercive relationship.

 

 Link to article: How To Spot A Spiritual Sexual Predator

“It surprises me not an iota that a sexual predator would become a prominent new-age guru. The guru-student relationship is fertile land for sexual misbehavior to flourish in. There are too many guru sexual predators to list, but I’ll highlight a few who were exposed relatively recently: John Friend of Anusara Yoga, Bikram Choudury of Bikram Yoga, Eido Shimano Roshi of New York Zen Studies Society, Joshu Sasaki Roshiof Rinzai-ji, Swami Shankarananda of Shiva School Of Meditation And Yoga, and Doug Phillips of Vision Forum….”

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6 thoughts on “Reblog: How To Spot A Spiritual Sexual Predator

  1. The link isn’t working. Where you used to be on Pagans Tonight? I used to listen to Pagan Priestess back in the day

  2. Years ago I had a podcast on Pagans Tonight. My abusive ex was my cohost, so I don’t generally refer people to those podcasts as a resource. Mostly now I just guest on other people’s podcasts, and I also do webinars/videocasting. I have a couple of groups on Facebook, Pagan Leadership Skills, and Ritual Facilitation Skills, where I organize the videocasts and the topics.

  3. For what it’s worth, the podcasts he and I did on Pagans Tonight, particularly where we focused on leadership topics, were pretty good as far as information goes. It’s just he couldn’t live what he was trying to talk about and teach, if that makes sense. If you have difficulty joining either of the FB groups, just message me on Facebook and I can help. 😀

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