What is spiritual slavery?
Spiritual slavery: Have you ever felt a sense of being chained to a "spiritual" environment? Have you ever felt guilty just for being yourself? The feeling that you have no more ideas of your own and that everything you live must pass the approval of someone? Have you ever had the feeling of stepping on eggs, because any of your attitudes can be considered "sin"?
It is as if something blocks your inner light, does not let you shine, nor reveals your essence and purity.
Many people in a state of fragility end up seeking help in spiritual settings.
These environments have a very important social function, but it is necessary to be aware and alert to not end up entering a spiritual slavery.
My search for “masters”
Since I was 20 years old I have been looking for teachers who can give me answers to my questions
everyday, to my internal dilemmas that I always try to solve based on love and respect. For 12 years I have been looking for answers to my emotional instabilities, my unstable temperament, my financial gains, the complexity of the universe.
The first person I considered a master in my life taught me yoga. Yoga is an incredible body technique
which leaves us in impeccable physical health, but psychologically I still needed some adjustments.
Yoga is rigid, it is disciplined. You need to be consistent in practice. When such “wills” appear
you need to be strong enough to say "no". In Yoga you should not smoke, drink or eat meat. Sex
can be done, but little. You must have impeccable conduct.
When I met Tantra I saw the possibility of dealing with imperfection. To just be. To have a safe place to play all frustrations (during active meditations) and to be a better person during interpersonal relationships. The master I discovered in this area had many imperfections. He was an authoritarian, untimely and frightening person, he didn't seem to have evolved at all, except for the financial gains and he didn't practice the meditations he taught.
I sought answers in environments that share ayahuasca and I also dealt with ignorance, with self-centeredness… And when my belief in masters was already shaken, I saw masters who had already been recommended to me by loved ones to start being denounced for bizarre crimes of rapes and abuses.
Do the masters have immaculate conduct?
Suppressing wills can be very dangerous. But this master does not tell you of those wishes.
He shows himself as a perfect and enlightened being and you do the impossible to follow his example.
After a long time following my yoga master, I discovered his flaws: his 10 marriages, his 3 abandoned children, and many others ...
His health in old age also didn't look the best. Did I really want to follow that example of a person?
There were other masters whose reputation was never immaculate. Masters who forced their students to extremes, even seriously injuring them, teachers who abused the blind faith of some followers, getting involved sexually, teachers who let their egos inflate in front of people in need of reception.
More evolved beings, according to whom?
All these evidences were putting me in a state of alert with these people who considered themselves above humanity, who consider themselves to be enlightened beings. Each person I listen to, absorbed by a belief, an idea or speaks of a master who places rules on us, who imposes conduct on us, I am left behind. I realized that we are all human. We all make mistakes and no one better than mistakes to teach us.
Masters can be useful at certain times in our lives, but only we can create our truth, our values… When a “master” tells you that something is wrong, that if you want to be free, prosperous and pure you must follow the his way, he's creating a dependency. He wants to enslave you. He tells you that only with his help can you save yourself.
We can see the number of evangelical churches throughout Brazil. People blindly trust that the pastor speaks in the name of God. They begin to think that salvation is in the church, they donate what they can and cannot in the name of God and the church. Sometimes this church has an important role in the recovery of a person, but from then on it can and must walk on its own.
How to be a master of yourself?
Have you tried to listen to your conscience today? Have you tried to listen to your own body, your feelings?
How about if we could listen to ourselves before someone who is out of trouble and appreciate our own position?
Spiritual slavery is more common than we think. Why does it happen subliminally. It makes you believe in the other more than in yourself.
Look deeper and believe in yourself.
“Tantra trusts your body. Tantra trusts your senses. Tantra trusts its energy. Tantra trusts you - totally. Tantra does not deny anything, but it transforms everything. "
Today, more than ever, we have access to information. We can find all kinds of courses and information on the internet. We can improve, polish, in the comfort of our home, in our own way, being free to gather the information we want and filter only what is good for us. We can, as never before, be masters of ourselves.