Originally Posted by zicitron
Steve, I'm a loyal reader of your blogs since a few weeks. You write very well; no doubt about that. Your writings are very inspirational and it has helped me a lot in my personal life but I don't know whether I should voice out my feelings publicly after reading your story about connecting with Mr Lewinson. After all, I think I should since it has disturbed me a bit. I will say it plainly: I don't believe what you narrated. I do believe in God, in angels and in evil but I think you are taking us for a ride with this "connecting with the dead" thingy. Not meaning to be harsh here but I, as a loyal reader to your blog, I think you could have spared us that lengthy paragraph about Mr Lewinson coaching the dead! I do hope he drops that idea and may his soul rest in peace! I am just asking myself if I need to keep on reading your blog; if you are really serious at times; if you are really that sane! I know your die-hard fans will jump at my throat after reading this post. But again, I do not want to create any tension here; that piece of blog just disturbed me somewhat. Ok, you did say that those who don't believe shouldn't go on reading that part but you see, you did also subtly say that those "who won't read it" are not open-minded. If that's not an insult to those who do not believe in these so-called spiritual meetings, then what is it? Some cursed tongues would even say that there seem to be a marketing disguise for Erin's daytime job in that piece of writing!
Glad to be of help. No insult intended.
If this sort of thing conflicts with your beliefs, then you should indeed be disturbed. That's actually a good thing because it means you're being challenged, and challenge induces growth.
It's not my intent to get you to agree with me or to be loyal in any way, but it is my intent to challenge you. Sometimes that means that I have to tug on the trust you may have with me in order to lead you to consider new ideas because those ideas could contain a lot of growth for you. If the end result is that you end up rejecting my work completely or concluding I'm deluded or insane, that's a risk I'm willing to take. You wouldn't be the first to go that route.
If being disturbed makes you run, then run. On the other hand, if you have the courage to go a bit deeper into this without running, you may find a rather fascinating growth experience ahead of you.
Although you may not realize it now, the reason you posted this is that you aren't fully comfortable with your current beliefs about life and death. Since my post stirred up some of that discomfort, you're obligated to "shoot the messenger" as a coping method. That's very normal. But as an alternative, you could also turn around and look deeper into the source of that discomfort.
You see... people who are fully comfortable with their beliefs never post messages like the one you just did. You may disagree with me on that, but if you give it some thought, I think you'll realize it's true nevertheless.