Date: March 24, 2022
“The BBC has heard testimony that the teachings of spiritual influencer Teal Swan may have contributed to the suicides of at least two of her followers.
Swan, who has said that death can be a re-set button – has hundreds of thousands of followers across social media platforms and her Youtube channel has over 78million views.
But mental health experts say her teachings around suicide could be dangerous.
Our global religion reporter Lebo Diseko reports.”
I wouldn’t call it so much a reset, as a release.
We had some responses in the MAP community, because of comments Teal Swan made towards/about “pedophiles”…which didn’t set all that well.
She also has a fantastical story about having been “satanically abused”…which seems unverifiable…
Teal Swan’s Story Part 1
Teal Swan’s Story Part 2
Teal Swan’s Story Part 3
Suffice it to say, I don’t consider her to be authoritative…and she’s basically a self appointed, new age “guru”, spreading personal opinions.
I think she is correct about this specific question, however…Making peace with suicide, that is…
When you do this…it shifts from being something dark constantly hanging over your head, to something which is a choice…not just the act of ending your life…but the decision to continue your life another day, every day you decide not to end it.
You now own your future, and your present…because this is what you chose…and you are no longer living a life where you are trapped in your circumstances…You’ve taken control.
It may seem counterintuitive to people who’ve never been chronically suicidal…It may even seem wrong, to many people who have been…But for a lot of people in this dark situation…it is a very real liberation, to just let go, and submit to the knowledge that you can end it all when you want.
It really re-frames life…It’s no longer something being imposed on you…It’s something you’ve made a decision to experience.
I was at one time preparing to end my own life…It was months prior to when I started writing my “In Self Defense” project…It had been many years since I’d felt so good, as the day I finally relinquished my fear of either dying or continuing on [aka, living]…and I just decided that I was going to focus on something…anything that might create a positive in this world…Anything that would create and bring back meaning…That’s what I have been living for, ever since.