Common sense and metaphysical ethics dictate that those with metaphysical gifts should not check out other people on a metaphysical level without their permission. On one level, as an empath, I can’t help but feel people’s emotions, especially when they are poorly shielded and highly emotional. If they’re having a bad day, I will likely know. That is what they are broadcasting, and I don’t have to do anything to ascertain that information just like I don’t have to do anything but look at them to tell they are wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans.
However, on a total different level, many metaphysical practitioners and healers are able to talk to higher powers to find out more personal details about another being. If I wanted, I could ask higher powers why the person above is having a bad day. If someone on the other side is willing to talk, I might discover that he has been fired or the woman he has had an affair with is leaving him or his best friend just died. Regardless of what the reasons are, I would have just crossed over into unethical behavior. All of that is none of my business. I am doing nothing less than prying into a situation where I have no reason to be. If that man had asked me to contact higher powers on his behalf to understand where his depression was coming from, then it is ok for me to do so.
I recently had another metaphysician take it upon himself to check out my metaphysical state and then send me an email with details about what he had discovered was “wrong” with me. He did not have my permission to do so. I am well aware of the issues he discovered; they are something I’ve been working on for months with other healers to change. The result of him doing this and telling me, though, was that I felt like I had been violated. I let that practitioner know that he was acting unprofessionally and unethically (and this was not the first time I've had to tell this practitioner similar things). What he did is no different than a stranger leering in someone’s windows: Just because he’s capable of pressing his nose up to the glass to see what’s going on inside someone’s house, it doesn’t make it the right thing to do. The next step from there is to just go inside someone’s house and check things out because they left their doors unlocked so they must not have wanted people to stay out. Yet all of us know that there is a societal expectation that we don’t walk into other people’s houses without their permission even if the door is unlocked. It’s rude, and it’s an invasion of privacy. Even if the door is open, unless there's a trail of blood that you can see or someone screaming for help, rules dictate that you don't just walk in. The same is true of checking out someone’s metaphysical body (which is their spirit’s house for the time being) without explicit permission. Even if you have the best of intentions, it's still wrong.
The lesson here is really simple: Don’t check out people’s metaphysical state without their permission. Period. Full stop. I wish more people involved with metaphysics would learn to follow this basic rule of courtesy and ethics.
© 2015 Elizabeth Galen, Ph.D., Green Heart Guidance, LLC