Gossip is like a whirlpool in the ocean of consciousness, or it is like quicksand in the jungle of life. Whichever way of looking at it strikes a nerve, beware this most common enemy on the path to Joy.
Forgiveness is your protection from gossip, which basically means when someone starts to gossip you go into non-judgment mode. You’re not agreeing with them or disagreeing; you don’t correct them, or disapprove. You do your best to politely change the subject or walk away. Sending them love is also appropriate, since what they really want is to feel better or to say that differently, it’s a cry for love.
Is there such a thing as positive gossip or inspirational gossip? I believe there is. Negativity comes wrapped in cute sheep skin, carrying pretty flowers, and covered in perfume. Only later do you notice that you feel bad and in fact they have taken your energy. Most of the purveyors of positive, inspirational gossip are well intentioned and do not even realize what they are doing. Once again this is a cry for love, they are saying aren’t I cute, pretty, loveable? And BAM, you come away feeling drained… because you were.
The bottom line here is how you are approaching life. Are you looking for ways to give or ways to receive? Do you look at life as “what’s in it for me?” or “what do I have to offer?”. If it is the former you’ll be running into energy vampires all the time, because You are one!! If instead you approach life saying “what do I have to offer?” or I have this to offer, how best can I do this, then you’ll attract positive and productive ways to contribute to the world. Most importantly you’ll feel better. The more you give the better you’ll feel too. The only real way to know how you’re doing on the path is to notice how you feel. Awareness is key on the Journey of Love (Joy, Peace, Love = God, Prime Creator, Great Spirit).
Sequoia Elisabeth :-)