Published on:

12th Feb 2024

Spiritual Shifts: When New Beliefs Challenge Friendships

In this heart-wrenching yet insightful episode, I describe the deeply personal story of a listener who finds herself grappling with the pain and confusion of losing a friend—not to distance or time, but to a radical transformation in spiritual beliefs. Once inseparable with her friend, the writer now finds herself on opposite sides of a widening chasm, created by her friend's dive into spiritual zealotry that has left the writer feeling abandoned, misunderstood, and mourning the person they once knew.

I'll unpack the complex emotions of feeling alienated by a friend's new spiritual path, the sense of betrayal that comes with it, and the profound grief of watching someone you love become someone you no longer recognize. It's a painful question: Can this friendship be saved? Should it be? How do you cope with the loss of a friend to beliefs that feel like they've taken them away from you?

I'll offer some perspectives on what I've seen in my practice, as I've been on both sides of this journey. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who's ever looked at a friend and felt the sting of unfamiliarity, offering not just solace but also a way forward.

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About the Podcast

All Things Human with Adele Wang
More success with less struggle
Don't spend your life getting ready to live it. Connect to your purpose so you can connect more deeply to you yourself, your livelihood and other people. Sounds simple, but this can be challenging, especially if you're a perfectionist over-thinker. Get suggestions that work to help you create a life that matters.Join Adele Wang every Wednesday and Saturday for tips from her 17 years experience as a top coach supporting thousands of purpose-driven people around the world. Sometimes she'll interview thought-leaders who are creating innovative change. Other times she'll share what has worked for clients or herself for overcoming anxiety and finding clarity in a noisy and rapidly-changing ecosystem. If you're having trouble being the real you and you want a more purpose-driven life, this show is for you. Each episode contains gems to help you uncover your own magic. What are you meant to be doing? How can you create the most evocative life possible? You only live once. Make it your best.