The spiritual closet strip tease

come out of the spiritual closet

 In my experience, people who erect spiritual closets tend to be the biggest believers of them all. The reason they step into a spiritual closet is not because they doubt their beliefs, rather, it’s because their beliefs are unwavering. That is, they are so scared of being judged for who they are (because their beliefs are such a big part of them) that they attempt to protect themselves by stepping into the closet. They may also have a soul memory of persecution – more on that here.

But here’s the thing: with every day, it’s becoming more and more socially acceptable to be openly ‘spiritual.’ But when you‘ve been in a spiritual closet for some time, it can be pretty scary to reveal to the ones who ‘know you’ the most that actually, there’s more to you than you’ve let them see.

I hid in my spiritual closet for over a decade. I would suss out people before I revealed just how ‘spiritual‘ I really was with a whisper. But when my soul called me to align my life, I knew I needed to get naked. So little by little I came out of the closet and timidly began to strip.

The biggest step was bringing my ‘spiritual self’ to my work. I started telling my colleagues about courses I was doing on the weekend and leaving books I was reading on my desk (rather than hidden away in my bag, so no one could see the cover). I shared my beliefs about the connection between creativity, spirituality, and ideas, which are waiting to be born. I then began dropping the ‘S word’ (spirit) in meetings, creating the phrase ‘Let your spirit be your brand.’

The more layers I shed, the more liberated I felt. The more of my authentic self I revealed, the more effortless work became because I was able to show up completely as me. Instead of fitting into a mold, I let myself overspill and expand. And then the over spilling bits became my ‘thing.’ I got pay rises, won awards, got promotions. The parts of me that I was trying to keep under control were the bits that everyone actually valued most. Getting naked and stepping out of the spiritual closet was the most liberating and rewarding experience of my life. 

The thing about getting naked is that you don’t have to rip off your clothes all at once, so you‘re suddenly exposed in broad daylight for everyone to see and point. That‘s what nightmares are made of. The best strip teases leave you wanting more! You might start by taking off your hat, then your scarf, and your gloves. Next might come your coat, followed by your heels and tights. Eventually come your dress, bra and the rest. The more layers that fall to the ground, the more people want to see.

The more of yourself you reveal, the easier it is for ‘your people’ to find you. It’s much harder to spot someone when they are in a disguise.

When you are out and proud you will not want to go back. For you have an opportunity to build your life around who you truly are. And if you ask me, that is EVERYTHING.

Work Your Light

Are you in a spiritual closet?

How can you start getting naked and align all areas of your life?

  • Love this post. I have definitely been in the spiritual closet. I’m on my way out and I love your words about slowly releasing more instead of tearing everything off all at once. Thank you.

  • Rebecca Campbell

    Love it David. It’s the spiritual closet strip tease 😉

  • Absolutely! I’ve blogged about this too – so important to be our weird wonderful selves. Everyone else is taken. Love your bedroom story. Can’t wait to discover mine 🙂

  • Tara Nikita

    Oooh this is so delicious. Honestly – when I watch your videos I feel like I’m chatting with a really great girlfriend. It feels like you’re right there in front of me, and I’m there nodding and “mmmhmming”… Thanks so much for this Rebecca. I’ve been instituting a new practice of late: to tell anyone, whoever it is, and whenever they ask what I do. No fuss, no muss. “I’m an Intuitive Counsellor and I help people to connect with their own higher self and inner guidance.” That’s me taking off my scarf. This is exactly what I needed to hear right now. So much love <3

  • Carine San Juan

    just come across this at a key time as being in the closet is becoming unbearable and causing me trouble as i’m just not my authentic self. If i’m not authentic people will get a bad vibe from me so if they’re gonna judge me anyway I may as well be myself! Let the strip-tease commence.
    btw Rebecca, I’ve been following you for a over a year and i’m chuffed to bits about your success and your journey so far! XXX

  • Carine San Juan

    ah ah just seen that my full name came up on the post, well so I am now officially out of the closet. Thank you Ms Campbell 😉

  • Kirby Anderson

    Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou!

  • Rebecca Campbell

    woo hoo Carine!

  • Rebecca Campbell

    yay Tara 🙂

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  • Natalie Jane Donohoe

    Love this….. I’ve spent the past year coming out of my closet, and I’ve found the hardest ones to be myself with are the people who know me best! The best thing I’ve learned….. that my own opinion of myself is the most important, not what others think, and if I’m not my true self then my opinion of myself isn’t that high. Thank you for being such a great and authentic teacher!

  • I so resonate with this Rebecca!! I recently wrote about my sensitive gift on my blog, it is the first time ever I have publicly spoke about it. I only ever told really close friends and my immediate family. It was on the hush hush for me, until recently I listened to a podcast and it gave me the desire to speak about my gift, and to wear it loud and proud. I now offer angel card readings as part of my business, which I love. Thanks for shining your light xxxx

  • Absolutely Natalie 🙂

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