I just opened an email from someone who said something to the effect of, “If you are from the USA you are a thief, go away.” And then they sent a second email with something similar.
When my children were little, I remember being afraid of letting others know what I did. I was afraid that they would attack me or be judgmental. I was living on the east coast of the US and people weren’t very tolerant when it came to people like me.
For so long, I wasn’t forthright about what I did. If a fellow parent asked what I did, I would say I was a spiritual teacher. If they looked uncomfortable or didn’t ask anything else, I wouldn’t go into detail.
I would work in spiritual centers in my area. Hiding was easy for me, but I had to face my fears because it was time to begin helping more people in a bigger way. But that is also scary, because people can be mean and judgmental.