I thought I would write just one more item following from the “I Can Do It®” seminars. I just had to comment on Doreen Virtue, the woman who runs seminars on how to talk to angels. And yes, there are apparently adults who are not in mental institutions (yet) who believe in this.
From Doreen’s bio:
As a child, Doreen was a natural clairvoyant, seeing and conversing with, what many people call, "invisible friends" (which are really angels and deceased loved ones).
No, they are really invisible friends. Most people get over it when they get older. People that don’t either are diagnosed schizophrenic or (apparently) get PhDs and become best selling authors.
Look what comes next: wow, an unverifiable anecdote:
…when an angel warned Doreen that her car was going to be stolen on that fateful July afternoon, Doreen ignored him. After all, her habit of arguing with and ignoring the angels was deeply ingrained by then. Despite this, the angel did not abandon Doreen in her most dire moment as she was parking, two armed men, intent on a car jacking, brandished weapons and physically accosted the unsuspecting Doreen. The voice spoke to her again it was loud, distinctly male and it instructed her to scream with all her might. This time she listened, she screamed, and her life was saved by passersby who became alarmed and sent her attackers running.
Well, I’m convinced. And just look at the number of books this woman has published. There is obviously money to be made by simply making up stupid crap for the credulous. Just look at this book description:
"Why do I always see the numbers 444 (or 111, 333, etc.) everywhere I go?" is one of the most frequently asked questions that Doreen Virtue receives at her worldwide workshops.
Angel Numbers provides an interpretation of more complex number sequences than was previously available in Healing with the Angels. This new book focuses on numbers such as 123, 337, 885, and so on.
Whether you’re seeing these numbers on license plates, telephone numbers, the clock, or other locations, they’re very real messages from the angels.
It’s impossible to know where to start with this much stupid. But I think it’s fairly safe to say, if you ever meet anyone who actually believes in this stuff, don’t even bother trying to reason with them: they are way too far gone for that.