Inspiration | Relationships | Betrayal

How To Deal With Malicious People Who Try To Ruin Your Life

Disguised as anything from successful business owners to healers, they delight in trashing lives

Liberty Forrest, Author
5 min readFeb 21, 2022


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“Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.”

— Auliq Ice

I refuse to read newspapers, watch news on TV or listen to it on the radio. I can’t stand to hear about the suffering in the world. I figure if there’s anything I really need to know, I’ll hear about it. There’s no shortage of available information to people to spread.

It’s bad enough when it’s an “Act of God” or some terrible accident. But I simply cannot tolerate hearing about the dreadful things people do to each other. There are few things in the world that are worse than when one human being causes any kind of suffering to another.

There is no need for that at all. It is beneath our dignity. It goes completely against the divine spirit that resides in everyone. It is human behaviour at its worst, and spiritual behaviour at its most absent.

What springs to mind are the usual kinds of suffering that are always in the news — beatings, rape, kidnapping, torture, murder and other maliciousness.

But there is a much more insidious and far less visible kind of suffering than these obvious ones. There is the emotional suffering that is caused by gossip, vindictiveness, or jealousy. There is the torment that is caused by vicious and judgemental attacks against others — especially when spreading exaggerated or untrue stories — in a deliberate effort to turn others against that person.

It’s one thing to confide in a trusted loved one when someone has hurt or betrayed you. All of us need to be able to share such experiences in a safe environment.

Or if you’ve been on the receiving end of shoddy or unethical treatment by someone in business and others ask about your opinion or experience because they’re considering using their services.

But that’s not what I mean.



Liberty Forrest, Author

Award-Winning Author. Creator of “Witchy” cartoon. Spiritual Arts Mentor. Discover who you are, why you’re here, and how to follow that path.