Being Led Astray

Have you ever been led astray?

Beloved Friends, rather than spiritualise away this often denied human wound with psycho-babble let's come to it, open-hearted and with full understanding.

The feeling of being led astray can be excruciating and can easily lead to isolation and ongoing distrust. But first, let's examine the kinds of innocent and knowingly cruel situations that can maim us at an early and vulnerable age.

Being sent to boarding school, being taught 'man' made history, and manmade religions, gang tactics at school, finding yourself doing things you didn't want to, then, of course being sexually led astray, losing your virginity to young or too late, being promised something in return, and never getting it...

Later in our young life, we meet manipulative friends and boy/girlfriends, where we ourselves, realise we have to 'do or die', and get with the 'programme' and start doing the same. So we learn to duck and dive and edge our way along by earning brownie points in favourable situations and dodging responsibility in places where we can.

As we enter the workspace, everything goes to the next level. We hear of ways of getting ahead, as sex, money and power raise their ugly heads uttering a stream of (broken) promises and (empty) dreams. If we go for it, we don't realise until its too late - just how brittle and cold our life has become.

Perhaps, that's when we venture into the world of healing and spirituality, desperately needing some help and care. It's not long before we realise, the spiritual world is no different from the workplace.

The same agenda rules even this place. False teachers, made-up practices, made-up truth, made up rules and regulations that do nothing but entertain your teacher. We believe, and are told, we are not severe enough in our pursuit of truth and healing, so we throw away our life, to be favourable with the teacher and community, to finally be accepted and saved - and its all a crock of shit!

Deeper still, when we really look, when we finally take off our rose coloured specs and see how the whole of 'matrix' life is leading us astray. Take one more step, and we realise this 'worm' is inside of us, and how we too are the best at leading ourselves astray. That we don't have our best interests at heart, and how we also, can be hungry for the unreal...

So now we have hit the bottom of the barrel, we are in the shadow world - but at least we are here together.


We receive the gift. We fumble in this dark and despairing underworld for the serpent and the dove. There is an exquisite gift in here somewhere, and it goes by the name of Discernment. This gift from the Light can only be found in the Dark. Its quality is 'to know'. To have radial awareness of what's really going on, and the courage to act upon it.

The greatest of truths summon us to our feet, and we Rise as Awakened Ones. Diligent, Discerning and True.

"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves".

Anaiya Sophia

About the Author

Aletheia Sophia (also published under the name of Anaiya Sophia) is a Châtelaine, Living Grail and Author/Whisperer of Heart Opening Wisdom. She once taught workshops throughout the world and was best known for the creation of Sacred Body Awakening. Now, you will always find her at home in the French Pyrenees where she has taken on an almighty project – the restoration of an old Catholic summer house into an educational wisdom hub, temple, animal sanctuary and place of grace.

Known for showing up as a trailblazing resource of unapologetic truth and transparent courage, her heart is both fierce and tender.  She carries an oral message that stirs the remembrance of a continuous lineage with the Feminine Principle that throughout the centuries has preserved its spiritual dignity, without the need for permission or recognition from any other source.

Her books include:

  • Open your Heart with Kundalini Yoga (Harper Collins, 2002)
  • Mini Size Me (Lulu, 2005)
  • Pilgrimage of Love (Lulu, 2010)
  • Womb Wisdom (Inner Traditions, 2011)
  • Sacred Sexual Union (Inner Traditions, 2013)
  • The Rose Knight. Part I: Sophia (Lulu, 2014)
  • Sacred Relationships (Inner Traditions, 2015)
  • Fierce Feminine Rising (Inner Traditions, 2020)
  • The Grail King. Part II: Logos (Lulu, 2022)

Aletheia lives in the Cathar region of Southern France with her beloved husband Pete Wilson. Together they run Les Contes, a bed-and-breakfast at the base of Montsegur where individuals, families and large groups can come and stay.  Les Contes is a truly extraordinary place, with a bountiful healing presence.

Aletheia is able to conduct Baptism, Marriage, Divorce and Death Ceremonies as there is a Chapel and Spring on-site.