RESPONSE TO SHAWNNA CONNOLLY BY PADD MOORE
One of my illustrious teachers, Dennis Flaherty ( Current president of the American Council of Vedic Astrologers), once told me, “ you are nobody until somebody hates you”. I admire him for his offhanded, but potent messages. In this case, his teaching comforts me.
It is with great reluctance that I write this piece but after a few years and the persistence of this woman, whom I have never met, and at the advise of a successful blog writer, I will finally respond.
A few years ago Shawnna Connolly contacted me with regards to purchasing a series of readings from me. We had a couple of short conversations, which I feel went perfectly normal. I never charged her for my time. I certainly never tried to push her or convince her that she needed to take these readings, as this is not my style, rather I answered her questions politey and openly. She seemed happy and went forward and purchased a package of readings over paypal.
Because this is going back over a year now, I do not recall exactly if it was the next day or a few days later, I received a scathing insulting email from her saying that she had changed her mind and wanted her money back. Her reasoning was that I had not studied with any recognized teachers and was a charleton.
My immediate reaction was to believe that she was under duress and needed some comfort, as she had been so lovely on the previous few telephone conversations, so I called her. I explained that I had studies with almost all of the most successful astrologers in North America both western and eastern, and that I would not be voted to sit on the board of directors of the American Council of Vedic Astrologers(which is not a paid position) if I was not properly educated and recognized in my field.
In fact, she continued with the insults to the point of slander and posting lies on the Washington Complaints Board site. When she refused the offer to take the readings, I explained that I had a no refund policy. Normally I am more than generous, but because of her continual insistence at complete ill founded degrading insults and lack of reason, I told her I would uphold my policy. ( Note: if she had been kind and respectful I would likely have refunded her).
Now this woman has gone out of her way to put up an internet presence of slander towards me. I find no recourse now but to defend my position. Also to this end, I am putting up a page on my site of all of the great Masters and Gurus with whom I have studied.
I bare no malice towards this troubled woman, and hope she eventually finds better things to do with her time.