- woo-woo / (ˈwuːˌwuː) / adjective derogatory, slang based on or involving irrational superstition
-Wu (Chinese: 巫; pinyin: wū; Wade–Giles: wu) is a Chinese term translating to "shaman" or "sorcerer", originally the practitioners of Chinese shamanism or "Wuism" (巫教 wū jiào). Wu. Chinese name.
-What does Wu mean in Zen?
The character 無 (Wu (Chinese); Mu (Japanese)) connotes the meaning of 'not', 'nothing', or 'nothingness'. Our interest here is used by the Chan/Zen schools of Buddhism, where it indicates a kind of intuitional knowledge. Pure human awareness, prior to experience or knowledge (no experience)
Exploring the concept of "woo-woo" and its derogatory connotations. In contemporary language, "woo-woo" is often used to dismiss beliefs or practices that are deemed irrational or based on superstition. It's a term that can be weaponized to belittle and undermine the experiences of others, particularly those who embrace spiritual or metaphysical perspectives.
Gaslighting, a manipulative technique used to make someone doubt their own reality, can be associated with the derogatory use of "woo-woo." When individuals are labeled as such, it can create a psychological effect that discourages them from exploring or sharing their experiences. By invalidating these experiences, power is taken away from the individual and their beliefs are marginalized.
Questioning and doubting everything is an essential part of growth and understanding. However, the issue lies in dismissing experiences and beliefs that might not fit within the framework of what is considered "tangible proof." The unknowable or spiritual aspects of life are not always easily quantifiable, but that doesn't make them any less valid for those who have experienced them.
This is a starting point for fostering open conversations about the unknown and the metaphysical. In doing so, we can unravel the biases and prejudices associated with the term and create a space for exploring diverse beliefs and experiences.
I self-identify as someone who lives in Wu. It makes it much easier when someone tries to dismiss my perspective and perception as invalid.
I hope this helps you own your truth and experiences as well.
Josephine Thomason is an artist, healer, teacher.