This issue has been in my mind for a very long time, but today it was
inspired by a conversation with a fellow pagan. I think it's time to
finally share it with you all.
Whenever people use spirituality
as a moneymaking venture; their ego becomes deeply involved in this so
called "spirituality". This is even true of people who like to hoard and
collect "spirtual items"--crystals, tarot decks. This is called
Spiritual Materialism. This term was coined by a very wise lama, Chogyam
We all know many such people today---In fact, many
of today's spiritual gurus also like to propogate such concepts so that
they can sell items. Another type of spiritual materialist is a person
who likes to collect and amass spiritual knowledge. They will read
scores of books, and they can tell you all the theories, but in their
practices they are woefully lacking. We need to avoid becoming like
this, or believing in teachers who teach us to indulge in such
What do you think of spiritual materialism? Are you
guilty of it? Do you know someone? How would you overcome this? Your
thoughts are welcome.
Blessed be ♥
As part of this discussion on our Astralhub group on Facebook, There have been a number of inputs. Allow me to share one of these responses, which particularly struck me, over here.
Magus Soulstar says, "One of my Chinese masters had a saying about this, "talked about eating, but did not feel full". ~Master Lu Hung Bin. He made a lot of emphasis about balance between theory and practice. Sadly, many so called teachers today do not even practice. As mentioned, they are selling information, but have not even practiced the information themselves. This again shows the importance of lineage. If nothing else, if there is an authentic lineage, then we can learn whether or not the teacher actually made some effort. This may not always be the case with newer groups. These days titles and positions are given based on knowledge and logic. Even I have taken classes which only require we pass multiple choice tests to advance. This is very unfortunate because I personally know people who have been awarded titles of "High Priest/ess" yet have never or very rarely practice ritual. In magic or any discipline really, we do not get the results or experience if we do not actually make the effort. A lot could be written about this, but hopefully people will make the effort and KNOW the results for themselves. Thinking about, or comprehending ideas is just not the same. So how do we remedy this? I would say we should start slow. Learn how to shield yourself or create a circle, something not too difficult, but important. And do this often. It does not have to take a lot of time. Or maybe try some Tarot spreads and play with it often. But always push to do more. And be aware of anyone you select as a guide. Are they practicing or holding circles and rituals? Are there activities and in person meetings? All who are in this group are fortunate to know Ashtoreth SK. She has the knowledge and the experience. Go to her circles and meetings. From what I can see in her photos, it looks like they even have a lot of fun! I wish I will be there some day. We can see many smiling faces. It is important to meet in person for support and motivation. If we can not due to distance, then we just have to make effort and self discipline. So this is a way to improve. I didn't touch on the hoarding of items because we would have a long book here, lol I will surely be making use of the term, "spiritual materialism". And there is another term which I think I have coined myself, "spiritual hedonism". Another very prevalent practice which I may make a post on in the near future here. Can we guess what this sort of practice includes? Think "neo-Tantra". Yes, I did enjoy this post and thank you for the tag! Namasté"