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Are You Also Getting Trapped in Spiritual Materialism?
New to this term Spiritual
Materialism or wondering why I have even used this term with “Spiritual”?
You will certainly know why going
ahead in this article. It is important being a spiritual healer or Lightworker
to understand the difference in actually serving the purpose we are here for
and the difference when we silently slip away from our track and get trapped in
I decided to write my views on
this very emerging concept of “Spiritual
Materialism” when I read about some Shamballa excerpts. During my readings
it is then when I came to know about the Buddhist monk Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche who founded and established many Buddhist and
Shamballa teaching centers in the west already.
It is important for all of us to
understand it as we are ascending everyday into spirituality and trying to
serve our purpose along with being a closer victim to spiritual materialism too.
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche introduced techniques of Mindfulness,
compassion & love and being aware of our thought process at the same time.
Mindful practices and certain breathing techniques help us being in the state
of awareness which allows us to choose the right path and make right decisions
too. The responsibility of a Lightworker isn’t just limited to giving spiritual
guidance and healings to others and helps them come out of their sufferings. We
are more aligned to our spiritual purpose too, to serve the Divine, to make way for peace and
compassion as our spiritual tools.
In the times of wars and
competitions everywhere and everything that we do these days, we must not
forget, we are spiritual warriors serving the purpose to instill and maintain
peace, love, harmony and oneness with each other. To stop the warrior mindset
to destroy each other with weapons and through armies, we have to keep the
compassion and love alive in self and all around.
We need to heal ourselves and
others who are already in deep pain and suffering and they don’t even know they
are. Few who know need divine guidance to instill that peace and love in their
hearts. Mindful spiritual practices and knowing our core self will help us to
heal our hearts and minds & is the key to the question that often arises, what
we want to choose, peace or war, love or hate, forgiveness or resentment &
When we heal our hearts, we heal
our thoughts, our actions too, if this isn’t happening, you still need to work
on yourself. Remember, while you as a spiritual worker responsibly heal others,
you need to heal your own self too.
Talking now about the spiritual
materialism, no offense to anyone and with all due respect to all, I would want
to express my views on this very elegantly as this is a very sensitive matter
and many people or healers may not even realize that how easily they can get
trapped and slipped away from their core purpose they initially started with
when they started their spiritual journey. With time sometimes in a rush and
competition of proving ourselves the best we forget that we must keep on
working on our egos too.
It is evident and it is quite
possible that in order to rush into the competition, we sometimes forget our
core purpose and continue feeding our egos. “Ego” is a very complicated thing
to deal with sometimes, it can lead us on road of illusions and materialism
through spirituality also. But how you know you are getting trapped or already
trapped in spiritual materialism and not serving the actual purpose?
The easiest way to identify when you
are silently slipping away is when you start seeing problems or issues in
others and not inside you, when you don’t realize what you are thinking and
what verbiage or actions you are depicting. When you have a lack of genuine
compassion and understanding towards others and don’t deal with situations or
When your purpose slips away from
serving unconditionally to only making money and running behind more fame and
recognition, when you think everyone is a competition for you, it is then you
are actually going off track into spiritual materialism. This is when you
should stop, look inside, analyze and realize what went wrong? Energy exchange is
necessary and must be practiced, however, it is valid only when you are serving
from the core of your heart to actually create and make a real positive shift
and difference in others’ lives.
Not only in the west but in our
side of the world also we are conditioned from very early age about
individualism and material possessions as the signs of success and achievements.
The material possessions, is a way of feeding our egos to continuously tell us
and others “He look what all I have achieved, how successful I am or I am
better than everyone else”. Remember during childhood, even if we have had
acquired second position in a competition, we were not so grateful for that
second prize trophy but regretted not being able to achieve the first prize
Same way, if you don’t feel a
need to meditate every day or practice even an hour’s meditation or Dhyana or
just sit at the feet of your God/guru/just
being with the presence of divine beings to cleanse and heal self, you are
on a path of getting trapped in spiritual materialism by not honing your divine
skills and tools. Just learning few holistic techniques and using them to give
healings to others will not serve the divine purpose fully. We have to continuously
grow within ourselves to know more and more about the mysteries of this endless
We cannot just limit our
knowledge and spirituality to what we think we know about spirituality.
Spirituality is much broader as a term than we have even thought of. It is our
own journey too along with making others aware about their journeys. Remember,
being human and a Lightworker at the same time isn’t that easy as it seems to
be. We also have to deal with our own problems, egos and challenges during our
We have to understand that, just
providing solutions is not the only purpose, but also, bringing real change in their
lives is one of the core purposes for us.
Just using spiritual tools to
build an empire of materialistic possessions will not serve your good in long
run. Working on self is equally important while we serve God through our abilities to help others. How? By keeping ourselves
in alignment with the divine purpose we can certainly work on ourselves.
Meditate, and release what all is not serving your highest good and the purpose
you want to serve unconditionally.
If your behaviors and actions are
not in divine alignment, you are not serving the actual purpose. If you are not
learning your lessons through situations happening in your life currently, and
continuously blaming others for that, you are trapped.
The Trap of being in Competition
Trungpa Rinpoche spoke about the “Three Lords of Materialism”
viz, the ‘physical materialism’ -
when we believe that owning and acquiring more & more material things will bring us
happiness and success; the second lord is ‘psychological
materialism’ - when we believe that a certain faith or belief system will
cure everything. The third lord is ‘spiritual
materialism’, the belief that a certain state of mind or spiritual practice
will free us from our daily troubles, sufferings and can bring more peace or material
We may separate ourselves from the real
world by overdoing or under practicing meditation which leads us to the state of
escaping. Life continues, no matter how hard we try to stop it. It still
happens, no matter now or later, but it will definitely happen. You can’t escape;
you have to face it with courage!
The belief of using a certain
technique to set us free that I mentioned earlier is nothing but thinking that
we can be tamed or trained on a certain technique and then it can be used to
bring that joy in us. However, the joy is already within us. It's us who are
trying to find it outwards but eventually we have to look inwards to recognize
and enjoy that bliss we already have within ourselves.
If you are thinking of demeaning
and competing with your own Guru,
then sorry you are somewhere trying to feed your ego and getting trapped in spiritual
materialism. There is certainly no competition of one with another. Universe
has made each one of us unique. Getting insecure by the deeds of others or knowing
others’ getting/going to be more successful, is a thought & action of ego
no matter it is your own Guru. This
clearly proves an act & thinking from ego self and not divine self. The
place of Guru can never be replaced
by a Shishya (disciple). This means you are not giving respect to your Guru for what has been taught to you.
There is certainly no spiritual
battle going on where we have to defeat other Lightworkers’ by creating a fake
image of ours, if you are actually running after material possessions & image
more than serving your purpose, it will end up nowhere. Look, God knows that in
order to lead our lives on earth, we need things to fulfill our material needs
too, that is completely ok, your soul purpose should be to serve the purpose,
all your needs will be met by the Lord automatically.
Universe always watch over us, our
actions (karmas) and our intentions. If the intention is pure, material needs
get fulfilled automatically, but if intention isn’t in sync with the divine
purpose then no matter how high you reach in the field of spirituality,
downfall is definite one day.
Your intention must be pure at heart,
if your heart can feel others’ pain & suffering and genuinely serving them, God will take care of everything you
need for your survival. A true Lightworker
never forgets his/her purpose on earth for which he/she is being sent.
Working on self is really
important while we work for others, as a Lightworker
we have to bring that change with courage having compassion and divine wisdom inside us. The main purpose for all of us is to attain peace and peace is the
only thing that can bring that love, compassion and healing to all of us.
Everything is interconnected, if
our intentions are pure & focused on good for all, only good follows us.
Remember our small acts of kindness and being gentle can bring massive healing
to this world we live in and for.
If you observe yourself talking
only about your latest spiritual practice, or rewards and
recognitions or high profile contacts all the time; it’s time for you to do a
reality check for yourself - you are trying to "Sell" it all! Selling
here means, you have just tipped over and crossed to the other side i.e.
This doesn't mean, you should not
tell about your healing practices or shouldn’t provide healings and solutions
or shouldn’t accept energy exchange, the word of caution here is, remaining
centered in the being or mode of serving others through "You" as a channel and not just serving your own needs.
Life will keep on throwing
challenges and bring events to shake us up when we become dormant. Also, we
need to understand the consequences of mixing up different rituals together for
healing. Not everything can be mixed up to bring instant results. It is like
when we try to mix two different chemicals in a chemistry lab, what happens
when they are not meant to be together??? Yes! You got it right! Not all
spiritual practices & cultures can be mixed, so, keep them separate and
give them respect they deserve.
Also, the choice of words and
language we use to interact and deal with others also brings it to our notice
that we may be falling victim into the trap of ego and materialism through
spirituality. Any words & feelings of judgment, jealousy, separation and acquiring
something, is a wakeup call for you for sure!
The core of spiritual materialism
is it makes you feel you are growing spiritually but actually you are just
feeding your egos through spiritual techniques and tools. So, if you are not
serving from the core of your heart then stop, and look inside what has brought
this to you, remove and release it before it is too late.
A real spiritual/enlightened person, would
not run after materialism so much, he/she will follow his Guru like God hence
serving the purpose and in return all needs are taken care by God.
The core belief of Shambhala is in the ingrained goodness
of human beings. There is no one good or bad; it’s only the core
intentions. Mindful meditation helps us focus on our breath while keeping
ourselves aware of our thoughts especially the ones those we create out of our
rigidity and negative mind conditioning & beliefs that keeps us caught in
the web of being and behaving in a certain way that may not serve good for us
and others around in any manner.
We all are souls on this earth,
in this physical body, to learn/teach lessons, experience the ups and downs in
life, and understand the reality of the universe & life itself. Our purpose
is to heal self and others by the divine wisdom God has blessed us all with.
Through meditation, we gradually
come to individual realization of oneness with all beings, and through this emanate
compassion and awareness/wisdom, the core tools to heal this world. Also, we
must not forget the Law of Three,
whatever we give or say comes back to us three folds. So, if you give out love
and healings, that is what you will get back, if you give money to the needy
ones, that is what you will get back, if, you give blessings, blessings is what
you will get back and so it is. If you curse, you get back that curse three
folds too. So, don’t forget, if you think and do wrong to others, no one is
watching over you, or you will be able to escape from that. Universe is
watching over for that too, and when the time comes, it will be returned to you
in three folds for sure.
To conclude with, dwell in the
bliss of divine love, compassion and serving others through your work as a
divine channel and not get caught in the web of spiritual materialism.
Spirituality is a very broad term
and to experience that you need to keep walking on this path and keep learning &
sharing your knowledge with zero ego and insecurity of your power being
overtaken by another, there is only one power “God”. Spirituality is itself “Awareness”
and that is the only key to reach & fulfill our divine purposes on this
earth. This is why we all are here to learn how to be one and still be unique
and be separate from the stings of materialism.
Stay grounded, no matter how far
and heights you reach with your work, if you won’t universe surely knows how. Do
not forget, it’s not us who brings healings & relief to the ones in pain
and sufferings, its God who chooses us as a channel of healing for all on this
Bring the change with compassion &
being grounded and not with feeding your egos! Be that change! There is a very thin
line between being actually spiritual and being feeding the egos.
Love, Light, Peace, Gratitude and Lots of
Blessings to all!!!
I am writing this article on request of my viewers and clients.
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