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Lemurian Quartz: a Powerful Tool to Reconnect With Your Divine Purpose

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Lemurian quartz is the perfect repository for information about our planet and the Universe. Moreover, each crystal contains sacred messages and symbols that are represented in unique horizontal lines and grooves and abstract patterns that resembles the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians.

In this article, I’ll share with you what Lemurian quartz really is, what are its benefits, and how to receive guidance from this magical crystal.

The Legend About Lemurian Crystals

It is believed that in fact, Lemurian crystals originated much earlier than the existence of the Lemurian civilization, although it left its light prints on them. These crystals grew in conditions when the bowels of the Earth were still clean – when there was no oil and poisonous ores inside them. These crystals served as repositories of Memory. People could fill these crystals with the memories of the most beautiful events, just as we fill albums with photographs. It was believed that there was a seed of the Creator in each of these crystals. Therefore every human had such a crystal that helped him to be connected with the Divine and brought inspiration and bliss.

Some people believe that these crystals sing because music lives in their Chiaroscuro. Many people who have psychic abilities claim that when working with these crystals, they can hear a wonderful baritone, performing an Aria, which later gives way to the magical music of distant stars and planets.

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Working with such a crystal, you can touch the ancient memory of those times when people lived in love and harmony, acceptance and care for each other. These crystals activate the heart chakra, the third eye chakra, and the crown chakra, balancing the energy of all other energy centers and meridians.

Lemurian crystals affect all the subtle bodies of a man.

Lemurian quartz is a true energy healer! It solves a health problem on several levels simultaneously, using the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes. This powerful crystal, like a laser, cuts off unhealthy and toxic energy, opening new channels of energy in the subtle and physical bodies.

Lemurian quartz is a stone of spiritual development, which reminds a person of his/her mission on the planet, activates ancient wisdom, memories of past lives, and healing abilities.

Lemurian crystals are suitable for:

Lemurian quartz can benefit almost everyone since most of us need the heart chakra opening and energy healing. And even if you feel like you don’t need healing, the feeling these crystals offer is just amazing. Some healers like to use these crystals to bring such experience to their clients.

How To Receive Information From Lemurian Quartz?

Lemurian crystals are always transparent, cone-shaped, with a fine top and with a large number of parallel horizontal hatches and signs on the faces. They may contain various inclusions of chlorite, hematite, etc.

In order to activate the information, you want to receive from the crystals perform the following simple actions.

Sit quietly in a meditation pose. Take the crystal in your right hand, tune in with the breath. Rub the thumb of your right hand up and down the grooves of the keyholes. Listen to your inner voice, your intuition.

Then point the top of the crystal at Anahata (Heart chakra). After a while point the top of the crystal to Ajna (Third Eye Chakra). Information may come in short bursts. You can ask questions. If you feel a strong pressure in the head, which is difficult to bear, stop the meditation.

Lemurian Quartz and Feng Shui

In Feng Shui, we use Lemurian quartz for supercharging a room with vibrations of hope and light. Therefore, many healers like to place this powerful crystal in their meditation rooms. However, if you don’t have a meditation room, you can place it in any other room. Every time you gaze at Lemurian crystal’s glittery luster, let its dreamy vibes encourage you to place your bets on uniting humanity and living in peace.

The Bottom Line

If you find yourself attracted to a Lemurian quartz crystal, it is probably a sign you need to recharge your energy and do an aura cleansing. Use the healing power of this crystal to clear blockages in your chakras and detox yourself of negative vibes. Very soon you will feel your spirit being flooded with the sweet afterglow that comes from aligning with the Divine cosmic energy.


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Happiness Quotes: 50 Positive Sayings To Brighten Your Day

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Happiness is a state of mind. Therefore whenever you’re feeling down, one of the most important things you should do is remind yourself that it’s in your power to boost your mood and change the timeline to a more positive one. Happiness isn’t a destination, but a journey that you’re experiencing every single day. In this article, we have collected 50 happiness quotes that will remind you of what true happiness is.

Here they are 50 happiness quotes to lift your mood and brighten your day!

50 Happiness Quotes

#1

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“Heaven on Earth is a choice you must make, not a place you must find.” – Wayne Dyer

#2

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

#3

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is. There is the situation or the fact, and here are my thoughts about it. Instead of making up stories, stay with the facts. For example, “I am ruined” is a story. It limits you and prevents you from taking effective action. “I have 50 cents left in my bank account” is a fact. Facing facts is always empowering.” – Eckhart Tolle

#4

“Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.”

#5

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie

#6

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus

#7

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything—anger, anxiety, or possessions—we cannot be free.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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#8

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“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

#9

“Success comes from gaining, happiness comes from giving.” – Jay Shetty

#10

“It’s not what is available or unavailable that determines your level of success and happiness; it’s what you convince yourself is true.” – Wayne Dyer

#11

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” – Frederick Keonig

#12

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.” – Dennis Waitley

#13

“A Sufi mystic who had always remained happy was asked…. For seventy years people had watched him, he had never been found sad. One day they asked him, ‘What is the secret of your happiness?’ He said, ‘There is no secret. Every morning when I wake up, I meditate for five minutes and I say to myself, ‘Listen, now there are two possibilities: you can be miserable, or you can be blissful. Choose.’ And I always choose to be blissful.’

“All alternatives are open. Choose to be blissful. And then there are people who can be blissful even when they are imprisoned, and there are people who remain miserable even when they are living in marble palaces. It all depends on you.” – Osho

#14

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

#15

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“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” – Marcel Pagnol

#16

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin

#17

“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.” – Dalai Lama

#18

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Herman Cain

#19

“Don’t seek happiness. If you seek it, you won’t find it, because seeking is the antithesis of happiness. Happiness is ever elusive, but freedom from unhappiness is attainable now, by facing what is rather than making up stories about it.” – Eckhart Tolle

#20

“Happiness has nothing to do with what you have or don’t have. Happiness is related to what you are. However many things you may collect, perhaps they may increase your worries, your troubles, but happiness will not increase because of them. Certainly unhappiness will increase with them, but they have no relation to an increase in your happiness.

“I am not saying that you should renounce things, that you should escape from your home and renounce the marketplace. No, don’t misunderstand my statement. What is, is good. Nothing will happen either by dropping things and escaping from them or by clinging to them. Remain where you are, but begin the search within. Much outer searching has already been done, now go within. Now know the one, in this knowing one attains all. All desires are at once fulfilled.” – Osho

#21

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

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“The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of the state of your mind.” – Wayne Dyer

#23

“Don’t be too much concerned about money, because that is the greatest distraction against happiness. And the irony of ironies is that people think they will be happy when they have money. Money has nothing to do with happiness. If you are happy and you have money, you can use it for happiness. If you are unhappy and you have money, you will use that money for more unhappiness. Because money is simply a neutral force.

“I am not against money – remember. Don’t misinterpret me: I am not against money. I am not against anything. Money is a means. If you are happy and you have money, you will become more happy. If you are unhappy and you have money, you will become more unhappy because what will you do with your money? Your money will enhance your pattern, whatsoever it is. If you are miserable and you have power, what will you do with your power? You will poison yourself more with your power, you will become more miserable.” – Osho

#24

“Most people are searching for happiness. They’re looking for it. They’re trying to find it in someone or something outside of themselves. That’s a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something that you are, and it comes from the way you think.” – Wayne Dyer

#25

“If you are really feeling happy, you are feeling happy even if the whole world contradicts you. If the whole world agrees that you are not happy, then too it doesn’t matter. Your happiness is real. It cannot be canceled by anybody’s opinion. But if your happiness is unreal, it can be canceled by anybody. Even a small child can cancel it. You will be constantly looking towards people. You will be smiling, trying to show that you are happy so that they can say, ‘Yes. You are very happy. You look very happy.’” – Osho

#26

“Tantra says be real, be authentic to yourself. Your happiness is not bad; it is good. It is not sin! Only sadness is sin, only to be miserable is sin. To be happy is virtue because a happy person will not create unhappiness for others. Only a happy person can be a ground for others’ happiness.” – Osho

#27

“Happiness has always been an internal phenomenon. The sources of your happiness is inside of you.” – Sadhguru

#28

“People believe themselves to be dependent on what happens for their happiness. They don’t realize that what happens is the most unstable thing in the universe. It changes constantly. They look upon the present moment as either marred by something that has happened and shouldn’t have or as deficient because of something that has not happened but should have. And so they miss the deeper perfection that is inherent in life itself, a perfection that lies beyond what is happening or not happening. Accept the present moment and find the perfection that is untouched by time.” – Eckhart Tolle

#29

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”Enjoy everything that happens in your life, but never make your happiness or success dependent on an attachment to any person, place, or thing.” – Wayne Dyer

#30

“The fact that happiness is associated with relaxation does not mean that it is impossible to be happy in the midst of strenuous effort, for to be truly effective great effort must, as it were, revolve upon a steady unmoving center. The problem before us is how to find such a center of relaxed balance and poise in man’s individual life – a center whose happiness is unshaken by the whirl that goes on around it, which creates happiness because of itself and not because of external events, and this in spite of the fact that it may experience those events in all their aspects and extremes from the highest bliss to the deepest agony.” ― Alan Watts

#31

“You need nothing to be happy.” – Mooji

#32

“Happiness is strange; it comes when you are not seeking it. When you are not making an effort to be happy, then unexpectedly, mysteriously, happiness is there, born of purity, of a loveliness of being?” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

#33

“Let’s not make happiness and success about the size of our homes, but about the size of our hearts; let’s not make it about gratification but gratitude.” – Jay Shetty

#34

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.” – Dalai Lama

#35

“Joy is a natural phenomenon. Misery is your creation.” – Sadhguru

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”Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

#37

“Be so happy that when others look at you, they become happy too.” – Harbhajan Singh Yogi

#38

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” – Benjamin Disraeli

#39

“A whole new kind of spiritual happiness dawns in us as we realize that dark clouds do not ruin sunny skies… they merely pass through them to help us remember our love of the light.” – Guy Finley

#40

“Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth… Happiness comes from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it.” – John Templeton

#41

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

#42

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.” – Albert Einstein

#43

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”The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim

#44

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon

#45

“A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.” – Tom Wilson

#46

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” – Jim Rohn

#47

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” – Gerard Way

#48

“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” – Carl Sandburg

#49

“There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, but there is the discovery of joy.” – Joyce Grenfell

#50

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”Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you have.” – Zig Ziglar

We hope you are inspired and motivated by these happiness quotes as much as we are!

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Feng Shui For Money: 8 Easy Ways To End Your Financial Crisis

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Are you experiencing a financial crisis? Are you living paycheck to paycheck? Are you having never-ending payments that seem to be increasing every month? What if I told you that your living space can be the cause of your money problems? Yes, you read it right! In this article, I will share with you how you can turn your living space from the cause of your financial problems to their remedy by using 8 easy yet extremely effective Feng Shui money tips!

Read on!

Using Feng Shui For Money And Wealth

For a long time, Feng Shui was considered a divine gift of the sacred knowledge available only for the members of the Imperial family. The practice of Feng Shui at that time was equated to matters of national importance. Therefore, for a very long time, Feng Shui was considered a secret doctrine, which was forbidden to spread outside the Imperial Palace.

Nowadays, the popularity of Feng Shui is increasing, not only in the East but throughout the world. Thus, many people are convinced of the effectiveness of Feng Shui methods.

Feng Shui teaches us to perceive our homes as living organisms that act as mediators between us and the Universe.

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The house can tell a lot about its inhabitants. If the energy circulates freely in your house, then it is easy for you to attract money, prosperity, and happiness. However, if the energy space of your house isn’t organized properly, then it begins to stagnate energy, the energy flow is disrupted, and you start to attract all kinds of financial problems and all kinds of troubles. It may seem unbelievable but sometimes it is enough just to throw away old things and rearrange the furniture and your life begins to change for the better.

When we begin to use Feng Shui, we turn our house into an oasis amidst the hustle and chaos of everyday life. With proper Feng Shui, our house becomes “an island of light, harmony, and beauty” that charges us with positive and healing energy. And through the harmonization of energy in the house, we ourselves start radiating light and harmony.

Therefore if you want to get rid of the endless chain of financial problems, you should definitely take a closer look at your living space and start applying Feng Shui money attracting tips.

8 Feng Shui Tips For Money

Tip #1: Declutter Your Home

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Decluttering is an essential step in Feng Shui practice. Clutter is stuck energy that leads to procrastination. People who live in cluttered spaces live their lives based on fear and pessimism, they usually have negative mindsets and toxic relationships.

Cleaning the house is a chore that many times we tend to neglect. Until you declutter your home, no matter what Feng Shui activations you use, they will not bring you the desired prosperity. Procrastinating to clean and to declutter creates stagnant energy that will block any effort to add good Feng Shui in your house. Therefore, step #1 is decluttering.

When you finished the cleaning and decluttering, bring in vibrant life forces such as living houseplants and fresh flowers, and don’t forget to have fresh air circulating.

Tip #2: Activate Abundance In Your Dining Room

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Your dining room is a reflection of your financial situation. Therefore it is very important to activate wealth and abundance energy in your dining room. Follow these simple Feng Shui tips to turn your dining room into a money magnet:

  • First of all, take a look at the shape of your dining room table. According to Feng Shui, the ideal shapes for it are round, rectangular, and 8-sided shaped.
  • The dining room table should not be placed directly below the toilet located on the floor above, nor should there be anything heavy like a piano or a large cabinet pressing down on the dining room area.
  • Do not place a clock in your dining room as this symbolizes the end of abundance.
  • Place a large mirror on the wall of your dining room so by reflecting the food on the table, it doubles your abundance.
  • Hang a chandelier in the center above the dining table.
  • Display a bouquet of fresh flowers on your table.

Tip #3: Make Your Fridge Radiate Abundance

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Your fridge can become a magnet for abundance if you will follow these simple Feng Shui tips:

  • Keep your fridge clean inside and outside.
  • Make sure to throw away all unfresh food.
  • Keep an unopened bottle of expensive champagne there. This will send the Universe a message that you’re ready to celebrate your success or promotion.
  • Make sure your fridge is always full of fresh and healthy food.
  • Every new year place on the bottom portion of your fridge 3 Chinese Feng Shui coins tied with a red string. It is a symbol of always having enough money for food. Change the coins every new year.

Tip #4: Keep Your Stove In Tip-Top Condition

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Your stove is a symbol of your resources and wealth. If you can cook and nourish your body well, you can also show up in the world with your best foot forward.

Therefore, one of the essential Feng Shui for money tips says – “keep your stove in tip-top condition”. What does it mean?

  • Make sure all the burners are working and the appliance is clean.
  • Use the stove every day to activate your Yang energy to attract prosperity.
  • Use a different burner each time you use the stove – this will open your mind and energy up to receive new opportunities.

Tip #5: Choose an Auspicious Color For Your Front Door

An auspicious color of your front door depends on its direction.

If the direction of your front door is South, then choose red color.

If you have a North door, the most auspicious colors would be dark blue or black.

For East and Southeast doors, choose natural wood color.

West and Northwest doors will benefit from ochre or yellow colors.

If you have a Southwest or Northeast door, it is best to choose white color.

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Tip #5: Activate Your Wealth Corner

According to the Bagua map, the Feng Shui wealth corner is located in the Southeast part of your house. This sector is responsible for wealth, prosperity, and financial success.

If you’ve never heard about Feng Shui Bagua, read my previous articles:

Feng Shui Bagua: 8 Aspirations

The Feng Shui Bagua Map: How to Use It?

When we turn our attention to the Southeast corner of our house and adjust it according to Feng Shui rules, we are able to attract unexpected financial assistance, in addition to an increase in salary, as well as growth in material terms.

For example, if you need money for an expensive purchase, the energy of the Southeast sector will quickly attract the necessary amount of money. If you are mired in debt, the activation of Feng Shui wealth corner will not only help solve financial difficulties but also double your finances.

These three express methods will help you to quickly activate your wealth corner:

  1. Add some purple color to your Southeast sector by incorporating purple accessories, paint, or furniture.
  2. Put some living green houseplants into this sector – they will activate the growth of your wealth.
  3. Display water features to nourish your wealth.

Tip #6: Get Auspicious Fruits

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Fruits are great Feng Shui money luck symbols! It’s extremely auspicious to always have fresh fruit at the house. In addition, you can always have beautiful pictures of fruit on your walls!

One os the most auspicious fruits are oranges. Therefore you should always have oranges in your house! It is a wonderful symbol of happiness and wealth.

Another powerful money luck symbol is grapes. If you want to attract prosperity, wealth and abundance make sure to decorate your fruit plate with a sprig of grapes!

The more fruit you have in your house the more powerful your money luck will be!

Tip #7: Place the Three-Legged Toad Near the Vicinity Of Your Front Door

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This is probably the most auspicious Feng Shui symbol of money-making. Three Legged Toad not only attracts wealth to its owner but also ensures timely receipt of money from different sources. Therefore, it is especially beneficial to have this toad for those who want to get money by a certain date. A coin in the mouth of the toad is symbolically offered to you. In no case should it be glued! It should fall out the mouth of the toad easily!

Place the Three-legged toad near the vicinity of your front door. Place it fairly low but not on the floor. The coffee table height level would be about right.

Do not place the toad directly in front of the front door. The best place would be one of the corners diagonal to the door. Your toad should be looking at the door as though expecting to greet in the wealth energy.

Do not place the Three-legged toad in the bedrooms and kitchen!

Tip #8: Invite the Dragon Into Your House

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The Dragon is the most potent symbol of good fortune in the Chinese pantheon of symbols. It is a symbol of continuing success, prosperity, and great attainments. Therefore, you may notice that Chinese businesses often incorporate the Dragon into their company logo. Such a logo promotes long-lasting and great success. Following the examples of successful Chinese businesses, you can also use the Dragon to create precious cosmic Chi and attract good fortune to your house.

If you decide to get a dragon image then place it in the living room. The ceramic, crystal, or porcelain dragons are most suitable for the Southwest and Northeast corners of the room. The Wooden carved dragons are made for the East and Southeast sectors of your house.

The most auspicious Dragons are those that are green colored. They can be painted or made out of semi-precious stone.

Make sure to place your dragon at eye-level. It should never be placed too high or too low.

The Bottom Line

When you start applying the above tips to your living space, you will see that the basic rules are quite easy to follow, and a positive result from this practice will not take long! Let all the described tips help you increase your financial luck and change your life for the better!


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8 Warning Signs You’re Falling Into Spiritual Materialism

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Walking the spiritual path is a tricky adventure. We are often deceiving ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques. This kind of self-deception is called “spiritual materialism” which is a “toxic” form of spirituality.

In this article, I want to share with you what spiritual materialism is and 8 warning signs you could be practicing it.

What Is Spiritual Materialism?

Spiritual materialism is a term coined by Chögyam Trungpa in his book Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism. 

This term is used to describe mistakes spiritual seekers commit which turn the pursuit of spirituality into an ego-building and confusion creating endeavor, based on the idea that ego development is counter to spiritual progress.

Spiritual materialism means making use of spirituality to gratify the desires of the ego.

No matter what the practice or teaching, ego loves to wait in ambush to appropriate spirituality for its own survival and gain.

– Chögyam Trungpa

According to Chögyam Trungpa, spiritual materialism can fall into three categories:

#1: Physical materialism

This form of materialism is based on the belief that possessions can bring release from suffering. However, in fact, they may bring temporary happiness but then more suffering will follow. Or on another level, physical materialism can manifest itself as a belief, “I am rich because I have this or that” or “I am a teacher because I have a diploma.”

#2: Psychological materialism

This category is based on the belief that a particular philosophy, spiritual tradition, belief system, or point of view will bring release from suffering. Therefore, seeking refuge by strongly identifying with a particular religion, tradition, philosophy, political party, or viewpoint, for example, would be a manifestation of psychological materialism. The goal of psychological materialism is to use external concepts, pretexts, and ideas to prove that the ego-driven self exists, which manifests in a particular competitive attitude.

#3: Spiritual materialism

It is based on the belief that a certain temporary state of mind is a refuge from suffering. For example, when you’re using meditation practices to create a peaceful state of mind or using drugs or alcohol to remain in a numbed out or a euphoric state, you are merely heightening the suffering when these states cease. Therefore, attempting to maintain a particular emotional state of mind as an escape from suffering, or constantly pursuing particular emotional states of mind, will actually lead to more long term suffering.

Spiritual materialism is an attachment to the spiritual path as a solid accomplishment or possession. It is said that spiritual materialism is the hardest to overcome. The imagery that is used is that of golden chains; you’re not just in chains, you’re in golden chains. And you love your chains because they’re so beautiful and shiny. But you’re not free. You’re just trapped in a bigger and better trap. The point of spiritual practice is to become free, not to build a trap that may have the appearance of a mansion but is still a prison.

– M. Caplan

Spiritual Ego

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We all need to realize that nobody is immune to spiritual materialism. As long as we have the ego, we are living on the edge. And no matter how spiritually developed you think you are, there is a tricky ego trap for each “level” of development.

Most of us have a delusional idea that the spiritual path is always steady and secure. It is only later that we begin to realize that the spiritual path is very slippery and you have to maintain balance and constant awareness not to fall into old “traps”. The thing is that the more we learn theoretically about spirituality without applying it to our everyday lives, the more likely we develop the spiritual ego in our beliefs.

Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, the spiritual ego can hide behind judgment, spiritual dogma, or even a false sense of moral superiority over others. And this could be very dangerous for our spiritual development since it can blind us and prevent us from doing the necessary deeper spiritual work we need for inner growth and self-healing.

It’s hard to see our ego and therefore it’s hard to control it. Buddhist say that in the war of ego the loser always wins. Which makes complete sense to me. The second you realized you overcame your ego, you have fallen into its trap. Therefore, the best way you can deal with your ego is by observing it. It is by observing that you can learn how to take control of your ego.

8 Signs You Could Be Practicing Spiritual Materialism

The most important part of shadow work is taking an honest look at ourselves no matter how hard and painful it could be. Let’s take a look at 8 signs of spiritual materialism and determine which ones could be describing us.

Sign #1: Spiritual Superficiality

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Modern forms of spirituality and therapy are often accused of selling superficial and sunny answers to life’s complexity and pain. Spirituality isn’t about protecting ourselves from real-life challenges. Any philosophy that is based on the belief that thinking positively always protects us from suffering and emotional pain, or that there is something wrong with you if you suffer or fail, is offering superficial promises.

Sign #2: Spiritual Elitism

Spiritual elitism is based on using spiritual ‘achievements’ or ‘gifts’ to disconnect from and feel superior to others. If you find yourself becoming unbearably profound, feeling that you are somehow different from others and destined for sainthood, perhaps you are suffering from grandiosity.

Our desire to be special can be manifested in many different self-aggrandizement ways, like:

  • Claiming to have “special access” to spirit guides, Ascended Masters, angels, spirits, etc.;
  • Claiming to be the reincarnation of a guru, superior being, a famous spiritual historical figure, etc.;
  • Claiming to figure out all the world mysteries, conspiracy theories, governments’ secrets, etc.;
  • Claiming access to special and exclusive spiritual knowledge that others can’t access.

In order to overcome this trap, ask yourself: “Do I really need to prove my specialness by using different titles (like lightworker, Starseed, etc.), the memories (or fantasies) about my past incarnations, etc.?”

Sign #3: Spiritual Shopping Obsession

Do you find yourself habitually buying spiritual trinkets/tools/items or accumulating the blessings and initiations from sages, shamans, saints, etc.? Does having spiritual items make you feel more “special,” “awakened,” “aligned” or spiritually worthy. If so, you could be practicing spiritual materialism!

The truth is all those endless workshops, tools, trinkets, and techniques which all promise to make you a wiser, more intuitive, more blissful, more “spiritual” person, are designed for distracting your attention from profound spiritual practice. You see, in order to follow your spiritual path you don’t need to “look” or “feel” spiritual. All you need is already inside you.

Sign #4: Entertaining Spirituality

This is a common trap many seekers get into. Instead of enjoying the blessings of everyday life, you seek after entertaining spirituality and supernatural experiences like angelic visitations, seeing visions, meeting UFOs, spirit guides, Ascended Masters, beings from other planets and dimensions, etc. All these supernatural experiences can be a part of your spiritual journey. However, if they are your main focus, you could be practicing entertaining spirituality.

Sign #5: Ripping Off the Traditions

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Many modern seekers skim off the ritual trappings of a tradition with little respect for the depth behind it. This attitude trivializes powerful spiritual systems that often demand years of study. It is so important to be committed to your spiritual practice and realize the difference between carefully creating a spiritual path that includes genuine practices from a variety of traditions, rather than flitting from flower to flower like a drunken honey bee.

Sign #6: Power Abuse

Another sign of spiritual materialism is the disparity between spiritual teachings and the behavior of teachers. These are the things to be wary of:

  • extravagant claims of enlightenment or healing;
  • minimizing the hard work that accompanies any true spiritual or healing path;
  • excessive commercialism that betrays the deeper spiritual message;
  • blind adherence of followers.

With their deceitful double standards, some gurus, healers, and spiritual teachers have given mentorship a bad name and tarnished the image of humbling oneself to wiser and more experienced spiritual guides.

Sign #7: Spiritual Narcissism

The spiritual narcissist unconsciously believes he/she is more “awakened” than others and will do anything to reinforce that “specialness” including harming others through arrogance and forcing his/her beliefs on them. They also use spiritual jargon that you can relate to when recruiting their victims. A spiritual narcissist will make you think that you have a special gift or that you are their soul mate when in a real sense they are grooming you for the abuse

Do you always back your desires with only those spiritual facts that suit you? Then, you could be developing spiritual narcissism. Be mindful when you purposely omit those facts that don’t advance your course.

There is a thin line between narcissism and “following your bliss.” Be aware of your tendency toward excessive self-centeredness even as you work to heal and love your own tender self.

Sign #8: Future Obsession

Do you believe that if you do certain spiritual practices or chant certain mantra you will get to a special elevated state of consciousness in the future? Well, there is nothing wrong with this belief unless you become so possessed with your future achievements that you stop living in the present moment. If you become too obsessed with your future and stop recognizing the fundamental ego-centricity of this obsession, you could be stuck in another spiritual materialism trap!

The Bottom Line

The spiritual path can be a truly joyous and satisfying journey of self-realization. It quickly becomes very clear to anyone who has spent significant time on their journey that the path is riddled with many obstacles and traps designed specifically for the ego.

Have you found yourself saying “They are Asleep”, “I am Awake” or any other self-proclaimed statements of spiritual achievement in comparison to others? This type of comparison can be the first of many dangerous behaviors that can lead a hopeful spiritual student down a path of despair, spiritual degradation, and unfortunate suffering.

True spiritual development is almost always a long and arduous journey that spans many years and lifetimes. Maintaining a high level of compassion and humility along with a strong desire to serve can be a very helpful tool to ensure one keeps their ego in check.


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