How Materialism Posing as Mysticism Limits Consciousness and Subverts Spirituality


The law of attraction is a wildly-popular modern mystical belief hyped as the secret to fulfilling your every desire. It has big celebrity endorsements, and commercial products rehashing its claims sell in abundance. But beneath the glossy facade there’s often an agenda pushing egocentrism and greed in metaphysical garb, which limits consciousness and subverts spirituality for shallow materialistic ends.

shutterstock_210169588-cropMany spiritual traditions have arisen throughout history and although they have their differences, a common recurring principle is that greed and spirituality don’t mix. Renowned spiritual teachers like Jesus or Buddha did not promote greed in their teachings or lifestyle – quite the opposite: they showed that greed and egocentrism had to be overcome.

Greed has been seen in many spiritual traditions as an obstacle or trap that prevents us from understanding and fulfilling a higher purpose to life. Because it makes us selfish and obsessed with transient things, it has long been taught that renouncing selfish desires, and selflessly helping others to do the same, is necessary to attain salvation or liberation.

But this principle is increasingly turned on its head in the world of commercial spirituality. Some want to have it both ways – a spiritual or metaphysical pursuit in their lives and all their material desires fulfilled – and those selling this message (and the corporations behind them) can make a lot of money out of pushing this false promise. But at what price?

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  1. This is a really interesting and important article. It seems like nowadays spiritual ideas and interests are so often being intermingled with material ones. Someone once said ‘you can’t sit on two chairs at the same time’ and I think that’s really relevant in this situation – it seems it’s not possible to try and become rich and have everything you desire and also progress internally – like the two are mutually exclusive.

  2. Great article! yes I think, maybe, we can take good things in the law of attraction but we have to learn more and more information about the universal knowledge of what is life and death, because effectively the law of attraction is not enough to explain the deep of the world. It’s evident that is one part of an all.

  3. Thanks Admin, Great article at The Conscious Reporter.