The Opposite Side Of Spiritual Consumerism
This past Friday, I wrote about spiritual consumerism and the pressure some, spiritual teachers are putting on the spiritual community. Pressure to look a certain way, dress a certain and purchase items one really doesn't need to obtain spiritual growth. But I feel I will be remiss if I didn't play devil's advocate and present arguments from both ends of the spectrum.
I wrote that article to open dialogue about the rise of spiritual consumerism but please understand, I by no means wish to hurt the wonderful work many spiritual teachers are doing. A few bad apples doesn't mean the whole crop is destroyed. Not to mention, I am a spiritual teacher myself and I do sell products through my spiritual beauty (soon to be lifestyle) brand, Moon Phace Collective. I find nothing wrong with selling products, especially when it's based on something you love. But I do have two issues. My First issue is with those people who've jumped on the trend, "trying" spirituality out to make a buck, taking advantage of people and using fear, guilt and scarcity as selling tactics. My second issue is that there are so few teachers who actually tell people that healing is from within. These products can help you but the real work is in helping yourself. You can achieve significant spiritual growth without spending a dime.
But I digress; this article is about the oppositie side of spiritual consumerism because spiritual tools can be extremely helpful as you travel your spiritual journey. Crystals, tarot, moon journals, candles, books, intentional art, mists, etc, all have their own unique energy that can change lives. For some, working with crystals helps to find a deeper connection to the Earth. Workbooks help some get out of their own way and to work through questions they may have never thought to ask themselves. Some might find it easier to relax and settle into meditation through a fragrant mist. For me, tarot helped me accept things as they are and not as I want them to be. It also helped me to find a richer understanding of my own intuition.
I can go on and on about dozens of tools and how they can be useful to you. That is way so many teachers work as hard as they do to develop such products. These tools were not readily available for many of us upon starting our journeys. We had to search endlessly for just a few of the things previously mentioned. We've condensed years of study and hard work into convenient and easy to find tools for you to use so that you don't have to do so much of the heavy lifting.
But here's the thing, we have to make a living too. We have rent to pay, families to feed and bills to be paid and we're attempting to do so while also competing with thousands of others all trying to do the same. Yes, perhaps its true that the spiritual community has been infested with consumerism but how else can we compete in a world that gets bigger by the minute?
So where do we go from here? How can spiritual teachers provide valuable information while still making a living? How do we sell what we have to offer without making you feel the pressure of needing to buy more things? I don't know the answer to that but I do know that we won't find it unless we start talking about it.