Materialistic Spirituality



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


All about ‘me’


In my last post, ‘An Unauthentic Life’, we talked about the super ego and its obsession with self, possessions, power, and control over others. One only has to observe the world without judgement, without bias to see what a hell hole it actually is. 3D reality is a playground for insane super ego’s all vying to be number one in their sphere of control. This ‘sphere of control’ is not limited to the physical world. It has its counterpart in our energetic reality. A superficial, agenda filled mindset called materialistic spirituality.


“Spiritual materialism is what happens when we use spiritual concepts, practices, and tools to reinforce the false sense of self, the ego.”Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche


When our spiritual practices bolster, reinforce and inflate our sense of self, our specialness, our uniqueness, it becomes a toxic energetic thought form that does us far more harm than good. When we understand that our super ego’s, the ‘me’s’, are the source of our suffering in this world, we will see that inflating our ego through spiritual practice is a roadblock to our spiritual evolution. It is a backward step! A dead end!


I venture to say that all of us on a spiritual path have fallen prey at one time or another to materialistic spirituality. I know I have.  Therefore, if we are interested in spiritual evolution and knowledge of the higher worlds, all of us need to be brutally honest with ourselves when it comes to our spiritual motivation and how we use it.


We all have a super ego, and its programme is survival at all costs even if that means exploiting spirituality for our own gain. The aim of this post is that we can learn to recognise the trap our super ego sets for us and avoid the sterile dead ends that accompany it. Here are some aspects of materialistic spirituality.


Spiritual elitism


 Many people practice spiritual elitism. Telling anyone who will listen that they have special spiritual gifts that set them apart from other people: clairvoyance, clair-audience, psychic abilities, second sight, communicating with spirits, awakened kundalini, etc.   This is called ‘owning’.




The practice of ‘owning’ this or that spiritual power indirectly bolsters our separate sense of self, our ‘me’ status by inflating an already inflated super ego.


Do you see this?


Along with owning comes name dropping: “I know this holy man and that guru,” and so on. Plus, the keeping of a mental list of all the important spiritual people they have met, and the workshops they have attended.  A list designed to inflate self and impress others. This is a spiritual cul de sac and needs to be avoided at all costs.


Hand in hand with name droppers are those who chase endlessly after this guru and that spiritual teacher, medicine people, and influencers of different religious cultures. These folk get credentials and initiations from shamans and gurus because it bolsters their super ego, ‘me’ feels more powerful, more special, more important and spiritually aligned. Rituals and disciplines are utilized in an effort to become more intuitive, wiser and more powerful, and a mish mash of other cultural traditions are practiced for profit and self-image.


Spiritual bypass or avoidance of action


Many ‘spiritual super ego’s’ are stuck in the future. They believe that if they learn this practice, this song, this new ritual, or follow this and that guru, they will eventually attain power – they will grow into it. A lot of people have spent a lot of money trying to grow their spirituality only to find it does not exist in the future. It’s a put off, a mind fuck, a spiritual bypass of the Now, avoiding action in the only moment where change can happen and power be obtained.


Purely positive – another aspect


Another group of super ego dead enders are the love and light brigade. When we try to talk to them about the ugliness in the world, we often get shut down by those who focus on the purely positive aspects of spirituality. They tell us not to talk about the negative, that we have to keep a high vibe and love and light is all that matters.


When we cannot accept the negative, we become energetically unbalanced.  This one sided energetic is another spiritual bypass, an avoidance, an escape from what is real.


Spiritual narcissism



In my experience spiritual narcissism is the icing on the cake of corrupted spirituality. Many super ego’s are so psychotic they think and act as if they are demigods. They are arrogant authorities on everything spiritual. They are often abusers, bullies, and dictators who unconsciously believe they are more awakened, more spiritually powerful than the rest of us. The super ego of this type suffer from megalomania and will do anything to reinforce and inflate their ‘specialness’ their spiritual uniqueness including harming others through fear-based information, sexual and financial abuse, arrogance, and spiritual ignorance.


The seduction of illusory power


Materialistic spirituality happens when our ‘so-called’ spirituality feeds our ego. And none of us are immune to the seduction of illusory power.  Our super ego’s want to possess the power of the Source Field. They want to become the ‘light of the world’, the leader with a mass of fawning followers. And, to satisfy its cravings for self-adulation, the ego will continue to find ways of using spirituality to further its existence by any means it can.


It’s influence and delusional control over our thinking will only end when we experience the revelation of the ‘One Life,’ and can break the chains of the super ego insanity that holds the world in thrall.


So, my friends, if you wish to transcend this dense and unplugged reality, spiritual self-examination is the first step.


Ask yourself, do I practice materialistic spirituality?


And, how much ego stroking is involved with what I do?


Do I practice self-promotion or humbleness in the face of the awesome spiritual power that surrounds us, flows through us, is US? …if only we can silence the strident voice of the mad ‘I Am.’


Until next time. Stay in love with life.



About the Author



Written by ethompson

Elva Thompson was born in England in 1947 and moved to Rosebud Lakota reservation in 1987. She is the author of the Heartstar Series; Book One: The Key made of Air, Book Two: The Gates to Pandemonia, and Book Three: Walking In Three Worlds. Her other interests include organic gardening, ancient phonetic languages, sonic sound and their application in the healing arts. She is also a medical intuitive and teaches sonic re-patterning using sound, colour, and essential oils. Elva Thompson is on Amazon Author Central @ amazon.com/author/heartstar





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