Myth #5 - To be spiritual means to be wealthy beyond measure. If you aren't wealthy then you aren't aligned with the highest vibration of the Universe.
Let's get real for a second. Who doesn't want to be financially secure? Of course it would be great not to have to worry about paying the bills or if an emergency comes up. Some of us are there; others aren't.
I see a lot of spiritual teachings that go something like this - you're not spiritual if you're not living a laptop lifestyle. You're not manifesting enough. You're not vibrating high enough.
In short, you're not enough. Yikes!
This is spiritual materialism at its core. Chogyam Trunpa wrote a book in the 1970s called "Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism". He wrote that we are often "deceiving ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques."
Spirituality, or the pursuit of it, has become commercialized. Indigenous cultures are increasingly romanticized. Traditions from foreign countries are seen as "right", "better" and "the way". Then there's the 'laptop lifestyle' phenomenon - where you put in a few hours of work and you'll be a millionaire in a matter of minutes.
Besides, is it really plausible to work at the beach all the time? The Internet connection can't be that great - too many coconuts in the way.
There are people making millions from the rest of us - by selling a false sense of enlightenment that costs a fortune.
Spiritual enlightenment is a very personal & individual journey. Make purchases as you see fit but the minute someone tells you the only way to receive from the Universe is to give someone money, stop.
Think about it for a minute. Remember all of those disgraced televangelists who said if you give to their church, you'll be blessed but in the end, they bought planes & boats & cars? Same thing.
So what now? Find your own way to connect to the Universe. Listen to your own inner voice & intuition. If it doesn't feel good or land for you, don't do it.