Spiritual materialism is the practice or mindset of applying concepts native to materialism and consumerism to one's spiritual practice. Futhermore, it is adopting a stance that physical goods and tangible things, spiritual accessories if you will, are what is actually doing the healing.
This can manifest as believing certain goods, services, and accessories are necessary for your spiritual advancement or evolution. The trouble begins when one is focusing on these possessions or purchases as the solutions themselves or salves to individual spiritual development which needs to occur through authentic work. Rather than investing time and energy into intention setting and inner work, the spiritual materialist feels that the purchase or integration into one's life IS the healing.
This belief arises because the believer hasn't healed their externalization views and matrix mentality about materialism. What I mean by that, is that if you believe the conditioning (as many do) that in order to integrate something into your being you must purchase an externally visible and tangible thing to symbolize that trait in yourself to others, then you will generally stop at spiritual materialism or buying spiritual goods and stopping short of the deeper inner work and self understanding. It is key to understand that spiritual items aren't the problem. The belief that the healing and balance resides outside of yourself, is the problem. The concept that the energy you need is outside of yourself, is the problem. The truth of the matter is that all spiritual goods and products be it crystals, jewelry, candles, oils, etc. are there to simplify magnify the intention that is within you. You are the salve, you are the cure, YOU are the healer. It all resides within you and your endless array of possibilities regarding what you choose. This is the fundamental portion of energetics that so many people get wrong.
Getting this portion of energetics wrong is why so many people continue to look on the outside for solutions to their imbalances and blocks. They require some other individual, item, or learning work to "give" them or replace in them the energy that they feel they need. In actuality, it was always their intent by interacting with the item, person, or learning work that actually shifted their energy and thought life and lead to change. This same thinking is what leads so many people to spend a great deal of money on coaching or spiritual guidance and healing to "bring them to the next level".
When I started writing Inner Glow Up and creating the course materials, I wanted to focus simply on getting others to be a clear channel in the same way that I made myself a clear channel to get in touch with my own intuition and higher guidance. Serving as an energetic cleanse and vibration raising system, the point of this curriculum and content is to get you to a place where you can truly take in and understand the content created by other leading spiritual life coaches like Amanda Frances, Gabby Bernstein, and Cara Alwill Leyba. I wanted to take the experience I had just gone through to raise my vibration to tap into intuitive guidance and divinely guided next steps and put it into a step by step method that others can follow along with and dive as deep as they want or need to go to overhaul their vibration.
The key thing to remember is that it is all in you, you don't need anything but the knowledge and methods to get your vibration higher and purge out negative energy. When that happens the blocks and imbalances will come up for processing and you can tackle each one with self compassion and inner awareness. Don't get wrapped up in spiritual materialism, because it will lead you down a path of buying the next effort free solution and we all know that is a gimmick. The best piece of knowledge I can leave you with is the understanding that it isn't about raising your vibration FAST and getting to the "next level" as fast as you can. Life and the human experience is about what you learn about yourself in the process. You're in a state of becoming, and you can't rush it, because you'll want to experience every piece of self discovery and sit with yourself and learn who you truly are. It will then be your biggest asset - because in order to do what only YOU are meant to to.....you have to know who you are.
THE GLOW CHIEF
Hi! I'm Mischaela, AKA the "Glow Chief" (THE GC) the creator of Inner Glow Up!