This morning I awoke to a group e-mailing from a friend that I have lost touch with over the past few years. It had to do with a new series of DVDs concerning a spiritual concept called Sacred ?. I am not presenting the entire name because I do not wish to be sued. I listened to a part of the DVD as presented on YouTube. It was a dazzling presentation, with little substance. I proceeded into the web site, and discovered a bevy of items available for purchasing, which included laminates of Sacred ? designs, a fusion pack of oils, sprays and a fusion bed set for $4,000.00 and a sacred carrying case for $370. The best I could get out of the video is that this is a rehashing of the old pyramid power craze that took place 30 years ago.
Now the woman who sent out this mailing is a very gifted healer. I am assuming she sent it out to others who are equally gifted. Bearing in mind that the truth is always simple, I have to consider this question: “Why is it that intelligent people continue to believe that they can BUY spirit?” Alice Bailey is quoted in her book, Ponder On This, which I highly recommend, “The cry of the neophyte is: ‘Tell me. Tell me. Then I will change. I will accept anything that is said, but tell me.’ The cry of the disciple is: ‘Aid the work. Forget yourself. The world needs you.'”
We all know people who voraciously pursue TRUTH, WISDOM, GROWTH. It is to be respected. It is a QUEST. I finally threw in the towel with a weekend workshop presented by Dr. David Hawkins, the pioneer of the kinesiology scale, and one final attempt to learn something new from a Wayne Dyer lecture. It has been stated that once we stop looking for God, Spirit, that is when we find it. I have come to the conclusion, at least for myself, that filling myself up with more and more DATA is counter-productive since eventually I will be required to DUMP it. Somewhat ZEN, isn’t it?
Now, don’t get me wrong. I strongly believe in the SPIRITUAL QUEST. It is about knowledge, it shifts the individual’s perspective from the mundane to the magical.
But there is a huge market out there for people searching for answers and meaning. The truth is that there is really nothing new under the Sun. It is merely being repackaged as the new and improved model.
Several years ago, we were presented with EFT which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. I personally know people who have spent considerable resources to gain this training. So, I did some internet research and found myself reviewing a scientific experiment in which two groups were tested as EFT practitioners. One group was trained and certified. The other group was composed of people who literally did not know what EFT was. They were only shown what EFT looked like, and they were turned loose on clients who agreed to be a part of the experiment. The result of the experiment was that both the trained and the untrained were equally effective. The placebo effect really needs to be considered in this case. Self healing is just that – about the self. No magic bullet. It is between me and God. It is between you and God. It has been said, “Knowledge is only the beginning of wisdom.”
Everything known to man is on the internet. Libraries still exist. The knowledge is pretty much free for all. It is truly a DATA free-for-all. Back in the old days the Catholic church used to sell indulgences that could “purchase” a place in heaven. Equating the material with the spiritual is problematic. I am always suspicious of the spiritual with a price tag. It is true that we must always give back to complete the circle. Unfortunately, we only seem to value what we have to pay for. Anyone can walk into a library and leave with a copy of The Upanishads-Spiritual writing that is thousands of years old.
There is a book out there entitled, “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” YOU are your own Buddha. THE Buddha would have supported THAT. My spiritual core, my center is not out there. Neither is yours.