We have all met them. Some of us have them in our families. Some of us are married to them. Some of us work with them. Who are they? The Spiritual Addicts. These are the folks who are so bent out of shape on the road to enlightenment that they end up not knowing their sphincter muscles from a hole in the ground. They will feed on belittling others who are “not spiritual” because it makes them feel superior. They will constantly be attending spiritual events so that they can feel better than those who have not attended, which is completely missing the point of said event in the first place.
They will also use spirituality as an excuse to not take responsibility for their lives. I know of a few who couch surf, while at the same time condemning those who own the couch they are sleeping on for owning that couch because they are being too materialistic. They are not living the “simple” life. They actually have mortgages or pay rent, which is way “out there” for the spiritual junkie who thinks that owning nothing makes them superior to those who actually work for a living and own things.
It does not seem to matter what the latest spiritual fad is, they are into it. Sometimes I get a headache from my eyes rolling so hard at these folks. They are always touting one thing or another as an “age-old practice” when it is just the newest gimmick that someone has convinced them to try out…for a fee of course. They are the first ones to throw their bodies into crisis by committing to the latest diet trend and making themselves sick with it. Oh, but NO! That is just the body detoxing! Ya…right.
Have you ever had an emotion OTHER than bliss? I know I have. But man, these folks will be the first to inform you that your anger is an example of how unenlightened you are! Well, sometimes anger is exactly the most appropriate emotion and it gets stuff DONE by creating a level playing field. But no, the spiritual junkie will over-emphasise the importance of “positivity”…to the point of becoming a total moron about it. In fact, if they have an emotion other than their distorted perception of “bliss” they will repress those emotions, deny their existence and try to convince everyone around them that they don’t exist, because their very existence will completely destroy their spiritual narrative of being “enlightened”, “zen”, or “wise”. Yet they will also not know how to deal with being depressed, lonely, angry, uncertain and so on, which will, over time, lead them into self-destructive thoughts and practices. There is a meme circulating on social media that is a quote from Kyle D. Jones. It says, “Never resist. Always allow. Everything that’s supposed to happen will happen.” This is the type of mentality that leads to disaster. I don’t know if this quote is accurate (because sometimes on social media that is extremely questionable) or if Mr. Jones ever actually said or wrote this. But the thing is that, first off, it comes across as rapey. Don’t resist. Everything that is SUPPOSED to happen will. Right. I don’t think so. Then it begins to sound like the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation,”Resistance is futile!” On what planet is this acceptable or even applicable?! We actually DO have to resist ANYTHING that gets in the way of us as spiritually sovereign beings. Furthermore, we are not born into this world with a spiritual silver spoon in our mouths. The Universe does not just HAND us things that we have not participated in some way to co-create. The Universe does not actually appreciate those who loaf around and mooch off of other people. This is the type of philosophy will make the spiritual junkie develop a righteous sense of self-entitlement in the world for sure.
You would not believe the number of times one of these spiritual junkies has asked me if I could supply them with pot, peyote, ayathuasca, or some other “medicine plant”. First off, those are NOT supposed to be used in a recreational way, you idiot. Second, DO I LOOK LIKE A BLOODY DRUG DEALER???!!!
Talk to a spiritual addict about their “shadow side” and see what happens. They will go on a rant about how the shadow does not exist at all. They will deny the fact that they have a shadow side. They will cringe at the presentation of evidence that there is a toxic side to the “Light Worker” mentality. This stems from a deep self-loathing that is masked in their “positive outlook”…otherwise known as “denial”.
They will completely disregard red flags in their lives. They will not see that someone’s behaviour, least of all their own, can be toxic and that it is toxic. They will override their own intuition about other people as well as their own sense of reason, for fear of being “judgemental” about someone who is being a total douche. Not only does this enable said douche’s behaviour, but it also sets the spiritual junkie up for great danger at the best of times.
The spiritual junkie will also prefer spiritual philosophy over scientific evidence. This is where you get the “flat earthers” that we are hearing more and more about on social media. But this can also go to the extreme and make the spiritual junkie refuse necessary medical treatments, such as blood transfusions, because it goes against their spiritual dogma. They will even deny said treatments for their children, who have no legal voice in the matter.
Folks, this stuff can get really dangerous. We have to keep our heads about us and use reason and logic just as much as we do intuition. Otherwise we end up in dire circumstances because we allow ourselves to become spiritual nut jobs. Balance is the key. Yes, be spiritual. Yes, be reasonable. Enjoy the best of both worlds. But don’t limit yourself to just one over the other.