Are You A Spiritual Shopper Or A Transformer?

Posted by on March 6, 2015 in Conscious Evolution, Conscious Living with 0 Comments

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Barbara DeAngelis Ph.D. | Heal Your Life

I love to shop. When I can find the time, it is one of my favorite ways to relax from my very hectic and intense schedule. I enjoy looking for bargains and unique items, and finding gifts for people to save for their birthdays or other special occasions. I like seeing the abundance of creativity, color, and ingenuity that manifests into so many designs, objects, and works of art and beauty.


Spiritual shopping, however, is another story, and it’s something I see all the time. There’s a kind of “beginner spirituality” in which people often participate in the name of personal growth: “Oh yes, I’m on a spiritual path. I’ve read a few books. I bought some crystals. I have a chanting CD that I listen to sometimes in the car. Once I took a three-hour class on Reiki. For my last birthday, I had my astrological chart done. I recycle. I’m totally spiritual!”

I need to emphasize that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with any of these things, many of which I enjoy myself. However, they’re not transformation— they are activities and acquisitions. You might think of them as “spiritual appetizers.” Perhaps they serve as the impetus to get us started on a path. The problem is that many people get stuck there, and don’t go on to the main course—doing the real experiential work of shifting all aspects of their lives to be living reflections of the Highest Consciousness.

Another version of being a spiritual shopper is becoming a “spiritual collector,” someone who collects spiritual information and mistakenly convinces themselves that the collecting is actually the transforming. I’ve met many spiritual collectors over the years. They attend trainings and seminars and have shelves of notebooks full of information that never becomes integrated into their behavior. When they talk to you, the conversation is crowded with spiritual platitudes and quotes, as if saying these things enough will make them real. It’s like someone showing you a brochure and talking about how fantastic a place is, but they never actually took the trip.

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