Selling Spirituality: Not Always a Scam

BOGO yoga classes!

$70.00 second edition tarot decks!

Sign up and pay now to reserve your spot in our ecourse on crystal healing/meditations/reading tarot/spirit guide connecting/chakra aligning/pendulum dowsing/astrology 101! IT COMES WITH A CERTIFICATE!

How the hell are you supposed to know if you’re buying something that will benefit you, or if you’re being gouged for your hard earned cash?

I’m here to (hopefully) help you decipher bullshit from people who are honestly here to help you on your spiritual journey.

Let’s start with yoga. If you’ve never been to a yoga class, go to a few. If you’ve been to at least three yoga classes, stop going to that shit. Right now. Take the leggings off and cancel your 4:30 Vinyasa Flow. Those bitches are gouging you for all you’re worth. They’ll act all mystical about it, but the truth is that yoga (the few original poses) was really just to help young monks-in-training to get their energy out before being expected to sit in perfect silence and stillness to meditate. That shit is a children’s recess game. Every time you unroll your mat on a sticky yoga studio floor, you’re putting another quarter into their little machine. Once you’ve got the basics, do it yourself, for yourself.

Now physical items are a different thing altogether. This one can seem tricky, but it’s not if you just remember these three little words:

Consider the source.

Oh look! A tarot deck I already have is coming out with a second edition! Everything is the same except for The Star card! It must be special because it’s twice the price of the first edition!

Did you do it? Did you buy the second edition? Then you, my friend, have fallen prey to a scam to separate you from your money masquerading as spirituality.

If this hypothetical deck’s first edition has already made its creator millions and the only difference between the first and second editions is ten minutes worth of work, that shit isn’t worth a dime more. You know they’ve got a printer spitting out an entire deck in 30 seconds. And guess what? It’s going to tell you the exact same shit that the first edition did, you’re just $70 poorer.

Meanwhile, there are artists who have just created new decks with fresh artwork and original ideas. If you find one you love, get that shit. If you’re itching to blow money, find a good one. But don’t allow yourself to be swindled.

There are also things like crystals and wands and shit. Expect to pay money for these. Crystals have to be mined, cleaned, (maybe) polished, and shipped, and the people involved in this process must be paid as well. With things like wands, chalices, and jewelry, there are always options. Some things are stamped out in a factory by machines, don’t let a “brand name” trick you into paying more than it’s worth. On the flip side, don’t bitch when a hand carved wand or a handmade necklace costs more.

I’ll be honest here: I’m more skeptical about ecourses than anything else. Do you need an ecourse? I mean, do you NEED it?

No.

There, I answered for you. There is a plethora of free information online for you to peruse. BUT, if you want to take an ecourse, be my guest. The truth is, though, that no sheet of paper is required for any aspect of spirituality. If the ecourse looks fun and you want to do assignments and ask questions and have classmates, good for you. But it’s just for fun and don’t let them convince you otherwise.

Finally, I’m sick to death of people bitching about advertisement of spiritual goods on social media. Pages on Facebook and Instagram are pretty clear that they’re trying to sell you something if that’s what they’re trying to do. Don’t like or follow a page with a link to an etsy shop in the bio and then fucking act surprised. Giveaways and photo challenges are great ways to advertise and they’re fun for everyone. Is it marketing? Yep. If you don’t like it, don’t fucking enter it. But what if there’s someone out there with a great product, but you just haven’t heard of it? So shut the hell up.

Consider the source.

Consider the source.

Consider the source.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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