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"Abundance" has a dark side and we need to talk about it.
Hint: it's not scarcity.
One of my biggest qualms with new-age spirituality is its blatant hypocrisy. The new-age spiritual industry often promotes behaviors that contradict its own teachings, thus misleading people into darkness with the promise of spiritual attainment.
The narratives around “abundance mindset” is a huge one. And it has a dark side.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my own “abundance mindset” journey and how it indoctrinated me into the money cult of spiritual capitalism. I’ve come to realize through my own experience, psychological research, and nondual spiritual philosophy that the opposite of abundance is not scarcity—it’s greed.
I’m excited for you to read my latest blog post where I challenges the conventional narrative surrounding the ‘abundance mindset’ and its perceived connection with wealth and success. I wanted to take a deeper dive into this topic that is rarely discussed in the mainstream self-help literature. If you’d like to go beyond the surface-level notions that we often associate with prosperity and explore a nuanced perspective, you’ll enjoy this thought-provoking post.
In this blog post, I share my personal story of immigrating to the U.S. and the struggles my family faced as we worked towards the American Dream. However, instead of spinning it into a rags-to-riches tale, I reflect on the complex mix of factors that shaped my journey—hard work, self-determination, privilege, access, and a touch of luck.
I also delve into my experience with the new-age movement, the allure of the "abundance mindset," and how it led me down a path of distorted beliefs about money and entitlement. I explore the limitations of the ‘abundance mindset’ theory and how it fails to address systemic factors and social inequalities that impact mindset development.
Furthermore, I shed light on the distinction between abundance mindset, spiritual abundance, and material abundance. I believe that true abundance isn't something we intentionally cultivate—it's a state of being. I critique the way new-age spirituality has turned abundance into a commercialized and fetishized concept, reinforcing materialism and distorting our relationship with money.
The blog post also introduces the concept of the "Abundance Paradox," which challenges the idea that scarcity is the opposite of abundance. It highlights how extreme abundance and extreme scarcity can lead to the same behaviors driven by greed and selfishness. I touch upon the role of capitalism in perpetuating a disordered way of relating to money and the urgent need to redefine our values and embrace social responsibility for collective liberation.
My intention is to spark meaningful conversations and contribute to the broader dialogue about reimagining our social systems beyond the confines of the money cult and the prevailing narrative of abundance.
Ultimately, my hope is to challenge our perspectives and work towards a world that prioritizes empathy, compassion, collaboration, and problem-solving—the true markers of spiritual abundance.
This blog post is a 15-20 minute read. Enjoy!
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