Beware of spiritual spider webs; they are the counterfeits, imitations, and forgeries. There are three, in particular, you need to watch out for; do you know what they are?
There are three counterfeits on the path, which are religion, commercialism, and the Ego.
“There are three main spiritual counterfeits on the path. They are like spider webs that seek to trap us. Religion is the source of the others.” — Guru Tua
If you are a follower of one of the three most popular religions, you don’t think of it as a spider web or spiritual counterfeit. But that is what it is. The web of deceit hypnotizes a following of nearly 4 billion members. This web is the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism (1).
These Semitic religions aren’t new but a rebranding of ancient mystery religions of the Meditrainian region. These ancient esoteric religions included Assyrian, Babylonian, Egyptian and Persian traditions. The Abrahamic faiths rebranded these into the world’s most profitable cash flow machine. They contain some of the most chaotic, self-contradictory, and illogical doctrines of any religion. But, they use this confusion to their advantage. You need to pay them to understand the gibberish.
Beware ― The Web of Religion
Not all religions are harmful. For example, Taoism and Paganism have the fewest barriers to freethinking. On the contrary, many Eastern systems encourage personal development and growth.
Many Eastern traditions preserve the knowledge of the most powerful meditation techniques. Almost every ancient culture developed a form of Shamanism using rhythmic sounds to achieve an altered state. These represent humankind’s first research into consciousness. They predate the mythologies and superstitions that make up Western religion.
Are You Trapped in a Harmful Religion?
“To guard against being caught in these spider webs, we need to be vigilant and resist the hypnotizing effect they have. The web of religion is the most dangerous. Once caught in the web of belief, it is difficult to find release from its clutches.” — Guru Tua
Beware ― The Spiritual Counterfeits
A counterfeit is something that appears to be authentic, but it is not. A common tactic in the spiritual world is called “bate and switch.” It is where one substitutes something inferior for the genuine. These are the traps that keep us from reaching our full potential. These tactics are part of their grand design to fleece the unsuspecting and naive from their hard-earned cash.
“There are three spiritual counterfeits on the path. The web of religion, commercialism, and the Ego. They are like spider webs that seek to snare and trap us. They trap your mind, lead you astray, and inhibit growth. They control you for profit.” — Guru Tua
We don’t think of these three things as being similar. But they are all counterfeits. Our Ego is a “tool of consciousness” that our culture promotes to control us. This way, they can manipulate us through our Ego, personalities, and instincts.
We also don’t think of commercialism as a spiritual issue, but it is. Materialism wants us to buy things to bring us happiness and fulfillment. But this doesn’t work.
The worst mind traps are the Abrahamic religions. Many see them as spiritual junk food and spiritual counterfeits with no actual spiritual substance. They hold much of the world hostage to fear, substituting belief in mythology and superstition for the truth.
Are You a Slave to Commercialism?
“These temple destroyers, devotees of ravaging commercialism, seem to have a perfect contempt for Nature, and, instead of lifting their eyes to the God of the mountains, lift them to the Almighty Dollar.” ― John Muir\
When profit is first, then everything else is secondary, including people and the planet. So, a few shortsighted people trade short-term gains and profit in exchange for the future of everything. It seems crazy, but if you open your eyes, you’ll see that’s what’s happening.
People used to brag about making 100,000 thousand dollars. Now that is the minimum yearly benchmark for the working family. Being a millionaire isn’t enough; now, there are multi-billionaires. All the while, the climate is changing the lives of much of the underdeveloped world. Cities on the coasts are flooding, and storms are becoming more frequent, more violent, and less predictable. But, hey, we got our money.
“The web of commercialism and materialism provides only temporary happiness. It is addictive and will turn you into a corporate slave. Don’t waste your life this way.” — Guru Tua
Is Your Ego Holding You Hostage?
“We need to learn to be the masters of our personalities and instincts. Learn how to take back the control of your awareness. Otherwise, it will make us vulnerable to the web of spiritual counterfeits. Watch out for the traps of religion, false spiritualists and commercialism.” — Guru Tua
The Ego isn’t our enemy; it’s how we let others misuse it to control us. The use of brainwashing techniques is so prevalent that most people don’t notice it. It starts early in life with religious indoctrination and TV commercials. Then, it migrates to the counterfeit programs that some people call news.
Fox News doesn’t even try to hide the lies it spews. People get addicted to conspiracies and find themselves consuming brainwashing from Russia, and they don’t care. So, it isn’t the Ego’s fault.
The Ultimate Opportunity
“Death is as much a part of this physical body as our birth. Birth and death are points at opposite ends of a finite timeline. We are always moving away from our original birth and towards the end of our physical death. The timeline in between these two points is the opportunity we call life.
Do we take this opportunity to grow? We start as an instinct-driven, personality consumed, self-centered infant. Then we progress through childhood and adolescence to adulthood. So, at each stage, we have opportunities to grow spiritually. Likewise, we must learn to recognize and take advantage of them. By the time we reach adulthood, we should be ready to explore the limits of consciousness.” — Guru Tua
Seek Your “Personal Truth”
“Seek the facts of your personal truth. This quest requires you to be brave and fearless. You’ll need to lose all the human-made traditions. In exchange for less, and less, and less, of human-made tradition, you receive that which yields you more, and more, and more. Spiritual truth exists. But it is beyond all human-made traditions. Above all, don’t get caught in the web of religion, commercialism, or the Ego.” — Guru Tua
Seeking the facts is essential to your life. Don’t blindly follow religious doctrine. Don’t be afraid to challenge your beliefs or the cultural narrative.
The essence of this perspective is to live life to enable you to keep the big picture. It helps you to make better decisions based on the long-term impact. Most importantly, this larger perspective on life will keep you out of the web, which will stunt your personal growth.
How do you keep from falling into the web of one of these spiritual counterfeits? First, enhance your critical thinking skills. Second, get in touch with your inner wisdom, your intuition. Third, learn and use as many of the ancient spiritual technologies as you can find.
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(1) Abrahamic Religions, Wikipedia
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia