Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Enough

Recently, I was asked to join one of those "live-streaming" events that's supposed to raise your personal vibration frequency, Love or Above by a woman described in her bio as an intuitive healer, and medium.  First of all, to me, live-streaming means "happening live, in real time, like, right-now" not pre-recorded, and spliced with other material (which this was), made obvious by the sort of canned, or scripted responses between the two hosts that made the entire flow of the recording awkward and leaving it sounding forced and unnatural, and the fact that 45 minutes into it, just after the guided group meditation began, the stream stopped, and when I pushed the play button to jump back in, the entire program started all over again, from the beginning ... Which I guess could be possible with a T.A.R.D.I.S. involved, but I don't have one, and neither did the hosts of the program, as far as I could tell.  But before any of that could happen, there I sat, headphones in place, my little .pdf worksheet open on the screen, switching gears back to the days of Nerd Girl note-taker-extraordinaire, poised, ready to pounce on every keyword mentioned.  If I wasn't yet completely sold on the program, I could at least take excellent notes, and maybe learn something new, or come to some greater understanding if nothing else.  Alas, this was not meant to be, as I soon realized, the worksheets didn't match the script, which made it increasingly annoying trying to fill in the notes, as the speakers sped through the mismatched content ... Undoubtedly dropping my personal vibration frequency in the process.  I decided to pack it in, sit back, relax, and just listen.  This, too, I learned, was a bit of a chore as well, trying to catch the actual content between all of the breaks, and pauses reminding the listeners — If you want to know more follow this address, go to the site, check out this link, don't forget our generous coupon code, and buy, buy, buy! — and the like.  It soon became clear that I was just listening to one extremely long (90 minute), not so cleverly disguised, advertisement to get the listener to spend hundreds of dollars on other products that will bring abundance to his or her life ... Uhm, ok.

It's certainly bringing abundance to SOMEBODY'S life, that's for sure!

When I think of "more" in terms of spiritualism and abundance, I think more peace, more love, greater connection with the source of all life, and more empathy for my fellow humans on Earth.  What I am not thinking about is more ... STUFF.  Don't get me wrong, the program I listened to, or rather, the part that I had access to, definitely sells the product under the guise of the things I listed above, especially highlighting trust, but when it came right down to it, what kept being repeated, and glorified were very shallow, egocentric topics that kept circling around objects, and types of success that appeal to our lower-selves.  I would've thought this just a tactic to keep the people who really "need" the program interested long enough to sock them with some mind-blowing spiritualism if  

A. That ever actually happened
B. They had treated the 90 minutes a lot less like one long commercial to get the listener spending more and more dough.

The more I listened the more it all started sounding like a snake oil campaign, and the more disgusted I became.  Then came the segment of selling romantic love ... Yes, if you develop within yourself a person who loves with abandon, and shares and gives selflessly, and loves yourself you are possibly going to attract more love, and positivity to you, including even a romantic love, probably.  This isn't rocket science, happy, loving people tend to dig spending time with other happy, loving people.  But I feel as though these programs dupe people (specifically those experiencing levels of loneliness) with delusions of grandeur: Follow steps X, Y, and Z and you'll be married in no time, with an amazing career, wad of cash, huge house, and a ton of babies spilling out of it, with the perfect dog that never barks or sheds — Act now, and all this could be yours!!!  All you have to do is meditate, and listen to my specially designed, and formatted compact discs available on my website for the low, low price of another couple hundred dollars ... I know it seems expensive, but you're investing in your future, and look at all these free downloads and worksheets I'm giving you!  I'm SO generous!  Do you trust me yet?

Isn't there some-thing more to life than just following steps, and acquiring stuff (whether human or inanimate)?  Shouldn't we be shifting our focus to whatever that thing is instead?  That's the "more" that I'm interested in discovering, and uncovering in my life.  That's where I found this program to be severely lacking, and quite disappointing.  It wasn't the technical hiccups, or generic life-coaching, it was the bait-and-switch approach that set my teeth on edge.  Preying upon people's weaknesses, and using the cloak of spiritualism to peddle products has got to be one of the lowest forms of commerce there is.  It's actually quite sad when people are led to believe they won't find the answers they need, or the freedom they desire unless they spend the money to get them.

That's not how abundance works, or is supposed to anyway, in my mind at least.  If abundance is a very large, over-sufficient quantity of something, how is it only available to a few, or the ones who pay a hefty fee for it?  Doesn't that seem to go against the very definition of the word itself?  According to the Online Etymology Dictionary:
abundance (n.)
mid-14c., from Old French abondance and directly from Latin abundantia "fullness, plenty," noun of state from abundantem (nominative abundans), present participle of abundare "to overflow" (see abound).
When something is overflowing, does it care who is standing there and how much money they have in their pockets?  Sure, those with more money could afford larger buckets to "catch" the abundance, but if it's true abundance does a bucket still matter?  Or is there just so much, all around, and available to everyone that a bucket becomes superfluous?  If abundance is a large, extremely plentiful amount of something, and it's not available, or enough for everyone regardless of station or situation, how can it even still be abundance?  It seems a little lacking to me.

What happens when abundance is not enough?

People start taking your money, in the name of spirituality, for answers you already hold inside you.  

xoxo

P.S. The love vibration frequency resides at 528 Hz.  If you so desire, go give yourselves a tune-up, and let your hearts sing!