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:
What happens when abundance is not enough?
People start taking your money, in the name of spirituality, for answers you already hold inside you.