Simply put, it is creating a new Ego identity out of spiritual experiences. Many spiritual seekers, practitioners, healers, and even teachers fall into this trap. They incessantly talk about their transpersonal experiences, self-perceived realizations, spiritual powers, healing abilities, energy transformation, and other magical powers they possess. Contrary to the “oneness” that non-dual spirituality implies, they create separation and hierarchies.    This is why it is said that “those who know do not speak, and those who speak do not know.” In addition, people who engage in spiritual materialism often fall for the “myth of the given”–the view that experiences can give us absolute certainty about existence. Last but not least, spiritual materialists often commit what is called the pre-trans fallacy, when they confuse magical childish interpretations of their experiences with transpersonal realizations.

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