Nowadays taking advantage of fellow people is as easy as one could imagine. In a world that is full of realism and facts, many tend to search for one or the other distraction, for something, that takes responsibility off their shoulders for a moment and lets them relax. Some take refugee in faith, others in esotericism. While a bit of mysticism isn’t inherently bad and we can also not really detect what is truly working and what is not, what we do have to point out is the companies, who use the good will of their clients to sell outrageously stupid things for an unchallenged amount of money. Just yesterday I have casually flipped through a magazine, one of the most popular regarding a balanced lifestyle and esotericism, and what do they sell? A stone. Coloured in gold. For over 70€. To “clean” your house of bad energy.
Now while I understand the concept of incense-sticks or music, in how far a golden coloured stone is helpful can neither be explained by me, nor was it explained by the article!
What are the indicators for False Friends Esoteric Nonsense?
- There are no facts whatsoever – a very good sign that you are spending your money and complete and utter nonsense is, when not even the seller himself can come up with some facts regarding the beneficial qualities of the product. If something just magically “safes”, “protects” or “cleans” you or your house, try to be a bit more skeptical and use your common sense when buying those products!
- It is heavily overpriced – I always wonder, if those people who sell that esoteric stuff are always truly so good at heart, as they like to present themselves, why are their things always among the most expensive ones? I’m always totally in for paying the price something is actually worth – but the more honest someone presents himself to be (and makes a point of it) the more I doubt that the 100€ for some copper wires against electromagnaticwaves are well invested.
- The descriptions are very colourful – but ultimately say nothing. There is a fountain of amazing keywords. “Epiphany”. “Enlightenment”. “Mindfullness”. You have the feeling that you invest into something amazing but have you ever stopped to look at what the text really says? Does it tell you how you reach those states? Do you even know what does words mean? Pretty descriptions are nice, but try not to let them fool you.
Why is it bad?
Because it plays with your mind, takes your money and doesn’t return any value. Even for a placebo effect it is too expensive. While a bit of mysticism doesn’t harm anyone, it’s not okay (at all) to spoof people this way.
What are healthier alternatives?
Well, of course this is a purely personal suggestion, but why not turn to old Chinese or Japanese habits to rest your mind a bit? Try out practices of Buddhism, meditate, use an incense stick. Anything with a long tradition and which has an explanation behind it is better (and often much less expensive) than new-modern tips and tricks “to find your inner self”. To find yourself, clarity or whatever else you desire, you ultimately don’t need anything but yourself – and definitely not all your money.
I’m not against esoterism and everyone should believe what she sees fit. But one should never fully refrain of seeing reality and accepting the responsibility of life; easy escapes are not only often expensive (in money and also personal loss) but also not possible on the long term.
Treat yourself with time for yourself, a long reflexology massage or other things you believe in but weigh carefully whether or not that shady person trying to sell you weird stuff really should get your money!