Today, I came very close to signing up for a webinar with a well-known spiritual figurehead. I excitedly clicked the link to explore more and came to the following line (and I paraphrase, but pretty much on point): “Spiritual beginners can move six levels FAST.” I stared at this lines and the rest of the description as if it were in a foreign language. Since when did the spiritual path enter a fast track program? And six levels of what exactly?
Fast spiritualism in the culture of ‘All Things Now’ is not novel and has been brewing for some time. For example, if you wish to teach yoga, you can choose from arrangements of 200+ to 300+ certification hours, then you can call yourself a Yoga teacher (just google it, you will see what I am referring to). In this age of “Have It Your Way” (the famous Burger King line) or I would revise, “Have it your way as of yesterday” that includes not just orders for food or securing items online, but also human relationship as well. Online dating, for instance, brings you tons of options for establishing quick connections and instant conversations right in the privacy of your own home.
So why wouldn’t this extend to fast-tracking the exploration of one’s spiritual self? Perhaps this would appeal to most, but it is troubling to me that both human relationship and the cultivation of the relationship with oneself has been placed upon (a) a track of any kind and (b) a fast track. I can’t deny that our American society is plagued with deadlines but all the more reason to opt out of taking the Shanghai Maglev to your spiritual life.
What became of the webinar after reading those lines about “FAST” spirituality? Well, obviously a blog post but also some level of disenchantment and surprise. I closed the website and sat in a state of both upset and perplexed. I wonder how many people saw that webinar opportunity and felt that their needs could be properly met through a serving of fast soul-food? Or how many others were like me, read that and decided that it was best to venture along a spiritual path at a slow, steady and sometimes arduous pace?