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Spiritual Addiction Quiz

How can I tell if I have a spiritual addiction? Before we wind up this year, let’s address a major theme in this year’s posts. (And in my personal sessions with clients in 2011 as well.)

Like any addiction (alcoholism, marijuana addiction, pornography addiction, sex addiction, love addiction, or addiction to a cult), the consequences of spiritual addiction are very personal, with the worst problems not being universal at all.

The best way to tell if you have a spiritual addiction is to have someone competent at Stage Three Energetic Literacy check out a representative sample of your chakra databanks. However, if you are looking for a checklist, take this Spiritual Addiction Quiz.

Answer TRUE or FALSE. Our next post will interpret your findings.

  1. I have a closer relationship to my angels than to any actual human beings.
  2. When I encounter a difficulty or conflict with other people, I try to fix it by taking personal responsibility, such as prayer or trying to see the Divine in the other person’s eyes.
  3. Before I end any conversation, if there is conflict, it is important for me to bless the other person.
  4. While interacting with shallow people, I supply a running commentary — a sort of spiritually wiser interpretastion. If I didn’t do this, I might be really, really bored.
  5. In order to fulfill my spiritual ideals, or my training in psychic development, I must always gauge the energy behind an interaction.
  6. I believe that, if I keep paying more and more attention to energy in life, I will reach all my personal goals.
  7. I believe that, if I surrender completely to my Guidance, I will grow fastest.
  8. It is really important to me that I fulfill my purpose.
  9. I wish I could quit my job so that I could devote myself full-time to my spiritual work or healing work to help others.
  10. My personal ego is a trap. I do my best to avoid being tempted by my petty likes and dislikes.

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  1. 1

    Why post that back cover when it looks so blurry? Some of you Blog-Buddies may recognize the back of “Magnetize Money with Energetic Literacy: 10 Secrets for Success and Happiness in the Third Millennium.”

    Two of the bulleted points on the back cover read:

    * Which energy habits could keep you from making the money you deserve.

    * How to distinguish spiritual addiction from spiritual enlightenment.

  2. 2
    Amy O says:

    I have a closer relationship to my angels than to any actual human beings.

    FALSE – I don’t really do the whole communication with my angels thing. I do choose Archangel Michael as my divine being of choice when using the techniques in Rose’s books, though 😉

    When I encounter a difficulty or conflict with other people, I try to fix it by taking personal responsibility, such as prayer or trying to see the Divine in the other person’s eyes.

    FALSE – I would probably tell them they’re annoying me or whatever it is they’re doing, or might just avoid them in future

    Before I end any conversation, if there is conflict, it is important for me to bless the other person.

    FALSE – Never would cross my mind even to do this!

    While interacting with shallow people, I supply a running commentary — a sort of spiritually wiser interpretation. If I didn’t do this, I might be really, really bored.

    FALSE – Thankfully five years of working in retail have taught me to engage, connect and have fun with all kinds of people.

    In order to fulfill my spiritual ideals, or my training in psychic development, I must always gauge the energy behind an interaction.

    FALSE – How would you even do this?

    I believe that, if I keep paying more and more attention to energy in life, I will reach all my personal goals.

    FALSE – I think it’s about paying attention to results.

    I believe that, if I surrender completely to my Guidance, I will grow fastest.

    FALSE – For me, I don’t really seek guidance usually. I seek healing sure, and sometimes I would directly ask for help with something once and leave it at that. But I think the healing and taking action and treating human life as important works.

    It is really important to me that I fulfill my purpose.

    Hmm I’m on the fence with this. It’s really important that I complete my degree and get further training and work in mental health eventually, but equally I’m open to the idea that even if I don’t achieve this it’s not the end of the world, and I might find I want to do something else instead later.

    Though I wouldn’t say it’s my purpose. If I have a purpose it would be something like ‘do the best I can’ and grow as a person, which I would do anyway!

    I wish I could quit my job so that I could devote myself full-time to my spiritual work or healing work to help others.

    Hmm, I kinda wish I could quit my job as I work full time and study full time. And I envy the other people my age who get to study full time at their universities.

    My personal ego is a trap. I do my best to avoid being tempted by my petty likes and dislikes.

    FALSE – My likes and dislikes show me where to go in life, what’s important to me.

  3. 3
    Dave says:

    AMY O., you talk in this post about wanting to complete training in the mental health field.

    That’s awesome! I want to ask you though if you plan on being a mental health practitioner, first of all, and if so, if you plan on some point down the line using Energy Spirituality in your practice. Obviously you’re under no obligation to answer, but I wonder if your work with ROSE has made you want to incorporate some of her healing methods in your practice.

    I believe that a therapy approach that incorporates energy healing methods can be more beneficial than regular therapy alone. I’d be curious to what you or anyone else has to say.

  4. 4
    Amy o says:

    Hi DAVE,

    I haven’t actually chosen which direction to go into yet. I’m studying both psychology and counselling, with the hope of specialising later, and if I do well with the psychology -doing a masters in clinical psychology which would enable me to work in the NHS with people with mental illness.
    I’m also very fond of person centred counselling and I am thinking of designing research trials to see what it is that makes an effective counsellor, effective counselling, whether one type is better than the other long term and short term. (Obviously a long way in the future!)

    I haven’t thought of myself as someone who would be a professional of Energy Spirituality.

    I know for sure how helpful and effective Energy Spirituality can be. I do agree that it can be more beneficial than therapy alone – I have counselling as part of my training sessions, and I’ve definitely made quicker progress after sessions of Energy Spirituality.

    I don’t know how I could use it with clients if I was working in an NHS setting. The National Health Service is very keen on evidence based therapies, with a current focus on cognitive behavioural therapy. I suppose if I went into private practice, it would be easier to incorporate.

    I am planning on learning to cut cords of attachment from Rose’s books, currently working on her newest, and if I was to go that route I would do the workshops and mentoring, the whole hog. From that route, I would want be an advocate for it.

    All in all, I’m two years into my Eight Year Plan, so I’ll have to find out! It’s an interesting thought! Thanks

  5. 5
    Truthseeker says:

    Are we doing this one by one? I answered false to all basically, but I’m foggy on 7, 8 and 9 because I do seek guidance and healing, but I live as if it’s not going to come anyways and who knows what one’s purpose is. As if there was only one.

    Interpretation? I guess that means I don’t have a spiritual addiction, but that doesn’t mean I’m spiritually healthy either.

  6. 6

    TRUTH SEEKER and other Blog-Buddies, answer any way you wish. Of course! You raised a great point by asking about this, right from your very first sentence.

    The most interesting answers to share here, seems to me, might include details. (More than “foggy” and more than interpretation on “why foggy.”)

    AMY O., I thought your response went into an exemplary amount of detail to be interesting and informative for us readers.

  7. 7

    And, of course, DAVE, thank you so much for your question to AMY O.

  8. 8
    LJ says:

    I guess I am curious (in your opinion, Rose) what is the healthy middle ground?

    I find talking to you and working with you, deciphering the middle ground between a healthy pursuit of developing psychic skills or aura reading skills.. and too much is pretty fine and hard to put a finger on.. since a lot of different things can create a “spiritual addiction.”

  9. 9
    LJ says:

    Also I don’t see much of a difference between reading auras and being a psychic.

    If you read the aura/energy of an object, place or person, I am under the impression that this is what one version of a psychic does as well, the way in which you obtain the information is dependent upon your strengths and interpreting the symbols and so on is something you have to ask your higher self which seems the same for both.

    I have learned Stage 3 Energetic Literacy with you.. but find myself very interested in developing my psychic abilities without having a spiritual addiction.

    But I feel like my skills I have learned through you and those in which I want to develop even more so are very closely related if not one and the same. Yet I’ve heard you say these are completely different things to pursue.

    I’m not sure if you are trying to separate your aura reading ” modality” from everything else or what… but I am somewhat confused. thanks

  10. 10

    LJ, regarding your Comment #8, let’s wait for the follow-up post to this Spiritual Addiction Quiz before responding.

    Meanwhile, if you have a copy of “Magnetize Money with Energetic Literacy” or a copy of “Use Your Power of Command for Spiritual Cleansing and Protection,” you can find many answers to your very good question.

  11. 11

    Now, LJ, I’ll aim to address the questions in your Comment 9, one major point per comment. First, responding to:

    “I don’t see much of a difference between reading auras and being a psychic.”

    Reading auras is a form of literacy. There are two very different methods overall for reading auras.

    One approach is Energetic Literacy, as with using the trademarked system called “Aura Reading Through All Your Senses(R).”

    A completely different approach is studying psychic development. There are many forms of psychic development, but they have many characteristics in common.

    This previous post is a good place to start for getting the difference: “Psychic Empath, an important term to define” is at https://www.rose-rosetree.com/blog/2011/06/03/psychic-empath-intuitive-development-empowerment/

  12. 12

    Continuing, LJ, with your asking:

    “If you read the aura/energy of an object, place or person, I am under the impression that this is what one version of a psychic does as well, the way in which you obtain the information is dependent upon your strengths and interpreting the symbols and so on is something you have to ask your higher self which seems the same for both.”

    Energetic Literacy is NOT about reading the energy of a place, although psychic development often is.

  13. 13

    Also, LJ, Energetic Literacy is definitely NOT about reading the energy of an object.

    Psychometry is taught as psychic development.

  14. 14

    LJ, I’m not sure where you got the idea that either Energetic Literacy or psychic development is about “interpreting the symbols.”

    And the 100+ techniques which I have painstakingly designed, tested, taught, and written about are not really simply about “ask your higher self.”

    That’s for sure, straight from the human source.

  15. 15
    Jill says:

    1. I have a closer relationship to my angels than to any actual human beings.
    False. I actually don’t cultivate that relationship with angels. I chose the life I am living in this world and I am embracing that with all my might!

    2. When I encounter a difficulty or conflict with other people, I try to fix it by taking personal responsibility, such as prayer or trying to see the Divine in the other person’s eyes.
    False. Seeing everyone as divine and equal means, to me, that I give them credit for being the master of their own boat and not a victim, even when they try to convince me that they are.

    3. Before I end any conversation, if there is conflict, it is important for me to bless the other person.
    False. Being alive and capable of “being in conflict” is blessing enough!

    4. While interacting with shallow people, I supply a running commentary — a sort of spiritually wiser interpretation. If I didn’t do this, I might be really, really bored.
    False. Bored?

    5. In order to fulfill my spiritual ideals, or my training in psychic development, I must always gauge the energy behind an interaction.
    False. I am not into psychic anything and I am working at being a skilled empath and keeping inside my own skin and guaging what THAT feels like.

    6. I believe that, if I keep paying more and more attention to energy in life, I will reach all my personal goals.
    False. I believe that if I fully embrace my human life with full attention, joy and complete involvement on all levels – human, spirit and divine – then THAT will get me to my personal goal of enlightenment.

    7. I believe that, if I surrender completely to my Guidance, I will grow fastest.
    My Guidance is whatever is in front of me at any given moment – I just roll up my sleeves and dive in with joy and love of whatever that is.

    8. It is really important to me that I fulfill my purpose.
    True, but, I AM my purpose.

    9. I wish I could quit my job so that I could devote myself full-time to my spiritual work or healing work to help others.
    False.

    My full time job IS my life as it is. As I heal myself I heal everyone else. Sometimes, I will try to teach others how to fish – I mean, heal – by given them one of Rose’s books or encouraging them to call and make an appointment with Rose.

    I may, one day, choose to learn and share those same skills – like “Cut Cords of Attachment” – because it is a little frustrating to see people suffer when I know that something like cutting a cord of attachment could help them a lot. But, for the most part, I trust that if they are given the right information they will make the right decision for themselves, no matter what.

    10. My personal ego is a trap. I do my best to avoid being tempted by my petty likes and dislikes.
    False. None of my preferences is petty.

    I chose the genetics and circumstances of my life for a very good reason, and I am going to squeeze every one of those wonderful reasons out of it. I embrace it all.

  16. 16

    Hey, I paused to help some clients.

    Concluding now, LJ, your curiosity and enthusiasm are great. However, your Comment 8 suggests that you have yet to pause, spend some time in depth experience, and otherwise get beneath the surface in your study.

    Since your main motivation at this time is, evidently, to pursue psychic development, here is what I recommend:

    1. Stop doing ANY aura reading technique you have learned from me.

    2. Avoid doing ANY bits and pieces of techniques you have learned from me. (Because based on that comment you made I suspect that, inadvertently, as happens with many people, you haven’t done techniques as taught. Instead you have taken little bits here and there.)

    3. Find ONE teacher of psychic development you really like and commit to studying in depth with that person.

    4. When doing that, do NOT add in bits and pieces from what you have learned from me or anyone else. Find out what that teacher’s techniques can do for you.

    5. After you have mastered that one person’s teaching about aura reading (or psychic development, or whatever else interests you), you will be in a far better position to look back on your Comment 8 here, or similar questions.

    After depth study of either psychic development or techniques of energetic literacy, the differences between these two approaches will become glaringly and blaringly obvious.

    Otherwise, I think you accurately described your present experience as “confused.” Frankly, “confused” you will remain until you choose ONE path and follow it with some commitment until you have gone beneath the surface.

    Yes, there is more to Energy Spirituality and Energetic Literacy than taking a workshop or session or two. If it doesn’t appear to have more depth to you, that’s okay. It’s a pretty good indication that, for now, this isn’t an appropriate path for you.

  17. 17

    JILL, in a day brimming with delights, this Comment #15 of yours may well be the highlight.

    I did take the liberty of highlighting your response to Question #3. Although your response to Question #4 was a very, very close second.

    Thank you for making the occasional referral. Or not. Depending. Exactly!

  18. 18
    Amanda says:

    ROSE, what a very wise comment 16!

    It’s timely too. I’ve signed up for a meditation taecher course in my favourite modality, Vipissana meditatiion, and the course requires a (maximum) half hour of daily practice, with journaling submitted to a supervisor. Plus essays and discussion participation. It will be a short but fairly focused few months.

    The idea is that even experienced meditators are invited to go back to the start and do what they will be requesting their students to do.

    I’ve really learnt that commitment is important when learning something. Commitment and experiential learning, because you only learn through doing. A teacher who requires your commitment and is prepared to be there to see your journey through is also a must.

    And it makes sense and is less confusing to respect what you’re doing and not add in other techniques for whatever period of study you choose to pursue. In Vipissana, you sit and take yourself back to the breath for that period of practice time, whatever comes up comes up, but you’ve only made one commitment and it’s a relaxing one.

    It’s a good analogy for studying anything.

    I think it’s great that you have your mentoring programme set up for just this reason, ROSE.

    On the flip side, I will possibly be less active on this blog over the next few months!

    Amanda

  19. 19
    Blake says:

    1.I have a closer relationship to my angels than to any actual human beings.

    False. Not anymore. Though angels are dear to me (and no one will sway me from this), I don’t call upon them constantly anymore. That’s been a big change this year from previous years. Somehow real life is more real now, though the human relationships are less than perfect which sometimes bothers me.

    2.When I encounter a difficulty or conflict with other people, I try to fix it by taking personal responsibility, such as prayer or trying to see the Divine in the other person’s eyes.

    Sometimes. I will cut a cord of attachment to somebody I am having difficulty with. This is taking responsibility for the fact that there is a problem and trying to clear it on my end.

    I don’t try to see the Divine in the other person’s eyes, but I sometimes notice qualities about them that I appreciate. I also may analyze why that person and I don’t get along. This may or may not be helpful.

    I continue to work to know when objective speech and action are called for, and in what situations I want to use them versus doing a more internal fix.

    3.Before I end any conversation, if there is conflict, it is important for me to bless the other person.

    False.

    4.While interacting with shallow people, I supply a running commentary — a sort of spiritually wiser interpretation. If I didn’t do this, I might be really, really bored.

    False. I don’t do a running commentary while other people talk. It’s hard to listen that way. Plus there is such a range of people that I don’t think it’s fair to put them in two camps, the shallow and the spiritually superior. How condescending!

    I really think there’s a trap to labeling people as unspiritual. I actually used to do it (LOL), but at the time I was spiritually addicted, so it naturally seemed that everyone but myself was “unspiritual”.

    I didn’t realize I was out of balance, though I did have a boyfriend who said he was afraid of losing me to all the spiritual stuff. To which I thought “How unspiritual of him”. It’s really kind of funny now that I think about it. He was right but I did not think so at the time.

    5.In order to fulfill my spiritual ideals, or my training in psychic development, I must always gauge the energy behind an interaction.

    False. I don’t make an effort to do this. Although I do notice how a person makes me feel, and treat this as important information.

    6.I believe that, if I keep paying more and more attention to energy in life, I will reach all my personal goals.

    False. Oh, goodness! I thought this for the longest time. Now my understanding is that, paying attention to energy will help me reach my energy goals. Paying attention to material things will help me reach my material goals.

    I did this intense program for three years that was designed to move us toward Enlightenment. It was a meditation program. It made me a superior meditator (if I do say so myself!) but did not help me manifest anything in the physical world.

    I don’t regret having done it. I just recognize that now it’s time (for me) to put the pedal to the metal and pay attention to something else.

    The program, by the way, was one where the teacher recommended we work our way up to six hours of meditation a day. She also urged us to interpret everything (and I mean, everything) in spiritual terms.

    7.I believe that, if I surrender completely to my Guidance, I will grow fastest.

    False. I’ve put my soul in charge of my life, where before I consulted angels and guides. Now it’s more that my likes and dislikes, joys and passions, are guiding the way.

    8.It is really important to me that I fulfill my purpose.

    True. I want more than anything else to fulfill my reasons for being here in life. I don’t want to have regrets at the end of my life, thinking I didn’t make the most of my time here and didn’t fully develop myself as a person. You could call this a quest for Enlightenment or just being the best person I can be. It’s of the highest importance.

    9.I wish I could quit my job so that I could devote myself full-time to my spiritual work or healing work to help others.

    False. I guess I’ve come a long way. I used to think of this a lot, how to get away from a sometimes less than thrilling job and do something spiritual like becoming a full-time Reiki master or equivalent. But for somebody who isn’t the most of grounded of people, the stable job may be the winner!

    I didn’t try Reiki so I can’t say for sure but I think it would space me out in ways that would not be helpful. I hardly ever think now of quitting to go spiritual full time.

    Also I used to think that being spiritual meant that I had to do spiritual work, like be a healer or something overtly spiritual.

    I think of it now as any job can be a spiritual vocation, if I bring myself to it fully. It’s more about the person I am, than the “what” of what I’m doing.

    10.My personal ego is a trap. I do my best to avoid being tempted by my petty likes and dislikes.

    False. I see my likes and dislikes as how my soul leads me forward in life. The likes, the joys, the passions, those move me in the direction I want to go. The dislikes are clues about what’s not suitable for me or is not the best fit.

  20. 20

    BLAKE, what a fascinating and honest response to that Quiz. I just loved it and bolded my favorite line, though many lines there were runners up!

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