In no particular order of preference, here is part one of the most harmful spiritual beliefs and why.
1. Karma, hell and punishment systems.
These are designed to create fear and control people through the belief that they will pay in some way for their thoughts, feelings and behaviours here on earth. As no-one is a master of their own minds then why would they be punished for not being in full control. This expectation just creates guilt and stress as people try to control themselves to obey their spiritual laws and they fail. What type of God punishes people anyway?
2. Reality is an illusion.
This is often used to excuse the pain and suffering in the world by claiming that this is all an illusion and the people in pain are not really in pain at all, they just think they are. As there is no evidence that this is an illusionary reality we are thinking into existence, to try and justify the famines, wars and suffering this way, is just too convenient and in my opinion also a little sick. Take some one with this belief to a war zone or famine stricken country and let's see how long this belief lasts.
3. You attract what you think about (Law of attraction etc)
This really does worry people who are going through an anxious or depressive period. If this belief were true then all the catastrophic thinking they do would create quite a dramatic reality indeed. The truth is, it doesn't and negative thinking will not attract anything at all. Attitude is important though so a brighter outlook notices more opportunities in life and is likely more to act on it. So let me repeat again, what you think about however positive or negative will not be drawn to you. Yes there are some spooky coincidences but do not doubt the power of your mind in guiding you to what you want to happen. People are even getting into debt believing that they can spend what they like as they will attract more money! I have worked with quite a few people who are confused as to why they are not attracting what they think they should be able to.
4. Negative people & Energy Vampires
Anyone going through a down time these days can become a leper to society when labelled negative. This is awful as people are becoming so precious about their energy that they imagine it being drained or weakened by negative people. This is just a blame game which is designed to create villains to focus on as the cause for something going or feeling wrong. Yes some people can make us feel uncomfortable and yes that can be tiring, but this is life as being uncomfortable is energy draining anyway. Move away from the idea that you need protection from people energy wise. I dropped this belief eons ago and many ask me if clients drain me and the answer will always be no they don't. My energy is mine and if it is drained then it's due to my own inner conflict and no-one elses.
5. My version of spirituality is the right one....
Quite convenient to create the version of God and spiritual laws which suit your beliefs and lifestyle. It is encouraged to cherry pick in the texts and workshop that which resonates with you and to disregard the rest. This is a get out clause which suggests there is little confidence in what is being taught and more importantly if you can cherry pick what is right for you then basically you are making up what spirituality is in your head. If it is all made up through your cherry picking then why bother in the first place? Making more people believe your cherry picked version will not make it true either.