Can people really materialize their needs through spiritual practices? So very many people over the past 100 years have been attracted to metaphysical New Thought by the lure of what they personally can acquire. Certainly there are human needs of a roof overhead, food on the table, clothes on one's back, and other basic necessities. It is then certainly understandable that a person would be attracted to a philosophical theology that offers promise or hope that a person can meet his or her basic needs, and yes, be a prosperous person materially. And, all this is in direct contrast to more fundamentalist religion that has either directly or indirectly suggested to followers that being prosperous is somehow sinful or not being religious.
Over many decades it was my God-bestowed privilege to speak before many metaphysically oriented audiences. I did so often experience sadness as I did, because the vast majority of those who had practiced Metaphysical New Thought had not, in Metaphysical New Thought vocabulary, demonstrated or materialized what they had hoped. Yes, they had prayed, affirmed, thought positively, meditated, and engaged perhaps in a vast array of other Metaphysical practices
--- and yet
--- there was not anything even near to what they had been seeking; and when I say
they, I mean what their personal egos said they should have.