Originally Posted by ChrisL
The lack of desire for possessions and experiences isn't a direct correspondence to spiritual progression, though depending on the person it can be a sign of shifting and transformation. If we've already had our material desires completed (i.e. Buddha, St Francis), then it can be simply a progression. If we haven't completed with possessions and experiences, then they will come back into our lives (i.e. spiritual/religious teachers who say they are celibate, only to get caught having sex with a disciple).
I'd like to corroborate this with my own experience. I found myself shifting in this direction a few years ago, and slowly started shedding my material belongings. I was looking for a sense of clarity and focus, and I found that my possessions were obscuring that.
In the beginning, it seemed I would just shift the unfocus and unclarity over into my digital life. Also the focus and clarity would only last as long as I was paying conscious attention to it. As soon as I let it out of the foreground of my consciousness, I'd watch my life slowly drift back to messiness. Just with fewer possessions.
Eventually I realized that the real learning was elsewhere, and the orderliness was but a side effect.