There is a sacredness in all of the emotions that we feel, as they are signs of life. The grief that we feel is due to the strength of our love, which is beautifully unspeakable. How can it be thought to be weak to love that deeply? It is a shame that anyone could think so, no? As we awaken we understand that this is just a part of life, but not the only part. 🙂 The ground of our very being is this energy and love that runs the entire universe. And that is powerful to know and experience.
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The Spiritual Ego. The spiritual ego develops at a certain point in a spiritual person’s soul journey. They have begun to wake up to their true identity as a soul and a divine being. They become immersed in spiritual activities and worldviews. It is a joyous and exciting time. They may even be called to start helping others and other aspects of working in the light.
And before they even know it, in walks the spiritual version of their ego. Frankly, this happens when they have not been doing appropriate spiritual work on themselves, and usually this has to do with their shadow side. They start to think they are better than other people, see themselves as a powerful authority figure, and attribute their gifts of divination, healing, and other wonders to themselves and not to the Source that gave it to them. They may get greedy, money or power hungry and use their law of attraction knowledge inappropriately. They may sacrifice their integrity and values, distort their experiences and qualifications, or think that they can use magic or any spiritual tool to achieve what their ego wants and to control others. Essentially it is a spiritual power trip. It can be dramatic or it can be subtle. A more subtle form is the savior complex. They may feel they have the right answers and now they must save and educate the world. Or their “help” is pretty much attention seeking, without the genuine desire to truly help others.
And what goes up, must come down. The lesson that must be learned here is that your ego, even a spiritualized ego, is not in control of the world. If there is a lack of moral integrity in your life and work, it will be exposed. The essential quality of a spiritual person who is here to help others and not just themselves is a profound dedication to service, love of humanity and their foibles, and a relentless and humbling self inquiry into their own darkness and shadow side. Many cult leaders are very high on their spiritual ego and take a lot of people down with them. So my advice to you is to be discerning, use your intuition and common sense with any spiritual teacher. And be willing to not go down the same road.
From darkness to light. The process of working with your darkness and shadow material is the way to reach the light. That is the barely admitted secret of transformation that many people just don’t like to talk about. But the importance of this process is evident in shamanic practice, native indigenous practice, in multiple cultural mythologies and scattered here and there in religion.
One of the last places we usually find it is in new age philosophy. Within that lexicon we have things like the power of positive thinking and the law of attraction (re-interpreted.) In that line of thinking we should not have negative thoughts or feelings, especially anger or hatred, out of fear that we will attract that in our life. Well folks, this is incredibly blind and shallow, no? Not to mention unrealistic. A deeper approach is to understand that the “darkness” has to be accepted and worked through, not ignored and repressed. That is what the whole Halloween season does. Brings out all the things we don’t dwell on in polite society such as death, (energetic) vampires, and fear.
The first thing to do is acknowledge that darkness exists. Hatred, anger, murder, torture, abuse, psychopaths, yes they are all real. All we have to do is turn on the news to figure that out. The second thing to do is understand that you have a shadow side within you. What in you looks like what you see outside of you? (from esoteric hermeticism–as within, so without, as above, so below.) And the third thing to do is get busy healing those things, feeling those yucky feelings, loving that inner child, and understanding that is the path to true change–in yourself and in the world. From darkness into light, that is the way. 🙂
Feeling stuck and restricted? Many of us have been. At this point in the astrology and energies since 2012, so many know they need to make huge changes. Anyone still in resistance will really start to feel the heat now.
Usually what happens when we feel stuck is our resistance. Stuck and stagnant energy will always want to move and your soul wants to grow. For many of us, it is our fear that keeps us restricted in a holding pattern. That is the real reason for being stuck. There is likely something that you don’t want to look at. Something you fear changing. You may try to shut off your intuition and all the signs that point in another direction. But in truth, the only real restrictions are the ones you place on yourself. We do this by being too wrapped up in the mental body, thinking and rationalizing our way out of our own happiness. We come up with excuses. These are all ego’s tricky little ways to keep you right where you are. So how do we get out? If you don’t feel happy with something, that is your first clue. Acknowledge your true feelings. Get out of your head into your heart. Get off the mental thought loops that keep you locked in worry and fear. Get very clear about what you want. Make a plan. Then go for it.