Spiritual students are often too hard on themselves

The spiritual ego is an interlocutor that attempts to stand between you and your realization of the Self.

Spiritual students are often too hard on themselves as they try to RESIST anger, desire, grief, guilt and shame. So there's an aversion, and by that aversion the spiritual ego is a judge and prosecutor or even a dictator. This is an imbalance that brings suffering. The spiritual ego needs retraining in order to learn its proper place of little significance and absolutely no authority.

Spiritual students can start retraining the spiritual ego by not resisting negativity and then refusing to take the punishment which comes ONLY from the spiritual ego. For example, you might listen to some low-calibrating music that you like and refuse to feel guilty about that. Usurping the role of the inner teacher, the spiritual ego will say "that music is not spiritual--you have left the spiritual pathway and you should be ashamed." But that is too dramatic, overbearing and authoritarian. Think of it as the spiritual ego's opinion and hold it worthless.

Is the spiritual ego going to lead you to salvation? That is what it promises implicitly. However, though the spiritual ego presents itself as your savior, it cannot save you as it is only a set of aversions and detachments, a collection of rules associated with consequences of punishment, pain, low-energy and unhappiness. (Technically, since the ego doesn't exist, you're actually doing it to yourself due to ignorance).

You do not need the spiritual ego's permission to feel joy. That is something to contemplate, as the spiritual ego brokers your experience of divine qualities such as love, joy and energy, denying you these unless you meet its criteria. The spiritual ego is an interlocutor that attempts to stand between you and your realization of the Self. Naturally, then, it's hidden agenda is to keep you from the Self.

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