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Spiritual Ego: 15 Signs Of A Spiritual Narcissist

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Mateo SolGuest Writer

The spiritual ego is the most dangerous type of ego of all.

If you aren’t mindful, it can wreak total destruction in your life – but not in a violent or aggressive way. Instead, the spiritual ego is disguised under the mask of “good intentions,” “higher vibration,” “awakened perspective” and humble pomposity.

Beware of the spiritual ego. 

It’s a trap that many of us spiritual seekers can and will, at some point, fall into. And the longer we remain in that spiritual ditch, that stagnant standstill, the more likely we are to develop into a spiritual narcissist.

Indeed, spiritual narcissism is perhaps the most tragic malady to befall humanity of all. We’ll explore why a little later. But first:

What is the Spiritual Ego?

Firstly, let’s touch on the basics. The ego is our sense of self; it is the illusory “I” story we carry around in the world as an evolutionary survival mechanism. Yet the ego is the source of all our suffering and our feeling of being separated from that which we truly are which is boundless, whole, and infinite. We might call this Spirit, God/dess, Life, Oneness, Consciousness, and so on.

So what is the spiritual ego? The spiritual ego builds on top of this fundamental ego that we carry around. It is the ego on crack, the ego on steroids, the ego inflated beyond its usual garden-variety size.Yet the thing is, we don’t realize we’ve developed a spiritual ego until life well and truly starts getting messy.

How Does the Spiritual Ego Develop?

The spiritual ego is a product of spiritual materialism – that is, using spirituality to serve the ego, instead of approaching the spiritual path with the intent on trying to move beyond the ego.

When spiritual paths, practices, and concepts become a slave of the ego, this is the birth of the spiritual ego. In other words, when a person’s central idea about themselves is ruled by the belief that they’re a “spiritual person” this is the spiritual ego.

When being a “spiritual person” eclipses all else that a person is, this is the spiritual ego in action. Yes, there are positive benefits to building your identity around spirituality. But there are also some pretty scary consequences that we shouldn’t ignore.

The Development of Spiritual Narcissism

Walking the spiritual path properly is a very subtle process; it is not something to jump into naively. There are numerous side-tracks which lead to a distorted, ego-centred version of spirituality; we can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing spiritually when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity through spiritual techniques. This fundamental distortion may be referred to as spiritual materialism.

– Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Spiritual narcissism is the very culmination of spiritual egotism: it is the ego that has become so solid, so fixed, so unyielding in the idea of its own spiritual greatness that it is pathological. It is narcissistic.

As we know already, narcissism is a mental disorder where a person has an inflated sense of their own importance (amongst several other hairy issues). The exact same problem applies to spiritual narcissists: they have such unwavering belief in their own awakened perspective, their own “special” spiritual achievements and knowledge, that they cannot connect with (or tolerate) their humanity. Spiritual narcissists cannot tolerate other people either – even though they may fine-tune the external image of being compassionate or wise – others ultimately pose a threat to their delusional grandiosity.

Spiritual narcissism begins with spiritual materialism. Within spiritual materialism (the trap of using spirituality to serve the ego) there is always a seed of spiritual narcissism. And if that seed keeps being fed without going unchecked, without being uprooted or challenged, it grows and grows.

Eventually, we can become so side-tracked, so deluded by the ego that has used spirituality to make itself indestructible, that we are worse off on the spiritual path than when we began.

Examples of the Spiritual Ego

Some of these examples border on spiritual narcissism (or are flat out narcissistic), others can more typically be seen in the spiritual community. Let’s look at some examples of the spiritual ego:

  • Claiming to have “special access” to a spirit guide/angel/spirit/ascended master for the purposes of self-aggrandizement
  • Believing oneself to be the reincarnation of a superior being, famous spiritual historical figure, etc. (what does it really matter if one is?)
  • Taking frequent pictures of one’s spiritual practice and posting them online in order to boost one’s self-image, status, and gain attention/validation
  • Declaring that others can’t possibly understand you because you have attained a certain state of ‘high vibrational awareness,’ awakening, liberation, etc. – and showing contempt for those who aren’t at the same ‘level’ (instead of compassion)
  • Using Dharma-talk to avoid being psychologically vulnerable, showing empathy, and facing human emotions (e.g., “Just let go and let be,” “You attracted that experience,” “Who is there to experience this?”)
  • Looking down on “low vibe,” “unevolved,” “unawakened,” “asleep” people
  • Boasting about and flaunting spiritual achievements or gifts
  • Imitating what a “spiritual person” looks and sounds like

You get the picture.

I’m sure you can think of a few more examples.

15 Signs of the Spiritual Ego

The spiritual ego is so dangerous because it is nearly impenetrable.

People can spend their entire lives (or lifetimes) stuck in the trap of unknowingly misusing spiritual words, ideas, practices, and paths to inflate their egos.

Sadly, the spiritual ego can result in instances of abuse and even murder such as Jonestown, the abuse committed by Bikram Choudhury (founder of Bikram yoga), Swami Rama (Indian yogi), Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (spiritual teacher), Sogyal Rinpoche, Andrew Cohen, and even Chogyam Trungpa (who coined spiritual materialism), and so on. The cases of spiritual ego are so wide and varied they are impossible to include here.

The reality is that as spiritual beings having a human experience we are imperfect. Hell, I’ve fallen into the spiritual ego numerous times – and it’s not pretty. But the crucial thing is to practice humility, openness, and the willingness to be honest with ourselves – these qualities are the best defence against spiritual egotism and narcissism.

So, without further ado, here are signs of the spiritual ego and spiritual narcissism that you need to look out for (both within yourself and others):

  1. Overly publicizing (read: boasting) your special spiritual accomplishments
  2. Claiming a stance of superiority (directly or indirectly) due to one’s spiritual gifts or talents
  3. Attempting to transcend the physical/earthly and take on godlike qualities
  4. Believing that your connection with the Divine is somehow deeper or more special than other people’s connection
  5. Focusing on how “more spiritually evolved” you are than others and …
  6. Judging others for being “less awakened,” “asleep,” “unconscious”
  7. Attempting to look like, dress like, sound like a “spiritual” person
  8. Using spiritual words and concepts to avoid being wrong, mistaken or facing vulnerable emotions
  9. Flaunting how spiritual you are on social media (with photos that demonstrate spiritual postures, setups, locations, tools, etc.)
  10. Becoming overly identified with spiritual knowledge (and how much “you” know)
  11. Trying to convert people to your perception (preaching to them or debating)
  12. Resistance to being “called out” and resenting those who try to do this
  13. Claiming access to special and exclusive spiritual knowledge that others can’t access
  14. Lack of curiosity and receptivity to life
  15. Wearing a mask of niceness, positivity or wisdom

Essentially, those wound up in the woes of spiritual egotism frequently try to reaffirm their spiritual specialness to the world through covert and overt methods. However, more often than not, the spiritual ego is a slippery little devil that is hard to call out or define clearly, simply because we’re so close to it and find ways to justify it.

Why is the Spiritual Ego Dangerous?

Quite simply, the spiritual ego is so dangerous because it is dressed in robes of light. It appears to be awakened, illuminated, wise, and all-loving – and that’s what makes it so difficult to catch.

Furthermore, the spiritual ego makes us feel powerful, even untouchable which is precisely what the ego seeks to achieve. To challenge it challenges the very foundations of our own self-worth and self-image – and that can be positively terrifying. In fact,we can even feel like we’re committing a profane and sacrilegious act calling the spiritual ego outbecause it’s so inflated and has such a good opinion of itself (a delusion which we have totally bought into).

Not only that, but the spiritual ego is also dangerous because it limits all growth: it is the death of any transformation because to evolve means to go through the cycles of death and rebirth. And if the spiritual ego has “already arrived” there is stasis, there simply cannot be any more growth.

In fact, the deadliest virus on our paths is to believe that “we’ve arrived,” have become “enlightened,” or somehow spiritually superior to others. The ego has not only become narcissistic, but it has developed a full-blown God Complex; the state of believing that it is in actual fact God. But this is not in an egoless, non-dual way: this is pure ego-centrism, the very definition of darkness (or the absence of light).

The more ego-based we are, the further we are from the Light of Consciousness which goes beyond the self. And if residing in the ego equals a disconnection from the Divine, living from a place of ego-centric God Complex goes one step further: it is like living in total darkness – the very definition of hell.

When a person is living in hell, they will harm others. This is basic knowledge that even a child could understand. When there is a total absence of light, there is only darkness – and how can a person see clearly, feel clearly, think clearly, or behave clearly in such a state? The result is suffering, both for the one experiencing the God Complex and those unfortunate souls around him/her.

How to Stop the Spiritual Ego

As I mentioned previously, we need to approach the spiritual path with humility, openness, and the willingness to be honest with ourselves.

A crucial place to start is by practicing a combination of self-love and shadow work – two inner work practices.

We all have a shadow side (i.e., the face of the ego that isn’t presented to the public), and we need to become aware of it in order to prevent issues such as spiritual egotism and narcissism from arising.

If you would like to learn more about shadow work, see our free shadow work guide.

You can start by asking yourself questions such as:

  • “If I saw someone else behave the way I do, what would I think of them?”
  • “Am I willing to face my inner contradictions – and if there is resistance, what doesn’t the spiritual ego want me to see?”
  • “In what areas do I feel spiritually superior to others?”
  • “How consistent am I in what I feel, think, and do?”

You can also ask trusted friends, loved ones, or spiritual mentors to help point out areas where you might be falling into spiritual delusion. Introspective journaling (see our shadow work journal), is also another way of calling out the spiritual ego.

What are your thoughts about spiritual narcissism and the spiritual ego?

Originally published at LonerWolf and reproduced here with permission

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Mateo Sol is a prominent psycho-spiritual teacher whose work has influenced the lives of thousands of people worldwide. Born into a family with a history of drug addiction, schizophrenia, and mental illness, Mateo Sol was taught about the plight of the human condition from a young age. As a spiritual guide and teacher, Sol’s mission is to help others experience freedom, wholeness, and peace in any stage of life.

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We Need To Feel To Heal

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Lissa Rankin, MD, Guest Writer

As I’m trapped in my house because the air quality where I live in the Bay Area is incompatible with life, as I’m sheltered in place for six months and gave up all summer travel because I want to be a responsible community member and don’t want to hurt anyone who might be at risk of COVID, I am wrestling with how we live in a world where our president doesn’t believe in climate disasters and some doctors with public influence are denying the danger of COVID. I can only make sense of all this by viewing disaster denialism as a trauma response that deserves our compassion.

Unrelenting natural disasters like the current West Coast wildfires and smoke outs are terrifying. Those of you who don’t live here might not understand how terrifying it feels to not be able to breathe in your front yard. This morning, I got online to see if there’s some place I can escape to, someplace my family and I can breathe. The closest place I can find with a good AQI is Sedona. That’s terrifying. 10% of the population of Oregon has evacuated according to the New York Times this morning because the AQI is 400-500+ in most of the state. Yet only the privileged can evacuate. What about all the people who can’t afford to leave their jobs or their homes and go stay in a hotel somewhere? What about the people who are high risk for COVID and are scared to leave home, even if home means you can’t breathe? What about the animals?

It’s no wonder people would respond to this very real terror by escaping into a utopian narrative that a great awakening is happening and we’re all waking up. I would prefer to believe that a new age is dawning and things are getting better and better too. But that’s not the reality of what’s happening. What’s really happening is that we may be in the midst of a mass species extinction of our own making, and the West Coast of the US may soon be uninhabitable—because of our own denialism and inability to respond to a series of intersecting disasters, most notably climate crisis.

If we are “woke,” we should be engaging in the very practical action steps put forth in the hopeful book, The Future We Choose, by Paris Climate Agreement negotiator Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac. If we are woke, we should be rallying together to make a cooperative effort to get this pandemic under control, even if it means sacrificing in the short term some of the personal freedoms we’ve come to feel entitled to. If we are woke, we need radical policy change in almost all of our systems—health care, education, politics, economics, the justice system—which have spiralled into apocalyptic levels of corruption and are causing moral injury for those who still work within these systems they feel helpless to change.

I get that it’s hard to feel the feels that come with back to back disasters. It’s hard for me too. But we need to increase our resilience and tolerance for feeling fear, bewilderment, shame, guilt, helplessness, powerlessness, worthlessness, disorientation, and other painful emotions so we can be “response-able”—able to respond, as Thomas Hubl defines it—in this apocalyptic time. The only way we can do that is by treating our traumas with therapies that actually work. (I’m a fan of Internal Family Systems-IFS—personally.)

Yesterday, when I was expressing my genuine pain of what’s happening here in the West Coast, someone on my Facebook thread shamed me for being “low vibe” and “creating my reality” with my negative thinking. I was so startled by the stark, even cruel lack of empathy in his response. Is he saying my valid fear in the face of a life-threatening disaster is causing the entire West Coast to be un-breathable and if only I pretend it’s not terrifying and think fake happy thoughts, the air will clear around me? It was such a delusional level of spiritual bypassing that I realized that spiritual bypassing is a very valid and understandable trauma response and that he deserves my compassion, even as I set boundaries that protect me from what I consider abusive behavior. Telling someone in the midst of an acutely traumatic situation that they have created their painful reality with their negative thoughts is abusive and should not be tolerated. But if we come to understand it as a trauma response, maybe we can have more sensitivity to those who are responding to real disasters in this

Using IFS language, most of us have parts that felt helpless, powerless, ashamed, terrified, worthless, and not good enough when we were little. Disasters can activate those feelings again, so it makes sense that some people would cope with those hard to feel feelings by covering them up with spiritual bypassing parts. Sure, I’d rather believe that benevolent aliens have penetrated humans on earth as a way to save us from ourselves than believe that humans are actually destroying ourselves and unwilling to do what it takes to save ourselves. But dear ones, if we want to actually wake up, we must stop believing we’re woke and feel the pain that comes with humility, facing our personal and collective shadows, wrestling with painful emotions, and taking firm action to make amends and reverse course. Nobody is coming to save us from the disasters we’ve created with our own greed, denialism, plundering of nature, entitlement, dehumanizing behavior of people of color, land theft of the indigenous people, genocides, and other atrocities us and our ancestors have willingly participated in. I’m sorry if it’s hard to hear that or feel what that evokes. I’m sorry if you misunderstand my willingness to face the stark reality of concurrent disasters as being “unenlightened.” I’m terribly sorry if you’ve been duped into believing it’s more enlightened to deny reality than to feel the pain of it.

This is why I think it’s so crucial we all come together to address collective trauma. I participated in Thomas Hubl’s Collective Trauma Summit and will be listening to all the other speakers when it starts soon. If any of you are interested in joining in as part of collective healing without spiritual bypassing, I would love to have you all among that community with me here.

As for this post, please, let us keep this a non-polarizing space to experience reality—and all its emotions—together, as safely as possible, without insulting each other or shaming anyone, even those who engage in spiritual bypassing because they don’t know how else to handle hard times. What do you need to express today? How are you feeling?

Originally published at lissarankin.com and reproduced here with permission.

The views in this article may not reflect editorial policy of Collective Spark.

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Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician on a grass roots mission to heal healthcare, while empowering you to heal yourself. She is the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and  healthcare providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of the books Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself (2013), The Fear Cure (2014), and The Anatomy of a Calling (2015).

Lissa blogs at LissaRankin.com and created the online community HealHealthCareNow.com. She is also the author of several other books, a speaker, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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6 Quick And Easy Intuition Exercises To Help You Focus On Your Own Truth

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Nikki HarperGuest Writer

We are currently living in a period of great stress and, for many people, tremendous fear. We’re also living in an information age – or perhaps that should be more accurately characterised as a mis-information age. Misinformation is everywhere, from well-meant but untrue social media memes to obfuscation, confusion and downright lies from governments and authority figures.

Lewis Carroll’s White Queen may have prided herself on her ability to believe six impossible things before breakfast, but these days we find ourselves often asked to believe – and act in accordance with – multiple conflicting and rapidly changing statements and instructions on a daily basis. Add in the undercurrent of fear and mistrust, and it’s very easy to lose sight of your own intuitive truth amid all the misinformation.

Next time you find yourself wondering what – or who – to believe, whether on a personal matter or a global crisis, try one of these quick and simple exercises to put you back in touch with your own higher knowledge and intuitive truth.

Three of these exercises work with direct intuition – using nothing but your own higher consciousness to receive direct answers. The other three work with indirect intuition, or symbolic intuition, using a tool of some kind to help you discover and interpret an answer. Some of these exercises require you to have a question in mind before you start; with others you do not ask a question, you simply remain open to whatever you soul most needs to know in that moment. Some of these ideas will work better for you than others, so just experiment with whatever feels right to you.

Ask a Book – Any Book

Bibliomancy is the art of divination via random passages from random books. Here, however, we’re not looking to divine the future, but to strengthen your intuition. Form a question in your mind – anything you need to know an answer to, from the deeply profound to the entirely trivial, it doesn’t matter. Then, wherever you are, pick a random nearby book and open it to a random page. Close your eyes and run your finger up and down the page until you feel you should stop.

Pay close attention to the sentence you have stopped on. What does it tell you about the question you asked? Depending on the book you chose, it may well have no obvious connection whatsoever – most likely you will need to read between the lines, looking for the symbolic meaning behind the written words. If you can’t work with the individual sentence, expand it and use the paragraph instead. There are answers if you look hard enough for them.

Go on a Meditative Journey

This method works with your direct intuition. Sit calmly and quietly and ease yourself into a light meditative state. Then take yourself on a journey, to a place of your choice – you might want to visit a cave, a forest glade, a beach, a city park, a mountain top or wherever else appeals to you in the moment. Take your time on this journey, noticing as much detail as you can. When you arrive at your destination, look for a box, a chest, a bag or a container of some kind which will be waiting for you. Open it and take out a piece of paper from within it. What is written on the paper? This is a message directly from your higher consciousness; read it, absorb it and learn from it.

Doodle Your Answer

Sit quietly and calm your mind. Have a question in mind. Write it down four times, one underneath the other, on a piece of paper. Each time you write it down, ask your higher self for guidance. When you’ve written it the last time, immediately clear your mind and start to doodle on the page for sixty seconds. Don’t consciously try to draw anything or answer your question. Just doodle.

When you’ve finished, look at what you’ve done. How can you interpret these lines and symbols with regard to your question? What answers do they hold for you?

Choose a Card or Image

If you have a deck of tarot cards or oracle cards, this is easy to do. If you don’t have one, you can use random photos or images cut from magazines, although obviously that’s not a spontaneous thing and will need considerable preparation. Anyway, once you have your source of cards or images, shuffle them or mix them up in any way which appeals to you, face down.

Select a card or an image, while holding a question in your mind. The process of selecting one is up to you; you could just pick one at random, or you could choose a specific number and count deal out that many cards, choosing the 8th or the 17th or whatever number matters to you. Alternatively, sort the face down cards or images into two alternate piles; discard one and sort the remaining ones into another two piles; discard one and continue doing this until you have only two cards left – discard one, and the remaining one is your image.

Look at the image or card. If you read tarot or are familiar with the oracle deck, try to put the normal interpretations out of your mind. Look only at the image itself and try to interpret what that has to say in relation to your question.

Listen to Your Stream of Consciousness

This is another way of accessing your direct intuition. Clear your mind and set a timer for five minutes. Then start to write on a blank page. It doesn’t matter what you write; write the first words which come to your head even if those are ‘I don’t know what to write’ and continue from there. It doesn’t matter if you repeat yourself. Don’t censor what you’re writing or even think about it consciously, just write out the thoughts which occur in your mind. At the end of your five minutes, stop. Read what you’ve written and assess how it could possibly relate to what you might need to know right now.

Hide the Answers

Have a question in mind which has no more than three potential answers – for example, something regarding what you should do about a career issue. On three small pieces of paper, write the three answers (for example: bide my time in this job, re-train as X, look for a new job in my current field). Put each piece of paper inside an envelope and seal the envelope. Sometime later that day, pick up the envelopes and shuffle them around. Spend five minutes sitting with them, handling each one but allowing your conscious thoughts to drift wherever they will. At the end of five minutes, choose the envelope you feel most drawn to and reveal the answer.

All of these exercises will help to strengthen your intuition, but the thing which strengthens intuition most of all is when we use it. There’s no point gaining answers or information if you’re then going to ignore it. So, try to act upon the answers or information you received – be brave and just do it. The more you use your intuition in a practical, everyday sense, to guide your decisions, the stronger it will become.

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Research Says Gratitude Can Reverse Aging, Stress And Ill Health

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Carolanne Wright, Guest Writer

With all the doom and gloom in the world, it seems as though everywhere we turn, there’s one crisis or another. And although it’s crucial to be well-informed and prepared in these modern times, “consuming” a consistent diet of bad news takes a toll on health, happiness and even our rate of aging.

In spite of this, we can apply straightforward action that counteracts the negative effects that we experience. The best part is that it takes only a few minutes a day to radically change our physicalhttps://collective-spark.xyz/?s=gratitude and mental well-being, while at the same time slowing — and possibly reversing — the aging process. The secret? Living a life of gratitude.

Confirmed by science: a grateful heart is good for you

As unlikely as it may sound, when we slow down and take the time to appreciate all the good in our lives — rather than what we are dissatisfied with — a radical change in our physiology occurs. The simple act of gratitude has been scientifically shown to balance our heart rhythms and nervous system, leading to favourable changes in immunity and hormonal equilibrium, as well as increased production of the anti-aging compound DHEA.

Further benefits include a significant reduction in stress, anxiety, insomnia and depression. Considering that the damaging effects of stress contribute to a spectrum of diseases — including, but not limited to cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental illness and a variety of autoimmune disorders — it’s in our best interest to get a handle on this health-destroying syndrome.

The good news is that we can easily tame stress in just a few minutes per day by using simple techniques. A study sponsored by the Institute of HeartMath and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in California discovered that a new emotional self-management program significantly reduced the stress hormone cortisol while increasing DHEA, resulting in a remarkable reduction of tension and anxiety.

Forty-five healthy participants were involved in the study. Salivary DHEA/DHEAS and cortisol levels were measured and the autonomic nervous system was assessed using a heart rate variability evaluation. A psychological questionnaire was also given. Individuals were evaluated before and four weeks after being trained in the emotional self-management program, which included practices that encourage appreciation and gratitude.

In the study abstract:

“The experimental group experienced significant increases in the positive affect scales of Caring and Vigor and significant decreases in the negative affect scales of Guilt, Hostility, Burnout, Anxiety and Stress Effects, while no significant changes were seen in the comparison group. There was a mean 23% reduction in cortisol and a 100½ increase in DHEA/DHEAS in the experimental group.”

The full report can be found here  [PDF].

Two key techniques were used for the experiment — the “Cut-Thru” and “Heart Lock-In.” To learn the specifics of both practices, see The HeartMath Solution.

How to tame stress, encourage happiness and foster health in minutes a day

If you would like to use a few easy methods that encourage balanced heart rhythms, stress reduction and positivity, this page is a good place to start. Additionally, The Appreciative Heart: The Psychophysiology of Positive Emotions and Optimal Functioning is available as a free e-product download.

Lastly, Sara Childre, president of the Institute of HeartMath, aptly observes:

“Gratitude is a simple and effective practice and the benefits are real and attainable. Many of us know this in our hearts, but now it’s proven by modern science. Gratitude creates a healthier, happier and more fulfilling state of being for anyone who takes a few moments to feel and reflect on it.”

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Covid-19: An Opportunity For Self-Realisation

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Buddha Maitreya, Guest Writer

Nature has sent us a warning. We have to change our life and our world and now. Our life has ground to a halt by Covid-19, it has been cruel and a tragedy for so many, but for mankind as a whole it could be the moment of learning, to start a new life and build a new world.

The human race has led a material-orientated way of life ever since the start of civilization over twelve thousand years ago and has achieved a highly developed society. Huge amounts of wealth have been accumulated through industry and commerce, but at the same time it has brought with it a crippling defect, a massive imbalance. There is inequality, poverty, social unrest, devastation of the ecosystem and environmental destruction of the planet.

What is happening now is that nature has forced us to stop our present way of life so that the planet can be protected, life on earth can survive and she has presented us a chance to change our life in order to discover a more whole and harmonious way of living.

In practice nature is teaching us to change ourselves from a material orientated ego-centred self to a spiritual, altruistic self to encourage us to fulfil the purpose of life – ‘Know Thyself’ or self-realisation.

Most people are not aware that the ego-self is not our real self, but a false self, a product of the mind, mental concept, and not the true reality of human beings. What is not reality is illusion, our ego-self is illusion. Our true self is the pure reality of our BEING that is life manifested in the human body which is a miracle and wonder of creation – divine.

Up until now human beings have lived on earth with the illusory ego-self and created a materialistic world of endless troubles and suffering. Ego is illusion, false self-identity, illusion is ignorance and this is the true cause of suffering.

Now nature has shut down the whole world providing us time to reflect and an opportunity to transform ourselves.

Our true self is unity with the universe as being LIFE (Oneness) itself. Thus we have all the good of the universe, energy of the universe, glory of the universe, intelligence of the universe and generosity of the universe. We are endowed with the wholeness – universal mind, universal wisdom and universal love. As our True self we can lead a life in ONENESS, a harmonious life of wholeness, balanced, holistic, eco-friendly, a sustainable way of life, an ethically caring, loving spiritual life.

We are not here on this planet to live and die in the world of illusion and suffering, conflict and war but to live in the world of The Truth, the Pure Reality, the glory of LIFE, with wonder and beauty, in the splendour of the universe.

Human beings have lingered in a life of materialism for so long, but now is the time to break it and step forward into a new life in the world of ONENESS and wholeness of LIFE to build a new world.

The Way of Self-Realisation: “Buddhayhana” – The Simple But Direct Way of the Truth

The way to find the truth, or one’s true self, is not achieved by an intellectual approach or philosophical understanding, because the Truth does not exist in an abstract mental field, but is the solid reality that is pure Life itself.

Hence the only way to know the Truth, or to realise one’s true self is “Be”. To be the reality with one’s whole being, that “I am”. To Be is to be Life, the pure reality, the Truth. As we “sit and be”, we are the Truth, we are our true self, which is self-realisation.

The Truth can be called Buddha, hence the meditation “sit and be” is Buddhayhana. Anyone can be Buddha in it, and everyone should be, as it is the purpose of life.

Originally published at Pure Land, and reproduced here with permission.

About the Author

Maitreya (Koji Takeuchi) was born and brought up in Handa, Japan, near Nagoya. During the difficult teens he began a desperate search for truth, turning to meditation with the hope of personal contact with the truth. And so it was that he found himself on a week’s meditation course for lay people at a monastery one summer where he had the experience ‘Enlightenment’ through his total sacrifice and dedication that was to firmly lay down the foundations for his life as a meditation teacher.

In the moment of ‘Enlightenment’, he saw the absolute perfection and beauty intrinsic in all things and all beings, the essence of Life. The clarity and joy of that experience and its profundity gave rise to the strong wish to share this with everyone by helping them to experience it too by means of simple meditation. Maitreya, for the purpose of becoming a meditation master, went on to university to complete an MA degree in Buddhist Theology and lived the life of a Zen monk for a time. But he felt the monastic life was too harsh, rigid and out of date.

Maitreya left Japan to spend a year in Thailand, then went traveling in India and Nepal where he began teaching meditation for a few years. Through the invitation of a friend he came to England. He stayed in various centres and universities around the country, Reading University, Cambridge University and Lancaster University, etc., teaching and lecturing.

It was whilst staying in Teversal in Nottingham he came across a property for sale in North Clifton which became a base from which to teach meditation. Pure Land was born in 1973.

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