10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases – A Little Humor to Explore Self-Awareness
I woke up with both this blog article and the one I refer to at the beginning: “Do You Wear a Spiritual Disguise? – Losing the Mask and Finding Your Truth” on my mind. Rather than repost each separately, I’m just reposting this one since it links to both. But I do hope you’ll take the time to explore each link, as I feel this collective energy heightened again (perhaps with all of the shifts and moving through a lot of old patterns and emotions going on) and I think using some humor, as well as a dose of some bitter sweet personal honesty can truly help us to embody those pure heightened vibrational levels.
I think we all at some point or another have been, or are, caught in some of these patterns and perhaps they are something we will always be practicing mindfulness of on our evolutionary journey. It is what it is and not something to beat yourself or other’s up about…just something we can choose to be aware of if in fact we’d like to change that.
The funny part always is, that it’s really easy NOT to see yourself in any of these scenarios when you’re caught up in them, as the “spiritual ego” is quite ingenious in talking circles around yourself with all of the acquired lingo learned to “rise above”.
But I do feel that it would benefit us not to get caught in “spiritual bypassing” – a term Robert Augustus Masters uses to describe the avoidance game. I also feel that grounding is key, as well as having personal integrity to “walk the walk” and not just float on “spiritual fluff” or regurgitated words we “think” we need to say.
These would help to integrate your experience and rather than feel you need to educate someone else, that they “need” your help, that you speak with superiority over the way others practice their own spirituality – taking advantage of every moment to ensure they know how you “think” it should be done and where you find fault in them, or that you make sure that they know all the knowledge you’ve attained in every conversation you have, it may benefit to practice the art of mindfulness and stillness, to sit with the thoughts that come up and explore where they come from before acting upon them.
A little unconditional spiritual compassion for ourselves and others, in honor of the many paths available for people to explore besides the one that you are, could all really make a difference in the vibrational frequency you wish to embody.
And if you don’t get a chance to read the link on “wearing a spiritual disguise” I’ll share this passage that I love from Masters:
“True spirituality is not a high, not a rush, not an altered state. It has been fine to romance it for a while, but our times call for something far more real, grounded, and responsible; something radically alive and naturally integral; something that shakes us to our very core until we stop treating spiritual deepening as something to dabble in here and there. Authentic spirituality is not some little flicker or buzz of knowingness, not a psychedelic blast-through or a mellow hanging-out on some exalted plane of consciousness, not a bubble of immunity, but a vast fire of liberation, an exquisitely fitting crucible and sanctuary, providing both heat and light for the healing and awakening we need. Most of the time when we’re immersed in spiritual bypassing, we like the light but not the heat. And when we’re caught up in the grosser forms of spiritual bypassing, we’d usually much rather theorize about the frontiers of consciousness than actually go there, suppressing the fire rather than breathing it even more alive, espousing the ideal of unconditional love but not permitting love to show up in its more challenging, personal dimensions. To do so would be too hot, too scary, and too out-of-control, bringing things to the surface that we have long disowned or suppressed. But if we really want the light, we cannot afford to flee the heat. As Victor Frankl said, “What gives light must endure burning.” And being with the fire’s heat doesn’t just mean sitting with the difficult stuff in meditation, but also going into it, trekking to its core, facing and entering and getting intimate with whatever is there, however scary or traumatic or sad or raw.”
You might recall my post “Do You Wear a Spiritual Disguise? – Losing the Mask and Finding Your Truth” which touched on not just how we “walk the walk” in our truth with others, but how honest we are with ourselves. It also shared a humorous take from Aalif Surti on the different masks many of us wear.
I find humor to be a great way to playfully take our power back with the realizations that are brought to light.
In the vein of this humorous approach, I found this article, shared with me, written by Mariana Caplan, Ph.D. on “10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases” to also be playfully enlightening, while having the potential to hit to the core if embraced with that personal honesty and integrity. What do you think?
This article had some interesting insights to ask ourselves.
As Mariana starts off with:
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Posted on September 3, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged be your true self, being authentic, living from integrity, speaking your truth, spiritual bypassing, spiritual disguise, spiritual facades, wearing a spiritual mask. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.