On this blog, I regularly speak of the value of healing and cleaning up to support our spiritual journey and quality of life.
However, when we have an identified ego, we’re driven by a mind and intellect who see themselves as separate and in need of protection. The intellect divides and the mind judges, often as bad. You see this in spiritual circles in insisting on the “one truth,” the “nonduality manscape,” spiritual materialism, and so on.
When the ego co-opts the healing process, there is the tendency to see ourselves as broken and needing repair. Ego knows it’s not in control but gives our sense of self this illusion to give us confidence in its agenda. It can distract us from anything that will see through this ruse, running dramatic stories and urging us to keep busy with must-dos. It’s like we got lost in a multiplex movie theater. The main story is a drama called What’s Wrong starring Who’s to Blame.
Ego makes it about me and avoids what we don’t want to see. It controls through suppression and grasping, both seeds of suffering. We pat ourselves on the back for taking healing workshops while bypassing our more potent charges.
Seeing ourselves as broken or incomplete doesn’t support our spiritual process well. Sure, there is lots of purification and balancing to do. But this an effect of the times we’re in and our own history. We don’t blame ourselves for not knowing how to talk before we’ve learned to. Nor should we blame ourselves for not yet learning to heal. It’s not taught in our culture.
Rather, we want to encourage a process of learning and clearing the way. Not to get into a cycle of perpetual fixing but to upgrade our quality of life.
Healing is about coming to peace and letting go rather than fixing anything. For many, this is a new way of being. Our culture encourages mind over feelings, of fixing over relating.
Can you relate?