Identifying Your Ego Strategies for Defending the False Self
Doing needed spiritual work will bring into harmony with the Divine that which might be out of harmony, that which might be resistant or an obstacle to the pure Light of Presence coming through you. Kabir helps explore the spiritual work you’re doing and its practical side through the discussion of Al-‘Inshiqaq, Al-Baqara and two Rumi poems. We can take heart remembering that God does not put on a soul more than it can bear and that in the favor of the soul will be what the soul does and against the soul will be what he/she does not do. The work can fulfill your responsibility to your own spiritual development and to all of humankind: you cannot transform if it is at the cost of your neighbor.
- numbing yourself;
- seeking oblivion in all the wrong places;
- withdrawing from relationship;
- being an acerbic critic and judge;
- being unable to love something beside yourself;
- self-justifying your false self and its laziness, privilege and sense of superiority—or inferiority;
- surrounding yourself with false viziers;
- envying and resenting;
- being proud;
- being angry;
- engaging in self-pity;
- needing to be right all the time;
- manipulating others to gain their attention;
- attempting to control your environment and the people in it;
- being other than you appear;
- using spirituality to fortify your ego;
- making religion more important than God; and
- denying the mercy of God.
The Rumi poems and Quaranic passages remind us of the Reality of that Infinite Generosity, Mercy and Beauty that we need to know to transform every aspect in our lives that is blocking or obstructing the Divine. These obstructions won’t flourish—in fact, they can’t exist—when the True Experience of the Divine Mercy, the Divine Abundance, the Generosity and Love of the Divine is a real experience for us.