Something that can also play a part in the ‘spiritual superiority’ dynamic is when other people judge you as someone who thinks s/he is more spiritual when, if the truth were known, those judging others in this way are themselves playing a one-upmanship game. When someone who has done the work and attempts to share their insights and realizations with others for no reason other than the desire to share, sometimes it can be the presumed ‘spiritual superiority’ of the others themselves that undermines any attempt to find a deeper and more fulfilling experience.
One of the reasons for the culture wars that we’re witnessing today is identity politics; i.e., one egocentric or ethnocentric value meme compromises any authentic communication, and thus the one-upmanship game of divide and conquer becomes a seeming eternal recurrence. So how do we share our authenticity with others if and when their own bias prevents any understanding?
Great observation JD, thanks for sharing! When you are share anything, the path of least resistance for you is to share without condition of response. In other words, if you feel compelled to share just because you want to, that’s great! However, if you feel compelled to share because you want what you share to get a specific reaction, that can cause resistance.
Yes, attachment to an expected and specific response can and does create resistance that can often sabotage any attempt to open the lines of communication; but how can we address the issue of spiritual superiority when any given group is ideologically committed to a limited belief system?
This isn’t about addressing spiritual superiority in others – it is about noticing if it pops up with you. The only person you can control is yourself. You must always start by being that which you seek to see in others.
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