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Spiritual Diseases

1. Fast-Food Spirituality: Mix spirituality with a culture that celebrates
speed, multitasking and instant gratification and the result is likely to
be fast-food spirituality. Fast-food spirituality is a product of the 
common and understandable fantasy that relief from the suffering of our
human condition can be quick and easy. One thing is clear,
however: spiritual transformation cannot be had in a quick fix.
2. Faux Spirituality: Faux spirituality is the tendency to talk,
dress and act as we imagine a spiritual person would. It is a kind of 
imitation spirituality that mimics spiritual realization in the way 
that leopard-skin fabric imitates the genuine skin of a leopard.
3. Confused Motivations: Although our desire to grow is genuine and pure,
it often gets mixed with lesser motivations, including the wish to be loved,
the desire to belong, the need to fill our internal emptiness, the belief
that the spiritual path will remove our suffering and spiritual ambition, 
the wish to be special, to be better than, to be “the one.”
4. Identifying with Spiritual Experiences: In this disease, the ego 
identifies with our spiritual experience and takes it as its own, and we 
begin to believe that we are embodying insights that have arisen within 
us at certain times. In most cases, it does not last indefinitely, 
although it tends to endure for longer periods of time in those who
believe themselves to be enlightened and/or who function as spiritual 
5. The Spiritualized Ego: This disease occurs when the very structure of 
the egoic personality becomes deeply embedded with spiritual concepts and 
ideas. The result is an egoic structure that is “bullet-proof.”
When the ego becomes spiritualized, we are invulnerable to help, new input,
or constructive feedback. We become impenetrable human beings and are 
stunted in our spiritual growth, all in the name of spirituality.
6. Mass Production of Spiritual Teachers: There are a number of current 
trendy spiritual traditions that produce people who believe themselves to 
be at a level of spiritual enlightenment, or mastery, that is far beyond 
their actual level. This disease functions like a spiritual conveyor belt:
put on this glow, get that insight, and — bam! — you’re enlightened and 
ready to enlighten others in similar fashion. The problem is not that such
teachers instruct but that they represent themselves as having achieved 
spiritual mastery.
7. Spiritual Pride: Spiritual pride arises when the practitioner, through
years of labored effort, has actually attained a certain level of wisdom 
and uses that attainment to justify shutting down to further experience.
A feeling of “spiritual superiority” is another symptom of this spiritually
 transmitted disease. It manifests as a subtle feeling that “I am better,
 more wise and above others because I am spiritual.”
8. Group Mind: Also described as groupthink, cultic mentality or ashram
disease, group mind is an insidious virus that contains many elements
of traditional co-dependence. A spiritual group makes subtle
and unconscious agreements regarding the correct ways to think,
talk, dress, and act. Individuals and groups infected with “group mind”
reject individuals, attitudes, and circumstances that do not conform to
the often unwritten rules of the group.
9. The Chosen-People Complex: The chosen people complex is not limited to
Jews. It is the belief that “Our group is more spiritually evolved,
powerful, enlightened and, simply put, better than any other group.” 
There is an important distinction between the recognition that one has
found the right path, teacher or community for themselves, and having
found The One.
10. The Deadly Virus: “I Have Arrived”: This disease is so potent that it has
the capacity to be terminal and deadly to our spiritual evolution. This is
the belief that “I have arrived” at the final goal of the spiritual path.
Our spiritual progress ends at the point where this belief becomes
crystallized in our psyche, for the moment we begin to believe
that we have reached the end of the path, further growth ceases.


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Although the human mind likes to believe that it is “of course” dedicated to truth, in reality what it really seeks is confirmation of what it already believes. The ego is innately prideful and does not welcome the revelation that much of its beliefs are merely perceptual illusions. – David R, Hawkins