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Why can spirituality lead to extremism?

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Sometimes, at the beginning of the path, it happens that as they deepen their spirituality, their meditations and their reflections, some people become hard on themselves... They may even become too extreme in their principles and values; they may become prickly, critical of themselves or others, or even intolerant when they feel, for example, in adversity or with some who oppose their worldview...

But why? In this article, we present the main unconscious memories that influence us in our path, in our spirituality, which can make us hard, rigid with ourselves or others ... We will discover that it is not spirituality in itself that leads to becoming extreme, but our unconscious memories that deeply influence our way of walking on this spiritual path...

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And yet, what does it mean to be spiritual?

Contrary to what most people think, being spiritual is not simply praying or practicing a particular ritual; being spiritual is being qualitative in everything we do... Because spirituality is a path of evolution, of improvement that can welcome all those who wish to know themselves and better understand the deep meaning of life, and this, whatever the tradition, religion, etc.

Even if many will marry religion & spirituality together, being spiritual is not dependent on a religious practice, on the contrary, it is a philosophy, a way of living in connection with the multiple dimensions of life. It is also a search for a deeper understanding of what is lived... A quest for meaning in the "commute-work-sleep"... A way to try to understand life and to communicate more deeply with it, with oneself...

And to be spiritual, in reality, is to wish to become the best version of oneself, to seek to develop qualities of life that generate happiness on all levels...

Everyone is looking for happiness... and in one way or another everyone is spiritual, without even knowing it sometimes... A man who helps selflessly is spiritual, a child who dances in the rain is spiritual... A sick person who smiles at life is spiritual... We all have our moments of depth and we all have the ability to connect to a force greater than ourselves...

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Moreover, when medicine, for example, is unable to respond to the ills experienced, many people turn to spirituality in order to find a deep cause for their inner or outer discomfort... And you have to know that spirituality can really bring answers, and yes, much more precise and logical answers than you may think, but for that you really have to find a modern and balanced spiritual Teaching... and above all seek answers with discernment, so as not to enter into extremism that destroys instead of helping us to build...

Perfectionism and high ideals

Perfectionism is an essence that in its positive aspect helps us to improve ourselves, to surpass ourselves in order to reach the best of ourselves... But sometimes perfectionism can also dampen our morale, and make us dry, too analytical, too square, dissatisfied...

Our emotional plan can then get stuck and create deep frustrations if we are not able to recognize our efforts, to congratulate ourselves for the steps we take... And to love life in the perfection of its imperfections...

This perfectionism can affect our spiritual aspirations. Having ideals, spiritual values in our concepts is something positive, because it allows us to follow our dreams during our journey, and thus keep our intention focused on why we are working on ourselves, on what we wish to achieve and integrate as qualities, as virtues. The strength of intention can lead to the manifestation of our greatest aspirations...

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However, high ideals can, combined with certain weaknesses, lead us to become extreme. When our goals are too big, when we want to reach the top of the mountain first... When our ego starts to play tricks on us... Because we need certain qualities in parallel to reach those high peaks in a fair way, without hurting ourselves but on the contrary, strengthening ourselves.

The lack of love

We are spiritual when we do everything well to manifest ourselves in consciousness, with the will to always do our best. Spirituality is putting knowledge in everything we do. We observe ourselves and work to transform our distortions, our weaknesses, where we act, feel or think in a way we know is wrong.

When we are on this path but we lack kindness towards ourselves, love, it can create great discrepancies... Like a genius who becomes too much in his head and not enough in his heart...

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We try to embody our values by lacking gentleness, understanding, kindness, which can hurt us and at the same time prevent us from evolving, because trying to apply knowledge without love does not work... This attitude creates blockages, limits us... It makes us more conceptual than concrete, leads to frustration... We then find ourselves in a vicious circle of harshness and demands, analyzing our environment in a desiccating way... And we can lose a lot of energy...

Life is a school, and we must accompany ourselves with the same love we would offer to a child: When he wants to learn something, to improve somewhere and he gets discouraged, cries, or becomes hard on himself, we talk to him with kindness, we comfort him... And this love gives him the will to start again in a better way to reach his dreams, he can then regenerate himself quite naturally and succeed...

To really learn, we must love...

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In our spirituality it is the same process, we have to learn to love ourselves again, to compliment ourselves by pointing out our qualities, by recognizing where we have acted well in our day, etc... This is part of the journey so that our learning is effective and without extremism. To keep the beautiful side of perfectionism that helps us to excel, but is not too demanding or dissatisfied...

Lack of self-reflection and global vision

Becoming extreme towards ourselves or others is also a sign that we lack perspective, humility and discernment.

But what is applying the return to self? It is what we do every time we take a step back from a person or a situation that affects us, to recognize that what bothers us in the other person is actually a reflection of something that bothers us in ourselves.

The other is always a mirror of oneself... In terms of percentages of conscious or unconscious memories...

When we don't do this, we project our own disturbance on the outside in different ways: Through reproaches, stinging remarks... Or even trying to influence the other to match our ideals, without realizing that by acting this way, we are hard and sometimes controlling... All these attitudes participate in making us extreme in our way of living our spirituality, and in general we don't realize that we are acting the same way towards ourselves...

Reinforcing this Law of Resonance according to which we attract what we are in both positive and negative aspects allows us to stabilize ourselves, to become more solid and confident in our path. We develop detachment, while being responsible... We broaden our global vision and discover true humility.

Indeed, as we deepen our spirituality, our vision of life expands. We gradually become aware of the different memories that make up our unconscious, and the fact that our soul experiences, builds itself over lifetimes, and lifetimes... That our distortions are percentages of who we are, and that they represent, once transformed, our greatest positive, qualitative potential...

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Over time we realize that the cleaning of memories is done daily with patience and kindness, and that it allows us to rise, to improve ourselves, and also to inspire our environment to transform positively...

This collective and universal vision brings a deep serenity... But it can be slowed down or influenced by a negative force that we can all experience, something that sometimes pushes us to focus on our person in a negative way, to selfishly satisfy certain needs, certain insecurities, etc...

And some people think they have already reached high levels of spirituality, think they have reached the top, while the path has only just begun... This is what we call the spiritual ego.

The spiritual ego

As we have seen, spirituality and the journey awaken forces in our unconscious that make us excel, become better and other memories that can limit us. There are percentages of memories in us, old behaviors, ways of thinking that we have encoded that do not necessarily want to improve, to develop qualities... To stay calm instead of getting aggressive... To apologize instead of dominating... Our ego is part of it, and its influence on us can become profound.

We can easily recognize when our spiritual ego influences us: We feel superior to others, we have the impression that we hold the absolute truth, that what others experience or have told us is so much less important than our own knowledge and understanding... which has the effect of inferiorizing the people with whom we communicate, and leads us either to be constantly surrounded to feed this negative force within us, or to isolate ourselves.

Motivated by the negative ego, we can then find ourselves in a distorted, twisted form of spirituality where we seek to satisfy our personal needs, to fill our insecurities generated by our attachment to matter... Much more than to evolve... We can then become prisoners of an illusion that impoverishes us over time... and that makes us lose sight of the true spiritual path...

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The spiritual ego prevents one from understanding one's place in the individual and global evolutionary process. A person led by the spiritual ego will not question his own attitudes, emotions and thoughts, and will not truly apply the Law of Resonance, because when we do it with sincerity and depth, the mask of ego has no place, and we find our way and our balance between self-confidence and humility...

Solutions and balanced spirituality, without extremes

It is normal that different memories come to the surface when we are spiritual, and this is a real gift from Heaven, which is part of the journey. Meeting our weaknesses means that we are ready to transform them and move to another stage of understanding.

When we perceive that in some way we are extreme, we can meditate with positive mantras, such as the Angelica Mantra techniques to develop the qualities that need to be worked on when we are experiencing extremism, for example: receptivity, i.e. the ability to listen, to welcome, support, benevolence, love, indulgence, balance, etc... These qualities allow us to relearn to love ourselves truly, to find balance in our way of building ourselves, to rise, as much internally as in our way of acting...

Mantra is one of the oldest meditation techniques that exist, dating back to the dawn of time. It is as powerful as it is simple to practice. Simply repeat a word, a sacred name or a phrase that carries a deep meaning.

With the mantra, it is the intention that is most important and that must be positive to generate a positive reprogramming of the consciousness...

To work with mantras is to really bring solutions to our problems, because we become what we repeat to ourselves internally... And the more we repeat qualities to ourselves, the more we can program them in and around ourselves.

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We become what we repeat to ourselves...

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