Spirituality is an expression of our ego, writes Iam Saums on September 30, 2016.
To Wake… Per Chance to Awaken
Humanity may be “awake,” but has it awakened? And to what? Spirituality is the new religion. Its enchantment places the power of enlightenment in the hands of gurus, shamans and teachers. Droves of willing initiates emerge from the shadows of contemporary knowledge, perception, reality and understanding to enroll in classes, healings, lectures, readings and weekend workshops. Most of us seek destiny, meaning, power and vision. Yet, deep down we are terrified to accept and apply these qualities to our daily lives. It is an idealistic dance with elusive partners at the cost of our ambition, awareness, energy, intention and well-being.
Since the dawn of the human race, authentic faith has been, is and will always be a solitary engagement. No other person(s) could or should direct, guide, influence or mediate another’s spiritual experience. Doing so would be the antithesis of personal illumination for all parties. Vital elements of one’s evolution are found in the creation, discovery, distinction, expression and purpose of one’s chosen path. There is no greater empowerment or inspiration one may have then choosing, claiming and walking their destiny. However challenging, impossible or intimidating this may seem, it is the only true way to fulfillment.
The Divided Self
The most powerful force in our contemporary society is the ego. The more we believe we have control of our ego, the more dominion it has over us. We do not express the essential awareness, commitment, focus and intention to successfully manage its incessantly diabolical tendencies. As our “spirituality” grows, so does our ego. Left to its own covert devices, our “divided self” coils around our virtues like a weed to a flower. It feeds upon the energy of our discoveries, insights, opportunities, possibilities and transformation. Our divided self is as a neglected child. It craves our attention, control, importance and power.
Contemporary spirituality has become a mutation of human invention. The fusion of religion with spirituality has produced a myriad of dogmas, practices and wisdoms all promising the keys to illumination, yet never delivering. Thousands of articles, books, lectures, online events and workshops seek to entice the masses toward commercialized enlightenment. Those of us who have not established a relationship with our soul eagerly dive headfirst into the sea of manufactured mystery. We rarely see how truly shallow it can be. The human race has been deceived into searching without for what can only be found within.
A Pocketful of Gurus
Spirituality is rife with gurus. Most adopt the title with very little commitment, understanding and even less experience. When we are empowered, excited and inspired by new insights, opportunities and possibilities, our initial response is to share our vision. Yet, this is not the best way to nurture the manifestation of our true expression. Our sub-conscious reaction is to pride ourselves with our innovative epiphanies by proselytizing our personal wisdom. We allow our ego to suppress our spirit. This diminishes the experiences of others. We overlook the essential truth that our insights are meant for us alone and have little or no value to others.
“Superiority walks hand-in-hand with Spirituality.”
Hierarchy of the Soul
Society is built upon a foundation of pyramid schemes. Whether commercial, educational, financial, political, religious or scientific, there are far fewer people at the top than there are at the bottom. In the modern age of spirituality, it is no different. Regardless of the modality one may practice, there is always one or a small group of people that hold dominion over the many. We enable patterns of sanctimonious conviction with the attention and energy we sacrifice to find our soul in a forest of human perception. We willingly give away our own personal power to avoid the fear of claiming it for ourselves.
The Mind’s Eye
Our interpretation of spirituality has a tendency to compromise our authenticity, empathy and integrity. Our possibility for transformation vanishes in an attempt to funnel a multi-dimensional experience into a two-dimensional perception. Words are the language of the ego. When we attempt to communicate what we encounter as an expression of being, we instantly sever the relationship we have with our soul. We abolish our personal power when we endorse our own authority and significance. Once we break our connection with eternity, we inevitably diminish our empathy, intuition, perspective and vision.
Our multi-dimensional experiences produce a remarkable rush of energy that flows through every element of our being. In these moments we are present to and related with all. Our soul craves these experiences. It is the electromagnetic synthesis between our body, mind, heart and spirit. We become the embodiment of life. Our ego hacks this beautiful tapestry of being and manipulates it into an illusion of grandeur. It siphons it through a filter of instinct and intellect for the purposes of vanity and supremacy. As human beings, we become addicted to this mystical buzz in a doomed quest to satisfy our soul with the language of our ego.
The only true power we have is our consciousness. This extraordinary expression of our being transcends the ego. Where our ego attempts to prove itself and impose its influence, our spirit emanates consciousness to transform our experience. When the lines between truth and reality are blurred, our deficient awareness falls prey to the violent desire and desperation of our ego. Many of us wear a mask to conceal our inadequacies, insecurities and vulnerabilities. Yet, it is our self-delusion of these apparent weaknesses that hinders our ability to observe them as our greatest strengths. Only in our consciousness will we experience our truth.
Each one of us has our own crucial and unique purpose to fulfill. We must walk this path alone. We cannot realize our calling when we are focused on the experiences of others. This is simply a clever way for us to avoid being authentically present to and interactive with our own in a vain pursuit to present ourselves as important and superior. Instead of assuming the role of a guru, shaman or teacher, we can support each other in the manifestation of our purpose. It is possible for us to be true to our own experience as a community without sacrificing our own destiny. When we all live the lives we were destined, we become this together.
“Spirituality is an illusion of being.”
The Art of Being
Spirituality has mystified us into a matrix of history, knowledge, narcissism, ritual and tradition. It is a cult to which we subscribe due to our lack of faith in ourselves. Our freedom is found in our commitment to be and how we personify it in our daily lives. Spirituality is a compass of how we choose to live our lives. Yet, it is simply a stepping stone on the path toward fulfillment. When we become present to our ego’s agenda and its manipulation of what enlightenment may be, we transform our experience from one of emulation to one of being. Our destiny is defined only by our courage, passion and willingness to become all our soul can imagine.
From Iam’s blog iamsaums.com
Iam Saums has been a professional musical performance artist for over 20 years. He was/is a student of The Fourth Way School in the Tradition of G.I. Gurdjieff, studied Kabbalah for more than 8 years and practiced meditation in the Jain tradition for over 11 years. He has also written poetry and short stories and is inspired to write articles about consciousness, awareness, creativity, belonging and being. iamsaums.com