The above inspired my comment:
The 'ego' hides in pointing out the fault in others - and in this case in forms of 'spirituality being used as a mask'.
The form is not the reality - but the meanings you accept, you give.
Assigning or associating forms with meanings is fantasy interposed over what is.
That forms of mutually agreed definitions are used to mask in so as to keep secret, and mask out so as to protect a fake narrative reality against true, is simply observable. The invitation to focus exclusively on errors as if escaped or judging over them - is the playing of the game of separation in place of the healing or undoing of the error.
Mistakes are inherent to learning. When new perspective opens - an old sense of self as un-owned habit - will at some point attempt to reassert the new wine in its old bottles. This will operate every kind of egoic mind-trickery that is now more open to noticing. Noticing the 'default' choices of past learning AS choices is the awakening freedom to choose or align in the presence of a true acceptance. So in this sense the 'errors' are not the source and means of blame and penalty - but the breadcrumb trail to an expanded and embracing awareness - in freedom to focus within a true sense of worth or integrity in place of attempting to force a false sense of self in struggle.
When communications are employing the name and blame and shame modality - they are invitations to play self-superiority and self-righteous hate under the mask of seeming to be correcting the error in others. But the ONLY way to correct an error in another is to correct OUR perception of them. For unless we first accept correction for ourselves - self-rejections go forth to find their target in every justification for the withdrawal from and withholding of love. Love is not what you DO - but what you ARE - when nothing is taken away (judged and rejected) and nothing added (narrative overlay of self-inflation).
The capacity to accept love for your self is the extension of worth and recognition of love in the one who seemed 'other'.
Love is simply being - but what the mind in egocentricity has made of love is fearful indeed. Fear of love is replacement of self with a stranger - by which a world of strangers arose. Fear of love is an evasion of intimacy that acts out in forms of separation, distance and delay, so as to focus in an exclusive sense of split-off self. And a love-hate alloy of polarised self-experience that is all based on conditional or 'special' love. To make special is to separate from - not in truth - but in wish.
You CANNOT bypass your true being indefinitely - for pain has limits to tolerance. When the game is no longer felt as 'worth the candle', it fades from even the seeming of meaning - and the stirring of the desire to embody meaning finds movement in conscious awareness as the noticing of recognition amidst the mind and world such as to shift or align toward reintegrating to what and who you simply - and always already are - which is a relational field AND its embodiment in thought and form. But don't take my words or any words, for your recognition.
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(On the same page)
forestkitty said (to the article):
everything you need is right inside of you. it is how you project it that counts.
Yes, as need-lack or wholeness of an unfolding need-fulfilment. True desire is connected movement of being. Not a state of lack or disconnection.
Projection of need-lacks 'makes a world' of separation, struggle and loss.
But true need recognized at source is already a true movement in being - and abiding as and in alignment with true being releases the 'mind' of lack to recognition of living presence in act or flow.
The mind cannot NOT project the thought accepted there - so the nature and the quality of the thought we accept is either aligned with our true signature vibration or not. Taking in or taking on who we are not is part of the human experience - as part of entering and attuning to a world in which to participate and share in. Yet the developed ability to learn a world of separation and lack is the forgetting of our true being - until - the mask of the personality becomes too tight, painful or joylessly meaningless to WANT - and then the rewakening to the true of you rises through the seeming breakdown of what you are not.
Releasing what doesn't work LETS in to that which does. But while a sense of lack seems to bring me a pay-off - it will be protected for what it 'gets'. As I recognize what doesn't work CANNOT work, the 'pay-off' becomes irreversibly associated with futility and suffering - that I know I do not want - and so find willingness to truly look at and let go the persistence of.
We can always and only meet 'where' we are coming FROM, and so in true and in false the Law applies equally - that can be said as 'what you give out is what you get back', or 'As ye sow, so SHALL ye reap', (shall being a present choice and not a future tense).
Determining to see worth in another counteracts the habit of seeing what is wrong with everyone. It may seem 'unrealistic' or denial of reality - but it is changing the projection and the frequency of one's thought. True vision is always a gift - and so the willingness to see a different world (than fear made) is not the forcing upon it of a 'nice' version.
The sickness of a world fear made needs to be felt to allow it to be challenged. But projecting blame hides the feelings as 'at the hand of another' in a sense of victimhood and powerlessness. Collapsing blame upon oneself is no different in error but horrible and hateful to experience, so the thoughts of guilt - are the dissonances to be truly looked at and questioned.
Freedom from guilt is the gift of our true being - that moves through us to others and reflects a world of a different order.
What I wrote here arose as a meditation upon your sharing - so I thank you.