And Does the Super Ego Grade the Test?
Although the ego (when used to describe the negative part of our psyche) can seem to play a large role in our lives when out of control, it is really only a small part of who we are (or surmise we are).
Sometimes I receive phone calls from people concerned about their experience with a teacher who appears to be lost in the ego. Each situation of course is unique, and each individual is responsible for taking care that they are not permitting another to abuse them, whether that other be a revered teacher or not.
Haven’t we all faced the decision whether to sacrifice a teaching or spiritual experience just because the teacher appears to have fallen from a pedestal? It’s how you respond to any circumstance, no matter how provocative, that can show you where you may need to shore up your inner reserves or make stronger connections with your inner teacher.
Your true teacher can guide you safely through any strange or treacherous emotions and thinking.
The inner teacher is always there to remind you to develop your own spiritual discernment.
If you have been developing yourself through your meditation practice and spiritual life, you may already know a deep bond that comes with your connections with the inner master. If not, it is never to late to start.
And you can find the simple truths in all the world’s traditions and philosophies to help you measure what is going on in your own heart even in response to any negative treatment by another.
The key is to first build your trust in and with your inner relationship to your own Higher Self or whatever name you have for the Source or God. Otherwise you are in danger of being hurt when that trust is placed in anyone, gifted or revered spiritual teacher, friend or loved one.
So what are tests for, after all, if not to cause you to ask where or with whom you have been placing your trust? They can give you important clues about how deeply connected you are to your own inner master.