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don’t take it too seriously

Great food for thought!  – MDP-

If there’s one thing that human beings are attached to, it’s their self-image, whether it’s positive or negative.  We need a self-image; there is nothing wrong with that.  The spiritual problem is our attachment to it!  It determines most of what we feel free to do, to say, whom we link with or don’t link with,

I am a well-educated, middle class woman.”  “I am a fun-loving, only partially responsible, casually dressed man.”

esteemThose are the things that determine most people’s lives.  And most of us have to say, Am I free to be something other than that?  Much of spiritual direction is aimed at helping people detach from false self-images.  Amazingly, we are just as attached to negative and destructive self-images as we are to positive, flattering ones.

In order for our Great Lover to be able to get at us, we must let go of our (not so) secret attachment to our self-image.  It limits what we pay attention to, what we ignore, what kind of God-lover we will accept or avoid.  We probably have to have a self-image, but just don’t take it too seriously.

Richard Rohr
from The Enneagram: Naming our Illusions

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  1. Noe
    December 19, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Thanks! This is truth, been getting reminded of this recently.

    • December 19, 2012 at 10:45 am

      It’s not popular, but necessary.

  2. December 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

    If I can’t be me, who can I be? Great word!

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