Do You Have a Spiritual Ego? Here’s How to Tame it

Wrestling with a spiritual ego? Here's what you can do to tame it.

Understanding the trap of the spiritual ego

Bloated image of oneself

What is a spiritual ego?

Spiritual ego vs spiritual narcissism

How is a spiritual ego formed?

Identifying the spiritual ego

Spiritual ego 3
  • The soul represents the path of the higher self. This is the true you that is connected with spirit.
  • The ego represents the path of the lower self. This is the image that you portray.

Path of the soul

  • Being of service to a higher power
  • Acting from love and compassion
  • Authenticity
  • Transparency
  • Equality with all others
  • Unity
  • Selflessness
  • Integrity to your values
  • Presence with your life experience
  • Acceptance of who you are
  • Don’t care how you’re viewed
  • Humility

Path of the ego

  • Being of service to self
  • Acting from fear and avoidance
  • Entitlement
  • Righteousness
  • Arrogance
  • Stubbornness
  • A story about who you should be
  • An image that you’re trying to portray
  • Comparing yourself to others
  • Superiority to others on the spiritual path
  • The need to be seen in a positive light

Signs that you’re grappling with a spiritual ego

  • You tend to compare yourself to others which leads to feelings of lack, envy, or jealousy
  • You feel the need to talk about your achievements
  • You regularly exaggerate experiences
  • You tend to get competitive when other people speak about their spiritual experiences and try to 1 up them
  • You have an image of yourself being more spiritually advanced than most people
  • You take the moral high ground and judge others when they don’t do the same
  • You use positivity and light as a facade to cover over your true feelings or intentions
  • You identify as a spiritual person and unconsciously revolve around this archetype
  • You tend to value someone depending on how far along their spiritual journey they are

What to do about a spiritual ego

Woman overcoming a spiritual ego

I find a few core ingredients for keeping your spiritual ego in check are:

  • Awareness: Make sure you catch it when you start acting from a place of ego
  • Desire: You need to want to better yourself and become more heart-centered
  • Integrity: You must continuously act and behave in a way that aligns with your heart-centered values

Work through the layers of a spiritual ego

Catch these thoughts when they arise

  • I know what I’m talking about because I’m experienced
  • I’m a healer
  • I’m psychic
  • I have a special gift
  • I’ve been doing this longer than most people
  • I’m wiser than most people
  • I am more loving, compassionate, and grateful than others

Steps to tame the spiritual ego

Steps to dissolve your spiritual ego

Constantly challenge your ego

Do the shadow work

You are always on your knees

Deconstruct your spiritual programming

Get out of your head

Avoid spiritual bypassing

Practice modesty

Be integral to your teachings

Be genuine about who you really are

  • You’re healed in order to sell a service or so people take you seriously when helping them heal
  • You have experienced a lot more trauma than you actually have
  • You’ve mastered certain ways of being or philosophies
  • You’re psychic or have some sort of gift

Use your spiritual ego as a mirror

Acknowledge when you were wrong

Encourage people to challenge you

Live from the heart

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