Do you love out of your true Self or are you plagued by a false self intensified by the ‘disease of exclusivity’?: Ignatian spirituality, Eckhart Tolle, & recovering the True Self.

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Do you love out of your true Self or are you plagued by a false self intensified by the ‘disease of exclusivity’?: Ignatian spirituality, Eckhart Tolle, & recovering the True Self.

The one thing that unites so many mainstream religious adherents is the ‘disease of exclusivity’. The comment attributed to Gandhi; “God has no religion” has no currency for those who live with an identity formed via exclusive claims on Truth, Beauty, Goodness and Justice. For them God looks like the Archbishop of Canterbury or the Pope or an Ayatollah or the death-dealers of IS etc. The rest are apostates, infidels, inferiors…… So they must still be persecuted, excommunicated, shunned, have their characters assassinated or be put to death. Whoopee – today we killed an apostate – Truth, Beauty & Goodness are so much sweeter now, so much more life-enhancing, so much more beneficial for the jobless, homeless and starving.

Today in our town there is glorious sunshine – do you think it’s a different sun that illumines and warms the lives of Baha’is, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Sufis & Taoists, Humanists and so?

In what are we truly united? The answer is in Mystery, the Mystery of the Whole, that is to say in our not knowing. So our unity lies in acknowledgment of our not knowing – coupled with our sharing of all the woes and joys of being human, together for a short time on the one planet we have.

Sometimes the disease of exclusivity shows in an otherwise fine article below as in this ‘ignatian spirituality’ by take on Eckhart Tolle by Andy Otto.

The article starts by saying;
“What is the Self? In all our relationships we tend to unconsciously fill a role, such as subordinate before our boss, parent to our child, expert before someone seeking our advice, a strong person when being admonished. We notice that with different people we feel different.
Resting in nondual awareness of the Self isn’t role-playing and role-adjustment.

The article announces that Tolle is ‘a non-Christian spiritual writer’;
Eckhart Tolle, a non-Christian spiritual writer, says that in filling prescribed roles and the expectations that go along with them we put on a false self. Christian mystics like Thomas Merton would agree. “My false and private self is the one who wants to exist outside the reach of God’s will and God’s love,” Merton said. The false self feeds the ego’s need for survival, adapting to whatever it needs to be in the moment, even if the false self claims to need envy, apathy, or ill-temper.

Tolle isn’t a non-Christian – he is non-exclusivist. He has probably taught more true Christianity, cf Churchianity, in the last three decades than all Christians put together in the first two thousand years of Christianity.

He is also, in all the essential that really matter – the mystical core of all the Great Traditions – he just stays focused on the core and stays away from the millions of ways that religionists have devised for asserting their self-righteousness via the disease of exclusivity.

Having developed and got attached to our false self – how do we reclaim our true Self?

How do we reclaim our true Self? The answer is deep love. I realize that I am fully myself before my significant other and before God. These two relationships are different than any other relationships in that they strive continually for intimate, unconditional, transparent, and fully vulnerable love. The intimacy with a significant other matches no other human relationship. True deep love with that person can reveal nothing other than the most authentic you. That intimacy is magnified in the God-me relationship where God knows me unequivocally. There is nothing to hide. Therefore, instead of analogizing my relationship with God (father-son, friend-friend, master-servant) I can allow myself to just be. That being, Tolle might say, is authentic Selfhood, without labels or titles or self-judgements………”

Yes the concomitant to resting in awareness is the deepening of being and the space and support, including silence, that we provide for others.


To read the rest of the article go HERE –

The Self

Author: Roger - Dr Roger Prentice

Now I write, teach and coach mainly about 21stC 'interfaith as inter-spirituality' - and how we can grow closer to our True Self. . As anyone who knows anything about IPF will realize my energy is curtailed - so I am concentrating primarily on 'inter-spirituality'. . In the past I would have said that: . 1) I run courses and give talks at conferences and in universities and colleges in the UK, China, USA, Canada, Scandinavia etc. . 2) I provide materials, outlines and lessons for Schools. . 3) My range of interests include personal development, learning and teaching, photography and film, the arts generally, spirituality and educational practice and theory. . 4) At the same time I continue developing the human-centred studies SunWALK PDS (People Development System) - a whole-person, high-achievement model for individuals, and for use in, NGOs, schools and other organizations. . 5) The key question that continues to animate me and my work remains, "What is it to be fully and positively human?" . Contact me via onesummit AT gmail DOT com (replace At with@ etc.). . All good wishes Roger (Dr Roger Prentice) . For those interested; My first degree is in English and Education. My masters is in Adult and Community Education. My doctorate presented a new holistic meta-model of education called SunWALK.

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