Many spiritual seekers often use spiritual excuses to avoid taking action towards their goals or facing their shadow selves. These excuses can be so convincing that they prevent us from realizing our true potential and living the life we desire.
We will examine some common spiritual excuses and the underlying realities behind them so that we can recognize and confront our shadow selves and move towards a more fulfilling life. So, let's dive in and explore.
We may know that there is certain action we need to undertake to achieve a certain outcome, yet we may still find ourselves falling back into the habit of waiting for things to happen. Why is that?
The answer can be a very simple one: Our lower ego.
It doesn't want us to succeed or accomplish anything because it sees our success as a threat to its existence. Our lower ego will go to great lengths, including manipulating our thoughts and beliefs, to convince us that waiting for things to happen to us is acceptable instead of actively working towards co-creating with God.
Our lower ego will even use spiritual concepts, to stop us from moving forward. But don't be fooled by these spiritual excuses. Let's identify some of them and the real reasons behind them:
Spiritual Excuse: I shouldn't have to try so hard if it's meant to be.
Reality: I am avoiding work because I'm lazy, scared, or fearful. If I don't achieve any results, I have an excuse that it wasn't meant to be.
Spiritual Excuse: It is more spiritual to go with the flow than try to control everything.
Reality: I don't know how to handle structures and systems, so it's easier to go with anything that comes up rather than make decisions and take responsibility.
Spiritual Excuse: I've been praying and affirming for abundance to come into my life, and I trust that God will provide. There's no need for me to do anything.
Reality: I'm afraid to look at my financial situation, so I'm leaving the responsibility to God. If my money problems don't go away, I can blame God for trying to teach me a lesson.
Spiritual Excuse: If I'm in the right work and if this is truly my life's purpose, God will send people to me.
Reality: I don't know how to market my services or find clients. I'm embarrassed to sell my services, and I'm afraid of rejection and judgment.
Other common spiritual excuses include:
Spiritual Excuse: I have to be here/go there/remain here because it's my karma, and I can help others clear their karma.
Reality: I have an inflated sense of self-worth and need to feel good and secure about myself.
Spiritual Excuse: My spouse doesn't understand my path, and it's best if I find my twin flame/twin soul/soul mate.
Reality: I don't want to deal with my inadequacies reflected in my spouse. I'd rather live in the illusion that all my relationship issues will be solved once I find my twin flame/twin soul/soul mate.
Spiritual Excuse: It's not spiritual to charge money for my services. I serve because I love people unconditionally.
Reality: I don't believe in the value I provide through my service work. I don't want to seem greedy, and I enjoy feeling important when people come to me for help.
These excuses may have been comfortable for us to rely on in the past, but it's time to recognize how our lower ego has been playing us. It's time to take responsibility and actively work towards co-creating with God/the Universe. Remember, firm but loving accountability will help us to overcome our lower ego's influence and achieve our spiritual or material goals.
@2011, Edited 2023 Shamala Tan
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Shamala Tan is an author, spiritual entrepreneur and healer. Her work focuses on transforming the lives of others on the spiritual, emotional, mental and earthly levels.
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