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Can ego attach to spiritual growth?

I am just wondering if my ego didn’t morph from earthly desires to spiritual ones.
No thumbs down from me–all answers are accepted and appreciated 🙂
I am going to have to put this question to a vote as well. I feel like I have been in a state of deep confusion recently, lol. All of the answers are wonderful and I don’t feel qualified to pick a BA this time.

Thank you all for answering! Love and light to you all 🙂

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If you say anything’ you are not yourself.
but are we to remain silent?

That is why those ones used parables. and you will never allow your self to attain something that ..

if you speak they hear.
if you think they listen and consider.. sometimes they’ think and you’ consider. but all this is a devine Abomination.
and no matter what you will never allow any of it.
good day ms.pink

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I believe that if one desires spiritual growth then you must have your ego controlled. Battles between the flesh and the spirit have always existed and will always exist. Paul said, “I die daily”, this to me means that you have to “kill” your ego or it will cloud your relationship with God. If your relationship with God is not pure then what is there to be gained by having that relationship? If your ego is altering what God is trying to tell you then all is wasted.

Boy actin Coy
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Boy actin Coy

check this out. http://www.ods.nl/am1gos/am1gos4/index.html?jks_mythe_us.html~mainFrame i’m sure you have seen the below before…i use it all the time. Enlightenment is the ego’s ultimate disappointment. – Trungpa Rimpoche this is one of my favorite quotes ever…whenever i get caught up in my growth..or obsessed with certain theories…or if i get in discussions about certain concepts i like to recite it and think if what i am doing is for a good reason…or simply to stroke my ego…i am a competitor at heart…i like winning things..on some level it makes me feel better…and i am often worried that my so called “spiritual” growth… Read more »

Poppy Seed
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Poppy Seed

This is a very good question, and I feel one that is beyond me to answer, but here are my thoughts anyway–! Have you ever read anything by Jorge Luis Borges? I am thinking in particular of his short story, ‘The Immortal’. In it, there is depicted a group of people (described as dog-like) living in caves and drinking brackish water out in the wilderness. They do not speak, and they appear to be brutish and inferior to the narrator who comes across them. It is revealed later, that these dog-people have achieved immortality by drinking the stagnant, filthy water… Read more »

Zsolt H
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Zsolt H

Fantastic question, and I agree with some of the other answers, as the answer is a big YES. And actually it is a good thing. We cannot get rid of our ego (our selfish desire for pleasures), or suppress it, but we have to learn how to direct this desire. Our desire is all that we have, we are a desire, this is our matter. So we cannot get rid of it, if we try it will just come back stronger, and I think we can find countless examples from our lives. In our spiritual path we are progressing on… Read more »

swanjarvi
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swanjarvi

Quite possible: the spiritual ego, is a blessing, sometimes in disguise!

Panther
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Panther

You actually have to let go of your ego for Spiritual growth.
The ego has a mind of its own.
The ego is part of your nature which is your hardest critic.
The ego needs to be fed and so does the Spirit.
You cant adequately feed both.
Once you let go of your ego, your path becomes easier.
The way you perceive situations in your life will become clearer.
Your responses((instead of reacting)) will be more of a loving nature.

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Witchy Mel

I used to believe in the concept of “no ego” or totally trying to suppress the ego’s desires but over the years I found that to feel very unnatural and unhealthy to me. Yes, I think that the ego can evolve and that maybe our soul teaches our ego. When we act from a place of spirit, maybe the ego observes and eventually begins to be proactive and included in such things. If a person strives to live a spiritual life, day in and day out, the ego really has no choice but to follow suit or be ignored…and the… Read more »

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Sounds like what you are referring to is a form of “spiritual materialism.”

The only thing that matters is direct experience–the rest is just an interpretation of a temporary formation.

♪Kingdom Teacher♪†♪
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♪Kingdom Teacher♪†♪

Spiritual desire are not earthly so they can not morph from earthly desires. Although, some earthly desire like want more out of your life, or feeling you need a friend, can leave you open to excepting spiritual gifts from God.

Ego on the other hand can get in the way of your spiritual growth.

titou
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titou

Well of course it can — that’s the nature of it. Can’t have an adult without having a teenager first, you know! In fact, most of those that disclaim ego are probably stuck right in the middle of it. Most people get over the “I” concept of ego soon after the terrible twos, and instead begin to develop an individual persona which is the vehicle which we use to identify ourselves and integrate into society, beginning with the family. It’s a necessary thing to do. Usually by middle age, we begin to see the difficulty this creates for our inner… Read more »

Jill E
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Jill E

Such an insightful question. Yes ego can definitely attach itself to spiritual growth. In fact it undoubtedly does. The last thing the ego wants is annihilation. It changes tactics and tells us how well we are doing on the spiritual path. How to recognise? Any sort of striving for results will be ego based, any sort of sense of belief. The below quote gives some insight into how the ego acts in relation to our spiritual endeavours. Quote from ACIM: Belief is an ego function, and as long as our true origin is open to belief we are regarding it… Read more »

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Excellent, yes…thank you for paying attention to what you, as an ego, are experiencing, and not just what other people and books say.
Those who believe otherwise will never see it.

The ego can be tamed and trained and enlightened.

Ek DharmYodha Arya
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Ek DharmYodha Arya

“Ego and actual spiritual growth are inversely related.” Spirituality takes you towards God and once you have experienced his pleasant presence, you will totally forget you and ur ego and this is called salvation. A Hindi Writer RamaVriksha Benipuri wrote in one of his stories about his first flight in an aeroplane , ” The higher you soar, the more rapidly all the boundaries of the earth disappears, all the outskirts, boundaries, patches of fields become a united and one face of the earth.” In the same way when you uplift in the plane of spirituality, all the boundries of… Read more »

Thimmappa M.S.
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Thimmappa M.S.

Generally, ego mars the spiritual growth as it separates from the unity with all that exist and build a castle/identity of its own, assumes ownership, doer-ship, consumer-ship that is unnecessary as the unique identity given by Nature to each one of us so full, vast and complete and merges with the perfect Order with which the whole creation is run. Ego disturbs that Order, prevents spirituality(Peace and Unity) and contribute to misery on earth by disobeying that Order such as pollution, environmental degradation, crime and so on – all anti spiritual!

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bilbo baggins

Hi there Kasey! Pride … (in our imperfect life) is hard to handle . It can be Boastful and self righteous. With out sin and being as perfect humans we would have no problems with a prideful ego.Our pride would be directed towards our knowledge of our creator.Instead of our selves. If you can control it, an ego is not self assuming. It gives thanks for knowledge and wisdom to God. That is a problem for many religions that Jesus said would tickle the ears of it’s listeners. While claiming to give thanks to God,they look at it as ,they… Read more »

claptic
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claptic

I think, kasey, that we have two egos, one “animal” and one Divine. The two can never meet and the Divine only manifests as the lower is paralyzed… I think. Morphing is an interesting thought.

Mystic Child ( ( ( o ) ) )
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Mystic Child ( ( ( o ) ) )

OH YES

A big yes

the more you know the more IT BECOMES BIGGER

THIS is the dangerous part

When you know that you know then who is really knowing ?

you gotta ask yourself that allways

I sometimes know that the ego knows when I feel heavy

when I dont feel heavy I know who understands and realise and not only know

very good question, this is what I was thinking about the whole day and somewhat this question and the thing i was thinking about kinda synchronized

MelGodsChild18
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MelGodsChild18

ego is another word for pride which god hates!one who believe in god must not think that he is responsible for all the great things because it is god who is responsible for them!!!