The Science of Spiritual Narcissism

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However, this is all much easier said than done. As has been observed by many spiritual leaders, spiritual practitioners and psychologists over the years, the ego has an incessant need to be seen in a positive light, and will eagerly hijack whatever flow of consciousness it can use for its own enhancement. As the Indian philosopher Sri Aurobindo noted:

‘At every moment [the seeker] must proceed with a vigilant eye upon the deceits of the ego and the ambushes of the misleading Powers of Darkness who ever represent themselves as the one source of Light and Truth and take on them a simulacrum of divine forms in order to capture the soul of the seeker.’


Publisher: Scientific American
Author: Scott Barry Kaufman
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The Science of Good Deeds

It’s a classic tale, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge — the epitome of selfishness, the quintessential mean-spirited, miserly, narcissistic old man. Yet as Scrooge discovers the joy of good deeds, he blooms with the “helper’s high” – and his spirit is reborn. And a merrier man had never been seen, as the story goes.

Acts of heroism are one form of altruism — as we saw on 9/11, when firemen rushed into the World Trade Center. Many firemen, chaplains, and citizens joined the rescue and recovery effort, working grueling 12-hour shifts.

This is the focus of 50 scientific studies funded through The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, headed by Stephen G. Post, PhD, a professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. It is a comprehensive investigation of altruism, aka benevolence, compassion, generosity, and kindness.


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Meditation can ‘boost feelings of superiority’, study finds

Forms of spiritual enlightenment can ‘boost feelings of superiority’ by stoking the ego, a new study has found.’

Thy found that those who were engaged in the more bizarre ‘energetic’ therapies, such as aura reading, were the most smug.’

Forms of spiritual training ‘ including mindfulness, meditation, self healing and reading auras’ are supposed to distance people from their ego and any feelings of self-worth.’

But spiritual training appears to actually have the opposite effect, by enhancing people’s need to feel ‘more successful, more respected or loved’, the experts say.’

Publisher: Mail Online
Date: 2020-12-29T10:47:15+0000
Author: Jonathan Chadwick
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‘Man in his arrogance’: Who is to blame?

On Wednesday, as Congress began counting electoral votes in a free election, insurrectionists breached the U.S. Capitol Building and halted the proceedings.’

It would be comforting to say that such an event as the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building was a surprise but, alas, this was a foreseeable conclusion of President Trump’s four years in office, stoking the fires of partisan hatred and further division.

Just hours prior, Trump held a rally outside the White House and incited such displays of lawlessness. He proclaimed to his frenzied supporters that they would have to ‘show strength’ as they voiced their displeasure at the outcome of the election.


Publisher: The Daily Cardinal
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Psychology Today

As the shadow side of their community emerged, Zack and Shira were faced with some hard choices. As evident as it was to the two of them, the majority of the rest of the community refused to accept reality. When the breakdown in integrity deteriorated to the point of criminal negligence, saving the community from an inevitable and total meltdown seemed impossible.’

This is a story of how two people, in the face of overwhelming odds, managed to rescue their community from nearly certain self-destruction. Through the loving strength of their own relationship, Zack and Shira provided the healing balm that not only kept their community of several hundred people alive and well, but ultimately to thrive and grow beyond anyone’s expectations.’


Publisher: Psychology Today
Date: 9AD6650A37790044983CFB6B27D77607
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‘Conspirituality’ Explains Why the Wellness World Fell for QAnon

In October, Louisville Community Acupuncture in Kentucky published a statement on its website that they ‘never imagined we’d have to write.’

Titled Conspirituality: Wellness meets Conspiracy Theory, it announced that the acupuncture business stood in solidarity with parts of the yoga community that were rejecting conspiracy theories, like QAnon, misinformation about COVID-19, and anti-vax ideologies. These conspiracy theories are currently ‘tearing through the wellness world,’ they wrote.’

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