How We Self-Sabotage Our Spiritual Practices
How often have you been getting along nicely with your spiritual reading and practice when you get interrupted? It might be by something as simple as a bad cold and you feel rough for a few days, so you take time out to have a “duvet day” because you feel poorly and don’t want to do anything except watch daytime TV and eat some chocolate to console yourself!
Or it might be something more time-consuming such as a trip away or having a friend to stay with you – your routine gets disrupted and you almost forget that you had this good thing going prior to their visit.
Or worse, you might get made redundant, or have a relationship breakdown, or have a challenging situation with a family member. You get completely thrown off track and your spiritual progress gets put back or worse, ignored!
It might be that one of your major life lessons comes up to the surface for healing and that can also stop us in our tracks – it’s not always the ego, it can be previous trauma coming up to be healed which may seem horrific at the time, but if you can forgive and release these emotional traumas you will be able to breakthrough and heal them – but they can, of course, throw us off track from our good spiritual practices.
Our egos love to trip us up and will find many ways to do so – this is how we self-sabotage! It can be very much “three steps forward and two steps back”.
Self-sabotage is what we also tend to do on a low-key daily basis – we allow ourselves to be distracted from focussing on our thoughts because we want to go out shopping, or meet a friend or watch TV. Of course, socialising and relaxation are essential, but if we allow ourselves to become so busy being “human doings” instead of human beings, it will be your ego’s way of distracting you from your beneficial spiritual practice. Our egos will also distract us from leading a healthy lifestyle or a disciplined exercise routine. The ego will do anything it can to keep us from progressing – it self-sabotages us continually, so be on your guard.
Start listening to your thoughts. Learn to not only listen but to distinguish your ego’s thoughts from your intuitive thoughts – these comes direct from Spirit and will always take you on the right path. Whereas our distracting, negative and anxious thoughts are ego-driven – they’re lies! Thoughts that make you feel angry, resentful and upset in any way – including anxious thoughts – are of the ego. On the other hand, our intuitive thoughts are peaceful, happy and light-hearted.
Have a go. It’s fun! And don’t beat yourself up if you think, “I can’t do it” because THAT’S an ego thought. If you want to receive intuitive guidance, you will succeed. It’s how I was taught by Margaret and Maitreya so if I can do it, so can you! Say “No” to self-sabotage today!
With love, as ever