Sometime ago, I came across this fabulous phrase: an ego that thinks it’s wearing the Robe of Awakening.
This phrase neatly expresses the dilemma faced by both genuine spiritual seekers and the more shallow spiritual “do-gooders.”
I have come across a few people who believe they are spiritually advanced, but who are rather too attached to that self-image to be truly spiritual. One sign of this attachment is the need to always have the last word on everything, to show the rest of us that they are Wise, that they have all the answers.
Now all I have to figure out is this: am I myself a wise, discerning soul who sees the shallowness of others; or am a judgemental person, judging others from the perspective of my own ego? :)
How do we ever know if we are truly Awake or merely wearing the Robe of Awakening?
I found this wonderfully expressive and thought-provoking phrase on Michael McAlister’s blog Awake in This Life.