Spiritual Vanity - Saint Germain by Alexandra Mahlimay & Dan Bennack - Romania
The next question answered by Saint-Germain comes from our monthly channeled broadcast
Spectator (paraphrased): I feel that true freedom comes when I can choose anything I might want to create or experience in life. When I can do what I want. But does it not lead too much freedom to difficulties, too? And what about vanity, to begin with? What do you think about freedom, choice, and vanity?
Saint-Germain: An interesting question. You are asking about freedom of choice here, and here is my short answer, “With freedom comes the choice, and in the election you will find your freedom.” Yes, there is something wonderful about freedom of choice. But there is also something very seductive about it, especially if you are not prepared for the experience of being able to do whatever you want. And you have rightly named one of these difficulties. It's called vanity.
What is Spiritual Vanity?
Let's talk now about a specific type of vanity. Let's talk about spiritual vanity. Have you ever met someone who is spiritually vain? I am willing to bet that you know one or two of them.
A person is spiritually vain when they boast excessively of their spiritual achievements, and then use this to impress or manipulate others around them. He has "tarnished the halo" of many human angels who guide others on Earth today.
Spiritual vanity has consequences, too. Just think about how difficult it is for a spiritually vain person to unravel from this folly. It is a monumental work. It is a stumbling block for many who are on the spiritual path, as they travel back to remember their Divinity.
The Foolishness of Spiritual Vanity
Vanity is a trap, certainly, and here is why:
People on a spiritual path often find themselves entering higher states of consciousness, as they progress along the path. The problem of spiritual vanity appears, however, whenever there is a fascination or fixation in these experiences. It is tempting for some people to believe that only because they had this wonderful experience, that they are somehow better or more enlightened than others. This, of course, is absurd.
What is really happening here is that their egos, which are not yet fully integrated into the experience of Divine Remembrance, are making them a play.
Let me give you a silly example to illustrate this point.
Let's realize that the ego is your local school teacher, and that you are a naive student who is willing to believe almost anything you are told. Your teacher encourages you to write the following incomplete phrase on the board: "My spiritual experience is ..., " and then complete it with the following statement: "Better than your experience, any day of the week, so why don't you let me tell you about it?
Then your teacher sends you home to repeat this ridiculous statement to your family, friends, and neighbors, until they are convinced that you know exactly what you are talking about and that you should lead them to the Holy Land, or that You are crazy about auction. Then, the false prophet is born.
Understand this, my friend: The ego will take anything that is yours, and misrepresent it for its own purposes. He loves to make sure that you, and those around you, remain ignorant of his Divinity.
Why does the ego believe it deserves to be recognized by, or be better than everyone around it? Because he is secretly not sure of his place and importance in the world. This makes the ego particularly vulnerable to the experience of inflated pride. And the spiritual variety of this is particularly cumbersome.
The ego can never legitimately boast of something that is really important about you - like the Truth of your Divinity - because the ego was born from your ignorance of this fact.
And this brings us back to vanity.
Spiritual vanity is nothing more than a "recognition" approved by the ego of your Divinity. But it is a false recognition. It is simply another way to stay away from truly remembering your Divinity by telling you, and those around you, that you have already done it, when in fact you have not done so. The ego encourages you to accept this fiction, telling you that if you could only persuade enough people to believe that this is so, then it must surely be true. And this is the trap of spiritual vanity. It is as much a problem for those who lead others on a spiritual path, as it is for those who would allow themselves to lead.
Then, to make things perfectly clear, I will repeat what has been said: With freedom comes the choice, and in the choice you will find your freedom.
Understand this, dear friend, that when you are really free, you will choose your experiences wisely, exactly as your Soul does, and that spiritual vanity will not enter the scene at all.
Instead, your decisions about what to do with your life, your relationships, and anything else of importance to you will be in harmony with your soul’s Elections about c How better to embody your Divinity as the human being on Earth.
And in this harmonious alignment between what is human about you, and what is Divine, you will realize the true meaning of freedom. The true meaning for you as a human being, is to free you from the forgetfulness of Who You Really Are free yourself from your acts governed by the ego of self-sabotage that keep you in the dark about your Divinity.
Understand that as you re-integrate the distorted perceptions of the ego about who you are, in a conscious appreciation of your Divinity, that you will find freedom and purpose in everything you do.
And, more importantly, you will understand that your growing spiritual awareness has nothing to do with being better than others, more evolved. Instead, it puts you in equal conditions with all humans, and asks you to practice humility daily.
This kind of humility asks you to guide and teach through example, and not through ostentation or exhibitionism; demonstrating to others that living a human life, and that acting with Divine Consciousness, is possible for them, too.
Remember that humility does not ask you to deny the greatness of your Divinity, or to live timidly. Your Divinity IS great; and so are you, when you feel inspired by her. Humility simply asks you to live your life without false pride. Without ego.
A Need for Discernment
When you can get rid of the vanity of the ego, then you will no longer feel that you are spiritually superior to others, or more enlightened; or that you have to force your superior perspective on them, for their own good. Nor will you be seduced by the rival messages of those who would try to tell you, or sell you this type of packaged vanity. There is a great need for discernment about this today.
Instead you will be aware of everyone's need to find their way back to remember their Divinity, and you will be eager to help them in respectful and appropriate ways, whenever they come to you.
Thank you, my friend, for asking this question on behalf of all those who are present now, and who could be reading this later.
Spiritual Vanity: What It Is, What It Does
A Canalization of Saint-Germain
By Alexandra Mahlimay & Dan Bennack
April 4, 2010
Translated by Maribel González - com