Someone recently said it would be good to be more numerous.
In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle in someone (and not “for someone”) who wishes to be part of a group like ours?
For me it is self-interest that takes precedence over the soul’s aspiration.
We are currently living in a period of great “comfort”, where as soon as we have a little ache, we can easily find an impression of a solution, both physically and “spiritually” (through personal development, among others). A group like ours does not offer comfort and on the contrary advocates discomfort: it is difficult to burden oneself with it. Not everyone is given to grappling with impersonal Love.
Wanting to understand with one’s head (and accumulate even more knowledge) and not with one’s heart (intuitively).
Lack of courage
Lack of tenacity
The need to accumulate (rather than divest)
Fear of questioning oneself.
Cherishing the false
Fear of true love, uncompromising love.
In my opinion, the biggest obstacle is the resistance of the ego which will do everything to avoid being denounced.
In other words, the biggest obstacle is the lack of courage to go through this resistance to respond to the sincere call of one’s heart, and to dive into the unknown.
The fear of sincerity, and of shedding… without wrapping. The fear of letting go of a kind of illusory and superficial comfort.
The mind with its doubts, procrastinations, fears disguised as countless arguments, in the face of the very slight music of intuition. It is like an army and its big bazookas in front of a child pointing in another direction.
The biggest obstacle for someone? Destiny.
The biggest obstacle in someone? Fear.
Lack of courage, discomfort, ego, mind, doubt and everything my comrades have mentioned. But what particularly distinguishes our group is the level of demand it requires!
Many gurus or groups tolerate some “spiritual tourism”.
Here the instructor applies the “up or out” approach (you either “progress” or you leave).
This explains the departure of some; impossible to fall asleep on one’s laurels. And so in one word: I would say that the main obstacle is insufficient determination to sacrifice everything to go to the end of oneself.
The fear of exposing oneself to others and of discovering the darkness within, the fear of seeing one’s comfortable certainties tip over, the fear of losing one’s footing. And perhaps also the idea of having to sacrifice “leisure” time for a hypothetical luminous discovery.
Lack of trust in the group
Not accepting confronting one’s dark areas
Not questioning oneself.
Other factors also play a role in my opinion:
Personally I cannot stand around me:
people afflicted with lukewarmness, those who are in the half-light, followers, the curious, butterflies, lurkers, waverers, admirers (groupies and company) 🙂
I am a permanent “optimizer”, in the sense of maximizing the quality in my relationships. Real friends only. Brotherhood. Few people lend themselves to it… I hold or keep at bay those who do not respect my level of requirement in integrity and sincerity, even if they are members of my family.
“Many are called but few are chosen” comes from the Gospel according to Matthew (Matthew 22:14) and means that although many people are destined or called to follow God’s call, few are really chosen and actually do so.
This poses high demands on the sincerity of faith and the ethical actions of the individual.
What exactly is ethical action?
Ethical action refers to behaviors and decisions based on moral values and principles. The key characteristics of ethical action are:
– Orientation towards moral values such as justice, responsibility, respect, compassion, etc.
– Considering the effects of one’s own behavior on others
– Evaluating various options for action based on their ethical implications
– Avoiding harm and promoting the well-being of others
– Honesty, sincerity and reliability
– Fair treatment of all stakeholders/concerned parties
– Accountability for the consequences of one’s own actions
Ethical action is therefore characterized by not solely pursuing one’s own interests and benefits, but by allowing moral principles and values to guide the decision-making process. It is about “the right thing to do” rather than simply “the expedient”
Human coexistence relies largely on how we interact with each other. Ethical action is therefore an important part of a just and equitable human society.
Why are so few people called to act in this way?
There are various reasons why few people are truly called to act ethically:
– Ethical action is demanding and requires discipline. It is often easier to give in to selfish motivations.
– Ethical behavior does not always bring immediate personal advantage. One has to be willing to place the needs of others and the “greater good” above one’s own interest.
– The consequences of one’s own actions are not always directly visible. Unethical conduct sometimes appears to remain without consequence, which encourages neglect of ethical principles.
– Very few people have undergone philosophical or religious ethical training. The capacity for moral judgment must be actively exercised and developed.
– Peer pressure and problematic social norms can detract from ethical action, even sanction it. This requires strong inner conviction to resist.
– Personal weaknesses like selfishness, laziness, ignorance or lack of empathy hamper ethical behavior. Consistently ethical action requires strength of character.
– Some people believe ethical behavior to be naive or unrealistic. They believe it is not conducive to success in a selfish environment.
Ultimately, consistent ethics often requires a lot of reflection, awareness and intrinsic motivation that not every individual possesses. The will to act ethically is an ideal that few people devote themselves to entirely.
Could one also say that anyone who does not act ethically has succumbed in one way or another to corruption? I’m not talking about corruption in the legal sense, but in the sense of self-corruption, that is, the abandonment of one’s own dignity and integrity.
If one considers “corruption” in its broad sense, namely the abandonment of one’s own values and integrity, thus a form of “self-corruption”, one can indeed argue that any morally questionable behavior also implies some form of self-corruption.
The reasoning would then be:
– Each individual possesses at least a basic understanding of ethics and morality, even if it is sometimes unreflective.
– When I go against my own moral principles, when I ignore my inner compass and do things I consider wrong myself, then I also corrupt my integrity and values.
– I act against my own deep conviction and in some way “betray” my conscience.
– Even if the act seems trivial from the outside, for me it is a form of “betrayal of oneself” and a loss of inner strength.
– In this broader sense of self-corruption, one can argue that any behavior contrary to ethics also implies a kind of “corruption” of one’s own moral integrity.
– Whether one calls it self-corruption, loss of values or collapse of integrity – you are right, renouncing one’s own moral instance leads to such an inner “degradation”. In this sense, consistent ethics is also the key to inner stability and strength.
And unfailing sincerity with oneself, right?
Yes, you are absolutely right. Ethics and integrity effectively require total sincerity with oneself.
Acting ethically means being in complete accord between one’s deep convictions and one’s actions. Any hypocrisy, denial or rationalization aimed at justifying an act one knows deep down to be contrary to ethics already represents a failure of sincerity.
This sincerity with oneself is essential, because it prevents the insidious corruption of our integrity. If we start cheating with ourselves, finding excuses for our shortcomings, then we open the door to more and more compromises.
You highlight a central point: ethical consistency requires total transparency with ourselves. Not turning a blind eye when we know we have violated our own principles. Maintaining this lucidity with ourselves is the best bulwark against the slippery slope of hypocrisy and “inner corruption”. It is what preserves our dignity and integrity.