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❚ egocentric ❚ spirituality ✱ Robert A. Johnson

dethroning the ego

… men are tempted to adopt a new kind of egocentricity in which they use their powers of dominating the world for “spiritual” purposes. This is no less egocentric than any previous use of the ego, and it constitutes a particularly vicious trap on the path. Further progress is not possible unless you realign your ego’s place in your life. Jung described this moment of realignment as the relocation of the center of gravity of the personality. This process is so painful, since it consists of dethroning the ego, that it is rarely done.