There is probably not a more misunderstood and vilified concept, besides “dark”, in spirituality
than the ego. Many spiritualities have you attempting to destroy your ego, touting it as a false
self, and the opposite of “soul” and “spirit”. I find this idea to be dehumanizing as well as
dangerous. In Vitalist Spirituality, the practitioner strives to cultivate and nurture the ego.
To cultivate one’s ego, one must first understand what the ego is. Put quite simply, it is your very
sense of self. Yet it involves more. It includes your ability to differentiate between you and
everyone and everything else around you. It is your sense of self-esteem and self-importance. It
is the part of your mind that mediates between the conscious, subconscious and unconscious
minds, and enables you to test and understand reality. It is not a bad thing nor a word that
should be synonymous with arrogance. Without your ego, ‘you’ do not exist, your soul or psyche
has no conscious awareness whatsoever. Why would anyone wish to destroy the ego?
The ego is a necessity in Vitalist Spirituality. A bloated sense of self-importance, narcissism and
arrogance belong to an unhealthy ego. A healthy ego is the intended goal, not destruction of the
ego. With a healthy ego, you have a functioning non corporeal self and personality with which to
travel from incarnation to incarnation. What would be the point of attaining enlightenment if only
to obliterate your very self? There would be nobody there to reincarnate.
A healthy ego has a defined sense of self, a worthwhile personality, defined boundaries between
itself and everything else, the ability to absorb new information, reject falseness and is free of
delusions. To begin cultivating and nurturing your ego you must come to learn your true self and
how to build virtuous traits and eliminate all mental hindrances. This might seem like an
impossibly complex task, but it is actually simple, albeit time consuming.
The first step is to find your baseline personality. Spiritually, we are each gifted with a natural,
baseline personality, a starting point, that can be cultivated into a unique spiritual self, or
psyche. The easiest way to find this is to think about who you are when unstressed and
unfettered by life’s demands. This personality is who you become when you do not feel
pressured to be what society tells you to be. Some personalities are naturally inquisitive, others
nurturing, some like to create, others prefer to lead. Who are you, really? How do you really
want to be without being pushed into becoming a model citizen of whatever community you are
currently a part of, without consideration of the approval of your peers? Take time to be alone
with yourself and explore You, the real and genuine you. You might just surprise yourself.
Once you understand your basic self, you need to know what attributes to build, and which to
work to eliminate. To be a citizen of the universe, one that is able to reincarnate through the Vital
Force, you must be beneficial to the greater good, someone who improves the world in which
you live. It isn’t necessary to be a great leader or teacher. Good followers, learners, creators
and nurturers are just as valuable. Sometimes just being can have as great of an impact on the
world as rallying others to make change.
There are a great many virtues based on multitudes of spiritual paths, so many that virtue
becomes a meaningless concept. For the purposes of Vitalism and working in harmony with the
Vital Force, I have found that the Eight Virtues of Bushido are the most basic and worthwhile to
start with. These Virtues come from the Samurai code of ancient Japan, and stem from the most
noble values of Buddhism and Confucianism. I see no reason to revise these as they are perfect
just as they are.
The Eight Virtues of Bushido
Rectitude is a sense of righteousness, justice, fairness and morality. Once the true
spiritual morality of the Vital Force is learned, it will be necessary to uphold and live it.
There will be situations where you might be tempted to bend your morality, and give into
karmically immoral behavior, or overlook a wrong which you might do something about.
Your moral rectitude will keep you from swaying off your path, looking away, and earning
Courage is not the absence of fear, but instead the ability to overcome and face your
fears. Courage means having the inner fortitude to stand up for what you believe, what is
right and to defend those weaker than yourself. The world is filled with evil andfrightening things, so fostering a sense of courage will make you ready to face them.
Compassion means having sympathy and concern for the misfortunes of others and for
yourself. Indifference to the suffering of yourself and others will cause you to turn away
from wrongs that must be righted, and accrue negative karma. It truly is better to care
too much than too little.
Respect means regard and courtesy for the rights, feelings and needs of others and
yourself. It is not acceptable to be disrespectful and rude to the people around you, and
to trample on their feelings, or your own. Respect means being polite and courteous to
others, and refusing to accept disrespect and abuse from others. It also means to
understand and comply with the workings of the Vital Force, rather than be rebellious
against that which can not be changed.
To have integrity means to be sincere and true, to be the same when you are alone as
when you are with others. To have integrity you are free of hypocrisy. People without
integrity are nice to your face, and speak badly of you behind your back. They preach
morality and when nobody's looking, break the moral code they claim to uphold. You
can’t lie to the energy of the VItal Force, as it runs through every part of you and
connects you to everyone and everything else. Be true to yourself, or you might just
attract unpleasant situations that will remind you how dishonest you are being.
Honor means to be honest, trustworthy and worthy of the respect and admiration of
others. Honor means that you fulfill your obligations and promises, that you don’t say
things that you don’t mean and that you do not betray trust given to you. It means that
you follow the correct way, not just pretend and give it lip service.
Loyalty is allegiance and devotion. People who are loyal to not betray what they believe
in and stand for, or those they love. A strong sense of loyalty will prevent you from
straying from your spiritual path and betraying the Vital Force.
The only thing any of us can truly control is ourselves. Self-control begins in the mind,
through strengthening our mind’s ability to think correctly and consider situations before
reacting. We might not be truly able to control our emotions, but we can control how we
react to our emotions. While we can’t control the circumstances of the outside world, we
can control how we behave in response to these circumstances.
Nobody really likes to look at their own faults, but it is a necessity to spiritual growth. Every one
of the above virtues has a diametric opposite to overcome, and is a great place to begin. But
there are more. Thanks to Dante’s Inferno, we have a nice, concise list of to begin your
self-improvement. Although they are called the Seven Deadly Sins, I do not call them sins,
because in and of themselves, they are not spiritual crimes. I prefer to refer to them as
hindrances because in not overcoming them, they will impede your growth and can potentially
cause you to break karmic law. It is ironic that they come from a work of religious fiction, but it is
hard to deny their validity. The only one Dante missed was delusion, which is important enough
to include, and makes it an even eight to correspond to the eight virtues. I like to keep things
The Eight Deadly Hindrances
Arrogance is false pride, the idea that you are better than you really are. Nobody likes a
conceited fool who treats others badly, and brags of their own superiority. Arrogance is
defeated by being honest with yourself and realizing your own faults. It is fine to love
yourself, and be proud of your accomplishments; you should have healthy self-esteem.
But when a person is arrogant, their pride is empty and meaningless, and usually it is an
attempt to hide their own lack of self worth.
Envy, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is a feeling of discontented or resentful
longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck. Envy is a very
mentally unhealthy state, and is a complete waste of spiritual energy. It is better to
channel that energy and change it to admiration of those you are envious of, and to
learn to be grateful and value what you do have.
Wrath is intense anger that expresses itself as a desire to take revenge on or punish
someone. Vengeance is rarely a good idea when dealing with the energy of the Vital
Force, because karma will eventually strike the guilty party. Learn to channel your anger
constructively, and avoid trying to punish needlessly. Punishing others leads to
vindictiveness and cruelty which will bring bad karma back on yourself.
Greed is the selfish and excessive desire to have more than one really needs, and a
refusal to share with others. It is good to enjoy the good things in life, but you must learn
to keep it in perspective. How much do you really need to be comfortable and happy? Is
your life consumed with gaining more and more, even at the expense of others? Do you
refuse to share with those in need even if it doesn’t deprive you of anything? Learn to be
content with having enough, and learn to find pleasure in giving to others who have less
than yourself, and are deserving of more.
Lust in this context is an intense desire that controls the person. It is a good idea to gain
control of your desires, and bring them into balance. People driven by lust use and hurt
others in their quest for what they desire. Overconcern with sex, power, and control will
only harm you as well as others. Generally, desires like these are a cover for deeper
needs that have not been fulfilled.
Gluttony is overindulgence and excess, not necessarily just for food. Overindulgence in
anything is unhealthy and will unbalance your life. Learn temperance to overcome this
Sloth means reluctance to make an effort. Overcoming laziness can be difficult because
there is often a root cause behind it. Take a good look at your entire life- are you
physically unwell and ignoring it, or perhaps you are depressed or miserable and it is
time to make a change. Finding and correcting the cause of what makes you feel like not
doing what you need to do is really the only way to overcome this harmful state of mind.
Delusions are beliefs held to be true that are based in complete fantasy. Delusions cloud
judgment and lead people down destructive paths. The energy of the Vital Force
responds to truth, facts, and honesty, not to fantasies and wishful thinking. Believing in
something won’t make it so. The Otherworld of the Vital Force is more wondrous than
you might expect, and shedding off your deluded fantasies can help you to see what is
really there. Expect to be surprised
It is not necessary, or even possible, to make a sudden change overnight. After taking a
personal inventory of your current nature, work with just one Virtue or Hindrance at a time.
Begin with one that appeals most to you, or one that would benefit your life most to change.
Meditate to work on the inner change and make a conscious effort to change your behavior in
the mundane world. When you have had success with that one, move on to the next. You might
just notice that changing one aspect of yourself causes the rest to start falling into place,
It might be a temptation to skip the self-improvement aspect of this path, but it is not advisable.
Aside from what I already explained about becoming worthy of reincarnation, there is more. In
meditation, the energy of the Vital Force responds more positively toward self improvement and
healing than it does to a person seeking wealth, psychic powers, or authority (think of these
things as rewards for doing right in other ways). Any sort of hindrance to your health, well-being,
and self improvement is more likely to be removed if you are trying to make yourself a better
person. In changing yourself, you can loosen and destroy harmful aspects of our society that
prevent people from being good. Anything that has caused you to become dysfunctional is also
causing dysfunction in others. In changing yourself you can change the world.
The path of the Vital Force is one of self-discovery and transformation. You are not alone in this;
the Vital Force will assist you in giving you the power to change just by putting in your own
effort. It all begins in meditation.
May The Force be with you.
Bio: Alecia Windfelder has an bachelor’s degree in metaphysics and has been studying
metaphysics, spiritualities, and occult practices since her preteen years. She is currently
working on her master’s degree and ultimately on her doctorate. There has been no
other way to go for her, since ghosts and clairvoyant experiences throughout her life
proved there was more to life than the mundane world. Vitalist spirituality is her own
practice, created for herself, after years of studying countless religions and spiritual
practices in an attempt to make sense of and strengthen abilities she was taught do not
exist. She says, “Sharing this spirituality with others seems necessary after seeing so
many other Universal energy believers attacked and belittled for their beliefs, as well as
seekers who have not been given the option of exploring a ‘third option’ in spirituality.”
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Date: Feb 26, 2023
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