If spiritual life is not about confrontation, then what the hell is it good for? If spiritual life is about reaffirming and confirming the ego life, then spiritual life is a waste. However, spirituality is about a life absent of ego, and the reality of life here on Earth demonstrates the majority are blind of Truth. Furthermore, spiritual life is marked by two major signs. The first is self realization, which is always instant and immediate, it is something that can always be confirmed in the now, and real self realization always confirms eternal self as prior to any other bodily feeling of self that conditionally and/or spontaneously springs up through conditioning of the body/mind/soul. The self/truth realized today, right now, is the same truth a trillion eons from now, all the while everything that comes to pass manifests in the eternal now; appearances change and Truth does not.
Self realization is the part of spiritual life that provides the foundation for all spiritual growth and realization. The second is the spiritual process, which only comes about once self realization has dawned for the individual, and it must be a self realization that empowers the individual to release the activity of ego and to take everlasting rest as eternal Self/God/Truth (name is not important at this point). This is a process wherein the whole body, mind, and soul are purged of the conscious activity of ego, and then upon the final death of that activity comes the assimilation or transfiguration of the body-mind-soul by the free and perpetually instantly tangible heartfelt presence of God. At this point in an individual's spiritual path there is only God alive as the individual, that one lives perfectly in God's/Truth's will, and the whole anatomy of esoteric consciousness becomes a lively fully awakened living force of consciousness. The whole body-mind-soul comes to life through the abundant heart~fire love-bliss of Truth, the entire Spiritual Cross (as I have termed it) comes to life fully and completely. This is a real process, it is a tangible, evidence filled spiritual process, and Every one must pass through, in their unique way, these processes (which also contain a universal quality for all) for the revelation of Truth to be Known clearly, freely, and wholly as whole bodily enlightenment.
Yet, looking at the types of social life in our various kinds of collaborative online spiritual communities, how many are really making progress beyond just changing their world-view, which is an abstract spirituality that (might – possibly) helps to undermine the conditioning of ego life? Although, if all you get from spiritual practice is a change in a world-view and no real death of what was once the ruler of the body/mind, then instead of a spiritual change (resulting from a change in world-view, which may lead the individual to more growth and change) all that really happens is just adding more junk to the ego’s life, it is just adding to the size of the hedge built around ‘me’ to protect ‘me’ from dying, suffering, and so on, and if the ego can protect others through the hedge, that just makes it that much more difficult to tear through the junk of mind and get to the Heart of what is really going on.
The egoic conditioning of the mind will not just evaporate in a flash; it does not work like that. Continuing, Self Realization is instant (right NOW), and self realization provides an anchor of consciousness for the newly awakened devotee of Truth. But, the storm of ego will continue until the purging process of enlightenment is complete, the process progresses as the Light of Self clears away the debris left over from ego’s nightmare. So, what I am saying is that once people get into the community part of this ongoing Earth change of a genuine Spiritual awakening there comes a tendency to console and to support whatever their mind attaches to Truth; like ego claiming to be God, when in Truth there Is Only God. Then when people come along and try to offer insight into a growth beyond just a mental change in an individual's world-view and/or growth beyond a simple abstract realization of self/truth, or point out places where they are showing personal confusion, there appears a backlash from within the community.
This is where an online collaborative~spiritual community can Really support continued spiritual growth and not allow ourselves to become stagnant and bogged down in a pseudo safe-zone of spiritual life. These online communities offer a collective practice of collaborative spirituality that transcends religion and tradition; there is a Universal Understanding that each one of us Is Truth (progressively awakening uniquely for each individual). Satsang is the company/community of Truth, and Sangha is the community that forms from the company of Truth. In the sangha there is a discipline of not allowing the old delusions of ego life to interrupt the devotee's spiritual practice, and there is a confrontation from all those living in the sangha amongst each other.
Everyone participates, and no one gets upset and leaves, we all learn to have a thick skin and to endure the love slaps of consciousness (meaning not allowing each other to fall into the kinds of conscious relationships ego generates) that come from our peers, brothers, and sisters. This is a duty of those participating in the sangha, it is a selfless duty in service to all participating. This is also a basis for creating and sustaining an online sangha that transcends religion and tradition. Most online communities like to play spirituality, but never really get into the guts of the full Spiritual process, and the guts of ego require exposure (by Divine) in order to root them out, burn them out, and/or purge them out totally. Most online communities end up supporting a protective shield for ego religion and ego spirituality, which is not Real Spirituality. Online communities have to learn to balance the activity of being critical with the activity of kindness and compassion. I challenge you today to engage your online collaborative~spiritual community in way that works to maintain a balance of growth and love and support of each person's unique spiritual progress, all the while not letting the sangha to become a people petting resort, and/or creating an environment where the ego does not thrive. Blessings and Peace.