Monday, September 5, 2011

Hubris Issue

In the past, I have seen cases in which people have "fallen" from "higher ground."  The "fallen angel" idea is a very apt metaphor for such cases.  The story is a familiar one.  A sublime being becomes egoistically inflated with spiritual virtues, becomes overcome with hubris, attributes spiritual virtues to their own inherent ego-based characteristic, and they stumble.    

Thaumaturges will know this, as will shamans and practitioners, that personal ascent (call it sublimation, transmutation, evolution, involution, etc.) is a bi-product of their consistent self-application toward consonance with universal Telos.  They will reach states of being which are sustained, until fully and completely assimilated, by consonant practice, by constant resonance.  When they reach these levels, the temptation occurs of attributing themselves with high virtues and powers.  They conflate ego with these newly achieved states, and hubris creeps in.  The next phase usually is complacency, and the resonance stops.  It's better to be a lowly aspirant instead of a hubris-ridden adept.  As an Asian saying says, as one's status in life rises higher, the head must bow lower.  There is such a thing as false humility too, though, a paradoxical kind of hubris.  It gets subtle and rarified, so constant vigilance is needed to check the wiles of ego.