Is Your Spirituality Real?

Do you ever ask yourself if your spirituality is real?

One thing I have learned about my spiritual life is that it needs to be true, it needs to be authentic. It needs to be engaged. And it needs to be right here and now. A lot of the time what I have found is that spiritual people (and yes, I include myself in this) want to appear holy. And really what that is about is about the ego. It isn't necessarily about spiritual advancement. It isn't about spiritual growth. It's about "looking good." This is what the ego is about: the ego is about looking good. That's what the ego dance is. And the ego dance is something that we create. The ego is something we construct. We build it in order to make ourselves look different, be different, act different.

In this Western society, this is what is valued. If you look at the whole advertising culture, if you look at the whole idea of consumerism, if you look at the whole idea of constructing yourself through your career, constructing yourself through relationships, constructing yourself through all these different things that you possess, all that you wish to possess, all this is about building yourself up as someone unique, someone different.

Now, not that there is anything wrong with that; that's okay, that is totally fine, but what are you doing it in service for? What are you doing i