The pitfall of good identities and ideals

 

In Territory of Freedom, Adyashanti mentions how Anakin Skywalker turns to the dark side because of love. He turns to the dark side because of something generally seen as good, as an ideal. Of course, the real reason he turns to the dark side is that he believes his thoughts. (I need Padmé. I need to prevent her from dying. Something terrible will happen. Padmé is more important to me than anything else. I am willing to do anything for her.)

And that’s the same with any identity generally seen as good, and any ideals. When I take them as true, I perceive and act as if they are true. My perception and choice of actions is limited and distorted.

If I believe I must be seen as a good person, or act in a good way, I start filtering thoughts, emotions and actions to fit my image of good. My priority becomes the image and trying to live up to it. I am no longer honest with myself and others. I am no longer authentic. There is a sense of separation and unease. And if a more kind action doesn’t fit my image of what’s good, I am unable to act on it. I limit my choices, and I exclude choices I may have see as more kind if I didn’t believe I needed to live up to this image.

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– star wars, love, turns to the dark side b/c of love (adyashanti mentions), but really b/c how believing his thoughts
– noble, limiting, limits following what’s more authentic, real, even kindness (when try to live up to any idea)

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