Spiritual Hypochondria is one of those beautiful ideals… that can slow down your spiritual progress. And suck a lot of the joy out of your life.
Ironically, who’s most at risk? People who care passionately about personal growth. Or spiritual awakening. Or both!
In this article, I’ll clarify the meaning of Spiritual Hypochondria. Let’s explore WHY to stop. And then, HOW to stop?
First of All, What IS Spiritual Hypochondria
It means trying too hard spiritually.
- Whether trying to please God.
- Or to do a super-de-dooper job at your religion.
- My fellow English Lit. majors may remember a poignant example. In “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” James Joyce describes a phase in his Catholic life of “supererogatory” attempts toward sainthood.
Another example is this blog Comment #12, which inspired today’s blog post:
“Doing anything but my dharma has become unbearable for me.”
Spiritual Hypochondria Is Similar to Energy Hypochondria
Maybe you recognize this term of art from Energy Spirituality.
Energy Hypochondria means dwelling overmuch on whether your personal energies are okay. For instance:
- Maybe “grounding” and “shielding” your aura all day long.
- Likewise, it’s Energy Hypochondria to worry about “Toxic Personalities.”
- Or to fear reading auras because (supposedly) what you find in others will become contagious.
In my view, Energy Hypochondria is worse than a waste of time. Since it will… not might… will…
Energy Hypochondria will propel a person into spiritual addiction.
(To grow past that, read “The New Strong.” Still having a problem? Book a personal session with me.)
Both Energy Hypochondria and Spiritual Hypochondria Are Totally Unnecessary
Back at the idea of dharma, I do invite you to read this article with an Energy Spirituality perspective on dharma. Since it’s a non-religious, practical approach to a really important concept.
To put it another way, dharma simply means acting like a good person.
And that’s a matter of making little choices. Daily choices. Honorable choices.
But not self-conscious choices. Like you’re constantly monitoring yourself.
As in, “Euwwww. How icky! I almost did something that wouldn’t have been perfectly in keeping with my dharma.”
That’s Spiritual Hypochondria. AKA, both working too hard. And also a total waste of time.
WHY Would It Be Smart to Stop Spiritual Hypochondria?
Because… it means working too hard. And it’s also a total waste of time.
And HOW Can You Stop Spiritual Hypochondria?
Simply do your reasonable best.
To rephrase it, live like a human being. Not a wannabe plaster saint.
Granted, some of you may not find this idea “too hard.” Or “not super-complicated, working hard like I’m used to all (long) day long.”
Two remedies can make all the difference. Both remedies having been mentioned earlier in today’s article. 😉
Please, please, please read “The New Strong.” Read it slowly. And say out loud your own personal examples of what I’m talking about. (Because you really will have plenty of them.)
And if, after learning to live the New Strong, you’re still complicating your life. Somehow. Not exactly knowing why.
Then it’s time to book a personal session of Energy Spirituality. Let me find out the cause(s) and use the appropriate Healing Centerpiece for you.
As always, Blog-Buddies, you’re cordially invited to COMMENT below.
I’m really curious to read your reactions.
Some of you might have some stories to share, as well. Like from times you used to try really, really hard:
- As a Fundamentalist Christian. Or Evangelical Christian.
- Maybe “working on your issues” psychologically. (With this link, scroll down to the colorful, tabbed box.)
- As a New Ager.
- Or a meditator.
- Or a whatever used to be Your Big, Important Sacred Path.
Seems to me, one of the signs of a path that isn’t soul-satisfying? Either Energy Hypochondria or Spiritual Hypochondria.
Surely, you deserve better than either one.