… has the ability to convert everything to its own use, even spirituality…
For example, if you learned of a particular beneficial meditation technique of spiritual practice, then ego’s attitude is, first, to regard it as an object of fascination and, second, to examine it. Finally, since ego is seemingly solid and cannot really absorb anything, it can only mimic.
Thus, #ego tries to examine and imitate the practice of meditation and the meditative way of life.
If we become successful at maintaining our self consciousness, through spiritual techniques, then genuine spiritual development is highly unlikely.
Our mental habits become so strong as to be hard to penetrate. We may even go as far as to achieve the totally demonic state of complete egohood.
The Essential #Chogyam Trungpa