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Category: Awareness

Inner Furniture

Within each of us is “inner furniture” that inhibits our full life in God. They can be past hurts, stereotypes, bad memories, religious wounds, and even our images of God. We find many examples in the Gospels of people who are blind to the layout of their inner rooms.

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Disidentifying with the False Self

We all struggle with a “shadow side” that gets us anxious or judgemental. Ignatius invites us to externalise this part of ourselves a bit so we can let our true selves emerge, the part of us that is compassionate and loving.

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The Ego

The ego is another name for the evil spirit. This is an important truth to understand if you wish to grow in the spiritual life. The evil spirit tries to protect the ego, which is just another word for the masks of self-importance and superiority we wear as individuals and groups. The good spirit, on the other hand, helps us transcend the egoic preoccupation.

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How is God Present?

We tend to look for God in the big emotion-filled moments and can feel disappointed when we don’t notice God in the everyday. Yet Ignatius says we can find God’s presence in the real stuff of everyday life.

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