Spiritual Ego: 15 Signs Of A Spiritual Narcissist

Spiritual Narcissist

Examples of the Spiritual Ego

Some of these examples border on spiritual narcissism (or are flat-out narcissistic), others can more typically be seen in the spiritual community. Let’s look at some examples of the spiritual ego:

  • Claiming to have “special access” to a spirit guide/angel/spirit/ascended master for the purposes of self-aggrandizement
  • Believing oneself to be the reincarnation of a superior being, famous spiritual historical figure, etc. (what does it really matter if one is?)
  • Taking frequent pictures of one’s spiritual practice and posting them online in order to boost one’s self-image, status, and gain attention/validation
  • Declaring that others can’t possibly understand you because you have attained a certain state of ‘high vibrational awareness,’ awakening, liberation, etc. – and showing contempt for those who aren’t at the same ‘level’ (instead of compassion)
  • Using Dharma-talk to avoid being psychologically vulnerable, showing empathy, and facing human emotions (e.g., “Just let go and let be,” “You attracted that experience,” “Who is there to experience this?”)
  • Looking down on “low vibe,” “unevolved,” “unawakened,” “asleep” people
  • Boasting about and flaunting spiritual achievements or gifts
  • Imitating what a “spiritual person” looks and sounds like

You get the picture.

I’m sure you can think of a few more examples, and you’re welcome to share them in the comments.

Also read Are You More Of An Empath Or A Narcissist? QUIZ

15 Signs of the Spiritual Ego

Signs Of Spiritual Ego
Spiritual Ego: 15 Signs Of A Spiritual Narcissist

The spiritual ego is so dangerous because it is nearly impenetrable.

People can spend their entire lives (or lifetimes) stuck in the trap of unknowingly misusing spiritual words, ideas, practices, and paths to inflate their egos.

Sadly, the spiritual ego can result in instances of abuse and even murder such as Jonestown, the abuse committed by Bikram Choudhury (founder of Bikram yoga), Swami Rama (Indian yogi), Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (spiritual teacher), Sogyal Rinpoche, Andrew Cohen, and even Chogyam Trungpa (who coined spiritual materialism), and so on. The cases of spiritual ego are so wide and varied they are impossible to include here.

The reality is that as spiritual beings having a human experience we are imperfect. Hell, I’ve fallen into the spiritual ego numerous times – and it’s not pretty. But the crucial thing is to practice humility, openness, and the willingness to be honest with ourselves – these qualities are the best defense against spiritual egotism and narcissism.

So, without further ado, here are signs of the spiritual ego and spiritual narcissism that you need to look out for (both within yourself and others):

  1. Overly publicizing (read: boasting) your special spiritual accomplishments
  2. Claiming a stance of superiority (directly or indirectly) due to one’s spiritual gifts or talents
  3. Attempting to transcend the physical/earthly and take on godlike qualities
  4. Believing that your connection with the Divine is somehow deeper or more special than other people’s connection
  5. Focusing on how “more spiritually evolved” you are than others and …
  6. Judging others for being “less awakened,” “asleep,” “unconscious”
  7. Attempting to look like, dress like, sound like a “spiritual” person
  8. Using spiritual words and concepts to avoid being wrong, mistaken or facing vulnerable emotions
  9. Flaunting how spiritual you are on social media (with photos that demonstrate spiritual postures, setups, locations, tools, etc.) 
  10. Becoming overly identified with spiritual knowledge (and how much “you” know)
  11. Trying to convert people to your perception (preaching to them or debating)
  12. Resistance to being “called out” and resenting those who try to do this
  13. Claiming access to special and exclusive spiritual knowledge that others can’t access
  14. Lack of curiosity and receptivity to life
  15. Wearing a mask of niceness, positivity or wisdom

Essentially, those wound up in the woes of spiritual egotism frequently try to reaffirm their spiritual specialness to the world through covert and overt methods. However, more often than not, the spiritual ego is a slippery little devil that is hard to call out or define clearly, simply because we’re so close to it and find ways to justify it. 

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Aletheia Luna

Aletheia Luna is an influential spiritual writer whose work has changed the lives of thousands of people worldwide. After escaping the religious sect she was raised in, Luna experienced a profound existential crisis that led to her spiritual awakening. As a spiritual counselor and professional writer, Luna's mission is to help others become conscious of their entrapment and find joy, empowerment, and liberation in any circumstance. See more of her work at lonerwolf.comView Author posts