‘What did I do wrong that caused this misfortune to happen?’, Is a question we all forget to ask from time to time.
The art of self-reflection is found in what the world reflects back at us and not what we reflect back at ourselves.
This can be illustrated as psycho-spiritual surgery.
The ego is a blunt instrument. It has its uses as all blunt instruments do, but it can’t cut to the exact source of a problem without smashing its way through – destroying everything in its path.
Wisdom, on the other hand, is a scalpel. It is a tool more precisely honed and designed for the task as it can cut to the source of the ailment without destroying everything around it.
When dissecting one’s neurosis, it is best to do so delicately and precisely, or face the alternatives.