In our training as Spiritual Warriors, we want the critics. We want a petty tyrant in our lives, somebody who is able to bug us with impunity, because these people always show us where we are going in relation to our intention. As a result, they can help keep us in line with our intention.

Take some time to answer the following questions in writing. They will help you to focus on the areas inside yourself – inside your Spirit – that are affected by your petty tyrant. You may also want to ask a friend or spouse to read your responses and offer suggestions for handling your petty tyrant.

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    Step 1

    Identify a petty tyrant in your life, past or present.

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    Step 2

    How does the petty tyrant challenge your self-importance?

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    Step 3

    Describe what that self-importance is.

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    Step 4

    Instead of reacting negatively, how can you respond in a centered way?

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    Step 5

    Close your eyes and practice using the ruthlessness, which is the Sword of Truth, the Sword of the Heart, to cut away the illusion. If you need to forgive yourself first, do it. (one way is to say to yourself, “I forgive myself for judging myself for…”) When you experience the presence of Spirit inside of you, open your eyes.

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    Step 6

    When you finish, spend some more time writing: Reflect on your experience – what you’ve learned, and what you still need to do.


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    When you learn to make use of your feelings, these people will no longer seem like petty tyrants in your eyes.

    John-Roger, DSS