The Expert Trap

The Expert Trap

The pitfall of self-righteousness has trapped and pulled down uncounted individuals. When someone reaches the “top” in secular life (politically, sports, financially, entertainment, etc.) they are naturally praised for their accomplishments. The just elected politician suddenly becoming an “expert” on all manner of issue, national and international, the sports star or celebrity using their fame to interject their opinions on how others should live, vote, diet, etc. are seen in full display daily. Now, worldly accomplishments should be noted of course and paid their due, however winning an election, a sports championship, an Oscar or accumulating (inheriting) great wealth means little if the individual fails to enlarge their spiritual life daily, and perhaps worst of all feel entitled to be heard because of these accomplishments. I think we can all drag out examples of individuals who have reached the “top” who have demonstrated they don’t walk the way they talk secularly, never mind spiritually.

But the greatest and most heartbreaking demonstrations are those who have garnered a sense of moral superiority from the genuine spiritual work they have done and begin to “look down” on others from a self-constructed pedestal of moral superiority, losing sight of their true role as messenger, not the message, their daily demonstration of spiritual principles the true message. Entitlement thinking may be the dubious luxury of the elected and the rich and famous, but spiritual entitlement thinking is deadly for all.

Living on the Spiritual Basis we demonstrate the spiritual precepts we have come to know and depend on in our life, but we cannot truly transmit that which we do not live ourselves. If we are attempting to teach a lesson we do not practice we fall victim to the dictum: “do as I say, not as I do” which is the golden gate of self-righteousness. We must stay vigilant and when spiritual entitlement thinking starts creeping into our consciousness; for it will since it is a cunning and patient adversary; we turn back to the Source of our awakening and thank the Miraculous for keeping us “right” sized, open minded, teachable and above all aware of this deadly trap before our Serenity is consumed by Spiritual Pride.

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Published by Vincent Lee Jones

Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives. My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years. As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives. In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725. I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.

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