Quiz On: The Debilitating Self



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1. The negative tendencies and aspects of the ordinary personality, as well as the positive aspects, are known as the Debilitating Self.
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2. Even if persons are totally identified with their debilitating self they still have the capability to build the understanding, desire, and power required for personal metamorphosis.
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3. Persons must psychically die to this false ego or debilitating self before they can even "hear" about or "see" a new way of life.
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4. The concept of the "debilitating self" is merely a trick used by so-called Perennialist teachers to make people distrust and condemn themselves.
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5. No one has the right to say that I have "negative elements" in my personality and call this my "debilitating self."
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6. He who is neither good nor wise is nevertheless satisfied with himself: he has no desire for that of which he feels no want.
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7. A person need "do" nothing to achieve "righteousness;" everything has already been done for him by a savior's murder on a cross.
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8. There is no good reason to be dissatisfied with oneself or one's world; things may not be perfect, but they're okay.
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9. When the debilitating self has completely depleted the person, the debilitating self encourages him to feel depressed and hopeless.
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10. A Perennialist teacher provides exercises which allow a novice to experience--not just read or think about--the deadly nature of his debilitating self.
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11. The esoteric circle which possesses esoteric knowledge is extremely reluctant to help humanity.
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12. Perennialist teachers push initiates too hard, so it's legitimate for the initiate to tell the teacher: "take-it-easy, I'm-trying-as-hard-as-I-can," "let-me-alone, this-is-difficult".
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13. A Perennialist teacher is really working with the inner aspect of the seeker's being, literally "being present" with his Higher Self in struggling against the forces of debilitation, confusion, and destruction.
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14. It would be absurd for the Perennialist Teacher to tell the initiate that he must make superhuman effort.
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15. At the beginning of the Perennialist transformative process, the student must recognize that the ways he is used to doing things are actually the best.
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16. Who is the author of this essay to assume that students are as stupid as he's trying to make them out to be?
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17. The debilitating self might contrive to make the personality believe that it's making progress in self-transformation when it is in fact merely engaging in pretence, but any intelligent person would not be taken in by this subterfuge.
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B. Disagree

18. The "self" that is able to genuinely discern and acknowledge your faults is your Lower Self.
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19. An individual can allow his enervating self to get control and fill his mind with imponderable--and absurd and useless--questions, suspicions, and anxieties--leading to a sense of helplessness.
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B. Disagree

20. A would-be disciple has to learn that he can bring his assumptions about his own capacity to learn into a field where he does not in fact know what it is that he is trying to learn
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B. Disagree





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