What is real spirituality?

Many feel that their process of change along their journey of self-development unfold without an end: one more pattern to resolve, one more insight to gain – a long and arduous, brick by brick process… More often than not, after few years one might even find out that a pattern seemingly resolved has resurfaced and wonder whether one has simply returned to the starting point. The answer that spiritual teacher Shai Tubali offers to this problem brings together the enlightenment teachings of the great Yogic traditions and principles of Western psychology: he claims that there is a significant confusion around the nature of the true transformative process.

Shai Tubali draws a distinction between “Transformative Spirituality” and “Self-improvement Spirituality”. Whereas self-improvement spirituality offers a constant and gradual improvement of our present self – for example, from an angry person to a less angry and more loving person – transformative spirituality brings about a deep-going revolution within our very nature of self-identity.

With each expansion and growth of our self-identity, he claims, our previous old self is transcended and with it, the entire structure of mental, emotional and behavioural patterns that was typical of it radically comes apart and dissolves – effortlessly.

As a developer of methods of emotional healing, such as the “Expansion Method” and “Power Psychology”, Shai Tubali does not dismiss altogether the importance of specifically treating stubborn patterns and more generally, the importance of transmutation processes of psychic patterns. Nonetheless, his teachings put at the center the transformation of the sense of self.

The journey of transformative spirituality can be therefore thought of as treating the roots of the psychic tree rather than endlessly chopping branches that are quickly replaced by others.

After all, who we think we are – the way we perceive ourselves, in relation to the universe, world, society and others around us – is the source of all our deep-rooted patterns and conflicts. The journey of transformative spirituality can be therefore thought of as treating the roots of the psychic tree rather than endlessly chopping branches that are quickly replaced by others.

The roots of ignorance and psychic confusion, he argues based on rich Yogic teachings, are our false sense of self-identity. Directly treating the roots is the only way one could truly and deeply bring to an end disturbing patterns and the very possibility of emotional and mental suffering.

This is the meeting point between the Eastern doctrines and the top end of Western Psychology: discovering that who you really are is an all-inclusive, already free consciousness, rather than an isolated, limited and suffering ego, is the beginning of a completely different journey of self-change in your life.