He should lift up the self by the SELF
and not sink into the selfish.
For the self is the only friend of the SELF
and the only foe.
Why does a spiritual journey necessitate a kosher life style? On our journey towards GOD the baggages of the past have to dropped by the wayside. With every step we take, the path gets a bit tidier, livelier and more loving. Yet, letting go of bad habits is a process that should occur naturally. Willfully imposing discipline on ourself only makes our ego strong; the SELF is beyond all this back and forth.
Life offers us the ups and downs, the yin and yang as an ongoing choice to let go of something. We just have to show up and be mindful not to be taken by our self for a mere pleasure ride. Writes the Course in Miracles, "It cannot be that it is hard to do the task that Christ appointed you to do, since it is He Who does it." So figure out your spiritual mission and get it done playfully. When we are happy, the self can always fall back on the SELF.
Trust life, relax, drop all your armor and face the next choice that comes your WAY. And if you happen to get taken in yet again, get up, get rid of the dust, and join the race again. Writes the Course in Miracles, Nothing REAL can be threatened, nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the PEACE of GOD. But until we reach that blessed state, why don't you face life one choice at a time.