Hi Evelyn ~ Gratitude for sharing ~ this is definitely a ‘conundrum’ that many (most?) folks who are working on surrendering our own ego illusions will face ~ family members or partners that aren’t up to ‘speed’ with our own spiritual path ~
I feel we make the strongest progress forward on our own path when we accept that nothing outside of us, including our partner, can truly affect our own spiritual growth or freedom. Sure others can make comments and send energy that is not helpful, but it’s up to us to move beyond the need to react and more-so reflect back the illusions that are being sent our way. By being a mirror, we reflect back that which isn’t real and then the one sending the energy is forced to deal with it rather than it dragging the whole relationship or situation down.
For me, the key I’ve been learning over these past few years is not to put my own beliefs or expectations onto others. We each have our own pathway back to the Divine within ~ while I can offer Light when it’s requested, I do my best by learning that every interaction is an opportunity for my own growth rather than focusing on it being an opportunity for the growth of another. To me this does mean sometimes I am inspired to confront another’s ego illusions, but it also means that I have to make sure I’m not attached to how others respond, grow , or don’t grow. And the more I can follow my inner direction without worrying about outer reactions, the more I move into the Peace within myself. Peace in Being.
On another note, I have heard it said that sometimes we can make the most progress in our path by being in a relationship with someone who is not committed to making as much progress as we are on the spiritual path because we will be more challenged to follow our own inner guidance rather than getting dependent on our own progress being connected to another’s progress and there will be plenty of ‘growth opportunities’ in these kind of relationships.
For me one of the keys generally is celebrating the light when we see it in others rather than focusing on the areas where it’s missing. ! Positive reinforcement seems to go a long way for myself and those I connect with. Expansion.
Ok, that’s my two cents of inspiration for now… :! )
P.S. What would Marianne Williamson Say? ~