sound familiar?

In reviewing quiz questions written by one of my mentors, Judy Lief, for an upcoming online course we are producing (featuring Chögyam Trungpa's teachings on mandala principle), I was struck by this question...

Q: If we are embarrassed to express reverence and awe, this may be due to what in ourselves?

A: An attitude of cynicism or distrust and a fear of our own tenderness. A sense of reverence or awe can threaten the protective shell of ego, and a glimpse of sacredness or profundity can be overwhelming, so we take refuge in smaller thinking.