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Friday, May 27, 2016

A Day for Humility

The notion of Humility is often very misunderstood.  Many of us try to align with beliefs about humility that leave us feeling unworthy or unbalanced.  What benefit would there be to preach about belittling yourself?

I'm going to recall a quote I referenced a few weeks ago as the starting point for this essay:

“”Love your neighbor as yourself.” Turn this around and say, “Love yourself as you love your neighbor,” for often you will recognize the goodness in another and ignore it in yourself. Some people believe there is a great merit and holy virtue in what they think of as humility. Therefore to be proud of oneself seems a sin, and in that frame of reference true affirmation of the self is impossible. Genuine self pride is the loving recognition of your own integrity and value. True humility is based upon this affectionate regard for yourself, plus the recognition that you live in a universe in which all other beings also possess this undeniable individuality and self worth.  False humility tells you that you are nothing. It often hides a distorted, puffed up, denied self pride, because no man or woman can really accept a theory that denies personal self worth.”
-- from "The Nature of Personal Reality"
The Voice of Seth, as channeled by Jane Roberts  (1994)

As Seth dictates, there is a common misunderstanding that humility is to perceive yourself as nothing.   This couldn't be farther from the truth.    You are brilliant.   You are amazing.  You are radiant and luminescent.  At the heart of this message is the following:  the humble spirit can give of itself because it knows how abundant its goodness is.  So, why is that not just generosity?  In a sense, it is.  However, generosity also has implications of giving something in a physical sense.   Humility is what you give when objects are not relevant.  Certainly humility and generosity are related, as many virtues are when they take root in Love.     

Mother Teresa is a stellar exemplar of humility.    She was already a woman of great social impact.  She was a leader in her community.   She provided hospice for the sick and dying.  She fed children.   Mother Teresa did not do her services because she saw herself as nothing.   She knew she was a valuable entity in the world and in those children's lives.   She did not serve strictly out of humility.  She did it out of pride.  In her eyes, she was a servant for God, which to her, was a role she embodied with pride.  She gave of her eternal abundance.  She was a philanthropist of compassion.  Mother Teresa knew this was her personal role or responsibility in the world.   This is why humility is not synonymous with submissiveness.

Because humility is more than giving only what is physical, there is a facet of it that implies the giving of that core human element of oneself.   This same core human element can recognize the suffering in others.  This is the same element that houses compassion.  This element is willing to embrace the responsibility to act in such a generous manner.  And finally, it is this same core human element that is continuously regenerating itself with new abundance, ready for the next opportunity to give. 

The secret subconscious goal of humility is to bring others closer into alignment with their happier selves.  Share your experiences.  Share your sorrows. Share your joys.  And listen as others share theirs.   Whichever venue you choose through which to radiate love, let it be as unique and noteworthy as you.