Dec 15, 2022 | Virtues of the Heart

“In essence, you are neither inferior nor superior to anyone. True self-esteem and true humility arise out of that realization. In the eyes of the ego, self-esteem and humility are contradictory. In truth, they are one and the same.”

–Eckhart Tolle

The ego needs to feel important, right, special, and protective of its existence. The ego is an idea, a collection of thoughts we have come to identify as who we are. Humility is not embraced by the ego. Anything perceived as diminishing the ego self is avoided at all costs. The ego wants to remain in the driver’s seat!

Humility as a heart virtue is not the equivalent of humiliation or inferiority, as the ego would see it. It is to see one’s self differently, as an equal among equals. It is the realization that we are more than a collection of thoughts and emotional baggage. When we can see ourselves as a combination of heart, mind, and soul, we open ourselves to a much larger life experience. This recognition unfolds an enhanced sense that you are actually a being that is represented as a body and mind here on earth. Humility from this perspective is when we see everyone as the same; equal beings expressed through a human experience. Mostly we express our egoic characteristics because we have forgotten who we are.

As an ego-centric personality, I don’t want to feel humility. I equate it with shame, feeling less than, wrong, singled out, embarrassed, bad and unworthy. In this regard, we need to reframe who we are. To utilize the virtue of humility which, as we know, is a form of love when expressed in an authentic manner, love being the highest-known form of intelligence.

How would I feel if I viewed all lives as equal to my own?

Does that mean I am equal to a terrorist, a murderer, a dog, or a flower?

Equal in the sense that we are all having an experience in consciousness. 

The universe is an expression of the source. Humans have the potential to embody the fullness of the source. Humans have free will to choose how we express ourselves here on earth. A flower does not have free will; it is the pure expression of the source. We all have the same access to our soul/source. We are all conscious beings having a human experience, and we also have free will. Obviously, how we all express our free will is very different. Our choice is influenced by a multitude of sensory data, past and present. 

Those that choose to harm others have lost connection to their source or larger self. They live in a vacuum of love. However, they are subject to the social order of laws that we are all subject to. There are consequences to our actions within the social order, and people should be held accountable for their actions when harming others.

I do not have any power over what is happening all over the world with regard to how people express their free will. So once again, I ask myself: what can I do in my life and at this moment to serve the world?

While there is no shortage of examples of terrible things being done to people, animals, and the earth in the news and all over the internet, there is a choice as to how I process this sensory data coming in at this moment.

The Present Moment is the Point of Power. It is where life is and where I choose my next move. This is free will. Do I want to align with love at this moment? This is my choice, everyone’s choice!

If I get caught up in comparing this moment with the atrocities happening in the world, I will diminish my potential as a co-creator with the universe. I can feel the pain, fear, and hopelessness of the oppressed and persecuted. I can have compassion. Perhaps I can do more, but the moment will present that if I am consciously present.

But in this present moment I find myself in, no matter how small or seemingly inconsequential, can I see the person in front of me as an equal? Can I have the humility of not seeing a difference in importance or position? That they are just as important as I am. In this shift of perspective, can I be moved to interact with them as equals?

How would I change my behaviors if everyone I encountered I viewed as equal to me and everyone else? With humility?

To practice, this is to become a bringer of love to anyone or anything that is presented to me. The best place to practice this is every Now Moment. The universe will present me with the perfect situation to practice my ability to allow love to flow through me.

This is my purpose; if I am walking my dog, I view my dog as equal in the sense that he is an expression of the source. I can facilitate his needs and preferences and give him space to do what he wants. So I have the ability to give him pleasure and freedom to explore his world on a dog level. Walking my dog is not just about me.

I can have humility in my interactions with my local universe yet be very influential as the one who brings the consciousness of source intelligence (or the light) into my reality.

It may not seem like much, but it is the only way to make the changes we all need, one at a time. I’m responsible for my choices. The love that flows through me is the very “intelligence upgrade” that humanity needs now to solve our most vexing global problems. These small expressions are movements towards wholeness or expansion of consciousness, from I AM to WE ARE.

“Our society must move from ego-system to eco-system economics. This requires that we shift from ego-system silos to an eco-system awareness that considers others and includes the whole.”

–Otto Scharmer
Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies

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