Superior Humility

‘Humility’ is derived from the Latin word ‘humus,’ meaning from the earth, or being grounded. I’m sure we all like the thought of being conscious and plugged in, but many of us have lost touch because society places such a high value on the ephemeral, the disposable, and the boastful. Our superficial and ego driven culture has become so lauded, that even small displays of humility are perceived as weakness, insecurity, or a lack of self-esteem.

Nevertheless, times are changing, and so are we. An increasing number of us earthlings are diverting from shallow waters, and moving into deeper, richer streams of consciousness. But here’s a question–have the spiritually ‘woke’ ended up playing into the same elitist and ego driven belief systems?

If we’re going to navigate and flourish upon this new and ever-expanding landscape, we must look toward integration, flow, and to humble ourselves to the intricacies of the human condition.

What does it mean to be in the light, or to become spiritually empowered? Does it require an exploration of all things magical, or devouring the bestselling books on awareness? Or is it getting a tarot reading, visiting a yoga retreat, or taking plant medicine? Each of these has the potential in pointing us toward growth and enlightenment. However, without a healthy dose of humility, we’re oftentimes binding into a language that further elevates the ego, while also separating us from others.

If we’re going to navigate and flourish upon this new and ever-expanding landscape, we must look toward integration, flow, and to humble ourselves to the intricacies of the human condition. Spiritual segregation is the opposite of that, it’s a singular journey rooted in ego and control, while alienating others from the path.

Sure, we’ll always look ‘after’ ourselves first and foremost, but are we willing to look ‘into’ ourselves, no matter how painful or uncomfortable that may be?

It’s easy to fall into the mindset of the ‘self.’ We’ve all heard flight attendants instructing that in case of an emergency, we should put on our own oxygen masks before helping the person next to us. Yes, this procedure makes sense in a momentary life or death situation. But, have we taken this metaphor a bit too far? I beg to question the validity of such an ideology being utilized consistently over the course of our lifetimes.

I believe there’s a more inclusive parallel, that “no man is an island.” This quotation is more sustainable, as it allows us to open our awareness, and to connect to the ‘divine’ in an honest, humble, and authentic way. Sure, we’ll always look ‘after’ ourselves first and foremost, but are we willing to look ‘into’ ourselves, no matter how painful or uncomfortable that may be? Easier said than done, I know. However, a nice dose of humility can certainly lead the way.

Humanity is a ‘whole,’ and isn’t as segmented as we’d care to believe. Our goal is not to cleave humanity away from us, but instead to follow the more challenging path, one that is paved in a collective of love, and a gentleness of spirit. 

In order to look deep, listen to yourself very carefully. Who is speaking? People oftentimes believe that they’re hearing Source, but in truth they’re listening to their egos. How do I know? Because when Source speaks, it’s never easy. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s difficult to quiet the ego, and we’re not as evolved as we might think we are by engaging in controlling or divisive actions. As long as we allow these parts of ourselves to remain intact, we’ll stagnate and miss out on a profound opportunity to connect with the divine.

There is a more complimentary path that many unknowingly overlook. It requires that we adhere to humility, while confronting our darkness and egos head on. It also means learning to accept, or even finding compassion for those that may not love or understand us. You see, humanity is a ‘whole,’ and isn’t as segmented as we’d care to believe. Our goal is not to cleave humanity away from us, but instead to follow the more challenging path, one that is paved in a collective of love, and a gentleness of spirit.

Life is about taking risks, and humility is one of the truest forms of bravery.

Seek intimate places within the soul, the sweet spots where unconditional love reigns supreme. Be childlike in spirit, open and unscathed, with neither preconception nor ego. In order to change our lives, we must be willing to surrender. Source, spirit guides and angels will not fight your ego, selfishness or belief systems. That’s up to you! They’ll instead wait for you to soften, and therefore able to receive their help. Once your walls fall down, they will assist in anything you ask.

Those that are truly humble offer the sweetest gifts, and this is a bounty for everyone to enjoy. Humility stirs within us a compassion for humanity, and the ability to comprehend our limitations and strengths, while also teaching us to hold ourselves accountable.

Seek the common bonds in humanity (free from judgement or dogma), while celebrating the little connections shared between ‘you,’ ‘them,’ ‘us.’ Be mindful and triumphant in all that you do! Life is about taking risks, and humility is one of the truest forms of bravery.

 

Shaman Durek

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