“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” – Saint Augustine
Why is it that the more we accumulate and the more we accomplish, the less humble we are and the more we allow pride to take over us? And why is it that so many people associate humility with poverty, when in fact, humility has nothing to do with our material possessions and whether we are rich or poor?
If you ask me, humility is one of the most precious jewels of life, and those who possess this jewel, shine as bright as the Sun.
The Power Of Humility
In the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu talks about the power of humility in such a beautiful and profound way:
“All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.”
Humility is what gives us power.
Humility, not pride!
And those who live in truth, aligned with their core and connected with the Source of all things, know this to be true. The rest just assume that humility is for the weak and for the poor.
“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.” ~ C.S. Lewis
We don’t seem to know much about the power of humility, and the effect humility can have on us. But from what I have experienced in the last 2 years, I can honestly tell you that by embracing humility and by becoming ONE with it, we open our hearts to welcome all things and all beings. And once we do this, the illusion of separation that once governed our minds, our hearts, and our lives, dissolves.
Humility seems to help us return to the Source of it all, reminding us of our beauty, purity, and perfections, and helping us connect with the truth of who we are, of who everyone else is, and the truth of who God is.
“Humility is the true key to success. Successful people lose their way at times. They often embrace and overindulge from the fruits of success. Humility halts this arrogance and self-indulging trap. Humble people share the credit and wealth, remaining focused and hungry to continue the journey of success.” ~ Rick Pitino
You see, I never perceived myself as someone who was proud and boastful. In fact, I have always thought of myself as someone who was quite humble. But through the many intense experiences and painful interactions life sent my way in the past 2 years, I realized that there was a lot of darkness, pride, and vanity in me. And that all of them were hurting me, consuming me, and causing me to distance myself from my own Soul, my Truth, and from the world around me.
You see, I went through my own dark night of the soul. And while I was there, I was able to sense, to see and to feel how painful it is for us to cling onto pride, by putting humility aside, and by thinking that we more special and more valuable than other human beings.
“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
Pride separates us from one another. It causes us to think we are better than others. And when that happens, we look down on people. Failing to realize that what we do to one, is what we do to all. And by looking down on others, others will look down on us.
We don’t seem to understand how much we are hurting ourselves by clinging onto pride, and how much we are distancing ourselves from our own Truth and Divine Essence by trying to prove our “specialness” to one another, and by trying to be better than those around us. C.S. Lewis was right when he said that:
“Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, contentment, or even common sense.” ~ C.S. Lewis
Someone once said that words don’t teach, experiences do. And I feel that I could write an entire book about the power of humility, and you could read it 1000 times. But if you don’t become one with humility, and if you don’t embrace and allow it to become part of you, you will never experience its beauty and its power.
Humility, just like water, is life, and is power. But not because of the name it carries, but because of its essence. And in order to experience its power, you have to merge with it, and you have to allow it to show you the way back to yourself, back to Light, and back to Life.
This world we live in has caused us to believe that we have to compete with one another and that we have to work very hard at proving our value and worth to the whole world. And that we have to be number 1 in everything, shining brighter than those next to us, and making sure that the whole knows it. But I wonder if you ever stopped to think whether this is true for you. I wonder if you ever stopped to think about whether it is worth spending so much time and energy trying to show the world that you are SPECIAL, and that who you are matters…
“He who stands on tiptoe doesn’t stand form. He who rushes ahead doesn’t go far. He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can’t know who he really is.” ~ Lao Tzu
Believe it or not, you don’t need to prove your worth to the world. You just need to embrace all that you are and honor your beauty and perfection. By doing so, you will walk in Truth, and your Light will shine brighter than it ever did. And that’s when you will realize the power of humility, and why “if you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.”
We influence one another through our thoughts, our words, our energy, our actions and our lives. And you can influence the world through your grace, love, compassion and humility. And I hope you will. I hope you will stop doing what everyone else thinks it is right, and start doing what you know in your heart to be True and to be Right, for you!