As we move and grow along the spiritual path, one of the things we come to recognize is that there is a higher intelligence (even when we call it “Our Highest Self”) that knows what is best for us. The challenge is being willing to let go of what we have known and to our own attachments so that we can be open to receiving something different, new and better. Today’s blog explores that process.
The “Sin” of Pride
Pride, as I discuss at length in Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, is the compulsion that arises out of our false sense of separation from ourselves, each other and that which we might call “God.” Pride says, “I am it. I have to do it. I can do it. I know what is best for me. I know what I want and I am the one that will make it happen.” It is pride that causes us to become attached to certain life patterns (mostly unhealthy) and certain outcomes. Pride causes us to seek “security” and what is “known” because it gives us the illusion of safety, security, predictability, etc. Pride serves only one purpose….to keep us separated from what is truly in our highest good and our natural state as contented, loving, peaceful, joyful beings. In a nutshell….Pride sucks!
The Sweet Pill of Humility
The antidote to the “sin” of pride is humility. Humility is the quality that invites us to acknowledge that from our limited perception, we DO NOT know what is in our highest good. Humility invites us to take the leap of believing that there is something deep within us or far beyond us or all of the above that DOES know what is in our highest good and WANTS us to know this too. Humility invites us to acknowledge a power greater than ourselves and invites us to engage with that power with the intention of accessing our highest, deepest, most authentic truth and allowing that truest self to emerge from within us, thereby freeing us from the fears, false-perceptions and attachments that keep us imprisoned in the wheel of human suffering. Humility allows us to set aside our ego-driven plans, attachments, unhealthy patterns and to be open to something new, better, more freeing and expansive. Humility allows the breath of the Divine to carry us to the place of our highest good where we will know contentment, peace, joy and love. Now, who wouldn’t want that?
We are the Obstacle
Who wouldn’t want peace, love, joy? Right? Guess what….most of us. This is the sad truth. The greatest obstacle to attaining contented joy and love in our lives is ourselves. Instead of allowing the Divine to breath new life into us, we cling to what we know and remain attached to our own wants and desires. And we do this for one simple reason – because we are human. In our humanness, we cling to what we know and have known, even if it is harmful to us, because it gives us the illusion of surety and control. We don’t leave our abusive relationships, unhealthy patterns of behavior, unhappy job situations, because we know it. It is familiar. We can predict the pattern and the outcome, and this predictability gives us some weird illusion of safety….however twisted that “safety” might actually be.
Letting Go and Being Open to the New
If we ever hope to enjoy the fullness of joy in this human experience, however, it is this very clinging that we need to release. In order to receive that which is in our highest good, enjoy the life of compassion and contentment, freedom and expansiveness that we all desire, we have to LET GO….let go of what we know, what we think is best for ourselves and be open to the surprising, unexpected ways in which our Highest Self wants to be known in the world. And in this, we can expect the unexpected. The path of our highest good is FAR more AMAZING than we could EVER possibly imagine. The path of contentment and joy is far more EXPANSIVE than we would ever allow ourselves in our little human minds. So what are we waiting for? Get out of the Way. Let go of what is known and familiar. Surrender to the leading and guiding principles of the universe and enjoy the ride of your life. I promise, when you least expect it……expect it!
And here’s my favorite song for this part of the journey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_97UoGngJBQ&feature=fvst
What are the known patterns of behavior, etc. that are no longer life-giving to you?
How are you being invited to give these patterns their release?
What is the magnificent amazing fulfilling life that is waiting to be experienced through you?
Authentic Freedom Ministries