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→ The Reverential Life
30 Oct 2014
We complain that there is no response to our prayer for uplift or light. But that is because there is no propriety in our approach. The intellectually gifted comes with his arrogance and the artistically gifted with his vanity, while each man comes with his pride. The correct approach was described by Jesus: Become as a little child; for then we become humble, feel dependent, and begin to lay the ego aside. With that the door to the Overself opens and its grace begins to shine through.
30 Oct 2019
We must be humble enough to recognize how imperfect we are, but instructed enough to recognize that the ego-covered part of us is shiningly divine…
1 Feb 2015
Rare is the person who can witness his ego crushed to the ground and yet never forget his divine parentage, so that his mental equilibrium is not broken--who can be lifted up to the glorious heights of the Overself and yet remain humbly human.
1 Mar 2016
The proud heart of man must be humbled before the Overself will reveal itself to him.
4 Jul 2018
… He must begin with the axiom that the ego is ceaselessly deceiving him, misleading him, ruling him…
12 Jan 2020
Spiritual pride has rightly been listed by the Christian saints as a source of deception, and as the last of the traps into which the would-be saint can fall. A man may be quite holy and well self-controlled, but if he notices these two attainments with self-complacency, or rather self-congratulation, he at once strengthens the ego--although he transfers his excellence from worldly to spiritual matters.
11 Oct 2015
... Do not praise the ego for having found God. It was Grace which brought about the discovery. It was not the ego. It is true that the beginner needs humility but it is even more true that the advanced man needs even more humility.
18 Mar 2012
Humility, sensitivity, and emotional refinement are essential qualities which must be developed. Even more necessary is the daily practice of humble worship, devotion, and prayer.
9 Feb 2017
The cultivation of reverential, prayerful, humble worship is needed to attract Grace. The putting aside of pride, self-conceit, and complacency is indispensable in order to assume the correct attitude during such worship. At such a time the saying of Jesus ”Except ye be as a little child . . .” is directly applicable…
15 Jun 2017
… Humility is the first step on this path. We should realize how little we really know when confronted by the great mysteries of life…
13 May 2019
To be humble is to be willing to admit the galling fact that one's own shortcomings of character or intelligence (and not other people's) were mostly responsible for most of one's troubles.
6 Apr 2016
The higher he climbs, the humbler he becomes. Only he will not make an exhibition of his humility to the world, for it is not needed there and might even harm him and others. He will be humble deep down in his heart where it is needed, in that sacred place where he faces the Overself.
18 Jul 2020
These great truths require great humility in a man to receive them. The bigoted and the prejudiced lack it.
19 May 2018
By maintaining the humility of the learner and the questing spirit of a seeker, he improves his own usefulness as a channel to help other people.
22 Sep 2020
For the man who has a strong ego, the religious approach with its cultivation of humility, its confession of sinfulness, and its redirection of emotion away from personality is the best to be recommended, if accompanied by some of the Philosophical Discipline's restrictions of the ego. However, such a person usually refuses to drink the medicines he most needs and therefore continues to remain involved in troubles of his own creation.
7 Nov 2019
The ego must acknowledge its own transiency, confess its own instability, and thus become truly humble.
17 Mar 2020
Too often man has to have his ego crushed, has to be pushed into sorrow and even despair, before he is willing to turn his head upward or to bend his knees in prayer to the unseen power.
27 Jan 2019
When life seems to lose its meaning, when action seems in vain and ambition futile, when depression besets one like a dark cloud, the ego begins to feel its helplessness, its dependence on forces outside itself.