Faces of Humility


#Reflections


What is #humility? Many religious texts and dictionaries define it as modesty or a lowly view of oneself. It may be applied to many moments as a state of #humbleness, being #grateful, for what you are given by others or the world and not being bold in asking for more than this. In the application of this base definition to everyday life little room is left for #ambition and #creativity that are the #spark of one’s #PersonalPower to have choices in each moment as we navigate life and to grow in the capacity for self-empowering abilities. Is humility really about being insignificant and humble? How far can we go in life believing this about ourselves and being dependent on others to give us what they think we should get or need? How does this work if we all live in this state of #humbleness without a sense of shared power? Psychoanalysis of the concept “humility” suggests that a well-rounded personality has a “healthy dose” of it, but what does that mean when applying the act of humility in worldly affairs and everyday circumstances? Does it mean #settling for having the most basic “something”, a job, a relationship, a lifestyle, in order to have them at all? Does it mean being quiet and accepting the abuse of others or having no voice when conflict and discontent arise? The #BalanceOfPower is a teaching for the self in all aspects of life. Humility is one aspect of keeping that power in check. If that is the foundational purpose of humility, then a healthier interpretation may be refined.

#EmpoweredHumility is the awareness of one’s own power within and the capacity to respond to any aspect of life with #temperance for successful outcomes that align self with a shared sense of power in creation. This face of humility invites one to consider #CreativeSolutions that benefit self and others without the need for submission or dominion. Empowering oneself to achieve a sense of purpose in each endeavor and in the life we lead encourages the #manifestation of growth through learning how to wield and share our power with others. Empowering others through recognition and allowing the opportunity for shared endeavors and therefore outcomes, is an act of #humility applied. In this way we do not rely on others to give us power nor do we hold power over anyone else.

#EmpoweredHumility engages us to listen to what we are not hearing when a situation is not working. It calms the cycling of the mind when one’s focus is only on the power loss or power gain of a conflict that arises. Receptivity is an extension in the awareness state of humility. When one is receptive, objectively and subjectively, one can be empowered with clarity and create opportunity for shared power. Attention to self is key to #accountability and assessing how we could approach conflict or what is not working differently to have more productive outcomes. #Accountability requires humility and attention to self as a factor in the circumstances we experience. #Balanced self-empowerment for creative solutions that support shared power inspires deeper connection with one’s personal sense of #integrity and enables others to have the same empowerment for their own #integrity. This establishes healthy foundations for the integrity of the connection itself, whether it’s the connection of self to a desired achievement, a project with others, or the pursuit of sustainable relationships with family, friends, and lovers.

Another face of #EmpoweredHumility acts as a balance to the success we perceive in the moment and life as a whole. With this awareness we can honor our choices and efforts for the achievements and abundance earned, while also acknowledging the help of others and the supportive factors that empowered one to fully succeed. Through awareness of our successes in this way compassion is cultivated to share power with others by acting in some way to guide or support them physically, mentally, and/or emotionally if they are open to receive. It is essential to understanding that sometimes what one has to offer out of the desire to share power is not being requested or openly received by others or situations we seek to give it to. The #attention to empowered humility returns that potency to self and invites us to release a sense of requirement to share power, thus restoring the balance of overexertion that enables the sense of struggle around power loss or power gain. #Compassion for self is the graceful way to #RestoreBalance when one’s call to give is excessive, unsustainable, and disempowering. Consistently applying #EmpoweredHumility fortifies one’s #integrity with self and cultivates strategies to manifest success in our endeavors throughout the journey of life. When a power struggle results one can be sure that the skill of empowered humility, once harnessed, will protect against the loss of self-potency and sustain opportunities to #manifest diplomatic and co-creative outcomes. Trust in the power of self and embody the skill of #temperance to liberate oneself from the extremes of submission and dominion.


Excerpts from the Writings of Julie Hightman

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