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What Is Humility?

Humility is a surrender. Brightness of light and love. Understanding of my place, which is cradled in the cupped palms of acceptance. Peace, serenity, oneness. Acceptance of life, of pain. Fighting creates more of the same.
In hopelessness, is hope.
In doubt, is God.
In sadness, are seeds of joy. 
Darkness gives way to the light. 
May I give way to the light also. 
Humility is the understanding that there is a God, and that I am not it; admittance that my own mechanisms are tried and flawed, that Her ways are real, and pure, and sure.
God, give me humility. Give me the ability to give way to YOUR way. To allow you. To come through me. To not use my own ways. Vanity, pride, sourness, bitterness, depression, isolation, grief, righteousness, self justification, selfishness, doubt, faithlessness, masochism.
Humility: The recognition that an unseen Power is my maker, my creator and my Source Guide, the Power behind all things, the recognition that this Power, my source, is the only true way to meet my needs. And humility is, following this, a vigorous attempt at recognizing and redirecting any endeavor to fulfill my own emotional needs in destructive, counter-productive, inharmonious ways (ways of the self).
When peace is not available to me, I can still ask. I can still try.
Fighting leads me in one direction. Down. Surrender.
Humility requires an admission that of myself, I am nothing. It is a sacrifice of the Self.
As I look for these incorrect behaviors and ideas within me, and as I ask for answers to my questions and solutions to my pain be revealed,  as I look, I must trust. And I must ASK. Ask humbly, and with beautiful defeat to be led.
It takes repeated attempts at character building to grow in my perfect image. But I believe that I am trying, and that God is happy with this, and with me.

Learning Takes Courage, The Pathway to Self


Spiritual learning opens the doorway to true Self.  The only thing “blocking” you from it are the pathways that you avoid. There are always pathways to deeper understanding,  whether traversed, avoided, or unseen. These are the blind spots, the stopping points, the blocks to progress.

In a sense, there are no actual blocks, only self imposed (perceptual) ones. And in another sense, those self imposed blocks are also very “real”, because what we see, feel and experience is our reality. Fundamentally,  though, no blocks exists between you and You – your power. Your deepest. truest You. There is only fog on the windshield.  Continue reading “Learning Takes Courage, The Pathway to Self” »

No Such Thing as A True Story (PART 2): All Beliefs Are Valid

This post is a follow-up to the previous post, which is a reprinting of Pema Chodron’s work.

When it comes to any non-materialist view of reality (i.e., religion, non-religion, spirituality, etc.), it doesn’t matter what other people believe. It only matters what you believe.

These matters of belief are deeply personal, and carry potential for a lot of contention between people (and nations), since conflicting viewpoint can appear to undermine our own belief, i.e., everything we know what it means to be human in this world. But if we make other people wrong, we are making ourselves wrong. Everyone has the right to make meaning how they see fit, and what’s right for one person, may not be right for someone else. Like us, meaning and belief are ours individually, and that’s what makes them inherently relative. Any personal belief which doesn’t first recognize the relative nature of belief and, by extension the inherent value of differing beliefs, only serves to undermine and discount the beauty and greatness which is possible within an infinite vastness of possibilities.  Continue reading “No Such Thing as A True Story (PART 2): All Beliefs Are Valid” »

How Big Is Your Brave?

“Great marketing is transform[ing] the way you and your organization spread your ideas, engage with customers and most of all, think about what you make and why.”

Sometimes “stream of consciousness” writing, if not the most cogent, contains the purest truth. Here’s a recent one:

Put humans at the center of your operations, not just your content or your mission. Make it your priority to inspire people, reach them, to give them your best (and scariest) ideas. Make them delighted that you called. Tell them what you think. Figure out who your work is for, and work better for them. Challenge your ideas and your team-mates’s ideas. Make your work be about honoring your own worth and potential, and adding value to other people’s lives.

Influence and lead a tribe. Help them understand themselves and develop their strengths. Encourage them to share their ideas, to be vulnerable, to step up to the plate. Don’t be afraid to fail. Success can only happen through repeated failures. Continue to teach, lead and heal.

Meditate. The more in contact you are with your inner most self, the more access you have to Power, and the more easily you can create a life of joy and creativity.

The Growth Gap Map: Visualization and Metaphor as Tools of Thought

I was just scanning my Facebook feed when I came across a link to an old TED talk by a Statistician named Hans Rosling titled “The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen.” I was inspired by his data presentation… those little clusters moved so fast, and in such an animated way, like players on a field; each bubble representing a thought, a fact, an idea, and it got me thinking about how useful visualizations can be as tools of thought, outside the realm of data, to help us conceptualize meaning and clarify our understanding of it.

I thought about my personal growth (which is the ground level where all my pondering takes place) and came up with this little drawing. Basic drawing, basic idea. The point isn’t so much what it illustrates, but THAT it does. I am fascinated by the idea that all thoughts are analogous , that is to say, metaphorical, and can be represented by symbols or variables (metaphor is merely x=y) and then inserted into a a wide variety of scenarios to become allegories, (ah, another tool for understanding and thus, growth).  Ok, so here is a rudimentary view of personal growth depicted on a Cartesian Plane:

personal growth

The Gap, The Fall, and the Climb To Higher Ground.

The story goes like this. Along the X axis are planes of wellbeing, like the roads we travel along in our daily lives when the terrain is relatively smooth. The Y axis represents the journey in time.

As we grow, we reach higher and higher “planes” of wellbeing. How do we get there? As we travel along, we go the best way we know how; sometimes there are signs, and sometimes the path we choose is based upon our best guesses, or perhaps by “guiding principles” that we’ve committed to go by. But, inevitably, we reach a point on our journey, where we are challenged to go higher, but there is no road to get there. It is…a gap. What do we do?

We eat dirt. Yep! Down you go!

In the growth map, the bottom plane represents the lowest level of wellbeing you can stand before  beginning to build the tools you need to climb your way out. Some people call a “bottom”, a  “hell” or… whatever.

And then you build your ladder to the sky, rung by rung, by steady rung… soiled and tired, but – you can see the other side!

Then this little stick figure guy (you) dusts himself off and off he goes down this new, higher road. Until he reaches yet another gap. And this time maybe he can use the ladder he’s built before, or maybe the gap this time is to high, or too wide, and again, he falls to the bottom. I think the bottoms become less low, and, ultimately, he arrives at an even higher destination than he was before…

Is this post about visualization, metaphor, growth, communication? I’m not sure it has a clear focus, but the act of merely expressing it is the point, which goes back to the very purpose of this blog. (Which I will write about and link to in a future post).

Shout out to Catherine H., who mentioned during our phone call this afternoon how much she liked to visualize things. If I were to visualize THIS entire idea as stellar constellation, then that statement would be certainly be star in it’s outline :)