This Week’s Quotation:
You may hope for or expect something wonderful, perhaps something spiritual, to happen in your life, ascending to greater and greater heights of spiritual awareness. But the spiritual journey is not just a journey of going up. It is not only a journey of ascension. It is also a journey of coming down—descending. To continue on your journey, you have to let the reality of your Being come down from the highest place within yourself, through you and out into the world.~ Becoming a Sun p. 239
The Lowly Elements of a Human Life
This text calls for a certain kind of humility. It suggests that we accept the lowly elements of our life without trying to be anything more or less than who and what we are.
This is antithetical to contemporary culture. Social media urge people to be self-promotional—to make it seem that their experience is more elevated than it is. But that places a person in such an untenable position, especially if they try to live up to the image they put before everyone else.
Real humility embraces one’s own life as it is, including all its mundane, ordinary dimensions. It includes the everyday, the routine, and the simple. It accepts the experiences that humble us—what appear to be failures, shortcomings, and learnings.
Humility is also a surrender to realities that are higher than the lowliness of our immediate world. That surrender allows higher realities to infuse the lowly experiences of human life. In our humility, we welcome what ennobles us as a human being.
What does it mean to become a sun?
Every human being is already a sun on the inside—a being of intense love and light. The difference is that some people have the vision and courage to become a sun on the outside. This difference is our human destiny.