Gate 5 - True Humility

Path 8 of the Tree of Life

Intelligence - Perfect or Absolute

Name - Splendour

Crystal - Chrysoprase

Dictionary Meaning:- True - Being in accordance with the actual state of things, real or genuine, exactly or accurately. ~ Humble - Low in station, grade of importance, without pride. ~ Humility - The quality of being humble, modest sense of one’s own significance.

Now let us consider path eight and its spiritual attribute of True Humility. The intelligence of path eight is the Perfect or Absolute Intelligence. The name of the path is Splendour.

The importance here is that the word True has been added to Humility, because, what a lot of people think of as humility is often low self esteem. Sometimes someone who is acting in a humble way is acting like that because they have no self-confidence. They don't think very highly of themselves or they think they are worthless and here is the catch. With True Humility a person who is truly humble knows exactly how good they are but doesn't show it in a conceited or an arrogant manner. They don't blow their own trumpet because they get rather uncomfortable when other people point out how wonderful they are, how good, how perfected they are. They don't make a big fuss. They don't go, "Oh I am not worthy", or anything like that. They graciously accept the praise, but try to get off the subject as soon as possible.

However, they know exactly how good they are. They also know how far they still have to go.

So now we consider Splendour. Splendour of the Absolute if you want to put those two words together. You are on the spiritual path, the Path of Light, and you have come a long way and should feel very worthy at the progress that you have made. You have every right to feel that worthiness. It is not going to puff up your ego if you have that True Humility. You say, "Oh look at what I've done, look at what I've overcome. Isn't that wonderful." and then you compare yourself to the Absolute, to God and say, "Oh but I've got an awful long way to go yet.". That is where True Humility comes in. It is a humbling feeling of measuring yourself up against perfection, but it should not make you feel worthless.

A truly humble person feels unworthy of the service they are given to perform, but they never feel worthless. Somebody who you think of as a humble person may simply be feeling worthless.

What you have to aim for is True Humility and you have to get an understanding of it before you can hope to have it, to express it. It has got absolutely nothing to do with being a doormat, letting people walk all over you.

A truly humble person can show Dispassion. A lot of people could read this Dispassion wrongly. That is where it could be hard because if you listen to what people say about you, you tend to believe it and start to lose confidence and faith in yourself and that is the last thing you can afford to do while walking the Path of Light.

Exercise

  • Make a list of all the things you have accomplished in your life. Allow yourself to feel some pride in these accomplishments.
  • Now make a list of all the things you are still trying to achieve.  
  • This process allows you to feel self satisfaction and gives you the impetus to continue to reach your goals.