Humility Lets Us Listen

In a society that consciously and unconsciously stresses continual competition the quality of humility almost seems out of place. But in many instances individuals who express true humility are singled out for special commendation and respect. However, while humility is occasionally admired, it is too often considered impractical— worthy of note, but basically unimportant, a Utopian ideal too difficult to express with dignity in the present world.

Humility is actually one of the most important qualities one can have. Without it human will and selfishness, overtly and covertly, narrow one's view of spiritual reality and bring frustration, limitation, and unhappiness. But from a basis of humility one can progressively find his niche in God's harmony, and one's true mental and spiritual individuality unfolds in a creative, expansive manner. One's life takes on added meaning; one becomes a credit to humanity.

Humility enables us to hear God, to feel the understanding presence of divine Mind, and to act with divinely inspired direction. When confronted with a discordant condition to be healed, we first turn to God in prayer, seeking to hear the healing truths that flow from Him. Our thinking must be open and free. Human opinions and intellectual wrestling must take a backseat to spiritual inspiration. Humility is the key to the door of understanding, while pride, arrogance, and frustration lock the door.

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September 7, 1968

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