Is Humility the Key to Spirituality?


Wikipedia states “Humility is the quality of being humble. Dictionary definitions accentuate humility as a low self-regard and sense of unworthiness. In a religious context humility can mean a recognition of self in relation to a deity or deities, and subsequent submission to said deity as a member of that religion. Outside of a religious context, humility is defined as being “unselved”, a liberation from consciousness of self, a form of temperance that is neither having pride nor indulging in self-deprecation.”

Erudite Quotations

Lao Tsu wrote
“Those who know do not talk.
Those who talk do not know”

I think that this may mean that those of us who have discovered the importance of humility are so humble that that they think that what they have realized is not all that important and don’t bother to share it with others. Clearly this writer hasn’t got there yet.

The Big Book of AA states on p62 that “Selfishness–self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles.“. The opposite of self-centeredness is humility.

… humility.  12&12 Step Seven, p.75  We saw we needn’talways be bludgeoned and beaten into humility.

After looking at the PSNS I have come to the conclusion that developing humility  is a good thing as it seems to activate the PSNS.Also humility seems to be foundation stone of Gratitude , Awe, belief in Higher Powers, Connection with others, service  etc

Relationship to Autonomic Nervous System

When a person has an active Sympathetic Nervous System, they experience, fear, anger, and isolation , are self-centered.
When a person has an activated Para Sympathetic Nervous System, they feel little fear and are very accepting of whatver is happening. This maybe construed as feeling humble.

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