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7. Humility

Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

Principle: Humility

Definition: Freedom from pride and arrogance; lowliness of mind; a modest estimate of one's own self-worth; an act of submission.


This Step relates to Right View. Right view develops in stages. We commonly begin our quest for truth through a direct insight into the first Truth - suffering. Our habitual views are challenged and appear lacking. Our search begins. We come to appreciate that some of our views are wrong and we modify our actions (karma) accordingly. More wholesome actions bring stability of mind which inclines us toward reflection and meditation which in turn deepens our understanding. The process is a gradual one. It requires understanding the Five Aggregates and learning self-management of them: body, feelings, perceptions, mental formations and consciousness.
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At first, change is difficult; this is true for everyone. The first step in the change process is willingness to change. This step is based on humility, because at the core of this practice, is the realization that we can't do it alone. We need the support of others who understand, we need a path of practices like the 12 Steps or the 10 Commandments, and we need to know that the strength we require comes from the indwelling Presence of God. Our personal transformation will only happen if we learn to ask for help: from others, and from God through the words and intentions of our prayers. Through prayer we ask for our needs, for the Highest and best good for all concerned, and we express gratitude for these and all the gifts we have received from His bounty and grace
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This step calls for us to be humble. Humility comes from the word humus or soil. Humility helps us recognize that we come from the soil. We are earthness. We plant, harvest and eat the products of the soil. When we die, we compost into soil again.
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People need to hear revealed truth and be taught the meaning of the truth by a guru(s) so they can gain understanding and reach enlightenment. A compassionate wise teacher must remove the blindfolds of delusion that keep a person imprisoned in the forest of the body.
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The body of Islamic law as a whole is known as Shari'a, which means path. According to Islam this is a divinely appointed path explicitly laid out for humanity to follow in order to reach salvation. It has two primary sources, the Qur'an and the Sunna. The Sunna is significant to the spirituality of Islam because it teaches Muslims how Muhammad acted during his life. The Sunna addresses ways of life dealing with friends, family, and government.
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Humility is one of Judaism’s precepts. How can we not be humbled by God’s awesome presence? Jews cover their heads to constantly remind themselves there is a greater Power. We bow the head and bend the knee in prayer to remind ourselves that we are not in control, God is. To be humble is to speak from the strength of one’s limitations.
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Native American Spirituality

At this point in the warrior's journey we have the knowledge, desire and allies to change. The self-knowledge comes from the inventories and lists made while facing South. Our allies are the sobriety Elders and the Red Road brothers and sisters we've been sitting with in sobriety and healing circles. And, now we are also walking each day with our Creator. Humility is an attitude that will help us start fresh in everything we do. It helps us face life with a beginner's or learner's mind. One of the tools to help us is writing and repeating affirmations.
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The verses of the Tao Te Ching help us view our lives through the filter of balance which is a fundamental principle of the Tao. It helps us understand when enough is sufficient and that within the natural order there is enough. Excess upsets the balance. Our own excesses upset the balance in our lives. A prideful ego sets us up for a fall which is the natural consequence of this excessive behavior when it pushes out the appreciation and acclamation of others and their efforts and contributions. If we live our lives humbly, we know how much is enough, when to stop and when to let go. In living our lives mindfully, we can find joy in any moment
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