This is part 8 of a series on Humility. To read the other parts, please visit our Humility Page. We have also have a series on Awareness , Stillness and Discipline so please check those out as well if you are interested. This series on humility is the fourth series in our Tao Te Ching Exploration Project. Throughout this project, we will be discussing some of the basic principles brought up throughout the Tao Te Ching. The principles we will cover are Awareness, Stillness, Discipline, Humility, Flexibility, Consistency, Connection, Service and Leadership. I am sure that there are many other principles that have been discussed throughout the text, but these are the nine topics that I am choosing to focus on over the next several months. I relate to each principle by focusing our attention on each of the nine chakras, based on the Q’ero Shamans’ chakra system that is explained in depth in Dr. Alberto Villoldo’s book, Shaman, Healer, Sage
In this system, the chakras extend outside of our human form, which allow us to recognize our greater aspects of being. With nine chakras and nine disciplines, we will end up with 81 essays on living with the Tao in mind throughout every aspect of our being. (Since there are 81 chapters in the Tao Te Ching and nine is a completion number, I felt this was a fitting tribute.) I hope that you are enjoying the series and will continue to explore with us throughout the rest of the project.
The Eighth Chakra: The Humility of Humanity
The eighth chakra is about your soul throughout your lifetimes.
There has certainly been, in my lifetime, some embarassment for what humanity has done. We have, as a group, collectively destroyed the earth and destroyed each other. We’ve abused our bodies. Collectively we have done many things that are wrong.
Humility asks us to forgive ourselves.
Humility reminds us that growing and changing is part of our evolutional process. In order to grow, we need to have something that is not perfected yet. So humility is about recognizing the beauty in that. We talked about that in the post on the fear of death, we talked about how we are all essentially one being.
When people forgive you, it makes things right again.
It is like a cancellation. The forgiveness crosses out the wrongdoing. It makes it completely harmless. Jesus knew that. He talked about forgiveness all the time. More importantly, he modeled it with his life. He didn’t forgive so that we could all just do whatever we want and then lay it on him to take it. He did it so that we could learn that forgiveness is important and that you can do it, no matter what the costs. The costs are irrelevant.
A big part of humility is understanding that all mistakes are a part of you.
When you forgive others, you set yourself free. They talk about that in the Course in Miracles. The Course in Miracles is a great book to study forgiveness. They talk about forgiveness in that book all the time. It is such a beautiful thing to humble ourselves and know that all those things that we have difficulty with in other people are a part of ourselves.
We can finally make peace with those things that bother us.
Can we humble ourselves enough to give others the upper position? Can you let go? If not, then this is exactly the place where humility is needed. That is where the humility is called for, in that place. The natural pattern of things is that we allow others to grow. We don’t take the higher road.
I think that is why the underdog wins.
We want the underdog to win because of that natural pattern. We don’t want the showboat person to win. That is why Lao Tzu talks in Chapter 3 about not wanting to display valuable possessions. We don’t want to do that. That is a natural thing. We naturally support the leader that takes the lower position. We know that. The only reason that the leader can take that lower position is because the leader fully understands their power. It is not that they are giving away their power. They recognize that they don’t need to do that. They have a full connection and they don’t need to stand over people. That is a huge piece of the Tao Te Ching. At least it is for me. I am a Leo. I am the kind of person who takes the reigns whenever possible, so it certainly has been some interesting lessons for me in looking at that and practicng that.
What do you think? What are some practices that you feel you need to forgive?