Cultivating True Humility | eBOOK
Taking Your Rightful Place
by Antoinette Schoenmaker
True humility is the recognition of your own value and the full acceptance and expression of what you are and can do. In this sense it is the very opposite of a poverty consciousness which is focused on ‘what I don’t have’. This book is an extensive meditation on the ways humility manifests.
Spiritual Focus for 2015
The Independent Church of Australia 2015
eBook (PDF), 54 pages (including covers)
Humbleness is not, as many people think, the negating of what you are. Humility means that you know exactly what you can do, how far you can go and what your limits are. It can be interpreted as the state of knowing one's worth and living it to the fullest. It is the accurate assessment of self. In this sense, humility is intimately, intimately connected with individuality. It is the full expression of what I AM. But it is not just saying, 'I AM,' that makes us individuals.
In the expression of the I AM there is no place for either self-doubt or grandiosity. Both are symptoms of other spiritual forces we seek to disarm. Many people have inferiority complexes or want to appear humble, and say they cannot do something when in fact they can. That is a false type of humility. If you can do it, be humble and say, ‘Yes, I can.’ That’s humility. And the Buddhists call it Right Endeavour.
It is not in over-reaching, nor under-reaching, but with the fullness of our being that we express the spirit of Christ, our Lord who humbled himself and became obedient. Then the balance and centring will come. Then the low places will be raised, the high places made level, and a highway made for the glory of the Lord to be revealed.
The expression of humility is explored using the framework of the four aspects of our being:
THE I AM
Knowing I AM that I AM
Occupy your place so God’s creation can be fulfilled
Balance and the glory to be revealed
Openness to learn
Walking worthily – patiently give what you have to give
The spiritual purpose behind your dull life
Lucifer makes you to grasp above yourself – Christ humbles himself
Do what you can – humility and the training in divine service (to give of your life)
Deeds of goodness
Meekness and control of the astral
Inferiority, self-discipline and the refining of the astral
The quiet ones
True humility and power
Don’t confuse ego with power and self-will with the will of God
The experience of being humbled
Our need for grace and the grace of the community
In what do you have pride?
The second coming
A Christed person must shine out
Realise your status and associate accordinglyTo perceive the glory within – faith in self, love for self, order in the mind
The greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven
Fit yourself for entry into the Kingdom of Heaven
All our accomplishments – they do not exist in the Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom
Acknowledge the source of your life and gifts and your need for God
If you want spiritual refreshment and renewal – empty yourself
The fulfilling of purpose – give of yourself
You are needed – make yourself ready and able
True humility is the great enabling quality which will allow us to be fully who we are and to give all we have to give. True humility will enable us to utilise all our gifts and abilities with purpose and fruitfulness, so that we may be able to say, at the end of our lives, ‘Father, I glorified Thee, and have accomplished the work Thou gavest me to do.’
Year of, 2015, I AMness Humility. Serving. Confidence. Pride. Shame. Ego. Abilities.