Where does true happiness and joy come from? Loving yourself and others is a requirement of happiness but true joy is felt through humility.
There is much to be said for humility of the self. Humility of the self and humility of the spirit are linked but are two different aspects. Humility of the self is related to the egoism of consciousness. The ego aspect of the self is ever changing and a true challenge for it shrouds itself in falsehood. As such, the ego can side step the truth by giving you a false sense of humility to create a notion of balance and keep you engaged. With the ego present and operating within your consciousness, there is opposition to true humility. The ego is not meant for humility and if it feels threatened, it will respond in kind. At no time when you are operating solely from the ego can you feel humble. The ego is meant for creating and maintaining fear, separation, and anxiety. This is the state of being that sometimes feels familiar and comfortable and therefore espouses a false sense of the self.
Becoming conscious of where your thoughts are coming from and why, will open a connection to your heart and allow the Virtues to stream forward (Patience, Understanding, Tolerance, Gratitude, Valor, Humility, Compassion). Surrendering to the truth of Egoic consciousness allows you to enact the first step of spiritual awareness, which is humility. This then creates the flow of true Universal Love for one’s self which is the purest form of Gratitude. Putting forth the full spectrum of the Virtues, and feeling them within your heart, will then carry you forward to Joy! Allowing the Virtues to activate within your being is humility of spirit and expands your consciousness. Therein lies peace of mind, heart, and soul. This is the spiritual expression of love for one’s self as a true aspect of Source creating unity consciousness. There is no ego operating when this state of being is achieved.
Understanding how your spiritual nature operates through the Virtue of Humility and how that aspect graduates all the other Virtues, is imperative to your evolution. This holds within it the key to spiritual expansion and aggregation of your being!
Be Well, Be Love ♥