The 4th Pillar of Joy is. Most of us know a thing or two about this spiritual practice. Lately, there’s been a lot of human energy moving in the direction of resistance. This makes sense if we see ourselves as living in and being of the world.But as spiritual beings, were living in, and not being OF the world. How to accept the unacceptable: By building on the first 3 pillars perspective, humility and humor.
The root of the word humility, which we studied last week, is the same as the one for humanity. And, it’s the same as the one for humor. The Third Pillar of Joy is humor. The root word is “humus” meaning “soil” or “earth.” Humor that doesn’t put anyone down, that illustrates our shared ridiculousness, is an invitation to all who hear it to join the human race on a great adventure. When we can use humor to unite us in our shared humanity, heaven and earth get a little bit closer. Transforming our work through love, one laugh at a time!
The second Pillar of Joy is Humility from the Dalai Lama. The funny thing about humility is that as soon as we think we’ve got it — we don’t! Reducing our attachment to our identity can help us grow in humility. Also, having a learner’s attitude to life can be helpful. Both of our spiritual teachers from The Book of Joy share their perspectives (Remember “perspective”? It’s the first Pillar of Joy) on humility.
“Even glow sticks have to be broken before they will shine.”
Cristian, remind us of Unity’s second Basic Belief:
Our Essence is of God; therefore, we are inherently Good.
The world is full of negativity: despair, loneliness, envy, death. This shouldn’t blind us to the good that exists in the world and in ourselves! When tempted to give in and give up, our best course of action is to GIVE of ourselves.
Spiritual giants from time immemorial have taught us the futility of chasing after the wind. We cannot catch the wind and hold it any more than we can catch and hold joy by chasing it. In this modern day, it’s even harder to find joy when we’re bombarded by all manner of influences designed to keep us hungering after more, more, more! The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu both teach us that the outer world will not satisfy us nor bring us joy. They direct us to the inner life and inner values. The nature of true joy is our own true nature. As we come to identify with and become one with the divinity within, joy become our true expression of life on earth.
Inspired by school graduations this month, we’ve created our own Master’s Program in Spirituality. Since this weekend is Memorial Weekend, it feels important to look at the role that remembering plays in getting our Master’s in Spirituality.
There are three points to consider:
Remember and honor those who have lost their lives in service to our country.
Remember that no matter what is happening in our lives, God is Present!
Remember that this life is just a short stop on the eternal journey, so make it count towards LIFE everlasting!
Perhaps the most confusing parable in the Gospels will be discussed this Sunday. What seems to be a tale of being rewarded for cheating by the one cheated isn’t really that at all. The true teachers of enlightenment don’t care if their students cheat them out of materials.
What they care about is: Have we helped them learn to awaken? This is a tale of Awakening!