Dear Openhand Community,
It's been a year since I last wrote anything on the Forums. I had a dream last night about going to an Openhand workshop, which has prompted me to write again.
I sometimes struggle with thoughts & feelings of spiritual pride, & it bothers me when these are present, as I feel that I shouldn't have them, that they are wrong in some way, & I wonder how I can stop them, or move beyond them more quickly.
This morning I experienced a wave of spiritual pride, & was having thoughts such as:
I'm much more spiritually advanced than most others in my circles.
I know what life is really all about, & others don't.
I am much more mature in my spiritual development than others around me.
I'm spiritually superior to most people.
I look down on others.
I then wrote down some statements to counter these prideful thoughts, & to connect with my humility:
Everyone is on their own spiritual path.
I am of equal spiritual worth & value compared to everyone else.
I've got my own challenges & lessons to learn.
I'm getting on with my spiritual mission.
I see every human being as equal to me.
I'd be interested to hear about others' experiences with spiritual pride, & what they have done to deal with it & to overcome it, so that it doesn't become an obstacle for spiritual growth & development.
From my understanding of the Openhand philosophy, the first step might be acceptance of these thoughts & feelings, followed by an exploration of the tightness they create inside me, & what is it about my past & conditioning that is creating them. My mother springs to mind as I type that. She was & still is a very proud person. I'm sure that I have inherited her sense of pride, of feeling a bit better than everyone else, which is then transferring to my experiences on my spiritual journey.
Happy Winter Solstice to everyone!