Spiritual Privilege Is Your Divine Birthright
“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue” -Buddha
In all fractions of society, we witness those flaunting privilege and entitlement with a desire for special treatment and benefits. Being self-absorbed without regard for others and blinded from their true essence, self-worth is exaggerated with an insatiable desire for more. Often at the core, many are battling feelings of insecurity and lack of self-confidence that cannot be filled with material possessions or recognition. This insensitivity to others magnifies injustice and breeds envy, resentment, and violence with demands for equality and justice.
We all have the desire to live well and experience the best of life. Beyond that which is bestowed upon us by mortal beings is the spiritual privilege that is our divine birthright. Birthright is the concept of what is due to a person upon birth intertwined with conditions such as inheritance, wealth, and status that favorably qualifies one to be identified as privileged. We have become accustomed to the belief that privilege belongs to a certain group or class to enjoy special benefits and favors, excluding those considered to be less fortunate or burdens to society.
Aside from the common views of society, on a higher level, spiritual privilege is endowed and inherent in each person and does not have to be sought after, earned, or approved by others. It does not come from our parents, job, or group membership but directly from Divine Source. Actions springing from this identity provide real freedom, stability, and security that sustain us regardless of life circumstances. When we feel spiritually privileged, we know who we truly are and our source of infinite supply. Being in communion with our spiritual self, the realization of worthiness as our divine birthright is apparent through self-mastery, humility, service, and gratitude.
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“Follow the three R’s: -Respect for self. Respect for others. Responsibility for all your actions” -Dalai Lama
Be true to yourself and honest with others. Live in accordance with your values and stand for what is right and true. This requires conscious and intentional decision-making and being responsible for your choices. Build character by finding ways to improve yourself. Recognize your inner strength and personal power. Be around those who model good morals and ethical behavior and who can support your personal growth.
“One who is wise and disciplined, always kind and intelligent, humble and free from pride. One like this will be praised” -Buddha
Humility is a core value and ingredient of love that enables one to live a measured and balanced life. Not driven by ego and pride, strengths are acknowledged, and limitations are accepted without judgment. Realize the need to grow and be open to learning. Through humility, we look for the good in ourselves and others. It is a foundation for building positive relationships and interactions with others.
“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion all the things which renew humanity” -Buddha
A life of service enables us to share our gifts and talents for the betterment of society. Exercise personal power by trying new things and expanding your horizon. Take pleasure in giving and set your heart on doing good. People feel the spiritual essence of authentic service. Generosity is an ingredient of love that opens our hearts to the needs of others. Be purposeful and wholehearted, give without the desire for recognition, and to be known for virtuous deeds. It is essential to have compassion for all, whether rich or poor. Each person suffers in their own unique way. Through compassion and service, others are uplifted.
“Gratitude brings balance by appreciating what we have. Count your blessings” -Buddha
Gratitude brings feelings of contentment and balance into our lives. Realizing our blessings offsets the greed and the insatiable need for more. Appreciate the bounty of life that surrounds you and focus your attention on tangible and intangible blessings. Thankfulness invokes positive emotions that can change your perspective on life. Furthermore, it enhances our spiritual connection with others and the world around us.
“You are the architect of your own life. Take responsibility for who you are and what you have” -Buddha
Live from your spiritual self. Acknowledge your divine birthright and know you are a spark of the divine with infinite power. An excerpt from the universal and timeless Biblical scripture Luke 17: 21, “The kingdom of God is within you”, Jesus highlights our divine connection. Think, feel, imagine and take action to create a life you love. Develop your inner strength through self-mastery, humility, service, and gratitude. You will become less dependent on the outer world and more focused on the everlasting, eternal power that resides within. Love your life and be grateful for each moment.
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