Pride is a feeling that you are more important or better than other people– this is where we are critical of others, condemning them for their position in life and seeing it as lower than ours. This form of pride is self-serving and is driven by the ego. The truth is, we are all at the same level, the same position. It’s just we are on different spots on the path. Some are beginning a new experience, whether its a job, a new marriage, or becoming a parent for the first time. Other people have mastered experiences. For instance, they’ve been working at the same employer for many years, been married before, or have other children.
Another form of pride is a positive one that is a feeling of happiness that you get when you or someone you know does something good, difficult, etc. Obtaining a college degree or award for a project you worked very hard and long at, is something to be proud of. This form of pride is one filled with gratitude and self-assurance that we accomplished something of benefit for humanity.
Then we have something called “spiritual pride”, where we think we are above asking for help. It’s a false sense that we are alone and we alone, can do it all. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We have guides, angels, loved ones who have crossed over, and our ancestors with us, all the time. Spiritual pride is forgetting we are here, helping one another.
On the scale of the levels of consciousness, by David R. Hawkins, in his book, Power vs Force, pride is at the energetic vibration of 175 and the outlook on life is demanding. There isn’t much room to perceive gratefulness and appreciation for everything, no matter how small or large, when we are prideful.
There are moments when we need to speak up and toot our horn, otherwise, no one will know what we have to contribute to the group. On the other hand, not stealing someone’s thunder, so to speak, as they tell their story, is a way not to be proud in a negative manner. Can you be comfortable in your contributions, and allow another to revel in theirs for the moment? It is a dance in how we communicate with each other. Helping another does more for our inner goodness and well being, than focusing on just what we have accomplished.
Another way to get in touch with your pride, is to admit a mistake when you have made one. It’s called, “swallowing your pride”. I recommend, instead of swallowing, acknowledge the pride, and share the information you learned in your actions. You will find others are forgiving and compassionate when you are honest about something you did that was not the best for all concerned.
How can you tell if you are full of pride? Are you able to bow to an ascended master? Are you able to bow to the Divine that is within everyone? Being grateful and humble for all that you have in your life, will keep you from being conceited, cocky, and full of pride. Expressing your gratitude and appreciation for everything you’ve been given in life, can be done with a generous smile and positive outlook. Acknowledging the beneficial contributions of others and what they bring to the collective table of life, will keep your vibration high.
Blessings and love!
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