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Humility is the Real Strength- A Spiritual Lesson in Love

Humility is the Real Strength- A Spiritual Lesson in Love

When I was a teen, I was the angriest dog in the yard. I’d roam the streets of Hollywood looking to see how much trouble I could get into, just to see how I could get out of it.

Why? I had an explosively angry father as my role model and a brother slowly dying from a brain tumor.

Greg Friedman is a spiritual guide and intuitive mentor who leads people on journeys to work with indigenous elders in the jungle of Peru, North America and Australia. Greg also hosts the nationally syndicated radio program “Inner Journey with Greg Friedman” on KX93.5fm interviewing thought leaders like Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz and Gregg Braden.

By Greg Friedman

When I was a teen, I was the angriest dog in the yard. I’d roam the streets of Hollywood looking to see how much trouble I could get into, just to see how I could get out of it.

Why? I had an explosively angry father as my role model and a brother slowly dying from a brain tumor. My parents understandably devoted their primary energy to him, but it left a painful void in me. I felt abandoned by everyone.

And because I couldn’t emotionally process or treat this trauma, the gaping wound bled all over anyone who got close.

Indigenous wisdom gave me context for all of those weird things I experienced and helped me heal a lot of it. Thanks to some wise elders who took me under their wings, I studied and did ceremony with indigenous elders that nurtured my spirit and helped me realize my passion for being of service to others (now I lead groups of people locally and all over the world on medicine journeys).

I’m a kind and gentle man, but once in a while that feeling of abandonment and being unconsidered and uncared for comes up (the Universe has a way of presenting opportunities to choose how we want to deal with these issues!).

Most of the time I deal with this trigger very well, but occasionally I don’t, and then it’s like a nuclear bomb went off (again, the childhood “stuff”). Then I do what triggered people do: I justify my position by telling myself a story about how right I am and dig in.

Recently, however, I was given a great gift for alleviating this kind of situation for which I will always be grateful:

Shridhar, the founder of Shakti Fest and good friends with Ram Dass, showed up for an interview at the radio station. I let him in on the struggle I was having with significant other, how I’d blown up and made the situation worse.

He quickly saw the issue and pointed out the plank in my eye that needed to be removed, one called “lack of humility.” This blocked me from the unconditional love necessary to properly nurture a relationship.

 

When My Love showed up at the radio station, Shridhar could see I didn’t quite understand, so he dropped to his knees and placed his forehead on her feet in humble reverence.

Needless to say, My Love and I were both shocked at the profound gesture.

Shridhar then stood and instructed me to do the same. Of course I did, and I don’t say this lightly, but in that moment, my life shifted. In placing my forehead on her feet, I embodied humility, instead of just conceptualizing it.

I also felt an energetic and physical exhale from her. The sound of healing.

In that moment, I understood viscerally that being right is magnificently unimportant and that I needn’t shield myself in uncomfortable moments with a mask of fear that roars. I know my wound and am healing it.

Jesus, too, taught this lesson when he washed the feet of his followers. I will be eternally grateful for Shridhar and all the mentors who have stepped into my life to help me become a better teacher and a better man.

No one needs to “bleed” on another from their wounds when they remember that love and true strength is power through gentility and humility.

 

Greg Friedman is a spiritual guide and intuitive mentor who leads people on journeys to work with indigenous elders in the jungle of Peru, North America and Australia. Greg also hosts the nationally syndicated radio program “Inner Journey with Greg Friedman” on KX93.5fm interviewing thought leaders like Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz and Gregg Braden.

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