Karma Series: The Law of Humility

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The third law of karma states that we must first accept something before we can change it. This is a time when self awareness and removal of the ego are key to understanding the interconnectedness of the great law and the law of creation

“Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.” 

In order to create change in your life you must first understand the position from which you are starting. Let go of what you cannot control but take control of what you can. If you are looking for a major change in your life do not beat yourself up about the current circumstance you are in. This causes decision-making paralysis and prohibits and movement in a positive direction. Rather take this time to objectively analyze the situation and strategize a way to change it in a way that better serves you. Many people fall victim to the choices they have made and often become paralyzed when trying to make decisions for change. Many also begin to identify themselves with those choices. Don't let that be you. It is important to understand our evolution as spiritual beings in physical form. We may have made poor choices in the past but by taking ownership and making changes we are practicing the law of humility. 

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.”


Take a moment to think of the one thing in your life that you want to change. For many, that is their body. The things you cannot control are height, frame, and bone structure. The things you can change are body fat content and muscle mass ratio. You can do this by establishing a proper workout routine and eating habits, positive mindset, and surrounding yourself with like minded people who will encourage you to work toward your physical goals. However, to begin you must first take inventory of your current habits and mindset that got you into your current position. Start by looking through your cabinets and throw out any food that is unhealthy. Create a meal plan that is good for you. Then look at your lifestyle and daily routine. Are you more sedentary or active? If sedentary, you might want to pick up a workout routine that is more high intensity. 

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.”

The law of humility is also the release of the ego. It is understanding that all things have a purpose in the way of the universe,  including you. The vastness of the universe and the smallness of every object in it is symbolic how all things must work together to maintain a proper natural order. Consider the behavior of a highly egotistical individual. They often make the people around them feel small and unappreciated. Their negative behavior directly impacts the quality of life for those around them effectively causing others to suffer for their choices. Unfortunately, this is all too common. Alternatively, consider the behavior of someone who is harmonious. They tend to make people feel at ease and things just naturally flow around them. The energy around them is vibrating at a calm and consistent vibration thereby enabling what is meant to be to occur.   

“That which you resist, persists.”

Through this law, I have learned the importance of surrendering to the natural order of things. I began taking the path of least resistance and letting go of that which I could not control. With that, I let go of the anxiety and depression that came along with it. I realized that when I tried to seize the situation the only person I was hurting was myself. My happiness was lost and my attitude towards others was bitter. Once I started practicing the law of humility I noticed how light my energy felt. I also began noticing other opportunities that were better suited for me than that which I was trying to force to happen. My life also began to take on new meaning because I developed a stronger sense of inner peace, learned to appreciate what I had, and become more receptive to what was to come.  

Do you practice the law of humility? How has it changed your life? Leave a comment below to join the discussion.

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