Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. ~Matthew 5:3
This Beatitude sets up all the rest.
In order to be taught, we have to be humble. If we think we already know something or if we think we know better, how can we learn? This is pride, and when we are full of pride in this way, we are too full of it. Also, if we think we are better than others because we are wealthier, look better, have a better build, or because we come from an educated family or a rich family, etc., these are the very thing that Jesus is speaking of when he says we must be “poor in spirit.”
How can someone who thinks they are already spiritual learn anything from a spiritual teacher?
Does this remind you of any of the things that were mentioned in this Ah-Man Newsletter in regards to the things that the Sikhs and followers of Buddhism say we need to let go of to attain liberation?
Here the teacher is saying that we must make a spiritual space in our body, mind and heart. It’s not that we aren’t supposed to have pride. It’s good to have pride in what we do. That is not the point. The point is that before God and His Teacher, in order to advance on our spiritual journey, we always need to be a neophyte.
We can question. I have heard it said, “Keep an open mind, but don’t let your brains fall out.”
Of course there is so much more to be said on this Beatitude. These are just a few of the many.
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