Forgotten Spiritual Virtues: Sincerity

12 FORGOTTEN SPIRITUAL VIRTUES

When I was in my 30s, I used to be in a melancholic mood and rather sad. I thought time would lessen my suffering, but that wasn't really happening. Not until I started to ask myself what the real spiritual qualities are and how to free myself from all the accumulated sorrow and bad feelings and attain Divine clarity and joy once again.

Going through various life experiences and searching for qualities of lasting spiritual nature, I formed my own set of virtues that I abide by every day and that I know you can find them extremely helpful too. They can help you realize your own higher self and lift up your spirit toward God and His Sweet Divine Will.

These qualities have been crystallizing in me for quite some time, and now, after many years of aspiration and effort, they have brought to me a permanent clarity, joy, and fantastic feeling of freedom.

modesty is an important spiritual value

These 12 spiritual virtues that I practice and try to improve every day are:

  1. Sincerity
  2. Kindness
  3. Modesty
  4. Courage
  5. Truthfulness
  6. Service
  7. Gratitude
  8. Love
  9. Acceptance
  10. Peace
  11. Action
  12. Happiness

These qualities are all mutually connected and they complement each other. Every day, one of them stands out the most, while the others follow and contribute to its shine. When that happens, I put all my focus into it. Just let this happen to you spontaneously and let your Divine spirit guide you in this.

1. SINCERITY

“Our lives improve only when we take chances — and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” ~Walter Anderson.

Most people live their lives hiding behind a mask. As young children, we are in contact with our true self, but as we grow up, we start to wear masks in order to blend in with society more easily.

In time, we get used to wearing this mask, we hide behind them more and more, and they take over our identity. They become traps from which we can escape increasingly more difficult. Any transformation is hard, because we tend to resist changing ourselves. Even if we desire to change ourselves, the process is slow, because we are afraid of the unknown.

But sooner or later we have to accept the fact that our masks have become too tight to wear, and utterly inappropriate.

sincerity of the landscape

On the other hand, what happens when our masks become weaker? We usually feel vulnerable, naked, as if people can see right through us. But this actually is a good thing. When this happens, you can feel your inner freedom is being reborn, and you have established a link to your True Self again.

Only when you are ready to abandon the feelings of false security and when you decide to start following the path of sincerity can you make this contact.

Sincerity to yourself means taking action, because only action can bring changes in your life. You cannot fake sincerity. Each one of us has to make this step toward their Higher self, their essence, God in them, on their own.

This step doesn't have to be a gigantic one, in fact, it is enough to move little by little. The results will be incredible. When you decide to get the weight of your own deception off your shoulders, you will sense the taste of the perfect freedom and joy.

Sometimes it is just a glimpse of light and insight, but it is certainly something you won't forget easily. Being honest to yourself is the most certain way to find yourself on the path of complete self-realization.

Here are some tips that may help you become a more sincere person:

  • Change the way you look at this quality. If you think that your problem is small or irrelevant, consider that you might be wrong. Most of us fool themselves in many different ways. So be prepared to be awoken from a deep illusion. For that you would need dedication and serious work, as you are going to strip off one layer of illusion after another.
  • If you want to come to the truth about yourself, start to research your behavior. Ask yourself: "Why I do what I do, the way I do it?" or "Is there something I am trying to hide?"
  • When you start to get answers to these questions, write them down. Then, you will be able to find out even more interesting things about yourself.
  • Seek help from other people. It doesn't mean that you have to go to a psychotherapist, all you need to do is talk to a friend who is willing to listen to you without judging. This is a great way to realize what exactly you are fooling yourself with.
  • Be persistent. Telling the truth about your own being to yourself or to others is not an easy task. It takes repetition and constant trying.
  • See yourself in the future. Once you get to taste the feeling of freedom that comes from sincerity, you are going to want more. So, plan your life in advance, so that everything in your life revolves around honesty and reality of the present moment. Let the present be more present in your life with each passing day.

What can be more important than getting rid of illusion? Sincerity means having a deep awareness about yourself, about your deeds and actions.

You have to know who you are, what you are, what you feel, what your thoughts are, what your intentions are, what you decisions are in every single moment of time.

Why would you need to harbor lies, secretes, and deceit in the first place? They stain your etheric body and other lower bodies of your microcosm, which sooner or later results in deterioration of the health of your physical body.

Being sincere means making confession to your True Self, God in you, the Father of your microcosm. It enables a fantastic purification of your own character traits.

The above is an excerpt from the book "Light Up the Light in Your Heart" by Olga Rezo.

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