Saturday, November 04, 2017
The Vices vs Virtues – Conquering the Troublesome Four
The troublesome four, envy, jealousy, greed and resentment are at the head of human vices. To conquer these requires a look at human virtues or the reason we are here on earth; to rid ourselves of vices and to gain virtues.
The opposite side of vices is virtues. Virtues are steps towards happiness. True happiness is the result of following the footsteps of the soul. Happiness is our ultimate birthright, bringing with it all the qualities we strive to attain during our life on earth.. The virtues we are here to obtain are compassion, patience, courage, integrity, honor, strength, steadfastness, love, discipline, devotion, creativity, peace and wisdom.
If the health of our body is controlled by the state of our mind and our mind is the storehouse of our moods and emotions, then it would make sense to address our state of mind to ensure physical health. Negative thoughts, moods and feelings cut us off from our soul. At the soulful level of our energy, pure intellect reigns. This means that at the soulful level one is not disturbed by any emotion, thought or mood and simply looks upon the earthly self as an extension with the free will to act or react. It is the ego that creates envy, jealousy, greed and resentment. So our job is to tame the ego and elevate the soul. This requires balance, strength, flexibility and peace body, mind and soul. Let’s get started.
Your ego is your earthly persona. Your job is to tame it not to extinguish it. The ego is a mighty force and necessary for preservation. It gives us our identity and allows us to succeed in a competitive world. The problem arise when the ego consciousness supersedes the soulful path. We do not need to extinguish our importance in the world. We are all important parts of the whole. We just need to remove the vices and replace them with virtues. When we do this we tame the ego and begin to live from the seat of our soul and this is a power far greater than the mightiest ego.