by Linda Mackenzie, C.H.T., Ph.D.(c)
The dictionary defines the noun "respect" as the following:
The act of respecting or noticing with attention;
the act of holding in high esteem; deference or honor;
a state of being held in honor or esteem;
to show consideration for; regard;
courteous expression of respect; regards;
a particular point or detail;
partiality; undue bias to the prejudice of justice;
consideration; motive in reference to something;
relation; regard; reference; as in respect for your problem.
These are all meanings of respect on a human level, but how does it apply
spiritually? What is spiritual respect? Where does it come from? How and
when should you use it?
What is Spiritual Respect?
Spiritual respect is not earned in the sense of what you know or what
you achieve on your life path journey. It does not come from judgment,
expectation, the need for control, the need to be right, negative emotions
like jealousy or worry about what other people think, rationalization,
attitudes or feelings on what you want or think "respect" should
be. It is not used for personal gain, ego or power. Spiritual respect
is a God-given right held by all living things that should be honored,
esteemed and regarded by everyone at all times. It is not demanding. It
does not encompass judgment from human mores and values. It is the awareness
of seeing beyond human limitations and conditions to the positive life
force in every living thing.
Where Does It Come From?
A deep abiding unshakable Faith
Development of an inner knowing
Balance of power and energy
Grounding, focus and centeredness
How to Use Spiritual Respect?
Separate human emotion/physical respect experiences from spiritual
Use awareness to see beyond human limitations and conditions to the
positive life force of every living thing.
Honor and esteem the uniqueness and energy in every living thing.
Act honorably and use gentle regard without judgment
To realize that the personal journey of all is a unique process perceived
from their own perspective which is their growth path to higher consciousness.
Find the positiveness in each situation
Walk through fear and judgment
Think of the ramifications on all around you before you act.
Welcome change as an opportunity
Take responsibility for your actions
Use the Power of intention and positive thought
Do not intrude on anyone's free will
Balance receiving and giving
Self-empower people in their path of self-discovery
Perceive how people or things will receive your actions, thoughts and
Understand that we are all one and make a positive impact on existence
through every word, thought and deed.
Understand that everything has value
Benefit mankind and the world
Come from love in all things
How to Develop Spiritual Respect.
Live in the Moment - not the past or future
Let go of judgment
Let go of rigid goals and expectation
Let go of rationalization
Let go of negative thoughts and phrases like can't, shouldn't, wouldn't,
Let go of negative emotions like hate, discrimination, anger, jealousy,
hate, self-pity, guilt
Develop responsibility for your actions
Eliminate fear on all levels
Let go of ego
Realize there are no secrets
Realize there are no mistakes
Take care of your body, mind and spirit
Reduce the 4 levels of stress in your life (physical, emotional, nutritional
Let go of materialism
Let go of the need for power
Develop spiritual, ethical and moral values
When to Use Spiritual Respect.
Every moment, in every aspect of your entire life.