Reverence, Sincerity, Kindness, and Service, these are the four cardinal virtues of life, and the teachings of Lao Tzu from the Tao Te Ching. These four virtues, if practiced and applied daily, open the door in understanding the Universe – which is, knowing thy self on a deeper level which brings about enlightenment. These four virtues also help with quieting the ego, aka the “false-self” and allowing Source to be the dominating presence in your life. What a beautiful way to live, wouldn’t you say?
What this virtue means, is to have Love and Respect for all living things especially oneself. The best way to practice this virtue is in loving and respecting yourself so deeply to the point where all you can do is have Reverence for all of life. In this way your eyes will open and you will see all the beauty that surrounds you, you will even find beauty in the smallest of things. Living in such a way will also align you with the highest power, which yields a more abundant and Godlike life. In the words of the late great Dr. Wayne W. Dyer,
Understand that you are a piece of God, and since you must be like what you came from, you are lovable, worthy, and Godlike.
And what does God do and only know how to do… Love all life forms (animals, creatures, nature, the cosmos, you, and me). So have reverence for all of life, because there is a part of you in every living thing on this planet, and outside of this planet.
This cardinal virtue is all about being honest with yourself and the life you live. If you’re not honest and true to yourself, then you are living a lie. Not only are you living a lie, but you are robbing yourself of true happiness and all the joy this life has to offer. Living without being truthful to oneself will result in depression, anger, resentment, anxiety, fear, excuses, and all other low frequencies that nobody wants to vibe on. The end result is a distasteful and excuse filled life. This is one of the many effects the false-self plays in one’s life. Paulo Coelho says it best…
If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: Never Lie to Yourself.
Now, success has many different meanings, and the purpose behind this beautiful quote (truth) is to live and speak honesty. This is to say, returning to and living from your higher self; the God realized self, Love and Sincerity. This is one of the many ways, and simple ways one can put into practice sincerity. There is no need to lie anymore to yourself just to impress others, or to fulfill the false-self. Be you and keep your life sincere.
Use this affirmation that Wayne W. Dyer shares to help with becoming more sincere: “I no longer need to be insincere or dishonest. This is who I am, and this is how I feel.” This affirmation is one of my favourites, and I feel the positive change in my heart when I use this affirmation. The more you know and live honestly from your heart, the more connected to Source you become and the more you will trust yourself, which is to trust in God. This builds faithfulness and confidence, and with faithfulness and self-confidence, comes an abundant, prosperous life.
As the old saying goes “kill them with kindness.” And by “them” I mean external forces and situations that influence the ego to become present. That is what this virtue is all about, well, all these virtues are about putting the ego or false-self to rest. When you are genuinely kind to others, especially when someone is attempting to prove you wrong, or any other low vibe energy that stirs your ego up to be “right”, your kindness will intercept the ego and bring about a more peaceful outcome. We all respond kinder and more peaceful when we are not feeling like we are being “attacked”, which triggers our defense mode (fight or flight).
Practicing kindness also helps to not disrupt your inner peace, which happens to be our natural state of being. The inner peace you feel from kindness is what it feels like to be calm, gentle, and in harmony with the Universe, raising your spiritual awareness and oneness to all things. Watch how the ego, stress, anxiety, sadness, frustration, and anger you feel, evaporate the kinder and more compassionate you become.
Give without expecting anything in return. That is what this beautiful virtue is about. When we give without expecting anything in return, we shift our focus from a “it’s all about me” perspective to how may I serve. Just saying those last four words how may I serve, probably brings about a certain feeling of Joy, doesn’t it? That’s because your ego heard you say those last four words, which frightens the ego. Say these four words again… How may I serve? This is all that God knows, the Universal Mind, is to serve and give. And since “you are a piece of God”, giving should come natural to you. So every time that you give and serve without expecting anything in return, what you’re doing is living a God realized life. This is who you are Naturally, and this is the primary Purpose of our existence.
Be mindful when you give and think of yourself as God or living a God realized life, because the ego is very sneaky, and always attempts to push God out of your life. Ego is actually an acronym for Edging God Out (Ego). So when you give, give genuinely from the heart to keep the ego quite and God present.
Now that you are aware of the four virtues, you will be able to put them into practice. This will improve the overall quality of the life you are living, and aid in getting the most out of this life by living a life worthwhile. Living by these four virtues will also help in making this world a brighter place, because all positive change we want to see in this world starts with improving oneself.
The four cardinal virtues are a road map to the simple truth of the universe. To revere all of life, to live with natural sincerity, to practice gentleness, and to be in service to others is to replicate the energy field from which you originated.
– Wayne Dyer