False humility looks like deflecting compliments and downplaying your talents in an attempt to appear modest. This serves no one, especially yourself. When you're aligned with Love there's no reason to deflect positivity because you're working with the Universe and that deserves to be celebrated.
Once a year I teach a masterclass at a college for young artists in Los Angeles. The purpose of the class is to give students tools to support them in feeling peaceful during what can be a stressful time. In competitive environments it's helpful to examine your thoughts and ask the question, "Is what I'm thinking actually true?" So, I walk them through a mindful meditation and teach a simple inquiry process to be used whenever they start to feel overwhelmed or anxious.
Each year the students share how uncomfortable they feel accepting compliments because it seems so egotistical. Those that do celebrate their talent often develop a reputation for being full of themselves.
It sounds crazy, right? But, I remember feeling the same way when in my art school years. It makes me grateful that today I know when I've slipped into ego-thinking.
The ego is simply the belief that we are separate from Love. Branches that stem from this belief are competition, sacrifice, fear, and disappointment. If someone has to lose in order for another to win, then you've found yourself in an ego moment. In spirit, there's infinite supply and we're always experiencing what will best support our awakening to the presence of Perfect Love. You celebrate the successes of others when you realize that their good is theirs to experience and your good is yours. There's no competition, only harmonious unfoldment.
When you mindfully work with spiritual law and manifest a life that feels fulfilling and fun, you understand that we're all a part of the creative intelligence that governs the whole Universe. You align our mind and heart and experience grace. Your life becomes an expression of good and it's good to celebrate the fruits of your practice because there's absolutely no reason not to in-joy what you've made.
True humility is the acknowledgment that you're a channel that creativity flows through. We of ourselves do nothing, but spirit through us can do anything. Acknowledging the awesomeness of this fact isn't egotistical, it's the exact opposite. You receive compliments as a way of acknowledging the brilliance and beauty that spirit expressed through you, which is always a cause for celebration.
Jesse Brune-Horan is a spiritual teacher and happy living expert. He's the co-founder and spiritual director of Inspire Spiritual Community. Over the last decade he's given hundreds of teachings, workshops, and classes on spiritual living.