Leveling With Others

by Ray Reuter on April 21, 2010

I recently ran across a new word … “Genshai” (pronounced GEN-shy).  Genshai means that you never treat another person in a manner that would make them feel small. Becoming a practitioner of Genshai means exhibiting pure, unconditional brotherly love—not only to others, but to yourself as well!

There are many ways in which I fail to practice Genshai, yet the awareness of this powerful principle spurs my alertness and intention.  I am acutely tuned in to this as I return to Kenya, Africa, to serve my brothers there.  On the outside, it may appear that this American has so much more, is “much bigger than” the men in Africa who are poor based on American material standards and metrics.  Yet I can say from previous experience, that these men are not “small” at all.  They have taught me the strength that comes from humility, gratitude, and simplicity.

Practicing Genshai with another implies that I am not bigger than you or less than you … but on the same level as you.  I honor the greatness in you, as you honor the greatness in me.

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