my years of spiritual counseling I have found that so many of us live
with self-esteem issues. Self-depreciation is seldom recognized
by the person who is living a life diminished by words and thoughts
that diminish their joy and happiness and success and prosperity and
even their health. These words and thoughts of self-depreciation
are the foundation of our self-image and no matter where we go or what
we are doing it is being reflected in our experiences.
always been firm in my conviction that it never matters what someone
else says about us or even thinks about us as what is most important
is what we think about ourselves. This is something that we need
to remind ourselves of often. It has been said that the ones we
love hurt us the most, but I would say the one that should love us the
most, our self ... is the one who hurts us the most and the most
often. And this is why so many people struggle in manifesting
the changes in their lives that they desire to experience. As I
stated before self-depreciation is seldom recognized by the person but
as Carl Jung discovered "until
you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you
will call it fate”
and this is the truth for all of us.
Our feelings associated
with our little and large self-depreciations are always weaving their
way through our mind and heart to be made manifest. And so many
of these self-depreciations have been caused by our religious beliefs;
born in sin, a belief in a heaven and a hell, a belief that Jesus or
Buddha or Krishna was perfect therefore we must be perfect. It
is this seeming lack of perfection associated with the religious
dogmas that falsely teach that we are to be perfect according to their
"opinions" of perfect that have affected so many people in
the world. Yet, the greatest sages and teachers of spiritual
enlightenment have told us to be free from the "opinions" of
the world and to realize and live to our own divine unique self.
Buddha taught that "what
we think we become"
and so if we think that we are "imperfect" which can never
be the truth about us, then we will experience imperfections which
will be effected as dis-ease in our life experiences.
These words attributed to the Master Mind Jesus in the Gospel of
Matthew 5:20 give us insight into his thoughts regarding our
relationship to Life: "For
I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and
Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
we realize that the word righteousness in this statement is
"right thinking" and that the scribes and Pharisees refers
to "religious dogma" we find that the great teacher was
telling us to form our own ideas and shape our own beliefs about life
and our relationship to G-d.
We are not to be molded in thought and belief to anyone else's
opinions or ideas about us or our life experiences. We are to
love our divine self and develop the consciousness that knows that we
have within us the ability to make the right choices and decisions
that will provide for us the good life and the abundant life. We
have within us the power to loose the thought of comparisons from our
mind that lead to feelings and thoughts and words of self-depreciation.
Let us contemplate these words from the mystic sage and philosopher
Lao Tzu, "At
the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and
you know what you want."
As we consciously realize that loving our divine self brings us the
discovery of this truth at the center of our being we shall realize as
Jesus did that the "kingdom
of heaven is at hand."
SO IT IS!
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