We must face and surrender our fears, and then we will grow beyond the “limited self.” Self-love is a perpetual quality that develops our self-worth and understanding. If we are not compassionate towards ourselves, then we do not understand compassion. If we are not loving towards ourselves, then we do not understand love.
Awakening from the trance of unworthiness is the gateway to living freely and achieving our life-purpose.
As the myriad of external shifts unfold, it is more notable to feel the shifts—or lack thereof—in people’s hearts.
It has become clear that the problems we face, not just in this country but in this world, are far more deep-seated than mere policy. In most cases, the elitism of the past is ongoing, and has continued to arrest humanity’s advancement.
Sadly, unworthiness is so deep-rooted in the culture of the majority, it continues to cause a crippling pain. What surprises me more, is to realize that unworthiness is at the root of the privileged class, who economically tower above their brethren. Why else would they hold on to their wealth with such terror in their souls, and inflict suffering on the whole society by hoarding wealth?
The country is not suffering just because the poor suffer. It is suffering also because the rich suffer. Carl Jung brings this sharply into focus if one applies this idea to the collective,
“The unfaced and unfelt parts of our psyche are the source of all neurosis and suffering.”
The rejected parts of a society cause a collective suffering in the ethos or matrix of the community.
Rumi encourages us to face this closeted wound, humanity’s shadow as individuals, “Don’t turn away. Keep your eyes on the bandaged place. That’s where the light enters you.”
At the deepest level, we are Source energy experiencing and becoming conscious of itself. However, as human beings, our greatest obstacle to inner peace is self-doubt and a lack of self-love. I speak to many people who believe themselves small, and sometimes wish to disappear. That is not what we are here to be and to do. We are light warriors as well as luminous beings.
It is the abandoned and rejected parts of ourselves that prevent us from feeling complete. They are in essence illusory, yet our belief in them animates them. It is our story that keeps them alive.
The first step to our liberation is to have the true perception of whom and what we are, and then to accept ourselves.
“The curious paradox is when I can accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” ~ Carl Rogers
The shadows are alive within, because we do not wish to, or are not ready to face them. When we face them, we can slay the dragon. The dragon just asks for our love, and in our love, it melts. The essence of love, is alive within us. The divine is not separate and never was separate.
When we love unconditionally from the heart, we see all the misperceptions, and realise that love is alive within us, and that means we are beautiful as we are. It does not mean that we cannot improve; yet when we come from a whole and accepting space, it is the wellspring for future possibilities.
Embracing metta (loving-kindness) for all beings, begins with ourselves.
Loving and accepting all that we are, we liberate ourselves from the torment of not believing in or valuing ourselves.
That is our freedom calling, and our invitation to experience more than we have allowed ourselves to before. -Peace:) Elephant Journal.