This is probably my all-time favorite quote. How many of us read this and think that it can’t be talking about me? I’m small. I’m insignificant. I can’t be wonderful and fabulous. Who am I to think that I can be great? Sad thing is, way too many of us feel this way. For many of us, we suffer from low self-esteem, low self-worth, we don’t feel we’re good enough or that we’ll amount to anything, and we’re filled with self-loathing. We find fault with everything about us: our weight, the way we look, and we’re not happy with our lives (or we’re happy being miserable).
Depression and anti-depressant use is at an all time high. Mental health centers and psychiatric hospitals are filled to capacity. Suicides are rampant. People are turning to drugs, alcohol, food, and other addictions just to get through each day.
Where does this come from? Most of it comes from negative programming from the time we are born: through our parents/guardians, teachers, peers, and/or life experiences, etc. We are not taught to think positively. In fact, we tend to think thoughts about ourselves that we would never even think about someone else!
So, how do we turn this around? We need to start reprogramming our minds with the Truth of who we are. Genesis 1:27 states: “God created man in his own image…” Everyone has their own interpretation of this verse, but I believe “image” to mean ‘the essence of God.’ No one knows what God looks like so how can we say it means physical form? If God is Love and is all Good, how can He make us anything different?
We all have the Spark of the Divine within us. Like a pilot light on a stove, it’s always there. Many of us just don’t know it’s there; or it is so covered up by scar tissues caused by our negative life experiences. God created you to be a beautiful, magnificent, awesome, and miraculous being! Ephesians 2:10 states, “For we are His workmanship…” Do you think that God would make us anything less than glorious masterpieces?
If only we could learn to see ourselves as God sees us. Another quote I love is, “If you want to see God’s face, look in the mirror.” That’s a hard one for anyone. I don’t know about you, but when I look in the mirror, I automatically see what I think are imperfections, but God sees them as his work of art! If only, too, we could love ourselves the way God loves us.
Many great Spiritual teachers teach love. Alan Cohen, inspirational speaker and author, stated, “Wouldn't it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out.” Buddha said, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”
My friends, if you felt even a smidgeon of the love that God has for you, you would know who you really are! (Multiply that smidgeon millions of times and you might come close.) You would stand up with your head held up high and claim your place in this Universe. You would take care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually because you would know that you are God’s masterpiece! You would be so overflowing with pure, unconditional, perfect love that you wouldn’t be able to help but spread that love to others.
Many religions greet each other by saying “Namaste’,” a Sanskrit word meaning, “The Divinity in me recognizes and honors the Divinity in you.” Therefore in closing, my friends, I say to you…Namaste’!