Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Loving Ourselves Unconditionally- Part 3

 
Part 3
Our left brain is the source of our reasoning, our decision-making, and our organizational thoughts. It is here that we all say “yes, of course I love myself”. The right brain is truly where we learn and experience love for self. This is the seat of the imagination, feelings, and intuition. It is here that we can train ourselves to bless and love ourselves with our thoughts, which results in experiencing self-love. And when we experience that love for ourselves, we truly learn to love others, with a perfect and complete love.
If you ask 20 people on the street if they love themselves, 19 of them will say: “of course”. This is because it is the expected answer, and no one wants to say that they do not love themselves. But the experience of having unconditional love for ourselves does not come through understanding, or in just deciding it. It comes by a recognition of our inner core and having a fearlessness to access it.
Loving ourselves is the key.

Our Western minds have a great degree of difficulty in realizing our Oneness with God. Even conservative Christianity suggests the merging with God, as Jesus prayed, “That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you. That they also may be one in us….” (John 17:21)  But it also sends mixed messages in that God is seen as far greater than us, in fact, our religious institutions have emphasized our unworthiness, we are far LOWER than God and being ONE with God is completely unattainable. This false concept of our unworthiness has kept us chained in our place. We can only approach the throne of God crawling, confessing, and only at the mercy of the greater.....God. The mystery of the truth is that we are all ONE with God, and as we release our unworthiness we fulfill our nature as human beings. This unworthiness is just a symptom of the real cause of our inability to realize our Oneness with the Divine, which is that we do not LOVE ourselves. We have been taught to love only those parts of ourselves that we consider perfect, and to consider those other parts that are imperfect as only to be loved if we change them. This false concept keeps us imprisoned, unable to love ourselves without the perfection that we of course find unattainable. The truth is that we cannot change those things about ourselves or see them transformed until we truly love all the parts of ourselves. When we are finally able to do this we find wholeness, and discover our authentic self.

In the next post we will define the authentic self, and learn how to access it.

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