Welcome to threads of enlightenment—self-love. We’re going to look at what I call the first aspect or the first space that you and individuals need to visit to begin our journey to self-development. How many people have lived their lives and have never, ever, ever, ever, ever, had taken the responsibility of self-development seriously enough for a chance to truly learn to ever love themselves to begin their journey? And it is a wonderful journey.
I hope that each of you who visit this site and listen to the podcast would endeavor to start that type of journey where you get a chance to find out who you are. A good friend and I went to see the Dalai Lama several years ago. They had a question and answered time at the event, and someone stood up and asks him, “what is the key to life.” I believe he gave one of the most thoughtful answers I’ve ever heard in my entire life. He said I don’t know. He then said the question you need to ask yourself is, “what’s the key to your life.” Such a more profound question that you and I need to know the answer to. He went on to say that we have to find that out ourselves. That’s an individual journey and, you need to take that journey and find out. I desire that as we get together and spend time reading and listening, and growing that we would begin to start that journey to find out who we are.
It doesn’t matter what religion or belief system you’re a part of; if you’re interested in personal growth, I believe that you must visit every state mention in the book that I co-author with Redhe Schiff. Those states are the book chapters, such as Self-love, Unchecked Emotions, Forgiving Others, just to name a few.
We’re going to take a look at every one of them, and globally also we would look and bring in insights from other teachers that are a part of the self-help, self-development, personal growth industry. I love to recommend books and read books. I look at reading a book as my private meeting with that author. Reading is my time to understand what they went through and the wisdom they gained through their situations. Reading and listening to the author is our chance to take our responsibility to get wisdom and understanding and use it to free ourselves from our situations. As we dig into self-help, we get a chance to expose some things about ourselves that we’ve accepted into our souls and now have become part of our belief system.
And the belief system is a gift that is given to every single human being everyone. The process is simply the ability to take in information, and that information lodges into our soul and migrates into our spirit and body. It becomes a part of our lifestyle that we act on that belief day after day, month after month, year after year. I mentioned to you before that it all started with words spoken by someone you allowed in by allowing a thought to bear fruit. Jesus said to his disciples, take no thoughts saying, and that principle is, once someone says something to you, that you would take this thought into your being, you would then accept it, then confess it, and then you would act on that confession, and then it manifests and bear fruit.
People, you’re going to have to learn, when someone says something that is out of line with your belief system and character, that would naturally get you upset, don’t let it, take a breath and respond out of a different space other than anger and, verbally abuse that person. My goal is that we would learn to guard our thoughts. So how do you find self-love? this is how you find self-love “you dig, you isolate, and you ache, you ate from being lonely, you heal, you accept, you, look in the mirror and see God” that is self-love, and self-love is simply a journey.
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