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The Magic of Self-Love
by Aine Belton
Loving yourself is easy when you own your inherent innocence and worth and acknowledge the divinity that you are.
Your essential true self – the you beyond your personality, identity and negative beliefs, is so ineffably beautiful, loving and magnificent, when you awaken to it, self-love is inevitable.
In the light of self-love you come to realize that you are not your darkness, failings or mistakes, and that your negative self-concepts are sourced in misunderstandings about yourself and life.
To not love yourself is to be blind to your true nature and the loving nature of the universe. It is to be caught in the lies of ego and shrouding traps such as guilt, shame, undeserving and self-loathing.
“There is nothing but love, and all else is illusion.”
- Dr. John Demartini
When you awaken to your inherent nature, self-love is inevitable.
Forgiving yourself for perceived ‘wrong doings’ and ‘mistakes’ can help you let go of and release more of what you are not so you can open to and embrace more of who you are, and the love at the heart of your being.
It is easy to love what’s beautiful in you, but it’s the ugly parts that need your love the most.
To truly love yourself is to love yourself unconditionally beyond reasons why.
To love yourself because you did a good deed, got a pay rise, secured a new job, are popular, funny, attractive or wealthy, is conditional. Love yourself for who you are, your strengths and weaknesses. And love yourself because you are - that you exist.
The essence of who you are is love itself. You are born of love, returning to love.
There is nothing you need do to win that love and nothing you can do to lose it, for you are loved completely.
States of pain and constriction are symptoms that you are out of alignment with truth - the truth of who you are and the true nature of reality.
Self-love is ultimately self-knowing. It is accepting yourself compassionately in entirety and understanding that you are more than your personality and identity. You are pure spirit.
All that you desire is yours to receive. Love unlocks the door to that receiving. When you awaken to the love that you are abundance reins, and there is a renewed flow of giving and receiving between yourself, others and the universe.
In the wake of love, dreams come true. Wounds heal and the pain of separation lessens.
You become free from ego games and agendas that can otherwise thwart your growth and success and side-track you from the truth.
Fear, loss, worthlessness, loneliness and other constricting states transform in the light of love.
"There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer; no disease that enough love will not heal; no door that enough love will not open."
- Emmet Fox
When you love yourself neediness subsides and you relinquish futile attempts to ‘get love’ from ‘out there’, and the control, manipulation, dependency, sacrifice and struggle that can otherwise ensue.
The ego’s quest to earn love, and to compete, compare and prove your lovability dissolves in the nourishing repose and revitalizing wonder of self-love.
You are the one you have been waiting for; it is your love and the truth of your being that lies wait within.
If you’re not having the kinds of experiences you want in your relationships, the key is to awaken to this infinite supply within, and open to receive this limitless reservoir of self-love and universal love.
Your Higher Self, the eternal transcendent being that you really are, loves you more than you may ever now. It loves you totally and unconditionally.
[To connect to your Higher Self, go HERE.]
The cliché ‘No one can love you until you love yourself’, is true in that, until you love yourself you will not be able to wholeheartedly receive love from others. You may be blind or blinkered to that love. You may deny, discount or avoid it. You may be cynical and doubt it. You may push it away or sabotage it. You may feel you do not deserve it. You may even fail to attract it due to blocks around your lovability and corresponding limiting self-beliefs.
In loving yourself you fill up with nectar from within and can radiate and share that sweetness with others and the world. The wondrous vibration of love will exude and attract happy, harmonious, beautiful realities in line with your heart’s desires.
You are source, not subject, of your world.
When you love yourself, the world will love you back.
You judge others less as you judge yourself less. Compassion is a natural by-product of self-love.
In loving yourself you are more connected to your Higher Self – the vast being that you are - and are more open, trusting, loving and happy.
You become less self-conscious and more spontaneous, less self-absorbed and more giving, less of a victim and more of a leader, contributor and inspiration to others.
Your life is graced with flow.
Problems and struggle lessen and ease.
You stop fighting yourself and others and start joining, giving forth, celebrating and having fun!
You revel in the wonder of who you are, the love of the universe, and the love the universe has for you.
Practical ways to love yourself!
There are, of course, infinite ways to love and to care for yourself. The possibilities are endless, and will depend on what is most appropriate for you at a given time, what brings you greatest joy, and what honours and fulfulls your heart’s wishes and soul’s purpose.
You already do love yourself, likely more than you are aware, yet if self-love feels new to you and you want to experience and develop more of it, there’s no shame in what may initially feel like ‘faking it till you make it’.
When you start to act more loving to yourself you will ignite a renewed relationship with yourself and step onto a path to a blossom-rich horizon. You will also reprogram your subconscious mind with a new way of being and relating with yourself.
Loving yourself may involve pampering and treating yourself in luxurious ways, yet it may also include less glamorous endeavours, for self-love is about doing what most serves you and your soul at a given time, and honouring and respecting yourself accordingly.
Loving yourself could be:
~Cleaning your home, organising papers and accounts, eating healthy food, paying bills, clearing debts, etc.
~Ending sabotaging patterns, habits or addictions.
~Seeking the help, healing and support that will help you make the transition to a brighter future.
~Setting new inspiring and enlivening goals, raising your standards and reaching for more.
~No longer sacrificing to please others.
~Being honest and intimate with yourself and others.
~No longer settling for less and setting respecting boundaries.
~Living somewhere that you truly love, or transforming, decorating or renovating your existing home to surround yourself with an environment that is beautiful, meaningful and heart-warming.
~Nourishing and caring for your body, such as eating healthy food and exercising regularly. You might join a gym, get a personal trainer, or begin fun healthy activities like salsa, yoga, or a new sport or activity like hiking or running.
~Doing 'nothing' and spending time relaxing, reflecting, de-stressing or simply ‘being’.
~Treating yourself to the pleasures of massage, a facial, pedicure, beauty treatments or a new hair-do.
~Buying new clothes that reflect your truer self.
~Taking up or renewing a creative hobby or passion, be that singing, writing, walking, painting, sailing, or photography, for example.
~Listening to and honouring your feelings.
~Going on weekends away, short breaks and holidays to inject greater fun, happiness and adventure into your life.
~Being in touch with friends and loved ones, and expressing the love you have for them, which will be nourishing not just to them, but to you as well.
~Speaking kindly to yourself, seeing your value and goodness, affirming your positives and being grateful to yourself.
~Having a night out on the town: going out for a fabulous dinner, dancing, to the movies or theatre, whether alone, with a friend a friend, or romantic partner.
~Being true to yourself, upholding principles and standing your ground if required.
~If you tend to save or hoard money, it could be having a care-free ‘splurge’.
~Treating yourself does not need to be a great expense, however, and can be having breakfast in the garden on a sunny morning, taking a walk in the afternoon, having a bubble bath, a candlelight dinner in, going for a swim or watching the sunset.
~Spending time in nature to bask in its beauty and grace. We all have favourite nature spots. For some it is the ocean side, for others the beauty of a spring meadow, for some it is to walk down country lanes, or enter a forest or grove. Perhaps you love riversides or waterfalls, or wide vistas and open landscapes with far reaching views, or hill tops and mountains.
~Appreciating yourself for all your gifts, qualities, strengths and achievements, and having compassion and love for any perceived 'ugly sides', weaknesses, stresses, trials and tribulations.
~Forgiving yourself for all 'mistakes' the lost or wounded you may have made, and letting go of negative self-concepts and beliefs.
"All my limitations are self-imposed and my liberation can only come from true self-love."
- Max C. Robinson
Breathing it all in ...
Shalom & Namaste ~