Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.
I (Brooke) want to thank you for your belief in us. Happy New Year.
With the dawn of the year 2017 (believe it or not), I was thinking of the concept of resolutions. I didn’t think I was going to make a formal one, but gave some thought to what it is that I would like less of in my life. After some contemplation I came up with a humdinger, the whole idea of self-inadequacy.
I remember reading in Lesson 47 of A Course in Miracles: “Now try to slip past all concerns related to your own sense of inadequacy. It is obvious that any situation that causes you concern is associated with feelings of inadequacy, for otherwise you would believe that you could deal with the situation successfully. It is not by trusting yourself that you will gain confidence. But the strength of God in you is successful in all things. The recognition of your own frailty is a necessary step in the correction of your errors, but it is hardly a sufficient one in giving you the confidence which you need, and to which you are entitled”.
The first time I read those words I felt stunned. How could this be? After all, my whole life I had been told to be humble, and so associated lots of confidence with arrogance. This was certainly undesirable, especially in the context of a spiritual life, which is the only thing I had ever wanted.
The clarity came while I was listening to one of my favorite spiritual teachers. His topic was honoring and valuing ourselves. He said “It is when there is a reluctance to live your self-appreciation out into expression that you are coming up against your sense of unworthiness”. The audience member that he was speaking to asked: “Are you saying I should talk to myself like Muhammad Ali and say ‘I am the greatest?’ The teacher said: “That is correct. You have to be willing to express it, and not hide it under a bushel. Everyone is the best. Everyone should come to a point of appreciating and owning that fact, and expressing it without stepping on anyone’s toes, in a way that inspires in others the ability to say the same about themselves”.
I was trying to process all of this information. I guess I get it. Each of us is the one and only. And certainly it would not be arrogant to honor that about others as well. I thought about a string of lights on a Christmas tree and how each ‘twinkle’ is so beautiful, but the whole string of them makes the tree breathtaking. Since they are all connected, if one bulb is dimmed the whole tree is affected.
So I am asking each of us to eradicate any sense of inadequacy that may exist. Let’s shine, radiate, glow and sparkle our way through this coming year.