I have to say that I never liked that Whitney Houston song. I know others enjoy it but to me it didn’t resonate. In fact, I can remember years ago being in a meditation group where the facilitator led us through a visualization to meet our self as a young child. I was immediately resistant to the idea, and remember in my mind adamantly refusing to take part. That was a real revelation to me – why did I have such a strong negative reaction to myself? I didn’t think of myself as someone with self-love issues, though like most people I could definitely make a list of things I didn’t like about Sandra.
Spirit has taught me a lot on this journey, and sometimes I don’t even know how They have done it and how I managed to get to where I am now. I know that as I pursued the spiritual path something began to shift inside me. It was very gradual which makes it hard to describe for another person. But I will lay it out as best I can.
At this point I need to describe another meditation-related example. In a different meditation circle I later attended we learned to close our eyes and visualize the spiritual light within us. When I did this exercise the first time, in my mind’s eye I saw the tiniest candle flame flickering. As the months went on and my spiritual unfoldment continued, the light I clairvoyantly saw got larger and larger. Now, years later when I engage in this exercise, what I see within is akin to a supernova – the radiance that extends from me is virtually limitless! A pretty big change, huh? Maybe you are asking ‘Did the change in that clairvoyant image actually reflect a change in Sandra?’ It most certainly did!
Some part of the change came from a growing understanding that it was okay to be me, whoever ‘me’ was (which I am still learning). Another part came from being shown by Spirit how much I could and already was helping others, whether informally though my guidance to friends and colleagues, or formally in client sessions. Either way, I was using the information I was getting from Spirit to assist others which fed my passion. Talk about a self-esteem booster! Thirdly, I realized that if I was experiencing strong emotions in a situation it was because I was justifiable reacting to ‘a wrong’ (that is, I wasn’t just being a baby). Having My Guides confirm this and support me in these experiences was completely empowering and a true eye-opener.
So in a nutshell what I have learned from the Spirit World is that:
- It’s okay…more than that… Spirit wants you and asks you – to take care of yourself first before extending yourself to others. It’s like the oxygen masks that drop down in an airplane if the cabin depressurizes. Put your mask on before you try to help another. Translation: if you need to take care of yourself, do so, and don’t feel guilty in saying No to someone. In the end you are helping them by keeping yourself strong to be available to them when the time is right.
- You must learn to find and live your own truth, despite the values and opinions of friends, family and society. This is the great journey – to become who you truly are and express it with joy and without apology.
- You are powerful and important – to yourself, to the Spirit World and to the God of your own understanding. You have abilities, interests, and experiences that are exclusively you which you are uniquely poised to offer the world. Do you know what they are? If not, don’t you want to discover them?
If you meditate (and I hope you do) I encourage you to use the candle flame visualization and watch as your spiritual light grows.
And how do I feel about that Whitney Houston song now? Well, I can say that I finally ‘get it’ and I couldn’t agree more!