Can it ever truly come from outside of ourSelves??
This morning acceptance fills me and it brings peace.
I see now that acceptance of another, or by another, can only come from within. Acceptance of a precious gift or offered opportunity, can only come from within. Acceptance of a circumstance or of a greater truth, can only come from within.
We can entertain ourselves all day long with the search for validation, security, and worthiness. But only we can come to that space within our hearts that trusts all is most genuinely perfect as it is.
Each discomfort we come across is a sign of something, or someone, desiring change. But we so often redirect our attention to find cause, blame, or purpose for the discomfort.
Wouldn’t it be easier to ask ourselves “What would bring comfort and ease to this moment??“
If we allowed ourselves to be absolutely truthful, without self-judgment or guilt, we would act upon our hearts-desire and naturally welcome peace and serenity into our lives. I believe that if we understood ourselves, and our deepest truths, we would be able to gently communicate them to those who surround us.
When we find ourselves speaking or acting just a little bit bolder, it’s because an insecurity has been triggered at deeper levels. In some unrecognizable way, we wish to prove our point, validate our choice, or defend our actions.
By becoming witness to this pattern of behavior, we can begin to remind ourselves that all sense of insecurity is an illusion. We are always our own sacred source of confidence, appreciation and acceptance.
Imagine that you are no longer dependent upon any external source of approval or validation!! Would you begin to express yourself a bit more creatively??
If fear of judgment was no longer an option, would you explore your own potential more fully?? Would you push your own bounds of self-acceptance a bit more boldly??
You are the only one with the power to free yourself from all forms of external judgment and subjective approval.
Make a decision to LOVE YOURSELF as you are – and let all external voices be a mere reflection of another’s perception of truth.
Those thoughts and perceptions exist, but they are not personal to you, unless you sense truth, respect, and resonance in them, for yourself.
With compassionate discernment, you remain your own sacred source of confidence, appreciation, and acceptance.
© Alania Starhawk 2014