I feel an introduction is in order as this is something new to you folks here at WP.
My name is Tam. How do you do?
For quite some time now, you’ve known me as the individual who provides the pictures that sit atop the articles here. Once the articles are posted here, they’re also “tweeted” and posted over at FB on the Susanwithpearls page there. I also post the articles to my personal page on FB because I believe in what Susan is doing and want all MY friends to be able to read them, even if they’ve not signed up for SWP on FB or here.
Over the years, I’ve taken to writing introductions to the article every day; some personal insight of my own having to do with what the article means, or insight into Susan (having known her for 16 yrs.), myself, or just life in general. Susan has asked that these introductions be shared here at WP as well…we call it “cracking the oyster” (so you can get straight to the pearls). I apologize in advance…and hope you enjoy them as much as our friends and families do.
Cracking The Oyster
Happy Friday! It’s Day 14…welcome to it!
We’ve knocked back two whole weeks of this Journey already…WOW! This thing is just movin’ right along, and no one has given me a reason to turn the car around YET! 😉
Today’s article is a little more tough, a little more psychologically sticky, than the others have been so far. Everyone’s had issues with their own sense of worth at some point…and this article is gonna nail it to the wall and poke at it a bit. Not in an intentional way by any means, but only because we’ve all been there, questioned ourselves. Today is about how let go of the feeling of limitation…(that’s a tough one alright)…in order to give freely that which is infinite (ourselves).
So, grab yourself a good stiff drink :), get to your favorite cushy reading spot, and as always…
Your worth is inestimable, beyond compare!
Always know you always have everything to give—as such, you may always give freely! Know your worth! Give it! Give it freely! Know in the giving!
As you give, you learn; allow Joy and Peace to lead and to guide you. Follow willingly because you know: Where there is Joy and Peace, there is Love; where there is Love, you are; where you are, you are giving your inestimable worth.
Today’s Guiding Thought is a hard lesson to grasp.
It begins by proclaiming your worth as inestimable, and beyond compare. Who really believes this? Who doesn’t struggle with this idea? How many people gloss over this first sentence, without even trying to feel it, without even attempting to believe it? Unfortunately, I do this too. It is symptomatic of low self-worth, of not even knowing how to receive the idea that my worth is incomparable.
Then, the Guiding Thought tells us we have everything to give, so we can always give freely…and that (apparently) when we give freely, we’ll somehow be validated in knowing that we have everything to give. (Again…) who really believes this? Please understand I am not saying the Guiding Thought is not True. The Guiding Thought has it absolutely, 100% right…but most of us are not “there” (yet). So many people still associate giving with losing or not having; there is no way, in that mindset, that giving can also mean “having everything”. But this is why the Guiding Thoughts are so important–it’s the mindset of not having, of limitation, and of clenching to keep, that the Guiding Thought opposes. Until people are ready to let go of limitation, and accept (and receive) that which is infinite, they will be stuck.
In combination with the first sentence, this letting go and accepting the infinite is additionally difficult. Until we, see ourselves as the infinity we are to give away, we will not know how much we have to give, nor understand that we can never, ever, lose when we give.
There is a bit of relief from the difficulty of this Guiding Thought in the third section: learn. As you give, you learn… Learning implies, or acknowledges, that you don’t know…yet. How do you learn? Try it. See for yourself. Try thinking of yourself as infinitely valuable, of incomparable worth. Try it. Try giving everything you have. Try it!
It’s also saying two other things that are not as noticeable:
1) What you have to give–that which is already of inestimable worth–is who you are. You don’t have to contrive anything. There is no figuring it out. You’re already you; you are already naturally and easily Love, which is your inestimable worth.
2) There is a positive reinforcement that you will experience as you try it: Peace and Joy. When you experience Peace and Joy, you know you have created the conditions necessary for Peace and Joy to exist. This is why Peace and Joy lead you. They show you how your attitude, energy, and actions produce results. The only results that matter are Peace and Joy, because those are the emotional/spiritual results that are showing you the Truth of yourself through your attitudes, energy, and actions.
With this Guiding Thought, it does not matter where you start to try it. You may start by encouraging your own self-worth, or you may start with giving as much as you can, or you may begin to look for more Peace and Joy, and try to figure out the attitude, energy, and actions that preceded it. Try it! Just start!