via www.elabs6.comI work with Realtors and make them more effective, profitable salespeople who enjoy their careers. Early on, I learned that working on what goes on inside a person's head is a big part of my work. I draw a lot of my own inspiration from Louise Hay, owner of Hay House Publishing. Here is the note at the top of the latest email she sent out. Happy Valentines Day to you!
In days of old, love was thought of as something outside ourselves, something that others could give or withhold from us. It was often limited to something that we shared with one other person, who then had power and control over us. When we heard the phrase Love thy neighbor, we often forgot the rest of it: Love thy neighbor as thyself. Now, we’re learning that love begins with ourselves. In fact, until we love ourselves, we can’t truly love others.
Love in this era is different from what it was in the past. Today, we learn that everything in our outer world is a mirror of what goes on in our minds. If we want to find love and acceptance, then that’s what we must first give to ourselves. Most of us have long lists of reasons why we believe that we’re not lovable. This list usually stems from things that our families or teachers have said to us, and when we hear them over and over again, we often start to believe them. Or perhaps our list relates to ideas that we learn from our early religious upbringing, or from popular concepts or stereotypes. Whenever we decide to accept these opinions as truth, we give up our power and live a life of fear and limitation.
If you find it difficult or scary to accept love and to let love into your life, it’s only because you haven’t been willing to love you. Open your heart to yourself and it will become easier to let others love you. Stand up now, open your arms wide, and say out loud, “I’m willing to let the love flow!”
You might say, “I do love myself,” and that may be true. But how much more could you love yourself? Look around in your life and see where you’re lacking love. Look at your relationships, your work, your finances, your health, and your ability to express yourself creatively in ways that are fulfilling to you. If any of these areas are lacking, then you need to love yourself more.
Here’s my Valentine to you: Stop criticizing yourself—now and forevermore. Love and accept yourself as you are right now. When you do, you’ll blossom in ways that you can’t even imagine. Love will heal you, I promise. Your love for yourself will work miracles in your life.