Thirty-one years ago, Dr. Peebles' first words to me were, "You are a beautiful spirit!" and then he said, "What the world wants from you, is you."
I immediately burst into tears. An angel was telling me that I am a "beautiful spirit!" And he was telling me that I was enough. He didn't reprimand me for all of the "mistakes" that I had made in my life. He didn't scold me for the times that I cursed God. He said, "We love you so very much." There were no black marks against me! I could feel his love pour over me, and seep deep into my soul like a healing ointment for anything and everything that had ever pained me. I was so depressed, so racked with guilt about my divorce, so lost and desperately seeking purpose in life. I thought I had to "become something." I felt I was always falling short of what God expected of me, even though I didn't even know what that was! And, I soon learned that God expected nothing of me, other than to do my best to love myself and others. That, and only that, was the purpose, the value and the meaning in life.
I have heard so many of my trance coaching students tell me that they want to have a greater connection to God. What I tell them is that, in order to have a greater connection to God, you need to have a greater connection with yourself. God already loves you. You are perfect in His image. If you can acknowledge that, and truly embrace who you are, right here and now, and feel grateful for the uniqueness of you, you will be honoring and acknowledging God. Connect with your authentic self, and you are connecting with God. Changing the way that you perceive yourself will change the way that they world perceives you. It's all energetics.
I say, "Thank you, God, for my mind, body and spirit. Teach me how to become the very best Summer Bacon that I can be." I live my life for God, and God tells me to love myself, and keep my true light shining brightly. I'm not always capable of this, and it's often not easy, but through a willingness to surrender and be vulnerable and intimate with life, by speaking my truth, and sharing from my heart, releasing myself from the need to please everyone, and by diligently adhering to the understanding that God made me who I am for a reason, I have learned that by being authentic, showing my true self to the world, "warts and all," I have attracted people of like mind and like heart; people who appreciate the authentic me, not a superficial projection of myself. I no longer feel a need to "fit" in order to play with the world. I can cry openly, laugh loudly, be goofy, tender, eat and drink what I want, as much as I want (no need for excuses), and feel the freedom that comes from releasing myself from the massive and illusory expectations that society and I put upon myself. I honestly don't care what anyone thinks about me, because I know who I am and have a strong sense of self. What anyone thinks about me is really all about them. They have a right to their perceptions. (It's interesting, because by releasing a need to please people, I have learned to release my need to change them, and I find that it's easier to love them as they are.)
Anyway, I guess my message today is that it's really okay to be you. You are enough. Now, love yourself, get out there, and get growing!