“Why are you so enchanted by this world, when a mine of gold lies within you?” ~Rumi
The nature of Life is infinite abundance, ultimate fulfillment, and constant state of expanding and joy. We are a part of Life, so we share the same inherent qualities. But do we truly know that about ourselves? When we try to play small, we are denying who we are and redefining our God-given nature. Of course, this cannot feel good. Given that our mind is extremely powerful, lack and limitation becomes our reality through belief. Even though we can never change who we are in truth, we can convince ourselves that we are limited, small, or inadequate.
Luckily, we can change our beliefs. A Course in Miracles contains profound lessons on how to shift our mindset from believing in lack to believing in abundance. It teaches that “only belief in separation gives us the experience of lack.” [clickToTweet tweet=”We can perceive lack in anyone or anything only if we are confused about our true identity.” quote=”We can perceive lack in anyone or anything only if we are confused about our true identity.” theme=”style3″]
In Chapter 1, we read: “Lack implies that you would be better off in a state somehow different from the you are in.” (T.I.VI.2.4-5) The belief in lack and separation is so out of alignment with our true essence that we can’t help but feel miserable as long as we hold on to it.
From early childhood, the world teaches us that it is arrogant to believe in and speak about our innate greatness. In fact, we learn from A Course in Miracles that “To accept yourself as God created you cannot be arrogance, because it is the denial of arrogance. To accept your littleness is arrogant, because it means that you believe your evaluation of yourself is truer than God’s.” (T.9.VIII.10.8-9)
In “A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles”, Marianne Williamson eloquently writes:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
From Lesson 67 of A Course in Miracles, we learn how to undo the belief in our littleness by practicing the idea that “Love created me like itself.” Later in the same lesson, it says that “If love created you like itself, this Self must be in you. And somewhere in your mind It is there for you to find.” (W.p1,67.2:8-9) Rumi and other great mystics have realized that the path to happiness and joy leads us within and not without.
Over time, we became so good at self-deception that we forgot who we are and created the world of limitation and suffering. [clickToTweet tweet=”The first step in changing our mindset is to see it for what it is.” quote=”The first step in changing our mindset is to see it for what it is.” theme=”style3″]
Also, in Section III of Chapter 15, “Littleness versus Magnitude”, we read: “Every decision you make stems from what you think you are, and represents the value that you put upon yourself. Believe the little can content you, and by limiting yourself you will not be satisfied. For your function is not little, and it is only by finding your function and fulfilling it that you can escape from littleness.” (T.15.III.3.3-5) Each one of us has unique skills and talents, a unique individual vibration that we can contribute to the world.
Of course, to see consistent changes in how we think about ourselves, we need to put in some effort into retraining our mind. I teach my clients how to use TFT and other meridian-based energy psychology methods to change limiting beliefs and clear the emotional charge that holds these beliefs in place. Each of us usually has many limiting beliefs and emotions around money and self-worth.
Similarly, A Course in Miracles offers a comprehensive spiritual practice that can be invaluable for someone who is interested in relatively fast and long-lasting changes. Later in Lesson 67, we read: “You need to hear the truth about yourself as frequently as possible, because your mind is so preoccupied with false self-images.”
To conclude, I would like to offer a simple practice that can be helpful if you want to see yourself as who you are. It’s refreshing and energizing to start your day with these thoughts of affirmation of who you are.
Sit in a quiet place and reflect on these ideas:
“Love created me like Itself. It is not arrogant to accept my limitless and abundant nature. Abundance is a natural state of Life. It is actually arrogant to think that I’m small and insufficient in any way. When I belittle myself, I’m trying to redefine the way I was created by Love. I’m curious to get to know my true nature. I’m open to see myself as I am. I am All. I am Love. I am Life.”
Tanya Ince, Ph.D is an Ordained Ministerial Counselor with the Pathways of Light, an intuitive life coach, numerologist, TFT-Diagnostics facilitator, and trainer of Spiritual Technology methods of Zivorad Slavinski. On her blog, Tanya provides insights about personal development, practical spirituality, astrology, and numerology. You can connect with Tanya on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @TanyaCoaching.