Like many people, I struggle with my perception of myself. Sometimes I feel good about myself, and other times I let other people dictate my opinion of myself, to my detriment. Positive self-esteem is critical to envisioning ourselves as Creators and Co-Creators with God, because we have to know, not just believe, KNOW, that we are worthy to call ourselves a child of God, and able to claim our full birthright as heirs. In my mind, GOD is Generating Other Dimensions.
Heir has a couple of definitions: 1. A person legally entitled to the property or rank of another on that person's death; 2. A person inheriting and continuing the legacy of a predecessor. God is not dead and is everlasting. An heir of God is therefore legally entitled to the property and rank of God, who cannot die; and an heir of God inherits and continues the legacy of God, who is all-powerful. We can rightfully claim to be equal to God on those terms, as Christ did, and we, as heirs, are all-powerful also, creating in God’s power and authority.
We create our own reality; that is our legacy as a god. I am using the little ‘g’ out of respect. Human beings became gods when they acquired the ability to judge good and evil. That story is the tale of Adam and Eve. For better or for worse, humans acquired the knowledge of good and evil, and judgment came into the world. Judgment is a two-edged sword. On the one hand, when used with proper mature spiritual discernment, judgment of good and evil regulates and guides a person to make the correct choices as they navigate through life, and leads them through the pitfalls and traps of this world to enlightenment. Used incorrectly, judgment of good and evil can become distorted, where good is considered evil, and evil is considered good. There isn’t a person in this world that hasn’t been affected by an incorrect judgment wielded against them. Reading the news, there are so many examples of warped judgment and the negative consequences that occur in its wake.
As a middle-aged woman, I struggle with my self-image and my self-esteem almost on a daily basis. I know that I’m a basically a good person, and many people love me for who I am, just the way I am. I love them the same way. I receive positive reinforcement all of the time, yet I still struggle to accept myself. When someone I don’t even know well judges me, I collapse internally, even though I shouldn’t value their opinion so highly, or even not at all. I’ve recently learned the concept of detachment from other people’s opinions. I should value my opinion of myself higher, much higher, than someone’s opinion of me. I’m struggling to absorb that teaching, and reminding myself to detach from other people’s opinions and value my own opinion above all else helps me to come out of the funk much faster than I did before.
I’m still in the process of knowing that I am a child and heir of God and all that entails. I claim my power in some areas, but not in others. I am working to grow into my position and wield the authority that God has given to me. I want to become a conscious creator of my reality. Every moment I have to realize that I am a god, and that the only time I have to create in is in the ever-present Now. I have to own my power Now; the time for me to create the woman I want to be is Now; and I have to love myself Now. There is no other time. Like the saying goes, there’s no time like the present.
If you are still struggling with issues of self-image and self-esteem, know that you’re not alone; we’re all in this together. Value yourself above anyone else’s opinions and ideas. You know yourself better than anyone else does. KNOW that you are a child and therefore heir of God, who loves you just the way you are. Identify your strengths, and work on your weaknesses. We’ve all got both of them. And together, as gods, we will create a reality that we can all be proud of and rejoice in.