Posted September 6, 1999
Don't Wait To Feel Worthy
Recently, I read an article that talked about our readiness to accept abundance. The author mentioned that we sometimes don't receive the good we desire because we don't feel worthy. His advice? "Get over it." Though our feelings of worthiness tend to contribute to the good we can accept, or the lack thereof, it isn't the whole picture. We all know successful people who don't feel worthy. Why else would there be an epidemic of addictions in the towers of success? Alcoholism, workaholism, addiction to prescription and non-prescription drugs just to make it through life.
Successful people have opened themselves up to succeed in business. They've accepted all that goes into it. They've removed their beliefs in failure, they've changed their attitude about their business, their financial situation, and their lives to create the right atmosphere for their success. They may have been motivated by feels of unworthiness, a need to prove themselves to someone, a need to fill the empty place within them with success, or some other motivation. They have achieved abundance, and they've worked hard for it, but they still don't feel worthy of their own success.
On the other hand, I've known many good, talented, hardworking people who struggled all of their lives, but never achieve success in business. They deserved to succeed, just as much as anybody else, but they didn't. And they probably felt just as worthy, or unworthy, as the successful person. They blamed bad luck, or the economy, or something else for not succeeding when in reality it is their own belief systems that hold them back.
When we feel bad about ourselves, we might bounce checks as a way of verifying our bad opinion of ourselves. Or we might turn down opportunities because we don't feel we've "suffered enough." That was one of my patterns. I was told by people who'd worked hard and ended up with nothing but an empty pinata that I "didn't deserve" what good I'd manifested. For a long time, I believed them. I couldn't allow myself to be successful until I'd struggled as much as the talented people who'd never achieve their potential.
The article I read reminded me that we don't get what we "deserve." We get what we expect, and what we have identified with. The Universe "rewards" our consciousness. If we have a consciousness of failure, that's what we get. If we have a consciousness of health, that's what we receive. Whatever our consciousness, that is what we get to experience. Do we identify with life flowing smoothly, and everything working out, no matter what the appearance? Then so be it. Do we identify with, "I can't do anything about my job, my finances?" We get to wallow in that. Our consciousness attracts conditions in the outer world to fulfill our inner beliefs. The conditions of our life are a direct reflection of our consciousness.
Instead of waiting until you feel worthy of abundance, health, good relationships, why don't you begin to identify with it now? Rather than reaching outwardly for your goal, begin to pray for the consciousness of it. Raising your consciousness to accept what you desire will adjust any old, restrictive attitudes. When you have the consciousness of your desire and have identified with your good, then your goal will show up in your life. Whether you feel you deserve it or not.
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