Posted November 1, 2000
Identify With Your Good
I once heard someone say, "If you're not successful, then you're really working hard at not being successful." Success, health, happiness, harmonious relationships, creativity are natural states. The Universe always pours all that you need for good into your life. If you're not experiencing what you desire, your mind is actively restricting it. The way you feel towards your life, the beliefs based on those feelings, flow forth in statements that limit the expression of your natural resource of good.
"I am a failure," "I'm sick," "I can't do it," "I don't belong here." These are feelings that you have based on past experiences. However, when you identify with these statements, you're telling the Universe that this is what you continue to want. Whatever you identify with becomes your self-image. Your experience of life has to be consistent with your image of yourself. A person who wants to be a success, but feels that they can't do anything right, will sabotage achieving their desires. When you want something better in your life, and it conflicts with your self-image, you undermine your ability to have it.
Whatever you focus on, that's what you're telling your Mind that you want. Watch your words. You are literally instructing the Universe what to give you. The silent messages you say to yourself about yourself, the things you say to others, these reinforce the outdated picture you have of yourself. As a child, you may have been told that you wouldn't amount to anything. That was a lie. You are an expression of the Universe, and the Universe has all the power within It to create galaxies. The lie was to keep you from remembering that you have the power within you.
One of my clients was a beautiful woman, inside and out. When she was young, her mother convinced her that she was ugly and no one would ever love her. My client changed her self-image when she realized the untruth of that statement, and she began to attract people who valued and appreciated her.
Many times people will fight to hold onto their old self-concept, even when they want something better. Jerry was an artist whose sculptures were critically acclaimed. However, he wasn't making much money from them, and wanted to be more prosperous. He identified with being a "starving artist," and was disdainful of those artists who were financially successful. Because he refused to release his anger at other creatives, and continued to visualize himself as poor, he never realized the wealth that the Universe was urging on him. You can't have more good without opening the floodgates within, and discharging self-limitations.
What are you identifying with? How do you see yourself? Do you believe that you're a person who deserves good? What ideas are you acting on that counter what you desire? Notice the "I am" statements you make. They will show you what your self-image is. You can change those declarations by simply stating the opposite every time you catch yourself thinking something negative. Eventually, the feelings behind the old ideas will transform, because you're telling them the truth about yourself. Imagine that you have achieved what you want. Now imagine how you'd act, what you'd say to yourself, how you'd dress, what kind of people you'd associate with. What else would be changed in your life?
By aligning your words and ideas with that of a successful person, you can then begin to identify with the good the Universe has been pouring into your life. The floodgates will open, and your life will be overflowing with the goodness that is your natural state.
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