One of the criticisms of the Law of Attraction and other similar
spiritual metaphysical teachings is that we are teaching people
to be “self-centered.” I would say that I teach people to love
themselves because if we don’t love ourselves our path to
success, happiness, peace, wealth and joy will be a struggle;
most likely many struggles.
People will ask me why is that? I tell them that we
are the most important person we are to love because we cannot
give what we don’t have and when we don’t love our self, we find
fault with both ourselves and other people. Self-depreciation
is a menace to our spiritual growth. We cannot realize the
Power of the “I Am” consciousness if we are consistently putting
ourselves down to finding fault with ourselves or others. This
self-depreciation is intensified when people continually speak
about their illnesses, etc. One aspect of this that I
personally abhor is when people say that “at a certain age we
just aren’t healthy anymore.” We can be as healthy as we want
to be but we must do the mental work to live a healthy life and
self-depreciating words have no place in this.
One of my favorite science of mind teachers, Frederick
“Our world will change as our ideas concerning ourselves
change. So never be afraid to think highly of your value.”
Our value is determined in part by the measure of our
realization that we are a part of that Something Greater that
brought forth all that we can see, hear, feel, taste and touch;
Intelligence and Spirit is our true nature. We must be willing
to be firm in our mind that health is a measurable result of our
love for our self. This is the only way in which we reach the
certainty of self-realization. Frederick Bailes wrote something
“Those who reach the certainty of healing by their own power,
enter the deepest measure of life because you came to have a
life and to have it in abundance.”
Abundant health, happiness, wealth and peace are all results of
having a healthy love for oneself.
I believe that respect and love are so intertwined that
it is impossible to possess one mentally without the other. We
don’t love what we don’t respect, and we love that which we
respect in differing degrees. This is the truth for all of us.
Self-respect and self-love identified with the Power that is
within us ["I
AM"] can guarantee us a wonderful life.
Keep the Faith!
Henry Lee Bates
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