People are often surprised when I talk about the power of spirituality and faith in healing the mind, body and soul. I think this is mainly because I promote a ton of healthy practices and products, yet I don’t typically broadcast my religious beliefs. This is mainly because I know how sensitive the topic of religion, like politics, can be – and I never want to impose my own beliefs on someone else. I do, however, find it important to share my own personal experience of faith’s healing power with my readers because it would be unfair to say that all other practices – including meditation, exercise, good nutrition – improved my life without paying homage and humility to the gratitude I have for God’s blessings.
While I am a Christian, I enjoy learning about all faiths and I support the freedom of everyone to practice their own belief system and engage in their own relationship with God or a higher source. I also believe that each person encounters spirituality at different times and in different ways throughout their life’s journey.
I had a spiritual awakening of sorts a year and a half ago when I was very ill and in bed for several months. I feared for my life and questioned my purpose, and I knew that I had much more life to live and growing to do. I felt a presence wash over me, warming me and calming me, like the light rays shining through my bedroom window. I had a moment of clarity unlike any other – I understood God was there and God was holding me, even in my times of highest discomfort.
We might not all experience the same degree of pain, but I believe as humans we all have moments of fear and hardship that make us question our lives and our life’s work. Eradicating fear became essential to me because I considered it my survival. If I were sick and afraid, I would never improve. If I were sick and strong, things could only get better.
But I did not rid myself of fear alone. I prayed like I never prayed before and pulled from the strength of God to quell my fear and rid me of my pain and illness.
That moment in my bedroom at 25 was so life-changing for me that I feel the need to share it with anyone that feels afraid or is searching for an answer or support to overcome any hardship. You can’t always talk to people but you can always talk to God.
When you’re afraid, you can trust God.
When you’re scared, sing your praise. Even when it’s hard.
Thank God for all the blessings He has given you.
God does not want you to live in fear. He wants you to live in love. Just look at this passage from John 4:18 in the Bible. It remains one of my favorites, and serves as a reminder that no matter what the circumstances may be, I don’t have to live with anxiety, worry or fear because it enables me to understand:
1 John 4:18
New International Version (NIV)
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
When you are afraid, ask God to open your heart to experience His loving grace. Grace cannot be earned, because it is a gift. Grace is defined as God’s unmerited favor towards us. Because God’s favor is unmerited, there is nothing we can do to earn it or earn more of it. We simply have to use the power of our faith to receive God’s grace and experience His healing love and favor.
When you are scared, remember that God is for you. Not against you. He lives within you. He breathed His life into you. He wants you to succeed in all endeavors. He wants you to live an abundant life.
Once you open your heart to receiving God’s love and grace, I guarantee you your circumstance will improve, you will receive answers to questions you’ve long had, and you will realize God’s love, abundance and blessings on a new level in your life.
Bless UP and God Bless you all x
Since childhood, many of us have aspired to “grow up” because we believe that this process is synonymous with maturity, security and success. For those of us that drink from the wisdom of our experiences, growing up may, indeed, represent a fulfilling process aligned with manifesting desired states such as those.
While realizing our desired states is an important means to self-fulfillment, sometimes we become so fixated on our individual growth that we neglect to realize its integral role in our collective growth. We easily get lost in the details of achieving and attaining, neglecting to realize the importance of being and sharing. This is how I have come to differentiate “growing up – often attributed to individual achievement – from “growing out” – which I attribute to dynamic, collective development.
Growing Up vs. Growing Out
Growing up is fixated on achieving more, possessing more, becoming more, getting to the next level or rising to the top.
Growing out is focused on recognizing one’s natural abilities and capacities and sharing those gifts with others to inspire their simultaneous growth.
Although both growing up and growing out depend upon individual development propelled by self-awareness, growing out pays homage to the collective conscious, while growing up is focuses upon individual transformation.
The Tree Allegory †
Think of all of us as branches on a tree. The trunk is the Source, and the branches come from the Source. The tree does not need another trunk, but it does need an array of branches in order to remain healthy and stable. The branches are destined to grow in different directions and to different heights. Not every branch needs to be the tallest or stretch the widest. Every branch simply needs to expand to its natural growth capacity in order to support the simultaneous growth of all the other branches.
We are the branches derived from the trunk. No matter which way we grow, we are connected to all parts of the tree – including every leaf and every organism that lingers on or feeds from the tree. Not only is our individual branch unique; all branches that we intertwine with are unique.
Growth is not just a linear process, or a vertical one for that matter. We need to grow up, yes, but we need to grow out, too – we need to trust the expansion of our branch and provide or assume support from the other branches, too. In order to grow individually, we must grow collectively. In order to grow two-dimensionally, we must unearth the unique gifts provided by the Source that will enable the development of not just our own branch, but every single, beautiful one.
I’ve been very interested in the concept of self-belief lately. Largely because I wanted to develop more of it and simultaneously because I’ve always been inspired by people that seem to have a lot of it.
Nearly all successful people I know possess a large degree of what I would deem ‘self-belief.’ In other words, they speak, act and appear in a way that outwardly communicates a strong belief in themselves, including their ideas and their dreams. They appear confident, but not cocky. Assured, but not self-righteous. Determined, but not obstinate. All of these qualities are ones that I want to continue to develop, and that my readers have shared they would also likely to develop.
My understanding is that all of these qualities are rooted in belief – specifically self-belief. This is how I conceptualized ‘The Belief Circle:’ a paradigm that I believe can help all of us achieve more self-confidence and self-awareness on the path to fulfilling our dreams.
So what do I mean by ‘The Belief Circle?’
♦ The Belief Circle ♦
When you believe in yourself, others will believe in you.
When others believe in you, you will believe in yourself.
In order for others to believe in you, you must believe in yourself first.
You do not need others to believe in you in order to believe in yourself.
However, others will believe in you when you believe in yourself AND
others’ beliefs in you will amplify your belief in yourself.
In order to accomplish your goals, achieve your dreams, live a fulfilled life and have a positive impact on others, you need to believe in yourself. And you need to believe in yourself before you can expect others to believe in you.
How do you develop self-belief?
Know who you are. Define your core characteristics. Core characteristics can include personality traits, interests, attributes, habits, hobbies, values, beliefs. Just create an honest list of such aforementioned core characteristics. Do not worry about labeling them as positive or negative. Instead, try to define them as serving or not-serving, and by that I mean helpful or not helpful for the life you would like to lead. Let’s say you listed one of your personality traits as resentful. Instead of labeling this trait as bad, simply label it as not self-serving. Once you know the core characteristics that do not serve you, you can learn to gently let them go and focus on building the characteristics that do serve you. Characteristics that do serve you may include generosity, kindness, creativity, or hard work.
Live a life according to your values. This requires you to know your values, or the aspects of life you care about most. Perhaps it’s family or fulfillment – maybe it’s creativity or generosity. Maybe it’s even money. We all have different values. These values are derived from our beliefs, or our deeply held opinions about the world (some of which we are not even consciously aware.) Our values are important to understand, because they influence our actions, habits, etc., and ultimately the aggregate of all of these behaviors becomes our character. Do not judge your values, just as you did not judge your core characteristics. Instead, identify them so that you can live a life with integrity in accordance with them. If you do not know your values, meditate upon: what brings you joy, what you care to protect, what you feel that you could never sacrifice? When you live a life in which your actions are in accordance with your values you will reach your destiny.
Live authentically. Just as you must know who you are, you must live a life according to who you are. Do not try to be someone else. The beauty of your life and all that unfolds as a result of your life is that it is entirely unique. You are a beautiful, divine manifestation of grace. You have a combination of special gifts and traits that no one else possesses. Why, then, try to become or imitate someone else?
Lead yourself. Many of us want to lead others. Leading others – by mentoring, teaching, growing, showing – brings us great joy. But we cannot lead others until we lead ourselves. That means we must know how to be the best managers of ourselves. This does not mean we need to re-create ourselves or drastically change ourselves. Rather, we need to amplify our thinking to amplify our natural state and all that we were made to fulfill.
If you find it hard to find or develop self-belief, remember this:
- you are unique. ♥
- you deserve to have a beautiful life. ♥
- you deserve your own love. ♥
- what you give you will receive. ♥
- if you give yourself love, you will receive love. ♥
- you are incredibly powerful and capable of incredible transformation and amplification. ♥
- you have a unique story to tell and your story will inspire the story of others. ♥
If you’re reading this article, you are likely questioning your own degree of self-belief.
But guess what? That means you’re asking the right question! And if you ask the right question, you will find the right answer – the right answer being the one that you are seeking.
I hope this article serves as a little piece of inspiration for you on your beautiful & wonderful life journey.
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