“How can you who are so holy suffer? All your past except its beauty is gone, and nothing is left but a blessing. I have saved all your kindnesses and every loving thought you ever had. I have purified them of the errors that hid their light, and kept them for you in their own perfect radiance….They came from the Holy Spirit within you, and we know what God creates is eternal…The Thoughts of God are with you.” — from A Course in Miracles
As we prepare for Valentines Day on Monday, we are invited to purchase flowers and candy, diamonds, cars, and whatever else for our beloveds.
But the greatest possible gift might be the gift we give our beloved who we see when we look in the mirror.
In the world of self-improvement, we might fall into the trap of promising to love and approve of ourselves as soon as…..we lose the weight, get the new job or degree and become a “success,” or some other accomplishment outside ourselves. But we will never be more of the essence, expression and experience of Spirit (God, the Universe, our Higher Power) than we are right now. Spirit loves us without condition in this moment. So why can’t we?
Often we are able to forgive others much more quickly than we can forgive ourselves. In fact, remember that song “As Long As You Love Me” recorded by the Back Street Boys? I choose to change the lyrics slightly so that I can say to myself:
“I don’t care who you are,
Where you’re from,
What you did,
Because I so love you!”
A visit to See’s or the jewelry store will pale in comparison to the most wonderful gift we can give ourselves–that of unconditional love.