Almost all of you, right from the beginning, relative to self, were taught that you are inappropriate beings, here to prove worthiness to something that moves around so much you can't even really figure out what the rules are -- because everybody has a different interpretation of what's right and what's wrong. So, we could put it very simply: The only thing that has been getting in your way, the only thing that has been holding you up, the only thing that has been troubling any of you, is one thing: you have not been appreciating you. You've been looking at you, seeing lack and vibrationally closing down the Energy that allows you to get what you want. That has been it.
Can a person who doesn't appreciate self suddenly start appreciating self? We don't think so. We see, every time you try, you fall back into these same old ruts. Every time you try to get outside of yourself to look at yourself, what you see is the same thing you've sort of trained yourself to see. That's why you've said and you have heard others say, "I can't see myself as others see me."
Well, you do see yourself as some others see you. In other words, everybody sees you a little differently depending on where they're vibrating. A connected one thinks you're magnificent. A not connected one doesn't think you're so magnificent -- but it doesn't have anything to do with you. It has to do with where they're vibrating as they are perceiving you.
So here is a process. Some say it is a trick that works. It's not a trick. It's a utilization of the Laws of the Universe. Remember that your goal is to find an object of attention that makes you feel good while you find it. Well, some objects are easier than others, aren't they? Esther looks at her little cat, and she cannot feel other than appreciation for this pure positive Energy beast. You look at someone misbehaving, and it's less easy to find appreciation. So what you are wanting to do is look for objects of attention to which you can flow an Energy of appreciation. Now, here's the reason that this is sneaky. By choosing an object of attention that causes pure positive Energy to flow through you, guess what happens to the vessel through which the pure positive Energy is flowing? You thrive. When you try to look back at yourself most of you shut down, because you already have negative thoughts about self that are hard for you to overcome. So what we would encourage you to do, for about 30 days, is get your eye off of you and get yourself on a blitz of appreciation. Make a decision that you are going to do as much appreciating in any day as you have physical time and Energy to do.
So the big question is, "Well, do I just dump all those unwanted things and try to start fresh?" And we say, no. You just set the Tone, where you are, by looking for things to appreciate. And by setting your Tone in a very clear deliberate way, anything that doesn't match it gravitates out of your experience, and anything that does match it gravitates into your experience. It is so much simpler than most of you are allowing yourself to believe.
Abraham-Hicks, Boston, MA, October 4, 1997
The basis of your life is absolute freedom, the goal is joy, and the result of that perfect combination is motion forward, or growth. Your goal is to find objects of attention that let your cork raise.
Abraham-Hicks, Virginia Beach, VA, April 12, 1997
Are you understanding that appreciation and self-love is the most important tool that you could ever nurture, that the appreciation of others and the appreciation of yourself is the closest vibrational match to your Source energy of anything that we have ever witnessed? When you are appreciating or when you are loving or when you are acknowledging the value of something, you are in that moment a vibrational match to the Source that is truly you.
Do not worry about where you are at any point in time. Don't take score and beat up on yourself. Just make a decision that from right here where I stand I'm going to reach for the thought that feels the very best of anything I have access to, and understand that your Inner Being is adoring you, always….
Abraham-Hicks, Spokane, WA, 5/30/00
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