JUST HOW WORTHY ARE YOU?
This month, we are dispelling false information and opening ourselves up to explore some spiritual Truths about ourselves we may never have been told. Today our focus is going to be what I think is the MOTHER OF ALL FALSE INFORMATION.
I believe that one of humankind's biggest problems - if not our biggest problem --- is feeling unworthy. The cold, hard fact is that many, many, many, many people simply feel unworthy. They feel . . .
unworthy of a happy, productive life;
unworthy of being loved;
unworthy of receiving God's Grace;
unworthy of experiencing peace and joy;
unworthy of having success and abundance . . .
WHAT DID I MISS?
My guess is you know someone who feels unworthy, right? Turn to your neighbor and say, "I know someone who feels unworthy."
Well, today I want us to end the struggle once and for all by moving into the consciousness of profound worthiness. You might want to pay extra special attention today so that you can tell your friend who feels unworthy all about this - that is, just in case he or she isn't here.
FEELING UNWORTHY - It's a big, big problem. You just heard me say that, didn't you? But I'm wondering if you noticed what I did NOT say? I did NOT say, One of the biggest problems people face is BEING unworthy.
Did you notice that? Because here is our first big Spiritual Truth of the month . . . Every single one of us is worthy! We could not be any other way.
And it doesn't matter . . .
what we were told or not told;
how we were treated or not treated;
whether we were abused or abandoned;
what we ourselves have done or not done . . .
. . . over our lifetime. None of that changes our inherent worthiness.
Let me try to make this concrete and real with an example . . . I have here a bill/cash/money. [Show $100 bill.] What is its value? Right, $100! [Crinkle it up; drop it on the floor stomp on it; pick it up.] Now, how much value does it have now? Oh, the same? [Tear it a little; crinkle it up again; spit on it; throw it on the floor and stomp on it some more; grind it into the floor.] OK, how about now? Still the same? Interesting.
Well, did you know that this bill has been used for some pretty terrible things -
It's been used to bribe a politician;
It's been used to buy a gun that killed someone;
It's even been rolled up and used to teach a 10-year-old boy how to snort cocaine.
Now, that you know all that about it - what is it worth? Still $100?!
I bet that if this $100 bill could talk, it would tell us it isn't feeling very worthy right now. I am quite sure it would tell us that it feels dirty and broken and guilty and shameful and certainly not very valuable - I mean look at the way it's been treated and look at the things it has done.
And yet, the truth is, its worth has not diminished one wit, has it? My friends, the same is true with you!
Ernest Holmes in This Thing Called You, wrote: ". . . . we can desecrate but never lose the divine spark. It is always there. . . . your spirit already is perfect, an individualized center in the consciousness of God. God has made you out of Himself. The only material He had was the Substance of His own being. The only mind He had to implant was His Mind. The only spirit He had to impart was His own Spirit."a
That is the spiritual truth, and we are just as intrinsically worthy as is the $100 bill. But rather than believe this, here's what some of us believe.
We believe that right before souls are birthed into human experience, they go through a "stamping" lineup. They stand in this big long line and God walks by like the Inspector General with two big stamps in his hands. One says "worthy" the other says, you guessed it, "unworthy."
We think God walks along stamping each person's forehead: "Worthy . . . . worthy . . .. worthy . . . . oops, this one's unworthy . . . . worthy . . . worthy . . . . yipes, this one is definitely unworthy."
Or, if you believe the traditional religious view of humankind - at least the traditional Christian view -- that we are all born in original sin, then you might believe there is only one stamp with which everyone gets stamped - the unworthy one. But even still, you think that the stamp was placed with a bit more force on you! Am I right about that?!
But I want you to know that not every religious tradition teaches that --- Unity certainly doesn't. No, we teach that we are not born in original sin - we are not born unworthy - but rather we are born in original innocence - completely worthy and deserving of the Unconditional Acceptance and Love of God as our divine birthright.
Hear the words of Dr. Ernest Holmes again: ". . . your spirit already is perfect, an individualized center in the consciousness of God. God has made you out of Himself. The only material He had was the Substance of His own being. The only mind He had to implant was His Mind. The only spirit He had to impart was His own Spirit."
And from the Bhagavad Gita: "God is flawless and the same in all. Therefore all persons are established in the One."b
So please hear me this morning -- God does not come around stamping unworthy on the foreheads of souls ready to pop into this life expression.
But somewhere along the line, we stamped ourselves unworthy. Yes, it's true, we may have had help . . .
. . . by what we were told or not told by the church or others, or
. . . by how we were treated or not treated, or
. . . even by things we have done that we regret . . .
. . . but ultimately somewhere along the line, we have each made up a story that we are unworthy and then we have felt unworthy and then we have acted, manifested, lived out of unworthiness!
Spiritual author and poet Thomas Merton once said: "Others can give you a name or a number, but they can never tell you who you really are. That is something you yourself must discover from within."c
FEELING UNWORTHY is a result of the story you've told yourself about yourself. Feeling unworthy is not a fact, it is a story you made up.
You can choose to see yourself as broken or perfect for your unique purpose! Let me tell you a story . . .
A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on an end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house, the cracked pot always arrived only half full.
For two years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots of water in his master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream.
"I am ashamed of myself, and not worthy to be carried on your shoulders. I want to apologize to you for that." "What are you ashamed of?" asked the bearer. "I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don't get full value from your efforts." the pot said.
The water bearer had compassion for the old cracked pot and said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path."
Indeed, as they went up the hill toward the house, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and this cheered it some. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load, and so again the Pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.
The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your crack, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the stream, you've watered them.
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without your being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his house. I thank you for who you are."
In Stuart Wilde's book The Little Money Bible he has an entire chapter on moving out of ego and into our Spiritual Truth. He says in it that we must come to the metaphysical truth of our Divine Specialness. Not in an egotistical way or in a way that gets in other peoples face, but rather as an act of accepting the infinite beauty that is within us.d
It is my deepest, most heartfelt desire that each and every one of you see who you are - who you REALLY are - see the infinite beauty that is within you and who you are meant to be. It is my deepest desire that you not only see it but that you then live from it!!
And when we do this, if there are behaviors we have exhibited that were less than life affirming, they will no longer fit. They will no longer feel good; they will fade away because they are inconsistent with our new awareness of just how worthy we really are!
Now the thing is, I have said all of this to you before. More than once. The problem is you haven't believed me. So we are going to try a different tact this morning and I trust, I trust, I trust, this will put the issue to rest once and for all.
You may or may not know this about me, but I am an ordained Worthiness Minister - and this is a special, consecrated Worthiness Scepter.
This sacred ceremony I am about to do is usually done on a one-on-one basis, but I have been given special dispensation to perform it in a group setting just this once. I am going to anoint each and every one of you into the full expression of your inherent worthiness this very day! If you will all stand please. Are you ready? Because after this experience this morning, you can NEVER go back to feeling unworthy. Place your hands on your hearts.
The stories you have made up of your unworthiness are now removed from your mind, from your heart and from your life. By the Power vested in me as an Ordained Worthiness Minister and through the sacred energy of the Worthiness Scepter, I hereby anoint you as WORTHY from now until forevermore!
Okay, we're done! That's it! You can now hold your head high because you have had your inherent worthiness anointed! You are a unique, glorious, magnificent expression of the Most High.e
Stay standing and sing I Love Myself The Way I Am with absolute and beautiful conviction. The lyrics are in your program this morning.
I Love Myself the Way I Am
I love myself the way I am, there's nothing I need to change
I'll always be the perfect me, there's nothing to rearrange
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can
And I love myself just the way I am.
I love you just the way you are, there's nothing you need to do
When I feel the love inside myself it's easy to love you
Behind your fears, your rage, your tears, I see your shining star
And I love you just the way you are.
I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can
And I love myself just the way I am. . . .
I love myself just the way I am.
You may be seated.
aErnest Holmes This Thing Called You, pg. 7
bBhagavad Gita (5:19)
dStuart Wilde The Little Money Bible
eWorthiness anointing comes from The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind T. Harv Eker