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The Rev. Ellin M. Dize: Finding our true selves

Life is not about how it looks to the outer world, it is about how it really is. In 1955, while workmen were relocating a 13th century statue, an accident chipped off several coats of plaster revealing solid gold underneath. We are similar to that solid gold with plaster encasing us ... refusing to acknowledge our "spirit" within. Yet, many holy books written by persons who were touched by God tell us how special we are. "It is the Spirit himself [meaning the Holy Spirit] bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God" (Romans 8:16). From lifelong experiences which caused us fear, we have accumulated layers of protection concealing our true self. We must remember who we truly are and fear not. If you are untrue to yourself, have faith, your soul will set you on your true course.

To keep pain away, you have suppressed your joy, but your past is not your destiny. You're here for a purpose and your talents, gifts and abilities will show you your purpose. What you do with ease that brings you joy is your "special talent." Utilizing your talent gives you the power to change your life ... and the world. Hundreds of good people have changed the world so dramatically they became famous even though they came from different places, times, backgrounds and were of different ages, races and genders.

Jesus taught us to love our neighbor as ourselves. I believe Christ was telling us to give ourselves as much love, honor and respect as we give to a loved one. For inspiration, read the lyrics to the song written by Jai Josef, "I Love Myself the Way I Am." Some are singing this song into their mirror before starting their day to remind themselves who they really are: a spiritual being.

Author of more than 12 books, Alan Cohen reminds us, "Before you can know your soul mate, you must know your soul." Looking for someone else to complete you means you are not already whole. When you care for yourself, you can care for others. I'm in awe at how poetically Alan expresses, "A heart full of joy shines brightly in a darkened world and lights the spirits of those who need to look upon models of peace. Then all of your actions will bring true healing to yourself and everyone you meet ... because your life springs from a well that never runs dry."

Consult your higher power and trust your intuition. Fear is the ruler of mass consciousness; have faith, ask your inner self for guidance, then act upon your wisdom. Open your heart and mind to allow God to manifest joy and bring meaning in your life. God can only do for us what God can do through us. You have a path with your name on it. Walk securely and confidently on that path knowing God will appoint people along the way to assure you're walking in the right direction. Rest assured, you'll never walk alone.

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