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You Are Your Own Ideal

Posted on the 05 March 2019 by Berijoy @berijoy
You Are Your Own Ideal "Every noble impulse, every unselfish expression of love, every surrender of self to something higher than self, every loyalty to an ideal, every fine courage of the soul - by doing good for good's sake - that is spirituality."

At some point, we all try to live up to an ideal, that standard of near perfection. Even as we know no one is perfect, somewhere in the back of our minds, we strive to be the best version of ourselves. There is that within us we are hardwired to seek, to climb, in order to attain the height of possible greatness of which we are all capable. Some might call this our Higher Self. I call it my Deeper Self. For as I endeavor to be more of who I am, as I seek to release all the chains which bind me to ego and self-interest, and materiality, I plumb the depths of my inner core to release the ideal image trapped in the dark places of my being, and free them into expression, into life.

In seeking to be the best version of myself, I endeavor to be more loving, more accepting, more generous, more joyful, more peaceful, more compassionate, more open, and more wise. I hold myself to the flame that I may burn away unreasonable judgement, selfishness or self-preoccupation, apathy and cynicism. I want to accept what is and not languish over what could be or what was. I want to give more than I receive, listen more than I speak, leap when I would shrink.

"You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was."

― Anthon St. Maarten, Divine Living: The Essential Guide To Your True Destiny

Aiming for my ideal means I learn to embrace all the parts of me - even as I reach toward that essence of perfection. It means loving myself when I feel the least lovable, it means affirming the goodness when all I see around me is dismal. It means accepting the world as it is while moving to help it be its best self, too.

Made from the One Presence, we all have a shining ideal within us. It is up to us to release it. It is up to us to aim high and strive to be all that we can be. It is up to us to dare to peek around the dark places within ourselves, where we need to shine the light of love. It is up to us to nurture embrace the everything of who and what we are.

When we do this, when more and more of us are engaged in this process, the potential to light up the world is limitless.

So, go on. Light it up.

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