SHINE: Rejuvenate by the Spirit — What’s (Self) Love Got to Do with It? – Everything!

SHINE! … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

What’s (Self) Love Got to Do with It? – Everything!

© 2010 Tonya M. Evans

August 24, 2010

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“i found god in myself, & i loved her, i loved her fiercely.” ~ Ntozake Shange

air travel,airplanes,demonstrations,face masks,females,flight attendants,gestures,masks,occupations,oxygen,oxygen masks,people at work,persons,Photographs,planes,safety,stewardesses,transportation,travels,womenYou know how they instruct you on the plane that in case of emergency to put on your oxygen mask before you assist others? Well, the same holds true for the experience of love – you must love yourself first before you are capable of fully loving others.

But often we seek the love and acceptance of others before we feel capable (or worthy?) of loving and receiving love. Unfortunately, seeking the love and acceptance we feel we lack is putting the spiritual cart before the horse. It is also outside the divine order of the flow of God’s love into and through you … by way of the indwelling Spirit.

God is love. Love is inside of us. We are made in God’s image and possess God’s essence – LOVE. Humans are, well … human, but made divine by our connection to God and each other by love. Marianne Williamson describes it this way:

“Love is our fuel. It gives grace to progress and blessing to our will for power. We fail in our deepest responsibility to God and to ourselves each time we fail to declare love and act on love and witness to love.” Marianne Williamson, A Woman’s Worth (p. 93)

To “find your own shine,” — as my signature poem says — look inside. Then declare love, act on love and witness love … first in yourself, then in others.

Go forth and SHINE, from the inside out!

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One Response

  1. I love that it’s very good. I love myself and what makes me happy to pass my happness to someone i love.
    I love to smile and i love to make others smile thats the kind of thing that makes my day.
    Tell next time sisters much love i’m out.

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