Do you remember what it was like to be a child?
And how easy it was to receive gifts and praise?
A fond memory resurfaced the other day that made me smile.
Perhaps it will speak to you.
When my daughter was 3 years old and in her sparkly princess stage, she received many compliments from family, friends and even strangers.
Whether it was, “You’re beautiful, you’re smart,” or “you’re adorable,”
she always responded with a bright smile followed by a clear, “I know!”
Her sweet giggle and dimpled grin carried the subtext, “You, silly! Of course I am adorable!”
There was no hesitation. It was pure and complete receiving. The combination of innocence and inherent worthiness of this little lady took me by surprise.
While I made it a point to teach my three-year-old daughter the importance of saying, “Thank you” in addition to the “I know,” I was amazed she began there.
She came from a place of divine significance and inherent self-love.
She owned her brilliance without shame or suspicion.
In those moments, I was reminded of how close to Spirit children are,
how naturally they own their greatness.
As we experience more of life,
Why does it become difficult to receive acknowledgments for how we are a gift to others?
Somewhere along the way, we lose sight of how extraordinary we are.
We get used to downplaying our beauty, our intelligence, our depth.
Then we wonder why we aren’t happy or aren’t playing full out in our lives.
If WE don’t believe in our own greatness, it doesn’t matter if anyone else around us sees it.
There are layers upon layers of WHY we may not allow ourselves to receive goodness, but one thing is certain: Whatever those reasons are for you, you can choose to shift that imbalance by practicing the sacred art of receiving.
It may feel foreign at first.
It may feel silly or strange.
You may feel the urge to deflect or dismiss…
But what is you simply allowed yourself to hear those compliments and let them fully sink into your heart?
What if you could BE that divine child who smiles and says, “Thank you, I know.”
The in-breath is just as important as the out-breath. As you receive, you expand into a bigger space. Then you can hold more of the good stuff! Happiness, abundance, and peace.
This Valentine’s Day and Always, Let the Love in!!!
P.S. If this message would inspire someone you know, please pass it on!