“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” St Catherine of Siena
The Bishop of London who gave the sermon at William and Kate’s wedding on Friday started his sermon with this wonderful quote. The 29th April is the festival of St Catherine of Siena and so this quote was so fitting. As we go about our busy days though it is easy to forget that we are here to be something that God meant us to be. It is very easy to focus purely on our outer world and all that is happening in that world around us. We forget that we have inner world and that the key message of that inner world is that we were created perfect. This may seem difficult to believe when you think of all the things that both you and others have done wrong over the years, but despite that, any wrong doings do not take away this essential truth that is at the core of everyone’s being whether they are aware of it or not. We are perfect because each and every one of us was ultimately created by God and as such we are children of God. We can really think of ourselves as extensions of God with all the same attributes that God has. This means that all the good qualities that God emanates such as love, kindness, compassion, beauty, wisdom, abundance, well being are actually the Truth of who we are too. This truth is something that we have a choice to believe or dismiss.
The value of believing this is that it enables you to separate yourself from the circumstances of your life and of your physical body and align yourself with this perfection. This process of aligning your thinking in this way is known as Spirit identification as opposed to body identification which is what we are familiar with. So you may be thinking, why are we here if we are, in truth, already perfect? The answer to that is that as a result of our past – our childhood, our previous incarnations and often our ancestral lineage – we have picked up thoughts and beliefs that are contrary to that perfection. These wrong thoughts need to be healed and that is part of the Purpose of our lives. These are thoughts such as “I am not good enough,” “I am not loveable,” “I am not worthy,” “Things never work out for me.” These thoughts are purely thoughts based on our personality’s perception of the former events of our lives which is often wrong and lacking in adult understanding. As we go through our adult lives we are given opportunities to heal these wrong perceptions through the opportunities we are given to grow that we call challenges. When we do heal these beliefs and re-align them with our innate perfection, we in turn send out a raised vibration which has a positive effect on all of the planet as ultimately all minds are joined. I find in my personal coaching I do with clients, a lot of what I am doing is helping them heal these wrong beliefs that they are holding and returning them to their place of truth because it is only from there that we are able to move forward and set the world on fire.
Here are three tips for applying this Truth:
1. You can ask God or your Higher Mind, whoever you pray to, to bring forth the perfection and brilliance that is within you. Picasso, Mozart and Shakespeare expressed this brilliance in their unique way and you too can do the same in your unique way.
2. In any situation where you feel that your negative beliefs or patterns are playing out, ask that these beliefs or patterns be purified, transformed and healed. Ask that they are healed in such as way that you can see yourself differently, so that you can return to the Truth of who you are.
3. The most effective way to heal your mind of these negative beliefs is to be willing to forgive each and every person or situation that causes you upset.
In my book Spiritual Intelligence in Business I describe it this way: “There is nothing that will heal our minds in such a powerful way than the ability to forgive and let go. A Course in Miracles lists the following benefits of forgiveness: happiness, a quiet mind, certainty of purpose, and a sense of worth and beauty that transcends the world, safety, protection, gentleness and a rest, so perfect it can never be upset. Your willingness to forgive both people, including yourself, and situations that lead to even the smallest reactions of irritation and anger within you will lead you also the sense of unconditional peace.”
To conclude, whenever you are tempted to look at the circumstances of your life and feel down or bad about yourself, remember this inherent perfection within you. This perfection is how you are programmed to be and in every moment you have a choice to remember that programming or ignore it.
To return to the sermon at the wedding, in the prayer that William and Kate composed in preparation for their marriage they say:
“In the busyness of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy.”
This sums up so well the focus we all need to have.