By Angela M. Sorenson M.M.F.T., L.P.C.
You may have heard the term “beg, borrow or steal”; which originated from one of The Canterbury Tales written in the 1300’s, as a condition of poverty. Most of us beg, bargain or steal, as a condition of our mistaken belief that we, on a soul level, are somehow flawed and unlovable in our eyes and in the eyes of those from which we most seek approval. Religion tells us that we all fall short, have fallen away from God’s grace, and thus need redemption. We were raised to plead for attention, to please others, taught to compromise ourselves for the greater good, and thus have found ourselves stealing, lying and cheating our way through life in order to find some semblance of satisfaction.
This condition not only applies to the homeless, the mentally ill, as well as addicts and criminals but it also applies to us all. We’ve begged those we loved to not leave us when our relationship had met its end. We’ve often lived with the motto that, “If they give me this, than I will settle for that.” Then we have the cheating affairs, fudging on our taxes, and the unhealthy exchange of projection and anger to punish others for not giving us what we want. Unfortunately it is so easy for us to beg, bargain and steal in our relationships with one another when we have lost our personal power. Doing such actually causes us to lose everything, rather than gaining anything.
We even beg God to hear our prayers. We bargain with God to get what we are praying for, in exchange for us giving up a negative trait or behavior. And we steal from the Holy part of Him who lives within each of His children in order to take their peace, possession, or prosperity for ourselves. Living in such a condition of mental poverty is greatly what creates unhappiness and victimization in the world. The solution is through discovering our self-worth, which comes through consistent personal work AND through spiritual awakening.
Our spiritual awakening occurs as the veil between Heaven and earth becomes thinner and we learn to follow Divine Guidance for a better life. This process can happen through a steady commitment to our spiritual path. We will begin to see the fruits of our labor when daily signs and synchronicities start to occur, when psychic sensitivity gets switched on and when unhealthy patterns of relationship fall away and new healthy relationships begin to develop. Ironically, however, even having the holiest of visions and seeing apparitions which one might think would help increase our faith in God and the unseen forces of the universe, will not necessarily increase our ability to love ourselves so completely that we cease the habit of begging, bargaining, and stealing from the outside world to bring us a greater sense of self-worth.
The following are some of the simplest solutions:
- We must live lives in accordance with certain laws of nature that help us to release our fears. If we fear poverty, we must tithe and learn to be more generous with all that we have. If we fear abandonment we must seek to understand how we have put others before God and self. If we fear death we must face it by crossing into other lifetimes, journeying to the underworld, and dismantling the fear of death and hell that lives within us.
- We must gain allies through practices of prayer and meditation so that the unseen world gains a familiarity with us and seeks to act as our guide and guardian.
- We must study to formulate our beliefs so that there erects a sturdy confidence inside of us which aids us in answering our own questions and helps us to know how to respond to the illusionary world.
- Finally and most importantly a shift must occur at the very core of our being that makes us easily and eternally grateful for all the people and positions in our lives. That means we are actually appreciative of the nice people and the difficult people because they all have a purpose in our lives. We are profoundly moved by the predicaments as well as the pleasures. And it is important to note that we are grateful not because we want something from the Spirit world, but because we are simply in awe of the mystery as it unfolds.
Fearlessness, connection with God and the spiritual realm, and feeling gratitude for our gifts is what returns us to our divine right to rule over our own lives and our own consciousness. It’s up to us to become the “savior” we have sought for so many years. After all, we were asked to let the mind that was in Christ (as Jesus) be in us as well.
One of the reasons I have decided to guide a sacred sites tour to the Holy Land next year is for a 3 fold purpose. 1) I want to visit the most controversial and Holy sites that bring up the most fear and awe for people. In doing so we dispel fear, we gain a better understanding of who we all are as one people and we pray for peace between the Muslims and the Christians. 2) We activate within us energies that raise our consciousness and open the intuitive forces within us to better connect with Spiritual beings. 3) We seek to bring about gratitude and appreciation for the wonder in our lives; which will happen authentically when we walk in the footsteps of great Masters. Having a spirit of gratitude is the cornerstone of building a foundation in life which supports the creation of more peace, love, joy and prosperity! Once we become what we are seeking we no longer need to beg, bargain or steal for anything or anyone.
Angela will be the one of the leaders on a very powerful, mystical journey to the Holy Land and Turkey. If you have any interest in going on this incredible journey please contact Robin or Angela.