Let’s take a look at what is meant by the word “acceptance” and see how it applies to our spiritual growth and endeavors to renew.
The primary definition of acceptance is:
1. The action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered.
2. The secondary definition is “Favorable reception, approval or favor.”
Both of these aspects of acceptance apply to the pathway of renewal.
The first one, in new thought terms, the act of consenting to receive what is offered refers to the fact that ALL GOOD is offered to us by Spirit. BUT WE MUST ACCEPT IT before we can renew our minds and our lives in ways that the TRUTH of Spirit offers. If you believe the statement that “all is offered” is untrue to you based upon what you can “see” manifested in your world, then it is untrue for you. However, if you go within yourself (regardless of outside appearances) and realize that all (peace, serenity, abundance, love, all good) is given to everyone, including you, and then claim it, then this will become your truth. If you believe that God plays favorites and all is given to others but withheld from you, then that is what will appear to be true for you. Everything that is present in your life, or NOTpresent, is a reflection of what you have accepted or not accepted. It’s that simple.
Ernest Holmes explains it like this:
“There is such a thing as demonstrating a control of conditions. We shall be able to prove this in such degree as we are successful in looking away from the conditions which now exist, while accepting better ones. Not only must we accept this intellectually, but our acceptance must become a subjective embodiment of which the intellect furnishes but a mental picture…NO PERSON WHOSE ENTIRE TIME IS SPENT IN THE CONTEMPLATATION OF LIMITATAION CAN DEMONSTRATE FREEDOM FROM SUCH LIMITATION!….We do not labor under the delusion that all we have to do is to say that everything is ours. This is true in Reality, but in fact it is only as true as we make it. We provide the mold for the Creative Law, and unless the mold we provide is increased, Substance cannot increase in our experience; for Mental Science does not promise anything that will do away with the necessity of complying with law.”
The second definition of acceptance is “favorable reception, approval or favor”. To benefit from the Laws of the Universe that Spirit established one must be aware of the law of acceptance. Whether or not you believe it or accept there exists a law in the universe that states that God/Spirit/Universal Intelligence, the energy of Love, whatever you may call it, already accepts you. God is in a constant state of acceptance of you;God constantly has a favorable reception of, approval of, and favor for you.
The reason this is important is because we often do not approve of ourselves. Often times we cannot forgive ourselves and thisresults in us being stuck in a repeating pattern – which prevents us from renewing our lives. So it is important to internalize and come from a point of view that:
“GOD ACCEPTS ME, SO I ACCEPT ME TOO.”
As explained earlier, the other side of this situation is our acceptance of God, or our good. Can you say and believe the following?
“I ACCEPT ALL THAT GOD HAS TO OFFER.”
Most of us are aware of our free will and our ability to think as we choose. We also have the ability to accept/believe whatever we want to. Are you going to accept the contents that can fill only a thimble, or accept a collection of good things and experiences that will fill the Grand Canyon? Believe it or not, the choice is yours.
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