Gently and With Love, Honor Yourself By Shanta Gabriel
We are drawing on the compassionate and timeless wisdom of The Gabriel Messages to provide insight and inspiration that we can apply every day of our lives.
For this week's issue, the first message in The Gabriel Message Book and Cards is to bring home the need to remember that we are here to bring Heaven to Earth by honoring and respecting ourselves first.
The Gabriel Message Card for this week
Gently and With Love, Honor Yourself.
When I received this message from Archangel Gabriel in the early 1990s, I had no idea what honoring myself meant.
I was raised in a military family, and that patriarchal system had no room for honoring of the feminine. They had many strict rules that I rebelled against when I was there. Ironically, when I was no longer in that system, I found that I had adopted those same rules as my inner voice! I became a hard taskmaster, requiring perfection for myself. I was merciless when I failed to achieve that status...which was always. This caused me to continuously feel I was not good enough.
It was becoming painfully obvious by the time I was 50 that being hard on myself was not helping. After all, if I had not whipped myself into enlightenment by that time, it was clearly not going to work. It was only after a collapse of all the structures of my life in the tumultuous year of 1999 that I began to discover the power of having compassion for myself.
The Angels said to me, "Allow yourself to be enfolded in Wings of Pure Love." It was so sweet sounding, and I had a very great need by that time to open my heart and be blessed. When I surrendered to the Higher Power working through me, I found to my surprise that allowing myself to receive the Light of Divine Love was the most nourishing thing I had ever done.
I was always one to give others kindness and compassion. Giving myself what I would give to others turned into a new experience for me. I found that Compassion has a very high frequency of energy that could empower me on new levels.
In fact, Compassion led me to actually loving myself in a true and honest way. I have heard that the love we give ourselves is healing our connection to Nature. This seems so important to me. We are meant to be a true blended being, bridging Heaven and Earth by bringing our most expansive connection to Source into our physical bodies to blend with our most human selves. In this way, everyone will live in harmony within themselves and with all life on the planet. This idea so inspires me and answers many questions about how to bring about a peaceful and thriving co-existence on Earth.
This honoring of myself expanded my field of consciousness and created a greater connection to my Higher Self. It enabled me to hear the true, sweet and authentic voice of my inner guidance showing me new ways to live that honored who I am as well as the deepest Truth of my Soul. And from this place I can, gently and with love, honor myself as well as all of life.
Thank you for helping me to remember how important it is to love and honor myself. May I bring more Compassion and Respect into every interaction within me. Encourage my heart to soften and be loving to myself first, so I may bring this open heart into every situation with others.
Thank you for showing me how Nature is responding to my new ability to love myself more in every moment. As I use Nature to demonstrate true nourishment and flow of Divine Light, help me to expand these connections in greater ways within me.
With all that I do, I ask to be a blended being, bringing Heaven to Earth through me. Allow me to receive more Love, more Wisdom, more Communion with Divine Light throughout my physical, mental and emotional bodies at all times.
In all that I do, may I serve to be a greater presence of Love and Honoring on this planet so that all may know this truth within themselves. And so it is.
You are sometimes kinder to total strangers than you are to yourself. You are a magnificent being of light. Honor and remember this, for it is not easy to be in an earth body. There are many demands on you. You can be so involved with day-to-day struggles that you do not feel you have time to remember your spirit. And yet it is the focus on your spirit that will make your earth-walk easier.
Honor yourself with gentleness and love. You are not alone. The Infinite Presence has not placed you onto the earth plane without a way of receiving assistance when you most need it. That is why there are Angels. Angels are messengers from God who are here to assist in making your earthly life more effortless, to bring light into the darkness, and to remind you that you are incredibly loved.
We know of your struggle, and we know that you are making a valiant effort. We bless you and honor you for all that you have done and are doing. But more than that, we honor you for who you are deep inside. We honor that part of you that holds the essence of your soul. We see within you a spark of incredible goodness and love. This we bless and honor and we urge you to do the same. The more you bless and honor this Divine Light within you, the more it grows. The more this light grows, the more Love you feel and the more energy you have. The more Love you feel within you, the more you want to give to others. In this way the world is served and more Light is brought to your beautiful planet, which is in need of great blessings at this time.
We ask you to be gentle with yourself, to be as kind to yourself as you are to others. Without love and encouragement a little child cannot grow to be a healthy adult. Yet you never outgrow your need for love — and remember, it is important to give yourself this love first, before you can fully give it to others.
How does one love oneself? You can start with the small things. Say, "I love you" to yourself whenever you look into a mirror. Remember to give yourself daily acknowledgment for how hard you work, for how much effort you give to another, for how caring you are to your children. For whatever you can think of, acknowledge yourself. If you cannot think of anything, simply acknowledge yourself for getting through another day on earth and doing the best you can do. As simple as this may seem, it is very powerful.
The most important way you can love and honor yourself is by remembering who you are deep inside — a radiant Spirit of Light growing stronger and more whole every day. This is the truth of you. You can love yourself by eating in healthy ways and doing all that you know serves your body, but true loving and honoring begins with your feelings about yourself. You are here on earth to express the Infinite in form and to learn to be loving, joyful and peaceful. It does no good to berate yourself because you are not yet perfectly expressing these qualities. You were not given a manual for life on earth, so the only way you can learn is through trial and error, and by often painful experiences which encourage you to grow through the choices you make. The choices you make and who you are makes a difference on the Earth. Please honor this.
There are many ways you can gently love and honor yourself. We ask you to give yourself kindness and compassion, to do the best you can with all aspects of your life, and to call on a Higher Power to assist you at all times, no matter how mundane the situation.
The Angels are Divine messengers here to help you, bless you and most of all, love you. Receive this love and remember to:
In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, when little Lucy Pevensie needs a place to hide, she opens a wardrobe door, leading to a world of talking animals. We know something about doors…doors made of wood, of metal, stone or glass. Each day we open and close many and although they don’t take us to lands like Narnia…they all lead somewhere and to something.
Marianne Williamson said, "Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here." We struggle in understanding both and when pain gets too much; when problems are overwhelming; when answers seem far away in another land…we create internal rooms and place our doors—rooms for fears…spaces for unhealed feelings…places for forgotten dreams and broken promises. Over time we forget what each room contains and hesitate to enter any. Some require keys to open. These are easy to ignore, because knowing deep down we already have the key is not enough. Like Lucy and the other Pevensie children, we play hide and seek with love and fear much of our lives.
In England, a church warden arrived one morning to unlock the doors…the door was ajar. He hesitated to go in, because closed doors are not our only problem. Even when one is open we find reasons not to enter, because perhaps our greatest challenge is not to decide what outcomes will look like or need to look like. It sounds easy, but we know it isn’t, but we will only know what’s on the other side if we go through. The warden decided to enter…
He expected bad news. Perhaps to see items missing or something worse, but like our own experiences, when we have doubted, been unsure, we have been surprised by what we find on the other side of our fears. Moving into the main church area it was filled with bright light. Every candle in the church had been lit, and a lone figure sat about four pews back from the front of the church. A man had broken into the church in the middle of the night to pray…
Sometimes we lose touch with our sanctuary, however we call it. It’s there inside us, lost among the many rooms we maintain. Sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to storm the gates to our sacred space; to release the love, the light, to heal our sufferings and sorrows.
It doesn’t take much…just the courage of a little girl to take a chance that we may not be opening a door at all, but a portal to somewhere else…where healing waits patiently for us to arrive. For ‘Lucy’ originates from a word meaning ‘light’ and with it we can burn away our troubles and have no need to hide anymore.
I don’t know any talking animals, but I have a dog who I feel has something to say about doors, when she plops down by one that is closed and stares at me—“just how do you expect me to love what’s on the other side?” I feel her saying.
So, what would it be like not to have any rooms at all? No need to try and remember what is behind each door, because I know my memory will fade and I will forget. So when life is at its toughest, I am going to take that last bit of courage and do my best to fling open every door and love what I find on the other side. I’m not expecting Narnia, but just like the church warden, I could just be surprised by the brightest light I could ever imagine and just the chance of being wrapped in it and loved beyond measure is enough to keep me seeking.