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Friday Inspiration - 2 May 2008
By Melissa Bult

Acknowledging Yourself
While I was leading a ‘Heal Your Life’ workshop over the weekend I felt it was really important to encourage the participants to acknowledge themselves for who they are and what they were doing.  It really got me thinking because often I have trouble acknowledging myself for doing a good job or accomplishing things and so today’s inspiration is all about acknowledgement. 
One thing I really noticed with being on board a cruise ship with so many American people was that they are so enthusiastic and supportive about the success of others.  Everyone I spoke to could not have been more excited about the things I do and the future success of my work.   It was as if they were all rooting for me to not just do well but to do extremely well.  I was quite taken aback by this and found it hard at times to accept the compliments and enthusiasm as it is so different to what we can often experience in New Zealand.
Tall poppy syndrome or whatever you choose to call it has always been common in NZ and I remember at school if you got good marks you certainly did not share it around! If you mention that you are starting a business then several people may remind you of how hard it is to do that and how many fail.  We are not taught to acknowledge or be proud of ourselves in that great outspoken and enthusiastic manner, if at all.  Although it appears this is starting to change. 
Louise Hay (Author of the best seller ‘You Can Heal Your Life’) suggests that when we accomplish something, overcome a fear, release a negative habit or simply do anything that makes us feel good, that we go to a mirror and say thank you to ourselves.  Why can we not make a big deal of our special moments, our accomplishments and even just who we are?! 
Many of us are afraid to stand out or that others will think to themselves “who do they think they are.”  This is really sad.  Is it hard for you to take a compliment or accept praise?  Thinking highly of yourself, acknowledging who you are and what you have done and who you are being is not about having a big ego.  The people that constantly have to tell everyone how wonderful they are, often are the ones that don’t believe it!  But telling yourself how great you are, recognizing how far you have come and celebrating your achievements (whatever they may be) is important for nourishing your soul. 
As Marianne Williamson say’s in her book ‘A Return to Love’
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Acknowledge yourself today.  Say to your-self “I am beautiful, smart, talented, loving and courageous.  Look at how far I have come, who I have met, where I have been.”  Celebrate yourself just because you can.  Recognize your light and you will begin to brighten the light of the world.  You are powerful, extraordinary and divine.  Believe it.
Have a lovely weekend and may Grace fill every area of your life.
Love and light
Melissa x
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