Self Love as Spiritual Practice—A Terrific Holiday Gift
By Honora Finkelstein
Review in Pathways Magazine in Washington, D.C. Published on December 1, 2011
Ani Colt’s Self Love as Spiritual Practice: Nine Keys for Loving Yourself is a useful guide for healing humanity’s biggest problem in reaching its full potential, namely, a lack of self-worth. Inspired by many new thought writings but especially by Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God, Colt writes that her book was co-authored by Godd, the name she uses to expand the patriarchal deity of Judaeo-Christian tradition to include the divine feminine as well as the masculine.
Colt says that during a period of personal growth, she voiced the desire to write from a consciousness higher than her own. Within a short time, while she was journaling, she began receiving messages, often in the form of poetry, with ideas she knew were from a source beyond her own mind. When she asked who was sending the messages, she received the reply, “We are part of the Holy Spirit—part of an elaborate consciousness system design….We’re going to have fun, Ani. This is a divine journey.”
There is no question that every human’s most basic desire is to find love. But what Colt began to realize as she worked with the messages she was receiving in her journals was that learning to love oneself first was neither egotistical, self-centered, nor self-indulgent, but was really the highest form of spiritual practice.
If our Divine Source/God/Godd/Goddess is all that is, was, or ever will be, then each member of the human race is a part of that All. And if God/Godd is love, as the Bible proclaims, then each member of the human race is also love and totally worthy of being loved. Learning how to love oneself must then be a number one priority.
A Course in Miracles says, “Teach only love, for that is what you are.” And Judaeo-Christian tradition says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God” and “The Kingdom of God is within you.” Surely the most reasonable way to read these messages is to see that our Divine Source, which is love, must actually be within each of us, and that we have a responsibility to acknowledge that truth by looking for it and finding it there.
Colt, with the help of her divine assistance through her years of journaling, has shaped the messages and poems she received into a useful approach anyone else can use to learn to love self. She offers nine keys one can follow to come into a more fulfilling relationship with one’s Divine Source and to begin living from that core in each and every moment.
The book is beautiful and refreshing, simple in its approach but profound in its message. For if we can learn to recognize the divine within ourselves, which for the majority of humans is the most difficult service we can render to ourselves, then we’ll begin to see the divine in all other people, in all things, and in the planet itself as well.
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