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On Valentine's Day, why not love yourself?

Ask a friend to read this to you as you close your eyes and relax. Then, do the same for them.

You are the light of the world. You are complete and healed and whole. You are loved, loving and lovable. The beauty and grandeur of your true identity is sung to by the angels. The happiness of heaven surrounds you now and into eternity where loneliness does not exist. The Universe looks to you for completion. Let the realization of your true identity as Loving Spirit bring its healing light to all concerns, worries, depression, guilt, regrets or self judgments. Exclude No one, including yourself from your Love. See yourself as Spirit, in a beautiful glowing sphere of light. Shower your Spirit Self with Love. Invite everyone you know into that sphere. Shower them with Love. Love is a gift and it is accessible no matter what is going on in your life. Remind yourself hourly, daily, weekly of the limitless love that is within by saying: I am the light of the world. I am Spirit, I am Love and I am Loved, I extend Love to all whom I meet. Namaste.

You can change your beliefs about yourself. The question to ask yourself would be: Do I want to change my belief system? Just because you believe something does not mean it is true. We have all made mistakes, have millions of regrets, wonder why we didn't do something we should have and why didn't we listen or hear or learn, as a never ending list that goes on and on. Has that type of thinking made you happier? When you are in a hole, stop digging. Forgiveness is the answer but not the type that means getting down on your knees and begging. Just forgive because you are Spirit having an experience of living in a human body in a classroom called the World and bodies not being perfection, make mistakes. But YOUR being as spirit is perfection and has done nothing wrong. You are not who you think you are.

When we give we also receive. Extend the Love within your mind to everyone and every living thing, your friends, enemies, bosses, neighbors, relatives, associates, etc. When you are kind and loving your journey and your classroom will be peaceful and joyful. Since love is eternal and unceasing and unending, it cannot run out. You can give away all you want "¦ it will never run out. It is like the magic pot of pudding in the children's story that boils over unceasingly — never to stop. Except, love does not make a mess of things, rather it cleans up messes. Remind yourself of the limitless love that is within you everyday by saying: I am the light of the world. I am Spirit, I am Love and I am Loved, Therefore I extend Love to all whom I meet. When you give love, by holding it in your mind "¦ it is also yours.

At some level you know Spirit is your true reality. Numerous daily repetitions will allow the belief to set in your mind. At present the ego part of your mind may not believe it but that does not mean that it is not true. In fact your ego mind will probably tell you the opposite and deny the reality of what you are. To learn more about how the ego works, I suggest Eckhart Tolle's book "A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life's Purpose," and especially chapter two on the ego.

As Spirit, when you feel upset, remember to connect to the unconditional non-judgmental Love within to realize moments, minutes or hours of peace. You do not have to believe in God, just believe in Love. Love is and you are Love. Love is a Thought within your mind. You have the power to extend the Inner Love within to yourself, to others and the world. Many Spiritual Traditions tell us Love is God or God is Love. Think of it this way: Whenever you have a loving thought you are an extension of Love i.e. God/Creator/Yahweh/Great Spirit or Allah and you are the Creator of your life and your world. You are the Light of the World.

Exclude No one from your Love "¦ including yourself.

Ashlander Sally McKirgan is an artist, poet and spiritual seeker. To submit a 650 to 700 word article, e-mail your submission to Sally McKirgan at innerpeace@q.com