[Classic post from 6-20-16]
I have often done just that–underestimated what I deserve. I imagine that we have all done that, even every single human on the planet. It is 100% a self-inflicted artificial limitation. I know this because the world and the universe is abundant in everything wanted or needed. There is abundance all around us, an abundance of everything positive and negative, and every other duality.
The trouble so many of us seem to have isn't so much recognizing abundance around us, it is having that abundance come to us. We see others with it. We want it. Yet, in the seeing of it in others, and noticing that it is not in us, we aren't really seeing abundance, but lack of abundance. And further still, it is more about how we feel about this than what we see.
Because there is so much available, we deserve whatever it is that we might choose. We can choose more or we can choose less, and that is the real abundance–that we get to choose what we want. That is the real deserving. To lay claim to what we want, to feel that ability to choose for ourselves, knowing there is plenty for all.
The earliest meaning of the word deserve is to serve. Of course, this applies in the same way. We underestimate the ways in which we can serve. Serve ourselves. Serve others. You could even take that all the way down to doing. To do. To reach. To give. We underestimate how much we can give, how far we can reach, how much we can do.
It is so often our own internal dialog that is our limitation suppressing our deservedness. I know this to be true in my own life, and if there is anything that has changed for the positive in me that has made such a large difference, it is changing my own internal stories.
Abraham, Esther Hicks gives us great guidance here: “Start telling a better-feeling story about the things that are important to you. Do not write your story like a factual documentary, weighing all the pros and cons of your experience, but instead tell the uplifting, fanciful, magical story of the wonder of your own life and watch what happens. It will feel like magic as your life begins to transform right before your eyes, but it is not by magic. It is by the power of the Laws of the Universe and your deliberate alignment with those Laws."
What it comes down to then, is that we each deserve what we think we deserve. We each make our own choices, follow our own paths. And, we can make a change in these at any time we choose. So, deserving is not something that is given to us but accepted by us. You could say, as many have in many ways, we get what we deserve, and that would be true enough, but any limitation on what we deserve is done within ourselves. We then deserve what we have, and also whatever we choose to expand into. At will.
You Deserve Your Heart's Desire, Or As You Choose.
Spread Some Joy Today–by feeling your way around today, following your joy.