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GIST MAGAZINE

Winter 2007

GIST Magazine
Yucca plants on the UNI campus as described in "EJ Shares" in the current GIST

In This Issue:

God's Pocket
All Life Is Designed For Perfection

Serendipity
Probing The Infinite

EJ Shares
There are as many healing techniques as there are wholesome ideas

Practitioner Letter
I Learn To Be Number One

 

Practitioner Letter - Autumn 2006 Issue

I Learn To Be Number One

CHILDREN LIKE themselves. They naturally think they are number one. I am playing a game with 6-year old Jason. He pulls out a pad of paper and states with importance: first we have to write down the names of the players. He writes his name next to the number one on top. Looking up he asks me to spell my name to him and he writes it next to the number two. This part of the game excites him and he writes down all the names that come to his mind. As I look at the sheet of paper with his name on top I know that for him it is natural to put himself first. And - as long as nobody tells him that that this is not polite or inconsiderate he will think and act as number one.

The awareness of being I am number one is total purity because it does not know of otherness. Children generally are like that and we tolerate it easily because of their innocence.

Watching Jason play his game I ask myself how can I as an adult person find my way back to the naiveté of knowing I am number one and being innocent about it? The secret is to like myself unconditionally. I practice this by affirming to myself again and again: I like me. I like me.

I let my voice soar in song to the music flowing out from my heart. I am wonderful. I am the pure white driven snow - oh, yeah! - I am who I am, I am all that I can be. I tell myself that I am a fantastic person, ready to play the game of life with joy and fun. Liking myself as innocently as Jason, overrides all the mental conditioning I have allowed in my consciousness. I like me is the new programming of my computer that replaces the program that remembers the limitations of the past. It takes diligence and dedication on my part I know, but it is necessary in order to play a happy game in the relative world. True, saying I like me, is part of the relative game, because innocence in its unconditionalness neither likes nor dislikes itself, it just is its all encompassing perfect, beautiful self. That is who I am beyond relative conditions and that is why I say I like me; I like me, with all my heart and soul, because it is the door opener, the key to innocence. When I like myself I feel a joy of perfection within myself and as I look out at my world I see the same beauty and perfection reflected from my creation. It is the remembrance of the perfection that lays within all of my creation--a universal pattern, an intricately woven magnificence and sameness inherent in everything.

—Dr Sylvia M Enz