Today, we’ll be examining the fourth aspect of the self-discovery process. This particular aspect, though not as fundamental as the preceding three, is the most definitive. As a matter of fact, your mastery of this aspect determines whether or not you accomplish your mission in time, space, and eternity.
#4. Discern your message
Time and space is a finite segment of eternity. And every individual passing through this segment has a mission. Yes, you have a mission.
Your mission is defined by your message. In a nutshell, your message is a definite awareness that you were designed and born to communicate to humanity. I’m convinced that every person born into this world is supposed to elevate the spiritual consciousness of humanity in some way, and your message is key to that mission. I don’t mean this in the sense that each man or woman needs to become some sort of guru, priest, imam, or any other such spiritual office; rather, it’s in the sense that there’s a message you were designed and born to deliver during your passage through this time and space segment of eternity.
Let me help you understand exactly what I mean by your message.
Once again, our reference point would be the very first aspect of self-discovery – which is that you are an offspring, or child of God.
During a divine visitation I had in 1994, I was specifically taught by a messenger from God that Jesus Christ is the model man. In other words, when we see Him, we are actually looking at who we are and ought to be; we are looking at our own very nature and possibilities.
If you are a child of God, then you are a partaker of the divine nature; ye are gods! Also, if Jesus is the first Son among many brethren (including you), then you are a partaker of His nature; again, ye are gods! In other words, your very essence is the same as that of God and Jesus Christ.
Let me put the expression in another way: the implication of the fact that you are a child of God and a brother to Jesus Christ is that your very essence (your nature) is the same as that of God and Jesus Christ.
And what is this essence?
The divine essence vs your essence
“In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. “ ~ John 1:1
So, the essence of divinity is ‘the Word’.
“And the word was made flesh …” ~ John 1:14
The essence of Jesus Christ, again divinity, is ‘the Word’.
If statistics are anything to go by, then over 2 billion people on this planet accept the above statements as truth. The problem however, is that majority of these same people will shudder with pseudo-humility when I show them the implication of their being children of God. Yet, I do not make any apologies for the following statement:
If you are a child of God, a brother to Jesus Christ – and you are – then your essence, too, is ‘the Word’!
So you are a manifestation of ‘the word’ in a certain space-time dimension. In a sense, you too are ‘the word’, or probably, ‘a word’ made flesh! Put in another way, you are the earthly manifestation of a certain eternal word.
But which word?
Think about the third aspect of the self discovery process – you are a unique variety of divinity. So, if the essence of divinity is ‘the Word’, it means that you are a unique variety of ‘the word’. Invariably, then, you are a unique variety of the eternal word hurtling through eternity, but manifested for a while in the time-space dimension.
Let me say that again, you are the earthly manifestation of a unique variety of the eternal word.
This unique variety of the word – the divine essence – is you.
And this ‘word’ is your message; and your message defines your mission.
So, how do you recognize, identify, or discern your message?
I guess you’ll be wondering, “If I’m the earthly manifestation of a unique variety of the eternal word, and if this word is my essence, and the message I’m supposed to deliver in time and space, what then is this word?”
My answer is this: this unique variety of ‘the word’, of which you are a manifestation, is embedded in your core beliefs. It was wired into you from the very beginning.
The pressure of your childhood conditioning, environmental and socio-cultural orientation, as well as religious brainwashing, might have muffled it, but it’s still speaking within you. His voice can never be stilled by the forces of time.
The more you learn and develop the capacity to listen to your heart , the clearer your core beliefs and values become to you.
So, what do you really believe?
What do you really believe? What are your convictions?
I’m not talking about some creed you swallowed as a little child as a result of being born into a particular ethnic group, or religious culture. Not at all. I’m referring rather to truth that’s been crystallized in your heart as a result of your own personal experiencing of life.
What you are personally convinced of, and what you personally believe, lie at the heart of who you are; it is the very essence of your being.
Your sense of right and wrong is derived from this. This is like a directional compass that informs you that you are on the right path. Whether you are consciously aware of this or not, they are lying there at the core of your being. It’s impossible to act consistently in ways that violate your beliefs and inner convictions.
You need to become aware of them, crystallize them and deliberately use them because they help you establish priorities and you evaluate opportunities.
Does what you believe come from what you observe and experience, or does what you observe and experience come from what you believe? My answer is that ultimately, what you believe shapes your experiences; your life moves in the direction of your strongest beliefs.
We eventually believe what we were designed to believe. You cannot accept for long what is inconsistent with your basic design. You may pretend to, but you just can’t.
As I’ve written somewhere in this site, I was taught from childhood that the Catholic church was a satanic cult and that all of their faithful would go to hell 🙁 I was also taught that people from other religions would go to hell except they renounce their own religions and join mine. I tried to swallow this, and I guess everyone around me thought they’d done a good job at getting me to believe that. Yet, I couldn’t. I battled with it for years and even felt guilty about my not buying into that discriminatory doctrine, yet, try as hard as I could, I couldn’t believe that. When I understood my mission, however, it all made sense; I couldn’t believe that because I wasn’t designed to believe it – in fact, part of my mission, as you’ll soon discern, is to fight that very thought.
Because of timidity, a lot of people never reconcile with what they truly believe. You see them animated with excitement the moment your statement strikes their inner chords, but then they quickly relapse into their conformity as soon as they are left alone in the crowd. A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still, though he might hide it for fear of ostracism.
Your set of beliefs and convictions is not a static thing; it is dynamic. It expands or shrinks relative to your personal growth, consciousness, and awareness.
Recognizing your core beliefs
Resonance is the key word here. Remember, these beliefs constitute the very essence of your being; it’s the ‘word’ you were designed and born to manifest. So, they are already built into you. All you need to do as you navigate through the various experiences of life is to observe, listen, and reflect.
What are those things that resonate with you? They make you nod your head in genuine acquiescence. Your heart says yes to them each time you see or hear them. They may often run contrary to your childhood programming and so you dare not acknowledge them openly. Yet the resonance is right there and you can feel it.
I’ve also written about certain aspects of how to identify your core beliefs in the post, How to think your own thoughts.
My personal belief statements
My personal beliefs are expressed through the following statements:
I believe that God Is. For me, the reality of God remains the basic and fundamental truth of life.
I believe that communion with God is man’s most fundamental duty. I shared the experience that brought this awareness to me in ‘Can God Be Lonely?’
. I’ll soon be offering the full version as a free e-book on this site.
I believe that God’s word is the highest revelation of His personality and character. For me as an individual, Jesus Christ embodies that revelation. My personal awareness of God’s word as the Light, and His very essence enabled me to come to terms with the truth that light is the only force that overcomes darkness.
I believe that love is the only legitimate expression of the Holy Spirit, and is the conclusive proof of the genuineness, authenticity, and truthfulness of any religion.
I believe that the happiest people are those that have found their mission to creation and are right in the middle of it. I believe that solving the problems of our generation is the only way to give meaning to our lives.
I believe that there’s good in every man. This is a very important belief that rules everything that I do. It guides my relationships with others as I strive to communicate my faith to others.
I believe that mentality determines personality; that faith determines experiences. I believe that what a person thinks shapes his or her outcome.
I believe that God’s kingdom is a condition of existence, a realm or state of life where God’s way is given absolute sway. I don’t believe that God’s kingdom is a matter of geography; I do not believe that it’s in any earthly or man-made sect or religion. I believe, rather, that wherever the will of God is absolutely yielded to by all elements, there will be a manifestation of that kingdom with all of it’s glories and wonders. (I’ll be writing about my trip to heaven soon)
I believe that Satan was defeated by Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary and stripped of his power.
These constitute my personal belief statements; I refer to them as the 9-pillars of the Wildfire message (BTW: My name is Wildfire :).
If you are discerning enough, you’ll find out that my personal mission – as expressed through my message – stems from these beliefs.
For instance, my belief that faith determines experiences drives me to teach people to assume greater responsibilities for their thoughts in order to shape their future.
My belief that God’s kingdom and love is not restricted to any sect – that there is good in every man – inspires me to challenge people to transcend all religious uniformities.
My belief that the happiest person is the individual that has found his or her mission moves me to challenge you to discover yourself and achieve your own personal success.
In other words, your belief defines your message.
Your message then defines your mission.
Your mission finally determines your relevance and impact.
There’s really no need for you to get worked up over my personal belief statements. Actually, it’s none of your business, but it will regulate how I relate with you, how I live my life, and what eventually becomes of me in eternity.
The more important thing is to find out what yours are.
So, what are your own personal belief statements?
Your belief defines your message.
Your message defines your mission.
Your mission defines your relevance and impact.
Most importantly, just as the model man was the manifestation of the word of God, and just as the word of is the essence of divinity, your core beliefs are your essence. You are nothing but the earthly manifestation of what you believe!
What are your core beliefs?
What principles of life are you personally and unshakably convinced of?
In your journey through life so far, what do you believe as a result of your deep personal experiences?
None? That’s ok. But think deep before before you conclude that there are none!
A few? Sure. They don’t have to be plenty. But they have to be authentic expressions of your innermost genuine beliefs.
Many? Never mind. As you continue to introspect, a lot of the more superficial ones will naturally drop out.
What has your experiences in life taught you?
What lessons have you learned from your victories and defeats?
What truths of scriptures have become engraved in the tablet of your heart as a direct and indirect result of your various experiences in life.
I’ll recommend that, during this weekend, you go through what we’ve already done so far and digest them. Of particular importance is the recognition of your cardinal belief statements. Also, see if you can discern your message from your core beliefs.
I also encourage you to share this series with your friends and colleagues.
We’ll continue with other aspects of the self-discovery process on Monday.
Have a great weekend!
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