Written by author and channel, Jodie Helm. (Ignore the “by Pete” line above. All I do is post Jodie’s articles to save her the trouble. – Pete)
The first step in changing the world is to embrace and nurture a change in yourself, and there’s never been a better time to do this than right now. Every channel I know is talking about the importance of self-care and standing in your power. It’s what will get us through whatever the future holds. I asked the Archangels for their input, and you can find their commentary below.
Can you please help me write an article on how personal power and self-care are important, and that putting ourselves first is not a selfish, negative thing?
Being selfish and being self-centered are two very different things. You have been taught that they are the same, that putting yourself and your needs first is a bad thing, but this is incorrect. It is by putting yourself first that you can best help others.
Our channel sometimes feels like a broken record, because our messages often overlap and can seem repetitive at times. Be that as it may, the repetition is connected to the importance of the message. Some of what we say bears and needs repeating. The more times we repeat something, the more important the message, and the more we hope you will not only read it, but take it to heart and share it with others.
You have a saying on Earth that there is safety in numbers. We do not refute this, however, we would combine it with another of your sayings, that a chain or group is as strong as its weakest link. If you are not strong as an individual, how will you be able to help others?
Being self-centered does not mean you think you’re more important than others or that the world should revolve around you. That is entitlement and narcissism. What we speak of is the importance of finding and maintaining the power you already possess. If you do not find and stand strong within your personal power, you will be a weak link for yourself and others.
You are living in troubling times, and many of you are afraid. There is no shame in being afraid, but it can definitely hold you back if you cannot overcome it. So many of you do not pinpoint your fear. Rather, you just add it to an ambiguous collection of things in your mind labeled “fear” and allow it to consume you. You must learn to dissect each thing that provokes fear, look at it logically, and learn how to soothe yourself. The way you do that is to stand in your power, knowing you can overcome whatever challenges you may face. Know that this is not simply a statement we give to comfort you. It is a fact. You already have the strength you need to face whatever comes.
Just like training for an athletic event, you must train your mind to be strong. You need not look for any outside forces for help. Go within yourself. Take a few minutes every day and do a self-analysis. Identify what emotions you are feeling and pinpoint why you are feeling that way. Acknowledge those emotions, feel them, and understand them. If you are struggling, discover how you can best soothe yourself, whether it be through meditation, prayer, quiet time, a walk in nature, or something else that automatically makes you feel better.
Look into your heart and open it, reminding yourself that you are strong and powerful, that you control your emotions and not the other way around. Talk yourself off the ledge, so to speak. Examine the sources of your anxiety. Are they a reality or merely a “maybe” or “what if?” Whatever triggers your fear, anger, anxiety, etc., deal with it logically, rather than emotionally. Do not allow yourself to be manipulated by others who tell you what to do and how to think. Own your own thoughts and actions, and follow your heart and intuition. If you cannot hear your inner voice and wisdom, your head is too full of others’ thoughts and fears, and you are probably being manipulated.
Do this self-analysis and reprogramming of yourself every day. If you do, not only will you feel more comfortable, but you will feel more powerful, genuine, and able to face whatever the future holds. The world will change as more people unite, and when it does, avoid being the weak link. You cannot join your power with others until you find it and hold onto it yourself.
We send our message with Love and Light.
When I was learning to do these things a few years ago, in terms of not letting my emotions rule me, I would get frustrated with myself, because I would catch myself feeling afraid about something that hadn’t even happened yet or responding emotionally to something, rather than logically. The Angels said I was looking at this process entirely the wrong way. They pointed out that every time I caught myself slipping into old habits, it was a victory worth celebrating, because I noticed what I was doing, and I stopped it and replaced it with healthier, more empowering ways to handle stress. We all tend to be harder on ourselves than we should.
Every time you hear or see something that frightens you, try to remember to stop yourself. Take a couple of deep breaths, and reroute your thoughts. I still slip from time to time, but when I act out old habits, it’s no longer comfortable, and I realize what I’m doing and rethink things, knowing that I’m not alone, that I am powerful, and that I will not be ruled by fear or any other emotion, unless it is love.
We have to work on ourselves first. We are all busy, and most of us are overwhelmed with one thing or another, but if we make time for ourselves and steer our own ships, we can get past the fear and think more clearly. That’s when we can be more helpful to others, and not before. Make time for yourself. Discover who you are, and revel in it.
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