Am I Enough?

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

One of the more profound teachings I’ve come across is the idea of claiming “I am enough.” This phrase is transformational for many as an affirmation that allows us to let go of the overbearing and sometimes unreasonable expectations we place on ourselves.

As I consumed this idea, it felt good to let go of judgment for a while and allow myself to just be. It never seemed to last though as I returned back to the habit of looking for deficiencies so I could find something to fix. The problem is, when you see your life this way, you are definitely “not enough” and never will be because perfection is the goal, and it can never be obtained or achieved. Whenever I became overwhelmed with this, I went back to just being enough again. This turned into a true/not true cycle of behavior because I never really committed to the original idea.

This cycle persisted until I came across an opposing viewpoint which states that "you are not enough, and that's okay." This statement is posed to counter the culture of narcissism or 'toxic' self-love by allowing the option to surrender to a higher power. This idea is easier to digest for those who are more centered or focused on self-improvement.

These two philosophies oppose each other yet both seem to be true from a certain point of view. Is there a way to reconcile the differences between these two schools of thought?

The Guides, throughout the books, frequently teach that there is a “who” and a “what” that we are. When we align ourselves to the definition the higher self provides, we operate from truth. When we think, feel, and act from a place of ego, we engage the small self. When we seek to measure ourselves and make judgments determining that we stand in lack, again, it is the small self we are engaged with. The small self is never enough because it cannot conceive of being anything greater than it appears to be based on feedback from the senses.

What we are collectively beginning to understand is that becoming greater is achieved through the assumption of higher-self identity rather than direct force through action.

What we’ve been taught heretofore, is that action or work is required to obtain a sense of identity which relies on the idea that we are what we do. From this perspective, our actions tend to be reactionary (dependent on feedback) and appeal to the individual that operates heavily from ego. For example, if I want to become a musician, I can concentrate on the work by learning an instrument and through enough study and practice, one day in the far off future, after much deliberation, judgment, and peer approval, I am allowed to claim that identity. In this manner, I become who I wish to be as a result of taking action, and the work becomes the cause. This is ego or the small self doing the work and the emotional reward of achievement is reserved for later.

When we assume the higher self we flip the script.

I can claim in the now, the new identity (musician), and then allow my actions to be the result of this claim and not the cause. It may seem egotistical to make such claims without proof, but in truth, it is exactly the opposite. It is egotistical to have to appeal to the judgemental self and others before the new identity can be claimed. This method allows the higher self, divine will or intention, to do the work.

When we let go of ourselves, we allow greater intelligence to dictate our identity. We become proactive instead of reactive as a result of the higher energies that we now have access to. Our actions and behavior will naturally fall in line with the new identity we have claimed. The work of practice and performance still takes place, but now we operate without the interference of the small self. Our efforts become streamlined and higher emotional states are rewarded throughout the process instead of at the end. Either way, we choose, the claim of identity is made.

Understanding this, we can now say with confidence and assurance, “I am enough,” even when our present circumstances seem to contradict this claim.

I am Word. I am Enough. I have always been enough and I always will be.

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