It will help us to keep delivering life-changing information for you every week! And I remember, this was a few years back, where my wife and I got tickets to a movie screening, and it was this movie that all these people who I was reading their books, and just really admiring studying their work, were raving about this movie. It was called The Peaceful Warrior. And so I got to go to this movie screening, and the film just really resonated with me at that time in my life. A little pointless. You know?
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Their parents are educated, hardworking, caring, have no alcohol problems, abusive habits, or guilty secrets. Charlotte does moderately well in school but chooses unsavory friends, starts using heroin and other drugs, turns to theft and prostitution to support her habit, which leads to jail time and the hell of withdrawal. Not all siblings are as different as Charlotte and Aaron, but some of us take higher roads than others.
In families all over the world, children grow up differently, make different choices, lead different lives. Many factors shape our lives, including beliefs, support systems, motivation, relationships, family dynamics, fate, or karma. But the central premise of the first gateway is that our sense of self-worth is the single most important determinant of the health, abundance, and joy we allow into our lives.
In the case of Aaron and Charlotte, his behaviors demonstrated his higher sense of self-worth. Charlotte, who had always loved children, later found new purpose, meaning, and opportunity for service in her role as a dedicated mother of two.
As her children grew, so didher sense of worth. Charlotte got her life together and is doing better all the time. Not all stories have such a happy ending. Discover Your Worth is no more or less important than any other gateway. But it comes first because only when you come to appreciate your unconditional human worth will you allow yourself to fully apply and benefit from the gateways that follow. Discovering your worth provides a foundation from which to build, one gateway at a time, a new way of life.
Finding your worth is the first step in creating everyday enlightenment. The purpose of this gateway is to assess your current sense of self-worth, to appreciate the arbitrary factors that created it, to understand how a low sense of worth can generate largely subconscious self-destructive behaviors, and, finally, to help you get out of your way and move into a more expansive life. In the first gateway you will learn how self-worth differs from self-esteem; how your sense of worth impacts the choices you make in life; three ways you can discern your own largely subconscious sense of worth; the source and mechanisms of self-sabotage and how to overcome it; and, finally, ways to appreciate your own unconditional worth.
In setting out, bear the following points in mind: No one else can give you an improved sense of self-worth. Self-worth comes from doing what is worthy. As the Talmudic scholar Abraham Heschel once said, "Self-respect is the fruit of discipline. Your innate worth has never been lowered, compromised, or touched by fate or circumstance.
The problem is not your actual worth, but your perceived worth.
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