The rise of negative name-calling – not only in reference to other people but also to ourselves – made me raise a question that should be considered by everyone: what are you calling yourself? So often we use words and phrases that are popular without considering what they mean. How many people really internalize what they mean when they scream “I’m not worthy”? Why does a woman who strives to be strong and independent call herself a “B-“? Can ABC really succeed with a television show called “Good Christian B—s”?How can Kim, the blond housewife of Atlanta, call her assistant “b–h” – and even more questionable, how can the twenty-something black nanny/personal secretary answer such a call – without protest? What we are calling others is a reflection of what we call ourselves. Profanity and phrases like “poor thing” and “poor me” are equally offensive. We raise a ruckus over taking God‘s name in vain, but aren’t we temples of a living God?
We may not use the b-word, but we still blaspheme the kingdom of God within us if we call ourselves or our sisters and brothers less than what God is. We still blaspheme the divine within if we undermine the unlimited power of God or fail to embrace Spirit’s inexhaustible supply. Since we are the image and likeness of God everywhere present, we need to be careful about what we say about ourselves, as well as other people. What name-calling ultimately boils down to is what we are affirming about the power in us.
In Luke 12:32, Jesus said, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” But have your words provided the opening for your consciousness to receive the kingdom? Have you used words to decree God’s good in every crack and crevice of your life? Or have you used nay-saying, negativity and nastiness to deny the existence of Absolute Good? Are you speaking words that undermine or uplift your greatness? Are you taking your divinity in vain?
Jesus says in Matthew 12:36 that you shall give an account on judgment day for every careless word that you utter. But when is Judgment Day? It’s every day. It’s the period of reaping what you sow in thought, word and deed. You do that every day. Every day you choose whether to embrace a vibration of love or hatred. Whatever you speak, you decree. If you talk about being poor, then you wallow in the energy of poverty; you decree it. If you focus about illness, you create a connection to sickness – and inevitably, you decree it. If you linger in the toxic vibrations of bad relationships, you give them life through your decree. If you get stuck in the pity party of insecurity, loneliness or lack, you decree them in every word that you speak about them.
God is a Brown Girl Too decrees power. It’s one of those books that are courageous enough to refute negativity and strife toshift the paradigm with a new story. It dares new seeds to be planted in the vortex of unlimited possibility. God speaks, saying “Quit pretending that you are less than your true worth. Quit trying to play the universe with false bravado. . . . Now is the time for your own magic . . . . [I] did not give [you] a spirit of timidity or fear; but a spirit of power . . . . The sooner you recognize your power, the sooner you accomplish your goals, the sooner you step up to the plate and do what you were called here in this lifetime to do [and] make this world a better place.”
God says “There is power in your words. Everyday declare what you want in your life. Wake up and declare it. Go to bed and declare it. Stand up in your office and declare it. Look out your window and declare it. Walk down the street and declare it. Your words are where you take responsibility for what you want to see manifest in your life . . . . [W]ords are fertile; they contain the essence of life – [I] travel through the breath of each spoken word. The aborigines would say the tongue of Great Spirit resides in all things . . . . Power is your ability to celebrate who you are and what contribution you can make to this beautiful existence that you call life. It gives you the honor to take charge of you.”
But you must be inventive enough to tell your truth – a truth that exudes love rather than fearful name-calling – a truth that praises rather than condemns, a truth that knows fortitude rather than failure, a truth that realizes victory rather than defeat, a truth that exudes courage rather than caution.
God says “Only those who do not know the truth would call themselves or any of my sons and daughters less than who they are. I have given you the power that you need. When you stand on my shoulders, your spiritual roots will reach down to the belly of the earth – without stopping there.Speak from the depths of your soul with boldness and conviction. Reveal your awesome beauty. Listen to what you are calling yourself.”
About SPIRITMUV: Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion. At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Gandhi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.” Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007. Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.