You are a completely unique and irreplaceable portion of All That Is (which might also call God or Source). God loves you, specifically and personally, so much- far more than any love you have likely ever experienced on Earth! You are more wonderful and precious and valuable to Her than you can even conceive! The reality of those statements cannot be articulated in words, or even thoughts- it can only be personally known and deeply experienced.
And yet we live in a world where for many of us that experience is not commonly known. Why?
Neale Donald Walsh shared a great metaphor to answer this question, which I will paraphrase here. Imagine that everything that existed was light and love. Imagine that a small bright soul rejoiced and existed as a single light within the ocean of light, which was God. The soul said to the ocean of light of which it was a part, “I am the light! I am the light!” And God replied joyfully, “Yes, yes you are!” And they rejoiced together and reveled in existence. But eventually the soul said, “But God, what does it mean to be the light?” For as it had always been light amongst light, it knew nothing else! It could not conceive of that which it had never been; no contrast existed for it. The soul in its joy innately wanted to do something, to add to the light, to participate in Creation! And so God said, “I love you so much that I can provide a way to you that you can better understand what it means to be the light.” The soul replied excitedly, “Wow! How?” And God said, “In order to be more fully of the light, you must experience and temporarily become that which you are not: darkness.” The soul was ecstatic that such an adventure and opportunity existed for it, that it could become even more by experiencing contrast, and add to the light- so it excitedly agreed to participate in the experience! God said to the little light, “To experience what you are not, you must temporarily forget that you are the light. And yet even while you have forgotten, you cannot ever truly be other than what you are- for you are the light.” And the little soul set out on a great adventure, to see how much it could actually be and engender the loving Source from which it came…
So it is with us here on Earth. We have chosen to have an experience of contrast and limitation, to have a context within which to make choices and exercise our intent, so as to participate in Creation and evolve the quality of our beings towards love! We seek to exercise love even in the face of great challenge. We have received an amazing gift! We don’t often think of physical reality with all of its hardships as a gift- but indeed, a gift it is.
You may have forgotten the wonderfulness that you are, but truly, you are a cherished, marvelous, powerful, bright soul in the ocean of All That Is. What’s more, by choosing to participate in this experience- and so many other experiences- you have undertaken the brave and deeply respectable task of participating in the very real process of actual Creation, however messy or painful it may (temporarily) be.
Take a moment to listen deeply within yourself beneath all the thoughts and beliefs of this lifetime, and in the quiet presence of your own spirit you may sense a subtle but enduring reminder that indeed, no matter what this walk in the physical may hold, you are the light, and you are LOVED!