I recently received a call from one of my favorite Kenyan cousins on how I was entitled to the inheritance of land left by my “father”. When he passed away a few years ago, my brother was the only one still in contact with him and he handled all of the final affairs, including shipping his body back to Kenya. I surmised that this selfless act alone entitled my brother to the full benefits of whatever was left. He was the one that put up with his cruel words up until the day he died.
I never considered him my father because I hated him. He legally adopted me and I carry his last name, so I guess technically I am entitled to whatever inheritance he left, by law, however emotionally I divorced myself from his family many years ago. Although I am legally a Chege, since the gesture was not born out of love, I rejected the privilege. Consequently, since he was so violently abusive, I pretty much wrote off a whole country for half of my adult life.
In my case, I absolutely don’t want anything from the Kenyan estate but the situation got me to thinking about this in a spiritual context. Do we let emotions rob us of our rightful spiritual inheritance? I let my emotions and fear of rejection rob me of getting to know my Kenyan family for many years. I didn’t feel worthy of any love that I might receive from them because I openly hated the one man that was my connection to Kenya. I think a lot of folks are like me, legally entitled to God’s spiritual inheritance but not feeling worthy enough to receive it.
When my grandmother passed on, my Mother opted to sell the prime real estate in Trinidad that she left us as an inheritance because of her painful emotional connection to her early life. I was so angry with her because she literally forfeited potential income of millions of dollars because of her emotions. Her emotions caused her to leave wealth on the table that could have sustained our family for the next few generations.
Emotions can rewire your brain until you feel like everyone, even a whole country is the enemy.
The Bible talks about there being no condemnation for those who believe in Christ’s power, yet so many Believers still feel the need to qualify themselves for a Blessing. Feelings are so fleeting and they are one of the enemy’s best resources for making us miss out on experiencing the spiritual inheritance God has for us. Even if you don’t differentiate your belief in a Higher Power by denomination or even by a type of religion, every spiritual belief system tells us that “God is Love”. We also learn that the “Universe conspires to bless us at every chance”. However, many of us spend so much time focusing on what rules we haven’t adhered to and how far we still need to go in achieving enlightenment that we miss the power of appreciating what we have been Blessed with, in spite of what we think we deserve.
We were created in the image of God, which means we have God qualities in our DNA. Success, joy, prosperity, peace and love are our natural inheritances. We may not deserve them, we don’t have to feel right about accepting them but they are ours nonetheless. Depression, ailments, and poverty may be part of our family “history” but they are NOT part of our God ordained spiritual DNA. We can reject these things by changing our mindset and focusing on discovering our spiritual ancestral rights, our real inheritance. It sounds impossible while we are in the throes of crisis mode but when the crisis subsides, because it always does, we need to ACTIVELY pursue spiritual growth. When it comes to emotions, they are holographic. They seem quite real until they fade. Spiritual inheritances are eternal.
You know how sometimes a family member dies and leaves a will to benefit an heir but others in the family don’t think they are worthy so they contest it? Well think of this as your life. God left you an inheritance of peace, love and a sound mind but the enemy and all your other haters, (cause sometimes your own mind is a hater too…but that’s a whole other post), are contesting your right to receive this inheritance. In the real world, you get a lawyer and fight this out in probate court right? So, in the spirit world it’s even easier. Prayer, reading the Word and simply sitting quietly and listening for God’s encouragement and instruction is the equivalent of fighting for your inheritance. God, the Holy Spirit, Spirit, the Universe or whatever you choose to call your Higher Power is your personal lawyer. It’s completely free and you can ask for help at any time and with as much frequency as you need.
In 12 step programs the two things most emphasized are the Serenity Prayer and taking things One Day at a Time. Taking hold of our spiritual inheritance means taking the Serenity Prayer literally..”God please grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference”. You can ask for help not only one day at a time but one second at a time because sometimes the struggle is that intense. Finally, when talking directly to the Source, there is never any judgment, only peace and encouragement to deal with your issues in the order in which they are damaging you.
So, to sum it all up, please don’t let your emotions keep you from benefitting from your spiritual inheritance. This priceless benefit is the precursor to living a life of great faith, wisdom and prosperity. Until next time, Be Blessed!
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