I learned the power of Acceptance in 2005 while I was working on Kausay Wasi Clinic in Coya, Peru.
I was there with twelve others from Portland, Oregon, on a construction mission sponsored by Northwest Medical Teams, to change a prison into a medical center in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
Sitting on a plastic five gallon bucket turned upside down, I was working on a wall socket that had been wired in series instead of in parallel, causing all to go out if one went out, like a Christmas tree light string.
As I listened to our hosts, Guido and Sandy Del Prado, discussing next year’s mission to continue this construction, I had an epiphany.
I could fund next year’s work.
I had fortuitously invested in Microsoft at it’s beginning and had the funds necessary.
As soon as I thought this I was struck with an overwhelming feeling of ? Of what? Of love? well-being? of I don’t know what, but it was powerful, emotional, and wonderfully frightening.
I was being loved and all my sins (?), past indiscretions, worries, guilt, negative energy, and more, were melted away by this feeling.
I was stunned. I felt of a sudden the power of love (acceptance). I felt good could overcome evil, not because it was good, but because love is very, very strong. Strong enough that it could melt me with just a little more given to me then.
Love isn’t creamy and smooth. Love isn’t being starry eyed. Love is a very great, misunderstood power in the universe.
Like the mythological story of the wind and the sun trying to get the man to take off his coat (which sun won by warming him, doing what the wind could not by blustering). Love simply accepts you. I felt it. I felt it accept me.
I didn’t know I hadn’t felt accepted until this event happened.
I now knew what Acceptance was and that I had to accept myself.
I felt like a hot dog.
I felt like the bun, the relish, the catsup, the mustard, and the blemishes when stripped away and I felt accepted, allowed this glowing inner self to be revealed and seen and touched by me.
I hope you will feel this Acceptance one day. It seems more powerful than, but including, forgiveness.
Can you accept what I’m saying?
Can you see that you are accepted, no matter who you are, no matter what you have done or haven’t done?
And ultimately, can you accept yourself?
There is no need for forgiveness, just a need to understand.
You are accepted for who you are now.
You are loved more than you can know, because if you knew it would overwhelm you.
God is love. Love is power. Acceptance is how it manifests.
-small town boy