A Gallup poll I recently read about said 2 out of 3 Americans suffer from low self-esteem. That’s almost a whopping 70 percent of the population!

John Cali

I’d guess the numbers are about the same for most other countries, though I don’t know for sure.

Other interesting facts about self-esteem:

Self-esteem expert and best-selling author Jack Canfield says the average child hears 432 negative statements every day, but only 32 positive statements.

The California Task Force for Personal and Social Responsibility has this to say:

About 80 percent of humans suffer psychological damage from words. Their research says only 20 percent of children and adults can handle verbal put-downs without suffering emotional pain or damage.

I find it interesting — and scary — that so many people are adversely affected by the words of others. If they had high self-esteem would they care what others say to or about them? I don’t think so.

Words can be healers — or killers.

Here’s Spirit.


Your modern society gives you mixed messages about self-esteem. You are generally taught to have great esteem for your parents, your churches, your schools, your governments, etc. But rarely are you taught to have equal esteem for yourselves.

That is the mass consciousness. Many humans have bought into it.

So you have a world filled with old souls struggling with their human experiences.

There is no way you can live the life of your dreams if you buy into the mass consciousness. There’s no way you can live the life of your dreams if you are not the person of your dreams.

It all comes down to love. Love, pure and simple. If you love yourselves, esteem yourselves, you will find yourselves returning to the vision, the dream your higher selves have for you, the human aspects of themselves.

You live in a tough world. But not so tough you cannot navigate through it. Tough enough, though, to give you some interesting experiences and opportunities for growth.

You are not here to suffer, although many of you have chosen to suffer. You are not here to live in lack, although many of you have chosen that too. You are not here to be depressed, although many of you follow that path.

You are here to realize you are at the end of thousands of years of self-imposed limitation. You are here to grow, to expand. And to do it all in joy.


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