God is love and love is God. It is not possible to advance on the path of ascension and initiation without having love for self and the world.

You cannot have love for the world if you don’t first have love for yourself. If you don’t love yourself you won’t be right with yourself. And if you are not right with yourself, then you will end up projecting your wrong relationship to yourself onto the world. Essentially, this is why there are so many problems in the world today. We don’t relate to each other properly.

Developing a right relationship to self begins with having unconditional love for self. However, unfortunately, most people on Earth don’t have unconditional love for self.

Why? Because since the moment we were born we were taught to love conditionally. Our parents, who were our first teachers, taught us that love is actually a very conditional thing. If we behave properly, we are rewarded with love; however, if we behave inappropriately, then the love is seemingly taken away. This is what they have been taught by their parents and society, and so this is what they end up teaching their children.

It is crucial to develop self-love and self-worth. It is not possible to become an Integrated Ascended Master without realizing that we are infinitely loveable and worthy because God created us, and that there is nothing we have to do to earn love. It is our birthright as a Son/Daughter of God.

The Integrated Ascended Master realizes: No self-love, no self-growth. Since he is determined to attain the highest levels of self-growth, he chooses to love himself as God loves him: unconditionally and infinitely.

Author's Bio: 

Dr Joshua David Stone was one of the most influential Spiritual teachers, leaders and forerunners of our time. He had a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology and was a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor in California, USA.

He served as Official Spokesperson for the Planetary Ascension Movement and made his mark in the Consciousness Community as a prolific writer, authoring the 15-volume Easy to Read Encyclopedia of the Spiritual Path, published in several languages, as well as eight major Ascended Master Training Courses and several comprehensive Training Programs ranging from channeling, the psychology of astrology, the Book of Life of God, to his legendary 2,000 page Counseling Manual, and much, much more.

Today, the I AM University is the one and only Integrated Ascended Master Training Facility in this world. It stands firmly on the foundation of a comprehensive and ever-expanding curriculum which Dr Stone dedicated his life creating.

In 2005, Dr Joshua David Stone passed over to the Spirit world where he continues to Spiritually support the expansion of the I AM University the continuation of which he entrusted into the hands of Gloria Excelsias, his long-term personal assistant and protégé.

Dr Stone is one of the most widely read authors in the New Age Movement and known as the world’s most trusted source for integrated Spiritual development. http://www.iamuniversity.org

Gloria Excelsias is the President of the I AM University, an educational institution with focus on Spiritual and psychological development that was founded by the late Dr Joshua David Stone in 2004 and handed over to her care and leadership in 2005, at Dr Stone’s passing. As Dr Stone’s personal assistant, close friend and protégé, she received ongoing personal training in applied transpersonal psychology and integrated ascension which would prepare her consciousness for her later service work as the University’s President. Having moved the I AM University from California to Salzburg, Austria, her native country, she is now passionately dedicated to running and evolving the I AM University as an inspired writer and speaker, placing thematic priority on Spiritual psychology, the re-integration and updating of ancient occult teachings and the overall unfoldment of human consciousness.

Some of her service projects include:

Planetary World Service: www.PlanetaryWorldService.org

I AM Tunes – Spiritual Audio Download Library: www.IAM-Tunes.org

I AM YOU Foundation - Charity Project: www.IAMYou-Foundation.org

Ascension for Beginners – 365 free articles, 25 mini-courses and 25 meditations for newcomers on the Spiritual path: www.AscensionForBeginners.org