Friday, March 12, 2010

Life's Mirror

I have heard it said that life and the world around you, is a reflection of yourself. In the book “The Secret”, they say that what you put out or think about will come back to you. Dr. Wayne Dyer would say, “What you say to the universe, the Universe will say back to you.” I always understood the message but felt it to be more of a positive thinking attitude, than anything else. Recently, I realized that it is much more than just being positive and hoping that the “Universe” is listening. I realized, that what we are thinking , has an incredible effect on not only how we perceive the world around us but how we feel about ourselves. Naturally when our perception changes, our actions change and therefore so do the reactions. Here’s an example of what I mean.

If we tend to criticize and gossip about others, wouldn’t it only make sense that we would assume others do the same about us? So naturally, our actions towards others create our own discomfort because we now feel judged and gossiped about. The more we judge others, the more we feel judged. If we walk around feeling judged all the time, I would imagine we would be pretty miserable and negative. How do you think the world responds to a person who walks around like that all the time? On the other hand if we never did these things, it would not be on our mind and we would be unaware as to what others may or may not be saying about us. As the saying goes, “ignorance is bliss” so I would imagine our attitude would be one of confidence and happiness. How do you think the world would respond to one who walks around with that attitude? My guess would be that good things would happen to that person and therefore you can see the compounding affects of the decision to be positive about others. In the long run, it would have a greater impact on our own lives and be less about what we felt it was originally about.

I think through that example, one can see how the world is a mirror of yourself. It also puts a whole new meaning to, “Do unto others, as you would have them do on to you.” I thought that to be some one-liner the priest in school told me to make me behave. Now I realize what I do to others, has a direct impact on me, so my translation would read, “Do unto others, as you do on to you.”

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