“What you are, so is your world. Everything in the universe is resolved into your own inward experience. It matters little what is without, for it is all a reflection of your own state of consciousness. It matters everything what you are within, for everything without will be mirrored and colored accordingly.” — Path to Prosperity
Although we rarely want to admit it, the world (as we see it) is simply a mirror, reflecting back to us our own inner state. If we are inwardly in turmoil then we are certain to see a tumultuous world. Just as certainly, a seemingly joyful world is only returning to us our own inward joy.
Those days when everything seems to go wrong from the moment we wake up, usually begins with one bad event (car won’t start, alarm didn’t go off, etc.) that we allow to affect our state of mind. That leads to another, and then another and before you know it, the world looks like an ugly place to us.
Put enough of those days together and life can become almost unbearable. Yet, nothing in the world created our misery — it was our response —- our own state of consciousness — that created the ugliness.
In the mid-1990’s I allowed a few negative events (brought on by living by the wrong principles) to drastically change my state of consciousness. In the middle of one of the greatest economic expansions in the history of the world, I barely lived above the level of poverty. Where others saw opportunity, I saw lack. It was simply a reflection of my inner state.
By 1998 I had gained control of my inner self and, accordingly, the sun once again began to shine in my world. The same circumstances that had once appeared as lack, now appeared as opportunities. Today there are so many opportunities in my life that I am only able to act on a tiny fraction of them. My table truly overfloweth.
During my dark days I came across a tiny booklet called 12 Ways to Develop a Positive Attitude. The author, Dale Galloway, writes from experience. He was a well-known pastor whose wife suddenly left him one year a few days before Christmas.
One of the many gems he offered was: “No matter what happens, look for the good and you’ll find it. A positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative – he refuses to dwell on it. Positive thinking is a form of thought which habitually looks for the best results from the worst conditions. It is always possible to look for something good; to expect the best for yourself even though things look bad. And the remarkable fact is that when you seek good, you will find it.”
And that’s worth thinking about.
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A thought provoking article. A timely reminder to my personal self.
Far too many times I tend to let the “negatives” rule over me for a certain period of time. Reflecting back there was always”good” in any circumstance.
Thank you Vic. God bless.
Thanks for this message. It really hits home.
This message confirms what the affirmation CD says to me. If I am having a bad momemt, I stop, smile and realize this to shall pass. I have been following that advise, and by golly it WORKS!!
Blessings to you
I’m still perplexed over this inner reflects the outer issue. The inner turmoil, etc. If I had an adequate supply of $$$ coming in doing what I love there would be much less outer (neg effects). Like: Don’t sweat the small stuff; cause it’s all small. Like food, rent,gas,car fix, $$$, & $$$$ not to mention building a few dream homes and finding a hot babe who is not a gold digger What am I thinking!!! I’m a grampa w/7 grandkids. But I look40’s and have ton’s of ENergy w/a great BOd, AND STILL KICK BUTT. And of course: No good deed goes unpunished! Yada,yada, ok I’m done temporarily.
Tom, it certainly sounds like you understand cause and effect, however, you’ve got the roles reversed. As long as you allow the outer to be the cause, the inner will experience turmoil as the effect. If you’ve got tons of energy and a great bod then it’s because your inner self caused that to happen — the effect is shown in the physical. Use the same principles that brought you a great bod to solve your money problems, etc. And continue to work on the inner self. As James Allen says, “it is impossible to travel within and stand still without.” Keep us posted on your progress.
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