What we see in our outer world is a projection of what we are feeling in our inner world. If what we are seeing isn’t what we want, we can begin the inner work to change our life.
Stephen Covey wrote, “Whatever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self – defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of effectiveness, happiness and trust.” You may ask, “How can I do this?” The answer is that our outer world is a reflection of our inner world. When we want to change our outer world we must change our inner world first. The entire process is mental. Ernest Holmes reminds us that, “The Spirit can do for us only what it can do through us. Unless we are able to provide the consciousness it cannot provide the gift.”
Anthony deMello, a Catholic priest wrote the following vignette which illustrates the point I am attempting to make. Student: “Why is everyone so happy except me?” Master: “Because they have learned to see goodness and beauty everywhere.” Student: “Why don’t I see goodness and beauty everywhere?” Master: “Because you cannot see outside of you what you fail to see inside.” In other words what we fail to see from within we will never experience externally. We live from within out. If I continually put out to the universe that I am worthy of love and companionship I will find it. If I put out that I am not worthy I will either be alone or have poor relationships. To change our life we must release old patterns of belief that no longer work and replace them with new more effective ways of thinking and believing. As the late Eric Butterworth reminds us, “Seeing is not believing. Believing is seeing. You see things not as they are, but as you are.” So, when we change how we are our lives are transformed.
Posted on September 12, 2013, in Inspirational and tagged Anthony deMello, behavior, belief, believing, Change, Eric Butterworth, Ernest Holmes, Spiritual, spirituality, Stephen Covey. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.