Your experience of the world is entirely up to you. Albert Einstein said that the most important decision you will make in your life is whether you believe you live in a friendly universe or a hostile universe.
If you believe the universe is hostile, you experience lots of obstacles in your life. It may go something like this. Everything is hard. People are not to be trusted. You have to struggle to get “your share.” Others are plotting against you or trying to take what is yours. There are dangers everywhere, in the form of germs, disease, “bad” people, smog, traffic, disasters, terrorists, politicians, etc.
If you believe the universe is friendly, you experience life as one lesson after another that contributes to your growth. You feel the universe is plentiful and you will always have enough. You know you are taken care of and that Source is always looking out for you. The people you meet are friendly, compassionate and fun to be with. You know there is a ‘gift’ with every challenge. You expect situations to work out for the best.
Either way, your experience of the world will be a reflection of whether you believe the Universe to be friendly or hostile. If you don’t like your current experience, you can choose differently.
A Course In Miracles has a prayer that goes like this:
“I am responsible for what I see.
I choose the feelings I experience;
And I decide upon the goal I would achieve.
And everything that seems to happen to me,
I ask for, and receive, as I have asked.”
That is a powerful prayer. It acknowledges the incredible force that lies within us. We exercise that force in the form of beliefs. The universe reflects our beliefs back to us in the form of situations that seem to ‘happen’ to us. Those situations reinforce our beliefs which spawn more reinforcing situations. It becomes a phase-locked loop.
Many people are stuck in a negative version of the loop. You can create a positive, self-reinforcing loop if you make the decision to break the cycle. Consciously choose different thoughts. Watch for the old habitual thoughts to show up and release them immediately. Replace them with your new positive thoughts. Keep this up until your new thoughts are the habit.
I could not find the author of the poem below. I looked all over the internet and found this poem was published on individuals’ blogs, Indian Hindu sites, Islamic sites and more. Its ubiquity speaks to the universality of the poem. People from all walks recognize and admire the truth of this.
The World is Your Mirror
The good you find in others, is in you too.
The faults you find in others, are your faults as well.
After all, to recognize something you must know it.
The possibilities you see in others, are possible for you as well. The beauty you see around you, is your beauty. The world around you is a reflection, a mirror showing you the person you are.
To change your world, you must change yourself. To blame and complain will only make matters worse. Whatever you care about, is your responsibility. What you see in others, shows you yourself.
See the best in others, and you will be your best. Give to others, and you give to yourself. Appreciate beauty, and you will be beautiful. Admire creativity, and you will be creative.
Love, and you will be loved. Seek to understand, and you will be understood. Listen, and your voice will be heard. Teach, and you will learn. — Unknown author
Copyright © 2009 Victoria Young (Copyright does not apply to Course in Miracles poem or The World is Your Mirror poem.)