“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness, the Astonishing Light of your own being.”
If you are anything like, say, human, you will have a fun time controlling those crazy wacky thoughts as you seek to live in harmony and find your way to inner peace.
Wait, what? You are not on your way to inner peace?
Then where exactly are you headed my dear? There is nothing — nothing — worth having in this world without peace … and there is everything to be had in the presence of true inner peace.
So whatever lofty, or not-so-lofty, goals you may have for yourself, whoever you may be from a peasant to a king, from a hard worker bee to the richest person in town, peace is the ultimate treasure bank. With peace, you are king (or queen), you are rich beyond your imagination.
So yes, peace is a big deal. It is what our hearts truly yearn for.
Now back to the thoughts that steal, rob, shake and destroy this inner peace every time you seek the darn thing.
The thoughts that insist on bringing you down with “logic” and “rational reasons”.
You know these thoughts, the ones that you are so anxious to speak that you can’t wait for someone to ask “So how is it going?”. You can’t wait to utter them so you can hear yourself rationalize all the things that are going wrong, so very wrong in your life.
Thoughts that may sound like this:
”You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”
My life is so unfair.
I can’t believe my website crashed AGAIN!
My spouse gave me the look again even after I cleaned up the kitchen!
My friends don’t care about me, it’s obvious from the way they act.
I am fat, ugly and on top of that, getting old.
Or the ultimate one:
Positive thinking and this new age nonsense is really annoying and totally out of sync with reality.
Such compelling evidence that we should really give in to the thoughts, stop arguing and agree that yes, life is hard, and for most of us, quite unfair, and well, let’s face it, positive thinking has never cured anyone of their illness or of their misery or of their debt. Has it?
Actually, it has.
The power of positive thinking has been proven not just in the ‘New Age stuff’ that you come across every day, but in science. It has been proven that the mind is powerful in ways that are known to man and unknown to man. It is still a mystery that we are unravelling but not one single educated medically-trained expert can deny the power that your thoughts exert on your life.
That power can go either way. In a good way or straight to hell.
If you are not careful, you create a hell inside your head. A prison with walls that are so thick and so dark you can’t ever crawl your way out, even if reality puts you in a mansion, in a palace, in a paradise on earth.
If you have no peace, you have nothing.
Until you begin to see the light inside yourself. Until you really understand what Persian poet Hafiz was talking about:
If you want to be happy, you need to be able to live in harmony with yourself first before you can be happy with anything or anyone else.
You are your own foundation.
You are your own pillar.
You are your own strength, your own power, and you could choose to build it all or trample all over it with your muddy boots.
I say let’s build it.
No matter what has happened until now in your life, even if you have hit your rock bottom – which incidentally so have all super successful people – you can begin again, today, right now.
How do I know it’s not too late for you?
Because you are still here, a living breathing machine with a perfectly good instrument – your body, your mind, your heart – and with time left to do wonderful things still.
In short: You can’t ever again forget that you need to be in harmony and peace with yourself first before serving the world. Or being of much use to anyone else, really.