There is a wonderful principle that helps us create what we want in our lives. Imagine that the world is a mirror , and whatever you put out into it will come back to you. If you want to be loved, then be loving. If you want to be respected, then be respectful of others. If you want to be forgiven, then be forgiving.
Ironically, we sometimes have a tendency to go about this backwards. We get angry and critical towards a partner because we want more love. We yell at, and put down a teenager for not showing us proper respect. Parents yell at the kids to be quiet and quit yelling, and spank a child for hitting a sibling.
No wonder we get frustrated when we are not getting what we want, and when using the “backwards” approach only brings more of what we do not want. We set up negative downward spirals, and blame others in our lives for what has been created. That is like blaming the mirror for what it reflects back to us.
We will never get something positive by taking a negative approach. You might get “cooperation” in the moment, but at the cost of underlying resentment. Conversely, when you begin a new approach of only putting positive energy out into the world, you may not immediately get positive responses in return. However, if you continue to model the behavior and attributes you would like to see in others, gradually you will notice the shift.
The only catch is that you must be sincere. If you are “faking” being nice, co-operative, reasonable and soft-spoken, while your underlying feelings still hold remnants of criticism and judgment, it will not work.
The change we want in our world we must first manifest sincerely and humbly within our own being. If we all did that…
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