Within us is tremendous energy, within us it the glory of the worlds. Each individual is a miracle and divinity resides in everyone. The homeless person you see across the road from you and the person you see on the cover of The Fortune magazine, have the same potential and are made of exactly similar things. Thus, there’s never good or bad, and there are no principles- there are only events, there are only circumstances. (Balzac said so, and I concur.) What makes us different, what makes each individual is the realization of this potential. We’ve heard way too many tales of tables turning and people going from rags to riches. What is it that made them different? The way they CHOSE to control their circumstances, the way they chose to not be victims but choice makers i.e. choosers.
Imagine, how differently you would live, if you were to realize that a universe resides within you. You are not an individual, you are not alone..you are a part of this huge masquerade that’s been on forever, and you’re just passing by in human form in this life. I’ve always written about how we are bigger than our experiences, our thoughts and our feelings- for we can analyze and control them. The true beauty of life lies in the fact that even though each one is unique, we are exactly the same. What if I were to tell you that you’re never really alone, all your energies, all your actions connect you to this big conundrum that we do not have the insights to breakdown.
Elizabeth Gilbert described it so truthfully and eloquently in her book Eat, Pray, Love that I’m going to sum this post in her words. “Human discontentment is a simple case of mistaken identity. We’re miserable because we think that we are mere individuals, alone with our fears, flaws, resentments and mortality. We wrongly believe that our limited little egos constitute our whole entire nature. We have failed to recognize our deeper divine character. We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme Self who is eternally at peace. That supreme self is our true identity, universal and divine.”
Yes, there are externalities and social commitments that we are exposed to and have to live with, but in the end, we are each a part of this extensive and expanding wonder. Try and achieve stillness for a while, embrace your present and feel in sync with the power stored within you.
The Greek stoic philosopher Epictetus wrote, “You bear God within you, poor wretch, and know it not.” I’m not particularly religious, but I am undoubtedly spiritual. For me the best marriage would be the kind that connects the mind and the body to the omnipresent and grandiose spirit.
So look yourself in the mirror, and feel grand because you are so.