"People do not seem to realize
that their opinion of the world
is also a confession
of their character."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
We may often think that our opinion of the world around us, the community we live in, the sphere that we work and dwell in and around is based on facts, or circumstantial evidence, but it is not that at all. It is our own character, which is simply what we think, what we feel, and how we behave, that drives our opinion of that which is outside of us. In other words, it is that within us, that which we have become, that shows the outside world to us. We could even say that we see what we are.
There is grand value in knowing and understanding this concept that our opinion of that which is without comes from the character within. I think the highest value is that we can choose to change how we see the outside world by tinkering with what we think, and consequently how we feel, and consequently how we act. When we do, our opinion of the world is guaranteed to change. Changing circumstances is pretty much an impossible task in comparison to what we can change within us.
This applies to worldly events and even relationships that touch our lives deeply. Below is a wonderful offering from Abraham, Esther Hicks from 2002:
"You don't have to worry about what their vibration is if your vibration is one of connection. Because if your vibration is one of connection - you're going to dominate the vibration. This is the way you learn your relationships.
The thing that most people do not understand, is that you get to control the way you feel, because you get to choose the thoughts you think.
Most people think that they only have the option of responding to the circumstances that surround them. And that's what makes them attempt the impossible, which is to control the circumstances around them, which only feeds their feeling of frustration and vulnerability because it doesn't take very much life experience to discover you can't control all of those circumstances.
But you can control your vibration. And when you control your vibration, you've controlled everything that has anything to do with you."
This was originally a paragraph that I broke apart only to make the beautifully stated points more powerful, and make more sense too. And, it is, in my opinion, certainly worth considering in some depth, particularly the first line about connection to our Source within.
What You See Is Who You Are. What You See Is What You Get. We Choose It All.
Spread Some Joy Today--by a willingness to look within ourselves at how we view the outside world. Joy is simply a natural result of a certain train of thought or thoughts.