Tamara Rant of Conscious Life News writes:

Everything is energy; this is not a new concept and is considered to be simple science. But a fundamental certainty we aren’t often taught is that while the energies of the Universe are forever reacting to one another in one shape or form, and the forces behind these interactions are electric and/or magnetic, these forces also exist within each and every one of us and are as much responsible for our individual emotional growth and spiritual awareness as they are for the expansion of the cosmos.

Many of us view the world we live in through eyes that focus on hardship, pain, cruelty, blame and struggle. And yet others can view the same world through eyes that see order in the chaos, growth in the pain, the need for love behind the acts of hate, and the underlying connection beneath the illusion of competition. So, what accounts for these different ways of seeing the world? While our environment and upbringing absolutely have an effect on our overall viewpoints, we are all born with not only the ability, but the innate free will to choosehow to adjust our individual lenses. And it serves us all to stop and clean off these lenses every once in a while and to question our own beliefs; if only to know that the information we are taking into our minds and hearts as our ultimate truth of the world around us, is based on an equal contribution of reason and intuition, unaltered by the filters of society.

We are offered the chance to see ourselves in another in every single human interaction we have, whether we are consciously aware of it or not. Some instances are more obvious than others and often more easily taken in and accepted if they instill a sense of joy, peace, or encouragement. In other words, if they reflect back to us parts of ourselves that we like, are comfortable with or truly see great potential in. A mother easily sees herself in the smile of her child, a close friend who struggles with confidence sees that part of him yearning to come to the surface and is inspired as you deliver an amazing speech, and a little girl sees her own playful spirit dancing and singing in her favorite cartoon princess. This glimmer of ourselves in another; this connection to something so familiar that it ignites within us a feeling of joy so deep is no accident. And while we are quite willing to reflect on the parts of ourselves we see in others that we like, we may not completely understand why we are shown reflections in others of ourselves over and over that we’d rather not see.

We might hold the belief that things just happen to us in life and that for the most part we play a solely reactive role to these things with little to no control over them. Wherever this belief stems from, if we stop and take a look at it, we see that it puts one in a place of victimhood, perhaps even with a constantly active sense of fight-or-flight. A person with this view of the world might be untrusting, or keep a distance from others, and seem guarded and unapproachable. Or they may find themselves complaining a lot, resentful of the world and how “hard” life always seems to be. It can manifest in a number of ways, but one thing that rings true in any person out of touch with the true amount of power they actually have in how their life plays out, just by being a co-creator of the Universe, is that until they are able to fill their own cup, and live life as their true, authentic self, they will undoubtedly continue to see unhealed aspects of themselves in others reflected back to them over and over. And it often takes a huge shift in perspective to even realize what we are really being shown.

When we interact with other people in our daily lives, we might think that we are merely observing them and that our feelings and thoughts we end up having around them are based solely on things we can measure, label, and categorize such as their personality, appearance, demeanor and general place in our lives such as “family member”, “co-worker” or “stranger”. We might even change these opinions over time depending on things these people say and do or don’t say and don’t do; how they “treat us”. What we might not ever stop to consider is that what we are observing when we interact with others is actually a reflection of ourselves.

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