When I was in my previous office, some 8 years back, my manager told our team a story that had a deep insight in it (which I did not really see back then, but something I realized later). Here’s how the story goes
“There was a puppy in the woods, he was feeling sad and depressed with his life. He entered a house of mirrors (all the walls lined up with several hundreds of small mirrors). When he entered the house, he saw hundreds of sad puppies around him. Where-ever he looked he saw sad puppies. He became sure now that the world was full of sadness, because there were so many sad puppies. This confirmed the belief in his mind that sadness is all there is to life, and he became more sad and depressed as he left the house of mirrors.
There was a second puppy in the woods, he was feeling very angry within and was frustrated with his life. He had a scorn on his face and his eyes were narrow with anger. He entered the house of mirrors and saw himself surrounded by hundreds of angry puppies. He was only seeing his reflection on the mirrors, but he did not realize that. He snarled at the reflections and the reflections snarled back at him. In his mind he became convinced that this world is full of anger, and that he needed to defend himself against these angry puppies all the time. He came out of the house angrier and more frustrated with the world.
There was a third puppy in the woods, he was feeling full of joy and he was romping around with his tail wagging. He entered the house of mirrors and was extremely thrilled to see hundreds of happy puppies wagging their tails, smiling at him with glee in their eyes. He felt blessed to know that this world was full of happiness and that he had nothing to worry about, because there were so many happy puppies out there for company. He came out of the house feeling even more joyful, with a deep conviction in the goodness of life.”
If you replace the puppy with yourself, and you replace the house of mirrors with the external reality of your life, you can make a direct co-relation and realize the truth hidden in this story.
Your external reality is just a reflection of your inner space
Your external reality is like this house of mirrors. It can only reflect back to you, what you are feeling inside you. If you are feeling crummy about yourself, your will see realities that reflect this crummy feeling back at you through some physical manifestation. If you are feeling angry within, you will see your reality reflect this anger back at you through some person or a circumstance. Most people try to fight the external reality, they try to fix it and change it through their actions, without ever bothering to first sort out their inner feelings, their inner thoughts and their inner conflicts. Fighting the external reality is like punching the mirror – it serves no purpose other than reflect more anger and hatred.
It’s futile to keep wanting the external reality to be different without first sorting out the inner negativity. Every individual human consciousness has the potential to be a channel through which wellness and abundance can flow into external reality. When you align with negativity, you can only perpetuate more of it – no matter how good your intentions are, no matter how caring you are. So when you look at negativity around you and you allow it to influence your thinking, you are unconsciously perpetuating the very negativity that you don’t desire.
A true change can only flower through when you make a shift in your way of thinking, when you consciously make a choice to not defend negativity and stay focused on aligning with thoughts that are in tune with love/joy/peace. If you can’t find positive thoughts in your mind, allow yourself to just be in a space of relaxed “being” without believing the negativity of the mind. It’s your belief in negativity that gives it the power to influence your reality, a thought which is not believed does not have the power to manifest into a reality.
Let go of your conviction in negativity
A lot of humans have a deep conviction in negativity, so much so that they affirm suffering to be the reality of life. Of course there is enough evidence around in our physical reality to confirm to our minds that there is plenty of suffering in our world. But if you allow the external reality to reinforce negative thinking, it’s similar to being the angry or sad puppy that believed that the world is angry/sad because it saw such a reflection – without realizing that it’s your own inner negativity that is being reflected back at you. Let me clarify that when I say “your” negativity, I mean the negativity of the human consciousness as a whole – it’s not just a personal thing. You are part of the human consciousness, and you will see the reflection of all the thinking that is present in the human consciousness as a whole. So even if you have a positive mind, you will still see a lot of negativity around you because you are still a part of human consciousness which has a lot of negativity in it (presently).
It’s your choice as to how you respond to the negative physical reality. If you allow it to make you negative, then you just become another channel through which negativity gets perpetuated. But if you make the choice to stay aligned with your true nature as a pure positive energy by aligning with thoughts of love/abundance/joy/wellness, you become a channel through which well-being can flow into your life and this world as a whole. Every human who aligns with their true nature of love/joy based being, becomes a channel through which human consciousness as a whole starts transforming. So instead of focusing on the physical reality, start focusing on your inner space of being. Stop defending negativity, and stop believing in the argument of the mind in the favor of negativity. All thoughts that are based in fear/lack/hatred are rooted in contradiction to your true nature as a pure positive being.
Don’t use the physical reality around you as an evidence to support your right to think negatively, because the reality by itself is just a reflection – it’s not the truth, it’s just reflecting the thoughts of human consciousness. You can bring a transformation to your reality by shifting your way of thinking, by aligning with thoughts of wellness, abundance, expansion, love and joy.