On the mental level, we are the creators of our external reality. This idea has existed in various forms for many years, but it took me some time to truly grasp its meaning. When I first delved into these teachings, I believed that simply wanting something badly, focusing on it intensely, or maintaining a positive outlook would lead to its manifestation. I soon realized that this was only part of the equation. We must transform ourselves internally to match our desired external reality to truly bring something into our lives. This involves challenging our beliefs about what is possible and breaking free from past limitations.
Louise Hay beautifully illustrates this concept by comparing us to individuals standing at the edge of the vast ocean of life, each with a container to collect water. The container represents our consciousness, reflecting what we believe we deserve and what we think is possible. What sort of container do we have – is it a bucket, a shot glass, a barrel, a pipeline?
In my twenties, I had very little. I lived alone in a one-bedroom apartment above a garage in the middle of nowhere. I struggled with low-paying work and lots of debt. This led to anxiety and dissatisfaction with where my life was headed. Everything changed one day when I saw Louise Hay on television discussing affirmations and the power of thoughts to shape our lives. This was mind-blowing to me, and I immediately immersed myself in her books, started practicing affirmations, and applied these principles to my life. Gradually, my life began to transform in small yet significant ways, and soon enough, I experienced remarkable, wonderful changes.
The journey has been ongoing, and along the way, I’ve discovered several practices that have helped me create a mental equivalent of what I desire:
- I cultivate gratitude for what I already have.
- I engage in Spiritual Mind Treatment and recognize my connection to the limitless source of all.
- I use my imagination to feel and experience the things I want.
- I surround myself with people who already possess the good I seek, realizing that if they can achieve it, so can I.
Embracing these principles has brought a wealth of blessings into my life. I met my husband, found a better-paying job, started my successful practice, married, began traveling, and purchased a house. Doors opened, and my life unfolded in ways I couldn’t have imagined before. Importantly, these transformations extended beyond material possessions—my life is now enriched with love, peace, joy, and acceptance.
I have come to understand that I am one with the universe and possess everything already. My task is to align my consciousness with the greatness I desire, and this alignment will inevitably lead to shifts in my external reality. This journey is continuous, and while there is still progress to be made, the life I lead now far exceeds what I once believed was possible.