“A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.” ~ Ken Keyes, Jr., Handbook to Higher Consciousness …
We compose the world that we live in–it is conceived, designed, and constructed by our thoughts and our actions. This is such a vital concept to our becoming, for when we create the reality that we live in, we are discovering our purpose and meaning. This places our fulfillment in life directly in our hands and plays a pivotal role in our surroundings and experiences in life. And yet, we meet so many people in our daily lives, that this really does not pertain to everyone we come across, or to all occasions in life; it makes no sense to say that “everyone you meet is your mirror.” We will meet individuals who are bitter and resentful at the world, who are angry with themselves, who are judgmental and discriminatory, who are socially inept, who are rude and obnoxious, whether we are any of those things or not.
Therefore, it is important that we view life pragmatically, for though we strive to build a loving world around us, the rest of the world will intrude on what we try to build; and though we strive to choose our friends carefully, we must still interact and associate with people whom we do not wish to have as friends. However, the key to Ken’s message here is that our attitudes play a crucial role in creating the reality in which we live and go a long way towards making our experiences much more pleasant and bearable, or much more unpleasant and unbearable.
Much of who we are is reflected in the people we associate with on a daily basis. If I choose to use or sell drugs, I am bound to be around others who use and sell them as well, and crime and statistics tell me that I am therefore much more likely to experience violence, heartache, and suffering in my life in some way, shape, or form. Likewise, if I spend some time volunteering my time, or visiting those who are sick, I will be around others who are appreciative and thankful, and I will find myself surrounded by love and compassion. I will also have a cup that is overflowing with love that I can share with others I meet or with those important to me such as my wife and children.
We have the ability to create our own worlds in the best ways we know how. If you want to live in a loving world… be loving; for a caring world… be caring. And when an unkind and inconsiderate world invades the beauty of yours, remember that others are creating their own worlds too, and we will have to deal with their worlds colliding into ours every now and again.
Give love to others and be aware of how much more is returned.
Questions to consider:
Is it really possible for “everyone” in the world to be a mirror of who we are and how we approach the world?
What are some of the problems that could arise if we do believe that everyone is a mirror of ourselves?
How might you go about preparing for the intrusion of someone else’s world on your own? Should such a thing make you change the ways that you do things or see the world now?
For further thought:
“The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it in turn will look sourly on you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind of companion.” ~ William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity fair