The human brain is a mirror to infinity. There is no limit to it’s range, scope or creative growth. No one knows what great leaps of achievement may be within the reach of the species once the full potentiality of the mind is developed.
A couple of weeks ago I asked a woman who came to see me for private coaching session to tell me about someone she admired. “I can’t think of anyone,” she told me. “Everyone has problems of their own.”
Well, no kidding. But that’s not what I asked her. What her answer did tell me was that she was afraid of the beauty that was inside of her.
If we aren’t aware of the beauty within us, we can’t see it in others. The question is, “Why are we so unaware of who we really are?”
To answer this question I like to tell a story about a man named Steve, who decided to treat himself to a fine suit, so he went to a tailor to have one custom made. “I want nothing but the best,” he told the tailor, “because I deserve it.”
The tailor took his measurements, and told him to come back in 6 weeks.
Six weeks later Steve came back to the tailor’s shop, excited to try on his new suit. The suit was beautiful to see. But when Steve put it on, he noticed that one of the sleeves was a bit short. He mentioned this to the tailor.
“The sleeve isn’t short. You have one arm longer that the other. Just pull your arm up and you’ll see that the sleeve will fit you perfectly.”
So Steve pulled his arm up into the sleeve a bit, and sure enough, the end of the sleeve came down to where it should be on his wrist. “See!” The tailor said, happily. “The sleeve is perfect!”
Steve said to him, “That’s true, but now my collar is bunching up.”
“There’s nothing wrong with the collar,” the tailor said. “If you round your shoulders forward, you’ll see that the collar will fit you perfectly!”
So Steve pushed his shoulders forward, and the collar lay flat around his neck. “Perfect!” the tailor shouted excitedly.
“But now my butt is sticking out!” Steve said, starting to become frustrated.
“Curve your back in and bring your butt up,” the tailor told him. “You’ll see, it’ll be fine.”
Trusting the tailor knew what he was talking about Steve did as he was told, but he noticed that the legs of the pants were higher than he wanted them. “Lock your knees straight, and your pants will come back down to your shoes,” the tailor told him.
Steve paid for the suit, then slowly, and painfully, walked out of the shop trying to keep his suit in place on his body. Two women were passing by. “Did you see how crippled that poor man is?” one of the ladies asked her friend.
“I know! It’s terrible! But did you see his suit? It fit him perfectly!”
All too often we go through life feeling crippled, instead of standing tall. Instead of being made to feel powerful and magical creators, we are told that physical events cause mental events, but that the mind does not affect physical reality.
If something “magical” happens in your life, it’s dismissed as coincidence.
Watching the evening news with it’s stories of death, disease, disasters, and war, leaves you with the feeling that you’re powerless to effect any change.
You are told you were born in “sin,” and a wretched being, despicable in the eyes of the god who created you.
Right now, after reading just that, how magical are you feeling? How powerful? Yet we are bombarded with these sorts of messages from early on in our lives.
Whatever is a part of who we are that we deny in order to please someone else, in order to conform to what we are told we should be, becomes a dark part of our personality; it becomes what Carl Jung called, “Our “shadow.” The good news is that this energy is still available to serve you.
So what should you do? Take your power from the “authorities” in your mind. As you start to question yourself and look honestly at your life, you’ll discover that the only “authority figure” is within you.
You weren’t meant to walk around an emotional cripple. You came into this world perfect. To have to contort yourself in order to please others not only hurts, it’s wrong.
Remember your greatness. You are already a magician. You are a creator. You were from the moment you were born.