‘Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.’
– Siddhartha Gautama.
This quote reminds me of The Law of Attraction. A notion that you ‘get what you give out’. Your energy attracts situations and people of that energy. I was initially introduced to this idea by a friend who gave me a book called The Power by Rhonda Byrne. Some parts I read I essentially thought ‘this is bullshit’ but for the most part, it made sense.
The official premise of The Law of Attraction is as follows:
Energy attracts like energy. That each being is constantly radiating energy; this energy being determined by the emotional state of the being. This is referred to as a vibe short for vibration.
We have all been in a room with someone who is very upset, critical and angry and this has inspired the same or similar negative emotions in us.
This is basic psychology. It affects us all day-in-day out.
But there’s more to it than just that…
You are a critical person. You criticise yourself almost religiously. You have exams to sit. You are certain you will fail them because you are a ‘failure’ and you are ‘terrible at everything’. So what do you do (or not do)? You do not revise. And you fail your exam. Your belief has been confirmed. You negative energy affected your behaviour. And so a spiral begins.
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
– Siddhartha Gautama
This is an unconscious response to emotional stimulus. If you are unhappy you do not choose to be. Just as you do not choose to be happy. You can choose to recreate the stimulus, the moment you become aware of the causes.