Make this assumption:
We see ourselves in many ways, but the method by which we see ourselves is that of a pool of water. Nothing else: it’s a pool of clear, pristine, pure water.
On a perfect day, how does the pool appear? On a hypothetically perfect afternoon, the pool appears undisturbed. It is peaceful, and not even the tiniest wind shifts its liquid. This is the ultimate utopia in regards to the reflection of self.
How does the pool appear when distressed? There are creatures there, wandering and playing rowdily. An ill-willed ivy or bacterium may find itself creeping into the waters. Gusts from all sides bluster against the surface, causing waves to jump around. This is the definition of our often unclear state or the unbalanced reflection of self.
What is different between a pool and a human being? One would say many things, but the main importance here is that a pool can do nothing for itself. A human being has the power to affect physical change. You and I can move or not move, think or not think, smile or not smile. We have energy. And we decide how we use it or not use it.
What can be done:
How does one achieve a perfectly smooth reflection? Let us examine the disturbances I described earlier.
- Creatures are comparable to people or activities in our lives. They take our time and use our precious energy. Well, imagine that instead of a pool, you are a garden. Some creatures are helpful: they fertilize your soil, eat the weeds around you, and simply enjoy your oxygen. Those are the people and activities that should stay. Some creatures, however, are unhelpful: they eat your new buds, tear up the fencing, and eat the fruit of your labors. Those are the people and activities that should be sent away.
- Ivy or bacteria are considered the thoughts which we feed ourselves. They could be positive or negative, but the thoughts we carry are the kind of energy we use on a daily basis. The energy that feeds or weeds the gardens we grow within ourselves. And that energy is passed on into the creatures around us. The creatures drink from the water at our pools. You see: it is all a cycle. We are the water, the ivy grows in us, and the creatures drink us up because we are infused with nutrients. Whether this helps us to grow or not is up to us. Whether the water is healthy or not is up to us.
- The wind or waves are what I like to call the outside forces. These are things we cannot control. We cannot control how it affects the water, the creatures, the ivy, the bacteria of our minds. We cannot control the way it sends our surfaces rippling outward. This is what rocks us; this is what changes us permanently. Wind blows things away, brings things in, and alters the feel of things.
What to do:
Build your ivy and plants within yourself by allowing the right creatures to fertilize your garden. Choose to grow and hold only plants that are peacemakers, lovers, and protectors. Choose to invite only creatures who will not disturb those growing things, but rather, help them flourish. Be sure those living things are in harmony in your personal pool. Feed yourself positive thoughts and welcome positive people so that when the winds come in, you are properly equipped to handle the rippling effects. Let your thoughts be firmly rooted; let your company be supportive.
Create within yourself a nurturing, loving ecosystem.