By Mary Cook, M.A., R.A.S.
Our thoughts, feelings, images and actions determine the quality of our life more than external circumstances. The effort and time we spend trying to change our outward life, would be better spent on monitoring and transforming our inner world. The most effective means to improve our future, is to pay attention to the present moment with appreciation and positive energy. Finding the treasure within us means that we must hold compassionate space for negative energies while we examine their dynamics. Old pain can be exchanged for new unfolding moments of safety, support, resources and acceptance, when we identify the positive energy hidden behind the negative energies.
The positive energy behind jealousy is a desire for healthy attention. The positive energy behind prostitution is a desire to feel intrinsic worth for the physical body. The positive energy behind rage is a desire to feel understood and be healed of past harm. The positive energy behind fear is a desire for comfort and reassurance. The positive energy behind overeating is a desire for emotional nourishment and protection from pain. The positive energy behind self-centeredness is a desire to truly know oneself. The positive energy behind judgment is the desire to recognize and amend personal shortcomings. The positive energy behind being incarcerated is a desire to develop healthy internal discipline and structure.
When we are muscling our way through a mundane life, we have forgotten the magnificence of the moment. When we collapse from stress that we see as bigger than us, we’ve forgotten who holds us in holy embrace. We can lose ourselves in thought, and we can reclaim ourselves in spirit.
As our thoughts, feelings, images and actions become increasingly positive, we become increasingly wise, courageous, resilient, peaceful, humble, inspiring and loving. This is the treasure hunt of life.