The title of this guest post strikes such a chord with me. It is so true that what we look for is what we see.
When we look through eyes of love and compassion, and we look for the goodness in people, it is the goodness that we see. When we look for flaws and judge others, then that too is what we will see.
Every day, I look for the magic and the beauty in the world around me. And every day, it is there to see.
This post on awareness has been written by my dear friend, Juan Carlos Limas. Twitter handle – @joshmedici
I first met Juan Carlos at an #inspirechat session last year. And what did I see? I saw a shining spirit journeying to unleash the power within.
It has been a joy and a privilege to watch him grow, open, and blossom before my eyes. I have watched him break free of his perceived limitations and learn to ride the wind of possibility.
Juan Carlos shares his learnings and insights in the post below.
Your Eyes See What Your Eyes Are Looking For
The person you were yesterday is not the same as you are today. The person you’ll be tomorrow will likely be a different version of yourself, hopefully someone wiser and more giving and caring than the one that goes to sleep tonight.
“A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life”. ~ Muhammad Ali
I read this quote a couple of months ago and it resonated in my head, perhaps because a friend of mine just gave me a lecture about how I have changed and how far apart we have grown. Besides that point, I guess I was contemplating that fact in my own life.
I realized my life was not as easy or as relaxed as I had planned for it to be. In fact, it was in shambles. I was anxious, nervous, afraid of what tomorrow might bring.
My biggest fear back then was precisely the idea of one day waking up and asking myself: This is it? This is as good as it gets? This is as much as I can do with my talents, my education, my work? I was afraid of reaching my full potential and of being unimpressed by it, I was afraid of achieving, of becoming something I felt in my heart I was meant to be.
Sometimes I feel like I am near that point where I will become the person I would be for the rest of my life. And then I see myself change again.
Do you ever feel like that?
I read ages ago that whenever a disciple is ready, it’s automatically approached by a mentor or teacher. The first step for me was to accept responsibility, and to stop blaming everything on everyone else. The second step was to find peace; accept that some things are not under my control, and that the only thing I can control is the way I feel about the things happening around me.
But, what if my eyes were not ready? What if my spirit was not up to the task? That’s when I realized that there was no way I could’ve met the people I have met in my life had I not be prepared to meet them, I suddenly became aware of the power I had over my feelings, my view of the world was much more open because of that.
I wrote a quote about it:
“My eyes see what my eyes are looking for”.
So, my eyes, my mind, my soul, were all searching for a way out, but there was no chance I could do that if I was not ready and willing to receive it. That whatever my eyes don’t want to see, they won’t see. Even if it’s right in front of me, it will be imperceptible.
You feel confident in your knowledge; you trust your instincts more than you trust the advice of your friends, and you are at ease with who you are. A certain point where ideas are realized, you feel paradigms shifting, and your view of the world changes radically.
These insights have made a huge difference in my life for the past year.
1. The willingness to communicate, to being tolerant, to negotiate better terms for the parties involved, to be of service.
2. Understanding that arguments win fights and yet manage to ruin relationships.
3. Learning to love and practice love in everything we do every day.
I believe my eyes are now more open, there are plenty of things to see. I’m not saying that I have reached the final plateau of my life; I bet I will be different soon enough.
But the beautiful thing is that I no longer have those fears, I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen, but I can’t control anything about the future, so I let it go, I concentrate on my present moment and my present moment is mine, to share, to learn, to read, to pursue my dreams one day at a time.
I found a group of people on Twitter that share love and dreams. The relevance of this is that I was not really searching for it, but I believe my mind was open; and my eyes were ready to see new things. The striking memory of this group is that on my first gathering, I was the stranger, the new kid in town, and there I was, reading about people I have never met, having this estrange sense of well-being, because I felt everyone was so open and caring. Everyone was sharing stories, advice, experiences. It was the start of something beautiful, something amazing. I started to feel like my life was not this cork subject to the power of the waves. I started to feel like I was able to take back control of my mind and my fears.
I realized also that I had a perception of flaws, the perceived notion that I have made mistakes. I noted how I was using those flaws and mistakes as an excuse to not face my present moment, to prevent myself from engaging in my own life. There’s this quote from Dr. Wayne Dyer:
“When you change the way you see at the world, the world you look at, changes”.
Even if you change your way of thinking one more time, or many times, you will be ready for change – every time. The learning never ends.
I’m a work in progress, and I like to think that my life has a purpose, both for me or for other people I encounter along my path. I want to be of service. And I feel this inside of me. Now, I know better than to let external forces shape my decisions. It’s all within me, my resolve, my spirit, my soul.
If the faith you have in yourself is strong enough, there is no way you can get lost again.
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Shelley Lundquist is an international best-selling author, motivational speaker, and Self-Mastery & Success Coach who uses her intuitive gifts and powerful transformational breakthrough processes to empower audiences all over the world in leveraging the unlimited power of their own potential.
By guiding you through a journey of self-discovery and a shift in the way you perceive yourself and the world, Shelley will help you create your best life—a peaceful, harmonious life of joy and abundance, that acknowledges body, mind, and spirit.
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