that cause you pain.
Nothing external to your mind can hurt or injure you in any way.
There is no cause beyond yourself that can reach down and bring oppression. No one but yourself affects you. There is nothing in the world that has the power to make you ill or sad, weak or frail.
Serenity must come from within. There is only one opposing emotion to love, and that is fear. Fear is what our egos made up, and fear is at the core of the addictive thought system. Based on fear, many other conflicted beliefs occur.
There are four elements that make up the addictive thought system.
- Living in the past or Living in the future.
- Belief in Scarcity.
(That you are not enough the way you are).
Fear is the fuel on which the addictive thought system runs.
When you find yourself looking to a drug, a job, food, material possessions, or a relationship for your happiness, it is because you are afraid, you have forgotten that you are love.
When you become like a child, seeing fearsome images in the dark, seeing attack and hostility all around you, your mind has forgotten that you are love, and in turn, you have become afraid.
When you have an endless resume of accomplishments and still don't feel good about yourself,
love seems to be nowhere and you are afraid.
When you want nothing more than to feel the love of another, yet you continually armor yourself in defenses, it is because you are in an ironic dilemma.
You are afraid of that for which you yearn: Love.
Projection leads us into a world where fear is constantly reinforced. We end up being afraid of love and freedom. Instead of inviting love into our hearts we become hosts of guilt.
We become surrounded by bars of fear, forged by our own thinking.
Stay in the here and now. Stay in what you have. Love.