I have wrestled with self-confidence all my life. I never had much confidence as long as I looked through the eyes of my natural self. Depression was my lot for many years. I felt that life had dealt me a very bad hand, indeed. As many of you know, this makes life insufferable, tedious, and meaningless. When I was in my twenties, I investigated Norman Vincent Peale’s so-called Power of Positive Thinking. I was inspired. I began to attempt to put its teachings into practice. I saw little, if any change in my situation. As I look back now, however, things did improve gradually, for awhile. Of course, hindsight is twenty-twenty.
At the age of twenty-four, I injured my back on the job. By the age of thirty-one, I had undergone three spinal surgeries, with a fourth one to follow at age forty-six. Even though I suffered negative thoughts and discouragement, I still believed there was a power within me that could transform my life. I was put on disability at age thirty-one. I immediately began visualizing my future. I came up with a ten-year plan. I knew I would not spend the remainder of my life living on the dole. By age forty-one, I had graduated college, obtained a good job, and was able to get off of disability. My positive thinking had brought an abundance of blessing. Sure, there were lots of times I thought I was done for, but I kept plodding on. Failure is part of the journey. It wasn’t Mark who brought this to pass, but the God within me.
I said all that in order to write about this topic. We humans are unlimited beings. We can accomplish whatever we choose, if we are willing to pay the price. Each of us has an entire ever-expanding infinite universe within us. Every time a baby is born, a new universe is hurled into existence. The human race is really a multiverse. It is the source of the physical universe(s). Western philosophy and science have abandoned this view, but Hinduism, for one, has not. Here are a few examples of multiverses mentioned in Hindu sacred scripture:
Every universe is covered by seven layers — earth, water, fire, air, sky, the total energy and false ego — each ten times greater than the previous one. There are innumerable universes besides this one, and although they are unlimitedly large, they move about like atoms in You. Therefore You are called unlimited (Bhagavata Purana 6.16.37; from Wikipedia)
Because You are unlimited, neither the lords of heaven nor even You Yourself can ever reach the end of Your glories. The countless universes, each enveloped in its shell, are compelled by the wheel of time to wander within You, like particles of dust blowing about in the sky. (Bhagavata Purana 10.87.41; Wikipedia)
And who will search through the wide infinities of space to count the universes side by side, each containing its Brahma, its Vishnu, its Shiva? Who can count the Indras in them all–those Indras side by side, who reign at once in all the innumerable worlds; those others who passed away before them; or even the Indras who succeed each other in any given line, ascending to godly kingship, one by one, and, one by one, passing away (Brahma Vaivarta Purana; Wikipedia)
We have little consciousness yet of who we really are. But it is coming.
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