“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” The simplicity of these words by Ralph Waldo Emerson almost hide their significance. With saying very little, he captures a whole philosophy.
I have been contemplating these words for the last couple of days. Each time I think of them, I can almost see the swirling galaxy bursting forth from our solar plexus, radiating out into the atmosphere. It blows my mind just thinking about it.
I realize to some that may sound absurd, but this image lives vividly within my mind. I would not expect for everyone to relate. The essence of what I see is that each and everyone of us has a great power that we can control if we so desire, if we learn how, and if we allow it to unfold.
I am here, because basically, I am my own guide. I have brought myself here through the power of my own thoughts and desires. Just so you know, I love where I am right now. Mentally I am growing, challenging myself, and pushing myself. Where I am physically, that being a quaint little town resting right along the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, is quite amazing. Less than a year ago I was living in a bit of a metropolis. It did not possess the magnificence or beauty of this little, hidden treasure where the birds sing to me when I walk out the back door.
When Emerson refers to what lies behind and what lies before us, I hear him talk about the past and the future. We should not dwell in those places, especially if they are dark. The past is gone. We can’t change it. We can’t have it back. To live there is to become stagnant and lost.
The future is not something we should worry over. We should only focus on the future when we think about all the wonderful possibilities and all the great things we want to bring into our lives.
What we should consider is the present. If we concentrate our thoughts on and find what is best for the moment we are living in right now, it will lead to greater and even greater moments. That positive state of being is what will guide us into a wonderful and amazing future.
The future and the past, “tiny matters,” don’t compare to the brilliant galaxy of light and love that we are able breathe in the moment. Again I think of all the billions of stars in my own galaxy and how I can make them shine. Suddenly I feel not so small anymore. Suddenly I feel brilliant!
I wonder if you realize that your thoughts have such great power. I wonder if you have an awareness to what you are thinking about right now. What ever it is, may it be great. May it be beautiful. May it be magnificent. What lies within you?