The world is the mind
–Siddharta Gautama The Buddha–
The Kingdom of God is inside you, and it is outside of you
–Gospel of Thomas–
The level of your being attracts the experiences you live
–Old Sufi proverb–
The realization that every act, every word, every thought of ours not only influences our environment but for some mysterious reason forms an integral and important part of the Universe, fits into it as if by necessity, so to say, in the very moment we do, or say, or think it - is an overwhelming and even shattering experience. The tremendous responsibility of it is terrifying.
If all of us only knew that the smallest act of ours, or a tiny thought, has such far-reaching effects as to set in motion forces which perhaps could shatter a galaxy…If we know it deeply and absolutely, if this realization becomes engraved permanently on our hearts, on our minds, how careful we would act and speak and think. How precious life would become in its integral oneness.
–Irina Tweedie, in her Diary, Daughter of Fire–
Noticing how the template of our being attracts our particular life experiences, should make us more aware of the importance of cleansing and polishing the mirror, as mystics say. And this is a good aspect to ask for in prayer; in other words, rather than asking for a whim, would it not be better to ask for help to clean our mind and heart, so that we can receive the abundance that is always arriving from the Divine spheres, and thus give it to others. We only receive what we can receive, and only give what we can give. No matter how many prayers and good attitudes we may have for a few moments, if our actions and attitudes are not consistent all day long, not even God can help us, and the outer world will always stink, being a perfect reflection of our inner chaos.