Mirrors Of The Soul

Mirrors Of The Soul

Mirrors Of The Soul

From  the moment of conception, we each have been given the most intricate  and precise tool to know who we are and where we are  going-relationships. Relationships serve as both a mirror to see who we  are and a GPS to find our bearings and know where we are in our  progress. To know what kind of person we are, we can look at the people  with whom we spend the most time. Do they inspire us or irritate us? The  qualities in others that inspire us are the qualities within that  thirst for nourishment. Traits that bother us most are usually the ones  we most need to address internally. For parents, the most accurate  measurement of where we are is our children. What qualities do you  appreciate the most in your children? Where do you think they got them?  What behaviors would you most like them to change? Where did they learn  them? Can you see the similarities between the personalities of your  children and your own? Identifying similarities in the people close to  us is the best way to work on personal development.

It  is our relationship with family, friends, lovers, and strangers that  sculpt us into who we are. Being consciously aware of our relationships,  on a spiritual level, enables us to learn to use this tool to its  highest capacity. The first relationship we form is naturally with our  parents, specifically our mother. That bond begins immediately after  birth. Our parental bond creates the foundation for how we will build  relationships for the rest of our lives. I believe we are born into the  families that were intended for us. This does not mean a child of an  abusive or neglectful parent deserves to be mistreated. I am simply  suggesting that Universal Wisdom knows what an individual can handle and  that great strength can come from very difficult experiences. We must  play the cards we are dealt. What seems like the best hand does not  always win. Many individuals develop strong character from challenging  situations, while others make little use of abundance and prosperity. We  learn from our parents how to behave. Not only do we learn by mimicking  parental behavior, we also develop our personalities as a reaction to  the way we are raised. Whether we are strong and confident or timid and  fearful is a reaction to our upbringing. Once we are aware of how our  parents affected our development, we can choose to embrace our strengths  and overcome our weaknesses. As we mature, the relationships we form  begin to more clearly reflect who we have chosen to be. If we seem to be  surrounded by negative people, we can identify negativity within  ourselves. When we address our own issues, the external negativity will  tend to drift away or lose its effect on us.

Relationships  will continue to shape who we are, whether we are aware of their  effects or not. By understanding our relationships, we can better  understand ourselves. The universal law of attraction causes us to draw  people into our lives who can teach us what we most need to know about  ourselves. Our relationships directly reflect who we are. This is more  apparent in intimate relationships. An intimate relationship can be like  being under a microscope. We can see each other’s personality in great  detail. We also see what types of people we attract and to whom we are  attracted. This also tells us a lot about ourselves. Although less  apparent, this reflection of self is also true in relationships we may  not consciously choose. The way we relate to our coworkers, friends of  friends, in-laws, and even family is a direct reflection of who we are in that moment.  Unaware that we are looking in a mirror, it is easy to see in others  the traits that need correction within ourselves. Even the way we treat  ourselves tells of who we are. In most cases, we react toward ourselves  in relatively the same manner as we would toward another person. Every  relationship is a model for the experiencing of one’s self. Experiencing  one’s self is an important process in learning how to fulfill our  purpose and is a valuable benefit from relationships. Another vital  lesson we learn from others is unity. Finding similarities in others  rather than focusing on the differences creates common bonds. Working  together, we are able to accomplish far more than we can individually.  Seeing all beings as part of the same collective whole, we can work  toward a civilization of oneness instead of separation. Unity breeds  compassion and tolerance.

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