[Monday Message] Expectations of beauty

The Universe will always live up to your expectations.

This reality, this plane of existence, is a hologram, a dreaming, a product of your imagination. Everything you experience is a manifestation of an internal process. When your emotions are cattywompus, your plumbing acts up. When you are lacking internal peace, people around you will be angry and possibly even attack. When you are in dear, your car may stop working, or other issues of forward motion may arise.

Likewise, every physical ailment comes from emotions and thought patterns, most of them subconscious. You are not at fault. You can still look at what’s going on in your body as a clue to what you can be working on internally. Issues in your back are things you would rather not look at or work on. Liver is anger. Sinuses are problems with authority. Shoulders are about the expectations we put on ourselves and others.

Expectations, it has been said, are also reservations for a resentment. If I expect someone to do a thing, and they don’t, I’m going to have some emotions around that. If I don’t deal with those emotions right away, it can become something I chew on, something I feel over and over again, which is a resentment. The word comes from the Latin word for feeling, so to feel again. And again. And again.

Expectations can also be a way of programming your mind to look for certain things. Beauty, peace, kindness. I mean, you can program yourself to see anger and ugliness, but I think a lot of us already do that. Why not exercise some muscles and bring forth more awesomeness in the world?

Say this Navajo prayer every morning for seven days, and see how your experience of the world changes.

Happily may I walk.
May it be beautiful before me.
May it be beautiful behind me.
May it be beautiful below me.
May it be beautiful above me.
May it be beautiful all around me.
In beauty is it finished.

I’d love to hear about the results you get!

This post is part of a series called Monday Message, based on that day’s reflection from 365 Days to Enlightenment (authorized versions are currently out of print, working on a new edition). Check back next Monday for another one! You can also sign up for the Daily Message on my mailing list if you’d like to receive a new reflection every day. I also often post them to Instagram, if that’s a medium you enjoy.

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