“To believe in the god over us and around us, and not in the god within us–that would be a powerless and fruitless faith.” ~ Phillips brooks; American clergyman and author.
I believe people today has forgotten who they really are and the power they have within themselves to get ahead in life, surpassing all obstacles and reaching their higher goals–whatever those might be for each of us. There lies great wisdom and energy inside of us all which you might call God or Higher Self, and which you embrace and acknowledge whenever you choose health and love above poisonous foods to your body and hatred towards yourself and others, whenever you mentally speak kindly to yourself and motivate yourself out of self-pity; however, there also lies inside of us all a massive ego and terrible ignorance which you might call Devil or Lower Self, and which makes us believe we are broken and undeserving of a better life.
Of course, most of the problem stems from how our minds are conditioned since birth from our parents, from the ones around us, and from a self-absorbed and highly ignorant society. Still, through inner contemplation and by embracing certain wisdom within myself, I absolutely know that humankind has been endowed with higher intelligence and capacities of achievement well above other creatures under the sun, and that we are more than the piece of flesh and the crude and disobedient thoughts we experience on a daily basis during the waking state. And it all lies within ourselves, the capacities of transforming the raw energies in ourselves to be more and bring a noble and unselfish desire into material reality.
Yes, all that is truly needed is to believe that there is no failure in life, because the truth is that failure is an invention of our flawed minds, just like the concept of ‘time’ or the inventions of a place called ‘heaven’ and a place called ‘hell’ waiting for us after we die. See, ‘time’ is an illusion which serves a purpose in society and in this physical life; ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’ were invented by the fearful and ignorant minds of men to control the minds of other men and keep them tied to a religious belief and dogma. It is all a well-orchestrated, mental delusion which may serve us or condemn us. Your choice.
See, the greatness of our conscious, mortal minds is that we can use the energies floating there to create beautiful and motivating thoughts of noble and unique nature, such thoughts which will evoke feelings of higher purpose and self-love; however, we often have to deal with the negative energies which are fueled by our earthly physical senses, dark energies which are biased and agitated by the perceptions and opinions we form out of these same physical senses–i.e. biased and agitated by the violence and unfairness we see in the news daily, biased and agitated by the stupidity and greediness of politicians, biased and agitated by the invisible poisons from food and entertainment companies, biased and agitated by the cruelty against the environment and animals, etc. etc.
And our immediate environment and neighborhood does not help sometimes, because we might be let down by friends, family, jobs, opportunities of any advancement, and so on.
But if we pay attention to our hearts, without the blockage of our physical senses and that obnoxious voice in our minds, we just might be able to understand that all that separates us from being the best we can be is not our environment, our society, or even things which befall us and bring us suffering, but that it is our minds and how we choose to perceive life. As Buddha wisely and simply puts it, “What we think, we become.”