What You Act As If You Are, You Become

I came across this passage in a book today, and I though it was extremely eye-opening. Many of us “want” all of these things and to “have” X, Y, and Z. We believe having these things will allow us to “feel” or “be” a certain way (e.g. be happy, feel powerful, etc). But perhaps we have it the other way around.

Have patience with your Self, especially if your choices are not bringing you what you think you want. You say you want something, but you are not choosing it. You know you are not choosing it, because you do not experience having it. In truth, you have had it all along. You simply are not choosing it.

In the Universe, “havingness” does not produce “beingness,” but the other way around. First you “be” the thing called “happy” (or “knowing” or “wise” or “compassionate” etc.), then you start “doing” things from this place of beingness – and soon you discover that what you are doing winds up bringing you the things you’ve always wanted to “have.”

Look at what it is you want to “have,” ask yourself what you think you would “be” if you “had” that, then go straight to being.

Act as if you are, and you will draw it to you.
What you act as if you are, you become.

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