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The Journey Within – The Law of Growth

Lori Gordon-Michaeli

By Lori Gordon-Michaeli

The law of growth = when we change ourselves, our lives follow suit and change, too.

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Shavua tov, everyone. Law No. 4 of the universal truths is how we can ultimately change the world. In my mind, any change we want to make in life starts with a thought that change is needed. Insanity is trying to make a change using the same thinking over and over again. It takes a new perspective — hence “change ourselves” — the first step, and our environment will change, like the domino effect.

There truly are 100 opinions for one subject. In other words, for each point of view, there is another and both are right.

Point of View: What do you see in this picture?  (Answer at the bottom of the blog)

Each of us has our own truth and for each of us that truth is how we view life — and it is right.  But my truth is not your truth. Each truth is unique; each true to the viewer. In understanding there are multiple truths comes the ability to view things in multiple ways. The wider the viewing lens, the better the understanding of the change needed.

In my travels through the world after learning teachings from a multitude of sources, I have tried to pass on this wisdom that personal growth starts in the mind with our thought. Step One toward change and growth is recognizing the need to change initiates the idea that our thinking must grow as well.

One day while walking the beach in Nof Yam, Israel, at sunset, I began to wonder how a young Jewish girl from West Bloomfield ended up on this particular beach — not on vacation — but walking toward “home” at the end of the road in a totally different country.

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Photo by Jeremy Ricketts

I suddenly realized that I had a very dynamic, unusual life that took me to the ends of the earth because I was always seeking change. But, in all that time, I never “intended” to seek new destinations or new adventures. Seeking change all over the world … and then I stood still and stopped moving and, as the waters rushed against my feet on that beach, it hit me — the change I sought had to start from within and only then would my environment evolve to surround me with the love I sought. My introspection and change in thought would ultimately change my life as well. What a ride and what an enlightening walk home that fateful day in 1996 in Israel.

It was evident to me then and still is that the law of growth is constantly there pushing us forward. Embracing change in our thinking allows us to master how we spend our time and in what direction we focus our intentions. Time is so precious — purposeful thinking optimizes not only our focus but also our understanding of our selves and our quality of life.

Another way to understand the law of growth is to realize that the seeds we sow will bear fruit of like kind. Positive seeds will be sown, creating positive outcomes or feelings; negative seeds will be sown causing negative outcomes or feelings. Consider the seeds started by your thinking. So, what really guides all of this? The answer is so simple I almost missed it — our ability to choose. The choice directs what type of seed and fertilizer we use in our gardens. When a negative thought comes up — consider your seed — you can fertilize it with more negative thinking or you can just notice it and plant an opposite seed — a positive seed — intentionally and fertilize it with a positive thought and keep going. What blooms in your garden is the fruit of your thinking. Those that master this live a peaceful, joyful and fulfilling life.

The law of growth points us to open our eyes and realize our view of life creates the glasses or framework from which we operate. Change your self and your environment will change, too.

Check out the following links to “open your perspective.”

The next blog is Law No. 5 — the Law of Responsibility.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful week.

Lori

*Answer: Depending on your perspective you saw: A young lady turning away or a side shot of an elderly lady looking forward (both are correct) — which did you see? Or were you able to embrace both perspectives? It’s all point of view.

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