As you may know, one of my life mentors is Ralph Waldo Emerson. I was reading one of his essays again when I came across this awesome excerpt.
“The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own. The life of man is a self-evolving circle, which, from a ring imperceptibly small, rushes on all sides outwards to new and larger circles, and that without end. The extent to which this generation of circles, wheel without wheel, will go, depends on the force or truth of the individual soul.”
Although his style of writing is somewhat impenetrable, it has great depth and carries profound messages. In this excerpt, he emphasizes the power of thought as being omnipotent. He also believes that man is a self evolving being that starts with small circles that can grow larger to all sides. It kind of reminds me of the Big Bang but on a much smaller scale, micro-cosmically as opposed to macro-cosmically. He also believes that if you change your thought the “facts” of your life will change accordingly.
But the most amazing statement is the last one. He tells us that the extent and power of these concentric circles of human evolution is directly proportional to truth of the individual soul. Wow! He says that if you wish to have a vast influence over your life, you need to be real with yourself or your soul to be in perfect harmony with your physical existence. The soul is here for its own joy. Can you dig that? Can you live your life with joy? Can you trust the process of life? If you answer yes to all these questions, then your circles of influence will grow wide and become eternal. And isn’t that the best legacy one could leave behind?