“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” – Buddha
This quote takes me back to a defining moment in my life with Razi. The real estate crash of 2008 had severely depleted our assets. We lost multiple homes, and reverses in our real estate & mortgage business had pushed us to the brink of bankruptcy.
During that time we discovered a DVD / book set called the “The Secret,” a documentary about a group of people who believed in the basic universal principles of goodness, the law of attraction and the power of visualization. After watching the DVD and reading the book, we decided to give the concept a shot. After all, what did we have to lose?
One of our great fears then, believe it or not, was checking our mailbox. We had come to expect that every time we opened the mailbox, a stack of bills and delinquent notices would greet us. We even came up with a nickname for walking to the mail box: the “Dead Man Walking March.”
We lived in Stockton and shared a communal mailbox with six neighbors. We dreaded he thought of encountering one of our neighbors as we shamefully retrieved our doomsday pink and red letters. Razi and I would wait until late at night to ensure that we could fetch our mail in solitude.
After watching “The Secret” a second time, we resolved to put the power of visualization and the law of attraction into effect, and test our new-found positivity on our hated mailbox. Each day for the next two weeks, we spent five minutes with our eyes closed, visualizing receiving checks in the mail! We imagined how the checks would look, from whom they would come, and how we would use the funds to settle our debts and get back on our feet. Just having a positive bank account balance would allow us to walk again with our heads held high!
After we completed our visualization training, Razi retrieved the mail and returned with a shoe box full of envelopes that we assumed contained the usual bad news. We opened them one by one until we came upon an envelope from my previous employer, containing a check for over $6,000, my share of a class action settlement!
We cried tears of joy and shared a transformative realization: We had let our circumstances define us, rather than have faith that we have the power to make our own choices and create our own destiny. Since that day, we have chosen to approach our lives with an unshakeable belief that things will turn out well, even during times of struggle, as long as we persevere and believe in ourselves.
My dear yogis and yoginis, the choice of how you view the proverbial glass is yours. Whether you see the glass as half empty or half full, and whether you see yourself as a victim of circumstances, or as a creator of circumstances, is entirely up to you.
With love and light,
Deanna and Razi.