A Truth Behind Beauty and the Beast

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The reality in our experience is whatever truth we have claimed it, for ourselves, to be.

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This is because the external world of people and events mirror what we believe deep inside our heart.

If we believe, we are blessed, then the Universe responds back in kind and sends us experiences to confirm that we are blessed, just confirming what we believe. Thus, it’s not that to see is to believe.

Quite the opposite---to believe is to see.

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In the children’s fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, Beauty had to stay at the Beast’s castle as restitution for having taken a rose, which she had wanted to bring to her father when she got home.

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For some reason, Beauty honored her promise to come back to live with the Beast after she had given her father the rose. This, if I remembered the story correctly.

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The story seemed to have ended with Beauty finally gaining back her freedom when the Beast died. Yet, despite his ugly looks she had grown fond of him and couldn’t hold back the tears when the beast’s lifeless form lay before her, helpless. And lo and behold, as if by magic, the beast awoke and turned into a handsome prince. And of course, “they live happily ever after”.

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To dispel any myths, life does not consists of a “happy every after” The-End. The world, being of sorrows and suffering, will always have a challenge to see through and, possibly, beyond for those of us who can see beyond its illusion. Hidden beneath each challenge is a treasure chest of wisdom.

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To those among us still unable to see beyond the veil of illusion, maybe the pain is sufficient enough reason to want to see and know. Maybe the possibility of discovering it as an adventure in wonderland is enough reason to want to learn to know.

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“There is a way between the opposites of things. Follow these principles: return to simplicity; moderate desires; diminish the importance of self; look to the heart of things.

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The way between is a delicate balancing of doing and not-doing, learning and unlearning, finding and losing, filling and emptying.” – Ray Grigg

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One person sees the glass half-empty; the other person sees it half-full.

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Whichever one we choose it to be, our choice is affected … by our tinted shades, by our inherited temperament and the context of our past experiences, which our environment has provided us with.

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“Inherited” may seem like something that accidentally happened to us and something that we cannot change. Yet, it has been said that our soul, before assuming its earthly form or before coming to earth in this body, helped make the decision as to the choice of earthly circumstances, including the type of influence that we need from our parent. To some extent that means having chosen the parents that we have. Maybe that is because their individuality will provide the necessary combination of strengths and weaknesses for us to fulfill our mission on earth.

In addition, we can exercise our God-given power of choice when deciding to process stimulus (i.e., both from the external and internal environments) before responding so as not to be slave to our predisposition. Much literature has been written as guide in order to develop this strength in character. Stephen Covey has some tips in his “7 Habits for Highly Effective People.” There are other practices that one may find simpler such as prayer or meditation.

When it comes to the environment, once again, when we have started to live lives independent of our parents, to a certain extent, we can choose the kind of environment which we feel would help us develop our full potential as an individual.

It seems then that contrary to popular belief, we do have a choice.

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And we can also exercise our power of choice, to be present to every moment, now, where our beliefs have the power to shape our reality.

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We have the power to shape our reality only in the now.

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One sees having a humble dwelling with water supply and electricity as more than sufficient. The other sees it as not good enough.

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The one who sees the “more than sufficient” dwells in abundance in reality, sees an abundant Universe.

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The one who sees the “not good enough” dwells in scarcity and sees nothing else.

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We can see the Beast for his ugliness or see the Beast in the light of his kind heart.

The one who sees in the light of his kind heart, finally finds and marries the Prince.

The one who sees only his ugliness …

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… tries to escape from the beast?

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The one who sees the light in his kind heart, has herself a kind heart.

A kind heart begets a kind heart.

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A trusting, trustworthy and kind heart begets a trustworthy and kind Universe.

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We can rise above the ugliness of this world (Beast), beyond its illusion of scarcity, into a Universe of abundance (Prince) only by seeing it with a kind heart.

That’s just one truth behind Beauty and the Beast:

You can, right now, be Beauty and married to the Prince and living happily ever after till the end.

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After all,

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Each moment you can claim the Truth withIn that is your kind heart.

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