I am a great fan of social media platforms; they open up your world. I’ve made great friends who, were it not for Twitter I was probably never going to encounter. I follow Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and Maya Angelou on Twitter. These are people I would love to exchange ideas with over dinner, which is highly unlikely, but through social media I get the next best thing. You can almost reach out and touch people who are physically and socially distant. You can comment on someone’s blog post, leave a message on their Facebook fan page wall or tag them in a tweet.
Unfortunately, this accessibility seems to have spawned a new breed of critics. Many people have become mini tabloid journalists, highlighting real or imagined shortcomings of more famous and celebrated people. Whereas the tabloids claim to do this to sell more papers and magazines, these cyber critics seem to do it to make themselves feel better by demonstrating through their negative remarks, from a safe distance I might add, that they are morally, socially or intellectually superior to the object of their criticism.
I read an interview that Jay-Z, the billionaire rapper and mogul married to Beyoncé, gave on the back of a performance at Glastonbury amid criticism in the British press sparked by Noel Gallagher, who felt that as an American rapper Jay-Z had no place headlining the British festival. Some of the criticism from the Brits got really ugly. The journalist asked him how he felt about the comments and Jay-Z responded that it wasn’t a big deal to him because ultimately “what you see is what you reflect”. A succinct articulation of the Universal Law of Correspondence. This universal law, which states “as above so below, as within so without”; teaches that our outer world is nothing more than a reflection of our inner world. Your current reality is merely a mirror of what is within you. What you see is what you reflect.
Please let the implication sink in.
Nothing is as it appears to be, everything appears as you are. This is why we may know the same person and have vastly differing opinions of her. You may experience her as an angel, while I think she is an insufferable witch. We both see in her a reflection of an aspect of ourselves.
I first came across this concept when I was reading Debbie Ford’s book “The Dark Side of the Light Chasers”. At the time I was in a relationship with a man who refused to stop taking alcohol and drugs despite their destructive effect on his relationships and career. I could not phantom how his behaviour was in anyway a reflection of me until I realised that he refused to let go of something that was bad for him, drugs, and I too was hanging on to something that was bad for me, him. Often the things that you disapprove of the most in others are a reflection of your own shadow traits, and as soon as you bring that aspect of yourself into the light, that trait no longer affects you when you experience it in another person.
The universe is magical. It gives you countless opportunities to truly know yourself. Like living inside a giant mirror ball, no matter where you look there you are. Remember the old saying; when you point a finger at someone, there are three pointing back at you!