“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” – The Buddha
This is opening sentence of the Dhammapada or the sayings of the Buddha.
You’ll hear many things like this in New Thought, manifestation, Secret type of stuff, but I think this is an important quote to think about. It was so important that it was included as the first sentence of the Dhammapada.
The reason this is important is because people follow those who have a purpose that they can identify with.
In his case, the Buddha had a very strong purpose, which was to end suffering – not just for himself but for everybody.
You may know the story that he was raised in his father’s kingdom and was sheltered and never allowed to see death, or suffering and one day he ventured out of the city gates and saw old people, sick people and having never been exposed to death or suffering before in his life he was utterly shocked and set about to find a way to end suffering for all beings.
He gave up EVERYTHING in order to awaken and understand the complex reality of existence.
This vision was the core of his life’s work and created a following that’s still strong today. Which has included billions of people over the last 2,500 years.
He wasn’t selfish in his vision. He took people where he was going and felt genuine interest in their happiness and his vision included everyone.
If we’re examining this through the Earth element – what we really want is a “rock-solid” purpose.
We want that purpose to be not only for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others around us and to the greatest extent possible, for the benefit of everyone.
“If a man should conquer in battle a thousand and a thousand more, and another should conquer himself, his victory would be the greater victory, because the greatest of victories is the victory over oneself.” – The Buddha
Again, you want to think about this in terms of having a rock-solid purpose that transcends your own existence.
For me, it’s first my wife and daughter.
To counter the rising tides…
To push myself and others against the stream…
And to leave this world a bit better than I found it, in the interest of my child and her future children…
Towards this aim, I’ve dedicated my entire life and existence to the study of fighting, leadership, strategy and meditation.
I’ve travelled around the world and spent every cent I’ve had in the last 20 years on this mission.
This mission has BECOME my existence…
I try to continually upgrade my skills and sharpen my sword, and produce transformational literature like the book you’re reading, beginner to master level training courses at EarthWaterFireAir.com and will soon offer permanent, full-time residential training for those who are truly committed to changing themselves and the world around them.
You want to have a purpose that’s greater than yourself.
That’s greater than your own little personal tragedies or desires and when you come up with a purpose like that and when you’re really, REALLY congruent with that purpose and when you’re really focused on that purpose and you’ve mastered your own skillsets – you create this kind of gravitas or attraction with like-minded people that just naturally pulls the right individuals into your circumference to help you achieve your goals.