Who doesn’t love Buddha? Whether you’re a devout Buddhist or you just feel the love and peace when gazing upon his image, Buddha touches us. The name “Buddha” means “the enlightened one.” And enlightened he was, especially for 2,500 or so years ago.
In fact Buddha was so impressive, that an entire religion sprung forth from his philosophy. In a nutshell, Buddhism teaches that people can overcome suffering by living a life filled with right choice, happiness and compassion.
Of course these are beautiful sentiments, and everyone would do well to abide by them. But he also said a whole lot more about creating our own personal heaven on earth. Buddha knew, even way back then, that we create our own realities.
Buddha not only knew about the law of attraction, he taught it. Take a look at the lessons he left us about the power of the mind which are reflected in some quotations attributed to him:
We Create Our Own Health:
“Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.” ~ Buddha
We Create Our Own Enemies
“An outside enemy exists only if there is anger inside.” ~ Buddha
We Create Our Own Allies
“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded. But once mastered, no one can help you as much.” ~ Buddha
We Create Our Own Pain
“One thought leads to heaven, one thought leads to hell.” ~ Buddha
We Create Our Own Happiness
“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” ~ Buddha
We Create Our Own Suffering
“Attachment leads to suffering.” ~ Buddha
We Create Our Own Peace
“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ~ Buddha
We Create Our Own Bad Luck
“It is wrong to think that misfortunes come from the east or from the west; they originate within one’s own mind. Therefore, it is foolish to guard against misfortunes from the external world and leave the inner mind uncontrolled.” ~ Buddha
We Create Our Own Good Luck
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thoughts, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.” ~ Buddha
We Create Our Own Abilities
“He is able who thinks he is able.” ~ Buddha
We Create All That Is Around Us
“If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure.” ~ Buddha
We Create Our Own Reality
“What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.” ~ Buddha
Now I cannot attest to the absolute accuracy of these quotes since to my knowledge I wasn’t around when they were first uttered. However, Buddha did seem to see the world as the product of our mind.
And we can only speculate why more of this philosophy isn’t emphasized in the Buddhist religion. I do think it is important, however, that we pay attention now.
What Can We Do with Buddha’s Teachings?
I think the most important thing we can do with what Buddha taught about the power of the mind is to really let it sink in—we are powerful.
It’s easy to gloss over that…“Yeah, yeah, I know, I am powerful.” But, wait—you really ARE powerful. What are you doing with that power?
Buddha taught these ideas 2,500 years ago. Most people weren’t ready to harness their power and to create lives they love back then. Buddha may have been enlightened, but the world wasn’t.
That is changing now. We are currently able to grasp more of our considerable power than we have ever been, and the world is ready for every person upon it to create lives of absolute bliss. The question is, are you ready?