Have you ever heard the saying, As Within, So Without?
It’s considered by many to be a universal truth, and it took me years to understand its meaning.
As I look back on my major struggles in life, most of which seemed terribly complicated at the time, I realise now that each struggle had something important to teach me.
When I finally grasped how this universal truth works, my life gradually began to take on a more natural and easy flow.
Now that I understand As Within, So Without, I am empowered to approach my life from a perspective where I am the only one who controls my destiny.
It’s all up to me and how I tend to my inner being.
If you have ever struggled through life experiences with confusion and anger, as I have, then I dedicate this post to you.
Read on and find out how to use this universal truth to make your life as you want it to be.
What does “As Within, So Without” mean?
Here are some ways to think about this important concept…
- Within refers to our inner world – our thoughts and emotions – the non-physical.
- Without refers to our outside world – our external, physical reality. This includes our bodies, our environment, our relationships, etc.
- Our inner world (As Within) is reflected to us by our external, physical world (So Without).
- The way we feel on the inside is reflected back to us from our external world.
- Our outside world is like a mirror to our inside world.
- Our outside world is showing us the condition of our inside world.
- Whatever you’re experiencing in your physical reality (your outside world) is a reflection of how you’re feeling on the inside (your inside world).
How can I use “As Within, So Without” to understand my life experiences?
Start by thinking about your current life…
- Is there an area that doesn’t seem to be working for you?
- How do you feel about your job, your friends, your relationships?
- As you think about these aspects of your life, are you feeling a strong negative emotion around any one particular subject?
Let’s use an example of relationships…
Suppose you’re thinking about your various relationships and realise that there are a lot of angry people in your life. You realise that you’re facing confrontations and conflicts with various people every day.
According to As Within, So Without, all of these angry people are in your life to show you that you are carrying anger on the inside.
In other words, if you’re angry on the inside, you’ll keep coming across angry people who are mirroring your inner anger back to you.
Remember the Law of Attraction saying: Like Attracts Like? Well, your inner anger is attracting angry people to you.
This is also true if you have suppressed anger. Even if you’re unaware of your suppressed anger, it’s still there attracting angry people into your life.
We can just as easily apply As Within, So Without to a positive scenario…
For instance, if you feel loved and happy on the inside, you’ll find that your outer circumstances will match your inner feelings, and you’ll be surrounded by people who love you.
If you feel a deep sense of peace within, your outer experiences will be full of peaceful encounters and relationships.
Even if someone speaks angrily to you, you’ll know that their struggle is not with you, but with themselves.
Your response to their angry outburst will come from your place of inner peace rather than as an angry reaction.
How can I use “As Within, So Without” to improve my life experiences?
Okay, back to our example of having anger on the inside…
If you’ve identified that you have unresolved anger in your inner and outer worlds, how can you change that?
Many of us were brought up to believe that in order to create change in our outer circumstances, we need to expend a lot of effort, work hard, and struggle for everything we achieve.
This type of approach feels like swimming upstream against the rapids, doesn’t it? It can feel suffocating, unsafe and discouraging. Have you ever noticed that by taking this approach, we tend to go from feeling bad inside to feeling worse inside?
Because the work hard and suffer through it approach never really helped me improve my life experiences, I was relieved to finally discover an alternative way to change my external world…
Several years ago, I was trying to solve some big problems (divorce, personal conflicts, depression) through the work hard, fight hard and suffer through it approach.
I spent most of the time feeling angry, confused, and anxious. The more I tried to fix my outer world, the worse things got.
Once I hit the bottom, I had nowhere to go but up, so I started on my journey toward inner healing.
As I began to devote focused attention to healing my inner world, things in my outer world started to change.
The change happened first on the inside — and then overflowed to the outside.
Through a variety of self-help techniques, like meditation, books, counselling, affirmations, writing in a journal, and more (yes, I tried everything), my inner world gradually changed from a place of self-criticism, impatience, anger and unrealistic expectations to a place of gentleness, kindness, hope, generosity, patience and finally, peace.
As I look back on my transformation, I can see that as my inner world was changing, my outer world was changing along with it.
It’s important to note that the inner change must come first. The starting place is always on the inside.
Because we live in a time-space reality here on earth, there’s usually a time delay before the outer world catches up. But rest assured that once you’ve made changes to your inner world, these changes will be reflected back to you in your outer world.
Today, my inner world is joyful, peaceful, confident and continually expanding in new and wonderful ways. I can also say that my outer world is better than it’s ever been in my life so far.
I am loving the life I’m living right now – great relationships, fun travel opportunities, good job, nice place to live, and our ever-growing online business.
So how can my story help you if you’re currently struggling in a certain area?
You can simply look at a recurring theme in your life as a mirror. Whatever it’s showing you is a reflection of what you are holding inside yourself.
We’ll once again use the example of an angry relationship…
If you are continually coming face to face with angry people, engaging in conflict with them will only escalate the anger. These angry people are actually showing you that you are carrying anger within yourself (whether you are conscious of it or not). The only way to bring peace to your outer world is to find healthy ways to discover your inner anger, fully feel it, and then release it.
If you’re wondering how to release inner anger or other difficult emotions, you could try a combination of the methods I mentioned above.
I’m a big fan of meditation to work through the inner healing process, and have often found that by starting with the deliberate inward focus through meditation, I become inspired to take outer actions that move me further toward my goals.
As within, so without. Our inner world creates our outer world.
What we think and feel within ourselves will be expressed or reflected in the world in which we live.
The sky’s the limit!
No matter how things are going in your outer world, it’s always a good idea to spend time every day cultivating your inner world.
And how do you do that?
Simply take a time-out from the busyness of life. Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and imagine yourself living your perfect dream life. Contemplate on these things as if your dream life is happening right now…
- Where are you living?
- How do you spend your days?
- Who do you share your time with?
- What are your daily routines?
- Do you travel? If so, where do you go?
- What does your home look like?
In your imagination, go ahead and create a detailed and full life for yourself. Picture yourself living your ideal life.
As you spend time every day daydreaming about your ideal life, watch how your emotions will start to rise. Your emotions will go from a wouldn’t it be nice?’ feeling, and then to hopeful expectation, and then to joyful anticipation.
You are a spiritual being who came to earth to experience contrasts.
When you discover what you don’t want, you realise what you do want.
Spend time in your inner world, and when you’re there, focus on what you want.
- Focus on your ideal life.
- Make it fun.
- Make it easy.
- Make it a relaxing break from the noise of the external world.
When you get to that place within yourself where you know with strong positive feelings that you already have your ideal life, that’s when shifts will start to occur in your external world to bring your outer world into alignment with your inner world.
- First, you take care of your inner world and create what you want within yourself. That is the starting point.
- Circumstances in your outer world will follow until they become a perfect reflection of your inner world.
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