Within You Without You

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“As within, so without” I said.

She replied “…So, people are without what’s within them?”

Brilliant, astute, and funny were it not so tragically true.

I had meant that the world reflects what we focus on, and perception is reality. To that end, purists believe, there is no aspect of your reality which you do not create. Wittingly or not, they say, you control everything in your world.

Others say control is an illusion; the notion that we “control” anything is sheer folly. Life is orchestrated by a higher power in which we live and breathe and have our being.

Which is it?

Everything is created from intention, and we are the directors of our lives. When what we desire comes at a time or in a way that seems beyond our control, it is our intent which brought it into being.  Or….

All the world’s a stage and we are merely players. The blueprint was cast at the dawn of creation—perfect, ordained, incorruptible, beyond human foible and comprehension.

Freewill or predeterminism? Responsibility, or… not?

In 1912, a small book called The Kybalion presented a summary of Hermetic principles, regarded by many as the timeless wisdom of ageless wonder. One of them, The Principle of Correspondence, states “As Above, So Below; As Below, So Above.” This intones that the answer to these questions, is both.

In 1977 poet and songwriter Peter Gabriel wrote:

“Out of woman, comes a man
Spend the rest of his life getting back when he can
As the bow, so a dove
As below, so above”

A weapon of war, equated with a living symbol of peace on Earth; the divergence of gender in all things; microcosm revealed in macrocosm, and vice versa; freedom and determinism as two sides of the same coin. How can it be?

How can it be? The choice is yours. It requires a willingness to let go of judgment and see things as they really are. Whatever you choose, you’ll soon discover that indeed you are right.

Love in resplendence –



About the Author:
Peter Winlsow is a life coach based in Scottsdale Arizona, serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Tempe, Peoria and all surrounding metro-Phoenix cities. Read more about him at www.peterwinslow.com.