Imagine this magic trick: A magician is on a large stage. Next to him is his beautiful assistant, who he is going to place into a square, clear, 1000-gallon container, filled with a black substance. She is hooked onto a harness, attached to a rope, which the magician can control with ease through the help of a pulley system. The magician dips the beautiful assistant who is dressed in white, hair and makeup perfectly done, into the substance , then pulls her back out. Her once white, beautiful outfit is now completely black, and as he slowly pulls her back out, the black substance slowly oozes and drips off of her once beautiful body. The audience gasps in disgust. Now for the magical part:
The magician has a huge hose lowered from above into the container. It is secured to the container so that when it is turned on full-blast it won’t detach. The eyes of the audience widen with awe at the pressure and force as the hose is turned on. The hose shoots water into the darkness, displacing and replacing the thick, black substance. The ooze spills out over the top of the container and onto the stage. It begins to spread everywhere and spill over the edges of the stage and into the audience. The people below barely notice as they watch, intently, as the container on the stage quickly becomes completely clear! Every few moments, the black ooze drips from the assistant, who is still perched above the container. As it drips into the container, the darkness is immediately shot out of the container because of the pressure of the water hose. Once the container is clear for a good 15 seconds, the magician signals to have the water turned off. The audience is silent, engaged, and wide-eyed. Another large drop of the dark ooze drips from off of the once beautiful assistant and falls into the water, immediately making the water dark as the black ooze contaminates it. Members of the audience gasp, amazed at how the perfectly clear, clean, crisp water, is so quickly darkened. The magician lowers the assistant into the water and everyone is amazed by the disgusting, dirty, unclean water within the container, that only seconds ago was so clean and pure.
The water is again turned on. Members of the audience worry for the assistant because of the water pressure, but can soon see how quickly she, and the container, are washed clean and pure from the dark, black, ugly, ooze. The container is clean once more. The water is turned off. The assistant is beautiful again, once more adorned in a pure white, beautiful, costume. As she is slowly pulled by the rope out of the pristine water, the magician explains that the container is like the mind of society, and once enough pressure is used to pump in clean, pure, helpful, beneficial, content into the dark, goopy, unclean, ooze, magic will happen. The darkness will be displaced and replaced with clarity, light, love, and clean, pureness. He goes on to explain that content we put into the hose, and the pressure or intensity with which we pump that content into the container, is what will ultimately matter more than anything.
The content we choose to allow into our minds and focus on throughout the day, and the intensity we choose to live with as we focus and refocus upon the content of our own choosing, will determine the quality of our minds. The quality of our minds will determine the quality of our lives.
WE WILL ALWAYS FIND WHAT WE TRULY SEEK.
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