“What are you projecting?” This is a question often asked within spiritual communities and circles, but it is an important self-reflection tool for our daily lives. On our respective spiritual paths, we may come to realize that all that is perceived outwardly in any given moment is merely a reflection of the inner Self. Therefore, everything seen outside the Self is a projection. When taking an aspect of ourselves such as judgement and imagining those qualities in others, we are projecting judgement from within. Although we may perceive the judgement in others, we in practice expose the judgement within ourselves at the same time.
Whenever we assume that someone else feels the way we do, that too is a projection. We project our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors onto others, assuming they are solely the ones with said issue, quality, or fault. Yet, we often neglect to see the attribute existing within ourselves. Using phrases “you are” or “he/she is” are projections of oneself onto another. A declaration such as, “They are ugly” is an unconscious seeing of one’s own judgment and perceived lack of beauty reflected in someone else. The expression, “the pot calling the kettle black,” is an idiom for the law of projection. This saying personifies kitchenware to make a point about hypocrisy, as we so often narrow-mindedly criticize others for faults we also possess ourselves.
Understanding the law of projection, what steps can you take to transform your life and reflect the peace within? Perception is forged through experiences. Allow others to have their unique journeys. Be aware of your emotions and words, and know they are your own. Let others express themselves to you. Today, for even just the next hour (or longer), we invite you to witness and internally acknowledge only the beauty in those you interact with, dismissing any judgements or negativity, and see firsthand the power of positive projection in your own life.
Love and Light,
Francisco & Christopher