It is wrong to apply your will to other men and women, in order to get them to do what you wish done. It is as flagrantly wrong to coerce people by mental power as it is to coerce them by physical power. If compelling people by physical force to do things for you reduces them to slavery, compelling them by mental means accomplishes exactly the same thing; the only difference is in methods. If taking things from people by physical force is robbery, then taking things by mental force is robbery also; there is no difference in principle. You have no right to use your will power upon another person, even “for his own good”; for you do not know what is for his good.Wallace D. WattlesThe Science of Getting Rich.

How we treat one person, or another is reflected in the way people treat us. Jesus gave us the golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Confucius said before that: “What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others”. Socrates: “Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.” Mahavira, Sutrakritanga: “One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.” Hillel, Talmud: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah.” Baha’u’llah, Gleanings: “Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself”. Wendell Berry: “Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.”

Think of people as mirrors and look into their eyes as you’d look into yours and give them as you would give to yourself. Actually, let’s do this exercise: Go in front of a mirror and look at your reflection! Look at your face and say to your reflection: “You are beautiful!”; your eyes will “see” the energy in those words and reflect a smile. That smile then goes into your heart and suddenly you start feeling a level of joy and warmth inside you. Now try to say something bad to this smiley face! Can you? I bet it doesn’t feel right. I know you can, but it doesn’t feel right.

If it doesn’t feel right to you, it won’t feel right to anyone. Some people have deep troubles inside their minds, whether they know it or not and their action is a reflection of their soul; so, when somebody says something hurtful or does something bad to you, it’s not because of you… don’t take it personally, and don’t let their action affect your state. That’s not even who they are, it’s simply a reaction of their troubled mind. Give them a smile! Remember the mirror exercise and give them a smile. They probably won’t smile back straight away, but you will definitely send warmth into their hart.

Why would you do that? Because your happiness and success rest on their shoulders. They could be someone with whom you may interact in the future and help you achieve a goal (but you don’t know it yet). They could do the same to other people, with whom you may interact in your life (but you don’t know that yet). It’s just a smile, it doesn’t cost you anything but it’s worth everything. We are all one and wherever you do unto the people you interact with, you’re doing to yourself.

There is a law of receiving and it states: We must give in order to receive. In the process, we need to let go and not be attached obsessively to what we want to receive. We need to trust that The Universe will somehow give us what we want and we must be ready to receive it. The main focus, though, is on giving. The more you give, the more you receive. Bob Proctor says: “You must willingly give and graciously receive“; Deepak Chopra explains the law of receiving: “If you want joy, give joy. If love is what you seek, offer love. If you crave material affluence, help others become prosperous.” Francis of Assis: “For it is in giving that we receive“; Maya Angelou: “When you give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed“; Bryant McGill: “Giving is the master key to success, in all applications of human life.” Albert Einstein: The value of a man resides in what he gives.”

There is no secret that when you give from your heart, you feel good and the “feel good” vibration sends an inevitable message to the universe to return the favor multiplied. Today, as you go on with your day, find 3 people to which deliberately make a good deed. Give them a smile if you see them sad, make a hot beverage to somebody, give them a pat on the back and tell them how great they are, give them a hug, give them a hand with their work or even ask them how they are, how is the family – you will be able to feel the power that comes along with it.

And remember: don’t do it for the purpose of getting something back, don’t target people which you know you can benefit from; pick up random people who would not expect it and do it with your heart. Three people today, three tomorrow, and so on, and before you know it will become a habit, a “power” habit that will pave your path to success.

Thank you for reading.

Love and Peace!