Gandhi was raised as a Hindu, but Buddha said the same thing, and so does Christianity–and even science too. The Christian version of this would be, God created man in his own image. People always think that the “own” is God’s image but it’s actually the man’s image. So God created man in his–the man’s (or woman’s)–own image. Their image of themselves.
Using the religious perspective, this means an all-powerful intelligent energy created a man, and now that man–like a projector–is free to be whoever he believes himself to be. If he thinks insecure thoughts, he will be insecure. If he thinks confident thoughts, he will be confident. So to rewrite the phrase, it would be: God created mankind and gave them the power and freedom to choose the characteristics that will enact their lives.
If you prefer science, then let’s define God. You’ll know that biology is ultimately chemistry, which is ultimately physics. So if you took the body, and went down to the cell, and then down to the protons and electrons and the logic that make up the cell–if you took all of the energy and logic that makes up the man, just call that energy and the laws of nature, God.
So now there’s this Being, and all of the cells would still be there whether it was alive or dead, but there’s this extra energy–this ATP electricity–that inhabits more than just the cells. This energy is what brings a being to life. And that life-energy appears to us as consciousness, which in turn is a performance space in which we can enact whatever psychological thoughts we choose.
We can invest our power of thought in creating an image of an insecure man or a confident one and the Being will believe it either way. The energy of life will be used to tell the Being a story about itself and that story is who the Being will be.
So whether you believe in God or science, the answer is still the same. Knowing how powerful you are, and knowing you will enact whatever narrative you tell yourself; be prudent and intentional. Quiet your critical, judgmental mind. Instead, engage with the energy of the universe around you, whether that’s a rock, a tree, some water, a friend or even a total stranger. And when you do, do it with great confidence. For you are ultimately made up of the very same energy as every enemy and every hero you’ve ever known.
Now go Be a hero.
Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organizations locally and around the world.