Nothing "Outside" Ourselves

There is nothing in the world that can make us happy or sad, peaceful or afraid. For we have given all things all the meaning that they have. “They,” in fact could not exist without the purpose we have for them. And the purpose of the world we see, the thoughts we have, is to support the image of the ego self that we have made. To change our world, then, we must let go our concept of the self that it supports. To find a world that we can love we first must learn to forgive and love ourselves.