Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Seven Life Principles

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Seven Life Principles
 Life Principles of Ralph Waldo Emerson Detail of Discernment (oil) by Polly Castor

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Seven Life Principles:

  1. Trust yourself. All that you need for growth and guidance in life is already present inside you.
  2. As you sow, you will reap. Your thoughts and actions shape your character, and your character determines your destiny.
  3. Nothing outside you can harm you. Circumstances and events don’t matter as much as what you do with them.
  4. The Universe is inside you. The world around you is a reflection of the world within you.
  5. Identify with the infinite. Center your identity on the soul and your life’s purpose will unfold.
  6. Live in the present. The present moment is your point of power. Eternity is now.
  7. Seek God within. The highest revelation is the divinity of the soul.

as paraphrased by Sam Torode in Living from the Soul

Detail of Discernment (oil) by Polly Castor
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3 Comments

  1. John+gregory 1 month ago

    Good advice. Great share. Stolen!

  2. Kate+Gibson+Oswald 4 weeks ago

    Wise words and well taken especially if one is not imagining the human mind as its own universe and power. When capitalized, the word Soul is also another name for God, thus in #5 and #7 the power of the Life Principle is reflected even more clearly when – “Center your identity on {Soul] and your life’s purpose will unfold….”And in #7 “Seek God within. The highest revelation is the divinity of [Soul, God]. ( as opposed to simply relying on a human material-sense of life, mind, or soul)
    Wonderful post! Thank you Polly.

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      Polly Castor 4 weeks ago

      That’s how I thought about it too.

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