MANY YEARS ago a struggling young artist in Paris was so poor that he could not buy a canvas on which to paint. Walking along the quays one day, he saw that an old painting of Napoleon III was for sale for a few sous. He bought it thinking he could remove the painting and use the canvas for his own work. As he cleaned off the surface paint, to his amazement he found another picture underneath. Examining it closely, he thought it looked like a fine Corot. Immediately he sought out experts, who verified that the painting was indeed a genuine Corot. His days of poverty were instantly over. His financial future was assured.
At the surface of life many people present imperfect images: lack in harmony, limitations and disease. These are the overlays resulting from past experiences and the opinions and beliefs of both individual and collective consciousness, which people have accepted. These are also the other people’s projections over the Self.
The story, told by Emmet Fox, is metaphorical of the nature of our real InnerPower, our true beauty. The world will never see another human being like you. There is no one on the face of the planet that has what you have. Your uniqueness, in every respect, is your gift and your power.
“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister