This is a subtle truth.
Whatever you love, you are. ~ Rumi
There is a very old adage. “You are what you eat”, But Rumi takes us to something which is much more deeper and dearer to who you are in your very own being. We are all attracted to whatever we experience and witness because internally we want them. When we smell a flower, taste and enjoy a food we like, or just witness the morning dew on the grass – every single act we do, every word we speak reflects who we are. We get attracted to like-minded souls, people who can speak our language of the heart and soul or relationships which appreciate who we are for what we are. If there is anything which comes our way which does not resonate with, we instantly repel it – either in the mind, heart or soul. Whatever we might repel, is sometimes attractive to someone else. Everything which has been manifested is dear to someone or the other. Every being and thing has its purpose, meaning, love, attraction, and reason. Can it be that whatever manifests in our own lives is simply a reflection of what we are inside of us? How does that what we dearly love and appreciate something or someone, that exact thing or person with those qualities comes across in our lives? Our heart and soul and our deepest desires or wishes are much more connected to the universe than we can imagine or believe in. We indeed are a collective of souls who manifest the evolution of the world.
What you deeply want from within gets its form somewhere in this universe and on yourself.
Attraction assumes that you merely attract it from what is already created. But, when we look deeper we can see that we are the ones who create what we deeply love. Moreover, we are what we love. Everything that is dear to us is what makes us and the world around us. We start to become what we love the most. If we love the qualities of a living being or an animal or a thing, we start to exhibit those unconsciously. We are not merely mimicking or reflecting those, but truly transforming ourselves to embrace them. This is what defines the character of every individual. Each one of us are unique beings – simply because we all have a different and unique collection of things we love dearly. Each of those shows up in us in a different part of us. We are continuously shaped by our choices and preferences of what we love. If you truly believe and trust in love and kindness, you start to exude it almost immediately. This is also true in the case of anger or hate. Not only our characteristics change, our bodies continuously change physically. Our bodies have to adapt to what our internal beings are becoming. The minute we are conscious of this, we will start loving things which we want to express and become.