We cannot find anything externally that we have not first found internally; this is a law. Yes, because whatever we encounter externally that we have not already discovered internally we will pass by without seeing. The more you discover beauty within, the more you will discover it around you. No doubt you are thinking, ‘If I don’t see it, it’s obviously not there.’ You are mistaken, it is there, and if you do not see it, it is because there are organs of perception within you that are not yet sufficiently developed.
Start by seeking glimpses of beauty within, and you will see it outwardly as well, for the external, objective world is merely a reflection of your inner world, of your subjective world. Whether you are looking for beauty, love or wisdom, it is almost pointless doing so externally if you have not already begun to discover it within yourself.
Painting by Nicholas Roerich, Tibet – 1924, ‘Remember’