- What kind of life do you want? What would be the purpose of that life? There are many road signs in our language that point to the phenomena that we create our own reality: “You reap what you sow.” “What goes around comes around.” “You made your bed, now sleep in it.” Why does life happen in the way that it does? Do you want to change that?
Eknath Easwaran, a distinguished Indian philosopher, comments, “The Mind, they say, observes the so-called outside world and sees its own structure.” (p.13. Bhagavad Gita. Easwaran), meaning that we see our own internal reality, the contents of our mind, reflected in external reality. We pick out the pieces that match our beliefs and put them together, usually subconsciously.
- As you become conscious of what you are putting out there, you can make changes according to your response to “What kind of life do you want? In other words, as you become aware of what drives you, you will then have the tools to clearly assess and direct your own reality. If you change the contents of your mind — the way you think, your feelings, then how you understand and experience reality will change.
- All that the mind contains is what you pick up through your external senses: hearing, seeing, feeling, tasting, touching. This input is structured according to your inborn or genetic factors, familial upbringing, experience and culture. “When we were born we experienced a continual flow of visual and auditory sense impressions but we had no interpretations for them. It was by experience that we learned to understand what we were seeing and what we were hearing.” (“Ensouling Language.” Stephen harrod Buhner.p.129) These experiences created a structure of thought systems or a string of perceptions and these understandings or thought systems became a framework through which you perceived the world. You encounter the world through the windows of perception.
- Like a horse with blinders, you have a limited view because of the circumstances of your particular life. When an event happens, what I see and experience is not the same as what you see and experience. This is where the allegory of the blind men and the elephant come in. One thought the elephant was a tree (leg) another thought it was a snake (trunk). We are all touching the same elephant but each enjoys a very different part or aspect of that elephant. We do have similarities in our experiences and these are what attract us to particular situations together. Your reality then is limited but not predetermined; you have a say in the creation of your own reality.
- IN order to create your own reality you have to be aware of and understand your thoughts and feelings and their results. When you maintain awareness of your inner landscape and have intention about what you want in your life, you can then choose the contents of your mind and recreate your beliefs and thought systems in order to navigate life more effectively. You can choose what you want to live and manifest. Know yourself! Life is not totally under your control though. Shit happens because there is randomness built into the Universe or we wouldn’t have choice. There are billions of others creating reality too, so understand your feelings and thought systems, change what doesn’t lead to your chosen destination and be committed to your dream! Awareness, intention and commitment are the essential ingredients to success in your journey.