Throughout history we have been continually given the keys to unlock the door to a life of happiness. Yet, for some unknown reason we have continually thrown away the keys, and accepted society’s conditioning that our birth onto this planet was a birth into the school of hard knocks. We are told life was meant to be a struggle, and there are no free rides. Life was about conforming. One was required to get an education, enter into the world of work, pay taxes and have a family. Once you had done your time, society would reward you with the golden watch of retirement, and off you would go to enjoy your final years in bliss. The problem is that by the time the retirement stage arrives, many are faced with another set of problems, namely faltering health and the anticipated enjoyment becomes a routine of medical appointments and pills.
Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. You do not have to wait until some future moment in time to be happy. Happiness can begin right now. All it requires is a shift in your perception. It is time to take back the keys that can open the door to your happiness. You have the power to change your life. You are in control of your journey, and it is you that creates your own reality.
Oh there is that little phrase,” You create your own reality.” Sure you say. If I create my own reality I wouldn’t have created this. Yet, when things are going well you have no problem accepting responsibility for what is happening in your life. You get the new job and you say, ‘I did that’. You get a new partner and you say, ‘I did that’. You scored well on a test or win some game and you say, ‘I did that’. However, the moment the proverbial ‘shit hits the fan’ you look around for someone or something to blame. It’s the downsizing economy. It’s my boss. It’s my partner, my kids, my genes, my parents, my teachers, my friends…there is an unending list of other factors. It’s always something or someone out there that is doing this to me. It is certainly not my doing. If you accept that there is something outside of yourself that is creating your reality, then you will always feel that you are at the mercy of some outside situation or circumstance. You have in essence accepted that you are a victim of life.
Here is an exercise for you. Go look in a mirror right now. If you want to change the image that is staring back you, what do you do? Do you look at the mirror and say change? Of course not, you change your expression and the image reflecting back to you changes. It is the same thing with life. You cannot change the outer reflection of your world until you change or shift your inner perception.
At this point you are probably thinking, “Yeah right. What reality are you living in? We all live on the same planet and this reality is tangible. We are all experiencing the same reality.” I hate to tell you but there is no outside reality; your world is only a reflection of your inner reality. The physical reality that surrounds you is an illusion but, and this is important, your experience of it is real. I know you are now thinking, “Here she goes down the hokey pokey road.” Just give me a moment and think about this simple example. You have two people walking down the exact same street at the same time. One individual sees the world around them as a miserable, fearful and a wretched place to live. The other sees the world around them as beautiful and filled with wonderful people. Each of them is living their truth based upon their perception. Each can find evidence to validate their truth. It is however their perceptions of ‘what is’ that is creating their reality. In other words, reality exists only where the mind creates a focus.
Still don’t believe me. Here’s a question for you to think about. Why do eyewitnesses to an accident each have a different version of the events? One sees the car as red. Another sees it as magenta and still another sees it as green. One says the car went through a red light. Another says yellow. Many times they can’t even agree on what the individual driving the car looked like. He was tall. He was short…light skinned, dark skinned….in many instances eyewitnesses never agree on their account of what happened. The reason for this is that we all take in the information around us differently, and we filter that information according to our beliefs and perceptions.
So where are you placing your focus right now? Are you looking for things to appreciate? Or are you complaining about what’s wrong in your life? As we go further in this blog I will show you how you get what you focus upon.
That’s enough for today.