Our souls are forever, but our bodies are finite. We only get one shot at life.
I read and listen to a lot of self-help books. I have read and/or listened to works by Tony Robbins, Jen Sincero, Rhonda Byrne, Stephen Covey, Wallace Wattles, Napoleon Hill, Boni Lonnsburry and more. The topics range from ideas for how to live life to the fullest, manifestation, controlling our emotions, choosing our own destinies, making money through ways we love, and so on.
All of them at their core get to the same point. Consciousness Creates Reality. Every single one of these authors is saying their own thing, in much the same way most of the world’s religions have the same message. Be good to yourself, be good to others, stay positive with your thoughts AND feelings, and you can have the world as your oyster.
If we focus on a great deal of the world around us, this feels like total bullshit. I mean, really, how can we consciously create reality and still live in a fear based society? How, with people spewing hate and greed and intolerance like open spigots, can this possibly work?
That is both the super-complicated yet almost unbelievably simple question. I have been chasing this question for quite a while now, which is why this blog exists in the first place.
Consciousness Creates Reality
I know, from my own experiences, that consciousness DOES create our reality. I have managed on more than one occasion to make this work. When my thoughts were wholly focused on only one possible outcome, it worked.
I healed faster and more completely from serious injuries than the doctors could explain. I acquired a car when mine was dying and my credit was horrific. The girl I wanted got naked with me, even though others more attractive, thin and muscular than I failed. There are always parking spaces for me.
Some of the manifestations I consciously have created are, in the grand scheme of things, rather unimportant. Except, and this is one of the harder aspects of this to grab, the seemingly unimportant things are usually most important.
We love grandiose stories. The romance where, through impossible odds, the lovers come together; rags to riches; happy endings. On the other hand, we accept certain truths about how life is supposed to work. You work five days a week at a job that might leave you unsatisfied because you have to earn money; there are things not talked about in polite society; there are limits and lack all over.
These authors I read and listen to all point out that, with strong focus and iron will, anything is possible. While that can feel very hard to believe, I still recognize that it is true, and I have been working on doing better at taking my life where I want it to be.
This life is meant to be abundant.
For much of my life I have decided not to decide, chosen to stand at a crossroads but not pick a path, let fears stay my hand. Yes, there have been shining moments of brilliance where I broke free of this and decided, and the results were incredible. Now I am working on making this more of a habit.
We live in an abundant universe, with infinite possibility. We can have pretty much anything we believe we can have. But society insists that there are limits, and because we’ve been indoctrinated into that idea, escaping it can be challenging.
All of the authors I read and listen to reject the limited universe. They embrace unlimited potential, possibility, and passion for life.
Yes, some of what their works contain is a bit hard to swallow. Some of their approaches are uncomfortable, seem like total crap, and to many espouse hippy-crunchy new-agey gobbledegook. I agree that a lot of what they say is common sense, or aimed at persuading us to enlist in helping them make more money from what they “preach”.
However, the key tenets and ideas, the notion of conscious reality creation, is at the heart of it. If you brand it as The Law of Attraction or The Secret or whatever, it’s the same thing. We are all a part of something bigger, and this is part of what it is.
Beware of false equivalencies.
Conscious Reality Creation and the idea that it can make you wealthy is different from the Prosperity Gospel we hear a lot about these days. Prosperity Gospel relies on the will of God; Conscious Reality Creation relies on ME. The former is often blindly followed to the exclusion of many, whereas the latter requires ultimate awareness and self-care.
Frequently, Prosperity Gospel has come to imply that only the wealthy, who have gotten rich through faith and atonement offered to God, are worthy of anything. It is being used to disempower a huge swath of our society, and furthers one of the divides among us. Conscious Reality Creation is about self-empowerment, for our own good, and through our empowerment we can empower others. Prosperity Gospel seems much more concerned with monetary wealth than overall abundance. These are very different ideas.
This life, spent in this meat-suit, is a singular experience. Since we are energy at our core, we cannot be destroyed, just transmuted to another form. While I am here I want to experience all that I can, and I want to live joyfully and find illumination every day. I continue to work at this daily. And yes, some days are harder than others, but I believe this is worthwhile.
As always, thank you for crossing the bridges with me.
GOAL LOG – Week 33:
Diet: Mostly back on track.
Exercise: Fencing two days, time at the gym and a couple days of long walks.
Writing: The three blog posts were done; editing of Harbinger occurred; I did some work on my sci-fi novel over the course of four separate days.
Meditation: Five of seven days last week, never less than 6 minutes.
Gratitude: I expressed gratitude for 5 things on four days last week.
This is the forty-eighth entry of my personal journey, the Crossing the Bridges series. My collectively published writing can be found here.
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