What do you really want?
Humanity is both blessed and cursed with self-reflective consciousness. Our mind is so powerful, beyond our wildest imagination. Yet, so often we limit ourselves, we diminish our light.
And so often our mind becomes our master, when it should be our servant. What do I mean by that?
Let me explain.
As we grow up we learn certain rules about the world, about society and what it means to live our life. We learn what is good and what is bad, which behaviours are encouraged by our parents, teachers and later on friends.
Often these interactions are very subtle but we learn the rules very quickly. We have to learn the rules, there is no choice. As babies and young children, we depend completely on our parents, guardians or whoever is looking after us, to provide for us. Our very survival depends on this.
We have a real need for connection, a need to belong, as this guarantees our survival. It is this very need that can cause so much hurt, violence and destruction in our world today.
As we grow and learn we see patterns repeating themselves and we quite naturally come to believe that all that we see and experience is happening outside of ourselves. Not only that, but even worse, we cannot see any other possibilities, we assume our experience of life is the Truth.
And we often perceive ourselves as the victim, tossed around by forces outside of our control.
Life happens to us. We feel we have no influence over our destiny.
Eventually we become sick and tired, and hopefully sick and tired of being sick and tired. We begin to look for a change. Or we have a moment of awakening, a mystical and magical moment, where our consciousness just seems to open up and we understand that there is more to life than being a victim.
Perhaps we recognise that the patterns which are repeating themselves over and over again, are but the manifestation of our thoughts, emotions and actions, which we repeat over and over again.
Did you know that about 95% of the thoughts you had yesterday, you will have again today? Life so often happens on autopilot.
As soon as this realisation dawns we have the opportunity to take more control of our life. To manifest and create something we chose, rather than being at the mercy of outside forces.
One important thing to remember here is: If you do not think for yourself, someone or something else will think for you.
In reality the mind is but a tool to allow us to experience manifest existence. It is a receiver. That is all.
As soon as you acknowledge that the number of nerve cells in the brain that deal with visual information are a multiple compared to the number of nerve cells in the eyes themselves, you realise that most of what we see is made up.
Reality as you think it is, is simply your interpretation of reality. No one else sees it exactly like you.
So the question beckons, if we make it up anyway, why don’t we create something we like?
The simple answer is because it takes effort. And the mind is lazy, it wants to preserve energy.
So the questions I have for you are: “What do you really want? Do you have the desire to go and make it happen? Are you willing to pay the prize for the new you?”
If the answer to these questions is yes, you can achieve it.
By the way, the prize is the effort it takes to consistently observe and change your thoughts, emotions and actions. The prize is feeling uncomfortable, even scared at times as you venture into new territory.
It is not easy, but the more you do it, the easier it gets.
Life is but a journey and it is the journey that counts, not the destination.