- What can we do today for the selves we’ll be tomorrow?
- What works best and makes us happiest?
- What do we want most for our children, ourselves, and the world?
The power to create our own reality is based on the following set of root assumptions:
I think, feel, act and react; therefore, I AM. – Update of: “I think, therefore I am” by Rene Descartes
As I think, feel, act and react, conceive and perceive, I create.
To change what I create, I change what I think and feel, how I act and react.
In the quiet and safety of your own imagination, whether you’re up and about during the day or lying in bed awake at night, reach out to everyone and everything, including the earth, while you ask each question above. Imagine that everyone else is asking these questions too and longing for the best possible answers along with you. What do you feel, foolish, excited? Can you feel love, truth, and joy in this process? Do you feel more hopeful about the future? Excellent! If asking these questions along with everyone else makes you feel good, keep doing it and remain on the lookout for meaningful answers that work for all of us as well as yourself. Let these questions grow on you. By asking yourself questions like these, you use the power of Selective Perception to focus more on what you want and less on what you don’t want. Be friends with ideas that work for you, not against you.
Also, personalize the first two questions by asking yourself/All That Is:
- What can I do today for the self I’ll be tomorrow?
- What works best and makes me happiest?
By asking yourself questions like these, you sense yourself moving forward in a positive direction, which reflects love, trust, and belief in yourself. When my wife and I ask these questions, we feel hopeful and powerful because we feel like we’re actively searching for ways to improve ourselves as individuals and as partners in life. It feels so great, we find ourselves spontaneously asking ourselves these questions. Every day we ask these questions and look for the ways this process is changing our lives. For example, I’m writing this article to share these ideas with you. Both in our 70’s, we exercise every day and keep adding exercises to increase stamina and improve our health. It’s like the old affirmation: “Every day, in every way, (we) keep getting better and better.” We think new thoughts, have new feelings and want to behave in ways that make our lives more exciting and fulfilling. Instead of running from fear, suffering, and death, we live for love, being, and creation. We live to learn and evolve. If my wife and I are affected this way by asking ourselves these questions, what will happen if we all start doing it? Do you want to find out? Try it and see for yourself!
Oh yes, here’s one more idea you may want to check out, i.e., play with, even if you’re not Catholic or affiliated with any particular religion. Having been baptized Catholic as a baby, I was taught how to perform the Catholic Sign of the Cross: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (God and Christ’s loving Father/Son relationship), Amen.” While repeating these words, worshipers are expected to touch the fingertips of their right hand to their forehead, heart, left shoulder and right shoulder, while finishing the ritual with “Amen”. Having soundly rejected the teachings of the Catholic Faith when I was five (see: What I Learned in Catholic School), many years passed before I dug this ritual up to reexamine why I didn’t like it. When I repeated it once more as a curious adult, it left me feeling left out in the cold. To my mind, this ritual represented the blatant worship of authority, any authority. If I were to mindlessly repeat this ritual every time I wanted to sit down in a Catholic church, I would be subconsciously reinforcing my unquestioning obedience to authority, perhaps even cultivating a fear of authority. That doesn’t work for me so I decided to adapt this ritual to my own liking.
What resulted is the following: I love you, I love me, and I love our relationship. Amen. I love this ritual because if feels so right to me! Most of the time, I continue to touch the fingertips of my right hand to my forehead, heart, left shoulder and right shoulder, in turn, as I repeat the words of this personal ritual. When I feel moved by my spirit, I change it up. Two particular changes I like are:
- I believe in you, I believe in me, and I believe in our relationship. Amen.
- I trust in you, I trust in me, and I trust in our relationship. Amen.
Too often, during childhood, belief and trust in ourselves are lost or damaged. Each one of these statements helps me focus on what I want instead of what I don’t want. It represents an ideal I want to create, not one that’s finished. It’s based on the idea of living by value fulfillment and practicing idealism. By stating what I want, I start looking for ways to make it as real as I can and often I seem to get help from others, seen and unseen. Like learning any skill, it takes practice to get better. Paying attention to our experiences and learning from them as we move along through life, instead of following the rules of right and wrong, good and bad set forth by society and its institutions without question, is far different. It’s a dynamic process that makes us pay attention and take greater responsibility for our actions. It forces us to develop and use all of our abilities, while obedience without question dulls us into submission and limited self-fulfillment. If we don’t love and believe in ourselves, where’s the hope?
To change what we create, we must change what we think and feel, how we act and react.
Roger Peterson – http://realtalkworld.com
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having (creating) a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin