Your Thoughts Contribute To Your Circumstances
“Remember that your perception of the world is a reflection of your state of consciousness.”—Eckhart Tolle
Look around you, are you happy with your current conditions? Are you content with your health, relationships, career, finances and general purpose in life? I realise these are difficult questions to answer since they require an honest look into ourselves. However, if we don’t take the time to examine what we’re creating in our life, we’re bound to get swept up by our unconscious desires. Everything out there in our world is shaped by our consciousness and awareness. This is empowering for several reasons least of which means, if we don’t like what appears in our life, we can change our thoughts to create new circumstances.
For example, have you experienced an unexpected situation that pushed you out of your comfort zone, whether it was the sudden breakup of a relationship or getting looked over for a job promotion? Whatever the case, you may have felt victimised and believed life was conspiring against you. Yet, how can life be against us when we embody life itself? Why would life want to hurt us? Is life evil or external to us? Moreover, why would the same intelligence that created us want to inflict pain and suffering? These questions allow me to understand that life isn’t against us as much as we are against ourselves. Perhaps it is our thoughts that contribute to our circumstances? When unforeseen conditions show up, instead of being frustrated or angry, we ought to get curious on what contributed it. Where in our past did we allow our present-day circumstances to be as they are? I’ve repeated this Hermetic aphorism often because it captures the essence of the man’s ability to create their own reality: “As within so without.” What we think and feel at the deepest level of our consciousness is bound to show up in our reality whether we like it or not.
Develop A Better Filter In Which To Perceive Your Reality
“In our consciousness, there are many negative seeds and also many positive seeds. The practice is to avoid watering the negative seeds, and to identify and water the positive seeds every day.”—Thich Nhat Hanh
Our consciousness is the home for all our thoughts. It houses everything we ever felt, believed or experienced about the world. It is the accumulation of our childhood memories, disappointments and joys. As adults, our experiences are referenced by our consciousness and storehouse of memories, imprinted onto the canvas of our mind. Just like a supercomputer that works out innumerable calculations, our mind does the same to decide whether our current experience corresponds with what we know to be true. Here, truth means a reference to past experience and not necessarily The Truth. This means, you may have had a negative experience in the past which your consciousness identifies as your truth. If it appears again, your consciousness is familiar with it because it does not have the direct experience of good or bad until your conscious mind adds meaning to it.
Are you comfortable with this idea that life happens at the level of your consciousness? You must, because what we believe is true will show up in our life, for the reason that thoughts become things and what we think about we bring about. It is why healing can be a long and exhausting process that may take years if not decades. Healing requires peeling back the layers of conditioning to shift to a higher level of consciousness. We cannot rush the process any more than asking a 10 month-old child to sprint when it is still learning to walk. The child will develop the ability to run at their own pace and no two children are alike. The same experience presents itself throughout our consciousness, so when we are ready we develop an enhanced filter in which to perceive our reality. It is why we may often look back on the past and wonder why we felt a certain way about an experience, such as the breakup of a relationship. The heartache may have been too much to bear, yet a decade later our recollection of the experience has faded. Have you experienced these moments throughout your life, whether related to a relationship, a career or a different situation?
It was Albert Einstein who once said: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” I value the simplicity and yet complexity of the quote because consciousness is everything. My level of mind ten years ago is not the same mind writing these words on this page today. I have learned new things, gained new experiences and transcended limitations, and so will you. Considering this, I want you to take a deep look into your current reality by undertaking the following exercise. Divide your life into seven categories and label them as: 1. Life View, 2. Relationships, 3. Health & Well-Being, 4. Finances, 5. Career, 6. Attitudes & Beliefs and 7. Emotions. Under each category write down what is taking place in your present day experience and score it 0 to 10. Zero indicating undesirable and 10 indicating highly desirable. The exercise should take you only 10 minutes to complete but will give you a portrait into your current level of consciousness. Try the exercise every six months. In the long run, if we want to change the future, we must be aware of what is going on beneath the surface of our mind. Unfortunately, our thoughts and beliefs cannot be seen until they show up in our reality. I assure you, the more consciously aware you are of your thoughts, the greater your ability to create a deeply enriching world, given your awakened consciousness.
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