Will you be ruled by your own creations? Or will you recognize what is worth following and what is worth letting go of?
I woke up with this thought today: An experience is not THE experience, as we will tend to think since Consciousness brings thoughts that we think to life.
It will appear as though we have no choice in regards to the thoughts we think, due to genes or hard-wiring or the way that we were raised. It is the second and third thoughts about the experience that cause us to fall prey to upset and troubles, despite the needlessness of doing so.
Even when it won’t help us or anyone else to stay there feeling bad, feeling as though we’ve been dealt a really bad hand in life, we sometimes stay mired in it. At times life can feel like that. “Why me, why is the world out to get me, I’m so unlucky, I have to fight for everything in life”… you get the picture.
The fact is, WE imbue every experience with meaning, much the way the special effects department of Universal Studios does (an apt name for this analogy.) We alone decide if it is good, bad, important or unimportant, in the scheme of things; troubling or an exhilarating challenge. We alone decide.
It appears to be out of our control and as far as I can tell – it is, the initial hit of it, that is, (the experience, whatever it is) but we can also say to ourselves – you know what – I just don’t want to go there, it won’t benefit me or anyone to do so. I just don’t want to maintain this bad experience by thinking about it, talking about it, or doing anything else with it. I’m going to leave it alone; and even though it’s tempting to pull it apart, I’m not an animal with a bone full of meat – it will not feed me
I have the power to be strict with my thoughts and dismiss them as meaningless to my overall life, a temporary blip on the screen, so to speak. Or I can allow myself to continue to think what I’m thinking in this moment, if I want to, even when, at some level, I know that it’s not beneficial to do so.
The choice is always mine and when I dig my heels in, no one can convince me otherwise. I’d rather dig my heels into KNOWING that my mind will change at some point, and probably a whole lot quicker if I take my focus off the negative thoughts that pull me away from enjoying life.
There’s another moment and another moment and without even realizing it, I’m suddenly in a nice frame of mind again, enjoying life, maybe even seeing the same experience in a new light.
I’ve had many experiences of problems turning into challenges just by being strict with my thinking and where I allow it to take me. I do not have to follow any particular thought line. That’s true freedom. Interestingly, I’m really the warden of my life; I hold the keys and the shackles. I’m thrilled that I found out where I needed to go to find a strict warden! It’s like using the key to release myself from my own thinking. Anyone who truly SEES how this works can’t help but have an improved life experience.