“I see the world not as it is, but as I am.”
The path to completion revolves around recognizing our challenges and overcoming obstacles that keep us from meeting them. Below, I list five critical ideas that are involved in this process. Recognizing these ideas when we find them will help us get beyond the limitations of thought.
- People believe that they are the way they are because of the way they were conditioned. If we are displeased with the way we were programmed, it is within our ability to change it. We are not our conditioning; we are something far greater. We are the consciousness that listens to our thoughts and responds to our conditioning.
- We have learned to fit first into “group-think” instead of relying on our inner wisdom. Wisdom exists within every living body. While the environment usually conditions the brain, this wisdom comes from the power that actually created the body. If we focus exclusively on our thoughts, we will only know our conditioning; if we go beyond thoughts, we enter the realm of the wisdom of the body.
Once, as I was speaking about this wisdom, a person that I was working with stated that he knew that he had no wisdom. I asked him if his heart was beating when he was asleep. When he answered “Yes”, I told him that this proved he possessed wisdom. The “wisdom of the body” we refer to not only performs the most basic functions of life, it has the ability to deal with the most complex issues life presents, if we learn how to listen to it. Most people think wisdom involves mental understanding, but this understanding is one step away from the experience of wisdom in Silence. We would deal with life much better if we could learn to accept our deepest wisdom.
- The concept of time as accepted in society is an illusion. In reality, past and future are only thoughts in our minds in the moment. The measurement of time is a relatively recent invention of man. When we go beyond the “group-think” reality, we enter a timeless Silence. Within Silence we find wisdom. When we focus exclusively on thoughts, Silence becomes a theory and the moment becomes man-made time. Connecting to a higher consciousness enables us to go beyond thoughts and the creations of the mind. Understanding this truth can have many applications that can improve the quality of life.
- Perceptions are created by our minds. As light travels into our brain, it creates images in our mind. Those images are not reality; they are reaction to the light stimulus. A star sends light to earth and it takes years for that light to travel to earth. If that star explodes, we can still see it for years, even though it no longer exists. You could say the perception of that star is an illusion.
Often our thoughts create experiences. We have total control over the illusions in our mind, and the body responds to those illusions to create much of the body’s experience. If this is true, why not program the mind to create experiences in harmony with wisdom?
The self-image is an example of a part of us we need to consciously control. In the “group-think” reality, the self-image, which is the main part of us which interacts with every other aspect of life, is created by the environment. It is very important to take control and create a self-image that helps us meet our challenges and live at our full potential. We can re-program the self-image, creating one that is more conscious, loving, and positive, in harmony with wisdom.
- Recognizing experiences that are created by the mind is only the beginning. 99% of the human experience is created by the way we think, but there are experiences that are not created by our thoughts. These spiritual experiences fulfill our purpose and for those who reach them, they are life’s highest experiences. In our day, much is being said about a so-called “spiritual revolution” in the lives of Americans. In most reports, a majority of Americans say they not only “believe” in God, but they claim they have had personal religious experiences which changed their lives.
These five points may seem complicated, but they are not. Complication comes not from what is said, but how it is interpreted. If we did not put concepts into what we already understand and just related to the experience, it would be simple. In line with this, I’d like to relate a story told by the Rabbi who won the 1997 Simon Weisenthal award:
Once, a young couple was going out and leaving their children home with a babysitter. Knowing how energetic their children were, they looked for something to keep them occupied. After looking around, they found and purchased a puzzle depicting a map of the world that was supposed to take many hours to put together. After about two hours, the parents returned home to find the children running around and the house messed up with wild play. When their mother asked them why they did not work on their puzzle, they told her that they did, but it only took twenty minutes. Her daughter told her that on the one side, there was a picture of the world; because it was so complex, they turned it over. On the other side was the picture of a single person, which was a puzzle much easier to assemble. After they assembled this single person, they flipped the puzzle back over and found the world put completely together.
This simple story has obvious parallels to the reality we live in. If we each could meet the challenge of our own lives, we may discover that the whole globe has found itself put together, just as we find ourselves “put together”, fulfilling our true human and planetary purpose. To view the simplicity of life, we have to work on ourselves to be complete.
The most conscious part of us I call the Positive Self. This part of you naturally follows these five points without trying. You can learn this perspective from my book, The Positive Self: Change Your Self-Image and You Change Your Life. You can learn how to practically apply this to your health in A Healthy Way to be Sick. Find them on Amazon/Kindle.com.
© 2015 Marc Lerner