What we “think”, we “create”. In other words, what we “perceive” becomes “reality”. We have much more control than we realize, or perhaps,
we have more influence on the outcome than we want to accept responsibility for.
The way we perceive the outer world can be a direct reflection of our inner selves. A “mirror” to the inner workings of our minds. If the inner self is unhappy, angry, unbalanced, depressed or frustrated, then we tend to see everything as an annoyance or an obstacle which can’t be overcome. We remain “stuck” because we fail to realize that we have complete control over how we choose to perceive things. The internal messages are self-defeating in nature and there is a sense of “victim-hood”. When this “coping strategy” has persisted for some time, it becomes a habit that can actually feel comforting because it is familiar. We are reluctant to try alternate approaches in facing problems, perhaps because we haven’t learned any other way. The people around us respond to this negativity and actually feed us more chaos without realizing it, because that is what we are inadvertently “teaching” them to do.
Consider the middle-school child who is often sent to the principal for clowning around in class. His teachers, parents, and peers continually complain about his behavior, labeling him as a trouble-maker and reminding him frequently that if he keeps to his current ways, he will amount to nothing, or maybe end up in jail someday. The messages become so ingrained that they actually become his OWN “self-talk”, and this will likely result in living up to exactly the expectations everyone (now including himself) has laid out for him. For many adults, we’re still feeding ourselves that negative self-image deeply ingrained from our childhoods, or from a major failure in the past.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” – Unknown
On the other hand, the balanced and positive mind will tend to perceive a major setback very differently. Suppose the person with the “positive mind” receives notice that they’ve been fired, and arrives home to find they’re out of propane for heat in the middle of January. There will surely be anger and frustration, but it will quickly be followed by self-talk such as,
“I really disliked that job anyway. This could be the chance for me to start that business I’ve been dreaming of. If I need money until I get it underway, I have a great skills and a few places to inquire with for a new job. I’m going to dig out my resume right now and polish it up just in case. I’ve been through worse and I’m still lucky to have a roof over my head and the things I truly need. Many people struggle with much more than this every day. I’ll call the propane company and see if they will work out a payment plan with me. Tonight, I’ll fire up the kerosene heater. It was really smart to buy that heater when I did. I can handle this.”
The person with the “negative mind” would have reacted very differently. More along the lines of:
“For crying out loud! I can’t take ONE more thing! Why does all this sh*t happen to ME? How am I supposed to fill the propane tank if I have no money coming in now? I should have taken that other job last year instead of this one! I have no one to help me. I’m losing everything! I am such a failure”.
“We are what we think, all that we are arises with our thoughts, with our thoughts we make the world.” – Gautama Buddha
The great news is that we CAN control how we choose to perceive things and how we will manifest our desires. We can choose how we will respond outwardly, and whether the inner messages we give ourselves will be self-destructive, or self-empowering! Positive manifests positive, and I know this to be true from my own experiences in escaping some of the darkest recesses, and hopeless depths imaginable. Abundance, success and healing is available to each of us, but they all begin, or end, with us.
So, how does a person know if they are “thinking themselves into destruction”, or “creating negativity and lack of opportunity”?