Reality Training

Why do I feel limited? Boxed in? Ineffectual? I’m being honest when I say that I sometimes I feel these thoughts. As though they are true. And when I believe something to be true, I have noticed that I soon act or become that thing. That feeling drives me towards a new and often, unwanted reality. Because the moment I notice the thought and feel the thought as mine, I make it my own. I attach my identity to that thing, that idea. I become what I believe. Beliefs are powerful building blocks which create the worlds each one of us inhabit…individually and collectively. They are the yellow brick roads which pave our journeys through the material world. Beliefs are the artistic tools I use to render the landscapes of all of my days.

To change circumstances, to make them better, we need to be working with thoughts that are aligned with our deepest sense of truth and with all our ways of knowing: body, heart, mind, spirit.

Martha Beck

But when I ask what is reality? What is real? I fall into the rabbit hole, and when I land, I must question myself. Surely, reality must consist not only of those things which can be sensed via the body, but also through the feeling of my inner being. Reality must be more than quantifiable materiality, because I am more than quantifiable materiality. When I believe I am limited, I am attaching myself to and loading myself down to the level of the material world. It is a heavy and unbearable weight to burden. And yet, this is what my culture has taught me to qualify as real…as success. To measure only with the hard currency of acquisitions, accolades and achievements. Is it any wonder then that when I feel limited, I feel heavy, depressed and utterly earthbound? I should know better…and I do! Because as soon as I question those thoughts, my deep inner knowing tells me otherwise.

Abundance has nothing to do with money. Wealth and poverty are internal. Whenever you think that you know something and it feels stressful, you’re experiencing poverty. Whenever you realize that what you have is enough and more than enough, you’re rich.

Byron Katie

How absurd is it for us as to base our esteem or the quality of our LIFE by the things which take up space with us? If I were blind, or deaf, or senseless would I be less than human? No! If I am less than capable in my mind or body, does not my humanity grant me the dignity of Being? Who or what should I measure myself against to become more real? Is not life more than eating or drinking or having fun? When I am quiet with myself, I know that I AM more than these things…these thoughts. When I am quiet, my deep knowing comes on line and it compels me to reject such thinking. Reality is aliveness. And it is all around us…and reality is made to be experienced….to be FELT!

There is nothing wrong with striving to improve your life situation. You can improve your life situation, but you cannot improve your life. Life is primary. Life is your deepest inner Being. It is already whole, complete, perfect.

Eckhart Tolle

Reality is BE-ING! Reality is CONSCIOUSNESS! To be human is to just BE. So just be…this I will! And I hope you will think about just Being you, too! There is no need to qualify or quantify what is between us. What makes me or you real and worthy is our un-equivocal human being-ness. Can you feel the depth and eternal truth of our Being? It is vast, it is immeasurable. It is so deep as to be undefinable and perhaps this is why, at times, we feel so out-of-touch with reality. And then, just like that, I realize that without my thoughts or stories of being limited, I am something else indeed! I am infinite possibilities. And so are you! There’s nothing more joyous than knowing and feeling that truth to the core of our humanity.

Story Time

We all love a good story, don’t we? Whether the story is true or make-believe, a well-contrived story, with well-developed characters, full of drama, heroes, and villains galore delight us whether we are young  or old. Stories are essential for growing our imaginations and enlarging our compassion for others. Many if not most stories are designed and constructed to teach a life lesson…how to live happily or not. And I think the reason we enjoy a good story from time to time is because stories have the ability to instruct us without judging us; stories give us a safe platform to explore the world through the eyes and ears of others.

Whether these others are real or fictional it does not matter, because stories of every genre become the fodder for our own belief system. And then we must look at our own story, because we are authors  too.  Authors of our own lives, writing each chapter, each scene, every moment of every day. Whether we realize it or not, our life is our story that will be read by those in our world (our family, our co-workers, our friends and associates). What lessons are we teaching? What lessons are we learning? How much of our story is based on fiction? How much is based on reality? As our own biographers, we have the authority to write and re-write our story each and every day…for better or worse!

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

You’re writing the story of your life one moment at a time.
(from The HeartMath Solution)