Break down, break up, burst your bubble, tear down the wall, let it all fall down. When you find unhelpful ideas crowding up your mind and boxing in your reality, you must remove them. Make them Not-Real.
But then what? We all need to have something that is real to believe in. Again it comes back to perception of reality, or that reality is only perception.
A lot of positive thinking writers will tell you that your mind cannot tell the difference between what you’re thinking and what you’re experiencing. This is only partially true. What you experience is what you feel that you experience. For instance, you go to a scary movie: it makes you jump or scream or makes your skin crawl. But then the lights come up, you walk out of the theater, and you’re fine. You know it wasn’t real. Same thing with an adventure movie: the hero goes around swashing & buckling and gutting badguys left and right: they never show you the evil minion’s family weeping over their graves. Because you don’t wish to perceive that as you’re watching the story.
So most people, at a young age, learn to make a distinction between reality and fiction or imagination. Now, you still take certain ideas away with you from a story, some of which are inspiring, like good always triumphs over evil, and others are not helpful, like the handsome hero gets the girl while the quirky sidekick, well, gets all the good lines.
Other mental stories take place in dreams, which are a bit harder to shake. When you’re in the dream, it is real, no matter how little sense it makes. After you wake up, you feel like, well of course that wasn’t real, it had nowhere near the sharpness and depth of reality (at least that’s how I find it), but still those events that occurred in your dream linger, shadowing over the days that follow.
So when you first begin thinking positive and building manifestations, you can, of course, imagine all kinds of things. But the difficult part is believing those things, making them exist for you here and now, making them replace what you perceive that has already manifested. I can’t tell you exactly how to do it either, except that it is much easier when those new ideas are not in conflict with old ideas.
So look at your old beliefs and at your physical reality. Pay attention to how you feel, what it’s like to see things and know things, emotionally, how “realness” feels.
Then do something to get yourself away from those old things: stare at a wall or a candle flame or a blank Word document (seriously). Go outside and stare at the sky or a bare patch of ground. Or just close your eyes and look at the colors behind them. Do this so you are not distracted and so you’re kind of in a trance state, almost dreaming, the better to enter that state of dream reality.
And turn your thoughts to your desires. Take that feeling of realness and feel it about those new thoughts. Stop hoping they will be, or wishing or wanting, and know that they are a part of your life already.
Much like a movie director, you are the one deciding what the audience (also you) is going to see and experience. Some of the more “artsy” directors like to do “reality” films, where they just run about filming any series of events that becomes available. I don’t know about you, but those aren’t the kind of movies I like to watch. No, for me it is the carefully tailored storytelling, very often that which has the kind of characters that you love so much that you don’t care if you know how it’s going to end.
Not sure what to believe? Believe whatever makes you feel most happy, most joyful, most empowered and free. Whatever gets that vibration of your heart, mind and soul amped up to pure positive power!
Going back to the Matrix: don’t go breaking down reality only to put yourself in a broken-down reality. You don’t have to Awaken into an underworld where the free people live like strays, only ever fighting or partying. And you don’t have to bend physics to stop bullets.
Why? Because it’s not in your Vortex* of creation that you wish to be shot at. You wish to walk the streets at night, so safe that the only time you look over your shoulder is to get a better look at something cool you just walked past.
I do not believe in selling your ideals short. I don’t go in for the semi-zen less-is-more, live a simple life, minimalist bullshit. Life and luxury and technology are out there to be experienced. And don’t tell yourself you shouldn’t set your expectations too high so as to prevent disappointment; as far as I can see, you’ll be disappointed by settling for less, because it won’t satisfy (and disappointment, after all, is only an emotional response, something you can un-realize). If we can manifest anything by our thoughts, then, as the space pirate said, I can imagine quite a lot. I know I will never be happy settling for less than my what I truly want, so I won’t waste my time trying to align with that.
Of course, I know what I want, and it’s not a big mansion with a pool, not fifty sports cars or a humongous yacht (although I might like a private jet, but I think you can rent those). Doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with such ideas, just that I’d personally prefer a stylish city loft, my current baby Saturn S1 in top shape, and the freedom to go and do all kinds of things.
Keep in mind you don’t have to know how things are going to work out before you start building your reality, how that gap between the present physical manifestation and the reality in your mind is going to close. Just know where you want your end point to be, and be there, make that where you live, all the time every day.
Live in your own reality, inside your mind, where you have everything you desire, want for nothing, do only what you love, and appreciate everything and everyone around you.
More next week on integrating the inner and outer realities.
*The Vortex is an Abraham-Hicks concept. Basically it is everything you’ve ever desired collected together, ready to manifest as you align with it. There’s a book of that title, by Esther & Jerry Hicks, if you want to know more about it. There are also a good many YouTube videos of Abraham speaking, although not all were posted by the Hicks, so they get taken down periodically.
PS: pardon the fact that this entry did not come out a week after the first one. I abruptly found myself in need of other lodgings, which I found (Yay!) and was without internet for some time, which I now have (Yay!). I will try to do better, or otherwise I’ll stop promising specific times for posting. 😉