Our Thoughts Create our Experience of Reality as a Personal Delusion
Many of us have heard about the true power of our own thoughts, which become expressed through talking, and the power of talking to direct the thought processes of others, but we often still don’t know how to bring this knowledge into practice within our daily life in order to become more self-aware. Words are representative of ideas, and when thought or spoken, create whole imaginary realities out of them. How we talk, or the type of stories we’re always in the process of telling through expression of our character and how we’re being, is the expression of the same ideas we’re always dwelling on internally, and the same ideas and stories we’re always telling ourselves as a way of making sense of things, that give, what is in fact “neutral events” or circumstances “personal meaning”. The meaning we give things, not only means something about others and the way life is in general, but also means something about us. We’re not only the storyteller of our own life, but we’re also the main character in our own story. The reality we create by “how we think about things”, and what dramas and dialogues we naturally participate in co-creating, act to shape “who we are” and how we’re always “being”. We’re not only the sole creator of our life in terms of how we experience it by what we tell ourselves about it, but we’re simultaneously creating our “self” by way of our own thoughts, inner imaginings, and outer expressions.
While we’ve heard the fact that we “become what we think about”, so much of our feeling, thinking, and imagining is unconscious (not directly aware of it) and automatic, that we often don’t realize that we can in fact learn how to take control of our own mind, deliberately direct our attention, and become fully aware of what we’re acting to create, not only in our self and our own life, but also in the life of others. Even when we set and intention to become more self-aware, that awareness comes and goes throughout the day, and we can lose track of it almost entirely once we go out into the world and begin interacting with others and functioning in a role of some kind. We spend far more of our time engaged in unconscious thoughts and behaviors (automatic) than we do in a direct awareness of what’s happening and what our part is in co-creating it. Once we become triggered to fall into reactive behaviors, we lose all awareness and fall into habitual states and tendencies. Many people can spend the better part of their day, or entire life without any real (direct) awareness of the activities of their own mind and how or what they’re thinking about, and why.
While most think of communication as something we do with others, the fact is we’re always engaged in the process of communicating with ourselves through our own internal dialogue, as well as receiving communication from purely invisible sources that came as insight, intuition, and inspiration of some form. Thoughts as mental impressions are always being transmitted in the space around us, and we “pick up on them” as “popping into our mind”, or coming to us in a natural way that we mistake for our own thoughts, and don’t realize that we’re “receiving” them from others as a subconscious form of influence and suggestion. When we’re picking up on thoughts from our immediate environment, they come more as feelings that form mental impressions as an inner imagining of an idea or scenario, which comes to us in a spontaneous and subtle fashion. Because we’re only capable of “receiving” thoughts that correspond to our own natural style of thinking through a basic form of resonance, these thoughts seem natural to us and so we perceive them as being our own thoughts.
Subconscious forms of communication don’t come as “words” or talking, which is a product of the conscious mind, but come as feelings that form impressions much like we experience a memory. It comes as “playing an idea out” in our mind, or as observing it as a reality of some sort that stimulates a natural thought process in us as a story we start telling ourselves about it. The nature of the story we’re always in the process of telling is our “fingerprint” or personal style, and modifies the basic idea being received to conform to our style of thinking. The thought transmission acts more as a generic or universal idea as a kind of seed or potential for thought, that spawns a whole unfolding in our mind as a living reality of some sort. As we “receive” the idea into our mind, we “blend with it”, and transform it accordingly to produce a personalized version of the same idea. So we don’t “think” the same thoughts of another, but rather think the same “type of thoughts”.
We also act as a receiver for what we can call “higher forms of knowledge” that come as an intuitive (intimate) process also, that involves more of “hearing a voice” talk to you about something, and though it’s your own inner voice, it’s being used by a different authority. It’s always telling you things, or showing you things that you don’t have any way of “knowing” through your own experiences. These thoughts come more as a form of teaching, revealing, or guiding. It’s never demanding, forceful, or acting to “tell us what to do”, but simply guides us by revealing the true reality behind things, directing our attention to something that we’re not seeing on our own, or gives us a preview of what’s to come through the activities we’re engaged in, while always leaving it up to us to make up our own mind about it. This voice always has our best interest in mind, works for the good of everyone involved, is never about material ideas or desires of some sort, and never preys on our emotions, but instead invokes in us a sense of wisdom and all-pervasive knowing. We communicate with this same source through a constant form of prayer, as well as through our general thinking. Our thoughts as our internal dialogue “is” how we communicate and interact with the invisible, spiritual world of pure ideas. So we are constantly engaged in multiple forms of communication between multiple dimensions at any given moment in time, and form what we call our “reality” out of this interlaced matrix.
While we are somewhat aware of our thoughts in the general sense, because we’re always fully “within” the reality of our own thoughts as a storyline (illusion), we can’t really see them for what they are in terms of viewing them in an objective and detached manner. We often don’t realize that our “story about things” is purely a self-created idea, and we are the “only ones” who see and experience things through our own story about them. Many think that what they’re “seeing and involved in” is a neutral and objective reality that everyone is seeing equally. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Even when we do gain a flash of realization about how our own mind is acting to create our reality, and we see something about ourselves that we “don’t like” or we realize that it may actually be something we’ve made up, we immediately go into the mode of justifying our right to feel that way, or why we’re telling that story (because it’s true), or explaining our point of view, and so on, even to ourselves! We figure that if we can explain it or justify it, then we can make it true and real. And because we’re “living out of this story” and have built our identity with it (become the character of this story), we don’t realize that it’s actually our mind’s ability to create realities that become delusional. We fall victim to our own minds creative abilities because we’ve spent our whole life subject to our own internal voice as our thought processes that are always interpreting the outer events of our life to give them the same meaning and tell the same type of story about them. Most, honestly don’t realize what they’re actually doing, and this subliminal mental power that they possess.
One of the easiest ways to begin becoming self-aware and to begin understanding how your own mind works, is to develop the process of self-reflecting or introspection. It’s easier to start with ideas that don’t have an emotional charge, or that we don’t have strong “needs” or desires invested in, because nothing causes us to go more unconscious than reactive and need-fulfilling tendencies. We can sit and relax, or simply relax while engaged in some activity, and let your mind “think” whatever it naturally thinks, without trying to control it, stop or divert it, or go into defending it somehow, and move into a detached, dissociated position of simply observing your thoughts as if another person watching them. As you listen to your story about things, simply become aware of what it is. View it without any form of emotional reaction to your own thoughts. As you do this, allow yourself to realize that “how you” reshape reality as an experience of it comes by way of your perceptual lens that “interprets” neutral ideas through a story that forms how you “experience” it, rather than “as it actually is”. Our mind doesn’t manifest or create the outer elements themselves, but rather reorganizes them into new compositions as an adaptation to our story-line. Our mind creates personal versions of a neutral outer reality by the story we tell ourselves about it. This story-line as a “theme”, is the vibratory frequency of our mind that reorders the elements of the outer world which contains the potential of “all vibratory frequencies”, into a new and variable pattern through resonance. It (our mind) only “sees” in everything else what matches it in terms of its natural expression as a frequency that has a distinct pattern or template inherent in it, that selects (chooses) only relevant items necessary to shape into its story, while ignoring or failing to see (doesn’t resonate) with anything that doesn’t, or that would act to contradict it. As you form realization around the “theme” of your story, allow yourself to simultaneously realize the true neutrality of the situation by releasing all attachments to it, or without “needing it” to be something specific.
As you gain self-awareness in common moments that don’t have strong emotions attached to them, practice this same process for areas of your life that produce a reaction of some sort in you. Again, let the idea play out naturally without trying to alter, control, or prevent it, and simply become aware of what story plays out in your mind about or around it. Allow yourself to notice that the type of story you tend to tell is formed in the most immediate sense out of the emotional state that you employ while “thinking about it”. Thought and emotion are always married, and emotions have distinct realities inherent in them as the outer experience that expresses the emotion and creates the experience necessary to sustain the emotion or give you more of it. Our thoughts as sensory ideas form the elements of our story, while our emotions are what “shape” the nature of the story we tell that gives it meaning or makes it significant (to us) somehow. As you become aware of how thought and emotion are always working in a complementary fashion to form how you shape and experience your outer reality, gain a sense of the emotions you tend to employ as a general rule. As you become aware of this, and while still embodying that emotional state, allow a chain of association to form of memories that are also associated to this emotion that act to tell the same type of story. As you become aware of his . . . . Just sit with it while concentrating on it, and allow whatever realization to come while continuing to observe them from a neutral and detached state.
As you begin practicing various forms of self-realization into the workings of your own mind, you’ll simultaneously start understanding how your mind works to create the “illusions” of reality that you’ve formed your self-belief out of, and mistook for being “real” and “who” you actually are. You can begin realizing how you’ve lived out of what has been primarily a delusion of your own making, which resulted from your inability to take control of your mind and intentionally direct it. We can only work with what we have a “working (conceptual) understanding” of. Once you become aware of your own mind’s ability to create fantasy based realities through a theme as a story-line that reshapes everything accordingly, you can begin realizing how you’ve developed your sense of self based on this delusion, and you can decide to let go of your story about things, and begin telling a new story that’s produced from learning how to operate your own mind intentionally, direct your own thought processes, intentionally employ positive emotional states, and mind what you say or talk about to others.
What we talk about brings an internal thought-idea into the external world as a projection. What we communicate outwardly reveals our thoughts and life story going on inwardly. What we say, or speak outwardly, directs the minds of others to think the same type of thoughts, invest in the same type of realities, and form an impression of us in terms of what kind of person we are. Anything you “speak” you create in the outer, material world. You give an internal idea life outside of you. It reveals how you’re interpreting everything in the outer world from your internal perspective to tell your story about it. It shows what “type” of reality you’re invested in, conditioned too, and what pattern you act to naturally create as your natural self-expression and influence over others. By recognizing your own life story as a theme, and how you’re always perceiving out of that theme to reform objective reality into a personalized version, which makes you into a certain type of person by way your own story, you can gain awareness of your souls vibratory frequency, and the creative process necessary for transforming it.
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