The best way to predict the future is to invent it. – Alan Kay
How much of your future do you think you can affect?
The answer to that question will define your power over your own life.
Granted there are certain inevitabilities like the nature of Nature that rule out certainties of any material sort. Beyond that though, your basic assumptions about life, health, happiness, relationships and your world-view will define your life as you will live it in the future. Your current beliefs and desires have put you where you are today.
How much power do you have upon yourself? Your mind? Catch yourself making subtle assumptions through-out the day. For example do you try to save money even though it might not be worth your time? Then it will follow that money may not flow freely into your life. Do you believe that because you’re not athletic, you’re not fit and therefore not healthy? If so, that belief will become reality in your daily life. Subtle beliefs are very hard to catch, but they’re often caught by people near you. Listen to them. Watch your thoughts, especially as they arise. Observe your actions and reactions.
Recommendation: Living the Science of Mind – Ernest Holmes
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.“ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Wow that sure is the way to grow! And when you stop to look the fear in the face you won’t be able to proceed if you start analyzing the fear and start imagining worse outcomes!
The only way forward would be to face the fear and just move on, like when you’re about to dive into the pool, you just do it, without thinking.
So the ability to look clearly without worrying thoughts muddying your outlook is the key here. Clear thinking comes from disciplining the mind, which in turn can come from pure observation and/or meditation!
Recommendation: The Power of Now
There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long range risks and costs of comfortable inaction. – John F. Kennedy
What’s the cost of your inaction today? How long will you stay in your comfort zone, essentially fooling yourself?
Time for some self-examination and truth telling!
Here are some ways in which we might be selling ourselves short:
- Not expressing love because we feel shy or lazy.
- Not saying yes to an opportunity because we’re afraid.
- Saying yes to too much work because work is our comfort zone!
- Being lazy about our health because the opposite is hard work.
So you see our ‘comfort zone’ comes in many varieties, let’s be aware of them, and assert our will, for what is truly good for us.
Recommendation: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. – BF Skinner
Society provides many benefits but it hobbles us more than we think.
How are you conditioned by your circumstances? How were you conditioned by your culture growing up? How is your world-view shaped?
These are important questions to ask ourselves so that we know what subtle assumptions shape us, our beliefs and therefore our happiness and relationships. This is yet another way in which we live our lives hypnotized, skimming the surface of life, not really knowing what we miss!
Wake up to the real you, reclaim your heritage via correct thinking and awareness!
Recommendation: Awakening of Intelligence – J Krishnamurti
The Father in heaven loves his children, and therefore should you learn to love one another; the Father in heaven forgives you your sins; therefore should you learn to forgive one another. – Jesus, The Urantia Book
That’s all there is to it!
Love because we all deserve it, and who to give it, except us to others? When we love, we can’t help but feel that emotion ourselves, we thus end up loving our own selves, makes for a better personality and better health!
Forgive because that truly opens us to receive inspiration from God. Otherwise we’re lost in our thoughts about how we were wronged! Ends up causing poorer health!
So the recipe for happiness and good health is Love and Forgive!
Recommendation: Love: What Life Is All About
I will speak to you if you listen. I will come to you if you will invite Me. I will show you then that I have always been there. All ways. – Neale Donald Walsch
The creator, the universal creative essence, indwells us. That presence is available. We don’t know it because we haven’t paid attention.
When you get that flash of inspiration or that kind thought for someone else, that’s God talking to you. If you practice listening you’ll be amazed at how integrated God is into our lives!
He has always been present, and in ‘all ways’ has he made his presence felt, if we but listen and pay attention.
A technique developed by Carl Jung called Active Imagination can help you connect! And of course meditation or stillness helps!
Recommendation: God Is Closer Than You Think
When such as I cast out remorse
So great a sweetness flows into the breast
We must laugh and we must sing,
We are blest by everything,
Everything we look upon is blest. – William Butler Yeats
It’s mostly up to us, how we see our selves, our surroundings and life itself. As we see, so we project, as we project, our life is created.
You are the architect of you life, don’t take this responsibility too lightly. And never blame others or circumstances. Ask yourself first, how should I react, what can I do…?
When we see life as holy, ourselves as holy, we bless everything as life itself blesses us!! Yay!!
Recommendation: Dancing with Life