It can be a whirlwind trying to make sense of life. Thoughts, feelings, emotions, experience, knowledge and instinct all bleeding into one moment of decision…how is one to make sense of this chaotic tumbler of information?
I’ve recently started taking a course that focuses attention on your vision above all else. When I look to my heart, or my gut, or my soul in search of what to do, often times I’m conflicted and end up not taking action at all. When I hold the prospective actions up to my vision, I am able to decipher which path aligns itself with what I actually want in the grand scheme.
You see, what happens is that our different decision making centers all have their own agenda. The brain wants to make a logical decision, the heart wants to care and be compassionate, the gut wants to go purely off of instinct, and the loins, well they want satisfaction immediately! Though exciting, making decisions based purely off a pulse can be detrimental to long term goals.
The ability not only to recognize that these different drives exist, but also the mindfulness to choose to put them all aside in the name of a greater, dare I say more honest path, will allow you actual satisfaction in life. In fact, once you start placing all decisions next to what you see as your grand vision, you’ll slowly start to dissolve the need for temporary satisfaction all together. Socrates was known as the man who could resist what others could not. We all have to choose what it is that we aim for in our lives, and in my humble opinion, to avoid bouncing around like a reactive primate is a good place to start.
I was talking with a friend the other day, who happens to be a metaphysics teacher, and she said that she allows herself a certain amount of time every day to watch TV. She recognizes the advertising hypnosis as well as the demeaning drama that so many hold near and dear to their hearts, but she watches anyway, as a way to relax and kick back. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it made me think that if this enlightened creature can be sucked into the idiot box, then the average person really doesn’t stand a chance. Television is the crux of receiving temporary relief in our society. Punch line followed by punch line, canned laughter followed by bright flashy lights which give our brains a rush of endorphin-ed excitement.
I’d be shocked to find anyone whose vision for life includes making it through a season of Swamp People, yet we pillage our minds in search of instantaneous stimulation by watching such dreck.
I believe that we all, deep down, have great dreams and wants for the world. Unfortunately we have become scared of airing them, even to those we claim to trust and love the most. Marianne Williamson’s poem “A Return to Love” may help to explain part of the dilemma. “It is our not our darkness but our light that we fear the most.” It is so much easier to be a critic and tell people what they are doing wrong than it is to focus on what is wonderful and beautiful within each and every situation. To be a living god, with the ability to create literally anything that we imagine, can seem like a somewhat daunting task. A decent percentage of those people afraid of change, will unfortunately exercise their power, verbally and otherwise, to negate such attempts. When you create, you will feel these forces and you should hear them and acknowledge them for what they are-namely Jealousy, envy and regret. Show these forces love and watch them melt right before your eyes.
Keeping your vision as your guiding light is not easy, if it were everyone would do it and we would live in a world where more than 2% of people were actively creating. With the current enlightenment happening, more and more join the movement towards peace, love and creation every day. It starts with a choice and is supported everyday by keeping your vision as the guiding wind in your life.
What it comes down to, on a very basic level is this: Either you are living and making choices based on your vision of how the world should, or you’re living by someone else’s.