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again, the science has shown that all the
simple things that common sense informs
us – good relationships, a fulfilled working
life, a creative outlet, respect from others,
exercise – are the best way to be happy. It
hardly requires scientific st udies to “prove”
such things, yet we still engulf ourselves in
the latest scientific theories and proofs that
so often lead us to the obvious.
Do we create our reality?
Yet, the question remains do we create our
reality? Whatever we have is partly a result
of our actions in the past, yet where we are
born and to whom has the greatest impact for
most of us. The c onditioning we received a s a
child is the most powerful force in our lives.
Wealthy families usually produce offspring
who are born into wealth and status already.
Poor families are usually born into limited
opportunities, education and perspectives.
almost ever ything. Yet there are those who
despite limited opportunity, defy the odds
a nd achieve something unimaginable for
their families and community. I would
say the greatest way of getting something
outside of the gamut of expectation in your
environment, is to move. Immigrants have
done am azing things in Western countries
like Australia, Canada, England and the US,
achieving lives that look ver y different from
where they originated.
I can’t help but think so many aspects
make up who we are, whatever your beliefs,
from religion to numerology, a strology,
genetics and heredity, karma, to our
su rrounding environment – people, places,
The personal growth industry
has turned into an all-pervasive
industry selling hopes, dreams
and unrealistic expect ations. The
bestselling book The Secret promised that
focusing on wh at you want was the easiest way
of getting there. It sold millions and spawned
an entire movement of “manifesters” who left
out the requisite steps of taking action. Ma ssive
results require m assive action. Ma ssive hopes
and dreams achieve little without action.
I am curious to explore what it actually
means to “create your reality”. How do we even
define realit y? Since we are sharing reality,
each of us filters so-ca lled reality through
billions of neurons and cellular responses,
which can easily end up with a rather narrow
view of the world. By definition, the human
mind must have some focus in order not to be
over whelmed by sensory stimuli. We don’t so
much see reality, a s experience it, feel it, and take
part in it.
Focusing on a goal is naturally a good way
of actually setting the whole mechanism into
gear in order to get to a particular destination.
So if you want to get fit, focusing on getting
fit for most people will lead to actions that set
this result in motion – regular exercise.
This is not really manifesting “reality”. It
is having a goal in mind and then taking the
requi site steps involved to act ually get there.
Just like crossing the road requires the initial
idea that you want to get to the other side,
and then taking the actual steps. It is nothing
new, nothing “magical” or “alchemical” or
requiring some personal grow th gur u, or
thousand dollar progra m. Newton laid it out
some time ago – actions lead to results.
If the whole world is a manifestation
of consciousness, then we are swimming
in alchemical thoughts, concepts and
c on sciousnes s.
generalised goals like happiness, can set in
motion actions to help us get there. Once
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Spiritual teacher David G Arenson ND sets us a
challenge to ‘get real’ in 2013. It’s our time to
flourish by taking responsibility for all our choices.
‘If the whole world is a
manifestation of consciousness,
then we are swimming in
alchemical thoughts, concepts
family, friends, work, laws, government, belief
framework, climate, a nd so on. In the context
of such complexity it becomes difficult to
make any promises without compromising
integrity. We are born and die within a
complex interplaying web of circumstance s,
actions and reactions.
Instead of buying the latest gimmick on
how to ma nifest succ es s, find someone who
does what it is you want, and ask them what
they do – or move in with them!
Perhaps my great est lesson is to look
within for the answers I seek, to take complete
responsibility for ever ything in my life, and
stop looking for out side “miracles” for what
is already accessible through my actions and
behaviour. For instance, if my goal is to be
more spiritual, many people (if I ask) will tell
me to meditate. Some will want a short-cut,
a hollow quick-fi x an swer or solution. Most
things of value require work.
Westerners ha ve had a tendency to
“wa nt” many comforts, seeking affirmations
a nd luxuries outside of themselve s. This
see king and idol-worshipping of shopping
a nd that which is exterior only brings
My advice is to start from the context of
a lready being whole – and then add to it. If
you are already whole , then you don’t need that
Gucci bag or that relationship to “fill you up”.
It is fine to make choices that add to your life,
and bring you joy, so long as they don’t define
you. Intrinsic s elf worth is developed outside
of social st anding and comparison to others.
It come s from the re cognition that no matter
what happen s, you are still 100% worthy.
Contentment does not come from
things, it is a state of being.
Compassion for You
I believe that all the world starts with the self,
and the greatest self growth is in learning
c ompassion for ours elf.
Always ask yourself, ‘What must I be
believing about myself in ord er to fe el this
way ? ’ Then empower your life, through
shifting how you think a nd feel about
yourself. Start with being authentic in how
you talk to yourself and others.
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