Whenever a human being considers establishing a/some “new years resolution(s),” it is generally within the context of a world where there is thought to be “reality” and then there is the “ideal”. To say this another way, is that the ideal is indeed something one may strive towards, however, it may not necessarily be as realistic or truly possible as compared to what is (actuality.) In this lengthy article, I want to challenge this, because the problem with this position is that, reality actually comes from the ideal; not the other way around.
It is true however, that the ideal is not currently as appreciated or understood as fully as it will be one day. Therefore, the point that I want to make most clear, is that what can be, is not some overly romantic or naïve idea, which is unrealistic to achieve. It is actually quite the contrary, since what can be is the source from which the real world comes. Does this suggest anything to you?
How does a human being discern where the lines are drawn between “what is” and “what can be?” Let me try to answer that from the perspective of a very old soul spiritual teacher. Now please bear with me as I first establish some foundationally supportive material, which is essential in my message to you…
Anyone can see that there is very deeply entrenched hatred and violence in the world, while at the same time, realizing that this is not all the world is made up of. What is NOT generally understood about this “world-condition,” is that this is actually humankind learning through their own errors from the misdirecting of their creative abilities; and through the distortive evolutionary processes (machinations) of fear.
As human beings, we are all made up of energy, and we cannot escape this (even the physicists are in agreement here.) Because of this, there is no one who hates, but that the same hatred is reflected outward and made physical, and in one way or another, it returns to him or her. To continue, there is also no one who loves, but that the love is reflected outward and made physical, and in one way or another, it returns to him or her.
There is indeed a “purpose” for all of this, but that purpose does not exist beyond the context of the current life, from a certain point of reference. No. That “purpose,” is contained within the life itself, individually and en-masse. Our human race is only one stage of development through which various forms of consciousness travel.
Before we are allowed into more extensive and open systems of reality, we must first learn to truly handle the use of our own energy; we must learn to understand [through its physical materialization], the concrete results of our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Think here of a child, who forms mud pies from the wet dirt, and in some way, learns something about life from this. In a similar way, we form our lives out of our own thoughts and emotions, and then see what we have created, to learn something about our lives.
In order to one day leave our physical system behind; we must have learned all the “necessary lessons.” Then we will literally no longer be a member of the human race any longer in physical terms, because we will choose to leave it behind. In more advanced systems, thoughts and emotions are translated automatically and instantaneously into manifestation, into whatever approximation of matter that exists there.
Therefore, in order for the lessons to be taught and learned well, the responsibility and accountability for creation must be understood with crystal-clear clarity. To some extent, it is almost as if we are in a soundproof and isolated “class-room.” In this “class-room,” deeply entrenched hatred only creates more destruction, and until those lessons are learned, destruction follows destruction. This is only one reason for the incredible pain and suffering directly imposed upon others, and endured by others through their empathetic associations, which can be literally heart-breaking.
It is not a matter of focused learning that we must be taught not to destroy, instead, we must learn to create responsibly. Our physical system is a training system for “emerging consciousnesses.” The training will serve us very well for existence in a variety of other interrelated systems beyond this physical one.
If the sorrows and agonies within our system were not felt as “all-encompassing and real,” then the lessons would not be learned as effectively as they currently are needed. The “teachers” within our “world-system” are those who are at, or very near the ending lessons of this “world-classroom.” In some cases, these “teachers” are actually those who are beyond the developmental lessons to be accomplished, but they have lovingly chosen to return to physical life, for reasons of their own evolutionary process, as they help us all.
Ultimately, we are all here to learn human understanding, as we learn to deal with the transformation of emotional energy into action and form. Then, we manipulate within the “system” we have created, and by its effects and affects, learn where we have succeeded and where we have failed. Our “world classroom” includes others who are entering for the first time, as well as those in later incarnations [old souls,] and once again, those who have already finished, but lovingly return to help us all.
This whole “construction” is like an educational play in which we are not only the producers, but the actors as well. There is a play, within a play, within a play. There is no end to the withinness of things. Our “whole-self” is not only an observer, but an active participant in these roles as well. To put it simply, it is not that we exist in a lesser reality while here physically, but instead, we have not yet learned to recognize the extent of the reality in which we do exist.
The manifestations of deeply entrenched violence’s and hatred’s are the more obvious conditions to be seen. However, their “counterparts” are not so obvious, yet it is these, which are actually so very important. “Eventually” we all learn self-discipline, control, and compassion. As this all becomes finally “aroused,” the last and final lesson is learned; the positive and constructive desire for creativity and love, over that of destruction and hatred.
The moment you elect to “commit” yourself to your own spiritual path (whatever that may be for you) is in a very real sense effectively removing yourself from the “available actor’s energetic justice” of those who actively live lives of spiritual ignorance and denial of anything, which suggests “continued existence” beyond physical life.
Now, returning to the formation of 2016’s New Year’s Resolutions and their relatedness to one’s spirituality…
Since it is with the individual that ultimately things begin, and end with, I will talk about how the individual can take daily practical action to improve their world, as they go from “what is,” to “what can be,” and through the realization of their personally determined “new years resolutions.”
Your life’s experiences are a product of your mind, spirit, conscious thoughts and feelings, and unconscious thoughts and feelings. These are all working in concert (with one’s “imprinting” and “programming”) to form the reality that you experience. Therefore, you are hardly at the mercy of a reality that exists independent of you. You are so intimately connected with the physical events composing your life experience that you sometimes cannot distinguish between the seemingly material occurrences, and the thoughts, feelings, and emotions, which gave them birth.
If there are strongly negative characteristics present in your most intimate thoughts, these will actually form a barrier between you and a fuller and richer life. Until they are recognized, they are impediments, which work against you. What exists physically, exists first in the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of a human being. There is no other rule regarding this. If you do not like the experiences you are having, then you must change the nature of your conscious thoughts and their expectations. You must alter the messages that you are sending through your thoughts, feelings, and emotions to your body, family, friends, associates, and so on. As soon as you realize that you are the creator of your own life’s experiences, you can begin at once to alter those conditions that cause you dismay and dissatisfaction.
It is to your great advantage to realize that ideas have an electromagnetic reality. Beliefs are strong ideas about the nature of reality, which are reinforced by one’s imaginations, feelings, and emotions. Like attracts like, so that others with similar ideas [and the ideas themselves] will attract and group with others of similar kind. Anything, which threatens or contradicts the ideas will be shut out and not “let in.” Therefore, more and more, it becomes easier to know that one’s ideas held are “actual” conditions of reality.
To desire real changes in one’s life is to acknowledge that changes do not come overnight; you must be determined and patient. Just as it took time to grow you into the version you are now, it will take time again to grow into your new version. Others will react to you according to their own ideas of reality/actuality.
Consider this, a family can constantly reinforce its joy, high spirits, and spontaneity by concentrating on ideas of vitality, strength, and creativity or it can let half its energy slip away by reinforcing resentments, angers, and thoughts of doubt and failure.
Automatically and even unconsciously, any individual and the others with whom they meet are constantly reinforcing each other’s ideas the individual souls have about the nature of reality; even if they strongly disagree. You get out of life what you concentrate upon; there is no other main rule. In order to dislodge unsuitable beliefs and establish new ones, you must learn to use your imagination to move concepts in and out of your mind.
Your imagination is one of the most powerful motivating agencies that helps transform your beliefs into physical experience. Understanding the interrelationship between your ideas and your imaginations, you can propel ideas in the directions you so desire. Many of the beliefs you may hold within your psychological being may have actually been implanted within you very early on in your lifetime, by others you very much looked up to.
It is up to you to examine those “imprinted” and “programmed” ideas to assess their continued usefulness to you now. The individual human soul has a conscious mind whether or not it is physical, and while it is physical, it is attached to the physical brain; when it is “dead,” it is attached to the non-physical mind.
In the case of a child, because their brain is not fully developed yet, great care is taken to determine that it is able to relate physically to the world around it, until the brain develops enough to a point where the conscious mind can reason for itself. Much of these early beliefs are handed down from the parents and other adults who were a significant part of the early experience. This gives the child a safe framework to grow up in, develop, and make their explorations in.
It never was it intended for the “belief framework” to become fixed and unchangeable, yet this very thing often occurs. Until the brain fully develops, it picks up the idea of reality from those who provided the early experiences. Your non-physical conscious mind (higher mind) patiently waits for the time when the brain is developed to a point where it can “self-actualize.”
Faulty, limiting, and outdated ideas prevent this from happening. Within you right now, within your own soul that is eternal, is your own knowledge of your own identity, meaning, and purpose; separate and apart from whom you were raised to be. You must be what you can become; this is the reason why you are here.
This is only one reason why there is “something” deeply embedded within the human psyche concerning “New Year’s Resolutions.” Why? Because there is something deep within each and everyone of us that “knows” we came here to “become” the greatest version of ourselves we could possibly become. The “New Year’s Resolutions,” remind us not only our “obligation,” but the “passage of time.”
If you are to bring about changes to your world experience, then realize that the real work is done in your mind first, and then the experience will follow later. However, you must not constantly look for immediate results, or become anxious for their arrival. The changes will come just as surely as those already brought about by you consciously and unconsciously in the past, and that are so very much a part of your life right now.
Now you can do it on a more consciously aware level. You must believe [and this is so very important] that what you desire to change, will come to be. Do the “work,” then rest assured of the results; but do not look for them. Do you see? It is a human being’s conscious thinking, which largely determines their emotional state; not the other way around.
One’s “beliefs” generate the appropriate emotion that is implied. For example; a period of inner depression does not just come over anyone as if they are a helpless victim. No. One’s emotions do not betray them in this way. Instead, over a period of time before this, the individual would had been consciously entertaining negative beliefs and ideas, which then generated the strong feelings of sadness. If one’s beliefs about their life are fearful, then their emotional reactions will be those leading to stress.
One’s beliefs automatically attract the appropriate emotions to reinforce themselves. Imagination, feelings, and emotions, all follow beliefs, as they reinforce them. It is not the other way around. This is important to understand, because since the imagination does indeed follow beliefs, then one may find themselves in a vicious circle in which they are constantly “painting pictures in their mind,” which actually reinforce the negative aspects in the life.
Imagined events generate the appropriate emotions, which then automatically bring about chemical and hormonal changes in the body, affecting behavior with others, and causing one to interpret events always in the light of the beliefs. Therefore, daily experiences will seem to justify more and more, what is believed to be true. The only way out of this, is to become aware of the beliefs, aware of the conscious thoughts, and to change them, so that they are brought more in line with the kind of reality one wishes to experience.
Automatically, consciously, and unconsciously, imagination and emotions will automatically come into play to reinforce the new beliefs. The first important step is to realize that the beliefs about reality are just that [beliefs about reality] and not necessarily actual conditions of reality at all. One must make a clear distinction between themselves and their beliefs.
One must then realize that in one way or another, those beliefs will become materialized. What is believed to be true in the life experience is true. To change the physical effect, one must change the original belief, while being aware that for a time, the old belief’s physical materializations may still hold.
Do not be concerned with the new belief’s physical materializations, for this will bring up fear of their not materializing, and so this will tend to negate one’s purpose in effectively changing them. Look to those areas of life where you were/are pleased and have done well. See how imaginatively and emotionally you have reinforced those beliefs and brought them into physical fruition. Realize how naturally and automatically the results appeared. Catch hold of those feelings of accomplishment and understand that you can use the same methods in other areas of your life.
Now, it is true that as one changes their belief system, it may bring you unexpected and uneasy interactions with some others to whom they regularly relate. For instance, whether it is a family member, close friend, associate, or even a social group belonged to, as the belief system is altered, it will be uncomfortable to them, to say the least. Even if they do not know why, they will sense that things are “different somehow.”
In these cases, One is not playing the same game and/or role anymore. By moving in a new direction now, they may not want to follow, or are not sure how to. If the decision is made to move on, or they do [in both cases], there will be others to take their place. Someone new will play the role for them that you used to.
As for you, those who appreciate what you are trying to become, will newly come into your life, compensating for the sense of loss. Do not underestimate the significance this impact can have on your life; intimate behavior and social interactions are both deeply affected by this. Still, through it all, you must be what you can become; this is why you are here.
Others feel any determined change of energetic direction on your part, and they will react in their own fashions. You are setting out to experience the most fulfilled reality that you can. Even though you may want others to change, it is yourself that you must change, not them; this is the only way that change will be brought about. Some will understand what you are attempting to do.
However, know that there will be those who need the old framework, and someone [if not you] to play the part you played before. Do not allow this to hold you back from being what you can become, as others are waiting for you to interact with them. As an analogy, think here of the music in a scale. As you move up the scale to a new octave, there will be others to add to your melody. Some from the old framework will feel bound to you. If it becomes clear to you that they are only acting as dead weight, and not helping to promote the cause, then you or they must drop them from your experience. Their life is not your responsibility; it is theirs.
As you alter your beliefs initially, the physical data will show you a different picture. In time, gradually, the physical data will begin to prove your new beliefs just as faithfully as the old ones did. Do not be hard on yourself, as your old beliefs did serve a useful purpose. It is just that now, you are more involved with the process of evaluating those that need to be modified, as you have outgrown them, as they did exist for you.
Learn to listen to your own conversation as you speak to others, and to theirs. See how you reinforce each other’s beliefs. See how your imaginations often follow the same lines of thought. All of this is quite out in the open if you realize that it is. Realize that your beliefs do form your life’s experiences; consciously change those that do not give you the effects you want. You see, ideas not only alter the world, they make it constantly.
The nature of your beliefs, in large measure, will direct the kinds of emotions you will have at any given time. Consider someone who is quite sure of themselves and does not get angry at every little slight done to them, nor will they carry a grudge. However, on the other hand, consider the ones who fear for their own self worth; they will become furious under these same conditions.
Your conscious mind is meant to align all of your capabilities in accordance with its beliefs about the nature of reality, which are of course determined by you. By means of the brain, the functions of the soul and intellect are connected with the body. It is through the characteristics of the brain, that those things which are of a non-physical origin, become physically valid. There is a definite filtering and focusing effect at work then.
Practically speaking, you form the appearance that reality takes through your conscious beliefs. When your ideas about yourself change, so does your experience. Experiences are brought into actuality by utilizing the body’s nerve structure, through certain intensities of will and/or conscious belief. Acting almost as if very strong magnets, the intensities of will and belief, draw or attract towards you, the very experiences you are seeking. By intensities, I do not necessarily mean anything at all to do with strong emotion, although this could happen. These intensities have more to do with their closeness to physical breakthrough.
The past exists as a series of electromagnetic connections within the non-physical mind, and these can be changed. It is true that the basic facts will more or less still be the same. However, their interpretation and meaning can be changed dramatically. This alone can make major changes in the present, in you. In fact, when you make changes in your present, you are changing your past; many often just do not realize it. When and if you do realize it, then you can consciously “take the reins” at reprogramming your past to better support your present, and vice-versa.
Once again, you are not at the mercy of a past over which you have no control. Since your conscious beliefs determine those unconscious functions that bring about your personal experience, your first step is to enlarge those beliefs. Whatever talents you sense you have, can only be developed if you are determined to do so.
The simple act of decision will automatically activate “unconscious mechanisms.” You must consciously seize the direction for your own life. When you alter your conscious beliefs through determined effort, then a period-of-time is necessary while your “neurological structure” learns to adjust itself to the new preferred situation. The intensity of your desire will help bring the desired experiences to you.
Once again, by intensity, I do not mean necessarily a focus of feelings or emotional energy, so-to-speak, but more a matter of getting to the point where you know that the experience is indeed near at hand in a matter-of-fact way. As you concentrate upon what you want, feel no conflict between what you have and what you desire. One does not contradict the other; each is seen as a reflection of belief in daily life, that is all.
Yes, it took time to build the old picture, and so now, it will be the same again. It will again take time to build the new picture. Concentration upon the old picture while fearing or doubting the non-manifestation of the new picture, will of course, not serve you well. Neither will being anxious about its arrival. In this case, you would be working at cross-purposes with yourself, in a sort of “inward stalemate.”
Your physical circumstances will change automatically as your beliefs do. As your knowledge grows, so will your experience become more fulfilling. Additionally, as growth occurs, so does a sort of gentleness in the personality, which may have not been present previously. This does not mean that there will be no peaks and valleys, for indeed, there will be. Each aspiration presupposes a barrier to be overcome.
The more adventurous will often choose greater challenges, and so in their minds, the contrasts between what they want to achieve and their present status can seem to be impossible. Your present moments are your points of power. Be aware of just how you are using them; you can use them to great advantage. One example of misusing them might be that of looking to the past for the reasons or sources of current problems in your life.
Know that this only serves to structure your earlier life through the dissatisfactions of your present, which then actually reinforces your problems and/or difficulties. Initially, this same type of thinking caused your problems. A great many unsatisfactory conditions in people’s lives occur because at some point, they become frightened, doubt themselves, and begin to focus and concentrate upon the negative aspects in their lives. Know that if you choose to summon or recall from your past or project into your future, experiences that are screened or filtered through present negative beliefs; then you will only find that which proves or reinforces the present negative beliefs.
The positive past or future will not be perceivable to you until you change that present negative belief. If you do not, then what you see will only mirror the shortcomings that now face you. If negative beliefs are allowed to go unchecked [not admitted, acknowledged, & processed], then eventually, the concentration upon them will bleed out into other previously unblemished areas of your life’s experiences. As you can, make some type of symbolic gesture to give to your whole-self, the message that you are acting in accordance with your new belief system, no matter how minor or seemingly insignificant.
One small example; if you are poor and are trying to maintain a new belief system in abundance, give away some small amount of money [or in whatever manner suits you] to act as if you have more than you actually do. You must show yourself that you are willing to accept a change, by responding to your new beliefs in such a way as to “neurologically get the message across.”
What you do habitually in your life, or on a daily basis, is a direct result of the beliefs you hold within your own psychological make-up, and from this comes your “now” reactions. Find that which is good within you and exploit it to the fullest. If you believe your own background holds no joys, accomplishments, or pleasures, then you are only lying to yourself now. When you are certain of your initiative, with no doubt, fear, or insecurity, your beliefs will become reality.
In conclusion, when you choose to commit to your “New Year’s Resolutions,” it does really serve your best developmental interests to set them and follow them through, even if you may find yourself adapting, modifying, or changing them; for in their “infinite wisdom,” they are there to not only help you individually, but also our world en-masse. It is by their impetus or driving force that they “move you forward towards your own becoming.”
What is/are your 2016 New Year’s Resolution(s)?
Enjoy the changes coming into in your life 2016,
P.S. For those of you who may be interested, much of the preceding was taken from chapters 9 and 10 in my third book; Integral Resolutions Vol II: The Evolution of the Human Soul. The two chapters focus on “what is” in life versus “what can be.”
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