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Actions Dictated By Beliefs

Posted in My Thoughts... with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 2, 2010 by andrealidesigns

I recently received an email in regards to an earlier posting “Conquer your mind Conquer the World”. The reader wanted to further explore the idea of understanding our own choices and the limitations that keep us from reaching our potential. They were fascinated by how “humans blindly accept reality by sitting back and letting the world give them what it wants while not doing anything to change it.” In effort to push the conversation further they offered this question to me; “Why is it that we let our circumstances create our reality and destiny and where did we learn this from?”

So as a follow up I will attempt to answer the question in my opinion. I believe our circumstances can have a paralyzing effect on our perceived ability to affect the outcome. Our perceptions of our abilities to render change in the thought progression that leads to choice becomes our reality. An alcohol or drug addict might truly believe that the choice to use has been taken out of the equation when really the choice is still there. Their reality is an impaired ability to govern their own choices. Effectively eradicating choice form the list of possible reactions to their circumstance. These belief systems that we set for ourselves can keep us in a passive state.

My theory on the second half of the question considers both internal and external influences. I think our pattens are learned partially from how we biologically react to circumstantial stimuli and partially from what society teaches us through our experiences. Both impress heavily on our resulting realities. Essentially we become and behave who we believe we are.

Gaining mastery of our choices is truly identifying who exactly we are. A self who transcends any external and internal expectations that are limiting. To be supremely aware of our daily choices taking in consideration how those choices not only affect ourselves but those around us. In keeping this ideal as a standard in our process of reaction to our circumstance can open us to change and allow for us to reach our potential.

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E'piph'a'ny

Posted in My Thoughts... with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2010 by andrealidesigns

E’piph’a’ny
a. A sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something.
b. A comprehension or perception of reality by means of a sudden intuitive realization.

Significant moments packaged in the form of an epiphany are like life’s little gifts and today I was fortunate to have had one. Zealous pursuit of career success can often define the perception of ourselves yet we often misplace it’s significance to it’s definition instead. This becomes a very ego-centric reality we create for ourselves not only in how we perceive ourselves but how we cause the world to see us. All our energy is turned inward in order to achieve or maintain this.

Today I learned for myself that this is a flawed system to measure myself against. For so long I believed that my purpose was my career and my value as a human would then be measured by how hard I worked towards a successful means. I was so wrapped up in my own career dogma that I forgot to place energy into the world and the people around me. Until yesterday when I was reminded that it is the energy that we put into lives that surround us on a daily basis that matters.

That we have the capability to greatly impact and help facilitate others on a better path. Helping someone else on their journey instead of tightly keeping the focus on my own freed me for a moment of the mental prison I recently have been keeping myself in. Clearly this is an ideal that actively works against our nature as it takes more energy to relinquish then to receive. The memory of today’s epiphany will fade but I hope the inheritance of principle from today’s lesson will have resonance in day’s to come.