We have a choice about how we live our Lives. We can simple react to all of the things we experience, letting everyone we encounter push our buttons. A better choice, I believe, is to consciously create our Lives. We do that by Living Intentionally, developing Intentions, the “I AM” statements of Who We Are, and writing our own Personal Mythology, the stories we use to Conceive, Believe, Perceive, and Achieve in the world.These consciously created statements and stories are how we manifest our presence into the world. I’ve written about them and how to create them several times.
Doing all of this conscious creation has allowed me to become Who I Really Am. Who is that? A Loving, Abundant Soul, Living a Compassionate, Intentional, Creative Life, in an Organic, Solar-Powered body. It took me a long time to develop that one sentence version, but I knew who I was long before that. Think about this for a bit. What is it you just have to do? Sports, family, business? Why do you want to do it? “It makes me Happy.” “I feel a great sense of Peace when I do that.” “Everything just seems right with the world when I’m doing that.” The way you achieve those feelings is not what I’m asking you to think about. It’s the feeling you get from doing those things. Just as important is identifying the things that don’t provide those feelings for you. Notice that I’m concentrating on Positive feelings. Nobody wants to seek out ways to feel miserable. We look for Joy and Peace mostly. We want to feel Good.
We spend too much time bitchin’ and moanin’ about all the things that don’t give us Good.. “Well, that’s because people suck, everybody’s out for themselves, and people like me can’t catch a break!” If that’s what your Personal Mythology reads like, I suspect you do encounter a lot of bad breaks. I don’t deny that you can encounter some fearful, selfish people. And natural disasters happen. But it’s HOW we deal with those encounters and experiences that really create our Lives.
As I always do, I want to be clear that every bad thing that happens to you isn’t your fault because you weren’t “Good enough”. That’s a slippery slope to depression. Besides all of the Personal Mythology we have, there’s also all of the other stuff we have to deal with. There’s all of what I call the “sound and the fury”, the mishmash of thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions that humans have put out over the centuries, most of it unconscious. Some of it is Good, lots of it bad. And we do have to deal with it. And THAT’S where your own Intentions and Personal Mythology come in to it.
When you’re consciously creating your Life, you concentrate your energy on seeking the Good in Life. You’re not ignoring tragedy, you’re simply not focusing on it to the exclusion of the Good. And as you do that, Who You Really Are becomes more clear for you.
As you see Yourself more and more clearly, the why’s and what for’s of Life become more visible, too. What You Are Supposed To Do starts to appear around the same time. I don’t mean jobs. “I AM a plumber” is a job. “I AM helping people” is what I’m referring to. I first encountered this when I read this quote from Joseph Campbell. “If you want to help people in this world, then you have to teach them how to LIVE in it.” For me, that’s taken a lot of different directions, but My Life always seems to come back to Teaching. I have the great Blessing of Learning a lot while I’m doing it.
I’ll say to you, don’t wait until you have something happen in your Life before you begin to look for Who You Really Are. Go out and seek for that identity. Pay attention to how you feel when you do things. Find the things that make you Happy. DO more of those things. Notice the times you are Peaceful. Spend MORE time doing that. Count your Blessings. Be compassionate toward those that irritate you. In doing these things, you’ll begin to change how you see the world. Which changes how you experience the world. When enough of us do this, we do, in fact, change the world.
REMEMBER – I AM consciously creating My Life. By doing that, I begin to change the world.
And So It Is!
~Inspired by The Season of Nonviolence
Peace, Grace, and Love,