Mind Power Issue #63

Who is really pulling the strings in your life?

Issue #63 - Monday, May 29, 2017

Here is a plain and simple, profound and powerful fact…

...a fact, that once you understand, can change your life (in profound and powerful ways):

You create your own reality.

It's true. Nothing has intrinsic meaning. As a conscious human being you give your world...

... and each event that happens, any and all the meaning it has.

In today's issue of mind power, I share the 9th of my Nine Principles for Conscious Living: The Principle of the Neutral Universe. 

We will talk about why this - perhaps startling - principle is pulling all the strings in your life...

...how the happiest people on earth have mastered the art of assigning positive meanings...

...and how you can give everything in your life any meaning you want, at any time.

Be well.

Bill Harris, Founder/CEO

Nine Principles of Conscious Living
#9 The Neutral Universe

by Bill Harris

There is a Zen story of a great enlightened master who, upon hearing of his own master’s death, began to cry uncontrollably.

His followers were shocked to see him cry. “Why are you crying? You’re enlightened. You’re supposed to be beyond suffering. What will people think?”

He composed himself as best he could, and turning to them he said, “What can I do? My eyes are crying...

...They are so sad that they will never again see this teacher I loved so much.”

As this story so poignantly points out, sorrow upon experiencing loss is a normal part of being human…

... even if we are an “enlightened” master and supposedly not subject to desires and attachments and the suffering they can create.

The “Four Noble Truths” of Buddhism point out that:

  1. All life involves suffering

  2. Suffering is caused by desire, or attachment

  3. Suffering can be ended by giving up attachment

  4. The fourth Noble Truth is the method of doing so

The Four Noble Truths are based on an obvious, often overlooked, but fundamental reality of human existence:

All things exist “in time” and eventually pass away. It’s pretty obvious that not getting what you want (or getting what you don’t want) involves suffering…

...but it’s equally true that getting what you want involves suffering.

Why? Because the thing you wanted is, like everything else, transitory. This month you’re Employee of the Month, but next month you aren’t…

You love playing with your baby daughter, but she will grow up…

You are alive now, but someday you will die.

I vividly remember the first time I experienced this truth. I was four years old and my mother had bought me an ice cream cone.

As I began licking the sweet and creamy ice cream off the top of the cone, I was in heaven. But when I’d eaten about half the ice cream, the realization hit me…

...that this wonderful experience was going to end.

While I certainly enjoyed the rest, the experience was definitely tainted by the fact that I knew the experience would soon be over.

Even in the midst of my pleasure, I suffered.

The fact is, being overly attached to particular outcomes (like the ice cream cone lasting forever) causes pain and suffering.

And yet, we are trained to believe that happiness is tied to specific events or, especially in our culture, to specific things. All around us are messages that connect positive emotions to things we do and own.

The children playing with this year’s hot toys are happy…

The couple standing beside their new car are in love…

The extended family sitting around the dinner table eating canned pasta sauce are united in their humor and affection…

The woman just given the diamond is young and beautiful.

Because we live in a mass culture where meaning is centralized, we are used to having others interpret our lives for us. We have become passive observers of our own experience…

...waiting for other people to tell us what it means. Outside influences direct our attention to what we should care about and what we should strive for so often that the truth of our own power escapes us.

I want to suggest another idea. It’s not original with me. It is basic to the transformational mystical teachings of most cultures (Buddhist, Hindu, Taoist, Zen, Native American, Sufi, and others).

Instead of believing that there is an absolute value and meaning to reality, a “reality code” that young people learn to decipher, I want you to consider an alternative view:

As a conscious human being you give your world, and each event that happens, any and all the meaning it has.

There is no intrinsic meaning to anything. In most cases, we did not consciously choose these meanings we give to things. Rather, they were taught to us…

...according to the conventions of our culture and our family, when we were too small to know any better.

The great news is that we could consciously choose these meanings if we wanted to, and that, in fact, is just what people who are continually happy and peaceful have learned to do.

This means, of course, that you are the creator of your own reality. In contrast to how you may have been conditioned to think…

...you assign meaning and significance (for most people, based on unconscious programming) to what happens to you.

And then, based on that meaning, choose (again, usually unconsciously) what your response will be...

Read more about Principe #9 here.

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