Thoughts Literally Create Our Lives and Our Headlines

The message of affirmations, raising your vibration, and shifting the world is not really complex. It’s ubiquitous as the baseline of spiritual teachings from around the world. That premise is now backed by decades of scientific confirmation. As Mike Dooley says, “Thoughts become things.”

1) Our feelings become our thoughts.
2) Our thoughts become our actions.
3) Our actions become our individual lives.
4) The same is true for everyone else around us.
5) Our collective feelings, thoughts, and actions become our daily headlines.

There’s a simple valve at the beginning of that process. Most humans, for whatever reason – nature, nurture, or both – have a rather negative default setting that forms the basis of their feelings. Unguarded, that negativity passes into their thoughts and actions and becomes the world we see around us.

Meditation, prayer, affirmations are all methods for learning to guard the the thoughts by raising their vibration to something productive rather than destructive.

We are constantly telling ourselves a story about our world and ourselves. That story generally creates a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Those thoughts:

I am/I am not
I can/I can’t
I’m amazing/I’m f’d up

are constantly flowing through our minds, into our actions, and out into the world. Because it’s unconscious and mainly reactionary, unless we consciously choose to change it, our world winds up being a summation of that thinking and those actions.

People are angry and empty and they don’t even know why.

All I’m saying is two simple things:

1) You’re in control of your thoughts and they go a long way toward creating your life.
2) The more people get that and apply it, the better world we’ll collectively create.

It’s not vapid, vague, or incomprehensible. It’s backed by tons of modern science and 5000 thousand years of spiritual teaching. Anyone can apply these principles by controlling that valve between raw emotion and productive thoughts and actions that move us forward.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, TOU are awesome!

Ray

The Answers: They’re Here and Now Not There and Then

Just like a person, a nation and a species cannot look anywhere and not see its conscious or unconscious choices manifested.

Indifference to injustice burns things down as surely as a match. Intolerance for different opinions ends a civil society. Playing into the game of “Us” and “Them” only allows the gatekeepers of an unhappy status quo to extend their games of control.

Mindset makes us and mindsets break us. If we live by our aspirations rather than our grievances, we’ll climb every mountain that stands between us and better future.

If we choose to persist in paradigms that keep us weak, divided, and conquered; there’s probably no way to prevent our eventual self-destruction.
That choice does not begin with anyone else. It does not depend on the outcome of any election. It starts with you and me and it starts right now!

Don’t worry. That’s great news. You don’t have to count on anyone to begin the change but you.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you are AWESOME!

Ray

Roses and Jasmine or Thorns?

Social Media is an amazing sphere for human connection. It allows people to share what’s going on in their lives with friends and family. It also gives us a constant and ready stream of things to be angry, fearful, and stressed about.

Those who have an interest in sewing anger, fear, and stress are well aware of that potential. As consumers of information, we must be too!

There’s only so much “the sky is falling” “evil is winning” “I’m being oppressed” you can expose yourself to before that BECOMES the sum of your conscious awareness every day.

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Well, you’re also what you repetitively think and focus your attention on.

We all know there are real challenges facing us individually and collectively now and in the future. That’s our lot as human beings. The challenges never end until we move on.

Our choice lies in how we process those challenges and what we choose to spend our daily awareness on.

The great Persian mystic Rumi wrote about this a thousand years ago and said it more poetically than I ever could.

“When you go to a garden, do you look at thorns or flowers? Spend more time with roses and jasmine.”

Facebook and other social media, traditional media, politics; they’re all filled with flowers and thorns.

Which do you go looking for? Which do you post and spread across this nexus of human awareness we call social media?

There are real threats that deserve to be taken seriously. These platforms are amazing for sharing information about them.

I guess what I’m suggesting is to be careful not to seed the field of your mind with constant and terrifying negativity. For what you plant the field of your consciousness, will grow and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Roses and Jasmine or thorns? In the garden and on Facebook, the choice is ours.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, YOU are awesome!

Ray

Let Love, Compassion, and Peace Decide You

Something will decide you. Let it be love, compassion, and peace.

If you allow the anger and the vitriol to win, you eventually become filled with it.

If you allow “Us” vs. “Them” to triumph, we’ll wind up with an unhappy cinder of a world.

Be open to change. Be open to new ideas. It’s the way of our Universe. Nothing, nothing, stays the same forever. Stopping change is impossible. We can only hope to mold it into something more productive and that helps more people.

A really famous guy counseled to walk a mile in the other person’s shoes today. If you do, I promise, you’ll find a sympathetic figure wanting most of the same things you want. If one mile doesn’t get tou there, walk two. If you’re still angry at the person, you haven’t walked far enough.

The sky is a big place for a narrow mind and a closed heart. Let yours be opened from horizon to horizon. See with new eyes.

Yes, something will decide you. Let it be love, compassion, and peace.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray