Sunday, August 31, 2008

Things aren't always what they seem...

Why is this happening to me? How many times do I ask myself this question? I realized tonight while in the middle of a tougher Kundalini Yoga set that things aren't always what they seem. I know, sounds kind of broad right? Well let me explain.

So many times things have happened to me and I've thought, "I'm a good person, why me?" Tonight, it really hit me that things that are perceived as "bad" aren't bad at all - they simply just "are". The only thing that is "bad" is my interpretation of the given situation or circumstance. This means, that everything and anything happening doesn't really have any meaning, other than what I bring to it.

I'm paraphrasing, but Joe Campbell once said something like "The only meaning of Life is what we bring to it and that we aren't looking so much for the meaning of Life as we are the experience of being alive."

What I think he means is that this Universe is a blank canvas eagerly awaiting your perceptions. Whatever colors and strokes you choose to paint with will be replicated exactly. Whatever perception or experience you're holding onto, the Universe will provide exactly.

While this is petty simple concept, I suppose, the ramifications are kind of staggering. Think of it like this... In this world, this life - there is just a bunch of stuff "out there" in this existence we perceive as "life". All of it is just a bunch of really small particles organized in such a way that we give each object a different name - "car", "apple", "girlfriend", "President", "good", "bad". But really it's just a bunch of stuff. An apple is only an apple if all of us agree together that a certain arrangement of "stuff" is called an apple - the same thing could be said about anything else in life.

Everything in this life is made up of "stuff" with a collective, albeit mostly subconscious agreement that a certain "way" or "system" is the way "it is". But really, it isn't a certain way, things just "are" and we all agree on a mutual perception of "what is". This is exciting to me. It means that all of us have to power to create our own perception or belief of "what is" and bring our own meaning to it. It means that nothing is ever set in stone and that the future can bring about immense change for the better and a world that we could of never imagined with an old way of thinking. It's up to us, right now.

It's all about believing first, then seeing. A belief creates a thing, and not the other way around...
So, what do you want to believe? Do you want to believe in Love or Fear? The choice and experience that follows is totally yours.

In the words of the great knight from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, "Choose, but choose wisely." The life you choose to believe and hence experience depends on it!

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