Changing Ourselves and the World for the Better

Life is a creative journey from beginning to end. We can choose to sit behind the steering wheel and consciously direct our own journey or sit in the passenger seat, leaving fate in control.

What’s going to work best for ALL of us? Too many of us see separation and scarcity in the world and ask ourselves, What’s going to work best for ME? This question sets us off in different directions with little or no sense of unity. In a world of separation and scarcity, it’s every man for himself, which more often leads to conflict than partnership. Wouldn’t it be better to remember we are both one AND separate, and instead, ask ourselves,  What’s going to work best for ALL of us, in personal terms AND in terms of business, education, the environment and peace? With this question, we acknowledge that how we treat the earth and one another is as important to us and our survival as how we treat ourselves. When we treat the earth and others with love, respect and dignity, they are more likely to treat us the same.

As We Think

How do we change what we think? How do we change and empower ourselves?

Personal growth occurs naturally over time but good questions can speed up the process. In response to the question, What’s going to work best for ALL of us in Personal terms?, it would be appropriate to ask, What’s going to work best for ALL of us, to love ourselves or hate ourselves? If you hate yourself, what kind of person will you be, how will you feel, and how will you treat yourself and others? If you love yourself, what kind of person will you be, how will you feel, and how will you treat yourself and others? The answer to this question is self-evident. Personal experience tells us we take care of things we like and abuse things we don’t like.  As we find answers to questions like these, we’re developing our own reasons for doing what we do, apart from what others and past experiences have convinced us to believe. (Everything we do, we do for a reason whether those reasons are our own or someone else’s.) By asking ourselves the right questions, we can take control of being who we want to be.

Life is a creative journey from beginning to end. We can choose to sit behind the steering wheel and consciously direct our own journey or sit in the passenger seat, leaving fate in control. To create satisfying personal and shared realities, each of us needs to be consciously involved in choosing the ideas, the building blocks, we create our realities with. This is why asking ourselves questions is so important. It gives us the power to clarify and consciously “frame” the reality we want to create. It is the exercise of democracy and freedom at its deepest and most profound level.

Love

We will be truly free and independent only when we take FULL responsibility for creating our reality.

Questions like the following help us rewrite our own “script”. To the extent we fail to do so, we remain a blank slate for others to write upon. Keep in mind the Master Question, what’s going to work best for ALL of us? This question acknowledges our oneness and interdependence. By each of us asking ourselves these questions, we acknowledges our own unique individuality. By looking for what’s going to work best for ALL of us, in personal terms, and in terms of business, education, the environment and peace, we put ourselves in a position to discuss issues instead of debate them. We DISCUSS issues when our intent is to find the best solution to a common problem in an environment of oneness, partnership and sharing. We DEBATE issues when our intent is to determine winners and losers, who’s smart or stupid, who’s right or wrong, who’s good or bad, in an environment of separation, competition and fear.

As you ask yourself the following questions, listen for answers (See: Ask Value Questions and Listen for Intuitive Answers. Don’t limit yourself to earth-bound knowledge and the intellect alone). We all have common sense and know simple truths when we see them. We don’t need “authorities” or “experts” to tell us what to think or do, although it would be helpful to have experts in business, education, the environment and peace get involved in discussing those particular areas where their special interest or expertise applies. The following questions are broken down into four categories. The first category is related to the question, What’s going to work best for ALL of us in personal terms? The next question is, What’s going to work best for ALL of us in terms of business?, and so on, until the final category question, What’s going to work best for ALL of us in terms of peace? Some questions relate to all categories although they may not be repeated in each for the sake of brevity.

How we define ourselves and the world around us forms our intent, which in turn, forms our reality.

What’s going to work best for ALL of us in Personal terms?

  • To be conscious creators of our reality or unconscious creators of it?
  • Have a will to BE, or a will to survive? (Having a will to BE implies idealism, creativity and potential for change while having a will to survive, implies little more than that.)
  • To see ourselves as separate only, or both one AND separate?
  • Competition, or partnership?
  • Aggression, or passivity? (Distinguish between creative aggression and destructive aggression.)
  • Discussion, or debate? (Discussion occurs in an environment of shared interest and cooperation. Debate occurs in an environment of separation and competition.)
  • To believe we’re basically good, or basically bad? (See what religion tells us from: What I Learned in Catholic School)
  • To believe we’re human beings having a spiritual experience, or spiritual beings having a human experience?
  • Develop a strong and clear internal value system, or depend on an external value system and be controlled by others? 
  • Matter before consciousness, or consciousness before matter? (Creation before awareness or awareness before creation, accident or intent?)
  • Control and self-manage the expression of our own sexual energy, including reproduction, or let others control us through external laws and prohibitions?
  • To exercise our own ability to inquire about and understand the nature of our experience (reality), or wait for, and depend on “official” perceptions of reality? (Think for ourselves or let others think for us?)
  • Take responsibility for our own actions, or let others control our actions?
  • Develop our intellectual abilities only, or develop both our intellectual AND intuitive abilities? (See: Description of “Inner” Senses)
  • Value outer reality only, or both inner AND outer reality? (Value experiences in outer reality and ignore experiences in inner reality, or value both? See: The Ball of Light – A Dream About the Nature of Consciousness and Being)
  • To see ourselves as the products of creation only, or both the products of creation AND creation itself?
  • To see the universe as dead, or alive? (Cosmic accident come to life or consciousness everywhere, creating everything?)
  • Believe in life beyond life, or lights out, end of story, period?
  • To acknowledge power and worth in ourselves and others, or deny power and worth in ourselves and others?
  • To motivate and self-direct ourselves, or depend on others to motivate and direct us?
  • Self-determination, or mindless obedience? (Think for ourselves or let others think for us?)
  • To be or, not to be? (Seek to BE and learn, or hope to die?)
  • Optimism, or pessimism? (Expect the best, or expect the worst?)
  • Appreciation, or fault-finding? (Look for what’s good and right about life, or look for what’s bad and wrong about life?)
  • Gratitude, or contempt?
  • Eat to live, or live to eat?
  • To Love ourselves, or hate ourselves?
  • To Believe in ourselves and our abilities, or not trust ourselves and our abilities?
  • To Trust ourselves and our abilities, or not trust ourselves and our abilities?
  • To define success as being who we love to be, doing what we love to do (inner, emotional reward), or by how much money, power and prestige/privilege we acquire (outer, material reward)?
  • Natural Passion (passion inspired by internal emotion and desire), or Unnatural Passion (passion driven by the external threat of punishment, disapproval or the promise of reward)? 
  • Honest loyalty, or false loyalty? (True to ourselves and highest values, or true to others and lesser values?) 
  • Honesty, or deceit?
  • Forgiveness, or condemnation?
  • Tolerance, or intolerance?
  • Creative or violent conflict resolution?
  • Share, or hoard? 
  • Peace, or violence?
  • Love, or fear?
  • Love, or hate?
  • Joy, or sadness?
  • Spontaneity, or guardedness?
  • Playfulness, or defensiveness?
  • To get clear on our choices, or remain muddled and confused?

 

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Free to be Me

What’s going to work best for ALL of us in terms of Business?

Until now, business and the society have formed around the question, What’s going to work best for me?, ME being the individual or subgroup of individuals like the Republican and Democratic parties, the Mafia, Exxon Mobil, or the Untied States of America. It’s time to go beyond this question and ask ourselves: What’s going to work best for ALL of us, in personal terms, and in terms of Business, education, the environment and peace? Let’s explore the possibilities! This is a creative work of art. Add your ideas to the project! Not only are we the artists, we’re the colors and the canvas we’re painting. What can we accomplish if we put our minds to it?

  • Exchange money for goods and services, or exchange goods and services for goods and services?
  • Individual ownership, collective ownership, or some combination of both?
  • Individual rights, collective rights, or some combination of both?
  • Individual responsibility, collective responsibility, or some combination of both?
  • Equal pay for equal time, or unequal pay for equal time?
  • Competition, partnership or some combination of both?
  • Local commerce, global commerce or some combination of both? 
  • Free market, controlled market or some combination of both?
  • To get clear on our choices, or remain muddled and confused? 

What’s going to work best for ALL of us in terms of Education? (Refer back to “Personal terms” for more question/discussion topics in this category.)

  • To be conscious creators of our reality, or unconscious creators of it?
  • To see ourselves as separate, or both one AND separate?
  • Competition, or partnership?
  • Self-directed education, government/business directed education, or some combination of both?  
  • Free, or fee-based education?
  • To get clear on our choices, or remain muddled and confused?

What’s going to work best for ALL of us in terms of the Environment?

  • To see the earth as dead, or alive?
  • To see ourselves as disconnected from the earth, or part of it? 
  • To be exploiters, or stewards of the earth?
  • To balance our needs against the earth’s ability to provide for us, or reproduce and consume the earth’s resources mindlessly until the end?
  • Balance, or imbalance?
  • Clean, or polluted air? 
  • Clean, or polluted water?
  • Rich, healthy soil, or depleted, contaminated soil?
  • Support bio-diversity, or bio-extinction?
  •  Deplete resources, or manage resource? 
  • Limited, or unlimited human population growth?
  • Limited, or unlimited land development for human purposes? 
  • To get clear on our choices, or remain muddled and confused?

What’s going to work best for ALL of us in terms of Peace?

(The word, “peace” defines a state of love and acceptance within or between ourselves. We can create and maintain a state of peace within and between ourselves, or be in a state of conflict within and between ourselves. By pulling these two extreme states of being apart, we create a continuum and, in doing so, see that, instead of being in one state or the other, we normally exist somewhere in between the two. Life usually takes place between the dynamic tension of extremes. The question is, how can we create and maintain a healthy state of peace within ourselves and between ourselves?  What combination of beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations will enable us to live in peace and still feel creatively challenged to live? Do we have enough natural challenges to keep us on our toes, or do we need to manufacture additional ones to maintain our will to survive? Perhaps, instead of thinking in terms of having a will to survive, we should think in terms of having a will to BE. Simply having a “will to survive” doesn’t seem to hold much merit but, having a “will to BE”, holds unlimited potential for being and creativity.  Refer back to “Personal terms” for more question/discussion topics in this category. To get the conversation going, I’ve added several areas for discussion below.)

  • Exchange money for goods and services, or exchange goods and services for goods and services?
  • Individual ownership, or both individual AND collective ownership?
  • Individual rights or individual AND collective rights?
  • Separation or both oneness and separation?
  • Competition, or partnership?
  • Creative aggression or destructive aggression?
  • Democracy?
  • Socialism?
  • Communism?
  • Free market or controlled market?
  • Self-governance, central governance or both self and central governance? (Internal or external control?)
  • Centralized or decentralized government?
  • To get clear on our choices or remain muddled and confused?

Think

How often do we stop to examine the ideas that motivate or drive us to see where they’re taking us as we create our everyday reality? Judging from concerns about the growing human population, new and drug resistant diseases, increased global warming, increasing interpersonal and international conflict, and general planetary degradation, it is safe to assume we don’t examine our motives, where they come from and where they’re taking us, as well, or as often as we should. Mostly, we focus on events occurring outside us and spend little time examining the the inner beliefs, attitudes, values and expectations that create them.

THE VALUE JUDGMENT WORLD

Currently, our world view, and therefore, our life experience, is dominated by two basic core beliefs: we’re separate and there’s not enough to go around. When we step back and look at these two self-defining core beliefs we can see how limiting and divisive they are, and how they attract associated ideas like survival of the fittest, dog-eat-dog, and devil take the hindmost, predatory concepts we see dramatized in life, work, and art every day. In an environment of ideas like this, it’s not hard to see why so many of us define success by the amount of money, power, and privilege we acquire. When we insist on believing we’re separate and there’s not enough of what we need or want to go around, we create a foundation for the fear, competition, violence and suffering we see in the world. It’s no wonder two additional core beliefs, or negative self-concepts are part of the mix: we’re basically bad and we can’t trust ourselves.

In a world dominated by belief in separation and scarcity – fear, distrust, and competition force us to create central forms of religious and/or secular authority to formally determine, command and control our behavior. Cultural ideals, expressed as religious doctrine and/or secular laws, supersede individual rights and are imposed upon us with the threat of force, which includes a formal means of establishing guilt or innocence with the ability to administer punishment, if necessary, to ensure public safety and peace.

On a less formal level, but just as persuasive, Social Norms (external values) that characterize different aspects of being and performance as right or wrong, good or bad, control us through the power of self-judgment and public opinion. From birth we learn to compare ourselves and one another to outside standards of being and performance in every role we play. In the process of policing ourselves and one another to ensure we conform to pre-approved patterns of being and behavior, we become Fault Finders. Ever vigilant, we look for discrepancies between cultural ideals and personal behavior. We criticize and attack ourselves and one another for the things we do and don’t do, who we are, or are not, and for differences in our size, shape, weight, race, religion, age, sex, beauty, and intelligence. When we compare ourselves and one another to external cultural standards of being and performance, we make judgments about our goodness or badness, our rightness or wrongness, our worth or worthlessness, hence the name, Value Judgment World.

In a world view dominated by belief in separation and scarcity, the amount of money, power, and privilege we acquire becomes the “official” measure of success or survivability. We want to feel like we’re “someone” in this world of “winners and losers” as we “struggle to survive”. Some of us are so fearful and desperate to succeed we’ll lie, cheat, and steal, and by so doing, sell our soul to the devil in the process. As long as we’re clever and don’t get caught, our behavior is tolerated and even considered logical or proper. In this fearful, ambitious, competitive, and material world, there is one question that plagues us though and that is, “when is enough, enough?” How much money, power, and privilege/prestige does it take to make us feel safe in this “hostile” world? Obviously, some of us think enough is never enough, which can create an imbalance of such profound proportions that our system, shaky as it often is, may completely break down. If imbalances go uncorrected and become great enough, they can push us over the edge, into extinction.

In a Value Judgment World, most of our energy is absorbed by activities involving the need for defense. We go to school and choose work more to develop a lifestyle that helps us avoid suffering, guilt, punishment and the wrath of public opinion than to express who we love to be and what we love to do. We invest so much of our creative energy in being who others want us to be and doing what others think we should do, we lose touch with who we are and what we’re capable of. Only during infancy and in quiet moments away from the demands and expectations of a fearful, manipulating, and controlling world do we get in touch with our true selves and highest ideals. In these quiet moments of creative freedom and spontaneity, when we’re being who we love to be and doing what we love to do, do we realize that pleasure, in the form of love, truth, and joy (happiness), is life’s greatest reward. Sadly, this natural impulse gets lost when we believe too strongly in separation, scarcity, competition, and fear.

If we stop to think about our own experience for a while, we’ll see that consciousness and energy, awareness and action, are at the heart of everything we do whether it’s deciding to drink a glass of water, smile, frown, or write a book. Energetic Awareness (or Awareized Energy) is behind all being and creation. It is the Great Oneness from which All That Is springs! It is what we are and use to create our individuality and personality. It is behind the creation of matter and its manipulation in time and space. It is what we use to manipulate and express ourselves in life, imagination, and dreams. It is the Great Oneness we are a part of and apart from at the same time. To understand this is to see the sacredness, the magic and the wonder of All That Is. It is the key to evolving beyond “Childhood’s End”. It is time for us, “God’s children”, to grow up!

WE CREATE OUR OWN REALITY 

During the course of everyday events we often forget the role of thoughts in the forging of our material reality. We get lost in the visible symbols, the material by-products of our imaginations, forgetting the invisible blueprints from which they, and we, emerge.

Pure energy like money, its material equivalent, is shaped into matter and experience by thought. It can be used to lift up or smash down, to build character or destroy character, to express love or express hate, to beautify or make ugly.

The purpose, or challenge, of life is to learn how to use thought in its various forms to shape energy into a pleasing reality. The prize is a sense of satisfaction, a feeling of a job well done. And, like learning to walk or talk, it is a personal, subjective endeavor that requires creative aggression. It is a great balancing act, where one must accept falling down in the course of learning how to stand up.

Remember:

Thoughts are “things” with a reality of their own and you an artist. With thoughts in the forms of belief, attitude, value and expectation you paint the landscape of your life.

Create a great day!

Pete, http://diaryofamystic

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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