[success]A tree that reaches past your embrace grows from one small seed. ~ Lao Tzu[/success]
I’m writing this on the 23rd August…it won’t get published until next week…but I just realized today is my two year anniversary. My very first post was published on the 23rd August 2011, and no, I wouldn’t go back and look at it if I were you…let’s simply say I’ve evolved as a blogger and leave it where it belongs…in the past.
I’ve been at this for two whole years and it’s mind boggling. Actually it’s more than mind boggling, it’s become a part of what I do, of who I am. And it got me thinking that this is how we set up our life, in every area. We become one with what we consistently and repeatedly do.
Aristotle was right…repetition is a creative state…imagine that.
If you’d asked me when I first started to blog if discipline was a part of my character I’d undoubtedly have said not on your blooming nellie…or some such equally charming British phrase. (A little mockery never goes amiss.)
But it’s become a part of me, at least in this arena. Put me in close proximity to an English tea, complete with scones and cream and strawberry jam and discipline would probably take a flying leap out of the window, but in the writing arena I’ve developed discipline.
Without even noticing it, I’ve been developing myself, changing my self image and the concepts I hold about who I am…or who I was.
Who we are vibrates at a unique frequency that resonates throughout the entire universal matrix of energy, creating matching events and experiences. How we see ourselves matters a lot, and we can’t ignore it…well we can if we don’t mind the repeat and rinse cycle of our life.
The biggest challenge for us all is that our current self concept, our current paradigm tells us we can’t do it differently. Our multitude of thought habits have a way of keeping us stuck doing the same old things. Not surprising really since we have the same old beliefs.
Somewhere along the way, as I persevered and wrote consistently…daily in the beginning…my thoughts about who I was changed. I would like to claim it was deliberate, but that’s not the truth…I became more disciplined because I was being someone different and discipline was the icing on the cake. The more I wrote, the more disciplined I became.
The underlying desire was to use my experiences and what I’d learned and continue to learn to be supportive and encouraging of others. So I began to write. I was doing something I loved, on a topic I loved.
An unexpected act of creativity that changed the person I was and consequently changed the life I lived.
Choice is the way we journey through our daily life. But is it unconscious? Probably some of the time. If we get too busy, we’re likely to be making unconscious choices, which means our previous programming is choosing on our behalf. Not always the best thing.
Think about it for a minute, if our programming consists of keeping us safe because we’re afraid, or we’re worried then chances are our choices from this mind set won’t be for our highest and best.
If we view choice as an act of creativity through which our destiny is unfolding, we’re more likely to be a conscious chooser. Choice is the way we express our beingness in the world.
Neville says: Abide in a state that you’ve chosen until your whole being is permeated with it and you will reap its reward.
How do we do that?
A good place to start might be awareness. Awareness that every time you think of your current reality, you reinforce it. Which is fine if you’re liking it.
By the same token, every time you think of an imaginal reality you’re feeding that. By running thoughts of our imagined reality round and round in our mind we begin to occupy a state of personal power. Use your imagination not to conserve what you already have, but to create something new.
Create your own perfect inner world and think from it, view the world from it and keep doing it and soon the lovely inner world you have occupied will be displayed for the rest of us to see. Gotta like that.
We live a temporary reality
We also know we become whatever we consistently think about ourselves and others. Our world is only a temporary reality held in place as we reinforce it through our thoughts and feelings and our reactions to everything. So another step is to make sure we consistently think and feel great things about ourselves and everyone else.
Choose a phrase or two to remind you of how fantastic you are at something, it can be anything. I make a great omelette would work, honestly it doesn’t matter, what matters is putting yourself into a vibration of feeling good about yourself.
Replace self criticism with gratitude. Choose confidence over worry and turn fear into faith and you’ve become proactive in setting up your new reality. Another easy way towards creative living.
Change your mood
We can’t keep the present level of being, can’t keep the old reactions, can’t hang onto the way we’ve thought before. If you really want to experience a different life, a different world YOU have to be different, its the only way.
You have to turn away from the dominant mood that governs your current actions and reactions to life. Turn away from the current thoughts and feelings. This means dying to the old state by keeping your attention on the new one as much as possible; it means doing the inner work.
We must do the work.
The rewards are huge.
Be on guard
If you aren’t on guard you can be persuaded by what you see on tv, or read in the press to change your concept of yourself, to move into a mental state that can draw the dross of life to your doorstep. Me, I’d sooner have the gold…just saying.
Don’t accept anything you don’t want, just say no thanks and move on.
I learned first hand that daily programming is the creator of my reality. Through the thoughts and attitudes that I had when I first started writing, came the actions I took.
Think about applying this to any aspect of your life. If you would but master the art of practice…and as you can see from my little ‘aha’ it doesn’t have to be something huge, a simple practice will do…you’ll find yourself creating life changing habits in an easy and effortless way.
I didn’t even intend to create a practice, I just intended to start a little blog to share some simple ideas, and easy steps that cost us very little and yet make a huge difference in our world.
We set in motion some powerful forces with the choices we make…intentionally or not, and since today is your point of power and your future is unfolding from the daily choices you make, make a choice to have a daily practice focused on something yummy.
We all have an amazing mind. If we tune into these easy and maybe unexpected creative practices and develop them we can accomplish incredible things.
Now I have a question for YOU. Are you aware of any creative practices that, looking back on, changed your life?
Do you have any specific strategies you can share that help?
Let us know by leaving a comment below.
As always, thank you for reading and sharing…
Encourage one another.