How do you view the world? Do you see it as an unsafe, unforgiving place where evil and bad people abide? A world in which you feel the need to be prepared to protect yourself at any given moment - a "we versus them" consciousness? Or do you see it as a playground for spiritual growth by learning the Truths of love, compassion, non-judgment and oneness?
Thoughts become things and how you think about the way the world is determines your experience of it and in it. If you answered "it is an unsafe place" to the questions above, that is exactly what you will experience. If, on the other hand, you see the miracles, the blessings, the goodness around you, that will be your experience.
A friend of mine, I'll call him Bruce, and I were having a discussion about this subject one day. Bruce has tuned his mind and perception to the frequency of needing protection, the protection of a gun. In contrast, I have tuned my heart, mind and perception to the frequency of love and miracles; I protect myself with angels and divine protection.
Is Bruce right and I am wrong? No. Am I living in denial and delusion? No. I simply choose to view all of life differently and in my world, "all is well." Is he living in denial and delusion? No. He simply chooses to live his life with "facts" and "statistics," which we all know can be manipulated to prove something. In the words of my teacher and mentor, Alan Cohen, "we do not believe what we prove, we prove what we believe."
Statistics and facts work because the majority of people are influenced by the media, magazine articles, certain religious dogma, perhaps the same political party or any other number of things that make for sameness in opinions and consciousness.
Your choice of thoughts is what determines your view and your path in the world. All emotions stem from either fear or love. The mantra, "in my world all is well," works for me because I choose to live in a consciousness of love and well-being. My experience of the world is one of goodness, even in the midst of negative events or people around me. I choose not to arm myself with a weapon, which in my opinion and only my opinion, is an action that derives from fear. I choose not to be looking over my shoulder and being "prepared" for an event that surely will happen someday. I choose to allow for grace and benevolence to accompany me and arm myself with angels and light.
There once was a revered yogi, Sri Nisargatta, who always affirmed, "In my world all is well." Now, you may say: "How can you even believe this when all you have to do is watch the news or read a newspaper? Clearly, all is not well!"
Here's the catch...we all may stand on the planet earth, but each of us has our own reality based on beliefs, experiences, perceptions and choices. The majority may have similar beliefs, experiences and perceptions that may coincide so it may appear that this is the "reality." I would like to suggest that there are a few who don't share this reality and who choose to live in the reality and Truth of well-being...well-being being our natural state and our birthright.
My challenge for you this week is to open your heart and mind and think about whether you follow the herd or listen to your inner guidance. Can you form your own opinions only on what you know and feel rather than on what you hear and read? Can you choose to feel safe in this seemingly unsafe world? How can you shift your perception so you experience a state of well-being instead of fear or threat? And finally, see if you can find evidence for a world that is safe and full of miracles every moment.
Catherine Fenske, Ph.D. (c), is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is a certified life coach and spiritual counselor. She is also a Reiki Master/teacher. Catherine can be reached at 970-985-4499 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to www.livewithintentioncoaching.com or visit her blog at http://fromblocked2bliss.wordpress.com to learn more about her.