It is obvious to us that we cannot create anything without thinking it first. We easily recognize that thinking is required for our actions.
it is not so believable to us that absolutely everything in our lives is the consequence of our thinking. Yet we dont do anything to find out what the truth is. Spiritual teachers say that we are responsible for everything that happens to us, by our thinking – that is, by the thoughts we believe. Not everything we think about, happens. But we also dont believe all our thoughts. Those thoughts that we believe, the ones that we expect are true, are the ones that create our lives.
Most of these beliefs we pick up as young children, when we have not yet developed critical thinking. We just believe what the adults around us say. If those things are negative messages, then we believe negative things about ourselves, be it true or false. If they are positive, then have a positive self-image, be it true or false. Most of us live our lives by these beliefs, and unknowingly allow ourselves to be limited by these beliefs. We pass them on to our children, not realizing we are passing on our own limitations. Not realizing the cause of our own limitations before placing those limits on the next generation.
It is only when our lives become unbearable, that we seek other ways of thinking. Instead of exploring the idea that we are the ones responsible for our circumstances – even if it is manifested according the the rules of others – we seek outside of ourselves for the answers. Then we are at the mercy of anyone who wishes to manipulate us for their personal gain. This is exactly what will happen.
We will encounter the idea that we are manifesting from within, and we should look within for the cause and the solution. Yet we will avoid looking within, because we know it will be a greater discomfort – such discomfort we have locked away there. However, through seeking externally, we inevitably bring to ourselves greater suffering than we are avoiding. Finally, when all other options seem exhausted, we begin to look within, and begin to change our thinking, our beliefs, and our lives.
Yet we may still not realise that we are creating everything in our lives. Despite change coming from looking within, and stagnation coming from looking without, we determinedly avoid taking responsibility for our experience in life – because of firmly held childhood beleifs. The beliefs that arise from the exercise of authority by the adults around us. Our first understanding of the world is that we are not in control, we cannot do as we wish, that others make us live in a certain way. Our thinking is shaped by this experience of early childhood disempowerment, and all forms of human authority take advantage of this programming.
Our beliefs that we are not responsible, not influential, not allowed, stem from our early childhood experience. Very few people ever realise that it even happened, even fewer recover from it. The natural time for humans to recover from these limiting beliefs is in teenage years. If this opportunity is not taken, it is extremely unlikely that a person will ever get another chance. That is why high school is so important for producing subservient lifetime employees – that is its purpose. The time that is meant for breaking out of childhood mental shackles is spent being herded from CLASS-room to CLASS-room, being punished for resisting illegitimate authority, and being taught that the absence of freedom is the path to a good life.
Despite having our freedom of thought taken from us, we always have the opportunity to regain it. Yet it comes at the temporary expense of our personal comfort. It comes only through examining ourselves and confronting our own beliefs, exposing the discomfort within. For those who commit to this process, the benefits are true freedom and happiness. For those who cannot take this step in life, increasing bitterness and regret.
It is never too late to begin.