The Hardest Part Is Getting Past Now.

OmRamRamaya

Now is all you have to work with. If you could be finished with all of your past and be totally confident in your ability to decide what your future was going to be it would be no problem. The reason getting past now can be so tough is that you invested a lot of time in creating a very elaborate interactive character that goes by the name of (your name here). If you are like most people you find it difficult to accept that you are under no obligation to give anything that has happened up until this moment any importance in determining your future now’s. The problem is that you think your past has to matter. It doesn’t. Like everything you do right now, it is a choice you are making now.

All the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players.  You are that actor and each day you should be working at improving the character you are playing. You may say that is what you are doing. That is probably true but you are very likely missing one key part of the equation. You are probably carrying around a lot of baggage thinking what has happened in your past now’s matters. In “reality” none of the past has any more importance than what you choose to give it. Everything except right NOW is in your imagination and has no reality other than what you choose to give it. It is whatever you have decided to believe it is and nothing more. That gets back to why getting past “now” can be so difficult – most of us place a great deal of importance on what has happened in our past and allow it to define much of what we see as “now”.

Forget your past. There is nothing to regret or feel guilty about. A good athlete spends no time feeling guilty about a missed catch – they just get focused on being ready for the next opportunity to make a great catch. Place no importance on a “mis-take” – just get focused on making your now go the way you want it to.

An even bigger realization is that like the actor in a play, if you want to, you can decide to play and entirely new character having very little to do with the part you were playing in those past nows.  A little amnesia could be helpful – we would then be trying to figure out what was going on rather than dealing with all of the things we had forgotten about.  We often get so invested in the role we have created for ourselves that we take ourselves way to seriously. You may think that everything you do in your life matters. It does but no more than the part an actor plays in a play. It is all supposed to be for fun and adventure – an intricate interactive game. Don’t let the world you have invented in your mind limit you in any way. You need to remember that you have no limits on you except what you choose to believe in.  You are totally in control of all your now moments. You are fully capable of changing, defining and doing whatever you want with your character. Don’t let your past trap you in a now that you are not happy with.

Imagineer yourself to a wonder-filled future of nows! 

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Wake Up!

Shanti HumIf you listen to your small self ego, the message your consciousness will get is “everything is not alright, I don’t have what I want and I don’t have any confidence that what I want is ever going to be my reality and I maybe don’t necessarily think I deserve it”.  Your ego can only see what is and was – worse, it tends to be pessimistic about anything changing for the better – remember it is just trying to protect you.  Your ego wants to protect you from the disappointment of not getting what you “foolishly” expected you were going to get or doing anything “crazy” because you were overly optimistic or simply living in denial.  If it is a money issue which is probably the most common issue, ego will constantly be reminding you that you don’t have enough to pay this or that bill and will generate all kinds of fear and anxiety about how badly things are going to go – a picture of the future exactly the opposite of what you actually want.  The challenge is that if these are the thought images you are sending out to the Source Genie in the bottle of yours then these images/beliefs are the pictures of the future you are requesting with your powerful creative ability.

There has been an increasing awareness of and discussion about The Law of Attraction in recent years.  This is because as the level of consciousness evolves in greater numbers of people, it has become more common knowledge that you really do have this creative power – that you are not simply some kind of victim stuck with reacting to whatever an indifferent and possibly pointless Universe happens to make your reality.  It is not a new concept.  As previously alluded to, all of the “Spiritual” teachers have attempted to “awaken” people to their actual abilities and demonstrate the process through their lives.  Jesus’ talk about the smallest amount of certain faith being able to move mountains was one of the most definite statements of the principle.   His “miracles” were just demonstrations of the principle and were not intended to make the claim that he was special or that these abilities were unique to him.  He was clear that everything he did others could do and more with “faith”.

John 14:12, (KJV)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Jesus was telling us that if we could believe like him and put our hopes/dreams/prayers in the hands of the Father (Source) with assured faith, we also could do things that would appear to be miracles.  This is the heart of our creative power.  We have the ability to create an image of something that does not yet exist.  The greater our ability to hold that image in mind and beam it out to the Universe as a Reality, the greater our ability to actually manifest that image in three dimensional and/or experiential form.  Jesus was quite clear that it just came down to what we chose to believe.

So we are back to the ego as the naysayer who keeps undermining your wants and desires with doubt and fear.  What can we do about this?

What we have to do is “tune-out” the ego voice – you can’t shut the program down because ego is part of the basic operating system of your bio-computer.  There are a number of ways to override the ego program though.  In fact, all of the Spiritual/Personal Development programs ever created have had this as an objective of their process if not the central objective.  You simply cannot change anything without learning to move beyond the ego message that by its nature is only about what has been or appears to have been.  The ego has NO CREATIVITY!  Ego only predicts the future based on current and past circumstances so if you listen to the “ego you”, you will only get more of what you already have.  There are lots of ways to override the ego program and again, the teachings of all Spiritual and most supposedly non-Spiritual personal development programs have this as a focus.

As we have discussed, meditation is one widely accepted method to quiet the ego chatter for short periods of time which can be enough to break ego’s hold on your Conscious mind and allow you to get the message/requests you want out to the Source Universe (that Cosmic Network that your bio-computer is connected to).  It is interesting that recently a program for personal development has sprung into existence based on “hacking” the mind – this concept ties in nicely with our model.  The other approach to dealing with the ego self besides working to tune it out is to try and reprogram it.  Both methods are useful and complement each other nicely.  We’ll go through some ideas about each to help the Conscious You get beyond the egos past history view of your life adventure.

One additional point should be made here because unfortunately, your ego self has lots of allies in the ego selves of most of your friends and relatives.  It is going to use everything at its disposal to defend its position like the excellent counselor it believes itself to be.  If you are like most people and not living off in a remote place away from many other people or a facility devoted to Spiritual advancement, your ego can find plenty of other ego selves to back up its position.  With all those other egos going around in control of these people, pessimism and negativity are rampant.  Our worldwide communications networks give them a very commanding platform.  All the egos are going around acknowledging everything and everyone that lets them think their world view is the correct one.  “I mean, look around you!  This is the real world.  Turn on the news – just in case you had any doubts about what a problem filled, even “evil” world we live in. Murders, car accidents, financial catastrophes and natural disasters!  It’s a nightmare out there and who knows if you are even going to be able to get through the day, let alone get anything you want out of life”.

You have heard the saying “no news is good news”.  That’s because the only news the collective ego mind thinks is important is bad news.  Why?  Because bad news reinforces its own viewpoint that life is dangerous and difficult.  Your ego takes comfort from the fact that everyone else is in the same rotten boat struggling to get by.  It reinforces its belief that it can’t ever be held responsible for bad things happening to you.  Ego finds it much easier to believe you are just a victim.  This is why you must let your “conscious mind” take the helm – be conscious of what is going on.

There is not a lot “new” in what we are discussing here.  The way it is being presented is different with the intent of providing a model that will have the most use for you.  All of the underlying concepts presented here are well established and the more people who become familiar with them and begin to accept them as a true picture of how REALITY is actually shaped, the easier it becomes to put them into practice.  This is why going to functions where there are a group of like-minded people can have great value – it validates a belief in how things work.

Parameters of Reality

Dor04The key discipline necessary to accomplish what you want in the game is to maintain a happy and appreciative attitude – to try and stay totally focused on things that make you feel good.   If you are not having fun, you need to change direction.  If you feel good about the objectives you have but find you are getting anxious about your ability to reach those objectives, the problem is with your attitude.  This is where most people find themselves.  Learning to maintain a positive attitude is the primary skill you must develop. You need to nurture an “positive expectant” attitude.  You will get whatever you expect unless the Universe has something even better in mind for you.  With a positive expectant attitude everything will tend to fall into place.

The problem comes because part of you (that basic operating system ego you) can only accept as real what it can see, hear, feel or touch.  The biggest challenge to transforming reality is the tendency to let that “auto-pilot” ego keep you in the past or predicting an unwanted future.  The evaluation of what is real your bio-computer brain has come up with is based on shared cultural and social beliefs along with your past experiences.  The trouble is, the logic being used by the basic operating system of your bio-computer brain (sub-conscious – which is the residence of your ego) is simply reactionary – it is only your conscious mind that has creative power.  If things aren’t looking good, your ego self assumes they are just going to get worse and it must prepare for that even worse situation because survival is its prime function.

Unless we make an effort, that basic operating system part of our brain that is focused on survival runs the show.  Your conscious mind may say wait a minute I have this great idea but your ego will quickly tell you that these ideas are stupid and foolish – that it is never going to work – even if the concept is good, realistically how do you imagine you are going to accomplish this?  There will probably be plenty of other people around who (coming from the same lower consciousness) will be quick to agree – they may even say, “Who do you think you are?  Somebody special?  Get Real!”  You and they can believe in whatever “reality” they want of course.  I don’t want to try to make the naysayers out as bad people, they just have yet to realize the truth.  They will almost certainly think they are looking out for your best interest if they really care about you.  Most people go through life believing that reality is a fixed thing separate from any control or interpretation.  It is REAL and thus there is only one right way to deal with it?  We know though that Reality is fluid and can be manipulated – it is an expression of belief.  Anything you really believe to be true is true – for you, even if not for masses of other people.  Their shared belief will make it harder for you to totally accept YOUR belief and the reality you have in mind – particularly if it is dramatically different than the prevailing beliefs you are surrounded by.  Your sub-conscious mind is very easily affected.  This is why it is crucial that you develop the skill to guide the direction of your thinking.

positiVibes-icon2 copyKnowing that you can CHOOSE a reality to believe in is a vital knowing.  If you are stuck in a place believing that reality is fixed, that you just have to live with the scenery on the stage, then you are not going to be able to break free from the world of appearances.  The reality of day to day life has little more REALITY than the reality in a movie or TV show.  It has been dreamed up and brought into a physical form by imagination.  You can go along with the consensus of the masses and basically have a supporting role in someone else’s game or you can make the decision to take charge of the storyline.  The big objection you are going to run into will be friends and family telling you that you are “living in denial” … “you are not dealing with reality”.  The fact is that you don’t want to deal with their reality.  The best way you can help them is by demonstrating your ability to direct your own “reality”.  Sadly, many people think that hoping for anything much different than the apparent course of your life is delusional or maybe even crazy.  Don’t worry; it is them who are missing the opportunity life offers, not you.  They just find it much easier to believe they are a victim of happenstance and have little control or responsibility for what happens in their life.  It is not near as satisfying or as much fun but it is certainly easier to believe that life just happens to you.

If you are willing to accept that you are in control and develop the skill to direct your thinking, life will become a magical adventure.  The only downside is that you will no longer be able to blame anyone or anything for any of your challenges.  That is a BIG step for many people but it can be done with a determination to focus on where you want to go instead of the place you are and what may appear to be the destination you are headed toward.

Back to the adventure in Creation we are all sharing at this moment.  The moment to moment realities we are perceiving is the manifestation of the combined consciousness of the participants currently and previously active in this game of life.  The storyline can make dramatic shifts from one generation to another as new belief patterns emerge.  Your level of personal energy and belief determines how much power you have to influence and make changes in the unfolding scenario.  Through history, certain individuals have been able to affect considerable changes by influencing large group perceptions about Reality.  All of us have an effect though.  We are each important and equal parts (in terms of potential) within the whole.  For most of us our default objective is to help advance the life experience through our personal experiences as we empower peace, love and joy through the physical realities we help create.

Our level of knowledge and belief is what determines how big our impact is.  There is no judgment – the sport, the adventure, ultimately the fun is in learning how to be an influential player in this adventure game – not coming in as an expert and making dramatic changes – that does not score you more points or mean that you will have more fun playing.  In fact, when you come in at a very high level and start making big shifts in perception it may turn out badly if too many of the other players become unnerved and fearful about moving to a reality they are not ready to believe in.  Jesus was not crucified because his ideas were wrong – a lot of people just were not ready for his viewpoint.  There are sure to be individuals who will think that many of the conclusions we are reaching here are faulty or maybe even harmful (it’s just their ego’s self importance denying any possibility that this is a just a game for fun).  That’s their problem – how can you possibly be on the wrong track when you are just trying to figure out how to have more fun and make this life we are all living more of a creative celebration for everyone.

That’s our true potential.  That’s what we came here for.  We came here to have fun building a magical world as an artistic manifestation of pure energy – a place for the non-physical to have a physical Creation experience for fun and adventure.  Being part of Source, your Soul Self is bliss – everything is great in Heaven but there is not much entertainment or growth without the physical world to interact with.  You could spend a lifetime sleeping or meditating and it might be very pleasant – certainly not unpleasant.  But, can you imagine an eternity with nothing to do?  This is all putting it in human terms of course but, bliss without expression is lacking.  God wanted something to do.  Creating Universes of infinite size with unlimited possibility and diversity was the idea.  A time space reality of ever more complex forms of physical stuff vibrating at the frequencies needed to give the appearance of substance.  It took a while but eventually complexity of form reached a point where the game could be taken to a new level.  Bits of consciousness were turned lose to actually create on their own in an adventure world of their own design.  This is where the fun really began – no longer was everything a sure thing.  Maybe God didn’t really know what these little pieces of God stuff would do on their own and was just excited to find out what we would create.  We are just beginning to know our REAL abilities.