Dreams or fears? Our minds create it all.

“Thought creates reality.” If this phrase is a truth (personally I believe it is), then I would pose this question to you: What are you creating with your mind?

I’ve been reading books on metaphysics for decades, and for me there is too much evidence to deny it. I have also seen dramatic examples of it in my own life, particularly in times where my back was up against the wall and I passionately intended a positive solution. It manifested, very quickly and every time. In these cases, there was no room in my mind for less. My thoughts and intention were strong and firm.

Unfortunately, I have also observed in myself some mental laziness. At times when I’m discouraged I am given to casual negative thoughts. So based on my personal experience, self-discipline of the mind is a tough thing to master. However, over time I’m improving at self-observance and mindful creation of my reality.

That which we focus on expands. What will you choose to create with your thoughts today? Your dreams and aspirations, or your worries and fears?

There is so much power in our thoughts, and therefore in our own hands. This goes way beyond our personal lives. It extends to the world.

We are being inundated daily with negative news. If we are not careful, it strongly affects our thinking and beliefs about what is possible. Every time we buy in to “this is too big for me, it is out of my hands”, or, “there are only the same old A or B solutions to choose from, oh well, I’ll just pick what seems best”, or, “entities external to me have all the answers and power”, we disempower ourselves.

Watch your thoughts. Make them positive ones, as much as you can.

Whether you realize it or not, you hold a wealth of wisdom within you. Start to trust in that and create with it.

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My journey begins: Quest for meaning

This post is about beginnings, of my journey as a world traveler and writer. Essentially my travel has been a quest for wisdom outside the box. It is difficult to discover wisdom when we are imprisoned in boxes, the ones that we build for ourselves, and the ones society demands that we stay in.

Travel also revealed the writer in me, which I never could have predicted. Previously I had always defined my creative self as “artist”. Traveling has taught me many things, one of them being that we all define ourselves too tightly.

First the years of soul searching

During my early 20’s, I began reading many books on metaphysics and spirituality. Ideas that my mind had explored independently for years demanded it. I voraciously absorbed the knowledge logically, but there came a moment in Point Reyes, California, when I assimilated it at a feeling level. As I stood on a tiny platform looking out over the vast azure Pacific, my body tingled all over. I felt deeply my bond with this seemingly boundless body of water, and I understood the infinite nature of my soul and our connection to everything.

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Our inherent childhood wisdom can become lost

Looking back I realize that my childhood self had already known this, but the logical world around me at the time did not support it. So, I had constantly questioned my own intuitive wisdom. Later, reading and exploring the ideas written by other people brought me into alignment with truths that already existed within me. In fact, that visit to the ocean brought me full circle back to myself. I do believe we are born with wisdom that is inherent. But our society values logic first and foremost, which can cause us to lose touch with it as adults.

A new chapter of my life begins

Fast forward another few years, and my partner R. and I sold everything we owned and began traveling. First stop was Hawaii, where we immediately befriended a free spirit surfer/photographer named Jim Welch. When you are passionately searching and you ask, the universe will work its magic and bring the right things and people to you.

We were all on a similar quest, to find some meaning in life outside the standard formula. I interviewed Jim about his personal experiences and philosophies, and wrote my first story during our travels (published by Escape Artist), called One Wave. And the journey continues…

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Hummingbird dances

Hummingbird dances

I must confess, I have a split personality. I love the energy of both cities and countryside. I’m torn between two worlds…

Exciting big cities

Big cities are high energy and fast-paced. Sometimes nothing can beat that energetic high from exploring around a new one. I’ve been fortunate to visit some of the great cities of the world – San Francisco, Sydney, Auckland, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Quito, Vancouver, Toronto, … So many cities, so little time. There are many I’d still love to experience. Paris and Rome are two big ones on my list!

But, then comes the drain

However, as exciting as big cities can be when we have leisure time to discover the best of them, it can be extremely draining to live in one full-time. The subway system in Hong Kong is one of the best in the world, and fun to ride as a tourist. But I observed the residents carefully in the time I was there. People constantly sandwiched into crowded places, faces planted in their cell phones. There was little connecting with other people, smiling or even making eye contact. Everyone just seemed to be enduring their own personal grind, surrounded by soulless cement.

Be in tune with body messages

It is very important to be cognizant of the drain on our energy in cities. Sometimes it can be difficult or even impossible for city dwellers to escape to green space for a reprieve from the pollution, noise, and crowds. I realized about a year ago that the traffic noise near my house was constantly making me feel on edge. It was a low grade, incessant drain that at first was easy to block out. But there came a time when I realized it was slowly sucking the life energy out of me.

Find your piece of green, today

So as much as I hate moving (who doesn’t?), I bit the bullet and did it for my physical and mental health. My partner and I are now installed in a new neighborhood, which is a short 5-minute walk to green space with a large park and river. I head there frequently for my “nature medicine”, walks and bicycle rides to calm and feed my soul. I’m feeling in better balance these days. And never underestimate the power of even a little patch of nature to energize. There is also a luxuriant garden around the house. When I feel tired or discouraged, a quick step out the door brings me back to my calm center. And unfailingly, the little dance of our resident hummingbird brings joy to my soul.

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Such simple medicine, but so potent. There’s a great Time article about embracing nature as a mood booster. What Green Spaces Can Do to Your Mood is well worth the short read.

Will you fit in at least a small nature fix today? I urge you to do so…

When city voids me,
I flee to garden refuge.
Hummingbird dances.

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Your today

Your today

There are three powerful little messages embodied in this haiku: time, thought, and your worth.

Time: As much as you are living and learning in other soul experiences in infinite time (yes, you are!), you are right here, right now, focusing on this life. Will you make the choice to embrace today? Within the past few years, I have lost both of my parents. This was truly a wake up call to my own mortality. Logically we know we are mortal (and our ego fears it), but, we still tend to live life as though we have an endless supply of days. Make the most of today. One of the most beautiful movies I’ve seen that drives this idea home is About Time”. If you haven’t seen it, try to.

Thought: Is your mind consumed with your “to-do list” the second you wake up? Is there any time today reserved for contemplation, introspection, gratitude for the good things you already have in your life? (Gratitude expands abundance.) If not, I strongly urge you to make space for those.

Your worth: Do you even believe that you deserve to have good things come your way today? You do. But if you don’t believe it, then I’ll bet you have at least one champion in your life – you know, a person who believes in you, when you can’t or won’t believe in yourself – that loves you enough to talk you through this. Connect with that person, somehow or some way, even if it can be only for a quick “Hi”. Today, surround yourself with your champions.

Today is all we’ve got. Today I made time to write to you, because I think you’re worth it. Please, pick up the ball and run with it. Today.

Start of a new day.
Have you given your thoughts space
to bring good to you?

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Our virtual reality

Our virtual reality
A must-watch commentary about how technology is destroying our attention span and critical thinking skills: the 13-minute video in Feel Like Time Is Speeding Up Lately…?

Technology lacks
heart and soul and humanness.
Put it in its place.

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Black-and-white

Black-and-white

Duality is
a finite collective mind trap.
Embrace the One heart.

This haiku at first glance would appear to be just about racial differences. But, no it is not. Black and white as far as skin color goes is just one symptom in our society of a much deeper phenomenon – duality. In this case I mean black and white to be representative of two seeming opposites.

Have you noticed that the tensions in our world are often rooted in just two choices? Right/wrong, male/female, black/white, political left/right, and the list goes on.

Our minds in this dimension are trained to believe in just two, and they are often pitted against each other. But, how can there be only two, in a universe that is infinite? All of the shades of gray, and the colors too, exist in a place that is far beyond what our socially programmed minds can easily perceive. We are capable of critical thinking when we so choose. But, we are so bombarded with information (and much of it designed to buy our minds!), that we often decide to just “go with the flow”, with the requisite A or B. And going with the flow is not always in our best interest, when it means signing on to consensual reality without question.

Do you know where the truth really exists? It is in our hearts and our higher knowing, when we can get out of our heads. There resides the true wisdom, which will allow us to find our way out of this destructive duality mind trap. It is tearing humanity apart.

Quotes:

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ~ William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“Absurdity and anti-absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld

“I was still cursed with my duality of purpose.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

“We all feel that the opposite of our own highest principle must be purely destructive, deadly, and evil. We refuse to endow it with any positive life-force; hence we avoid and fear it.” ~ C.G. Jung

Related post: It’s time for a new dream for humanity
Related poem: Black & White & Rainbows

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