see, the way i figure it, people can talk themselves into some pretty bad places, thought-wise. and if they can talk themselves into feeling really bad, they should be able to talk themselves into feeling really good.
i just mean we can learn how to filter out thoughts that make us feel bad and focus on positive things. i started doing that from a very young age. for example, we were really poor and my dad was an alcoholic and my mother beat me but i would see pictures of little kids in places like Ethiopia, with flies crawling all over them, living in grass huts on a mound of dirt, and their parents were dead and thought 'hey, i have it pretty good!'
it's not about living in denial, which is detrimental to your growth. it's just refusing to let negative thought processes drag you down.
It's all about perception. You see what you what you expect to see.
"Attitude is everything" is a real thing, not just a thought. The power of suggestion is, too. I believe the mind can heal the body, and one can think themselves well. I did it when they gave me six months to live, I never believed I was dying. I may be different from most, tho....
Reality for an individual is what their mind perceives to be true so yes the power of positive thinking would change the way you interact with your surroundings.
Are dreams real? Are hopes real? Does love exist? Can you define them?
Dreams are real, because dreams are your sub-conscious relying information to your consciousness and conscience.
Hopes are real, but are emotions.
Does Love exist? Only to a conscious human being. Love is a human emotion and a word, to describe an emotional connection. It is defined by those who feel it.
Reality is defined as well. Reality exists outside of and freely of independent thoughts, desires, will, or wishes. Reality is all knowable.
That statement doesn't interpreted that humanity knows all there is to know. It only means that everything we do know is knowable and factual. Anything that supposedly lives outside of reality is a lie or a myth, because it's presently beyond being defined.
Hope that helped.
what is reality, if not what you see through your eyes,what you think with your mind ,what you touch with your hands ?
One might suspect that, but the fact is that most physical theories and laws that govern our universe are counter-intuitive to what we see and think, etc.
Relativity is a perfect example. When one begins to understand Relativity, they understand that much of what they thought of how things work is entirely wrong.
And what if what you think to be 'Relativity' is so relative , that you can't understand its relativity ?
What would that be ? I think Reality is what I've stated.
Sorry, I don't understand the question.
Yes, reality is what is governed by relativity as well as a number of other theories and laws. These laws and theories are counter-intuitive to how we would expect our world to work. We find through these laws that the world works differently than our expectations.
Look, in the end ,we all are going to be dead.
Relativity, I can't care less. It's not going to change the fact of death. Nor had it changed it in the past.
Life goes on and I enjoy it, with my eyes, my mind, and my body.
True, Relativity may or may not have anything to do with our lives or deaths, but it's interesting to understand how those things work in our universe as it allows us to gain a much better understanding of ourselves.
I don't know how 'Relativity ' can help understand myself more.
I understand myself, without the aid of 'Relativity'
and if you're talking about humanity, well, everybody's going to die, whether 'Relativity' or not.
And as I said before, I think Relativity is so Relative that it's not worth the trouble to think about it.
I meant us in general as a species living on a planet. Of course, that then leads to a better understanding of ourselves individually.
I get that, but I would, and so would many others, like to understand how the universe works and how it affects us.
No worries, then.
And after you understand it; what are you going to do with all of that understanding????
Put it to practical use, of course, so you can have things like medicine, internet connections, computers and everything else that warrants giving up cave dwelling.
And I apreciate all of that. but when are you going to get to taking care of the hungry children. I'll do without my computer and TV if you can hurry up a bit with the hungry children.
I don't understand, Jerami. If your god provides for you and all the Christians here, why doesn't he provide for the starving children? Why do I need to get involved when Christians claim god provides?
Do ya think that maybe God might have created hungry children as a test to see what WE are going to do. Gotta have a test to see what something is made of. I am sure that God will make it up to the children. It is you and I that I'm worried about.
You see Jerami, that is the point I'm trying to make.
It isn't about YOU, the earth and everything on it is not here just for YOU. There are other people who live on this planet, too, Jerami, and their existence here has nothing to do with YOU being tested on your faith. Yet, that is the exact selfishness and lack of compassion the "good" Christians of this forum exhibit as they make the same assumptions as you just did.
That is very sad and very depressing to hear, Jerami. No, the myths and superstitions of the Bronze Age will not "make it up to the children" Jerami.
It does seem that you are conserned for the hungry children in the world. And I applaud you for this. If it is your intent to recrute assistence for your efforts to end hunger I will do what I can to further your goals here on hub pages and forums. What can I do to assist you.
Be honest and true to yourself by never, and I mean never thanking your god for your good fortune and abundance. You would be that one true "good" Christian amongst the rest who do.
This reminds me a lot of the conversations that I have with my wife. Are you someones wife?
I apologise for my leaning towards catty.
I will say that most of the atheist on these forums have most always been polite in their communications with me and I want to thank you all for that.
You do not have to convince me that "GOD" is not a jolly ol St. Nick type minus the red suit. I don't think that he is micromanaging events on earth. He influences things when necessary to keep things going toward his main objective.
I do know that there is a spiritual entity of some sort that does interact with some of us from time to time.
I understand very little. Why does he do this or that,...I don't know. I am only a figment of his imagination, who am I to know?
I believe in the power of positive thinking and self belief.
I find when I'm my harshest critic...which is often a jolt of positivity from within myself is a guaranteed way out/through...for me anyway
The power of positive thinking can make the unimaginable happen.
Positive thinking is useless unless it is reinforced by positive action.
I find a lot of things are different depending on the way my mind is thinking at the time. Negative feelings look at things as obstacles. Positive thinking sees the same things as opportunities.
Obstacles require action to overcome. Opportunities require action to be taken so an advantage can be received. Either way you slice it, action is required.
Do you believe in belief?
Well as I understand the question, the answer MUST be yes.
All of this isn't helping starving children anywhere or any other of the growing problems being faced in the world. Griping about what's wrong in the world has never improved it in any way. The only way to improve the world we live in is to change ourselves. We are the only ones we can change. We can choose to help others, gripe about them, argue with them, or whatever, but in the end the only thing we can do is change ourselves. We have always been able to choose to do whatever we can for those who need us. When we all understand this,... then, and only then, will we be of some service to the problems of the world.
What I see is that this is only adding negativity to what we all already know are problems in our world. It's not helpful in fixing those problems to argue about who's right. We can either choose to be right, or we can choose to be at peace. I choose to be at peace, what about you?
Some people aren't in a situation where they can choose peace. I don't know exactly what you mean by peace however, if you mean it in the introverted sense, no way! I want to get out in the world, have a good time, while at the same time doing my best to help those that need me
No matter what the situation we are in we can ALWAYS choose to react to it or not to. Peace is something you feel within yourself. If we do not agree with one another, that is fine. We are all equipt with a mind, so we are bound to all see things in our own way. Right? When we are completely fine with what we believe, we don't want to make others feel bad about believing in whatever they wish to believe in. Why should we all believe the same thing anyway!? The peace comes in by not expecting others to bend to our thinking. Why should they have to believe what we do? We wouldn't allow anyone to tell us that our way of thinking is wrong, so why would anyone else be happy about it? It's simple really. I don't care what others think of me or my opinion. I love everyone and everything, and I believe that there is a piece of God within each one of us. That's one way it can be explained, but others may call it a soul, or whatever. I don't really care what it's called. I just believe that each and every one of us is connected in that we hold within us a portion of the same whole. When our bodies die, we return that portion within us to the whole and reflect on what we gained. Then, if we choose we send ourselves back to see what else we can gain we do, and if not we find infinite other opportunities.
I certainly feel the freedom to live my life fully without any fears and I would hope we all can feel that freedom, as we all deserve it. And what you want is the same as what we all want. Rest assured of that!
When it comes to peace we all want the same thing. We all want respect for each other. Peace in our heart, confidence that we can make a positive difference in this world. Never giving up. Possibly getting involved with your local food banks can help starving children. Local churches is a good place to start with helping your local communities. Churches can also teach bonding, peace,. Respecting/positive thinking/and faith from within kind of goes hand in hand, in my opinion.
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