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Life-Refreshing Fun of Creating Original Experiences

Updated on November 7, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

Still Mentally Chewing on that Gum of the Last Year

Mostly everything of what we are daily experiencing are the repetitions of same or similar patterns consisting of impressions, thoughts, and learned emotional reactions attached to them. Now, if you could rewind all those repetitions and trace them back to their very first appearance in your mind, you would have come to a point where that experience had no reference to be derived from.

You would find yourself at the moment when you created that experience out of thin air. So that's what I am calling "original experience". We kept creating them all along our life journey, probably never realizing how we could consciously use that natural ability.

Instead, we programmed a qualitative pattern of experiencing into our memory bank and then repeated it over and over again, just waiting for some outside animation that would prompt us to replace it with a fresh, original experience.

Sameness Sucks

Every morning when you wake up, your mind is serving you that same "taste of your life" which is a sort of sum total of all those repetitions - which you took seriously as definition of your intimate reality, calling it "your life".

Now, you may be asking if it's good or bad that we are turning in these circles of experiencing, or grooves, if you will. It can't be bad if you are happy by spending your life in predictable certainties which spell your comfort zone.

But then on the other hand, sameness could mean life stagnation - no matter how pleasant and secure it may feel. Eat the same food over and over for years, and regardless of how nutritious it may be, at one point your body is bound to start rebelling in a way.

Something similar happens to our brain which may be starved for variety - not happy with just variations of the same thing. I mean, by changing the fast food store where you were frequently buying your hamburgers and French fries - you did not introduce a novelty into your life. Quitting fast food altogether would be more like it.

We Only See What We Think Is There

We could start seeing this ability to create original experiences as a true gem in our conscious tool-box. Think about it. Neuroscientists are telling us that our eyes are not the ones that do the "seeing" - but it's our brain that does it.

Our eyes are only passing the image to the brain which - according to our memory bank of experiences - gives a suchness to what we see. So, when you look around now, things look the same as the last time you looked at them - only because your brain is still processing them by repeating that same pattern.

Your spouse, your home, your kids, every item that you see used to look so much more interesting when you first saw them. Then the process of repetition and habituation dulled that experience into what you see today. It all depreciated a sort of. Why not re-create that first experience, or make an original one altogether?

Knowing that We Can - Does It

You would not believe how empowering it is to realize that you CAN!; that you have done it untold number of times, not even being aware of it. You still don't believe it? Then how come that you are not stuck with your teenage view of life?

By what process did you shift it to something else that just made more sense to you? Yes, you created an original experience back there, and then it made the whole difference. All you need now is to get used to this notion that nothing is really irreplaceable in your mind.

And you don't have to wait for some outside incentive to see your life and everything in it differently. You can decide right here and now to practice this "experiencing for the first time". Really, who says that things "have to be" as they appear to be now?

We are not imprisoned in a script that has to be followed with every thought, every emotion, every act. This same routine of life can be different - as soon as we consciously create an original, more appealing experience of it.

It's All about How We Choose to See It

To use some extreme examples, let's first remind ourselves how in some societies it's a joyful experience when one of their family members passes away. There is no mourning, no prolonged depression, no sudden emptiness - but rejoicing because they believe that the person is now "at the better place" and they are happy for them.

Think about it - exactly the same factual event experienced in a totally opposite way from the one that we, westerners are accustomed to. Or, take the ancient Spartan mothers who gladly disposed of their new born if the baby didn't look "promising" to contribute to the military-oriented society.

Even these days, there are mothers of fallen soldiers displaying pride for their son "having died for his country". Change mother's philosophy about that war as nothing but a venture of the current administration (not necessarily approved by the opposition) - and all that pride vanishes, replaced by a genuine grief and bitterness. Yes, creating an original experience is all about perception.

That Sweet Pain in the Butt

Switching to some less dramatic examples, look at your kids when they are really flying off the handle and reminding of that commercial for the Tylenol. Now imagine them having spent some time camping, and you are waiting for their bus to arrive.

Why are you there good half hour too early, walking back and forth impatiently and glancing at the direction from which the bus is to come? Are you sure those are the same kids from that commercial giving you headache that you are so eager to see again?

What did you do in your mind to become so impatient? You created an original experience, one in which they are not a pain in the butt. You can do it again in just about any other situation, because the script for experiencing is not carved in stone, everything is fluid and changeable in the mind.

I just Did It without Having a Name for It

I have been retired for a number of years now, and every time I drive by some of those companies that used to be an unpleasant experience at the time, by some crazy new attitude I get nostalgic feelings.

Yes, that SAME place that I was dreading to face day-in-day-out for years, now gets converted in my mind into some nice memories. I could not get it in the beginning, before I was finally able to recognize that inner shift as creating an original experience.

Again, it meant that my mind allowed me to see those places "for the first time", bypassing all ugliness of those memories. Why did I almost romanticize those companies like an adventure or something?

Only much later I understood what my mind had been doing. Well, there are a few of those little tricks and some of them are in my articles - that I didn't have a name for at the time when I intuitively practiced them.

Because You CAN!

The usual obstacle that we are bound to throw at our attempts to create original experiences - is our somewhat silly notion that our up-till-now "taste of life" is "genuine, and true, and thus irreplaceable", or even shouldn't be tampered with.

Please don't trust every trick that your mind may play on you. I don't anymore for quite a while. If your experience of life is "true", then why did you keep changing it almost from decade to decade of your life?

So now, one more time, blow the kiss of magic from your palm to your reality and see it differently. YOU choose what you want to see a new way - while knowing that you are not changing the factual reality, just your experience of it - which is all that really matters.

Whatever is - is, but you choose to experience it in a brand new way. Have the nerve to do it! Have the courage, and audacity, and spitefulness to find that aspect of goodness in your life, when nothing really seems to suggest that possibility. Don't habitually search for a reference in your mind, something to "repeat".

Remember, an original experience doesn't have a reference to rely on - otherwise it wouldn't be "original", right? So, just think in terms of "experiencing for the first time". How would you like to feel about your life right now - if you could? Then just nonchalantly make that shift happen - because you CAN! It's a pure delight adding this new toy to your playful soul allowing it to create an entirely new dimension to conscious living.


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    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Linda, my friend - The type of hubs that I write is only as good as it succeeds to touch someone's deep intimate reality while igniting some questioning. Your comments keep giving me hope that I am really reaching others' hearts and minds - beyond my simple and humble need to share my thoughts with others. For that I am grateful to your generous heart. - Val

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      Linda Robinson 

      2 years ago from Cicero, New York

      Wow Val when I ever need a boost and mind stimulating, soul searching moment, I know I can always depend on your uplifting inspiring hubs, this was is again extraordinary as all I have read so far of your work. Fantastic writing and outstanding hub Val, so talented, you have such a knack for peeking interest and leaving the reader wanting to read more. :) Linda

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Carolyn, my friend - It's for the adventurous souls like yours that I find inspirations "out of thin air", with just one inner drive - to be helpful in some way. And it's for the comments like yours that I find an ultimate reward in this writing. Be well, and thank you for being You. - Val

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      Carolyn Fields 

      2 years ago from South Dakota, USA

      As I write this comment, I am on the precipice of changing everything in my life. Moving to a new state, building a new home, meeting new neighbors, finding a new church, a new grocery store, and on and on. I alternate between being joyful and overwhelmed. You have given me a new way of looking at my situation, for which I thank you.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Alancaster - Since everything is a matter of perspective, so is the way people may experience my hub. And it's fine that way. Thank you for visiting.

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      Alan R Lancaster 

      2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Like the retired chimney sweep who looks down a chimney pot after the years of looking up. He doesn't get his face covered with soot any more, so suddenly the' world looks a bit - or maybe a whole lot - better.

      'One day you'll look back at this and laugh', the doctor says as he takes your twisted ankle and wrenches it almost out of its socket. You go sky-rocketing up towards the ceiling in agony.

      Two more examples of new perspective, one we can do without. Maybe they'll both be better with hindsight... The further into the future the better.

    • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

      Vladimir Karas 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Rachel - You are so right, it's up to us to decide how to see our life and its capacity for change. You gave a wise advice to your daughter, Rachel, and you must have been a good mother to your kids. Thank you for your nice comment. Have a pleasant and peaceful evening. - Val

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      Rachel L Alba 

      2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Vladimir, This was all very interesting. I remember telling my oldest daughter when she was a teenager and going through a tough time, that not to dwell on the present because life has a way of changing. That change could be a good one or a bad one but you can decide that. I pray also to God to know the difference between the good and bad decision. Thank you for all your advise.

      Blessings to you.


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