Incredible Power of Our Intention
You are not stuck where you are, unless you decide to be.
-- Wayne W. Dyer
Opting For Entirely New Game
After the last card seems to have been dealt to us in this whimsical game of life, we still have an opportunity to ask ourselves, if perhaps we are in an altogether wrong game -- rather than, if we are playing it right.
Namely, do we really have to feel at the mercy of that hand that was dealt to us? Could we just yank ourselves out of that fatalistic attitude that may seek our answers in horoscope readings -- and try, for a change, something like mobilizing our own volition?
The one that could be presently measured by the intensity of our willingness on a typical Monday morning to leave our soft, warm bed.
So, my chances to convince you may be quite slim, but I'll try anyway -- by bluntly saying how in any circumstances you could choose the way you are feeling.
At certain workshops ordinary folks suffering from all kinds of emotional an physical issues have even succeeded to detach themselves from them to the point where there new mindset resulted with healing.
So, if they could ignore their terrible and even frightening conditions, why would it sound like "humanly impossible" for a relatively healthy person to do it? Appearing as a much more important question -- what would be their excuse not to try?
It's only that nobody is talking about it that makes it unbelievable. If our new friend told us how they nonchalantly and easily choose their elevated, happy feelings during the day; if they also told us how job, and kids, and weather, and prices, even pandemics, don't affect how they feel -- we might believe it more than we are willing to believe an article.
Let's face it, we are social beings, where the old rule of "monkey-see-monkey-do" stands side by side with another powerful rule of "not to believe everything we are reading.
But then, there is always someone in that limited pack of readers who may go curious, and whose guiding rules may also contain the one of "I'll try anything once". Are you the one?
A life lived by choice is a life of conscious action. A life lived by chance is a life of unconscious creation.
-- Neale Donald Walsch
Conscious vs. Unconscious Life
When it comes to those basics of our processing the reality, most of us tend to be quite "mentally dogmatic". It may be just another word for "close-minded", as we go through life switched to our automatic pilot and not allowing any new inputs that don't match our inner programs.
Then, for just an involuntary flash of consciousness, we may find something appealing to us, maybe even to a point where we are making one of those resolutions that carry a weight of those never followed "new year's resolutions".
Those are our short-lived excursions out of our automatic pilot into the world of the unknown. And the unknown regularly spells something that's threatening our played-in comfort zone.
So it gets junked. While just the same we keep maintaining that illusion about our free will. Which reminds me of that philosopher's saying about people's free will --"if a tossed pebble could think, it would believe it's deciding where to fall". Only after we have so-so mastered our intentional, conscious living, can we clearly see the difference between it and what was running their lives before.
Even then, more than 90% of our mental processes are bound to stay in unconscious domain, but with that left 10% we can choose how we feel, what attitudes to activate, and what to skip that's emerging from our automatic emotional repertoire.
Which is a way different from people "normally" do, while having all their emotions "pre-cooked and pre-chewed" for them by automatic pilot, leaving them the only choice to swallow every morsel of that mostly toxic and negatively spiced recipe for living.
Back in seventies I ran into a little book by Dr. Eduard de Bono, called "Lateral Thinking", which, together with many other gave the material for my decision to stop playing a victim of my own mind. Those were also the days when I read somewhere that "mind is a loyal servant, but a cruel master".
Lateral thinking, as opposed to vertical one, means an ability of consciousness to skip the whole pattern of an attitude or a belief, and shift the mind to something that intuitively makes more sense to us.
Whereas a vertical thinker will persist "digging at the same spot", wrestling with all elements of an ineffective attitude or belief -- apparently unable to move on with their mind.
In quite a few ways, what I am proposing here is this lateral move of the mind from one pattern of emotional experiencing to another, with no necessary preconditioning with a motivation, but -- by a sheer intent.
Life is not a journey you want to make on autopilot.
-- Paula Rinehart
Let's Face It -- We Are Mostly Unconscious and Don't Know It
It's like mentally choosing to take the shortest distance from point A to point B. Let me give you a metaphor which you may even find amusing.
Suppose you are sitting on your couch, and now you decide to get yourself a beer. What you normally do, you choose that shortest way to your fridge, right? But, if I was to substitute that with the way we are running our lives, it could be a comical scenario.
Like, getting up from the couch, your hand would reach for your TV remote control, to check the weather channel. That would remind you to take a look through the window to see if clouds are really coming. That would inspire you to tell your wife how "those weather forecasters are lying again".
Still far from your fridge, now you are attracted to that left over coffee sitting on the kitchen counter, and vaguely knowing that you wanted to shove something down your throat, you take a sip of it -- which wakes you up just enough to walk back to the couch.
Are you getting the picture? We live in sequences with one pattern leading us to another according to an inner algorithm in our automatic pilot. Ending of a bad relationship makes us lose faith in lasting love, which makes us indulge in fattening foods, because now we don't want to be attractive anymore to "those bastards",
Now feeling "safe from their advances", from that safe distance we can fantasize about this or that coworker, which somehow unconsciously closes the loop, and we are fine, hating men and loving men -- hey, we even feel in control.
On the other hand, if we chose to think laterally about our situation, we would simply allow ourselves to feel relieved, wiser, and invest our experience in our next relationship, now resolute not to repeat the same mistake.
Not dragging the tail of that failure into it, but going practical and preserving our faith in love. Not moping around and sharing our experience with friends and coworkers, but moving on.
That ability to mentally move on, to make that lateral move, presents that inner shift from any present unwanted emotion to the one that intuitively makes moire sense to us.
If you don't consciously choose trust and love each moment, your subconscious policies will choose for you, and they usually choose fear.
-- Kimberly Giles
There Is a True Magic in Those Intentions
How do we consciously wake up? The answer is simple -- by realizing that we are asleep.That act of conscious detachment from our experiencing and observing makes us awaken. We are either in it, blending with it, identifying with it, oftentimes wallowing in it -- or we are outside watching it non-judgmentally, with a full power to either allow it to stay, or to change it .
Neuro-scientists are telling us that during sleep we experience a time distortion, and a long dream is actually lasting only a few moments. It's like the brain has this ability to fast-forward its experiencing, which, for our purposes means, that we don't have to "practice" or "try" feeling better -- but rather fast forward to it.
The problem may be in our tendency to question "how natural" it is. In this context presented here it may appear all unnatural. But then look how quickly your belief changes about it with the following scenario.
Suppose, you are having another boring day, and now you are casually, and not expecting much, checking your lottery numbers against the ones drawn. Suddenly realizing that you are a winner, you can instantly shift from that boredom to euphoria.
Meaning that at any time your nervous system is perfectly capable to make a shift from a negative emotion to a positive one. That euphoria is at all times available to us, and we don't activate it only because it is not in our pilot's program to do it, since nobody else has told you they were doing it.
At the beginning on this post I mentioned a possible reader whose rules contained one about "trying anything once".
Well, now is your chance. We are capable of doing many things that we haven't done before. At one point you didn't know how to drive a car, and believe it or not, but using intention for changing your mood involves less effort than mentally consuming all those aspects of becoming a driver.
But you persisted with that skill seeing so many cars around, knowing that it's "humanly possible". With this one you may be running into that wall of disbelief, since nobody that you know has told you how they choose happy feelings.
What you may hear much more is their feeling stuck with a feeling, and expecting your emotional support.
Well, think about it. Try it. Just for the hell of it, And if you have succeeded to move your emotions with intent even a little -- that should tell you that you could also do it all the way to where you want them.
© 2020 Vladimir Karas