Reality Sculpting 101: I. Changing Beliefs
The idea of creating one’s own reality is not new, neither philosophically nor esoterically. No matter what one’s opinion on the matter is, and regardless of how much has been said and done about it, I would say it still pays to examine it in depth.
It appears to me that the ideology of creating one’s reality has been misunderstood; marketed in a superficial manner, oversimplified and exaggerated in unrealistic ways. Some claim it works, many have been disappointed by it, and most don’t seem to give it the time of day. Whether reality is created by beliefs or not, altering one’s own deeply rooted notions is not that easy.
To add insult to injury, we live in a world where we are under constant belief programming. Some have named this state of affairs “the matrix”. It propagates in all our relation and is amplified via the latest technologies promoted for that purpose. We may alter beliefs within the context of the matrix of reality indoctrination, but beyond it there are obstacles not easy to overcome.
I would say the first step would be to ensure we can alter belief before worrying about changing the reality it represents. I view this notion to be largely misunderstood. A few affirmations are not going to do it. Faking it isn’t either, because the very notion contradicts that you actually believe in what you are doing.
In any case, I want to present basics of practice as I understand it. Such practice is not a cure-all for all the ills reality may be shoving down our throats. It is a start. I will, therefore, return to the topic to develop it further and work with it myself. It may actually be educational.
At this stage I think it is safe to say that positive effects are more likely when practice is consistent. It also helps when negative and positive emotional feedback experienced without condemnation. The mental feedback or backtalk is best set aside as just words. Thus a playful attitude is adopted instead of one that is critical, desperate or involves faking.
It is important to be rooted in the understanding that beliefs are not the same as reality attributes. They are especially not attributes of self. I am not what I believe. I may believe I am ugly, and that may cause a shift in my form in that direction, but that shift can easily shift back. It is not indicative of me, per se.
The challenge of this playful attitude is to assume self is inviolate, where beliefs are concerned. The latter may alter the shape and course of things, but not their essence. In this understanding form follows the expression of psyche, and it pays for it to change into what more naturally represents our deeper sense of meaning.
That deeper sense may be unrealized because our energy is invested belief-wise elsewhere. We want to remove that investing energy and place it where it matters more, all the while being aware that physical reality has a powerful momentum and staying power, something that goes without saying. Thus patience is another challenging quality in which to invest.
It is also important to observant so as to notice how things develop without condemnation or imposing optimism in the situation. Critical evaluation involves coming to conclusions, which is another form of imposing beliefs, or rather reinforcing the old ones more often than not. This is an art of sorts that comes naturally to children, at least prior to the aggressive social indoctrination hoisted upon them.
Children play, but the notion of faking doesn’t realty come in. The felt quality is different in play than it is in deliberate hypocrisy. That felt quality is a must for both belief change and the reality conditions to follow it. Children also take their games very seriously, but without losing playfulness. They do not much think about the end of their imaginary game because they are having too much fun playing it. Their passion is in the process.
It may be useful to view beliefs as scripts in which one has invested. Change the script via playful imagination. Transfer the invested energy- emotion, passion sense of life- to the new script and play it in imagination. That part of the process can be challenging when one’s emotions represent an investment of self in the old script. Investment is of one’s life force and expressive potentials, not one’s sense of being. Self is what benefits from the belief, not what feeds it, not in a healthy scenario.
All our beliefs are tied together forming a web or matrix of reality scripting. Some are rigidly tied and some loosely. Forcing change of beliefs that amounts to beating oneself up is counterproductive to say the least. But to keep ourselves from engaging in counterproductive activity, obvious or not, it helps to be mindful of what goes on when we examine and playfully alter our scripts.
It also helps to engage in inner dialogue from a second person perspective. Beliefs are not us. So using the first person can fall on deaf ears. However, when young and impressionable our beliefs were often forged by statements stated in the second person- “you are”, “you do” etc. I suggest trying that instead of the often used “I am this” or “I do this” approach.
In conclusion, forging a new script or reality frame may involve revelations of beliefs being in conflict, or even causing conflict as old beliefs come into contact with newly scripted ones. Thus the process may not be as straightforward as popularized formats would have us “believe”.
As this is an involved topic, I will continue with it. There are questions here. Are will and imagination always aligned? Is willpower the guide for imagination or is it the other way around? How do I remove my investment from the collective belief bank when the bankers impose capital controls? In other words, what if I feel threatened every time I seek to liberate my life force, emotional will and sense of being from being entrapped by imposed belief structures. That is for the next installment.
For now I would say this: it is far worse to not notice that investment in beliefs is a rigged system than be discomforted by the dissonance of the situation. Dissonance may well be the first sign of success.