What role do your thoughts play in creating your reality?
This question fascinates me.
I wonder what it means to imagine wholeness. Can we imagine it? Can we think our wholeness into existence?
Most people think that thoughts have a primary role in creating reality.
I agree to a point. But after an invisible line is crossed, I don’t think thoughts are the primary creative force.
My reason is simple. No matter how expansive or profound my thoughts have been or are, they are always less than what is unfolding when I am witnessing God’s presence in another person. In fact, if I let my thoughts enter the witnessing dynamic of a private session, they limit what happens. But if I empty all thoughts from my awareness, something extraordinary emerges every single time.
How does this happen?
From my perspective, it is the direct result of getting out of the way. Of witnessing God do what God does. If it sounds like I’m talking about a person or presence defined of a particular tradition, substitute in another word or name. If you think I really deeply know what God is (and that I’m projecting or imagining what is unfolding), I will tell you whatever I think I know, I realize the truth of Divine Presence is so far beyond anything I think I understand that I let even this understanding go anytime I witness.
So how does wholeness happen?
It seems to me that our wholeness is an innate function of the existence from which our being presence and all other expression in the world of forms, expresses. We’re always whole no matter how we might be experiencing ourselves.
But if we’re not experiencing the wholeness, what’s getting in the way? How can we fix this?
The answer, it seems, depends on one’s consciousness. And since consciousness isn’t a singular expression in one person much less all of humanity, it’s a potentially complicated answer.
But if simplicity is our goal, then there are really three succinct answers:
1) We’re not whole, so we’ll have to do the best we can with what we have (which isn’t much).
2) We can know and imagine our wholeness. Through the power of our minds and thought, bring what we imagine into reality.
3) There’s nothing to fix and nothing to imagine. We are all already whole. All the things that show up as “not whole” are simply an invitation to integrate and embody who we truly are, and as we do, we more fully uncover and are able to express who we really are … which is fundamentally whole, whatever else we may be.
The first answer may sound like something you’ve heard others say – or perhaps you’ve felt that way before.
The second answer might sound like an empowered answer steeped in the tradition of personal mastery. It’s powerful. But there’s a limit. What the mind imagines is required to experience wholeness is a mirage, because the origin of the dream is a projection of what it imagines wholeness to be. Even if the dream is realized in form, it never delivers what the mind imagined the dream would lead to.
There are two reasons for this: the mind’s dreams are focused around securing something beyond the apparent goal of the dream (e.g., a feeling of joy, accomplishment, or validation – the things we imagine wholeness will bring us). And while these feelings may temporarily enter the picture, they never sustain because what is really being sought is an experience of unconditional love and the only source for this is the Divine.
The pathway to the third answer ultimately is surrender, which guarantees that the failed dreams and imaginings of wholeness must be confronted. If you don’t know what the answer is, who does? Where can this wholeness come from? What is the origin of what is real?
This is both the most simple, and profoundly difficult work you will ever do. In the face of insurmountable evidence to the contrary, the only path forward into the actual experience of wholeness is to stop imagining what it could or might be, let go of all those dreams, and instead open up to however God might choose to express through you and your life.
When you do this, you will be forced to confront the dreamer within who thinks it can fix or solve. That there’s still a way. There’s no way to quiet this inner voice except to pursue its agenda until it’s all played out and dream begins to fade. With no other options, letting go will eventually be an option it is willing to explore.
And once you let go something so far beyond your ability to imagine will begin to unfold it will leave you in a state of wonder and awe (but not in the way you’re imagining right now).
When I first surrendered nearly 8 years ago to the day, I began to see energy in everything. Not the kind of energy I imagined I might someday see with my eyes closed, or something that was aided by drugs or hallucinogens. With my eyes wide open . . . I saw God as energy moving through everything. Could see the consciousness of a blade of grass or a tree or a rock. Could communicate with these expressions of Divine Presence without opening my mouth.
It was like nothing I could have or ever did imagine.
What’s been coming up in your life that you can’t seem to resolve? A dream that isn’t delivering the feeling or experience you expected it to? What has been queuing for you to let go of?
Have you let yourself begin to confront the natural and normal fears that often come up when complete surrender is deeply contemplated?
The pathway to freedom lies behind this door. Freedom from having to imagine or create or hold intentions to ensure life is turning out the way you want or need it to. Freedom to experience something beyond your ability to imagine. A grace that you can’t imagine, which wraps itself around every part of your mind, being, and life. Love for you—all of you, yes even those parts of you, that knows no beginning or end. A peace that is impossible to communicate about with words, but which is more real and significant than the manner in which you’re reading these words, no matter how essential you think the computer, phone, or tablet may be for your life to function.
Freedom to experience your wholeness. Not the wholeness you imagine, the wholeness you are.
Today I’m remembering the 30th of June 2011, the day I first surrendered completely. And I’m remembering the hour-by-hour or day-to-day surrender in the nearly 3,000 days since then.
I’m thinking about the world at large, and what appears to be most important “out there” and how that relates to the most important and sacred space “in here” where everything finds its initial expression.
I’m thinking about you and what a privilege it is to walk with you in this way. Of how many different sources of spiritual insight and inspiration there are in the world. And what an honor it is for me to get to communicate and connect with you in this way, today.
Thank you for including me in your life, and taking time to read and be present.
That’s it for today . . . From My Heart.
In God’s Love and Presence, Further Into the Mystery – All the More Extraordinary with You!