Sunday, March 10, 2013
Aspirational Thinking, or: Fake It ‘til You Make It
As I have stated many, many times, the greatest power that we yield as an individual Spark of Divine Source is the power to determine our next thought; what we choose to place into our personal conscious awareness. Very often this right is compromised, circumvented, and even hijacked by a socially conditioned and manipulative group-think mentality that presupposes that our value is somehow contingent upon understanding and regurgitating whatever the current social trends and right or left leaning biases are within the common wave of existing popular culture. We so often replace our own independent thought with an unconscious obsession to restate whatever someone else says or thinks, the so called experts, pundits, and trend setters of the time. While there is nothing wrong with having one’s pulse on the stream of current information and social consciousness, it is even more important to take these editorialized opinions, postulates, theorems, and sometimes propaganda and place them into a healthy skeptical internal filter that can discern truth from spin, importance from nonsense. It’s a tough battle to be sure, but one that is so very important in our current unfolding Earth drama.
Add to this constant pulse of external stimuli, a wave of insecurity spun from a dysfunctional economic and political situation, zealot-like fundamentalist religious fervor, constant social turmoil and militarily volatile world dramas that create an illusory feeling of uncertainty, limitation, and fear, and we find ourselves constantly fighting an unbalanced notion that we have no control of our own fate or destiny. The world is a very tough place right now, and it seems as though it is easier to feel negativity than it is to feel positivity. I wrote about this in an earlier 2010 blog post entitled, The Default Position. We have to guard against conventional wisdom and notions that our existence and well-being are based on external factors, and reclaim our Divine right to create our own reality and personal universe by virtue of our thoughts and conscious choices. You see, our individual consciousness determines the state of our collective world consciousness.
We ultimately have a choice. Are we going to be the cause of our lives, utilizing our God-Source given rights to create and manifest what we choose to inhabit within our space by virtue of what we think and accept as our truth, or are we going to be unwilling effect, bound by the victim/victimizer mentality and illusion that plagues so many of us in this world today? For me the choice is a simple one, and for those of you reading this, I suspect that it’s a no-brainer as well. The question becomes how do we get there when all around us we seem to be living the very opposite of our hopes and dreams? It begins by what we think.
Everything begins as a thought. Even the Book of Genesis reinforces this postulate when it writes “…And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good…”. We are a microcosm of the Divine Macrocosm. As such we are endowed with the same “stuff” that God-Source is made of. Among these attributes is the power to create and manifest by virtue of our thoughts. If you look around you at everything in your current space, your town or city, your home, even the clothes you are wearing, it all began as a thought that became manifest by virtue of that creator’s vision and pull-through. The energy that creates this manifestation is neutral; it doesn’t care what you’re thinking, its only goal is to move towards creative fulfillment of that thought form. My mother used to say to me “A thought is a prayer”, meaning that the same energy that goes into fulfilling a prayer to God-Source is the same energy that goes out into the universe when we think, with the sole purpose of attracting like-energy and bringing it back to fruition. With this understanding of the cycle of manifestation, I hope you’re beginning to realize just how important it is to be consciously mindful of what you think, what you place into your conscious awareness. Stinking Thinking can be a self-fulfilling prophecy; a vicious cycle of negative manifestation. This is what so many in this world are facing today, thinking that the world is against them but failing to realize they are creating much of the pain that exists within their personal universe because of where they place their attention. To put it another way, everything that happens to you is due to you…let that one marinade for a while. How do we break this cycle? Through the process of Aspirational Thinking; or, accepting the gift of what we desire before we actually receive it.
In my role many years ago as a drug treatment counselor, many of the clients with whom I counseled took this notion to heart, and began living, acting, and taking on the persona of a clean and sober, drug-free individual, even though they were only a few weeks or months clean and still taking it one day at a time. They affectionately called it “fake it ‘til you make it.” But understand just how profound this mindset is. Think of it this way…if you’re climbing a mountain, just because you haven’t reached the summit yet doesn’t mean that you can’t see it up ahead of you. You aspire to be there, you see it in your vision, and by taking the important steps necessary to get closer and closer to your goal, remaining steadfast and vigilant with every step, you finally are able to reach it. In the same way, we have to be consciously mindful of what we think and what we choose to allow into our stream of consciousness. Remember, we choose, not something outside of us. Even if the external winds may buffet you off of your desired course, you have the right to choose how quickly you will get back onto the path again. And when you reach the summit, all the sacrifice that you went through beforehand will be worth it.
So place your attention on your desired outcome and live from this perspective. Keep the focus on your goal, not the problem. Do those things necessary to resolve whatever the challenge of the day may be, but then shift your attention back squarely onto your desired goal. Nothing happens in a straight line, but the quickness of your success will lie in your consistency, persistence, vigilance, and the mental discipline needed to keep the goal squarely in your conscious vision. This is the road to self-mastery. These are the steps toward Divine Spiritual fulfillment. May the winds be ever at your back.