One of my favorite spiritual teachers is Lisa Natoli with A Course In Miracles (ACIM). She often suggests we ask ourselves the question, “Where are you located?”. To answer this question we need to look inside to notice where our minds are and reminds us that we have a choice as to what we focus on and who we are each day and every minute. It’s the choice of a consciousness based on love (peace) or fear (pain). The answer to the question colors how we see the world and our relationships within it. It can help explain why we have any of the problems we are experiencing.
It’s difficult to realize this because we live in a world based on fear. We live in a culture that emphasizes and promotes fear, distrust, hatred, greed and divisiveness. Politics, the media and the 24 hour news cycle are designed to evoke and exploit these negative narratives. Most of us don’t even realize how much we rely on the media to interpret and translate how we see our lives, what we value and what we focus on. (see blog Deliberate Vibrations) “If you were not familiar with our contemporary civilization, if you had come here from another age or another planet, one of the things that would amaze you is that millions of people love and pay money to watch humans kill and inflict pain on each other and call it “entertainment” says Eckhart Tolle, Author of A New Earth. Many of us have grown so accustomed to living in fear that we are actually addicted to it.
The consequences of living in fear can lead to serious physical, emotional and mental health problems. “The stresses of today’s world are 24-7, 365. They never let up…The net result is illness and disease. That is the only consequence that will come from the chemistry of fear.”, says Dr. Bruce Lipton author of The Biology of Belief. Fear keeps us victimized. Fear keeps us small. On a grander scale, our fear adds to the collective unconsciousness, out of which negative scenarios are played out in the world.
But we do have a choice. Physics is proving this to be true. Scientists have concluded that the universe is a “mental” construction and that our beliefs, perceptions and attitudes about the world create our reality. Eckhart Tolle explains it this way; “whatever you experience as the world is a phenomenon you experience in your mind. You see things, hear things. The sense perceptions are translated into nerve impulses sent to the brain… the human mind interprets these signals. If your mind is deeply conditioned to believe that the world is a hostile place and a place of struggle and violence, if those deep seated beliefs are there in you, then the way in which you interpret sensory stimuli creates that kind of world that you inhabit. You inhabit a world that reflects back to you your predominant state of consciousness. But it’s also in you that the world can change. It’s a change of mind, an awakening is how the world changes.”
Poet Rumi said, “why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open?” We must understand that a new perspective is not a denial or condoning of what is taking place; “it is finally looking at what is happening and seeing it for what it is: a call for love and healing”, writes Beverly Hutchinson McNeff. Dr. Bruce Lipton reminds us that we are living at a time when we are transitioning away from many of the old systems, structures and beliefs of the past. As the old falls away, new ideas and systems are being put into place. As a result, life is being reported as chaotic, but in reality, is covering up the positive changes taking place under the surface. It’s actually an exciting time to be alive. You just wouldn’t know it if you watch the news.
So how can you join the Conscious Revolution happening now?
- Make a decision that you want to see things differently. As Lisa Natoli says, “go all in.” Focus on what you do want instead of what you don’t want. Focus on love rather than fear. For some it may include being of service. Connect with your higher power if you have one and ask for help to see life in a new way. Once you do, you’ll find yourself drawn to more life affirming media, people and places. You’ll notice the beauty and love that surrounds us. With a shift in perception your entire world will change.
- Pay attention to how you feel. Are you looking through the eyes of love or fear? You’ll know by how you feel. Stress or negativity are signs we need to let go of our fear based thinking and come back to our hearts and present moment loving awareness. It is in this state of presence that we open to a deeper intelligence. We are able to sense our oneness with each other and open fully to life by letting go of the conditioning of our minds.
- To keep yourself committed, start a spiritual practice. Life today has a way of quickly leading us back into the egoic, fear based world. Making time to go inward is key. Meditation, being in nature, connecting with a spiritual practice and community that reminds you of your true spiritual nature can help you keep your focus on the positive.
- Live it. Don’t wait for the rest of the world to change. We are much more powerful than we realize. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” When there are enough people who live this way, the world will reflect that.
We now know we can choose our “location” and help anchor a new reality with a more conscious and compassionate foundation. As each of us begins to change our consciousness, we change the world. It’s all up to us. ACIM workbook lesson 134 reads, “Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.”
It seems there are two different worlds available to us at all times and where we “locate” ourselves is completely up to us. Which world would you like to inhabit? Do you believe it’s possible to see the world in a new way? I’d love to know your thoughts!