Thursday, May 21, 2009

Acceptance Allows For Change

For most of my life, I did not appreciate the power and influence of thoughts. I grew up with a mother who’s first name could have been Pollyanna, but never applied the idea of positive thinking to my life the way she did. For the most part, it felt fake and a little forced to think that ‘all will be well’ when things around were falling apart. One of the principles of The Secret is to think wonderful things into your life. Prosperity, love and abundance can be drawn into your life through the Law of Attraction by your thoughts. The one caveat being: you must truly believe that what is being thought is possible. Not only possible but absolutely true. That is where I found a huge disconnect between principle and practice. How can we believe in prosperity when we have no money or are deeply in debt? How can we know romantic love when no one is around to love us? The idea of The Secret is to think to yourself over and over what you wish for until you start to believe that it will be manifested. The ‘fake it until you make it’ idea sits uneasy with me because it is seeded in an untruth. I do not believe in sugar coating what is or thinking that lemons must be turned into lemonade. Sometimes you just have lemons.

So how do we change our current situation? I think bringing about change starts with something simple. Acceptance. Truly accept something for what it is. Then and only then can we decide to change it. People fear that by doing this, they will passively allow any condition to remain. What really happens is that we see things what they truly are – meaningless. When we accept things for the way they are, we stop labeling them as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Without these subjective, ever changing labels of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, we let people, circumstances and events just be. We can then start to think them into whatever we choose. If you deem your career as uninspiring and awful, your forced positive thoughts will have little effect because your true belief is that your career is crappy. The thought that is genuinely believed will create your reality. Stop seeing your financial situation as negative and simply as a physical amount of money. Then go about the business of thinking prosperity into your life.

Remember, everything is meaningless save for the meaning we give it. When we change our minds about something, what we see begins to change. I challenge you to create something anew in your life after fully accepting it as it is. Watch your reality rearrange itself to reinforce and reflect what you decide life to be. In that moment, you are creator. Once you experience your ability to create, you are free to design anything. Anything and everything is possible.

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