Once we have made ourselves thoroughly aware of our misconceptions and we have allowed ourselves to express our negative feelings—not by acting them out on innocent people, but by doing our personal work—we are ready to start the process of recreating our lives.
First, we must get clear about what it is we want and our intention to change. We need to articulate this with clear thoughts. It’s often helpful to get this out of our heads and onto paper. We need to develop a clear vision of what it will look like to function in a productive and healthy way, instead of traipsing further down the road of past destructive patterns.
Then our conscious ego has to get it in gear and initiate the change. We must strengthen our will, formulate ideas, and impress our soul substance with the truth. Then we can begin to create benign, gentle circles. Our ego is also responsible for actively reaching out to the great inner power at the core of our being. Having opened the door, it needs to get quiet, become receptive, and listen. Its job then is to get out of the way so the wisdom within can reveal itself.
This can be a real balancing act and it’s not always easy to find just the right amount of gas-versus-brakes. We need to sense when our work is to be active in uncovering untruths and finding new wisdom to imprint, and when to step aside and cede the floor to our Higher Self, staying calm and being receptive.
This might sound surprising, but one of best things we can do is to call on the greater universal self for help in getting better at perceiving it. We can ask for assistance and inspiration in learning to meditate more deeply and in a more meaningful way. Help is right there for the asking. Just as soon as we recognize the limitations of our ego minds, we can start to tap into the infinitely vaster brain that we access through our solar plexus.
If we have an idea that we want to create something new in our lives, it would be helpful for us to understand that no one actually ever creates anything new. It’s just impossible for anything new to come into existence. But don’t fret, for it is very possible that we can make something manifest that already exists. And it’s a fact, absolutely everything already exists.
So the question is: where is it? Well, it’s on another level of consciousness. Every experience, situation and concept, every feeling, object and state of being already exists in a state of potentiality. And the even better news is that the potential already has the finished product bundled up in it. Understanding this principle of creation—namely, that everything already exists and we can bring these possibilities to life—is necessary for us to experience the infinite potential of life.
The first place to apply these laws of creation is on the trouble spots. Those are the places where we feel cornered, limited or handicapped. We need to become clear about what’s really possible. For we have the ability to realize what we can conceive of. But if our ideas about the way out are half-formed or not realistic, we will only envision temporary solutions. Once we unwind our problem areas, we can begin to expand our possibilities for happiness.
The creating power flowing through us is constructive, good and wise. But in our current state of development, it’s also destructive, bad and thickheaded. The latter part is only temporary and is not the inherent nature of this power, but still it’s there. It’s important to note that this power penetrates our whole being. Also, it is molded by everything we think, feel, do and desire, whether good or bad.
Our work is to empty ourselves of all distortions that don’t serve us by transforming them back to their original creative form. Along the way, it may seem that the laws guiding us are contradictory. For example, if we can’t let ourselves be emptied we can never be filled. Then, from the emptiness a new fullness will arise, but we can’t just pretend our fear doesn’t exist.
Here’s another: it’s imperative we make ourselves receptive and expectant, yet we must not get lost in wishful thinking, be impatient or have preconceived ideas. Still another: we need to be specific, but our specificity must be light and neutral. These are spiritual laws we must try to comprehend and abide.
As we do the work of self-finding, we steadily march our way toward personal freedom. And while ultimately we all are capable of enjoying total freedom, our freedom will start out limited since we must journey through the results of what we have created. Indeed, we can’t skip past hardship now when our past actions and attitudes have been based on illusion and are therefore destructive.
But buck up, for we do possess the complete freedom to now choose the attitudes that lead us to our self-produced fate. When we see that all our hurdles have been of our own making—a direct result of our inner distortions—we have the information we need to prevent recycling the same, and maybe worse, experiences. In this way, our stumbling blocks become our steppingstones.