As we live our lives we are constantly gathering data. Data can be an experience we have or hear about from others. We constantly create a series of desires and modifications of previous desires. This happens whether we are conscious of doing it or not…much like gravity operates without our consent or attention to it. Even if we are focused on something that we don’t want there is a part of us that realizes what we do want more clearly.
There are a few problems that are encountered in this gathering data experience…first is that we are unaware that we are doing it. Since you can’t stop this process (and really you wouldn’t want to) then becoming aware that you are collecting this data would be very helpful. Then you can evaluate your sources more accurately.
You wouldn’t want to take advice about taxes from someone who doesn’t know taxes. Why do you take advice from people who don’t know how to live their dream life, like just about everyone in your life? They may be well meaning but your parents, teachers and the media do not know the truth in general let alone your specific truth.
The Data creates desire and dreams. Desire and passion fuel our lives. The things we are passionate about are life giving when we believe they are possible. In spite of the fact that intellectually we can see the error in letting others determine what we believe we can do, we still let our parents, teachers and the media squash our dreams. In addition they taught us habits that don’t serve us.
In this department store of life we tend to look at what we don’t want and avoid what we do want. It is almost like you feel you can’t have what you want until the other choices are gone. What you intended to do is look through the store, sort through the merchandise and buy what you want. What you do, however, is look through the store, see something that you find hideous and then try to get the manager to get it out of the store. You lose or greatly delay your opportunity to just walk up to what you want, buy it and leave.
Focus on what you want and what you don’t want will not come into your experience. Nothing can come into your life unless you “buy” into it by giving it your attention. The purpose of the stuff you don’t want is to give you clarity and no matter how hideous or wrong you think it is, someone else needs it for something. It is not for you to judge, just stay focused on what you want and forget the rest.
We have also been taught that “you can’t have everything” and to “be practical” or to “be realistic” when we think about what we want to be, do or have. That, my friends, is far from the truth and it is only in believing that erroneousassumption that keeps you from all that you want to be, do or have. Desires then become a source of discomfort when we think we can’t or shouldn’t have them. Since desires fuel our life then the conflict works against us.
The next problem is that in doing the gathering unconsciously and then not evaluating the data consciously, we build towers of limiting beliefs and conflict that keep us from getting what we want. We may see a wealthy man with personal problems or health problems or non-ethical work practices and associate the two. If we were truly gathering data consciously we would find evidence of wealth associated with happy lives, healthy bodies and ethical choices abounding. So the idea is to decide from each experience or exposure exactly what you want and discard the rest.
Each one of us is full of beliefs and assumptions and unfounded fears that keep us from our dream life. You are a magnificent and creative being worthy and capable of all that you desire and then some. It can’t be any other way. All you have to do is get out of your own way and the world will hand you your dream effortlessly
You truly are magnificent and powerful. Are you starting to remember?