Where are you on the plane of life? By that I mean are you a person who spends a lot of time thinking about the past, existentially living in the present, or creating your future? Certainly there is a time for each emphasis. Too often, however, it seems that many people are out of balance in this area. Some people spend too much time with their heads turned behind them, often bemoaning the hard times that they have experienced. In this article I would like you to spend some time looking at your current self and then looking forward to creating your future self.
Where are you now and what is your future? At a gut level are you optimistic or pessimistic? What efforts are you making to create a positive next step in your personal evolution? Where do you want to go? “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there”. I try to limit the road choices and detours in peoples’ lives while finding the appropriate avenue moving forward.
How about a self examination? First, assess with as much accuracy as you can muster where you currently are. What are the important areas of your life and how successful are you in those areas. Such areas may include various relationships (spouse, parents, kids, relatives, friends, work personnel, neighbors), health, finances, fun, sexual pleasure, travel, hobbies, career, where you live, etc… What are your various needs and wants, and can you distinguish between the two? You may even want to write each of these areas on a piece of paper and then assign a number between one and ten (ten being the highest) as to how satisfied you are in each category. Low numbers may tell you that such a category needs uplifting or it just may not be important to you.
One method of creating the future involves meditation – visualization. Perhaps you are familiar with the “Law of Attraction” as it relates to quantum physics. Its central tenets are: Ask, Believe, Receive.
Ask: Know what you want and put it out there
Believe: Feel and behave as if the object of your desire is on its way
Receive: Be open to receiving it
Now some of you may say this is metaphysical hogwash. Others may say that this is in essence what Jesus was saying about prayer to the Father. What is important here, and it has some scientific validity, is that what you believe raises the probability that it will happen. Desires, Beliefs, Law of Attraction, Faith, Optimism, all interface in some fashion to create the best of all possibilities in your life.
Want to give it a try? Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Do not have food or alcohol in your system for at least three hours. Close your eyes, take five deep breaths, taking longer to exhale than inhale. Calm your mind and visualize what you want. Stay with it and enjoy it; a smile may come to your face. Stay with it for at least twenty minutes. Repeat this practice once or twice a day. Incorporate it into your life style. In time you will be more at peace and you will raise the probability that such dreams will come true as long as you have desired something that is real and possible.
I encourage you to make a good faith effort in this regard to creating your evolving self. You have nothing to lose and may well have something to gain. Preferred and optimistic thinking!
“The unexamined life is not worth living” Socrates