by Fiona Maguire
You only have one freedom that matters, freedom of Your mind
Why does this matter? Let me explain...
People have many ideas about what freedom is and what it means. Almost as many idea exist about how the mind works, how much control you have over your thoughts and if your thoughts do or do not create your life.
What most people believe about how their mind and life works
Most people get caught up in what is happening in their life and believe that they have various amounts of control about it. It is common for people to believe that they can control some things and not others. They spend all their time, energy and money trying to control and change what is happening around and outside of them.
Your mind is a big filter, it filters information coming through your five senses and then makes representations of that information inside your mind. It filters information so that you can understand the information and not get overwhelmed by it. Your filters operate according to your thoughts, beliefs, experiences and conditioning - which is what they have been programmed to filter from your parents and important people in your life.
What this means
Is that you see things that make sense to you. You are physiologically designed to delete and ignore things that do not make sense to you and have no meaning for you.
When something happens to you that does not make sense or you do not like, you will try to control the situation so that it does make sense to you.
Remember that what you believe is happening and what thoughts you have determine what you see, hear, feel and believe, regardless of what is actually happening or anyone else’s reality of what is happening.
In other words you see your thoughts and experience your thoughts, rather than what is actually happening.
You probably have experienced this during an argument with your partner, boss or someone else who is important to you.
Lets use an analogy
If your mind was a projector at the cinema, the projector machine would be the filters of your mind (projectors only use specific reels of film and specific light bulbs) , the reel of film would be your thoughts, the light bulb that enables you to see the film on the screen would be your consciousness and the screen would be your experiences, which you probably believe is your life.
Therefore, if you have frightening thoughts, you will see frightening things on the screen of your experience and experience frightening feelings. If you have peace thoughts, you will see peaceful things on the screen of your experience and experience peaceful feelings.
As I have said above most people get caught up in what is happening on the screen. They try to change what is happening out there on the screen not realising that the whole thing is being projected from the filers inside your mind - from inside out.
Does this mean if I change my thought, my life will change.
Yes but you are still operating from identifying with thoughts and separating yourself of from life.
You create your experience of life and your feelings from your thoughts - from inside of you.
Rather than what most people believe is that there circumstances create their experiences and feelings - from outside of them.
The bigger picture of what is happening
What powers it all?
Just like electricity powers the projector, your life is powered by Universal energy which is controlled by Consciousness - the one Consciousness of all that is.
So what difference does all this make to ‘your’ life
Instead of being caught up in the drama on the screen and trying to change all the characters in the film of ‘your’ life. Which gives you the feelings of being isolated, separate and limited.
You understand that feelings of insecurity, vulnerability and defensiveness, for example, are a direct result of your thoughts. You feel secure because you no longer misunderstand where your feelings are coming from.
You can rest in Consciousness and be guided by Consciousness.
Resting in consciousness is simply not reacting or identifying or judging. It is being with things how they are - being with what is.
You are still responsible for your actions; the difference is that you do not Automatically react anymore from past conditioning, thoughts, beliefs or experiences.
You are than free of the limitations of your judgments, your criticisms, your can’ts, your shoulds, your have-tos, your labels, and your beliefs of what is or isn’t possible for you. As you realise that you are much greater, more, than yourself you open to all that is possible.
You understand that you are Life, you are Consciousness - which is oneness and unlimited.
Than you are Free to create a life you love to live.
About Fiona Maguire
Fiona is Transformational Coach, Clinical Massage Therapist, International Speaker and Author.
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