“Eventually you will see that the real cause of problem is not life itself. It’s the commotion the mind makes about life that really causes the problems.”—Michael Singer
I’ve got a holiday gift that, should you choose to accept it, will change every aspect of your 2018. It’s a deed for an exclusive piece of real estate that needs nothing but your decision to chop up and carry away extraneous bits of debris.
This plot that you already own and have been tending for all the years of your life is your consciousness. It’s the sum total of your beliefs. It’s the thoughts you spend the 1440 minutes of each day animating into your life.
There’s probably a corner with beliefs about your body, about how it operates, what it needs, what it’s capable of. This part of your real estate, which seems inescapable, gets a lot of attention. Most of us use it as a mask, as a shield to keep our true selves hidden and to keep the largesse of the universe from getting in. It’s a tiny, tiny piece of who we really are.
There’s also a dusty basement in your real estate that’s cluttered with beliefs you picked up from your culture. This lineup of beliefs includes things like what is and isn’t socially acceptable. Your need to be liked. Your beliefs about your gender, your race.
Your family, of course, left a few boxes down in that dusty basement, as well.
There’s the room with your beliefs about money. Is it hard to come by? Is there more where that came from?
I can’t stress enough how important this piece of real estate is. Your consciousness, your expenditure of your 1440 minutes per day determines everything.
You can use it to create your own beliefs, your own vision. Or you can continue stepping around and dealing with the debris.
Each and every one of us gets to decide how we spend our consciousness.
I heard an interview with the incomparable Terry Crews last night. He’s a former NFL football player, one of the stars of Brooklyn 911 and a recent Time Magazine “Person of the Year.” Even though he grew up with an abusive father in Flint, Michigan where, as he says, he DID drink the water, he made the decision to take control of the real estate of his consciousness.
He decided that, despite the limitations his culture and his hood tried to brainwash into him, he was going to take charge and interpret his life on his own terms. He decided to create opportunities and possibilities.
He decided to BE what he wanted to be—before there was any evidence that reality could be true. That decision to take charge of the deed of his unique real estate completely changed his life. He went from the hood in poverty-stricken Flint to being a huge movie star and artist.
Never forget. It’s your consciousness. It’s your deed.
Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just-released, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.