How do we create reality


Dear unknown friend, 

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 I believe that some of the thoughts which have contributed to create our present reality were thought even before we were born.

 Life is a journey. Did you ever embark on a journey without planning anything? 

 Imagine you decide to visit Thailand. Once you are on the plane, you start thinking of South Africa, and the more you're thinking of it the more you want to get there instead. However, your plane will disappointingly land you in Bangkok. You start doubting that you can really create any kind of reality with your thoughts, but as the eyes of your mind were fixated on South Africa throughout the entire journey, you will now inquire about the next flight to Cape Town. Maybe there will be a seat available for you without delay. You'll take that for a sign. Once on board, just after the take off, you remember how much you were longing to visit Bangkok... but you've created a reality to Cape Town now... 

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 Yes, we create our reality with our thoughts, and we are currently riding the realities we did create before, at a time when we were thinking differently... 

 The Stoic philosophers of ancient Greece and Rome believed that human life was similar to the fate of a dog tied up to a cart, with only two choices: fighting a lost battle to get free and be taken wherever the cart is going anyway, or accept what we can't change and follow life where it goes... 

 Nowadays, the collective trend is rather to believe that "anything is possible", that we can take hundred per cent control over our destiny, that "the sky is the limit" and other fantasies of being all powerful. 

 If we are not perfectly happy and successful already, people will tell you that it's just a question of taking responsibility for ourselves and persevere with spiritual practice. 

 What they mean by "spiritual practice" should rather be called "psychic practice" or "mind training" by the way. There is nothing wrong but nothing really spiritual either with visualising nice colours whirling around our chakras or creating all kinds of inner cartoons. 

 It seems to me that "spiritual"  means bringing our conscious attention to our heart, not by visualising pink and green traffic lights or wise yellow rabbits coming to us with answers for our love, health and work issues, but by finding compassion and love for our fellow sentient beings, and a sense of wonder, trust or worship for the Great Mystery we're born from...  

Nowadays we want to believe that anything is possible, the Stoic philosophers believed we were chained to our  destiny, and I believe that the Truth is always somewhere in between. 
 

 If you had the opportunity of steering a boat, you know that when you turn the wheel, the boat doesn't turn sharply. You can feel the momentum as the boat slowly starts changing direction some time after you turned the helm... 
 

 Life is always a little bit more complex than the simple metaphors we can find to describe it. Maybe there is not only one steering wheel on our boat. Maybe there are seven or ten. The smallest wheel allow us to make use of our free wheel, I mean free will  but only for very limited changes. 

 The bigger wheels are thoughts as big and powerful as plans made about the whole journey of our life before incarnation... 

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 If before being born we planned to become an oak tree, we were born as an acorn, and no amount of sycamore thinking will make us grow a sycamore. Actually, to be happy, we need to grow as an acorn into an oak tree - or from a sycamore seed into a sycamore - and renounce to become anything else than what we have planned to become. So no, not anything is possible. 

 What is meant to be is what we meant to become... 

 The great confusion many suffer from - which is probably part of the plan - comes from being the living result of contradictory thoughts, contradictory momentum pushing and pulling in different directions, challenging us to become coherent. 


 That's what philosophy is about I believe...


 I hope this makes sense, and that this letter was another opportunity to spend loving time in each other's company. I wish you to become one.