Each of us literally chooses, by his way of attending to things, what sort of universe he shall appear to himself to inhabit.
William James

Imagine, if you will, the most stunning, beautiful lake you have ever seen. Peaceful. Abundant with life. Majestic and magnificent. Fresh air abounding. Gentle breeze rippling the surface of the water and the feathers of the birds floating on the surface. Warm sun shining down. The sound of the breeze swishing the grasses, plants, and trees around the lakeside. The sound of the water lapping the shore, and the gentle “plop” as a fish pops up to the surface. Totally unspoiled and pure.

How disappointed and angry would you be if people started to spoil the lake by leaving rubbish by it. If companies started emptying out toxic waste into it. Think how horrible it would be if the only things that were put into the lake were unhelpful to life and growth. Sadly this happens to beautiful places around the world.

Now, imagine that lake represents you and your life. For make no mistake, we are all beautiful beings. Within your “Lake” is a wealth and variety of things to experience, within, around, and on the top of it. Imagine now that your thoughts are what feed and flow into your “Lake”. Are the thoughts you think energetic, beautiful, and filled with life? Or are the thoughts you think toxic, and trashy? Make no mistake, it is our thoughts which create the world around us and the life we experience. What we think, we begin to believe. What we believe, we live by. What we live by, is what we create.

All the time that we are thinking negatively about people we know, or resenting and hating things that have happened to us in the past, or worrying about what will happen in the future – we are polluting the life we are living.

There is a public outcry when companies dump toxic chemicals into beautiful places. And yet, when we dump toxic thoughts into our minds and our lives – who’s going to stop us? No one really can force us what to think. We have to make a choice. In order to make that choice, we need awareness. Awareness of what we are thinking. However, we have become so used to the internal dialogue that goes on within our heads that we often don’t notice it, let alone what we are actually thinking.

The best way to be aware of what we are thinking is to pay attention to our emotions. Our emotions are caused by what we think. It’s a lot of very hard work to monitor every single thought – however it’s a hell of a lot easier to monitor our feelings. In order to create and maintain the beautiful Lake that is our life, we need to take responsibility for how we are feeling, what we are thinking, and, thus, what we are creating.

No one can change our thoughts and feelings for us – we can only do that ourselves. With this understanding comes awareness and the ability to begin to make wonderful changes in, and to, our lives and the world around us. Change your thoughts. Change your life.

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Comment by Alun Jones on August 9, 2010 at 9:34am
:D Thanks Marianne! I have to say, I do love this one and it is one of my absolute favourites... Hope you're having a great start to the week. :)

Thanks, Sarah... it's a journey for us all, but it's also an exciting one - especially when we realise how much we can be a part of creating it :)

blessings to you both
Comment by Marianne on August 9, 2010 at 9:27am
Alun, this might be your best Blog yet. Yes, CHOICE is so inate (as are THOUGHTS) we often take them for granted. I am so very much working on choosing good thoughts. My acupuncture helps with that.

Thanks Alun.

Love & Blessings,
Comment by Sarah Sunny on August 9, 2010 at 9:06am
Thanks Alun..how correct you are I am discovering that my emotions are a very important guidance system and when I pay attention I can accept, release and move forward into better feeing emotions.
Blessing to you,
Comment by Alun Jones on August 9, 2010 at 3:43am
Thanks for your thoughts and insights, Panagiotis :) I agree - we most certainly bombarded with all sorts of information, and we are also taught various things as we go through life. The wonderful thing about life though is, we can learn new things from moment to moment. Choosing to connect with the Authentic and Pure self within our hearts is something we can choose to do. In terms of the next stage of evolution, I also have no idea what it will be, but I'm sure that it's not that far away :) In order to transcend, I believe, we need to continually work upon ourselves in terms of being the best that we can be. Always looking for the next step in our lives that lets go of attachment, and Ego-centrered behaviours. Roll on the next wave of evolution!

Blessings always :)
Comment by Panagiotis on August 9, 2010 at 3:35am
The power of choice, The most powerfull gift we have been given. On the surface it seems to be both a blessing and a curse. BUT you are right about one thing, we DO, each of us, create our own world, every thought and feeling moves us forward toward our intentions. Anyone who practices mindfull thinking will know that primitive instincts often overide what one knows to be correct. Is it because our minds are constantly flooded by all the information out there or is it because we think with our heads instead of thinking with our hearts where no words are necessary. Which brings me to the question of what is right and what is wrong. Are we enlightened enough to understand the whole picture and and our position within it. E.G a program can only operate within its set parameters and will never function behond it. Are we as human beings not very much the same. We are taught to be obedient, law abiding, respectfull, honest etc. We always function on those parameters, things learned. Like a fish in a pond we do not know what is behond the surface of the water. We read books about other peoples ideas and then pass them off as our own. The question is, how do we trully unlock our potential and transcend to a higher state of being. Every day i hope and pray that someday the next level of human evolution will unlock so that we can be what we are meant to be, What that is i do not yet know, but i do know that it is not this. A wonderfull and wise message from you none the less, thank you.

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