Once a week, I sit down to breakfast at a local diner with a dear friend. We talk about what’s going on in our lives, about things that trouble us or give us joy, about the things that long-time friends talk about. He worries about what will happen in ten years based on his situation today. When I point out to him that he can’t predict his situation in ten years, he tells me, fretfully, that he must deal with the reality of the here and now.
Recently, I read that the reality I experience around me is the product of old thoughts made manifest. Although a product of my mind, and of the collective Mind, it appears to have weight and heft. It seems to be, somehow, solid and, therefore, it needs to be dealt with now. I’ve certainly been brought up with that belief and viewpoint, and I empathize completely with those who share it. That definition of reality, however, of being old thoughts, stuck with me.
If the reality I’m experiencing now, that collection of circumstances, events, perception, state of being that is my life now, is my old thoughts made manifest, what would it take to change my reality? Will my reality change if I change my job? My friends? Lose weight? Move? Get another degree? Perhaps. For a time. I’ve gone down those roads before with varying degrees of satisfaction and success.
Reality is old thoughts made manifest. Maybe it’s time to manifest some new thoughts…