Mind & Body

Creating Our Reality

How minding our thoughts is a prerequisite to controlling our emotions and our experience of life
TIMEAugust 15, 2019

Scientists continue to find ways that our thoughts help create the world around us. That makes learning to supervise how you think critically important to have the best life humanly possible.

Tom Campbell, the former NASA scientist and author of My Big T.O.E. (Theory of Everything), says physicists have become the mystics of our time. If you listen to what they are saying today, you’ll hear something quite amazing.

Your body and the world around you is a virtual reality that was manifested by your thoughts. Your virtual future is being created right now as we all think. We are co-creators of our good and bad reality, virtual heaven, or hell on earth.

As far-fetched as this may seem, this idea is gaining momentum within the scientific community. For example, research over the past 35 years by the Global Consciousness Project suggests that when human consciousness becomes coherent and synchronized, it can change things in the external environment.

Researchers in transcendental meditation found that when thousands of meditating people (synchronized) meet in one location and focus their thoughts (coherent) on peace and love, violence in that location drops.

Researchers came to this conclusion by observing fewer reported incidences of crime, suicides, and ambulance trips after the group meditation. While some scientists challenge the findings, the effect is interesting enough to spur deeper investigation.

On the other side, a 2012 study by psychologist Dan Gilbert found the average person spends nearly half of each day on autopilot. You’re mentally checked out nearly 46.9 percent of the time. It’s like driving through an intersection and not remembering if the light was red or green.

When on autopilot, your mind wanders almost of its own volition. You analyze, second guess, ruminate about past regrets and worry about the unknown future. This unsupervised thinking creates emotions that make you miserable, anxious, and depressed.

Psychologist Ellen Langer found that unsupervised thinking is visible to others and repelling. You appear aloof, disengaged, and apathetic, which makes you unlikeable.

Bruce Lipton is a former researcher at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, a developmental biologist, and early advocate of the potential role epigenetics can play on gene expression. He made the controversial assertion that thoughts can alter gene expression.

Lipton claims up to 95 percent of your time is spent living in response to the conditioning you received while growing up. You go on autopilot and rely on habitual brain thinking (mindless thinking) and remain confined within the self-limiting boundaries of your comfort zones.

While lounging in those comfort zones, you allow life’s golden opportunities to pass by. When you later reengage with the world, you beat yourself up by thinking you could have done this or should have done that, things you may have done without the fear influenced by the conditioning of your unsupervised thinking.

However, if you can control your thoughts, you really do have the ability to create a better reality. You also have the ability to elevate your potential to function in that reality.

When you use this ability to supervise the tendency of your brain to think habitually, you switch off the autopilot and keep your mind engaged. Then you have the power to self-regulate how to think, feel, and act.

And now you’re thinking, Come on, all I have to do to create a kind of heaven on earth is supervise my thinking?

According to the mystics of our time and past sages, from the Stoics to the Buddha, this is the only way any of us can create a better reality. Philosophers and spiritual leaders have been trying to tell us this for over two thousand years. Scientists are finally catching up to them.

The field of integrative medicine incorporates the mind and spirit to help heal the brain and body. Meditative practices, clinical hypnotherapy, and the mindfulness revolution all rely on supervised thoughts to ease stress and facilitate healing.

At some point in our not too distant future, we’ll no longer be able to get away with blaming other people or our circumstances for the pain and suffering we sometimes experience. If you do, someone might interrupt you and say, “Hey, you created that experience. If you weren’t so lazy, you could’ve just as easily created a better experience. Stop whining and start supervising your thoughts like the rest of us. Our collective consciousness is depending on you.”

Jeff Garton is a Milwaukee-based author, certified career coach, and former HR executive and training, provider. He holds a master’s degree in organizational communication and public personnel administration. He is an originator of the concept and instruction of career contentment. Twitter: @ccgarton

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