18. Facing Fear, Choosing Something Else

“As long as anyone believes that violence is a solution to anything, there will be more violence.”  When we believe in killing the killers, that doesn’t end the killing. We just become the new “killers” and this incites more revenge and more killing. This pattern plays out today vividly in the Middle East but also in the neighborhoods of civilized countries all over the world. There is a shocking increase in violence, in the streets, in the schools, in the family, between religions, between lovers and friends, and even children. Casual murders are on the Nightly News every night and to the children, this is the normal world they live in. Who is responsible? We are. This is the world they are born into.

The world we live in didn’t happen by accident. It came from an unchangeable, eternal, unfailing universal law: What we plant and cultivate in the universal ground of thought and belief, must manifest in our personal lives and in the world beyond our individual thought.

Our thought has great power, greater than most of us realize. The apostle Paul in his letter to the Philippians said:  “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  – Philippians-8  RSV 

I’ve never been a student of the Bible, but I’ve seen it around, and there is some really good and useful stuff in there.  If you are holding onto thoughts of fear, anger, hatred, revenge, resentment, jealousy, or victimization and helplessness, you are inviting those things to manifest in your own life in some form. Believing that you are helpless will guarantee helplessness in your life. Holding or repeating thoughts of harm – to anyone – invites violence into your personal life.

If those things are not what you truly want for yourself, you must stop giving harbor to those thoughts – stop fearing and stop fixating on hurts and wrongs, because that will surely bring more of those into your life. Whoever you are, whatever you have done or failed to do, you deserve better. You have the power to attract and recieve better, no matter what seems to be now, or what has been before,

The power to create and manifest any life you choose, is possible and available, if you have faith. It is ready now and waiting to be manifest. But what you believe, empowers your life, for better or for worse.

You can choose and believe in what you want instead of what you don’t want, and that will open the way to it. But first. you have to become aware of what you have been believing, that has brought less than what you really wanted from life, and held off the gifts you sought, or even prayed for. In truth, we are all  constantly choosing, whether we know it or not. Seek to know it, and decide to choose what you really want in your life and in the world.

This simple exercise of heart and mind has greater power than you can possibly imagine until you try it and see it for yourself. All through the day, take notice of what you are thinking. Become Aware. Even in the smallest moments, whatever you are thinking and believing right now, is what you’re creating, not only for your own life, but also for the cosmic consciousness of humankind.

If you find that your thoughts reflect fear or anger – even if it’s completely justified – stop yourself and choose a new thought. A kinder one, a happier one, and that will begin to manifest in the daily circumstances of your life – more kindness to you and from you, more happiness for you and for those around you.

It’s not the way of the world, but the Way of Spirit, and God/universal consciousness that is the real power that creates, organizes, and moves the universe and everything in it. Turn your thoughts to something that you love and desire in your life, simply believe that it is out there waiting for you to call, and it will begin to come forth, starting now. 

Every human being has the innate power to change anything that needs to be changed in your life, to strengthen anything that needs to be strengthened in you, and to discard and remove anything that does not reflect the highest and best of you. This has been called the Christ within, the Buddha Nature, the Atman, and many other names through the ages. The truth is, you are a beloved son or daughter of the God of the universe (no matter what Name you have come to call Her/Him/It) and that same power flows through you too. When you change your way of thinking, you have already begun to change your way of being – and more –  you are changing the nature and consciousness of the world and beyond.

You are not alone in this. Billions of others quietly feel as you do, that the world and its ways are not as they could be. One mind at a time, one heart at a time, influences the world, even in ways we cannot understand yet we know are true. Decide to be the person you could be. You can make a difference, starting right now. Change your habits of thought and you change not only your own life, but our world. You are needed now. Begin.

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