Yes. Without question. We create the reality we live in, every moment.
But, you say, there are a thousand things and more that have happened to me that were out of my control over which I had no authority or veto power.
True enough, indeed. Life is never predictable. Often we develop routines and habits so we can add something predictable into our day-to-day experience, perhaps a short ritual we practice or insist upon, or objects we keep around us that restore equilibrium. Whatever it is that helps us feel at ease, calm…
So we can ward off the unsettled feeling of chaos that just might enter when we are not ready for it.
But then, we are never ready for it. We can’t be. Life is ever-changing.
So how on earth can we create any reality, much less our own?
It is so simple, yet in terms of our motivations, so complex.
We have full power — FULL POWER — over how we respond to whatever happens to us and around us and out in the world at large. More than that, we — and only we — are responsible for how we respond. No one else can do that for us. In the same way, no one else can ever make us feel anything but what we choose to feel.
We also have full power to ignore our responsibility to how we respond. We are free to turn away from it, to deny it, to scorn it, and to decry it — or to pretend it isn’t there.
That doesn’t change anything except our level of awareness, which is the touchstone for the reality we choose to live in.
For the world we create around us is shaped entirely by how we react to it. Do we choose to react with fear, with indifference, with sadness, with anger , with hate? Or with joy, with compassion, with a peaceful heart, with appreciation, with love?
Which way enlightens us?
It takes 90 seconds for any emotion we feel to dissipate, in physiological terms. This has been proven scientifically by measuring the electrical charge emotions bring to individual cells. The only reason an emotion lasts longer is because we replay it in our minds. We choose to replay it. Over and over.
And depending on which kind of emotion we choose to replay, we create a reality that contains the negative or the positive. Every second. For as long as we make it so.
No one else does this for us.
Eleanor Roosevelt, a person who well understood how life can bring trial and tribulation along with happiness, said that no one can cause us to feel negative emotions without our consent. Powerful words.
Every single moment brings some kind of choice before you — of how to think, what to think, how to feel, what to feel.
It is the degree of your awareness you have about this choice you hold that creates your reality.
All the time…