How Do Our Thoughts Create Our Reality?

You may have heard that our thoughts create our reality. But how does this happen?

First level

Our feelings about ourselves and our lives depend fully on the thoughts that we think. We create a story about how our lives 'are' through our thoughts - a static version of the fluidity of our lives. I call this our 'life story'.

So say, for instance, that you've just finished paying off a loan, but you are still $3000 in debt on a credit card. You can...

  • ...look at your bank statement and think "What a relief, I've finally paid off that loan" and feel good, as if a weight had been lifted off your shoulders.

  • ...look at your bank statement and think "I still have another $3000 to pay, plus interests; I don't know how long it will take me to pay all that money off" and feel bad, as if you had a burden on your shoulders.

You can see that how you feel comes down to the perspective (the thoughts) that you take on any subject. Our own thoughts create our reality.

You need to remember that beliefs are the roots of our thoughts, and that some beliefs are very ingrained in us. Money is one of the top subjects that cause us the most stress, because the collective belief that 'money is difficult to get' is very strong.

Be patient with yourself when you choose to hold a different thought than you've always held, because it might take you some time to do it with ease.

So what do you do if you cannot easily choose thoughts that make you feel good? What to do if your "life story" seems to be difficult in all fronts - health, money, relationships? What can you do not to feel bad when you think about your own life?

There are several possibilities:

  • You can choose to step out of thought altogether: you can choose not to go with any thought in particular. Your monkey-mind will still try to find something to focus on, so you can give it the task to focus only on your breathing.

    You may find it difficult at first to focus on your breathing for a prolonged period of time, but it will become easier with practice.

  • You can choose to take on a higher perspective. Think about it for a moment: we spend most of our lives wanting. Wanting our relationship with our partner to be deeper and more loving, wanting more money, wanting to have more time, wanting our life to be more fulfilling.

    All this wanting - for what? To arrive at some moment in the future in which (we think) we'll feel fulfilled. Then, we think, we will enjoy life. But life is now. Life is this moment, with all its perfections and imperfections.

    You can choose to take on this point of view to feel more 'detached' from your own thoughts.

    You can give up the need to find any thought that makes you feel good; you can notice and stay with the feeling that life is what it is now, and that any thought you think about it is an 'add-on' on top of the invisible substance of life.

  • You can choose to think a different story. You can use the power of your imagination to choose thoughts that tell a new story of your life - thoughts that describe not what you see, but what you would rather see. This takes us on to the next level of how our thoughts create our reality.

Second level

Our thoughts also create our reality at a deeper level as well.

Robert Anton Wilson stated that "what the thinker thinks, the prover proves". Let me explain this...

Imagine that your mind is divided into two different characters: the thinker, and the prover. The task of the thinker is to think thoughts. The task of the prover is to find evidence that validate the thoughts of the thinker - whichever those thoughts may be. In this way our thoughts create our reality.

Let's go back to the previous example of the loan and the debt. Say you're taking a walk, and you find a shop that sells exactly that thing that you wanted (but which you don't quite 'need').

You then think about your finances. Can you buy that thing? Would you be better off not buying it now, and waiting instead? You may think "I still owe $3000 - I'd rather wait to buy this thing"; or you may think "I can buy it, because I can use the money that I would have used to pay the loan".

Whatever you choose to think and whatever you choose to do as a result will become your actual experience of your life.

Basically, whatever you choose to tell yourself about how your life 'is', it's how you actually experience your life. Literally, our thoughts create our reality.

Let's take the magic of thoughts further...

Conscious thinking

Now that you know how our thoughts create our reality, you can choose to invest some time every day to create the reality that you want to experience by using your thoughts consciously.

Here is where affirmations, visualization, vision boards, positive phrases and other resources come into play. You can use those tools to give shape to your life and to 'manifest' that which you want to experience.

Obviously, this process does not happen overnight. You don't sit here today and think yourself rich, and wake up rich tomorrow morning.

However, by consistently choosing thoughts which tell a new story of your life (a story that you want to experience), over time you actually do fabricate your own reality.

I have spent time thinking thoughts consciously since I first came across positive thinking. I find that the more I focus on what I do want and in keeping a positive frame of mind, the easier and nicer my life gets. Truly, our thoughts create our reality.

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"The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear".

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