One of the most amazing faculties we have in this dream is our power of choice. If we decide to be happy no matter what, our attention automatically begins to shift toward the source of happiness within, even in the midst of intense circumstances. Yes, happiness is a choice!
Nothing happens to us in the dream without us choosing it. We have never been victims of anything except our own choices. Our creation and entire experience of the physical dream world flows from our power of choice, whether we remember we made our choices or not.
The whole point of this dream we are dreaming together is to wake up from it. As long as we choose to identify ourselves as being a body / mind, we create a dream experience here that reflects that, where it really seems like we are a separate body.
Within the dream, the beliefs we have chosen to hold about ourselves, even if we're not conscious of choosing them, create the details of the dream itself.
We dream and dream these physical lives, seemingly one right after another, always having our beliefs reflected back to us, again and again.
From within the dream it seems like we are at the mercy of the circumstances that seem to be around us until eventually we question what is really going on. At that point we turn within and begin to ask, Who am I, really?
Using our power of choice we can directly experience the Pure Presence that we REALLY are. Then we discover that this dream arises within us as an exact pictorial, sensory reflection of our own unconscious mind, with all of it's beliefs.
The unconscious mind is like a movie projector
and our lives (the dream) is the movie.
Let's say that in your previous dream you believed you were inadequate in some way – not smart enough or strong enough to succeed in ways that you wanted to.
After that dream ended, if those beliefs hadn't yet come into conscious awareness and were not yet embraced with love, they manifest this current dream, which carries the same theme.
The theme of your spiritual workshop in this particular dream would then involve meeting up with other characters or situations that reflect back to you your beliefs about being inadequate, in various ways.
Perhaps your mother, father, or an older sibling or cousin, is condescending to you and treats you like you are mentally and / or physically inferior.
None of these beliefs are true. But until we use our power of choice and question these painful self-concepts, we suffer.
In the dream it seems like we have many choices, such as whether to have spaghetti or fish filets for dinner, or whether to turn right or left at an intersection. But do we really?
The BBC once showed a segment about neuroscience and free will where a man lies in an MRI machine and is asked to press one of two buttons to make different choices, while someone else watches which areas of his brain light up as he makes his choices.
What they discovered is that the subject's brain made it's choices 6 seconds before the man pushed the button to choose!
So even though the man thought he was making choices, we was simply becoming aware of a choice that had ALREADY been made within his brain.
So even though we think we are making choices and have a certain amount of control over our lives, our conscious mind is actually along for the ride, while the unconscious mind creates the entire dream we experience through the power of choice, even when we don't fully realize what we're choosing.
How this dream flows is all based on the contents of our unconscious mind, which houses our core beliefs and is the movie projector that creates the movie we experience. Our thoughts, emotions, and our physical experience display the results of our beliefs in the unconscious mind.
So... if those beliefs are unconscious and are creating suffering, how can we free ourselves from suffering? This is where the power of choice comes in.
The one true choice we have is where we place our attention.
Wherever we place our attention determines what we consciously align with. THAT is the power of choice-making. Whatever you choose you are saying "yes" to, agreeing to identify with it and to experience it. You become one with the object of your choice.
If we choose happiness, to align and identify with the truth of our being, we EXPERIENCE that because our focus is lined up with that. As a result, we are consciously one with truth, strength, and love.
On the other hand, if we choose to keep our attention on our history and self-concepts, we identify with being a flawed part instead of being one with Pure Presence. Consequently, we suffer.
A radio is a good metaphor to illustrate the power of choice and attention. Let's say that you choose to tune your radio to station 92.5. You now have access to 92.5 and can enjoy the delightful music of that station.
On the other hand, if you choose to keep your radio set to 76.4, no matter how much you'd like to hear the music on 92.5, you won't be able to hear it. Because you've selected 76.4, it is impossible for you to access the music on 92.5. It would simply not be available to you.
The radio has numerous stations to choose from but we must actively CHOOSE the station we want to hear.
As we begin to awaken from the dream, we naturally become interested in finding out what it is we truly are.
As a result, we begin to know ourselves in a very different way. Although the results of our unconscious choices still play out in the dream through our power of choice, we begin to notice that we are the Awareness that the entire dream is arising in.
We begin to know ourselves as the peaceful, calm Presence that we truly are.
You can begin to discover this for yourself by investigating this that is you that is simply here, and also by bringing your attention to the space between your thoughts, which you can explore in these three meditations:
How we use our power of choice and what we focus on is determined by what we value.
Even if we “try” to choose to identify with the truth of Pure Awareness that we are, if we value the perspective of the ego (the part of our mind that believes we are a separate body / mind) more than we do the truth of who we are, we will keep choosing to identify with being a part instead of the whole that we are.
However, what we truly are always calls our attention back to it because it IS what we are. Also, we find that choosing to identify with the ego body / mind always creates suffering.
Therefore, gradually, after enough frustration from futilely trying to alleviate suffering with something in the physical dream, a desire grows within us to awaken from the dream. That desire causes our attention to shift to the Pure Presence that we are, ever so slightly at first, then usually in gradual steps.
Even a slight taste of ourselves as Awareness begins to loosen the beliefs of separation in the unconscious mind and even in the dream we gradually experience more peace. Then through the power of choice, we naturally choose more often to bring attention to the Pure Presence that we are, because it FEELS good.
As this unfolds, we gradually experience ourselves as a pure love that is different from anything we've experienced in the dream. It's REAL and it's not dependent on a person or any kind of physical experience. It's just HERE. It feels good. And it is what we already are!
We tend to repeat what feels good. With the power of choice, the more we choose to shift attention to the truth of what we are, the better it feels and the more we value it and choose to identify with it. This continues until the balance begins to tip in favor of living in the ever present moment of peace more than choosing the ego and the suffering that goes along with it.
Awakening deepens. More and more we experience what is real and feels right and we withdraw our allegiance to the ego mind of separation.
We continue to choose to live from the peace that we are because we inherently know this that we are is unlimited, always at peace, can't be hurt, has always been here, and will always be here.
Eventually we awaken fully from the dream of suffering.
And all this comes from the power of choice!
The outer dream (which actually isn't "outer" because everything, including the dream appears IN us), can only reflect whatever is going on in our own minds. When our attention is on peace, our experience of thoughts, emotions and physical circumstances gradually shifts to peace as well.
On the other hand, when we use our power of choice to identify with being a separate body / mind, our experience of the dream FEELS separate. If we think we are a part rather than the whole that we are, we will feel incomplete.
Then we're always going to be looking for the rest of the whole. We will look for love, acceptance and approval in what appears to be outside us – in other bodies or experiences.
However, it's important to point out that even as we awaken our spiritual workshop continues as long as the dream continues. Layer after layer of unconscious beliefs come into awareness as we experience situations in the dream that reflect them.
As this happens, we can still experience uncomfortable beliefs, thoughts, emotions and sensations quite deeply. In some cases, it can even feel like they get worse. However, it is actually that we are now more aware of the material that has been in the unconscious mind all along, but was percolating below the surface.
As we continue to meet our thoughts, emotions, sensations and experiences with love and acceptance, we can still be at peace within, as the layers come up for healing.
We can use our Emotional Feedback System to immediately find out how we are using our power of choice. If we feel stuck in a loop of negative emotions, we can instantly know we are identified with being a separate, isolated, incomplete body / mind.
On the other hand, as we turn our attention to the truth of what we are – Pure Presence – we automatically start feeling a sense of relief, at the very least. The more often we shift attention to this Presence that we are, the more we experience calm, peace, joy and love.
Our feelings will always tell us
where we stand. They are like a built-in feedback system, letting us know if we are turning toward wellbeing
or away from it.
It just takes a few seconds. :-)
Thank you! Love and blessings of light, joy, love and healing to you my friend...
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