What Does Creating Your Own Reality Mean?

What Does Creating Your Own Reality Mean?

 Welcome to the fourth post in my laying the foundation series. The next two posts explore two concepts – “creating your own reality” and “the stories we tell ourselves.” 

 These two concepts have been present throughout all of the modalities and techniques I studied when training to become a mindfulness practitioner. When I first started working with them, they were hard for my mind to fully understand. 

Each teacher had a different view or use of them, but they all had common beliefs behind them. I also was aware of a statement like easily fell into a dangerous place, and in alignment with spiritual bypassing. So I dug deeper into its meaning and the theory behind it. 

 

What Does "Creating Your Own Reality" Mean?

Creating your own reality is a concept that involves understanding how your thoughts and beliefs shape your life. The concept asks you to recognize that you have the power to impact the way your life unfolds by consciously choosing your thoughts and beliefs. It is based on the idea that we create our own reality through our thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives.

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Where Did the Concept of "Creating Your Own Reality" Come From?

The concept of creating your own reality has been around for centuries and can be found in many different cultures and spiritual beliefs. Stoic and Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.”

The concept was popularized in the New Age movement of the 1960s and 1970s, most notably by Louise Hay, Alan Watts, Joseph Campbell, and Don Miguel Ruiz. 

Each of these teachers wrote about the power of positive thinking and how our thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives shape our reality. They all shared the common beliefs that:

  • The only true power we have as human beings is the power to create our own reality through our thoughts, beliefs, and perspectives. 
  • We all have the potential to create a better world for ourselves and others by focusing our thoughts and beliefs on what we want to create.
  • We can direct our lives in any direction we choose by being mindful of our thoughts and taking responsibility for our choices.

More recently, the concept has been scientifically supported, and taken to new levels, by the work of neuroscientists Dr. Christiane Northrup and Dr Joe Dispenza. As well as extensive neuroscience research by Dr Rob Williams. And what the research all comes down to is how our minds perceive the world around us (which we largely make up). 

Creating Your Own Reality Is About Your Perceptions

Have you ever stopped to consider how your perception shapes your reality? We all have a unique perspective on the world, and this perspective affects our interpretation of events, people, and circumstances. The concept of creating our own reality directly correlates to your perception, and how those perceptions affect our behavior, beliefs, and emotions. 

 

The Convergence of Perception and Reality

Perception is the process of interpreting the physical world around you. It is your individual interpretation of reality and it affects how we perceive events, people, and circumstances. Reality is the physical world we inhabit. 

It is made up of facts, events, and people that form the basis of our lives. Reality is how we interact with the world and it is constantly changing. Our perceptions of reality shape our behavior and beliefs, and it is important to be aware of how our perception affects our reality.

 

How the Brain Processes Perception 

The way our brain processes information affects our perception in a variety of ways. 

The brain processes information through sensory input, memory, and emotion. 

  • Our senses allow us to observe the world around us and interpret the information we receive. 
  • Our memories allow us to recall past experiences, which can influence our current perceptions. 
  • Our emotions can also have an effect on how we perceive the world, as they can shape our interpretations and reactions to the information we receive. 

All of this information is processed and integrated in the brain, and how we perceive the world around us is determined by how we interpret the information we receive from our senses, our memories, and our emotions. 

How to Create Your Own Reality: Perception and the Role of the Mind

The Role of Perception in Shaping Reality

Perception plays a major role in shaping reality. Our perception of the world determines how we interpret events, people, and circumstances. It affects our behavior, beliefs, and emotions. Our perception shapes our reality in a variety of ways.

Perception influences how we interact with the world. Our perception affects our decision-making processes and how we interact with others. It also affects our beliefs and how we view the world. Our perception shapes our reality and it is important to be aware of how our perception affects our reality.

How Our Perception Affects Our Behavior

Our perception affects our behavior in a variety of ways. Our perception determines how we interpret events, people, and circumstances. We use our perception to make decisions, interact with others, and navigate the world around us. 

For example, if we perceive someone as unfriendly, we may be less likely to approach them. If we perceive someone as friendly, we may be more likely to approach them.

 

How Our Perception Affects Our Emotions

Our perception also affects our emotions. Our perception of the world determines how we feel about it. If we perceive something as threatening or unpleasant, we may feel fear or anxiety. If we perceive something as pleasant or comforting, we may feel joy or happiness. 

For example, if we perceive a situation as dangerous, we may feel fear or anxiety. If we perceive a situation as safe, we may feel relief or joy. 

 

How Perception Influences Our Beliefs

Our perception also influences our beliefs. Our perception of the world shapes our beliefs about it. If we perceive something as true or real, we may believe it to be true. If we perceive something as false or unreal, we may believe it to be false. 

Your beliefs act like filters on a camera, changing how you see the world. And your biology adapts to those beliefs. - The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton

For example, if we perceive someone as trustworthy, we may believe that they are trustworthy. If we perceive someone as untrustworthy, we may believe that they are untrustworthy. 

 

The Importance of Self-Awareness

To take this one step further, behavior, emotions, and beliefs all coincide with your level of self-awareness. Self-awareness is the ability to recognize our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs. Self-awareness helps us recognize our own biases and how they influence our perception. It also helps us recognize your own emotions and how they affect your perception. 

 

How to Start Creating Your Own Reality

Once you understand how your perception shapes your reality, maybe you can then begin to work to create our reality. So how do you actually get started? I think Omar Itani points you in the right direction: 

If you want to change the outside, you must first change the inside. You must change the attention of your thoughts because what you think directly influences how you feel, and how you feel directly influences how your body reacts, and how your body reacts directly influences how you behave, and how you behave comes to define who you are and what you experience in life.

It all begins with your thoughts. If you want to act differently, you have to think differently. Creating our reality means taking control of your life. It means recognizing your thoughts and feelings, and putting some work into understanding how they shape your current world. It also means recognizing our own biases and learning to think more objectively.

 

Overcoming Negative Perceptions

In taking control of your life, you must be able to recognize and overcome negative perceptions. Negative perceptions can lead to inaccurate interpretations of reality and can have a major impact on how we view the world. It is important to recognize and challenge our own biases to create a more positive view of reality.

“Our positive and negative beliefs not only impact our health, but also every aspect of our life.” - The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton

Recognizing your thoughts and feelings can help us recognize our own biases and challenge them. It can also help you recognize your own emotions and how they affect your perception. Self-awareness is an important part of recognizing and overcoming negative perceptions.

 

The Role of Language in Shaping Perception

I'm always saying, the way you speak to yourself matters. Language plays a major role in shaping our perception. Language is a powerful tool you use to communicate your thoughts and feelings, and this can influence how you perceive the world around you.

“Language does more than just communicate emotion, it can actually shape what we’re feeling. Our understanding of our own and others’ emotions is shaped by how we perceive, categorize, and describe emotional experiences—and these interpretations rely heavily on language.” Brené Brown, Atlas of the Heart

While you use language to express your thoughts, you also use language to influence the thoughts and feelings of others. You also use language to manipulate your perception of reality, as well as the perceptions of others. Understanding the role of language in shaping perception is an important part of understanding how our perception shapes our reality.

 

It's a Matter How Your View Things

The concept of creating our reality is an important part of understanding how our perception shapes our reality. Taking the time to explore our perceptions can help us understand how our perception affects our reality. 

It can also help us recognize our own biases and how they shape our reality. And exploring your perceptions and recognizing how our perception affects our reality can not only help us create a more fulfilling life, but also create coherence in our hearts and mind.

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