We are hardwired and habituated to giving attention to data that matches our beliefs. The stress of cognitive dissonance, or finding information contradictory to our beliefs, leads us to dismiss or neglect information that challenges our belief systems.
Our survival instincts also tend to heighten the importance we give to our adverse experiences. So unknowingly, we often reach an unvoiced conclusion: “Life is a struggle.” Then we set off battling our way through daily challenges, anticipating worst case scenarios and being on the defensive with others and with life itself.
But as ‘A Course in Miracles -Lesson 135’ reminds, “Defences are the plans you undertake to make against the truth. Their aim is to select what you approve, and disregard what you consider incompatible with your beliefs of your reality. Yet what remains is meaningless indeed. For it is your reality that is the “threat” which your defences would attack, obscure, and take apart and crucify.”
Instead of this violent, exhausting, and defining, “Me-against-the-world” approach, what if we tried a fresh perspective? What if Byron Katie was right when she said, “Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.“?
In the spirit of experimenting with this wholesome philosophy, the above image is offered as a tool to help usher in change. Access Consciousness, like many other healing and empowerment tools, encourages the practice of staying with the question. “WWIT” is the shorthand for their oft used phrase – “What Would It Take“. Instead of looking for specific answers, simply park the above inquiry in your awareness. You can make the image a wallpaper or screensaver and over the next few days, notice how your ideas of self and experience transform. You may also like to try the EFT script included in the article, “What’s Good And New?“.
If you enjoy these tools, please share it with your friends and family as well. May we all find a greater joy, ease and peace in this dance of life!