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Volume IV: The Grand Illusionist

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“more often than not, we accumulate this information unconsciously”

The human journey as experienced through the individual is a collective series of thoughts, each one connected to the next, each one creating our personal values and the perspective lens in which we see and therefore experience our own world.  This foundation of values and relating perspectives dictate the myriad of choices we are presented with and are required to make throughout our lives.

Who we are currently is represented in direct and equal proportions to the sum of our foregoing decisions, actions, and inactions that culminate to bring us to where we currently stand.  No truer statement can be made as to the fact everything we have done has lead us to precisely the moment we find ourselves currently.

As we venture from infancy through to the advancing stages of life, we collect information, either through our own curious investigations, or through others in the form of social and educational venues and the like.  At times conscious, yet more often than not, we accumulate this information unconsciously, accepting what we see, hear, taste, touch, and smell, as the five basic sensors transmit the corresponding frequencies of information to our brains without our active participation of self-awareness.

In turn and in general, our thoughts respond to what we are experiencing as ‘reality’, when in fact, it is all a mere series of transmitting signals being ‘read’ within a deciphering mechanism we call the brain; an unbiased response system programmed by previous experiences that shape our view of ‘reality’, not the so-called reality of another.

Yet how can it be that two individuals experience the same situation and have two completely separate interpretations of the same experience?  And how do we utilize this understanding to guide our own lives to heights of unprecedented personal success?

We do so by embracing the knowledge that to dispel an illusion makes us wiser than finding a truth.  As we perceive something to be real, we must remember it’s simply a decoding of vibrational signals within our brains.  For in truth, our perception of experiences has nothing to do with the actual truth, and everything to do with how we interpret the ‘reality’ of the situation, once again, based on our past experiences.

Albert Einstein, a recipient of the Nobel Prize is noted as saying, “Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”   Which is to be understood to mean that each individuals version of reality is based on how we each perceive the experience of the situation.  And how we perceive the experience is based on the cumulative thoughts that create the values and subsequent perspectives we utilize to gauge our interaction with our personal ‘reality’.

Is the glass half-empty or half-full exercise comes to mind, wherein how we perceive a situation is telling of how we experience the world.  Those that see the glass half-full tend to experience the world through more optimistic perspectives, and those that see the glass half-empty, in general experience the world through a more pessimistic lens.

Once we embody the acceptance that our reality is formulated upon the perspectives in which our deciphering brain experiences the world, we become more diligent in reviewing the thoughts in which dictate the beliefs, values, and perspectives through which we engage with the world around us.  A world in which we ourselves create by the very perspectives we choose to believe.

“to dispel an illusion makes us wiser than finding a truth”

“which perspective is chosen, remains entirely within our power of choice”

In the world of creative artwork, the artist creates their work through the medium in which resonates with their style and vision of what they wish to create.  Yet, the ultimate interactive experience begins when the random viewer gazes upon the finished work of the artist for the first time.  For then the vision of the artist is complete, and the experience for the viewer begins.  The experience and vision the viewer has, is separate from that of the artist, for the art does not reveal what the artist created, it exposes the mind of the viewer in how and what they see in the artwork.  In this sense, the reality of the artist may vary greatly from the reality of the viewer, both valid, yet simultaneously worlds apart.

The ability to create an extraordinary life follows the same blueprint found within the story of the artist and the random viewer.  Within the storyline, one creates the medium and another views the medium.  While one sees it one way, the other may see the same artwork in an entirely different light, and thus the commonality of experiences diverges.

Conditions in the world are no different, wherein one may perceive a problem; another may perceive the identical situation as an opportunity.  Which perspective is chosen, remains entirely within our power of choice, which in turn remains in our control.

The grand illusionist lives within the confines of our own mind and yields its mystical powers by the very thoughts we choose, thus providing fuel to the engine of the illusion.  As we understand the importance of the choices we make in observing our current reality, and the actions or inactions we elect to respond with to these observations, we interrupt the unconscious patterns of our experiences and begin to exercise conscious responses to our lives.

What is experienced today is a product of yesterday’s thought.  Therefore, if the desire is to change the outcome of tomorrow, one begins with the self-observations of where their thoughts are today, thus mastering the grand illusion called life.

When we begin consciously thinking about the conditions in life where we allow the outer world to control our inner world, we take the first transitional step in becoming more self-aware of how we default our power.  Once we become aware of these conditions, we open our minds to solutions and commence taking control of our thoughts, beliefs, values, and perspectives that shape our personal reality.

“what is experienced today is a product of yesterday’s thought”

In Volume V of Magazine AAI, the conversation continues to encompass the subtle difference of our language when speaking of change verses creation, and how this subtle alteration in how we speak opens the opportunity to release the past and live a future that is most desired.

Until then, continue to rethink, reimagine, and redesign a life of extraordinary personal success.