Our lives are not just created from our experience, but also from books we have read, movies or television shows that have attracted our attention. Our unconscious takes them in as though they were our personal experiences. This happens because we are giving our full mental and often emotional focus to the imagery being portrayed, the experiences of the characters, and what we wish to have happen next. Producers and directors count on it.
The brain cannot tell the difference between what happens in the actual world and what’s visually imagined in movies and television.
This is both good news and bad news. Because we’ve grown up in a world with ample opportunities for these visual experiences, we have a deeper and richer unconscious than was possible in times of the past. In ancient times the storyteller was vital and very important to the health, education, and evolutionary consciousness of the tribe or village. Now, more than ever we are surrounded by stories that affect us.
To enter the realm of personal myth we need to undertake a journey to find out if the person we believe ourselves to be is the person we truly are. We begin by defining or redefining core values. We examine our dreams, both waking and sleeping, to discover our hopes and our fears. And perhaps most of all we begin to realize that we are creating life from conscious and unconscious reactions to the energies and behaviors of those around us. The more conscious we are, the more we are able to make wise decisions.
We have two kinds of awareness: our waking, logical, problem solving, decision-making consciousness and the unconscious, reactionary, emotion driven responses to circumstance. Self-realization, self-awareness, and self-actualization imply that we are making conscious, deliberate decisions instead of reactive, unconscious, impassioned choices. It is okay to react, but it will not bring peace or happiness. The more we learn to recognize our mythical, internal constructs, the more we are capable of making a conscious decision.
A true spiritual life is formed from choice rather than experienced by happenstance.
While it is possible to have transcendent visions, or exciting encounters with other-world beings it is rarely a daily occurrence, nor would it be wise for anyone to indulge such manifestations. Leading a spiritual life requires steadiness of heart, discipline of mind, and a regular, determined prayer life. The unconscious can throw up endless imagery to entertain us. But making a conscious effort to live as a spiritual being aware of our responsibility to contribute to the welfare of our world constitutes a genuine heroic effort. We can decide to become a person of divine consciousness, but it’s not going to happen by accident.
What about difficult circumstances? When we don’t react from distress, anger, fear and grief, we must consciously decide to 1) give the emotional reaction a non-harm way of expression 2) Practice patience until we are no longer emotionally driven, and 3) decide for what we know is appropriate, right, and for the true good. Of course there will be times when we must react, and not ponder unduly because our life or the life of another is in danger. But how often is that going to happen? We create a self-aware, self-realized, and self-actualized life by making conscious choices based on the heroic image of ourselves as the Beloved Children of Great Spirit.
If you don’t know your personal unconscious, it will trip you up when you try to decide for your heroic and divine inheritance. What mythological tale do you live in? Another way to ask this is-what’s your favorite story? That story is a fundamental belief or ideal inside of you. What thoughts support it? Is that myth of use to you? Is it helping you create love, joy, peace, and wholeness?
If we can always adopt a new story- create a new attitude- or change our mind- what are we waiting for?
This day Great Spirit Mother, Father & Weaver
We open to Divine Grace,
Surrendering, letting go, and being held
By the Great Mystery- in which we trust.
This day Great Spirit, we open
To the Divine Guidance.
Surrendering, letting go, and being held
We let divine movement carry us to the fullness of life.
This day Great Spirit,
We remember who we are.
We remember why we are;
We are your hands in the world,
Your voice for our people.
Free to create and bring love, joy, and peace
To fill all the empty places of this day.
We are spirit, we are people of heart.
Guild us as we bring our heroic self
Into this world today.