Are We Prisoners of Our Thoughts?©
By Dennis Dossett
It is almost axiomatic in metaphysical circles that “your thoughts create your reality.” And, by the way, quantum physics proves it, so it isn’t just metaphysical “mumbo jumbo”. But quantum physics aside, it isn’t even a new idea. One of my favorite expressions of it is over 2,500 years old:
• “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.” ~ Gautama Buddha (c. 563–483 BCE; Indian spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism)
More recently, Maitreya (channeled by Margaret McElroy) wrote and spoke about this concept repeatedly. For example:
• “In the mental body, one must learn to control one’s thoughts—all thoughts. If one has a negative thought about anything, then one cannot be in control of the mental body. Remember that it is thought that creates. What you think, you will create as you raise your vibration higher, so control of the mental body is most important.” ~ Maitreya (Newsletter #244, Sept. 23, 2009)
• “[People] do not realize that they are the creators of their own reality, and that they get out of life what they put into it. … You create the world you live in. You are the master of your life, nobody else. Your thoughts create your world, your existence; it is as simple as that. You can blame nobody and nothing for your failures and the lack in your life. Because of your fear and doubt, you have allowed this to happen.” ~ Maitreya (Newsletter #25, October 29, 2001)
So why do so many of us not act on this simple idea? Well, in fact, we do. We don’t take it metaphorically, we take it literally and then act exactly—precisely—as it says. And then we wonder why things “didn’t work out” as we planned or wanted them to.
But why? It’s not “rocket science” (but it is quantum physics—maybe that’s the problem!) No, I believe that the problem is that a great deal (if not most) of one’s life operates on “automatic pilot”, routine, habit. We “don’t have the time” in the busy schedules of our modern lives or—far more likely—we don’t take the time to really consider what we are doing and why. Honestly, I believe it is the latter. Our thoughts do create our reality, but we generally don’t give our thoughts a second thought
Instead, we tend to give in to the “comfort zone”, conditioning, and habit. The comfort zone doesn’t require thinking at all; it is simply the feeling that, if you do what you’ve always done before, everything will be fine. Everything is predictable. Everything is comfortable. There is no uncertainty, and certainly no changes!
Conditioning is part of the comfort zone because all we have to do is to continue doing what has been drummed into our heads over the years in order to earn someone else’s approval (parents, peers, culture, religion, etc.). No thought is required; just “follow the rules”, everything will be fine, and you won’t get yourself into trouble. But don’t rock the boat by doing anything original, unusual, or uniquely you. That’s not part of the rules and you won’t get any recognition or rewards if you don’t follow the rules. In fact, not following the rules will surely get you punishment in some form—or at least that is what is implicitly threatened or even promised.
And what about habit? Talk about not having to think about what you are doing or why! Thinking is such work! And who really wants to work after all? Habit is always the easy way out of anything and everything, making it a critical and credible part of the comfort zone. And it always works—until the habitual behavior doesn’t fit the environmental situation. And then we’re stuck. Habit actually gets in the way of thinking and effective problem solving (two Nobel Prizes have been awarded partially on that basis as of this writing)!
So what is it that gives the “comfort zone” (in all of its various guises) so much power over us? The first reason is patently simple: Fear. Fear of judgment, fear of social evaluation, and even fear of self-evaluation. Fear doesn’t “feel good”, while the comfort zone does feel good.
The second reason is also patently simple: Doubt. Doubt about being good enough, worthy enough, popular enough, etc., etc., including being “lovable” enough—especially to ourselves. Doubt doesn’t feel any better than fear and, in the final analysis, all aspects of doubt are simply variations on the underlying theme of fear.
• “Before one can be successful, any Self has to be totally destroyed. If not, it will sabotage one and stop one from the success they deserve. The Self part of you resides on a deep subconscious level. It is deep fear and, whether because of the fact it does not feel good enough, or is frightened of ridicule or other emotional memories, it will never allow you to open fully into the person you should be. People spend their lives allowing the Self to do this without realizing it IS doing it. … humanity as yet does not want to know how to remove their deep-seated emotions. Little by little, soul by soul, some are now doing this. For those who do, a new life evolves, one without fear, doubt, or insecurity on a subconscious level. They are finally free to achieve their dreams and goals and create their abundance in whichever way they choose. With that abundance, whether in knowledge or financial success, they can then help the world.” ~ Maitreya (January 29, 2012, Margaret McElroy’s Facebook Fan Page)
And what about change? It is the direct opposite of the comfort zone and all it represents. It is fraught with uncertainty, the reverse of habit, and the subject of so much fear in the world. Or is that perspective just unthinking habit? If we but look at change from a different perspective, we might see it in an entirely different light. That different perspective is simply a change in one’s thoughts.
• “Let go of fear, worry, and doubt and watch the Universe bring change and abundance into your life.” ~ Maitreya (Maitreya Facebook Fan Page, December 16, 2012)
And that is the central point: a simple shift in perspective can turn our thoughts from the chains that keep us shackled—prisoners of fear and doubt—into the key that unlocks and opens our lives to that which we could only dream of before. That shift in perspective involves consciously focusing on positive versus negative thoughts. We are only prisoners of our thoughts if we unconsciously—unthinkingly—choose to allow them to be our jailors.
• “If only you could see what you can have in your life, what you can achieve, what abundance you can manifest, you would be amazed. Try to watch your thoughts each day. Listen to your Self as it tries to destroy your plans, hopes, wishes and dreams. Become aware of the negative within you. Then, slowly change the thoughts to more positive ones. Create affirmations to change the thinking from the old to the new. Live your life as it is meant to be lived, not as the slave the Self keeps you in.” ~ Maitreya (Newsletter #69, March 15, 2003)
• “Do not be afraid of change and of moving into a new energy, for life is in constant change, and sometimes it is necessary to make changes for one’s own happiness and health situation.”
~ Maitreya (Newsletter #217, December 1, 2008)
• “If change takes place in humanity, it will be possible for all on the earth plane to experience the joy, peace and balance of what some would term heaven on the earth plane.”
~ Maitreya (Newsletter #320, May 17, 2010)
• “Spiritual evolution is about letting go of the fear of doing it. It is about having faith and believing you can create your own reality.” ~ Maitreya (Newsletter #42, May 1, 2002)
As we approach the end of a very tumultuous and often very negative year on the earth plane, let each of us begin the process of shifting our focus from negative to positive thinking throughout each day. Real change takes time, and the best time to start is NOW.