Once one has learned how 'reality' is created, and has come to the pivotal realization that we are co-creators with Source Energy (God) of that reality, then comes the task of directing and controlling our consciousness so that it stays focused on the things and the direction that we want it and thus creates the kind of life and experiences we wish to have. That is the subject of this essay.
At first, this can be a frustrating task, as the nature of the human mind is 'conditioned' to react to and draw conclusions from outside stimuli. In other words, we are strongly programmed from infancy to look at objective reality (everything 'out there') as hard and inflexible truth: (the cause or reason why things are the way they are in our lives) and to view ourselves as relatively powerless to change anything 'out there'. But this is the basic falsehood that we must both recognize and rise above if we are to be deliberate creators of our reality.
The truth is: it's the other way around. We know from the highest knowledge of both science and spirituality that all matter arises out of consciousness... the very consciousness that sees through your eyes and thinks your thoughts. And that consciousness actually creates particles out of a waveform of all possibilities. (see 'Beyond the Veil' for a laymans primer of quantum physics for more info).
So, assuming we have some understanding of this, how do we best tap into that flow of well-being? How do we cease resistance (negative vibration)? How do we deliberately create what we want and keep our lives enjoying a positive, joyful and happy existence?
In a word: Appreciation.
This truly is a magically powerful tool to use in your life in every arena. Lets examine why this is so.
We live in a universe that is entirely comprised of energetic vibrations, from low and slow to high and fast. The higher and faster the vibrations, the more power they have, and the more quickly things manifest. The vibration of appreciation is among the highest of vibrational states a human can achieve. In fact, it is so powerful that once you've 'locked into' something to appreciate, it quickly transmutes whatever other negative creations may have been in progress right in that moment.
Appreciation is POWERFUL. It is way more powerful than anger, depression, apathy, victim-mentality, or any other negative emotion on the Hawkins scale of consciousness. So, entering into a few moments of appreciation is like pouring water on a raging fire that torments our mind and soul, snuffing out negativity. It stops the debilitating influence of the lower vibrations dead in their tracks. Not only that, it transmutes the negative, and immediately begins the healing and positive flow of creation.
Put into daily practice, this appreciation thing has enormous impact on our practical, day to day lives. For as you make a habit of appreciating things, you begin to attract more of what you appreciate. This is one of the foundational laws of the Universe.
Fortunately, it is one of the easiest states to achieve and can be accomplished in only a few seconds. We all can think of something we can appreciate, right? Even if things are predominantly negative in our lives and it 'looks' like things are all falling apart, we can always appreciate the fact that we can breathe! (Don't laugh! I actually do this, as I have had a long history with asthma!)
With practice this will become automatic. I suggest this: Take a few moments every day, either at the beginning or the end of each day (preferably both), and make mental note of the various things in your life that you appreciate. Be real and authentic in your feelings of appreciation.
For example, you may have just paid the rent or mortgage payment and still have a little change left over. Well, appreciate that! That means you are allowing the energy of money to flow through you and as you do so, more will flow into a wider river of abundance! You may have just been divorced or you may even be in the middle of an ugly and abusive relationship. Is there something to appreciate there? Sure. Your can appreciate the fact that you always have the option of making another choice and not having an abusive person in your life. Appreciate that! We live in a framework that provides multiple choices to us. That is a tremendous blessing. Appreciate it. You may be in relatively good health! There are many people in the world that have serious health problems. Appreciate that!
My point is, you can never run out of things to appreciate once you start noticing them, because your brain connections start to change and you start looking for those things that feel good to you. Start making a list and expand on it every day. Make it a habit. And when you do this, take a few moments extra to really FEEL the emotion of appreciating whatever it is.
You see, its really about retraining your mind. That is the real work that appreciation does. It reformats your brain, to direct it's reality creating thoughts into positive ones that mirror the things that bring us happiness.
Know this: Each moment spent in authentic appreciation is counteracting hours or days spent dwelling in negativity, frustration and hopelessness. Once you've appreciated enough to 'tip the scales', you will notice that life starts flowing more harmoniously. Keep it up! You are on the right track and there is much to be joyous about because your life is in the process of being transformed into one where all your dreams can come true.
Appreciate every day!
Although I am not always 'consciously' aware of it, I know I am in the process of creating my life deliberately every moment of every day and I use appreciation as a central tool to keep me on that path. My attitude is one of being engaged in a really fun game. What's more, I have been blessed with great 'inside knowledge' as to how to play it well! The wonderful thing is, this inside knowledge is so simple, a child can grasp it! And, of course, its freely available to anyone and everyone.
The true richest blessings of life are non-exclusive and non-discriminating.
Example: Right now, I have immense appreciation for the fact that I can work at home and don't have to go out to a job and deal with all the stress of freeways, competitive people, office gossip and the like. On the other side of the coin, I could dwell in a state of fear, not knowing from one month or week to the next where my income will come from. I could worry and put alot of energy into wondering how I'm going to pay my bills, etc. (like I used to do by habit!), but I now CHOOSE not to do that. Whenever I feel old anxieties come up, I use this technique and it works every time! I find something... ANYTHING... to appreciate, and that changes the energy, my vibrational output, instantaneously!
Instead, I really appreciate that I have the freedom and a skill that I can offer to those who need it, and spend time in my own happy environment doing it. I'm so appreciative of that, and as I stay in appreciation, I notice that my situation continues to improve and new opportunities flow into my life that are positive and support my well-being. What's more, when I deliberately choose be appreciate various things, it actually just cancels out any fear based vibrations. That is because of the high vibrational state of appreciation is much, much more powerful than fear.
Do this: Close your eyes right now and find something to appreciate for a minute or so. Really ponder it and let it grow larger in your mind. Examine the various aspects of it. What would your life be without this wonderful thing you appreciate so much? Isn't it great that this wonderful __________ (thing/person/experience/ situation) is in your life? Yes, indeed it is. Really, truly appreciate it. Value it. Be thankful for it.
How do you feel right now?
I bet your feel just great! (if you really moved your consciousness into the appreciation). Your feelings right now are your barometer of how you are vibrating and what you are sending out into the sea of all possibilities.
Remember this fact, as it is so important to understand: Universe/Source Energy/God can only say YES to whatever we are offering vibrationally. It just gives us whatever we are expecting/believing/and in vibrational harmony to. When we project fear and other negative vibrations, Source has no choice but to deliver to us, through the experiences of our lives, people, events and situations that mirror that vibration.
"You want discouragement, fear and poverty? YES! Here it is! Here's more people, events and situations that will continue to make you feel discouraged, fearful and in lack!"
You see, it ALWAYS gives us exactly what we ask for. ALWAYS.
Likewise, when you are in the state of appreciation, Source energy has no choice but to flood your life with the stream of well-being, because that is the match for your vibration of appreciation.
"Oh, what's that? You want love, joy, peace, harmonious relationships, health and abundance? YES! Here it is!"
Source Energy is never negative. It just says YES. It is a non-judgemental, non-discriminating power source, empowering our consciousness into the reality we experience as life. This is what it does. And it holds no value judgments about what we are putting forth.
It's really that simple. We get what we think about, whether we want it or not. Our egos love complexity, but truth is always very simple and it is not difficult or complicated to integrate into your life.
Lets now distill this all down into these four simple steps:
1) INTEND TO BEGIN APPRECIATION FOR ALL THE THINGS YOU LOVE IN YOUR LIFE – Stop the negative patterns of consciousness that play like broken records in your life by CHOOSING things to appreciate. Remember that those things, people, situations, emotions that you love, you will get MORE OF when you appreciate them!
2) BE PERSISTANT – by doing this routinely... every day. The more you make a habit of it, the easier it will be, the higher your own being will vibrate and the quicker all the things you desire will be magnetized to you and manifest in your life. When you catch yourself going back to old habits of thinking about what's wrong with your life and your world, STOP RIGHT THERE, and lock on to something to appreciate!
3) ALLOW LIFE TO FLOW and BE WHAT IT IS. Remember, you do not know the end from the beginning, But that's not your job either. So, there's nothing for you to try to manipulate into being. That is the job of the superior intelligence of Source Being and it can do it way more effectively than you ever will.
4) NOW APPRECIATE the manifestation! You can be sure you are going to see well-being flow into your life if you follow this simple exercise! For these things that we talked about here are immutable laws that Source energy is very consistent about. Keep on appreciating – this will keep the positive cycle going.
If you are clear in your intentions and desires and hold to a vibration that firmly rooted in appreciation, you can be sure that the intelligence that creates worlds is fully in charge of manifesting your desires and is busy doing so 'behind the scenes' right in this moment! I can think of nothing more exciting to contemplate.
I sincerely hope this has been of value to you. I appreciate you taking the time to read it!