Opening to new thought

Image: Alex Iby

How much of our lives is lived freshly and how much of it is driven by mental patterns of the past?

Most of the time we only experience our own thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions about reality.

We’re at least once removed from the present moment at all times.

Maybe this is all we can do. After all, our brains are meaning-makers. The problem is, when we do this unconsciously, we often give life an old, tired meaning that doesn’t in the least serve us…

These filters we lay over reality often have no relationship to it. They’re disconnected from the beauty, intelligence, love, and life that each moment offers.

We entertain the cyclical, chronic thinking of our past regrets and future worries. Thoughts of stress, limitation, lack, prejudice, and doubt. Thoughts that the ego has put in place to protect us.

We filter our world through defense mechanisms that, in reality, only hinder our connection with the unfoldment of life.

I don’t know if it’s possible to experience ‘ultimate reality’. I don’t even know if there is such a thing. But I know we can open ourselves to living with fresh eyes and ears.

This is scary because what’s new is unknown. It’s unseen. It’s unheard. It’s threatening to the control-freak that is the ego.

How we handle this fear is huge. It decides whether we grow past our current paradigms or remain trapped inside them. Do we see this unknown reality as good? Or bad?

With the eyes of the past (the ego) it can only be seen as bad. But with eyes of faith (the Spirit) it can be the best thing that’s ever happened.

My good is outside of my present paradigm and I welcome it.
 — Michael Beckwith

I know we can do this. I know we can make ourselves available for a newer, fresher experience of reality. Again. And again. Forever.

Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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