Part 2 of 2. In “Stories We Create and Live By”, I mentioned how we live by so many narratives, that we oftentimes get lost in the stories we tell. Trying to puzzle stories we tell and conceptualize what I mean with that, I went on describing how the stories we tell have a narrator as well as characters. I also wrote that we share stories as humanity too. And that humanity’s stories carry weight. If we take them too personally, we get lost in them the same way that we get lost in our own stories. To finalize, I encouraged you to tell your stories – and make the best story of your life.
In this sequel, I’m writing about the stories we create and their relation with the law of attraction and manifestations; how we can intentionally manifest our versions of reality.
I’d like to start by stating that everything we go through is true for us – very true. Everything we experience is real for us. How we frame events happening defines the quality of the experiences we get to live. We can be in heavenly peace and joy, or in hellish suffering and misery. Have you ever heard of the Law of Attraction?
The website Success Consciousness defines this law as “the attractive, magnetic power of the Universe that draws similar energies together. It manifests through the power of creation, everywhere and in many ways. … This law attracts thoughts, ideas, people, situations and circumstances. The law of attraction manifests through your thoughts, by drawing to you thoughts and ideas of a similar kind, people who think like you, and also corresponding situations and circumstances. …“
“How real is this law of attraction?” One might ask. Here is where I take away definitions and go to the direct experiences. I have had enough experiences with the law of attraction to know that it is very real. I have manifested many physical things, experiences and even jobs with this law. There were times where I thought that it didn’t work. Sometime later I would see why I wasn’t manifesting an intention according to my timing. Eventually, what I had intended would manifest even in greater forms than I had imagined. Now I pay attention daily. If you pay attention, you too can come to notice how this law is embedded in everything we experience.
The Stories of Our Lives
We create many stories to make sense of things happening around us. With every story we create comes a set of thoughts that manifest an experience. How aware are you of the thoughts created by your mind? Are they conscious thoughts? What experiences are you creating for yourself?
One negative thought can attract a ripple of negative thoughts if you’re not conscious of the thoughts the mind creates. These negative thoughts will make your energy “low.” This is the first experience with the unattended thoughts; a negative emotion. If you don’t pay attention to how you feel, attempt to understand and take control of your thoughts, it won’t take long before these negative thoughts and emotions materialize themselves in negative encounters or events, people, accidents, and “bad luck.” That’s the law of attraction in effect. The same is happening in the case of “an amazing day.”
In unconscious states of mind, we keep repeating cycles of thoughts. Stories and experiences repeat themselves too. To illustrate, let me take a small, everyday example: many people have a preference of sun over rain. So, when the weather is what can be agreed upon as “good”, it is more of a collective agreement on what is socially acceptable as “good” weather. “Bad” weather too. Thus we grow up with a notion of what “good” and “bad” weather is – at least what’s generally perceived as favorable and unfavorable.
This example is so minor that we might fail to see how it affects our experience. But whenever the weather is not pleasant, whenever the weather doesn’t fit our criteria of what it should be, we tend to feel a negative reaction. The reaction, in turn, causes an immediate experience. If you don’t like the weather, you will have a somewhat negative experience. The degree of negativity you experience depends on how strong your thoughts of what “should be” is. Some people have terrible days because of something as simple as the weather. Something they cannot influence, but that still is the apparent cause of the bad day they’re having.
In reality, the cause was never the weather; it’s your perception of the weather and thought of what “should be” versus what is; it’s the story you’re making of the weather. So, as simple as that, from an event (weather being x degrees Celsius or Fahrenheit with x% humidity) we create an experience (“A beautiful day!” or “What a shitty weather.”).
We get triggered by things that happen, causing emotional reactions based on stories we create of these things that happen. We do this with pretty much everything – from people to places. And with these systems of automatic responses being our primary source of reactions, most of our experiences are misconstructed because we react and attract more of what we react to. Do you see how problematic reactivity can get?
Language exists for the sake of understanding. We’ve been taught to give labels to everything to facilitate social understanding. And as members of societies, we have general collective agreements too. However, language becomes problematic when we don’t control how our minds use it to process perception. Even more so when the perception processing isn’t authentic or original, but accepted without being questioned.
What happens when you have a set of reactions preprogrammed for some situations or people? What happens when you are not the author of your story? You live inauthentically. Not because you want to, but because you don’t know differently.
Creative with- or without awareness
We are the creators of our reality. The thoughts we have, help create the life we experience. The stories we have been telling ourselves about our lives can be changed with a set of new thoughts and new beliefs. Beware, however, that thought processes from birth until now don’t cease to exist in a day. Thoughts processes that we heavily identify with don’t cease to exist in a day. Thought processes that create our constructed identity don’t cease to exists in a day.
Becoming aware of how we think and what we think about is the only way to change our thoughts. And it is a continuous process; just as our thoughts are not a one-time event but a continuous process, so is awareness of thoughts also a continuous process. Moreover, remember that just like the weather, not everything that happens in your life is a direct result of the law of attraction; there are things that happen that you don’t have the power to influence. But the law is still active in regards to how we react – and what we create with what we are given.
The first thing you need to cultivate to consciously change your story is detached awareness. It is by seeing the thoughts, observing the narrator and eventually choosing to take control of the story that your mind is telling you that you start mastering yourself. The detachment part assures that you stop taking what your mind tells you as the ultimate reality or way of seeing things. It is in that place that you can question and create consciously. And from that space of awareness of thoughts, you’ll be able to use the law of attraction optimally.
Become conscious of the power of creation of thought, experiences, and reality within you. From this place, choose what you want to work with. Choose what you want to manifest. Choose your feelings. Choose how you want your story to be told as well as what you want to see happening in your life’s story. Use the creative power within consciously.
Consciously manifesting our versions of reality is the process of becoming aware of the stories we’ve been telling ourselves about our lives and that we have the power to create a new narrative. When we start becoming conscious of our thoughts, we can change them and create intentionally. When we understand the importance of taking responsibility for our creations, we will become more mindful of our thoughts.
We can manifest physical reality with thoughts. From jobs to trips, yes we can. Mind creates matter. To see how literal, I’ve put some hyperlinks below. There’s research on how our thoughts and intentions are powerful enough to change water molecule structure and pH. Another study observed how powerful our words are by exposing plants to both positive and negative recordings. The results show that the plant that was exposed to positive words bloomed beautifully in contrast to the one that was exposed to bullying.
Experiment with your thoughts and intentions with your own life so you can know by experience. Experience can be an amazing teacher. Let new experiences bring you a new truth.