Updated: May 28, 2018
When I started this spiritual journey, people told me, “I created my experience,” and I looked around at my life and thought, “Man, I’ve got a lot of work to do.” At first, I believed that my thought or thoughts in the present moment were creating the outside circumstances and the outside circumstances were creating my pain.
It’s my understanding now, that our belief system (which is a culmination of past experiences, thoughts and emotional experiences), creates our perception that interprets our outside circumstances, and in turn, triggers an emotional reaction (pain or pleasure) within us.
We ARE creating our experience. We are creating our experience by interpreting or perceiving a situation or circumstance as good or bad based on our past. We judge it. If we perceive the outside situation as good, it will trigger positive emotions and if we perceive the outside situation as bad, it will trigger negative emotions within us.
Why affirmations alone, don’t work
Some people have advocated that changing our negative thoughts to positive thoughts will result in us creating what we want outside of us or our outside reality. In other words, repeat affirmations frequently enough and we will be happy, feel more positive and eventually create outside circumstances to match what we want and how we want to feel. But, this doesn’t work. Why is that?
Changing a thought or a number of thoughts from negative to positive is only the first step to changing our experience. What is often overlooked, is the power and influence of our belief system that operates subconsciously, and shapes our perception moment to moment.
This belief system first began when we were a baby and continually grows and expands until it is questioned. It interprets everything within our reality and is responsible for our perception of everything outside of us, without us consciously being aware it is doing so. Our belief system also houses a lot of the emotional responses we had in past circumstances. These old emotions can be triggered by our perception of our present day experience.
In my experience, the key to creating a new habit of positive thinking is to unveil the negative thoughts in our belief system that are keeping us from a clear, unobstructed view of our circumstances in the moment. By doing this, we are better able to perceive the perfection in all that is in the moment. It may seem daunting, but it is possible to clean up the limiting beliefs that are ultimately recreating our negative experiences and emotional responses over and over again. It is not the outside circumstances creating our pain and suffering but our perception or interpretation of them.