Unless branded by religion we define ourselves by what happens in our lives. This means that our perception of reality influences who we define our self to be. If I am a child and I see something then I define myself and my experiences based upon how my perception defines my experience. My perception is totally prejudiced by my collective belief system acquired from previous experience. So if I see something that looks like a dog I may say that what I see looks like a dog. In this example my perception reveals the logic used by my mind.
The smell of bread being baked cannot bring the memory of the taste of the bread to the mind unless a person’s mind recognises the smell of the bread. Once we have tasted or smelled something that is ‘pleasant’ or ‘unpleasant’ the mind can automatically recall the thoughts and feelings of that original experience. This is because of the phenomenon of ‘sensory memory’. We have sensory memory of our previous experiences. What determines what we feel when we smell the bread baking will be influenced by how we previously felt when we smelled or tasted bread.
The moment we define our understanding of our experience our understanding of that experience is limited to our definition of it. Nobody alive can absolutely describe or define their perceived self. If we use our previous experiences to define what we are experiencing now our beliefs about those experiences will only become truth ‘within our mind’. When anything experienced is defined it creates a criterion which the mind uses to recognise and reinforce its own judgement. This criterion exists in the form of personal beliefs.
Duality refers to the two internal realities. One reality is our imagination and one reality is what we believe. What is perceived to exist in the external world is a reflection of the words that our minds have been programmed to project and therefore create. Our beliefs sustain the authorised version of reality. The external world is seen or experienced from the perspective of the body through sensory perception. What is perceived as reality is defined with the words we use to define that reality. Our minds are collectively creating reality.
There is only one ego. The ego exists in each one of us. It is the mind of our identity. So when one ego steals from us or murders one of us we may get angry and want to hurt or kill them. The part of us that wants vengeance or revenge is the same ego that justified the theft in the mind the one who stole from us. If we attack, injure or kill those who have ‘trespassed’ against us we allow the ego that is within them and controlled them to indirectly control us. Without forgiveness we become victims of our own judgement serving the ego that was once called Satan. So we have a dilemma.
We each judge and question our perceived self. Self-perception is based upon what we ‘feel’. Once we judge our self with words that describe qualities those qualities make it difficult to realise anything that is in conflict with that criteria. It is because of our ‘self-perception’ that few realise that within each one of us is the complete answer to all our questions. What people look for in other people is an answer that can only be found within. What we look for is something better than what we have judged ourselves to be. The truth of us is beyond what we define our self to be.
Perception creates reality. Beliefs control and edit perception. Perception is not vision. Perception is the projection of generic beliefs that education installs to pre-define the reality we create. The collective mind of mankind is creating what we generically define to be reality. This is not a metaphor, a philosophy or a secret, it is a fact. Beliefs are installed to control our power. This is done to ensure we create a pre-ordained reality. Reality was originally pre-defined by religion and later by science.
If we contemplated all that is possible for us we would be limited only by what we think we can achieve. The imagination that creates ideas can only be limited by ‘us’ because it is a resource that serves ‘us’. We are limited only by our imagination. However, if we ‘believe’ we are limited then we create a constraint for our imagination. Our imagination must observe our beliefs to sustain us ‘as we are now’. ‘In truth’ we are not limited. Our ideas come from imagination. In truth imagination is not limited by our beliefs but it compassionately serves the believer.
Happiness is a word that attempts to define the expression of love. Happiness is the expression of love. Happiness is the expression of love and we are that love. Therefore if we do not ‘feel’ happy we are denying our own true self. If our life does not feel whole we may search for another way of life. Our love is reflected back to us in all the things we do not judge. For many this comes when they are exposed to religion or spirituality. When this happens we may devote ourselves to one of these paths for life or for the period that it takes for us to realise our self whole.
Our self-judgement is based upon our perception of our self. This self-perception was created when we believed what others told us about our self. Once the child believes that the projections that others use to define the child are true it has a powerful effect upon that child, sometimes for the rest of its life. If those who care for a child paint a picture of a weak, stupid, naughty, cheeky, unlovable little boy or girl that nobody will like this is a sin committed against that child. The effects of this sin are the ‘beliefs’ the child creates to support this testimony and condemnation.