How do we "create" reality? (part 1)

Our belief system forms a unique lens through which we perceive and interpret the world around us. It's a mental filter that not only shapes our understanding of reality but also guides our emotional responses and subsequent actions. Whether we hold the conviction that "the world is a dangerous place" or embrace the notion that "the world is a supportive place," our minds actively seek out information that validates our chosen belief, solidifying it as our reality.


Like in the old parable that sates "the wolf who wins is the one you feed", the beliefs we consciously or unconsciously select exert a profound influence on our emotional landscape. If we view the world as a perilous realm, our emotional canvas tends to be dominated by fear—an emotion that arises from the anticipation of danger. Conversely, if we embrace the belief that the world is a nurturing environment, gratitude often finds its place in our emotional repertoire. This sense of appreciation stems from the recognition of the support and goodness that exists around us.

The nexus of emotions and thoughts is a powerful juncture where our belief system interacts with our daily decisions and actions. The emotion of fear can trigger a cascade of thoughts that revolve around self-preservation and safety. These thoughts, in turn, propel us to make decisions aimed at safeguarding ourselves from perceived threats. Consequently, we may erect metaphorical walls, isolating ourselves from potential harm. On the other hand, the emotion of gratitude can catalyze thoughts of abundance and interconnectedness. Such thoughts may lead us to decisions and actions that involve sharing our gifts with others, fostering bonds and connections.

The paths we choose—whether they lead to constructing walls or cultivating connections—ultimately shape the realities we inhabit. Building walls can create a reality characterized by isolation and a heightened sense of vulnerability. Conversely, nurturing connections can spawn a reality marked by collaboration, community, and a strengthened sense of belonging.

This interaction between belief systems, emotions, thoughts, decisions, and actions is a self-perpetuating cycle—a self-fulfilling prophecy. The reality we experience informs and reinforces our existing beliefs. If we perceive a world as dangerous and respond by isolating ourselves, our experiences within this reality reaffirm our belief in its danger. Similarly, if we see the world as supportive and interact with it through acts of sharing and connecting, our experiences serve to confirm our belief in its supportiveness.

In essence, our belief systems are not static constructs but dynamic forces that shape the lens through which we view the world. They form the bedrock upon which our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are built. By understanding this intricate interplay, we gain insight into the power of our beliefs to shape our realities. The conscious selection and nurturing of beliefs that align with positivity and connectedness can break us free from self-fulfilling prophecies, steering us towards a reality enriched with purpose, fulfillment, and harmony.

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Los Angeles August 20, 2023