Since understanding the principles there are many things that have massively changed for me. Two examples; I now have happier, healthier relationships (if you are reading this Andrew, just nod and smile 😉) and finally passing my driving test.
Two things I never would have believed available to me.
When I share with other people how these things have changed for me I can sometimes see people thinking “well that’s lovely for you, but I don’t need to pass my test/I have a healthy happy relationship, so this understanding doesn’t have anything to offer me”
So, rather than talk about what has changed for me in specific areas I thought I would share, what I consider, the 4 impersonal byproducts of understanding the principles
(words are woefully inadequate, so please connect with the feeling beyond the words, and – as Michael Neill says – “It’s this, but not this”)
1. The Gap:
Understanding that I don’t have to believe the thought I am having in the moment somehow opens up a gap between having the thought and believing the thought so I act from that belief.
It is surprising how much of a difference it can make to have a milli-second mind gap between having a thought and believing it to be absolute and true. For me, I suppose that milli-second allows the still, quiet voice to gently remind me that a thought isn’t truth. And that gentle reminder somehow takes the sting from whatever thought I might be having.
2. State of mind:
My day to day experience, since first seeing the illusion of thought for what it is, has improved dramatically. My state of mind, most of the time, is healthier and clearer. My general wellbeing has improved in ways I could never have predicted, or would even have asked for (you know, if I was being given 3 wishes!).
Don’t get me wrong, I have moment (hours, days & weeks) sometimes where it feels as though my healthy state of mind was the illusion. But, without any exception, pointing back in the direction of where my experience is coming from (thought in the moment, in case you haven’t read one of my blogs before!) brings me back to a healthy, balanced state of mind.
3. Quality of thought content:
I see a lot of people trying to control their thoughts and aiming to be positive – this looks to me like an uphill slog. It is built into the system that thought will change – we are not fixed.
I have no control over what thoughts come to me in any given moment; positive or negative (though even these are just labels – thoughts – themselves, but perhaps that topic is for another blog)
When I explain to people that this system is self-correcting I often get the question “so then what’s the point of understanding this?”
Good question; what does this understanding give me – the more I look to understand where my experience is coming from the more I find a variety of thoughts are available to me. A plethora of thoughts in any given moment, numerous possibilities. And, most of the time (see previous comment re state of mind!!) those thoughts are of a higher quality than before I understood this system.
4. Letting yourself off the hook:
Now I see that I only ever do what I do with the thinking I have in the moment, and thinking will change, I find myself letting me off the hook when I do something that, on reflection, didn’t feel like the best action.
Letting yourself off the hook is a massive weight off your own shoulders, because you really aren’t in control anyway, and allows the system to keep doing what it does best – offering new thought and allowing life to unfold.
I have found that none of these things are a ‘doing’ – I never spend time choosing to clear my state of mind or visualising the letting go of baggage, for example.
These things are simply unfolding before me, as a natural byproduct as I continue to look to where my experience comes from.
These 4 natural, impersonal, byproducts are available to everyone as insights come your way and understanding deepens.
This is where it gets personal; the specific byproducts in your own life will be personal to you, it might not be passing your test, but your experience will be perfectly designed for you, in your life. Enjoy!!