It's not a new philosophy. The concept that we create our own reality is ancient, and has been newly stylized by authors like Louise Hay, Shakti Gawain, Neale Donald Walsch, Esther Hicks, Jane Roberts, Marianne Williamson and Eckhart Tolle. Films such as What the Bleep Do We Know and The Secret have ushered the concept into popular culture and mainstream awareness. But it's important we draw a distinction between creative visualization and New Age rhetoric.
I want to make it clear right now that affirmations, for us, are not about finding solutions to your problems or fixing what is inherently wrong with you or the world. There is nothing wrong with us, except maybe, that we've forgotten who we are, and even that I consider to be voluntary. It's my personal belief that every one of us carries the seed of God-ness within us. Call it what you will--the Light, Consciousness, Soul, God, the Eternal--we are the stuff dreams are made of, the stuff of greatness. Before we took form, we were one with All That Is. Let's think of it as the Light. We were one with the Light. As Light-Beings, we knew ourselves as the Light, but could not experience ourselves as such. Only by taking form, by coming into darkness (or contrast), does the light experience itself as light. It takes polarity for knowledge to deepen into experience.
You were never intended to actually be a part of the darkness, but rather to use that darkness to experience yourself. You're a creator. You came here to create. All of your actions--and the reality that contains them--arise from your thoughts, which arise from your beliefs. So what are you thinking? And what are those thoughts creating? What does your life-creation look like given the way you're using your vision?
At Affirmation Monday, we're encouraging you to use your vision--your inner eye, your thoughts, your beliefs--to create the world, the life, you WANT to experience. It sounds trite to say "If you believe it, you can achieve it." How can that possibly be, we ask. It seems too simple. And yet it works. Not in the way some authors and teachers would have us believe. We can't just walk around ignoring our pain, disowning our disappointment, or denying our current challenges by chanting how great our life is or will be. (I'm tempted to get smack-ish if someone promises "results" based on a step-by-step program, a prescribed dogma, or a cut-and-dry plan to quicken success and annihilate failure. It just reeks of charlatanism when I hear anything promising a slick "cure all" for what ails the spirit.) But we CAN honor that our current reality has been shaped from our previous thoughts and visions, and we can hold those truths with compassion and non-judgment. Then we can begin to shape our future with our Now. The point of power is always now--it's our greatest resource. So you can use that power, right now, to shape and mold the dream you desire to live by creating it with your imagination and infusing it with your belief.
It's not about resisting what we HAVE or what we ARE. It's about allowing all-that-is in our lives to be as it is with love and acceptance, while simultaneously allowing a vision of our desired manifestation to pulse and grow and thrive.
What we see is what we get. And doesn't that phrase take on new meaning? We're not victims of What Is, but creators of it. What you create in your imagination, what you allow in your beliefs, what you ENVISION with your inner eye is what manifests. Invest your vision with outrageous joy. Dance, sing, paint, draw, weave, sculpt and chant your dream. Allow yourself to believe. Allow yourself to receive. And truly, what you SEE is what you'll GET.