There's an old saying, "Life is what you make it." We associate the phrase with attitude, the way we choose to look at things and deal with them. What if the saying is more literal? What if we are actually making life, our experience of it, show up in a particular way? This has nothing to do with the so-called law of attraction, which, by the way, does not exist. Life does not come to us or at us. It flows through us out into the world we see. We ARE life, expressing in the world according to our chosen thoughts, both conscious and unconscious. What kind of thoughts do we use to create our perceived reality? Let's take a closer look at our powerful and creative minds.
Quite often the primary thoughts we have about life come from beliefs formed or acquired in early childhood. My parents came from a puritan heritage with severe beliefs about life. My siblings and I were told frequently that life is hard, life is painful, life is sacrifice and struggling and there isn't enough of anything. We were to expect disappointment, frustration, heartache, and suffering, and be grateful for whatever scraps came to us. My parents and teachers also reminded kids often of how dangerous the world is, how dangerous life is. Does any of this sound familiar? None of it feels very nice inside, does it? That's because none of it is inherently true. None of it is the true, unadulterated nature of life. It is a reality created by the mind and we are free to choose and create a different version of life.
Once we discover our old thoughts about life it's surprising how often they've been repeated. If you've been around for at least 30 years you can easily look back over your experiences and see that life has shown up exactly the way you defined it. That awareness is empowering. Thoughts can be changed with a choice to change them. We can choose to define life in new ways. We can decide and declare that life is supportive and joyful, even fun. Changing our definitions of life has greater implications than what may be apparent on the surface.
What we declare about life we are declaring about ourselves. Remember, life is what we are. If we are trying to create abundance but declaring that life is insufficient, lacking in some way, the result will always be an expression of our definition of life. We can't create abundance while declaring that we are lack or that life is lacking. What about the common belief that life is dangerous? The deepest desire of all human beings is to feel safe. It's the first on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. If you believe and declare that life is dangerous how are you ever going to feel safe? It works the same with every quality of experience. What you declare true is true for you because the energy and consciousness of life is flowing out through us into the world and expressed according to our thoughts.
The first step to changing the way we experience life is to become aware of how we have been defining it. What we've said or thought about life during our toughest times is usually the best indicator of our deepest beliefs and most persistent thoughts. Only when we are aware of such thoughts do we have the power to change them by choosing a new, more supportive definition of life. How do you want to experience life? The raw energy and consciousness of life is malleable, shaped and formed by the thoughts and emotions it flows through. We have the power to determine the filters that shape that raw energy into forms of expression as soon as we become aware of them.
Even if just for a moment, imagine that all this is true and life really is "what you make it." You're definition of life is creating your experience of life. What would you change in your definitions? If how you define life is entirely up to you, and it is, then how you experience life is up to you as well. Tell life how to express through you. Declare that life is joyful, supportive, and satisfying, if that is what you want to experience. What if a great number of us declared that life is plentiful, peaceful, and cooperative? The more that reality is expressed in the world the more people will see that it is possible, and maybe they'll even choose it as their new definition of life.