I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook, but each morning when I check what’s happening in that realm, I make a point of sending a greeting to friends who are having birthdays. I encourage them to create a wonderful day for themselves — because each of us has that opportunity every time we wake up in the morning (or afternoon for you millennials and night owls).
Whether we know it or not, each of us is a reality-creating being.
What we experience in a given moment is not subject to happenstance. It’s all orchestrated by our conscious and unconscious beliefs — and each moment changes — or not — depending on us.
Some of us are keenly aware of what we are creating — and why. Many of us are in the dark about who we are and what we believe, and we often chalk everything up to fate. Some of us are waking up slowly to the incredible truth of what is taking place.
When we are able to grok the incredible synchronicity of reality — how the creation patterns of all of us intertwine and weave a tapestry of experience that is so complex that it absolutely blows your mind — then that’s when life truly becomes more than a drudgery, day in and day out.
The film Groundhog Day is one of my favorites because it shows the creation process in action. In this case, a not-so-nice weatherman falls into a time loop and is given the chance to re-experience the same day ad infinitum. Having a second chance, and a third and a fourth and a…he ends up choosing again when he realizes his not-so-mindful rudeness doesn’t feel so good when it is relived over and over again.
Isn’t that our condition now? Many of our decisions are made by rote, and the results are highly predictable — and often unsatisfying. The oft-quoted definition of insanity — doing the same thing again and again, expecting a different result — is perhaps not applicable because I’m not sure we really expect a different result. Many of us just do the same things repetitively and expect the same result.
The question is, what kind of life would we experience if we consciously participated in creating the reality we experience? If we knowingly understood that our entire reality can change if we alter our beliefs and our thinking, would we choose to be more spontaneous, childlike and fun? Would we choose to be unadulterated, as the Rev. Marshall Wright would say? Would we choose to bypass the ego’s addiction to power and opt for a more symbiotic existence with each other?
This leads us to a chicken-or-the-egg question: If we are not present, does the universe exist? Does something exist if it is not perceived? If we create every aspect of our reality, do our lives exist if we’re not looking at them? When we’re asleep, does the universe as we know it transform into a quantum cloud of possibility until we wake up — when we expect to be in bed next to a digital clock that gives us the expected time?
Before passing away at the age of 96, theoretical physicist John Archibald Wheeler, a colleague of Einstein’s, publicly pondered whether the universe exists if we’re not looking. He suggested that humans may be participating co-creators of the universe, just through our observation of it.
Let’s assume that is so. Let’s assume that we have the ability to create the lives we want to experience. So I say to you: Create a wonderful experience for yourself!