Life Is About Choices

Life Is About Choices

by Ed Scott

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ISBN-13: 9781440174216
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2009
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Ed Scott was a police officer for thirty-six years and is a military veteran. He has traveled extensively and has examined religion and spirituality in different cultures. Scott is the author of Photo Poems and Wisdom of the Heart: Creating Your Own Reality. Retired, he and his wife live in northern Wisconsin.

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Life Is About Choices

Creating Our Reality
By Ed Scott

iUniverse, Inc.

Copyright © 2009 Ed Scott
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4401-7421-6


Chapter One

A Peek Behind The Curtain

There is an ever-increasing number of people searching for more meaning and purpose in their lives. Tired of being just casual observers, many are now seeking answers to the many questions in their unfulfilled lives. We are fortunate to live in an age of increasingly improved technology, sophisticated sciences, and nearly unlimited informational resources. It is important to realize that the necessary information and resources are available to those seeking answers. In this country, many individuals and entire families have abandoned their traditional churches because of church politics or sexual abuse of children by the clergy. Many of these people have adopted the cafeteria-style selection of a church that suits their particular beliefs. Even more have left traditional church memberships, because they have not found definitive or profound answers to substantiate their intuitive and core beliefs.

Our universe is in constant evolution and so it is with the human condition. For many years until now, people around this earth have observed a remarkable and growing spiritual awakening. There are now numerous books and other materials available regarding an intention-driven life, living deliberately withpurpose, and many other approaches to personal and spiritual growth. There is also evidence of a changing spiritual axis of the earth. Many of the centuries-old spiritual traditions and beliefs of East Asia and India are now being embraced by people in a light of spiritual awakening in the United States. At the same time, many developing Asian and middle-eastern countries are exchanging their centuries-old beliefs to embrace a capitalistic or monetary creed. The entire planet is also experiencing a larger spiritual renaissance. These are exciting times, and we are at an evolutionary milestone.

A spiritual awakening is best described as finding our true inner being, or consciousness, not as an intellectual exercise, but as a self-actualization-a return to the source of our being. When we learn to separate our true inner being from that of identifying our being as the thinking mind, we may then answer the call to love and beauty. Unfortunately, not everyone can, or will, find an awakening. In Matthew 22:14 it is noted, "Many are called, but few are chosen." A smaller number of people are never called. There are, of course, those people not the least bit interested in spirituality. Others will seek an awakening but never find it. There are many more people seeking an enlightenment, believing it to be enlightenment of the mind, to find the ultimate wisdom and purpose of our lives. The personal, spiritual awakening that I describe is much more than the wisdom of a gathered knowledge. An accumulated knowledge is nothing more than dead matter, useless data, unless it is used to better the lives of others. A spiritual awakening is the realization of our inner spiritual being, separated from any identification with the ego-based identification with the mind.

There is also a spiritual awakening occurring within our global population. As more and more people come to the spiritual awakening, so our planetary society evolves. Because of the choices that we have made, our paths are many and varied. Some of us have included study and learning-looking for something that would answer our many questions. Sometimes we begin our search by looking at Eastern philosophy or theology, perhaps reinforced with a study of metaphysics and the sciences. Knowledge is a great thing, particularly when shared for the benefit of others, but a spiritual awakening does not depend upon an expanded knowledge. In recent years, we have witnessed a substantial increase in the number of resources that focus directly upon the spiritual longing of the many people searching for answers. Much like everything else in our instant-societies, many people want it now-instant answers, knowledge and enlightenment. Enlightenment comes to us in bits and pieces of sudden awareness of matters that we previously did not fully understand. The knowledge and answers that we seek may be found within the human body temple as the entirety of creation is within each of us. We need only to make the decision and to look within.

When we decide that we wish to find meaning and purpose, and decide to change our lives, the process can be very simple. We need to examine our core beliefs and values. Our core values and beliefs are truly our biology and our destiny. It is important to realize that our dominant thoughts and beliefs create our reality. What we have thought about and believed in the past has created our reality today, and what we believe today will determine our future. We need not be destined to repeat our mistakes, our suffering, or to slow our evolutionary progress. We have a choice. We do not need to wait for repeated, unwanted experiences to be brought to our awareness when we can, instead, prompt new and rewarding life experiences.

Our beliefs have developed over time and were influenced by our parents, our friends, teachers, and many other individuals, and also the events in our lives. Our beliefs have become a filter through which we perceive our present reality and create our future. Our beliefs also define how we see ourselves and recognize our capabilities. It is important that we realize that a single belief represents but one of many possibilities. When we begin to see the many possibilities available, we can then change our beliefs, our perception, and our experiences. To change our experience is to create our own unique reality. Many of our choices and actions are based upon our unconscious retention of our prior experiences and habits that we have formed. If we bring these habits and beliefs into our conscious awareness for examination, we can then transform our entire belief-filtering system and direct our biology and our destiny. Our beliefs reverberate with an energy field that also affects both our feelings and physical health. When we embrace the higher vibratory energies of positive thoughts and beliefs, our bodies perceive them and respond in positive ways.

In my previous book, Wisdom of the Heart: Create Your Own Reality, I suggested that we must examine our beliefs and values and then decide what it is that is most important to us as matters of the heart, and then create our desired reality. This continues to be true. However, there is an important issue that I did not describe adequately enough in that previous writing. And that is: our human awareness is consciousness without thought. Our personal growth and awakening depends solely upon our coming to an awareness of our true inner being; thereafter, we do not have to think about it. Our daily choices come to us as coincidences, and our human intuition provides us with correct choices.

Many people have come to the belief that we have little or no choice or free will-that our volition is only a false definition of part of our mental functioning. It has also been said that everything in our human existence has been predetermined and therefore we have no free will, or choice. The truth of the matter is that every aspect of our lives has been predetermined at a higher level of consciousness and creation. It is because of our existence and our awareness in the lower physical-emotional realm that we appear to have the capability of free will and decisions. So, while we are operating in this physical world, we can use our own volition or free will and change our lives. This too was predetermined! Whatever your belief is, believe that even a predetermined role for your life might also include the coincidental opportunity to gain the knowledge and the capacity to change your beliefs, your present lifestyle, and your future.

In the seventeenth century, the French philosopher Rene Descartes altered history when he developed a theory that earned him the title "The Father of Modern Philosophy." Descartes declared, "I think, therefore I am." Rene Descartes was a brilliant philosopher, lawyer, and scientist. However, he either failed to recognize our innate, spiritual essence of consciousness or he ignored this element of our being. Descartes was not aware of his awareness-he had not yet awakened. Over the past four centuries, we have sufficiently evolved to better know and understand the difference between our mental capacity and that of our core spiritual being. Many people now believe that Descartes has retarded our progress in philosophy as well as our understanding of humanity. We should take a closer look and examine the elements of human consciousness. Both objective and subjective reality also need to be examined. What makes matters even more interesting is the phenomena of synchronicity as it relates to manifest reality.

Our world changes dramatically when we Suddenly discover how synchronicity works, and we realize the interconnectedness of all things and events. In the 1939 Warner Brothers movie, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy and friends looked behind the curtain and found not only the wizard, but also a new reality. Would you like to peek behind that curtain and see for yourself?

Human Awareness and Consciousness

Because our human awareness is essential in changing our core beliefs, we should take a closer look at the elements of our consciousness. The basic elements of our human consciousness are attention, awareness, perception, cognition, imagination, and memory. Attention is the probe of our awareness. For example, your attention at this moment is directed to these words before you, yet you are simultaneously aware of the voice in your head and of the fact that you are reading. External sights, sounds, scents, and other things can also attract and hold your attention without your intention to have them do so. Our attention feeds millions of bits of information per second into our cognitive awareness.

Perception allows us to recognize only a small portion of the information received, and our minds automatically filter this information. The human mind will subjectively compare any new data with that of our past experiential knowledge. Each of us has probably met another person considered to be narrow-minded, refusing to see or accept anything new or challenging. If we have conditioned our minds and see things with an open mind, we will tend to be more accepting of new information. It is quite natural for the human mind to become analytical, using both inductive and deductive reasoning. We may then examine and question the validity of the information and seek even more data. There is an interesting relationship that develops between our capacity for perception and the development of our beliefs and values. As our human perception grows by experience, we form a personal belief system. Both our perception and our beliefs are flexible and changing. Over time, and with sufficient experience, our beliefs become a filter for our perception of information and events. Conversely, our perception can also influence and reform our beliefs.

Of all the elements of consciousness, human awareness is the most important. Awareness is that part of our consciousness that connects us to a creative universal intelligence. Human awareness is consciousness without thought. Actually, there are two aspects of our human awareness. It is our cognitive awareness that allows us to be cognizant, or mindful, of our immediate thoughts and the sensations received through our five senses. All creatures have various, evolved levels of awareness, but only we humans have evolved to the extent that we are aware of our awareness. For example, an insect has a basic awareness that allows it to recognize fire as a threat. Other life-forms are aware of threats to their survival depending upon their level of evolution. The second aspect of human awareness is that of our larger spiritual awareness: consciousness without thought. When Moses had asked God of His name, the response was reported to have been, "I am that I am." An example of both aspects of our awareness is that which we call our conscience. Remember those times when you had done something and immediately knew or felt that it was wrong? Our innate consciousness knows the truth and brings it forward to our cognitive, or mindful, awareness. Our entire life is about choices, decisions, and consequences based upon our subjective beliefs and values.

Both aspects of our awareness can be enlarged or expanded. For example, we can use the mind to study in a learned manner and become a scholar, yet we might not grow in spiritual awareness. Our cognitive human awareness gathers knowledge from our experiences and stores the knowledge in both our conscious and our subconscious mind. Our capacity for memory also allows us to be aware of past experiences that may influence not only our future choices, but also the creation of our new life experiences.

Once we find our true inner being, changes will manifest not only in our attitudes and thought processes, but also in our spiritual awareness. A spiritual awareness is our guide in making many choices. Needless to say, when we awaken spiritually, our lives will change in profound ways.

Many of us have experienced an out-of-body consciousness during heart surgery or other life-threatening events. When we travel out of the human body and observe other physical activity, it becomes very apparent that our consciousness is a silent, formless energy of pure awareness. This experience is one of our awareness-devoid of thought and words.

Is this experience, then, one of a subjective or objective reality? For those of us who further believe that there is another realm of existence beyond our physical death, we also expect that our spiritual awareness or consciousness does not die, but continues on to another dimension. This experience will depend upon our level of awareness. If we believe in a realm called hell, then it will be exactly as we have thought it to be. If we create another reality that was formed by more favorable beliefs, then it will also be much as we believed it to be.

The human capacity for imagination is obviously another important link, or element, in creating our beliefs and our future. As we think and believe, so we shall become. The people remembered throughout history as being successful have had vision; they have used their imaginations for great accomplishments. The very least that we can do for ourselves is to imagine a happy and meaningful life. Where attention goes, energy flows. Once we are aware that our beliefs and our dominant thoughts determine our future, we can take the responsibility and the opportunity to develop positive, meaningful life experiences. A meaningful life with purpose will include positive values behind our choices, decisions, and our actions. Our life's choices should be based upon honesty, compassion, trust, humility, kindness, sincerity, and many other basic aspects. Consider for a moment, those persons we have witnessed who were making choices based upon a self-centered greed, malice, and dishonesty. What could these people possibly see as their core values and their basic purpose in life?

The whole of our human consciousness includes the larger area of sub-consciousness that is more often described as our super-consciousness. Our super-consciousness controls and maintains our body's autonomic systems in ways that we do not yet fully understand. An even larger, unexplored region of the super-consciousness suggests that we have an undeveloped potential or capability for a future use.

(Continues...)



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Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
A Peek Behind The Curtain....................1
Human Awareness and Consciousness....................13
The Law of Attraction....................33
Sweet Surrender....................53
The Messengers....................65
Beauty and the Beholder....................79
Love's Call....................87
Life's Purpose....................109
About the Author....................123
Bibliography....................125

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