Close your eyes and imagine a table. Any shape or form you want. Got it?
Now, what material is it made of? How does it feel? How was it constructed?
Look at a real table. Which one is more real to you? Which one do you know better? The one you conceived of in your mind or the one in external reality?
And this is the point: mind over matter. Where does ‘Reality’ exist? In the mind or in the external, objective world? Where do our thoughts originate – are they even seeds that originate from within?
Right now, the world is afire with thoughts about security and terrorism. The issue, as always, comes down to dependence. Americans tend to think of themselves as rugged individualists, but the modern incarnation is anything but. With our corporate-dominated news and entertainment industry and our celebrity-obsessed culture, we are a nation of dependent thinkers no longer fit with the capability of free thought. Toss in conditioning via political correctness, or mind control, and any hope for the future rises up in a puff of legalized smoke.
I always tell my students that there are two types of people in the world – those who favor security and those who value freedom. People who tend to value control need security in order to maintain their world. For them, it is a fixed system in which things are either in or out of control. Yet, those who desire decentralization and openness need freedom in order to explore new ideas. They feed off risk and desire it; it is the uncertainty that makes life worth living.
Both of these things start in the mind. Yes, they can be transmitted from one person to another, but only if the ground for such thoughts are prepared. There has to be something innate to the individual to enable thinking in either terms.
It goes much deeper than that. If we learn helplessness, then we will wilt and die. A lack of hope leads to hopelessness which also leads to a devalued sense of worth. If we are bombarded by negative thoughts, anxieties, and fears, then we believe such things to be the way of the world. We react instead of respond. We become malleable for those who crave control at the risk of our own freedom.
All of this takes shape in the mind. It is our ability to create and imagine that will deliver us. When we stop creating and stop imagining, we really stop living. We stop exploring. We stop.
In times of crisis, the collective imagination shuts down; we function on a lower vibratory level. We listen to those who seem to have ideas and those that do are always the ones of us who crave control as, again, control will preserve their worlds, their identities.
In doing so, we also overlook one thing – our interconnectedness. It is blindness to think anyone is truly an individual and can sustain life on one’s own. We are all dependent on some thing else for sustenance, for companionship, for life. Even those of us who must have total control are blind to the fact that we are given that control over others by those very people themselves.
So what to do? Build walls? Restrict access? What about reaching out, making contact? What about imagining a better world instead of a dark and scary one that forces us to cower and hide. It is this decision that will prove our salvation and it, too, starts to germinate within the mind. It sparkles from imagination, a muscle that seems to have atrophied in most due to our consumer-based culture. We need to shift back into a producer culture; one that embraces thought, creativity, imagination, and magic. One that requires people to answer their own questions and challenges them to find their own solutions. One that, in stressing our independence and unique traits also allows us to regain our proper places in our networks, underscoring our interconnectedness.
It is time to shut out the megalomaniacs who seek to disarm us of our humanity and the ability to choose. If we fold now, it is by our own hands. And once again, this is all the result of how we think, how we perceive the world. Will those who crave security outstrip those who cannot live without freedom? In dark times, that tends to be the case. In enlightened times, however, it is the opposite.