what is reality?
on how you see it!
What is reality?
The dictionary defines reality as the quality or state of being actual or true.
While there are certain facts that are generally accepted by most people as
being true, so much about life and the universe is open to interpretation.
When we are
younger, many of us tend to see the world in clearly defined terms of black and
white, right and wrong. As we travel further down the path of life experience,
we often begin to see things in a vast array of shades of grey. In seeking an
answer for what is reality, we discover that often, reality is fluid.
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What is reality? sometimes it's just popular belief
For much of
history, most people believed that the world was flat. Of course, we now know
that the world is round, but if we had lived before the 1500s, our reality
would most likely have been a flat earth.
It stands to
reason then, that there may very well be things which we believe now to be
true, that sometime in the future will be proven to be incorrect.
how does this affect us?
So then, what is reality in our daily
lives? When we realize that in effect, reality is simply what we believe to be
true, and that even widely held beliefs can change over time, we can also take
responsibility for creating our own reality by consciously choosing our
reality or opinion?
Reality is also
highly subjective, meaning that what we believe to be true becomes true in our
minds. What is true for us, though, may be vastly different from how someone
else perceives this same ‘reality.’
Just as ‘beauty is
in the eye of the beholder,’ reality is also shaped by our own vision.
According to Greek philosopher, Democritus, “Nothing exists except atoms and
empty space; everything else is opinion.” This leaves a lot of scope for our
answers to ‘what is reality?’
choose your outlook
Our answer to ‘What
is reality?’ is greatly affected by the general outlook we have.
We can choose to
see the beauty and miracles in every situation, and as a result experience a
beautiful and miraculous reality.
we constantly focus on what’s wrong in our lives and the world though, our
reality is going to be pretty miserable.
As Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is
as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a
direct your focus
observing reality allows us to direct our focus and our actions in a way that
can produce the most effective results, and to avoid feeding energy to things
we do not want to experience.
As we become aware
of thought patterns that are dragging us down rather than lifting us up and
make a conscious and consistent decision to direct our thoughts, we can see
evidence of how our thoughts create our reality.
moving into action
To begin creating
a new reality, we really need to be sure that the goals we are heading for are
the ones we know in our hearts are right for us.
We need to become
really clear about how we truly want to shape our reality, and then we need a
plan for how to get there.
Without a clear
knowledge of where we want to go, and a plan of how to start moving in that
direction we are very likely to be struggling up a ladder that is resting on a
wall we don’t even want to climb.
Too often, we take
steps to accomplish someone else’s vision of what is right for us, and then
sometime down the track we wonder why the progress we are making is not making
one step at a time
Once we know where
we are heading and we have the ‘ladder’ of a workable plan firmly in place, we
just need to take the first step. That’s all- just one step. Lift that foot and
plant it on the first rung of your ladder.
Don’t look up and
worry about how far away the top seems. Distance is all perspective anyway.
Things are often much closer than they seem. Take that one step. And then do it
again. Just one step is all you ever need to take.
notice your progress
the line, you will realize that those single steps have made an enormous
difference in your external reality and your perception of what is
reality. Just by taking small actions, repeatedly, it is amazing how quickly
your life can change. Pause to congratulate yourself often.
Every day that you
take one step towards the reality you want to experience is a cause for
celebration. I like the affirmation “I tell myself often what a great job I’m
doing.” This reminds me to appreciate everything that I am doing, and
not to focus on what I’m not doing, or what I ‘should’ be doing.
creating, and understanding reality, a touch of humor never goes astray. When
questioned about what is reality, Albert Einstein replied that "Reality is
merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
Every day we have
choices, and those choices shape our lives. We have the power to create an
external reality that is as amazing as anything we can imagine, so discover the
power of mindset.
So in essence, what
is reality? Reality is what we make it. As author B. Quilliam said, “There is a
fine line between dreams and reality, it's up to you to draw it.”
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