“Perception is a mirror not a fact. What I look upon is my state of mind reflected outwards” – A Course in Miracles
It’s difficult sometimes to accept that we become what we believe. Our default thinking is generally that circumstances outside us cause us to react or respond and behave in a certain way yet these circumstances are simply a catalyst that pulls our true beliefs to surface and then we demonstrate that through our behaviour.
We are constantly in an internal dialogue that is affecting us physically, emotionally, mentally and, depending on your chosen belief, spiritually. Our physical form, brain and mind are in a constant state of communication with messages travelling almost instantaneously via our nervous system to every cell in the mass that we exist within – our body.
These messages are interlinked through our response to the environment that is around us and one in which we are choosing those responses based on our state of mind. That state of mind is either positive or negative and is created by our chosen beliefs often anchored deeply in our unconscious and invisible to us as the cause of our behaviour.
That rather deep reflection (pardon the pun) is reinforced by Susan Scott in Fierce Conversations, one of my favourite comments, “I am always having a conversation with myself; sometimes it includes other people.”
The point is that our state of ‘mind’ triggers a set of neuro-chemicals that are released in response to what we are choosing to believe of the external experience we are having.
If we believe that we are not worthy, are closed-minded or pessimistic, operating either from fear and diminishing ourselves or from ego and diminishing others, the brain perceives this as a threat. The released neuro-chemicals (stress hormones in this situation) are provided to assist us in fight or flight.
If this is our state of mind (being self-protective) and is our general perception of the world around us, over the long haul those chemicals will have a major impact on our health, manifesting in a range of diseases that can have a life-shortening impact.
If on the other hand we are optimistic, open-minded, accepting and seeking to become self-aware that also has a physical manifestation over time and generally a much more positive outcome.
We can’t change what happens to us. We can however control how we choose to respond to it. The end is inevitable and one we are all going to. Once we embrace that, how we choose to ride this journey of life is entirely up to us – regardless of circumstance.