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Interpretations and Meanings

The Question:

At CSL, we teach that our thoughts create our reality, but when someone is diagnosed with cancer, we tell them it’s not because of their thoughts or that they personally are not responsible.


It appears to me there is some “field” or gray area where these two meet.  At what point does something happening or not happening switch from a result of ourselves into NOT a result of ourselves?  How do we explain the existence of both of these?  It starts to feel convenient, for lack of a better word, to have these concepts juxtaposition in our principles, as though we have a way to take responsibility or not take responsibility when it feels better to go in one or the other particular direction.


The Answer:

I’ve learned – through trial and error – that there are multiple meanings I can create out of pretty much any situation, experience, or condition. I believe our thoughts do create our reality but from the perspective that my reality is how I interpret things and what meanings I make of any experience. The facts of a situation are neutral.  The interpretations and meanings I assign to those facts are what create my reality.  If I say this is bad, then that’s my reality.  If I say its good, that’s my reality.  Only I can choose either option for myself.


When I discovered it was necessary for me to have open heart surgery last summer, it occurred to me laying in the emergency room I could make this mean anything I chose.  I could make it an experience I hated, resented, and turn it against myself and others.  Or, I could use it to extract wisdom that would serve me in a beneficial way.  Laying there trying to figure out if there was something in my consciousness that had “caused this” seemed pretty futile and was an energy drain I just didn’t need.  In those two months, I came to understand a depth to my faith and the healing power of love in my life that no sermon, prayer, or affirmation had ever revealed for me.


Personally, I think it’s more beneficial to remember that when I change the way I look at things, the things I look at change.  This perspective opens me up to the wisdom I’m searching for far more than trying to figure out if something happened because of my thinking or someone else’s.

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