Here’s a serious question for you: where do our goals come from?
What exactly is it that makes us decide to tackle a particular goal, or even set a goal to begin with?
The answer to this question lies in our personal context.
Our context is the collection of assumptions, beliefs, and perspectives each of us as individuals holds about the nature of reality, our potential, and our incentive to influence change.
You could also call your context your paradigm, belief system, etc. These are all different labels for the same thing.
Your beliefs about the nature of reality have their foundation in whichever paradigms you adopt, and thus you’ll behave in accordance with those paradigms. Sometimes it helps to imagine a paradigm as almost being like a track of sorts, and you follow said track via your behavior, because the decisions made within said paradigm are both reasonable and logical for you.
The way in which you personally “view” reality is how you’ll allow yourself to participate with it.
Where Does Our Context Come From?
Your default, starting position context for reality will largely be determined for you by your parents and upbringing, mass media, the church and state, politics, and television (just to name a few key influences). We unconsciously adopt these sources of information right out of the gate. By the time adulthood rolls around, many people won’t change their default context at all – let alone question it consciously.
…And that’s exactly why YOU SHOULD QUESTION YOUR CONTEXT CONSCIOUSLY!
You don’t have to hang on to these default sources of context for life, however; you have free will choose to change your context at any given moment.
There’s still plenty of growth to be had if you decide to never venture outside the walls of your current context. Plenty of people do this, and live completely enjoyable lives. However, serious adventure, happiness, fulfillment, and personal progress are waiting for you just on the other side of the walls that are your default assumptions and beliefs.
This all starts with the decision to become conscious of true reality – that is, reality as it actually exists outside of your personal context – and perceive it as accurately as possible.
The Reality of Reality…
The truth is, we don’t actually make choices based on reality itself.
We make decisions based on our interpretation of reality.
Our sensory input, thoughts, memories, beliefs, assumptions, and personal biases behave very much like our “map” of reality.
It’s from this “map” of reality, however, that we ultimately base all of our decisions from.
At this point, it’s infinitely important to notice that our personal maps of reality – and (true) reality itself – are two very different things.
True reality is an unfiltered, raw datum of information and processes collapsing on the quantum level in the present moment to give us the illusion of continuity, linear time, and history.
What we commonly label “reality” on the human level of being is an extremely narrow, filtered, and processed version of true reality.
This processing first occurs through our five sensory perceptions.
Then, it’s further filtered through our cultural conditioning, beliefs, assumptions, and paradigms.
Then, it’s even further narrowed by emotional responses such as fear, worry, and doubt.
By the time you perceive your reality experience, it’s been filtered beyond recognition. Think of it like a game of telephone, whereby the original message becomes lost in the process of translation, and comes out as a garbled, incoherent mess.
Change Your Lens = Change Your Context
Our contexts, paradigms, and belief systems behave exactly like lenses, of which we filter the raw nature of reality through.
Think of forcing circular pegs through square holes. Reality is represented by the smooth, circular peg – and our context (our belief systems) are the square hole. We literally force our interpretation of reality to fit through our narrow range of completely arbitrary beliefs, and then assume those beliefs themselves are both accurate and optimal for experience.
However, the more conscious you become, the more accurately you begin perceiving this “raw” reality in which you’re embedded.
You begin becoming progressively more and more aware of the subtle intricacies, incompatibilities, and inconsistencies of your previous context when it’s laid over raw reality.
You begin modeling reality much more accurately and intelligently, and thus your context begins to calibrate to true reality as it actually exists, independent of your thoughts and beliefs.
And while plenty of learning and growth can be had by remaining within your default context, it’s not until you learn to calibrate to true reality that you unveil your true power and potential as a human being.
Reality is What IS
The more you consciously calibrate to to this truth, the more accurate your behavior toward creating results and change will be.
Most importantly, the sooner you consciously accept this fact, the more enjoyable life overall will become for you.
This is because you’ll no longer be unnecessarily resisting what reality is trying to show you, and instead you’ll be working with it.
As a natural consequence, your experiences, synchronicities, and results will appear with increasing frequency.
Think of this as kind of like learning the science of personal development, rather than blindly taking action based entirely around your arbitrary “starting point” beliefs and assumptions.
It’s these original assumptions, beliefs, and contexts that you’re here to challenge and transcend.
When you prioritize your personal evolution over all things – even material security – material security is miraculously provided to you in unsuspecting ways as your reward for activating the courage within yourself.
The lessons and experiences garnered from this state of being represent your true “mission” or “purpose” for being here.
Now, how does that jive with your current context? 😛