Imagine a day after a heavy rainfall. To the commuter it is a nightmare; to the farmer it is a paradise; to the kids it is a magical kingdom; to the sweeper who cleans the clogged drains, another job. It’s the same rain but viewed very differently through the eyes of the beholder. Each view is the individual’s reality.

Humanity agrees on the reality of the need for food and shelter, yet some live in tents, others in palaces. Tastes in foods range from a vegetarian diet of rice and lentils, to the appetite for raw meat.

Can we alter and affect our realities? Why not? The religious fanatics, too, tired of persecution packed their bags and set off to create their own lifestyle. Meanwhile, countless drug addicts and smokers stay where they are while travelling on the wings of their drug induced realities. Political and religious beliefs can become so strong that one nation or creed is forever trying to impose its version of reality to another. The more sophisticated a culture becomes, the more varied and numerous are the realities it can contain.

The question is, must we take drugs or be a millionaire to create our own reality?

There is no need because we are already in a position to do it. We can create our lives once we begin to take back our personal power and to assume responsibility for ourselves. Then, we automatically and spontaneously begin the process. And, we are in a position to do this right now: we have the tools, the know-how; in fact everything is poised at the ready. All it takes is a bit of courage to admit to ourselves that it is possible, and the willingness to experiment with our daily lives.

The preliminary task is to take stock of where we are right now. As every gardener knows, we prepare the soil before we plant the seeds. Through an honest self appraisal, free of criticism and judgement, we get in touch with where we are with ourselves.

Let’s say we are serving five to ten years in prison. Now, there are certain restrictions imposed on us from the beginning. If our reaction is to say that we can do nothing that we want to do until we are released, then that becomes our reality. By accepting and taking responsibility for what has happened in the past to get us into the situation we are in now, we begin to take steps to create a new present situation for ourselves from which we can emerge in a fresh way. Serving time is an expression used by prisoners but it could well be one, many of us use to describe areas of our lives we conduct unwillingly.

We serve time with our colleagues, dealers and workers in order to be free with our husbands, wives and children. Or vice versa, we serve time with our families in order to be free with our lovers, friends, sailboats, or drinking companions. For none of us enjoy total freedom in every sense of word though the extent to which we inhabit personal prisons may be less obvious than it is to those in jail. We are talking here about the same freedom frequently referred to by mystics: one that is of an inner nature, unaffected by the external circumstance.

It is the freedom we can all work and strive towards, no matter what our external situation is. Even inside actual prison, a man who creates his own reality is free. And, even the most free and richest man can be slave to all that happens to him.

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