This quote has been attributed to the Talmud and also to Anais Nin, neither have actually been confirmed. It’s such fundamental wisdom I expect it goes back a very, very long way. Nothing new under the sun.
I have been studying astrology for about six years. It has helped me see myself more clearly and to accept myself as I am. Another great gift from astrology has been the realization that we are each just plain wired differently. I have studied the charts of and met with 50 or 60 people so far. Astrology is a very complex science – very difficult to learn. Each life and each chart has many, many energies at play. This next statement is a gross over simplification, but I’m going to use it to make a point.
A person with an Aries Sun just does not see the world the same way a person with a Capricorn Sun does. I could use any two signs for illustration. As I said, we are just plain wired differently at a basic, energetic level.
Another factor in the way we see the world is our conditioning or programming. Family of origin, society, educational, religious or spiritual environment and economic circumstances all condition us. Have you ever truly left home? Do you know who you are – what you believe – what you want?
Ask yourself how much and to what extent you are programmed by TV marketing. Marketing professionals take pride in manipulating the general public into believing they need a product or service. These people are experts at creating need in their viewers. Apparently we are very easy to program.
There is no absolute truth. We each create our own truth, just like we create our own beliefs. And, whatever you believe to be true is true – for you! The problem comes when I believe my truth is the only truth. I am willing to fight wars and kill people because I’m so convinced that there is only one truth – mine. Or, I can’t negotiate with a friend, boss, partner – I’m right, can’t you see that? We are both right. Two views of the same world.
This real earth we live on is a magical place few of us can see.
We create an imaginary world for ourselves and then spend our lives pretending its real. If you see the world as filled with difficulty, anger, fear, sadness, scarcity, pain or lack of love – then you are filled with difficulty, anger, fear, sadness, scarcity, pain and lack of love. We see the world not as it is, but as we are.
So, what’s the way out of this?
Well, first, you have to want to live your own life. And, I’m back to responsibility. The choice is ours to make. Do you choose an authentic, responsible, here’s who I am, here’s what I want kind of life or not?
And, second, you have to have the courage to see the light, rather than hide in the dark.