What is this thing we call life? Does it exist outside of our mind and thoughts or is it just an inside job? Do we lead a life or are we led down the path of life by outside forces, influences and The Deity? Is it all “rigged” or are we the driving wheel of our experience and fortune? Is it determined at birth or ours to create?
Determinism is a belief that your life is predestined and that you have very little real control over your life. Many believe that your life is written in the “Book of Life” before your birth and that, other than personal tastes and likes and dislikes, your life is a trudge toward the inevitable. As the Muslims say :Inshalla, “if God wills it”.
I believe that a determinist life is a waste of good time. If I am not the driver but merely the passenger of life, why bother? What can be learned, what real accomplishments can I claim? Am I just a pawn on a chessboard? Was it all just “meant to be”.
Determinism is a popular belief because it almost totally cancels out any self-responsibility. As the comedian Flip Wilson used to say: “The Devil made me do it!”
Self responsibility is the hardest lesson that children must learn while growing up. Some never learn that they are the authors of their own lives and that they are responsible for every word, choice and action. They become perpetual children at heart and we all have known some of them in our families and acquaintances. The finger of blame is always pointed outward to God, spouse, luck, parents, ethnicity’, race or just the juxtaposition of the stars at 5:00 AM on September 7, 1945.
You and I are the only people who have been present in our respective lives, every second we live. No one else, just us! No fault, no blame, just the understanding that nothing or no one could be responsible for your life or my life but us!
This is the first Principle of Life Creation 101: We are the driving wheel of our lives. This frees us to create any life we desire if we have the gumption to get up and make it so. This idea of the “driving wheel” is also is a license for a do-over at any point.
No victims here! If I am the producer, director and screen writer of my life, then I may edit and change things at will. If outside forces created my reality then I am merely a victim and can only cry and mourn my terrible fate.
OK, my life experience is largely my creation, I get that! But how do I change it?
Change your thinking and change your life.…..that is the slogan and byword of Religious Science and it is the first thing you need to know to begin to understand how to create the life that you long for, desire and deserve. Your life is a product of your Mind. Change your mind and change your life.
Next post……how to begin the process and use 4 simple ideas to transform your life in less than six months. Remember that there is no change unless you change. More about Life Creation 101 next post. Join me, won’t you?
Until then… think well, speak well and be well!
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota Florida