Saturday, 21 February 2015

Seeing Sense in the Here and Now

By Willie Horton

If your life isn't all that you want it to be or if you're unhappy with yourself - what you think is going on has nothing to do with reality! Decades of research prove that the normal subconscious mind quite literally makes up your reality for you. This personal version of reality has absolutely nothing to do with the real thing. It is concocted from a a mish-mash of "resident thoughts" in your subconscious mind - what some people call their "baggage", which we mainly learned through the experiences that stuck in our mind from our formative years - generally speaking, before we reached in or around twelve years of age.

So, what about real reality? What about living the life that you actually want to live? If you actually do want to live the life the kind of exciting, happy and successful life, you're going to have to stop paying attention to the crap in your head that, as things stand, has given you the very real impression that your life is more like some black fantasy! Instead, you're going to have to start paying attention to real reality. You're going to have to come to your senses - and I mean that literally.

Your body's five senses are your only interface with the "outside" world. Every sound you hear - whether it's a rushing stream, traffic going by, something nice being said to you, or bad news - is first perceived through your ear, transmitted to your brain, interpreted in conjunction with what psychologists call "stored knowledge" (the resident thoughts that I mentioned a moment ago) and, as a result, made sense of. Same with each sight, each smell, each taste, each tactile feeling. The fact is, however, that so-called normal people don't make sense of what is being perceived - they make nonsense of it! Because, rather than paying attention to their senses, they let their stored knowledge make up their minds for them. And for normal adults, that stored knowledge is way out of date - and the older you get the more out of date and irrelevant to the present moment it becomes.

Over seventy years of research in the field of psychology has found that adults simply don't know how to pay enough attention to their five senses - and even when they do decide to pay attention to something, their internal programming will even override that decision. The normal adult cannot pay attention to the actual reality of the moment as experienced by them, for real, through their five senses. However, it is these senses - and only these five senses that provide us with the real here and now information. Instead of paying attention to this real data, years of automatic behaviour drowns out our sensory perception and creates a half-life of automatic living. In other words, normal people are, at best, sleepwalking their way through life, at worst, as good as dead.

From my own work's perspective, I find plenty of people who are completely unable to pay attention for even five minutes - on occasions when I've asked a group to simply sit still for five minutes, the mere suggestion of sitting still resulted in some people almost hitting the ceiling such was their inability to simply experience and appreciate the moment in a calm, still and focused fashion. We all need to sit still for a few minutes each day. This should be an "exercise" in, first of all, tuning in your attention to focus just on what you are seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling and tasting and then, thereafter, fine-tuning your mind to pay attention to what is actually going on before your very eyes. In undertaking such "mental fitness training", you should not analyze what's going on, don't add your own interpretation. If you do, you will be using your "stored knowledge", the crap we've already mentioned. In the process, you will simply have done all over again what you have been doing all of your adult life - interpreting reality instead of experiencing it for what it really is. Instead of doing this, you should find somewhere where you will not be disturbed and simply sit down, simply observing what you are experiencing. In reconnecting with the real world, you will find that it is, in fact, full of excitement and opportunity - opportunity which has always been before your very eyes but you were too blinded by your own misconceptions to see what was going on.

Real life is lived in reality. Real, effortless success simply flows in reality - it is only your resident thought processes that have distanced you from the effortless success that you can experience in reality. Open your mind, come to your senses, live your dream.

Copyright (c) 2010 Willie Horton

About The Author
Willie Horton has been a Personal Development expert since 1996 - working with top leaders in major organizations. An Irish ex-accountant, ex-banker, published author and keynote speaker, he travels the world, from his home in the French Alps, enabling people "live the dream". All his work - including his acclaimed Personal Development Workshop - is now online at

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