Most of us are taught that we come to a conclusion by gathering evidence. If we look at the “facts” of a situation, we will be able to determine the correct conclusion. Our entire legal system is based on this, and many in the scientific community adhere to this structure of knowing as well. I invite you to turn that concept on its head and begin to question this assumption. Is it possible that the reverse of this formula is actually true? Perhaps we come to a conclusion and then go about finding evidence to support that conclusion. This is often the case in our legal system, and quantum physics is now revealing this reality in the scientific field as well. The observer has an effect. In our personal lives, we may encounter situations which repeat themselves over and over. We can look to evidence to support our position. Or, we can pause and examine our conclusions and see what happens when we focus on changing them instead. Miraculous changes occur simply by looking at our assumptions and making the inner shift to a different way of seeing the world.
If we decide that some things in life are “good,” and some are “bad,” then we find ourselves living in a dualistic world where we need to be careful and keep ourselves safe. In this reality, things can go wrong, people can be hurtful, and we need to protect ourselves from those who want to harm us and from the evils of life. We can find plenty of evidence to confirm this reality. I’m not saying that we should ignore the world around us. We can, however, be aware of and act in accordance with our inner truth. In the end, it is up to each of us to decide what kind of world we live in. We don’t need to wait for anything to change on the outside before we can inhabit the world of our choice. What kind of world are you choosing to see today?
We can choose to recognize that everything that happens to us is useful for our awakening, and that it contributes to our well-being and our wholeness. We can step into in a world where nothing is actually against us. In this reality, there are no enemies. It is safe to befriend the here and now, and we can trust that whatever is happening in this moment can serve our highest spiritual development. Whatever happened in our past also served our highest spiritual development. In this way, we can have a daily living experience of being at one with the rest of life. We can know ourselves as part of the seamless fabric of existence. In fact, this is the only way we can experience our oneness with the all that is, and tap into the profound sense of peace and harmony that already exists deep within us. Letting go of our stories is the shortcut to living in a peaceful world.
TJ Woodward is a revolutionary recovery specialist, bestselling author, inspirational speaker, and awakening coach who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings.
He is the author of the books Conscious Being: Awakening to your True Nature and Conscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction. TJ is also the creator of The Conscious Recovery Method, which is a ground breaking and effective approach to viewing and treating addiction.
He was given the honor of being ordained as an Agape minister by Dr. Michael Beckwith and is also the founding minister of Agape Bay Area in Oakland, which is the first satellite community of The Agape International Spiritual Center in LA.