Each person is a specialist in fantasizing their own illusory world. A Spiritual Warrior
Things are not always as they seem. Phaedrus
There is a proper balance between not asking enough of oneself and asking or expecting too much. May Sarton
Our reality is determined by ongoing chemical-biological processes which processes sensory input into mental images. Data from our senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell is converted into electrical impulses that stimulates various parts of the brain. New data is compared to previously stored data to produce our unique, one of a kind version of reality. It is not like anyone else’s, nor will it ever be. It is uniquely ours.
Who we think we are, is our reality. It needs to coexist with the realities of those around us. Normally our individual versions of reality are similar to those around us. We co-mingle relatively well. Some individual versions of reality are way out of kilter and totally off base. Some claim to be Jesus Christ, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolph Hitler, and other famous individuals. Others may have split personalities and live multiple lives. There are those who are pompous, self-centered and conceited; and some may greatly fear the dark. There are many reality malfunctions. It is easy to forget that our personal reality is what our brains determine it to be.
It is easy to see the distorted realities in others. We may have a “loose wire or two” ourselves. We may have some significant problems because our thinking is skewed and distorted. We may be looking through “rose colored glasses”. There is very likely our own error factor; meaning that our view of reality is less than perfect. What we think is true and real may not be exactly right. We may not see ourselves as we truly are. There are issues, problems, and defects that we are probably missing and overlooking. We should perform periodic reality checks; questioning our reasoning, perceptions, and decision making. This may help to keep us on target.
We should use intellect, experience and wisdom to insure we function at a high level. Do we truly seek to know the truth about ourselves? Seeking constant feedback is a good way to do reality checks. Constantly experiencing, questioning, adjusting and making corrections to our misperceptions and errors in judgment is necessary. Our version of reality is really the world in which we live. Whether it is functioning normally, almost normal, or way out of kilter, can be difficult to get a good handle on. We should not take this for granted. Our mental and physical health is priceless. It should be valued and protected.
Challenge: How do you maintain an accurate version of reality? A good start is not to take things for granted. Your mental image of yourself is your primary version of reality. If you do not really know who and what you are, guess what? It is critical to know the real you. Take responsibility for what you are and what you become. Do not hide the truth or cover up problems and issues. Bring them into the open and deal with them one by one.
Wisdom: Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives. Sidney Madwed
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Only God knows the total truth about who we are; our strengths and weaknesses. He made us and knows all there is to know about us. We will never have this kind of knowledge about ourselves. God’s purpose is to help us to become what He designed us to be. If we truly seek to know truth, God will increasingly reveal the things we need to become what we are capable of becoming. We cannot get there on our own. We need his help.
Prayer: Help me to remember that this world is temporal, your world is eternal.