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New Awareness

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New Awareness
“Our choices determine what we experience. If we are always looking at the bad in people, then we have bad interactions with people. If we beat ourselves up for 'not being good enough' then we will not have the confidence to succeed. We always have the choice to be optimistic or pessimistic. To act out of love or hate, for forgiveness or blame. Which do you want to experience? The choice is yours.” ~ Jennifer Wardowski
Much of the time, our choices are the path of least resistance. But we can change what we choose. We can choose to stop compromising, to believe in ourselves and our values, to move forward with our lives guided by our own truth.
“You create your own reality and take personal responsibility for it. Your life is a reflection of who you are and the experiences that you, as a soul, planned for this life.” ~ Owen Waters
And as Rosemary Fillmore Rhea said, "The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness, and if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it."
“Literature is the supreme means by which you renew your sensuous and emotional life and learn a new awareness.” ~ Frank Raymond Leavis
Reading introduces the power to see into another's mind, far more than other forms of media. We can see what life is like for others, feel their pains, share their dreams. A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
There is a caveat though. You can't give back a new awareness gained UNLESS you fail to apply it and then all the old habitual thought patterns (that had been temporarily displaced) return to their position and life continues as before. That happens all too often. The mind needs to be stretched a few times in the same way before it loses its elasticity and maintains the new insight in awareness.
The motto: write down a new idea, and APPLY it in as many ways as possible in your life. Use it creatively, then you'll never be the same again.
“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” ~ Thomas Merton
And Albert Schweitzer: "Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace."
“Isn't it amazing how people everywhere hold the same false beliefs and hear the same destructive voices in our heads? We can call that the lower self. That in itself shows that we are all basically one consciousness, albeit based in physicality and duality. But to the bright side, there is also a higher consciousness, a Oneness, we share. We can wake up to that lower self, see that it has never served or protected us, and let go... into the Silence and Stillness where there already exists the freedom and peace we long for.” ~ Barbara Norby
The individual survival game is part and parcel of our identification with the human animal, and our temporary incarnation as a human being. I believe we come here both to experience life as individuals and to help evolve humanity toward a higher consciousness, which includes perception of our Oneness on relationship, community and cosmic dimensions. And so we have both ways of being, our choice in this moment.
Love leads to connection and oneness, acceptance and compassion. It's the path we need to take, both to survive and to evolve. It's the path that more and more people are taking, thank God.

Here’s some further reading on this theme...

Ten Principles for the New Awareness ~ by Owen K Waters

The New Awareness today focuses upon gaining inner knowing through self-realization and self-development. It fosters spiritual self-reliance without the imposition of standards or duties by an external authority. With the New Awareness, your true, inner self is your authority. Your sense of responsibility becomes powered by love rather than fear. You do no harm to others because you love your fellow human beings, not because you fear judgment and punishment. Your spiritual awareness grows into spiritual adulthood. You no longer need to be told what to do, how to think, or what your place in life 'should' be. Continues...
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