Global Alterations

In self-improvement circles, there’s a topic that’s often skirted-around, so I want to make this point crystal-clear.

When delving into self-improvement, you’ll naturally think that only YOUR life gets better while the nastiness around you remains the same. That’s not true. As you proceed down the self-improvement path, the nature of the reality you’re experiencing transforms. When you improve, the situations and circumstances of the world improve. When YOU get better, everything gets better.

“WHAT!!?? That’s ridiculous!!” Now you realize why people don’t usually talk about this topic directly. As someone that just stepped on the self-improvement path, you can’t readily fathom such a concept — it doesn’t make sense. You simply wanted to gain a little clarity over your life or lessen your anxiety — and now all of a sudden the world as you know it is going to change as well!?? Yes, that is exactly what I’m saying.

And I’m not simply talking perception-wise, I’m saying the construction of the world will be reformed. If you’re dedicated, you’ll see a dank-and-dark realm-of-misery transform into a sunshine-filled amusement-park. This might make more sense if you think of existence as a dream. When dreaming, the scenes tend to take the form of whatever mood you’re in. If you’re anxious, you’ll have worrisome dreams for example.

So when your outlook improves, your dream improves. You’ll be tuned into a whole new station of Earth-TV. It’s another plane of existence in which great things happen. If you’ve ever wondered why some people are having an awesome time despite all the nastiness you see, this is why. That nastiness doesn’t exist for them, it resides on an entirely different frequency. They could tune-in if they wanted, but that’d be dumb obviously.

That nastiness can’t be “fixed” by the way. It exists as it is for those that want to experience it. For a time, you wanted to experience it, but now you’re moving beyond that junk-food-level of existence — you’re done with using fear and frustration and pain as a source of amusement. You’re done with masochism. Now you’re on the self-improvement path. Sure it takes some discipline to get there and maintain it, but it’s worth it.

At first, the self-improvement path won’t seem worth it. From your current perspective, it’ll look like you have to climb to the top of a garbage pile. “So what! It probably smells worse at the top!” But no, that pile of garbage will transform as you climb it — it will become the hill of your dreams i.e. grassy fields filled with daisies underneath blue-skies dotted with puffy white clouds (or whatever). Note: if the world doesn’t transform before your very eyes, then you’re not applying enough discipline.


Notion of Choice

How did we ever get the notion that choice is possible? For instance, it seems like the concept is deeply ingrained in our society. But of course, that doesn’t make it true — as history points out, many ideas once thought valid, no longer are.

It seems as though a lot of suffering follows from the idea that we’re able to make choices. For instance, we tend to negatively judge others and ourselves for “making poor choices”. But when we look deeper, we can see that no choices were made, people come into this world with a mind full of natural tendencies and preferences which are further shaped by their surroundings.

Perhaps it’s just another odd predicament that life puts us through. We seem to be dropped into the world amongst a sea of confusion. And the understanding we seek isn’t actively discovered, but passively revealed over the course of our lives. For instance, we’re surrounded by the seemingly unimportant, and it’s not until we experience a sudden moment of clarity, that we’re able to recognize the significance of what we’ve seen.

And if choice was possible, wouldn’t we choose to be better than we are? If individuals have the power of choice, wouldn’t the collective whole of society also choose to be the best it could be? But instead, we struggle to improve, as individuals and as a society.