So often, we come to those who would teach us something and try to ensure that we know more than they do. We try to define ourselves as people who cannot be bested. The challenge with this type of thinking is that it leads to filling our cup of knowledge with air instead of substance. When we go through life struggling to fill our emptiness with more emptiness, we find only turmoil and pain. Peace comes from realizing that the ego-driven thoughts provide nothing and are meaningless. It is in giving up the emptiness that we have been trying to fill our cup with that we can find something of true substance to sustain us.
I think about what it would be like to try to pour air into a container. When would you know that it was full? How could you tell if you had gotten the right amount, or even the right oxygenation? If you were trying to fill a cup with a liquid, it would be much easier. You would know when the cup was full and you would know if you had poured in the right liquid. In life, our meaningless thoughts create a world without meaning. We struggle for more money or more recognition or more of what the ego would say fills our cup. By doing this, we create a meaningless world for ourselves and we begin to lose hope. As we struggle more and more to fill our emptiness with more emptiness, we find that we create fear. We are afraid that it will never work and so we do more of what isn't working. Einstein defined insanity as "doing the same thing over and over again and anticipating new results." The same model creates predictable results.
The truth is that God did not create a meaningless world. We created our own meaningless world. The sad truth is that we have created our own struggles by looking at the world the way that we do, using our ego to try and create meaning from thoughts that have no meaning. We are seeing a reflection of our thoughts in the world around us. When we see suffering and pain, it is a reflection of the suffering and pain that we have first thought. That was not what God intended. His Spirit connects us to the source of all creation and gives us the right to His existence. Separation from God was a choice and is the great illusion of this time. We cannot be separate from something that is who we are. We are made up of the substance that is God. He is in us and we are in Him.
My encouragement to you today is to fill your cup with substance instead of nothingness. Fill your cup with what the Spirit has always intended for you and find peace.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
Too often in my life, I have established the "reality of what is" based solely on what my initial thoughts. I have established the meaning of relationships, the meaning of religion, the meaning of business, and much more. All of this established meaning actually didn't mean anything. We label things with meaning in order to put them within a parameter, or inside a box. We then go to meetings and try to "think outside the box." This doesn't work that well for most because they are comfortable in the box.
I was comfortable inside the box as well. I was comfortable thinking of life as a series of well-established boundaries that couldn't be crossed. The significant issue with this train of thought is that I didn't establish the right kind of success mind-set all the time. When I went into business, I was told that it takes three years to be profitable. So, guess what... I thought that was true and followed along. I was told that marriages have issues at 7 years. So, guess what... I thought that was true and followed along. I was wrong. I was wrong in my thoughts and I embraced those thoughts as truth. When I did that, I created the miracle of bad business and bad relationships.
My thoughts, however, didn't have any actual meaning. My thoughts were simply reflections of what other people had established as truth. My thoughts... were not my own. As you have experienced in the other exercises, the world is not actually the labels that we have given. The world is a connected energy sources, where every electrical impulse that we call thought is a catalyst for creation. We have created chairs, desks, computers, and even empires out of thought impulse. We are creators. In order to create, though, we must stop the flow of past thoughts, past meaning, past hurt, and the idea that we are limited.
It is in our thoughts that we create our world. More accurately, it is in our inner world that we create our outer world. Because of that, my thoughts have no meaning. It is my connection of desire to my thoughts themselves that create meaning. Deep down, I wanted to be like other people in business and struggle. Deep down, I wanted to be like the normal definition of life. I realize now that the meaning always came from me choosing to connect my thoughts with that negative desire.
Today I choose differently. Today I will stop choosing the negative outcomes. I will stop connecting desire for pity, or negative attention with the thoughts that I have about anything in life. I will stop allowing my thoughts to have that meaning. My thoughts are just thoughts and they are not the meaning of my life. I will choose a positive life, positive outcomes, positive thoughts. I will desire good for all. I see that everyone is an incredible creation and I want to honor that creation.
My thoughts have no meaning. My thoughts about past hurt have no meaning. My thoughts about struggle have no meaning. I release them from the negative desires and I release them from the labels that I have given them.
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
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Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.