Facts are observed information from events, occurrences, situations, circumstances and the behavior of ourselves, others and perceived objects in our environment. From the information that we perceive with our brains as being real to us, we derive our viewpoint, beliefs and opinions; which is the ego assuring that it interprets experiences for its self-survival at all costs. ‘Knowing’ the facts and what their repercussions are is more accurate and appropriate for all involved because it take others and our environment into account and not just ourselves. Strive for knowing what is going on in your environment in order to thriveand not just survive.
Survival is a personal experience and thriving is an interactive and collective experience shared by all. The most complex ‘object’ in the omniverse is the human brain. It is composed of billions of cells (neurons) and trillions of synapses (junctions for neurotransmitter electro-chemical communication). It is the result of all of the chaos of the omniverse congealing into an object that senses the reflections in the omniverse and projects the energy of self-awareness. Everything we ‘observe’ through our senses is converted by our brains into electro-chemical copies of our experiences. We then filter these experiences through our individual belief systems that are programmed into our subconscious minds.
Our beliefs ‘skew’ our observations as to whether they are threatening or not to our individual self-survival. How we interpret the facts always colors the raw information that we process in our brains. This is why it is essential that we go within everyday and commune with the Divine in deep meditation. We need that peace amid the external perceptions of ongoing and never ending chaos to ‘balance’ out our individual perspectives on just whom and what we are as well as what others
Our perceptions of the facts exist independent of and prior to our evaluation of the facts and are the electro-chemical copies that we store in our memory as images, words and feelings about those images and words. Every thought (image or word) that we think about, has a correspondent feeling ‘attached’ to it which triggers memories in our subconscious minds that we ‘compare’ to what we are experiencing in order to ‘run toward’ (fight) or ‘run away’ (flight) from what we are experiencing. It is an automatic process that nature has programmed into our physical beings to ensure self-survival.
Moving from individual self-survival into collective ‘thriving’ means that we need to see our Divine purpose projected on the omniversal stage of existence. It is where we know that whatever we ask of the Divine, we will receive. It is where we learn how to trust in the Divine to bring about what we have asked for by living in faith. It is where we allow what we have asked for to align with our beings; by dismissing chaotic negative thoughts and feelings and helping others to become whom and what they are; in other words, prayer, meditation and service. It is the ongoing practice of which IS Divine communication. Be ye therefore perfect by allowing the Divine to guide your life completely. Anything else is allowing the ego to drive your car right over the cliff into emotional oblivion and ongoing frustration. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)