Ripples v8.17: Ripples of REALITY!
4/24/06: your FREE weekly splash from Paul & The Ripples Project
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Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
-Albert Einstein, submitted by Terry D., Appleton WI
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You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.
When you truly possess all you have been and done,
which may take some time,
you are fierce with reality.
-Florida Scott-Maxwell, submitted by Rebecca E.
Each of us experiences life in our own context,
but for all of us there is a struggle to balance
the reality of life with our needs and our dreams.
Perhaps the most difficult thing of all
is to value our life and who we are,
and to direct our life in a manner that honors it…”
-Lauri Harper, submitted by Maggie J., Newberg OR
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This week I hopped down to Chicago to help the Illinois Credit Union League wrap up their conference (and it was certainly a WILD event!). We touched on attitude adjusting, and I think sometimes we forget how much control we have over our attitude. Similarly, we tend to view REALITY as a concrete and fixed entity. With just a bit of a nudge, we can remember that much of reality is perception; if we slightly adjust our attitude or tweak our perspective, our reality can substantially shift. If you are having trouble understanding (or believing) me, try this crazy experiment: choose a color other than your favorite color (do not read any more until you have chosen a color).
For the next 24 hours, I want you to accept that you subconsciously chose a color that holds special power in your life. Any time you encounter a substantial presence of this color, you will receive useful information to improve your life. Pay particular attention to people who are wearing the color you chose as they may have an important message or idea for you. My hypothesis is that your reality will shift because of what you choose to focus on. If you decline to participate, that is 100% okay AND I hope you can notice that your reality might shift precisely because you ignored this invitation to experiment with reality. If nothing particularly noteworthy happens, well, then I guess I need to shift MY reality!