Good day, Fellow Alchemists:
Beliefs are the building blocks of our reality.
They dictate our behavior, our willingness to overcome obstacles, and how we view our own limitations. Yet, isn’t it possible that some of our beliefs are based off biases and muddled perspectives? We put so much faith into the stories we tell ourselves but the fact of it is, most of the things we believe to be true are not based in reality.
This has been true of almost all previous beliefs held by people. All we can do is make observations and come to conclusions about the world around us. We’re bound to make some mistakes along the way. However, if our perceptive ability is somehow tainted with an inability to accept something as it actually is, we become unable to see the most simple truths of life.
It is for this reason that people meditate on the concept of death - to actualize it into their understanding of life. The same goes for conceptualizing life and seeing how it unfolds. We can pinpoint where we are exactly in the story and follow it through to the end, or possibly redirect it.
By not seeing reality for what it is, we can get stuck in situations where we don’t know what we want out of life or what direction to move ourselves in. It can also severely limit us by binding us to a false narrative in which we are powerless or lacking in some aspects.
When you find yourself imagining life, think about this phrase that artists use to draw realistic paintings: Draw what you see, not what you think you see. Of course, that’s not to say that imagining what could be isn’t also helpful. Seeing things clearly isn’t about limiting creativity.
Rather, it is the exploration of fundamental truths, which usually results in profound self-liberation. Like an artists painting a beautiful scene before their eyes.
With love and sincerity,
The Alchemy by LA Council