Preferred Perception

to create reality is life's purpose – lessons from Nowheim

Autopilot

I have been reading and writing about the law of attraction for many years. It’s funny how one thinks one has understood every aspect of something until one discovers more. It made sense to me from the very first time I listened to an audio tape by Esther Hicks. Since then, I have had many insights that showed me what I hadn’t understood before those aha moments. It’s actually nice to discover and learn things in installments rather than all at once.

Although my brain firmly believes in its validity, I am still looking for evidence and rational proof. That’s how I was brought up as most of us. Of course, ‘rational’ is somewhat questionable. Its definition includes words such as ‘logical’ and ‘fact based’. Facts change with new scientific discoveries. But those paradigms shift slowly because not all people adapt to new thoughts and facts at the same pace. I have accepted that consciousness is the source of any physical reality and the choreographer of all that’s happening, and yet, I am still hung up on the need to explain the law of attraction within the paradigm I grew up with. Why is that? I have changed my way of thinking and perceiving, but I still have to work on my subconscious which was formed by my environment between conception and the age of six years (give or take). I was taught that reality is something that’s imposed on me, not created by me. We run on auto pilot most of the time, meaning the subconscious rules. It is responsible for most of our movements and reactions and even words and thoughts. We are often not even aware of what we say or do. It’s an interesting exercise to watch and train oneself to recognize one’s thoughts and speech.

I want to educate my subconscious and sync it with my thinking brain in order to effectively and intentionally create my reality. A tough job. My brain has to find a way to change the hardwiring from early childhood that has been reinforced for a long time. Maybe I can recall examples of how the law of attraction has worked before without my knowing about it. Maybe I can re-experience some of the manifestations with my new (mental) understanding and thus tweak the synapses and early childhood imprints so both my minds can act on the belief that I really create my own reality by intention and expectation. Am I trying to change the past? Not the past as a fact but the past as in how it affects me today. I don’t want to relive childhood experiences. I just want to draw different conclusions and reprogram my auto pilot

I find that things often worked out as hoped when I stopped trying to force the outcome and when I stopped bemoaning the status quo. Let me recreate the feeling of letting go of the how and when, of micromanagement, and relax into the certain knowing that somehow a window will open or an already open window will become visible to me. Let me stop worrying about details and trust that things will work out – eventually. Let me expect a miracle without but-what-if’s. Let me repeat this until my subconscious believes it too.

It Is What It Is

Or is it? I guess IT is different for everybody. It is what one perceives, and it is what one creates. What’s the difference between perception and creation? Focus.

I think it is a good attitude to accept what is – what I perceive – rather than putting all energy into denying or fighting or bemoaning it. Despite the well-meant suggestion to be strong and fight what is, I cannot change things to the better that way. The more I focus on an unwanted situation or thing, the more of it I attract. The annoying neighbor gets more annoying. At least, it seems that way because I look for and discover ever more traits of his I don’t like, hear and see more unpleasant things he does. Fear can get out of control and turn into hysteria. Sadness can turn into depression and feeling powerless. Constantly talking and thinking about an ailment usually makes it worse.

To be clear, I am not advocating to ignore what is but to accept and move on. By accept, I mean evaluate the situation, the thing and decide whether I like it or not. That’s all the attention it deserves. What do I want instead? That’s where my attention should turn to. Focus on the solution, not the problem. It may help to look at why and how things happened the way they did and work on improvements. But the same advice applies here. I recognize the cause, decide what I want to do differently and focus on that. There is no point in regret. What is done is done. Obviously, remorse is another story. It may keep me honest and on track with my plan to improve (including sincere apologies if I have hurt somebody). Again, remorse should be a turning point, not a status quo.

The it-is-what-it-is attitude I am describing is not the same as being fatalistic. Unless I am content with what is and want to keep it that way i.e. attract more of the same, I need to change my vision. I have to be careful not to taint my vision by doubting that it will come true or by frequently checking if anything has changed yet. I have to be confident and enjoy my vision as if it has already come true. That way, I feel better already, and I open the door to opportunities and solutions I would otherwise probably not even know existed.

I was taught to be realistic, and I think I misunderstood. There is nothing more realistic than recognizing what is, accepting it and deciding how I want things to be different whereas the emphasis is on the last step. It would be unrealistic to believe that any reality is written in stone and cannot change. Daydreamers – consistent daydreamers, that is – are the progressive realists. They create their future reality. As Albert Einstein said: “imagination is the preview of what is to come.”

Name the Color, Blind the Eye

A good scientist almost has to have two personalities. He has to think logically, be meticulous and focused. He cannot make claims he cannot prove. At least, he shouldn’t. He should be able to explain and prove his thesis within the logical framework of today’s science, or else he’ll be called a quack. That describes one personality. The second would have to be able to think outside the box and ignore the ridicule and resistance of the scientific community. As Alvin Toffler said: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who can’t read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” It is generally not considered scientific to build a thesis on anything other than agreed upon theories we like to call laws of nature. Alvin Toffler would probably respond to this: “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance. It is the illusion of knowledge.” But this time Stephen Hawking said it.

Formulate laws of nature (name the color), confine your imagination to established boundaries of thinking (blind the eye). That is not to say that we should abandon what we have learned and assembled in a complicated structure of scientific principles. It has served us well and brought us ever faster progress. I don’t know if our laws of nature are objective laws, or if we could have tapped into a completely different set of laws and existence. That thought is very hard to even consider. Maybe the second personality of our fictional scientist could entertain it. Another thought that is even harder for most people to consider is the possibility that we didn’t only formulate the laws but created them. In this model, the second personality could have come up with an idea which the first could have accepted and built the whole system of laws on.

Consciousness used to be something for theologians and philosophers, something that couldn’t be measured and that didn’t obey our physical laws of nature. It was too vague and didn’t match anything on the color chart of science until some second personalities quietly added a few colors.

Genes used to determine our health and fate until a new color was added called epigenetics. Now, it is ok to explore and research. The eye has been opened to a new color.

The next major addition to the chart is biocentrism. It adds a shade to the color quantum theory and expands our view on our reality.

I find this comparison with colors intriguing. Kudos to the second personalities of scientists who constantly add colors for the first personalities to explore.

 

Klunks

I try not to use the C-word. It invokes so much fear and anxiety. The diagnosis must feel like a death sentence. I call the dreaded disease klunks.

The common belief is that people carry it in their genes and there is nothing they can do about it. We can kill the out-of-control cells but not change the root cause. Our DNA determines our health, behavior and life. We are victims of our genes and prey to klunks. I don’t think we are. I am not making light of the suffering klunks cause so many people. They are dangerous and powerful, but I don’t believe that they are invincible. People who inherit klunky genes don’t necessarily develop klunks, and people who weren’t born with them may get sick due to environmental and mental influences. But we are not victims. We have choices, as contemptuous as this may sound.

This is what I understand about my body. I am not one. I am a community of cells and bacteria and what-have-you. That’s not true either. I am not my body. But while I am alive, it’s my vehicle and I identify with it.

It is currently estimated that about half of the trillions of cells in my body are foreign microbes that do not share my DNA. Ideally, the latter are of the helpful kind. I wouldn’t be able to survive without them. Unfortunately, there are also microbes that can make me sick and kill me. Klunks are not part of those. This cell community of mine is very smart; every single cell is intelligent and is determined to survive and keep the body healthy. Well, with the exception of the misguided cells turned klunks who forgot that they have to die the natural cell death like normal cells. Receptors on a cell’s surface recognize threats from the environment as well as promises, bad and good molecules, and send signals to its nucleus where DNA is located. The process is called perception. Their signal marks the relevant gene and thus makes it accessible to RNA to read and copy i.e. produce a new protein. DNA does not control anything. It simply contains the blueprints for various proteins. At this point, the cell membrane – the smart part of the cell – is in control. It receives information from the environment, interprets it and selects the gene/blueprint. There goes the phrase: “It’s in my genes. I can’t do anything about it.” Yes it’s in the genes, but it doesn’t have to be expressed.

Every atom has a specific vibrational frequency which is interpreted by the cell’s membrane. In other words, all received information is a translation of frequency. Input can come from outside or from inside generated by conscious and unconscious thoughts and beliefs I entertain. Beliefs are nothing but repeated thoughts. Thoughts, emotions, attitudes can be made visible in brain scans by their frequencies. And so, they are also detected and interpreted by my cells.

According to studies in epigenetics, genes can be altered. If they are repeatedly exposed to signals of the same kind through the perception process, their blueprints can change. In other words, the environment has an influence on our genes, and so do our thoughts and beliefs. Unfortunately, more negative than positive changes seem to happen due to toxins, stress and negative expectations (nocebos?). But just imagine what I could do to my genes if I changed my attitude and bombarded those little receptors with positive thoughts (besides healthy nutrients and exercise)? Appreciation, hope, positive expectation, joy, love feel so much better than all those pesky thoughts I don’t even want to list here. And if they can make me healthier, I don’t see why I should not indulge in them. Some people call them quantum nutrients, but that may turn other people off who are still having a hard time letting go of the conventional view of biology.

Change your beliefs and change your genes? That’s easier said than done because we run on auto pilot most of the time, our subconscious mind. Until the age of six, we learn by observing our parents and the environment and constitute our subconscious belief system. Even before we are born, we receive ‘lessons’ from our mother and father. If we can develop a way to be aware of those hidden beliefs and how they influence our perception, we can start to make changes. And at that point, we or our mind can be in control. Mindfulness through meditation and complete honesty with ourselves help to recognize some of those saboteurs. There are a few techniques that allegedly help convert them to supporters: Holographic Repatterning, EMDR, EFT, PSYCH-K. I haven’t tried any of them but put them on my try-it list.

Does this have any relevance for people who have already been diagnosed? I sure hope so. They may have undergone chemotherapy and/or radiation or may have chosen a different treatment and killed off or at least reduced klunks. I hope they will be able to make this a new start and change their thoughts and expectations along with a diet and life style changes to reprogram natural cell death for klunks via the messages they send to their cells.

Butterflies and Bats

I used to think that meditation means emptying the head of all thoughts and activity. Of course, I learned quickly that this is not possible. The best the brain can do is focus on one thing solely. It may be a thought or a sound or an object or a mantra.

There are times when the mantra method works best for me and other times when staring at a candle works better. Sometimes – though rarely – I can hold my focus for an astounding 45 minutes, especially when I sit with other meditators and preferably in the atmosphere of a meditation center or at least in a quiet environment. Most of the time, I catch my mind wandering after only a few minutes. Chastising myself makes it worse. It’s a normal occurrence. Thinking about not thinking is counterproductive. In mindful meditation, it is recommended to just kindly acknowledge a thought that pops up, let it pass without following it and return to the meditation. That is very helpful advise. But sometimes, it’s not just one thought that sneaks in. It’s a whole barrage of thoughts, and I go crazy trying to herd them towards the exit. I decided to picture them as butterflies. I don’t try to catch them, I don’t swing a net. I tell them they are free to fly out into the world. They usually do, and I can quickly return to my meditation. They are not my enemies. They are lively, colorful, little creatures lost in my head. I don’t know where they come from or where they go. But sometimes, I notice that there is still something that won’t leave me alone. It’s just there. It’s quiet. It’s dark. Bats, hanging there – upside down. I normally don’t see them and don’t hear them. Fears and negativity sneak in unnoticed and just hang there, hiding in the dark. When I can relax enough to send the butterflies on their way, open my ears to silence and my eyes to complete blackness and release the tension in my muscles, I can float up and recognize the bats. They are not my enemies. They are curious, little creatures. I tell them they are free to fly out into the world and return to my meditation.

Of course, I am still not alone, never am. I embrace love’s company and feel the oneness with all that is.

 

Can You Feel It?

About the law of attraction again. We attract things, circumstances, people and experiences by focusing on them. It’s a tricky thing though because it doesn’t matter whether we focus on it in a positive or negative way. Saying yes and saying no to something has the same effect. Focus is focus. We get what we focus on.

Even when we say yes to what we want, we can still sabotage ourselves without being aware of it. Wishing something with an expecting attitude brings it closer. Wishing something with a feeling of lack or its absence pushes it away. More of the same thing, meaning lack/absence, is the result. So far, the concept of the law of attraction is quite simple. Too simple?

How do I focus on something I want to attract? With bare thoughts? With imagination? Do I imagine it in the future, or do I pretend it has already come true? Can my thoughts create a strong enough vibration that can attract something? Do I imagine myself in a situation or experiencing something from an observer’s perspective by describing it with words or thoughts or pictures? If I think those thoughts often enough that they become a belief, I am getting closer. If I can produce the feeling of fulfillment, I am getting really close. Thoughts tend to wander. I find it very hard to keep a thought uninterrupted for longer than a few seconds. Visions or pictures are a little easier to maintain, but I am still not imagining from the inside out. I am still watching the movie as an onlooker. Feeling is the key. Pretending it has already come true is a good start if I can prevent the rational mind or habitual thoughts from interrupting my dream.

I figured I’d use meditation to withdraw my attention as much as I can from the world around me and float, figuratively speaking, in the here and now. With a lot of practice, I have managed to feel, for short moments, how I want to feel in the reality I am trying to create. Skip thoughts; skip imagination; go straight to the feeling. In that short moment, I am not trying to create anything, I AM creating it. My feeling or my perception is my reality.

As I see it, that’s how I create my reality. It’s not things or persons or any physical manifestation I seek. It is how I want to feel. And how I feel is my own choice – at every moment. Make the moment last and repeat it as often as possible. It’s a good feeling anyway. Why not enjoy it right then? Checking for manifestations and comparing with what is will only spoil it. Eventually, my reality will adjust to my feeling. I feel rich, and it will give me reason to feel rich. I feel loved, and I will actually meet (or better: recognize) people who love me, including myself. I feel grateful for being healthy, and the cells of my body will do the job they are designed to do – unhindered. I find gratitude the best way to enhance the feeling I try to reach in my meditation. Sometimes, the universe may have an even better match for my feeling than I could imagine. Sometimes, the person I think would make me happy isn’t the perfect person for me. It may not work out the way I wished, but another person may show up who resonates better with the frequency I have been vibrating at. I may not win the lottery to become rich. But considering that it’s not the number on the bank statement I long for but the means to enjoy things that happen to cost money, opportunities to do just that may come in other fashions.

Everything is going to be alright. I CAN FEEL IT.

Undercurrent

I thought I was pretty good at recognizing and controlling my thoughts. When I find myself feeling scared or sad or mad, I usually remember to check right away what kind of thoughts I was thinking a moment earlier. Most of the time, I can lift my mood just by understanding the correlation and directing my thoughts in a different direction. But thinking seems to happen on different levels. To be aware of thoughts on deeper levels takes a lot of practice and honesty.

According to the Abraham-Hicks teachings, negative feelings are indicators that we are not in sync with our inner being or higher self or consciousness or whatever it is that allegedly speaks to us from our gut. We have a desire, and it is immediately fulfilled on the non-physical level – in the vortex as Abraham call it – where everything material originates anyway. Whether it manifests in our physical life depends on our attitude. Do we allow it in by offering the matching frequencies? Or do we sabotage it with thoughts and emotions that block the channel of realization? Standing in front of a locked gate with the wrong key simply doesn’t feel good. Ordering something and not remembering the order number when picking the item up can be frustrating. And the more we fidget and get the number confused the less likely it becomes that customer service can help us.

What is the right key? Focus. What is the wrong key? Focus.

I create my reality – physical as well as conceptual reality. I think I will be happy when I have something or meet somebody or experience a certain situation. Why do I think that? I can feel it for just a quick moment. It’s the moment when I focus or zoom in on something in the endless field of possibilities or superposition and thus attract it into my vortex. I’d better be careful what I focus on and how I vibrate at that moment and always. Vibration is the language of the universe. If I have doubts or keep my eye on the fact that what I desire is currently not in my life, I send mixed signals to the cosmic ordering service. When my focus wanders, the delivery truck gets lost.

Easier said than done. I think I am focusing on what I want, but am I really? It’s like enjoying something but not really. For example: I am outside, feeling the warm breeze, looking at the mountains in the distance, smelling the flowers at my feet. What am I thinking at that moment? Am I thinking anything? Most likely. If I could just enjoy and not think, I would be in a meditative state that feels like it’s never going to end and leaves nothing to complete the bliss. I have caught myself spoiling the moment with what-if and I-wish thoughts. They sneak in quietly and persistently. Like the undercurrent in the ocean, they are hardly noticeable on the surface but can be detrimental for the unaware swimmer. What if global warming will destroy all this? What if this won’t last till my kids or their kids reach my age? I wish I didn’t have to die and leave this beautiful world. Why is it so hard to focus on the moment, on the beauty at hand, on a desire without but’s?

I want to be healthy and fit. I imagine myself running a marathon. I talk to the cells of my body and praise them and thank them as if I were already in best shape in order to tune into the right frequency. Then, I realize that I can’t run the marathon today or tomorrow. It will take time and training. Anything else is just pretense. And there is the undercurrent. It pulls me back to feeling tired, doubtful and just wanting instead of being. That’s where the metaphor ends. This undertow doesn’t let me float out into the ocean of possibilities; it holds me back. If I want to create conscientiously, I must learn to recognize undercurrents. If I can appreciate the fulfillment of my desire with a certainty that allows no checking with so called reality, the natural consequence will be that I start training for the marathon without but’s and doubts, every moment appreciating the stamina and strength I am developing. I am essentially taking time out of the equation.

Envisioning something is not enough if I can’t experience it at this moment. It’s just a thought exercise. The dream quickly becomes a flat, boring, still picture if I can’t animate it with the vibration of my appreciation and the certain knowing that it’s already in my vortex. If I could keep the frequency steady, the manifestation could happen very quickly. But hardly anybody can do that. Distractions and undercurrents are part of life in this physical realm. The best I can do is to first give my vision a spin with the bliss of experiencing its fulfillment and thus start the momentum to keep it alive whether I focus on it or not. The next step is to let it go with the knowing that things are now in motion towards materialisation. Any further attempts to re-enforce the momentum would be inspired by doubt – the dreaded undercurrent. I’ll try to bask in the knowing that it’s ordered and on its way. No need to keep looking for the delivery guy. It will be there. That’s all I need to know.

 

Parallel Realities

I have this little trick that has saved me many times from going crazy with fear and worry. I know that a fearful thought can quickly get out of control and grow into panic. The longer I think about something I fear, the worse it looks and the more likely it seems to become reality. The monster in my head keeps growing with my imagination. I first acknowledge that it COULD happen to get the monster’s attention. If I try to ignore it, it just keeps nagging and getting louder. Then, I tell it that I am choosing a different reality, one where things work out the way I want them to. It gives me relief and helps me change my thought pattern. It works for me, and I don’t need to know at that moment whether parallel realities even exist and how I would go about shifting from one to another.

Do I play a mental trick on myself and the monster (most things we fear never materialize anyway), or do I really switch realities? What is reality anyway? Is there a difference between reality and universe or parallel realities and multiverses?

In a philosophical or spiritual context, reality is just another word for perception. Perception is formed by beliefs, imagination and expectations. In other words, the number of possible personal realities would be endless or only limited by a person’s imagination. Do they exist – in which ever form – even if they have not been activated by anybody? Do activated realities stay alive when they are abandoned by the person? I can’t answer any of those questions.

In a scientific context, the universe is our reality, and so parallel realities would be parallel universes. If those exist, do we create them at every moment, or do all possible realities already exist for us to choose all the time? Sounds a little bit like what I think quantum mechanics is about. The idea of parallel universes is not so farfetched either. Serious scientists have been pondering the possibility that we live in a multiverse. Is the universe even real? The multiverse? It has been suggested that our brain makes physical reality up, that it interprets frequencies it senses and forms an idea we then perceive as physical reality. The newest thought model – biocentrism – is based on the premise that consciousness creates the universe and not the other way around. I am not even trying to understand the scientific theories or even my own questions. That doesn’t stop me from speculating and playing with the idea of being able to shift realities when I don’t like the current one.

When I change my reality, don’t I also change everybody else’s? After all, I am not alone in this world. Let’s say A and B are a couple, B comes down with a fatal illness, and let’s say A can see a connection between the situation and thoughts he had frequently been thinking. He may not have wished that she’d disappear out of his life. But he may have been upset about some habits of hers and imagined how life would be without her. Or he may have thought about losing her because he had watched a friend lose his wife. Innocent enough? Maybe not. The law of attraction delivers what we focus on whether we want to attract it or reject it. Focus is focus. We are responsible for everything we experience. Her illness and his insight that he could have caused it helps him change his thoughts and attitude towards her. Can he heal her the same way he made her sick? The law of attraction also says that we cannot create in another’s reality. Did he make her sick in his only while she is healthy in her own and any other for that matter? Is her non-physical essence aware of all possible realities? Is his aware? If he can switch to one where she is healthy, does he witness her healing or would he ‘forget’ that she was sick? Maybe those are just two of many possible scenarios or realities from which he can choose.

How often do we switch? With every thought? With every breath? Is there even a chronological order in our life? Do all moments or experiences exist simultaneously and what we call passage of time is just a net of realities we weave with our choices at any given moment? Whatever it is, we are still responsible for our reality.

A has heard of the Hawaiian mantra ho’oponopono and starts meditating on it. “B, I am sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you.” He gains insights about himself during meditation, how he created the situation, and thanks her for the lessons she provided him with her illness. So far so good. But can he persuade her that his lesson has been learned and that she needs to get well now? If he jumps into another reality where she is fine, does he abandon her in this? Would that be fair to her? How real is she anyway? How real is he? How real is ‘reality’? Back to the questions above.

Some of the lessons he learns are these (all in this reality or this or that).

  1. Enjoy every moment as much as you can and be loving and kind to her as well as to yourself. It could be the last for either.
  2. Watch your thoughts and sentiments. They are predictors of what you are attracting.
  3. Never give up hope. Miracles happen.
  4. Even if there are no parallel realities in this physical universe, there is another reality that is forever and non-physical. No love and no connection is ever lost ‘over there’.

And they are the lessons I have learned too just by musing about the subject. One could say I ‘quantum jumped’ to a parallel reality where I am a little bit smarter than I was a minute ago. Or one could also say I just learned something.  smile. it's free and therapeutic.

The News

 

I learned to turn off the news many years ago. It wasn’t easy, given that I used to be a news junkie. They used to be the last TV program I watched before I went to bed. I don’t know how and when exactly I stopped. Maybe listening to Abraham Hicks teachings and learning about the Law of Attraction opened my eyes. I realized that most of the news were about bad things, hardly ever about something uplifting and heartwarming. The news media have turned into entertainment media whose ONLY focus are ratings and revenue. Good news don’t sell. That is sad because it desensitizes us, especially young people, and instills fear and anger and what not.

While I became a happier, optimistic person, the majority kept digesting the venom of sensational, horrifying news. I was still up to date on important news – including negative ones – but I didn’t indulge. I didn’t read vile comments, gossip, didn’t listen to talk shows that thrive on fear, hate and prejudice. My life became relatively peaceful. I could handle personal challenges which seemed to become fewer over time. I was able to see a silver lining in almost everything.

Today, I woke up – mentally – to the realization that I am back in the middle of a maelstrom of negativity and fear. What happened? I am listening to the news. I am scared of the future and asking myself if I really want to experience it. I feel bad for future generations and guilty for what I am leaving behind for my kids. Common sense is almost nonexistent anymore. Nobody wants to take responsibility for their own actions or non-actions. Irresponsible leaders steer their peoples into wars, commit massacres on their own and have no scruples. Has our human, social Armageddon arrived? Come to think of it, horror movies and end-times fiction seem to be today’s block busters. Are we affecting the course of our world when we sit in the movie theater or on the sofa at home watching this stuff? The Law of Attraction says we attract what we give our attention to whether we do it with pleasure or disgust. Attention is attention. And the universe doesn’t distinguish. It delivers more of the same. Can I jump ship, refocus and create a different/better reality for myself? Can I escape to a parallel reality? I sure hope so.

What happened that got me back onto this path of dark thoughts and emotions? It may have been the circus they call the presidential elections in this country. It’s hard to ignore the news today. Outrageous lies, personal attacks, violent behavior at campaign rallies have replaced political discussions. I am disgusted and disappointed, and yet, I am reading and watching. It’s my choice, my fault, nobody else’s. I am just as gullible as the next person who enjoys terror on the screen and doesn’t realize that it enters us through our eyes and ears. It leaves nobody un-affected.

I need to stop. Fear, anger and judgment are eating my soul. Call me Pollyanna. That’s ok. I am going to spend my remaining time on this beautiful Earth in peace. I am going to return to being loving, non-judgmental and positive. Where is that OFF switch? Hand me the duct tape, please.

We Are Responsible

Attention to something is like fertilizer. It grows, or at least the experience of it does. The news media, how and what they report and their influence on society and individuals’ minds is a sad but perfect example.

Ratings are the driving force behind their choice of what kind of news they broadcast and even of how they present them. In other words, we get what we ask for. Every time we click on a link or choose a channel, we tell them what we want. They don’t sell news anymore; they sell entertainment. Sad to say that mass shootings and ranting politicians have become entertainment.

We may tell ourselves that we are upset, disgusted, in disagreement, but we click anyway. Then we complain that the media have nothing positive to tell us, and we still look for bad news. They are just more ‘exciting’.

The more we click, the more we get of the same. And when not enough bad stuff happens, old news get repeated ad nauseam and talked about to feed our hunger. We get bombarded with horror stories and feel that the world is evil and dangerous.

Unfortunately, we don’t only encourage the media when we click but also terrorists, extremists, racists and fear mongers. The way we feel is our point of attraction.

The news are our mass meditation. We co-create our world, and we are all responsible for what becomes of it.