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Analogy of a Shadow - Understanding and Being the Creator of Your Experience

View ProfileMy eyes were closed, covered with the palm of my hands, elbows resting on my knees. As I opened my eyes, my view was of the floor before me. The light shining from the bulb on the ceiling cast a shadow on the floor that startled me. It was of my head, but because my hands, which had been over my eyes, were now resting against the sides of my head, my fingertips appeared like the horns of a devil and my protruding thumbs looked like the devil's ears. How silly I thought.

As I moved my hands around the sides of my head the shape changed again and again. Different figures appeared before my eyes as the different positions of my hands took shape. The voice in my head spoke.

Like a shadow, we each take different shapes. A shadow cast from the same object can take very different shapes depending on the changing of the laws that govern that shadow. When the sun is high in the sky the shadow will be short and fat. When the sun is setting the shadow will be very long and narrow. Like a shadow, each of us is cast in the same likeness, but each infinite one of us may (and do) take a slightly different shape.

As my eyes moved around the floor I noticed a weight scale on the floor. This scale was white with silver circles where the balls of your feet would be positioned and smaller silver circles where one's heals would be positioned if you were standing on it. They were offset with the larger ball circles pushed out toward the edge of the scale and the heal circles inward closer to the middle. Down the center, between the feet position, were two buttons stacked one above the next. The shapes, though obvious of their purpose, together formed one larger shape that one would not recognize if the parts of the whole were separate. Together, however, the shapes formed a surprising shape of a butterfly.

My thoughts directed me to consider that the parts of a whole may not necessarily be recognizable unless the whole is considered a shape in itself.

As I walked around my master bathroom, I began to contemplate wealth. I came to realize that the only way to experience wealth is to experience the opposite. As Neal Donald Walsh shares in his novel, Conversations With God, (my interpretation of his writings) an experience of something can only be experienced if you have the opposite to compare it to. This isn't to say that to experience wealth you must first experience poverty. It simply means that to experience wealth, or to appreciate the experience of wealth you must first be able to understand how it feels to not be wealthy. In this state you can understand the true nature of the experience of wealth. To experience "with" at some point you must experience "without". These occurrences may be in the same life plane or over more than one.

As I turned on the shower and felt the water, I quickly discovered the water to be cold. Quickly, I turned the dial to a hotter temperature. As I did, I felt the water and adjusted the temperature to one that suited my level of comfort. My thoughts turned to such a simple analogy- that of the water temperature I was now experiencing. In order for me to find the temperature that comforted me appropriately in the moment, I must first experience the water at a temperature that doesn't suit me. Thus, cold water and hot water were experienced. I then adjusted the dial until the temperature reached that which I found to be the most suitable.

Life can very much be summed up in a similar fashion. In order to experience what life has to offer and find the place in this world that suits each of us with the satisfaction we all seek, we must experience what the world around us has to offer. We test out different experiences and find those that suit us. We first must feel the cold and hot temperature of the water before we can find the temperature that satisfies us.

This isn't to say that we must experience the extremes of each experience. We are an intelligent being. As infants, we quickly learn the extremes of the experiences we have. We quickly learn that we do not appreciate extremely cold or hot water. Therefore as older beings we already understand that the dial on the shower offers the experience of the extreme opposite temperatures. So, as we turn on the faucet, we immediately move the temperature to a position that is likely to be closer to that which we will find satisfaction more efficiently.

So, to experience extreme wealth, you need not experience extreme poverty. You can if you wish and to do so would likely result in a richer experience of what life has to offer, but it isn't necessary. At one time or another in one's life we may have experienced what it is like to be short of cash and at another time in life we may have experienced what it is like to have a little extra cash available to us. These experiences can sum up for us the opposites of the two enough for us to get a taste of what it is like in either situation. Therefore we can choose to follow a path that suits us more effectively. If it is more satisfying to one to experience the latter, then the dial on the faucet can more effectively be adjusted to suit the experience you desire.

This free will to make adjustments to our experience is what offers the varying shapes of the shadow. God, creating us in his likeness, then gave us the free will to make adjustments to our experience in limitless ways. In no way are any of us here on the Earth plane limited to making those adjustments and in no way is any particular shape any one of us creates for ourselves right or wrong either individually or as a whole. However, it is important to note that we are not limited to make those adjustments at any time in any moment.

Understanding this free will to adjust is truly the secret to life. Like the analogy of the shower, we simply need to set the dial, or better stated "our intention" on the experience we so choose and our shape, our experience, will adjust accordingly.

It is also as important to note that life takes place in the moment or "in the now." It is in these infinite moments of now that we have the free will to make the adjustments to the temperature that suits our satisfaction. There is no need to wait nor is there a need for haste. It can and will happen when we set our intention to our inner desire.

The term desire is used here as a means for helping self to understand the concept of the ability to make the adjustments to where we wish to be. Ther term is not being used here in the place of the term "want". However, we must understand that some may interpret the term "desire" as "to want" and to want is to assume we do not already have. To make this assumption we inherently bring forth the opposite of what we want. Why, because everything we could possibly want we already have, we just simply need to believe and we shall achieve. If we are setting our intention on wanting something, wanting is what we shall get. Like a shower with limitless flow of water and every possible temperature available to us to adjust to that which satisfies us, we must come to realize that all we need to do is make adjustments and the water which offers limitless flow will adjust to the temperature that suits us appropriately. It is also important to realize that we may make adjustments at any given moment in time if what satisfies us "in the moment" suggests the change.

As I stood there, enjoying the temperature of the water that satisfied me in the moment, I began to ponder the thought that I am God. I am my own creator. When I wanted to make an adjustment to the temperature of the water I simply needed to take action to make that adjustment. Knowing this helped me to realize that I have this ability with every facet of my existence. And, it wasn't always an external force that I could adjust. It could just as easily be an internal force. I had the free will to think the way I chose to think and feel the way I choose to feel. I can allow experiences to affect me in any way I wished to allow them to affect me.

I came to the understanding that I was the creator of my own experience. I could create what ever felt right for me. Granted, I couldn't necessarily make myself taller or change the natural composition of my hair, but I could certainly adjust the experience of each of those to a place that I could be satisfied with. I could adjust the emotion associated with what I felt was dissatisfying about the experience. I could accept my outer self the way it is and be satisfied and appreciative for simply being given the experience.

Having said that, I also realized there were things that I could adjust if I preferred. I could modify my attitude. I could adjust my weight if in the moment it would satisfy me. I simply needed to set my intention on doing so. Not wish it to be. Not want it to be, but rather intend for it to happen whole-heartedly and unconditionally. Only then would the adjustment be made. I could not adjust the temperature of the shower if I didn't intentionally reach my hand to the faucet and make the adjustment. Wishing or wanting the temperature to change would not change the temperature for me. The same can be said for any other adjustment we desire in life.

A person with an ailment or a condition they are not satisfied with such as a disease or dissatisfaction with weight can and will only make the adjustment to their experience if they focus on it intentionally. As many may already know, Intention is the key. We can set certain steps into motion to adjust to the experience that satisfies us, but if we set conditions to the experience we desire we are not intending whole-heartedly and therefore the experience we desire may not be the result. I might not be able to adjust the temperature of the shower to the temperature that suits me if before I reached up to the faucet I set conditions to the process that is required to adjust the shower dial. For instance I might not be able to move the dial to the desired temperature if I first set a condition in place that I could only move the dial in one direction. Therefore it is self who has the ability to make the adjustments without condition and therefore is the creator of the experience of life.

Some beings may be more tapped into a certain ability than others, but that by no means suggests that each and every one of us cannot have exactly the same experience as another. For instance, I am a creative individual. I have tapped into an ability I have to create works of art and design. It is an ability I am very appreciative to have. However, I could also say that I do not posses the ability to remember things as well as others. However, recently I began to consider that quite possibly I have set conditions to the process of my memory and therefore I have not intentionally tried to remember all things. It is true that I can and do remember all things. I just have limited myself to only effectively recalling things I conveniently choose to remember.

Life is not always convenient. The changes we seek to our lives may very well require adjustments that in the interim are not satisfying. Imagine if you will the shower faucet offering the extremes of temperature but not with the cold to one end and the hot to the extreme other end. Consider for a moment that the temperature settings were hot and cold in varying points on the dial. In our adjustments we may need to experience dissatisfying moments to achieve the results we desire. But, so long as our intention is true we shall adjust to the experience that we find satisfying in the moment. Assuming in each moment our intention remains true throughout the process of the adjustment.

The result of my experience in the shower was the understanding that I can and must do what feels right for me in each moment of my life. Those around me who I may have concern will feel an effect from me making that adjustment and will therefore make adjustments themselves to a satisfying experience for themselves based on my new experience.

With free will we have the ability to do what feels right for each of us. We must consider that what we think would be satisfying in the end may not be the experience we expected. For instance, if we find that causing harm to another human being would be a satisfying experience we could certainly make adjustments and set our intention on doing so, however, we also have the ability to have foresight and having foresight we can predict parts and pieces of the experience before we set our minds to doing so. In that prediction we can play out possible outcomes and ongoing effects it may have on our and others experience related to the intended experience we seek. We can continue to reconsider the outcome and make adjustments that finally give us satisfaction. In the end, the experience one may select may likely be to simply let go of the feelings one may have toward the human being they wish to harm because the resulting predicted possibilities for the experience may not be what would satisfy us. This is why truth in our intention plays such a key roll in the adjustments of our experience. Without being true to ourselves we cannot make the adjustments that will ultimately give us the satisfaction we seek.
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