Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Does the Tail Wag the Dog?

It is a perceptual illusion that what happens to you occurs from outside forces compressing in upon you. If you take the perspective that your interpretation of events decide the meaning of your experiences, then you are able to re-engineer your inner experiences. The result is living in a world that is more to your liking.

You are always at cause in your world.

And this means that what you perceive outwardly is the result of what you have conceived inwardly.

What appears to be is a selection of what you have chosen to see. The meaning of things does not exist in the things themselves but in your interpretation of them.

Thus, your mind programs not only your world but your physiological reaction to it.

What we call reality is nothing more than an agreement of what something means, and this agreement is never entirely consensual, so each person sees different things in the same scene.

Understanding this simple yet complex concept can help you turn things around for yourself.

If the world you live in is not to your liking, some self-examination will reveal how you have been critical of it, perceived threats in it, and reacted accordingly.

It is the dog that wags the tail and not the tail that wags the dog.

Similarly it is the inner that creates the outer and not the outer that creates the inner.

This perspective, however, is not apparent…for it does indeed appear that it is the tail that wags the dog or the outer that has influenced the inner. It takes some insight to notice that you subconsciously arrange your perception of the world.

Is this just an interesting psychological or philosophical view…or can you benefit from it?

In my opinion, it is possible to do three things to completely improve your experience in the world. In other words, when you recognize that the inner does affect the outer, you are open to the idea that you can reprogram your biocomputer with new software instructions.

These three things are metaprograms, or master programs, that run the rest of your subconscious software programs.

The first metaprogram that needs to be upgraded is your self-image. This can be upgraded by simply seeing yourself in all situations as competent. As you do this, you will notice where your actions differ from your ideal; then by responding to a negative feedback loop, you can make course corrections. Thus, over time, and with practice, competence will become more than an ideal…it will become a fact, obvious to yourself and anyone who observes you.

The second metaprogram that needs to be upgraded is your self-talk. What do you say to yourself about yourself? Do you say, “I can’t, I won’t, I don’t know how.” Or do you say, “I can, I will, and I’ll keep doing it until I learn how.” Negative self-talk will move you farther away from what you want in your life, and positive self-talk will move you toward the experiences that you desire.

Finally, the third metaprogram that needs to be upgraded is your self-esteem. How do you feel about yourself? Can you be open to unconditionally loving yourself, whether or not you meet certain internal criteria on how you and your experiences should or ought to be.

Thus, when you recognize that you are running the biocomputer and the world is actually an outprint of that experience, then you can revise three metaprograms, self-image, self-talk, and self-esteem to change the world into the way you would like to experience it.

No doubt the rest of reality will continue to malfunction, but as far as you are concerned, you will move into those arenas were things just get better and better for you and for everyone who is influenced by you.

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Saleem Rana got his masters in psychotherapy from California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Ca., 15 years ago. He now resides in Denver, Colorado. His articles on the internet have been read by over ten thousand people from around the world. He loves to share inspiration and motivation for personal development. He offers numerous ways for you to radically improve the quality of your life. To find out more, please visit
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