When I began to write about the notion of Pathwalking for conscious reality creation it did not start out as my personal philosophy of life, the Universe, and everything. But over time, that’s what it has become.
Yet my philosophy has taken much of its tenets and ideals from the philosophies and life ideas of others. Things I have read and listened to from various writers, gurus, modern and not-so-modern philosophers to form my own.
As Shakespeare’s Hamlet said,
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Whatever philosophy you ascribe to — or not — it is not the only one that exists. This is for several reasons, but the largest is simply this:
There is no One True Way.
Many people, many paths
There are more than 7 billion people on this planet. That means that there are more than 7 billion perceptions of reality.
As Einstein said,
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
You and I are both capable of thinking, feeling, and doing. The thoughts, feelings, and actions that you and I have and do belong to only us. Nobody else can think or feel or do for you.
Sometimes that doesn’t seem to be the case. You see people who appear to be under the sway of someone else. There are innumerable stories of fiction where, under the power of another, a person thought, felt, or acted in a way contrary to their nature.
These are merely stories. Nobody can make you think, feel, or act any certain way. Only you do that.
The thing is, how you perceive the world is entirely up to you.
That’s what Einstein meant about the illusion of reality. We have created a collective consciousness of the world at large, but inside of that, perception of the individual is different for everyone.
Trouble is, many people fail to see the trees for the forest (yes, I know the adage goes the other way around, but bear with me).
The forest, in this instance, takes many forms. Every community is a forest, and people get lost within that community because they are not truly aware of themselves. As such, their subconscious has control.
This is where mob mentality, religious zealotry, and strident nationalism are born. The trees of the forest do not see themselves and their individual paths because their subconscious is doing most of the work.
This is why there is more than one philosophy in the world. Everyone is capable of forming their own.
One philosophy, fate, and destiny
The amount of power that this represents can be staggering. Human beings, all 7 billion-plus of us, each have the power to find and/or create our own philosophy.
Human beings are social creatures. This is why our ancestors, going far back into times past, formed into communities. As humans evolved from hunter-gatherers to an agrarian society new types of communities were formed. Tribes and clans became villages and towns. These, too, evolved and turned into cities and countries.
Then there are the matters to which we have no true answers. Everybody lives and everybody dies. Because humans can think and create on a level very different from the rest of the animal kingdom, we do not merely survive. Humans began to seek purpose and meaning for a life that has endless potential and possibility.
When you move past just the basics of survival you start to ask deep questions. Thus, the ideas of the answers that lie in philosophy, fate, and destiny come about over time.
You live, and you have potential and possibility. Yet there must be a reason you are here with the abilities you possess. That reason is your destiny. That’s your purpose in life.
Along this line, you have a finite time to achieve that destiny. You are fated to die. The other things that happen in your life are a part of fate — marriage, divorce, injury, and so forth.
Philosophy ties these together. The communities that formed over time found philosophical notions to agree upon together, and to adopt together. Thus you get religions, political parties, and nationalism.
Rather than coexist, unfortunately, conflict about which is the one philosophy ensues. Today we identify ourselves by these community codes and often fail to see our own power.
You are empowered to choose
There is a line from Terminator 2: Judgment Day that speaks to this:
“No fate but what we make.”
The notions of fate and destiny are self-imposed by the human race. They are born of philosophical underpinnings that have been accepted by communities of people.
But each and every one of us is capable of choosing our own life. Thus, you have the ability to make your own path. There is no One True Way. There is no one philosophy.
That much power scares a lot of people. It scared me when I first began to understand it. To be able to make a life that is as you desire it feels like too much strength and a giant responsibility to not be abused.
Which is the crux of one of the bigger lies people exist with. Individuals, recognizing exactly this, have abused the empowerment as power. They also believe that this power is for them alone, so they do all that they can to disempower others and deny them the chance to be empowered. This is where you get dictators and tyrants like Hitler, Idi Amin, and Joseph Stalin.
By the same token, some see that as an opportunity to empower their fellow humans. That’s where you get Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Whether you see it for yourself, or not, you do have a personal philosophy. It is made up of the things you believe about how the Universe works. You get to choose what that looks like, and you can change it if you don’t like it.
When you practice mindfulness you gain awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. These are the only things over which you have total control. But that is a choice for you to make.
My philosophy — Pathwalking
I share my philosophy not because I desire to gain followers or to create a cult or new religion or practice. I share this because I want to help empower people.
Pathwalking is about recognizing how you have all the power within you to find or create a life that thrills you. It needn’t be some grand adventure, it is mostly just seeing how abundant the Universe is and all that you can do within it.
It is my belief that the more you become empowered the more capable you become of changing the world for the better. When more people recognize their empowerment they can take back control from these broader communities and combative philosophies for themselves.
There is no one philosophy as there is no one path in life nor One True Way. Pathwalking will be different for everyone that practices it because all paths are different. It doesn’t matter what you do or do not believe, there is more than one philosophy.
Can you see how you are empowered to choose and change your own philosophy?
You are worthy and deserving of using your mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done you matter, as does your personal philosophy.
Originally published at http://titaniumdon.com on November 20, 2019.