Did you ever see a Garfield poster that shows a picture of him with books tied to his body, and the caption says, “I’m Learning By Osmosis?” At first I didn’t know what Osmosis was, I was in elementary school, I had to ask my teacher what it meant. Afterwards, I did get a chuckle out of it. Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn that way? Instead of having to spend a lot of time reading a lot of books, you could just tie them around your body and you could absorb all their knowledge. It would certainly be great, however, it is obviously impossible. But now as an adult I can see some truth in it.
I believe we are directly influenced by a type of Osmosis. Everything we think and talk about gets absorbed by our being, and the corresponding situations, people and things show up in our life. What “books” do you have strapped on your body? We all have our own “books” strapped to our body, and we carry them around throughout our life, and their corresponding knowledge is being permeated through us. The problem is that some of us carry around negative “books” or thoughts. We have that one “book” titled, “What I Should Want And Should Do In Life,” However, this “book” is usually authored by outside forces, it’s usually not authored by us, and in the worst cases we don’t even know who authored the book, we just know it’s there and follow it’s instructions aimlessly.
It is supremely important that we reflect on what thoughts, and emotions we carry around. Just knowing this is a great success in itself. This way at least we can have an idea of why we are in our current situations. What is going into us, through our eyes, through our ears and through our mind? What do you see on a daily basis? When you wake up do you see someone you love? Do you see a healthy breakfast? When you get to work do you see a great working environment? When you get your paycheck do you like what you see? Do you hear loving words from the people around you? Do you hear words of appreciation at work? Do you listen to positive things on the radio, tv, or your computer? How do you feel on Monday mornings versus on the weekends? Whatever the answers are, whether good or bad, our situations are a direct consequence of what we think about on a constant basis. Obviously, what we think about doesn’t materialize immediately, it takes time, and what we see in our lives is what we think about the most. The nature of this concept is also cyclical, meaning that what we think about the most is what we see the most, and in turn seeing those things makes you think about them even more. When we don’t notice this cycle is when we usually bury ourselves deeper in our situations.
If your life is going just how you want it then it means that you know exactly what books you are carrying around, and that you have INTENTIONALLY chosen the books you want. If your life is the opposite, then it’s time for you to reflect. But reflect inward, don’t look at yourself in the mirror, or record yourself throughout your day. The external situation, what you see, is not the source of your situation. Your situation stems from inside of you, from your thoughts, and even deeper than that, your situation stems from the quality of your connection to your true self. Start taking control, choose your “books” intentionally, don’t let others choose them for you, and especially important is to not let some false part of you do the choosing. Shed those negative books, they are heavy and corrosive. Positive books are light and nourishing.
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