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There are No Problems in Reality

by Dr. Amy Johnson on May 28, 2015

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The fact that all is well in the outside world—that there are conditions and circumstances but not problems, per se, out there—is something I’m continually discussing with people.  there are no problems in reality

It’s quite simple, actually. And when people are already in a nice feeling, they see it right away. There’s something that just feels true about truth, especially when our intellect is relaxed.

When linear, thinking minds are revved up though, this same simple truth sounds like blasphemy. It can sound like an attack; an invalidation of your pain or a denial of reality.

I love how Anthony De Mello puts it. While I tend to soften things with, “I know it really looks like life has problems, but do you see how it can only be within our own thinking?” De Mello lays it down:

“Reality is not problematic. Problems only exist in the human mind. We might add: in the stupid, sleeping human mind. Reality is not problematic. Take away human beings from this planet and life would go on, nature would go on it all its loveliness and violence. Where would the problem be? No problem. You created the problem. You are the problem. You identified with ‘me’ and that is the problem. The feeling is in you, not in reality.”

If you’re anywhere near your home base right now, you’ll likely recognize the truth. Life is good. All is well. When we’re concluding otherwise, the “problem” is in us (and it’s really not a “problem”)—in our lack of awareness or our limited consciousness in that moment. The problem is never in the world itself.

Feeling hopeless, viewing things as limited, black-or-white, difficult, or complicated are clear indications that we’re seeing through our own clouded, biased lens.

Life is not that way, ever, but our thinking will make it appear that way, more or less, as long as we’re alive.

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The Truth about Thinking About Yourself

by Dr. Amy Johnson on May 21, 2015

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“The day you cease to travel, you will have arrived”—Japanese saying I heard somewhere the truth about thinking about yourself

The more you think about yourself, the less content you tend to be.

You intuitively know this to be true, don’t you?  It works in reverse as well: the more content you are, the less you tend to think about yourself.

Just look at young kids. They aren’t constantly thinking about themselves, who they are, how they stack up, where they’ve been or where they are going. They live life as it is. Life isn’t about them. There is no distinction between “my life” and anyone else’s life, there is just life.

And look at yourself, when you’re at your best. When you’re at your best, you aren’t focused on yourself, are you?

Deep peace and contentment is a “me” repellant.  

When you’re consumed in an activity, fully present with another person, or you’re experiencing one of those inner quiet moments—when you’re in life itself, rather than in your evaluation of life—you feel at home. There is no “me” at home, at least not in the personal, individual, separate “me” sort of way.

That entire conversation with yourself about how you’re doing is based on personal opinions and subjective judgments. It’s you in your own head, considering man-made or woman-made ideas and standards. It’s not about truth, reality, or life itself.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t think about yourself. You’re going to and it’s not a problem.

It’s just that you don’t have to think about yourself and there is a whole lot of freedom in seeing that.  Tracking your progress through life is not required.

I talk to people every day who are working on something. They are trying to do better, be better, or change something about themselves.

That’s not inherently good or bad. It can be extremely rewarding to work toward change, and it can also be a self-created hell. What helps is seeing why it is not necessary.

Life moves through you all the time, pushing you forward, giving you new ideas, helping you evolve and grow.

You don’t need to manage that process by thinking yourself through it any more than trees or babies need to manage their own evolution and growth.

You don’t need to keep track of your progress in life in order to do well, and you don’t have to “do well” (by your own definition) in order to be happy.

Contentment is in seeing what’s always true, not in pondering what could be better.

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Acceptance is not the Consolation Prize

May 14, 2015

Please Share!I’ve never met anyone who wouldn’t want something about themselves to be a bit different.   Whether it’s being a few inches taller, or being a little more focused or driven or relaxed, we can all point to something we’d change if we could. It’s only human. It’s not a problem that we can […]

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Ending Anxiety (By Understanding the Ride You’re On)

May 7, 2015

Please Share!Last October, I hosted my first weekend retreat.  About a week before 20 people were set to fly into Detroit for our event, I was driving to the location to check things out and I felt something strange. I didn’t know what it was. Was I getting sick? Did I forget to eat lunch? Was it […]

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If you Want to See Something New, don’t ‘Turn to the Hows’

April 30, 2015

Please Share!One of the biggest obstacles to hearing something insightful and helpful is what I call ‘turning to the hows’.  Imagine we’re talking; just chatting it up about life. Maybe you’re telling me about the strong cravings you have for a drink at 3 o’clock every afternoon, or you’re telling me about your panic attacks, […]

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Why It Might Look Like People Don’t Change

April 23, 2015

Please Share!It can look like people don’t change. Or at the very least, like they don’t change easily.   That’s not true though. We are capable of gigantic jumps in understanding; enormous leaps in consciousness that leave us feeling as if we’re living a completely different life even when nothing externally has changed. Of course, […]

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How to Hear What Someone is Really Trying to Say

April 16, 2015

Please Share!My son Miller—now 3 years old—learned to climb out of his crib at a ridiculously young age.  Thanks to the magical technology of the video monitor, we’d watch our 16 month old baby put one chubby foot up on the side bars, pull himself up with freakishly strong baby biceps, and hoist himself onto […]

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Your Internal Sifter

April 9, 2015

Please Share!Did you know that your mind operates like a plastic sifter? Watch me and my goofy co-star explain. Please Share!

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This One Fact Changed Everything for One Woman

April 2, 2015

Please Share!I was interviewed for a podcast last week.  The very nice and very knowledgeable interviewer asked question after question about the techniques I use to help people have a deeper, more meaningful experience of life. She really wanted to give her listeners something of value that could make their life better right away, so […]

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Why I’m Not Proud of Myself for Ending my Habit

March 26, 2015

Please Share!I am unbelievably grateful that I am no longer caught up in my former binge eating habit.  But when someone asked me last week if I was proud of myself for leaving it behind, the question caught me off guard.  I don’t feel proud at all. Pride isn’t the right word. Pride puts me […]

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