Defining Your Own Reality ― Through Your Powers of Observation

Defining Your Own Reality ― Through Your Powers of Observation

Would you like to define your own reality?  You can, but you need to see through the boundaries that keep you where you are. 

Our ability to perceive is in direct relation to our powers of observation.  So, our observational skills determine our reality.  This includes our ability to observe what’s going with both the inner world of our mind, and outer physical world.  In fact, you must conquer the inner world of the mind first before attempting to create your reality of the outer world.

Our Beliefs Are the Problem

Our beliefs are boundaries that limit our perception and so affect our powers of observation. We only perceive what we expect and our beliefs are the filter of perception. Beliefs filter out anything that doesn’t fit what we expect. If you cannot accept things that don’t fit your current reality, then the mind ignores it.

The more boundaries you have, the more difficult it is to “perceive” what is really there.  So, those who entrench themselves in religious dogma are subject to selective blindness.  Defining your own reality becomes an impossible goal because you are blind to the possibilities and opportunities that arise.

There are those who are comfortable being blind.  Awakening these people is challenging.  That’s because their religious programming prevents them from considering anything outside their worldview.
The process for unlearning these boundaries isn’t an easy one. It requires courage to “get past” the current paradigm. However, your paradigm isn’t like a set of Legos. You can’t take it apart piece by piece. Your paradigm is more like a piñata that you must smash to bits before there is any clarity. So, you cannot define your own reality until you can learn to observe and fix your internal programming.


In the 1970s people began the use of a process for confronting and removing the cultural narrative implanted by Western organized religion.  This type of process is referred to as “deprogramming.’” It was an involuntary, painful process for the subject.  This is because it made them confront the inconsistencies and fallacies head on.

This process works but most people don’t want to be tied to a chair or confined to a room to undergo this type of intensive work. Doing voluntarily takes more time, but it can be done. It’s like taking off a band-aide a little at a time. Our hats go off to those who are brave enough to confront their religious beliefs voluntarily.

The fact is, many spiritual warriors have walked this very path.  They have freed themselves from religion.  Defining your own reality is a goal worth the effort.  

How to Enhance Your Powers of Observation

You can train yourself in the skills of observation.  Before you can learn to observe the outer world, you need to learn to observe your inner world.  You must clean up the lens through which you observe.  Sorry, there isn’t any easy way to do this because you’ve likely accumulated a lot of beliefs and expectations that get in the way of really seeing.

The first step is learning to “see” through what you “believe” should be “there.”  Moving beyond expectations is important.  Our mind sees only what it expects to see.  It blocks out everything else that doesn’t fit. Thankfully, there are a number of spiritual technologies that help us move beyond the boundaries of belief.  Using these will increase your powers of observation.

The first one we recommend is the Enneagram of Personality.  This will show you the thought scripts of your personality and instinct.  Then, you also must confront the programming of the cultural narrative that installs beliefs and values.

Finally, there are also specific observational tactics you can use once you’ve cleaned the lense of belief.   This is the last step.  Don’t skip ahead and try to use these before you deal with your programming.  Otherwise, it will be frustrating for you when they don’t work.

Next is a list of all the ancient technologies that can help you break through the programming and enhance both your internal and external observational skills.

Spiritual Technologies ― Defining Your Own Reality

Spiritual technologies are tools for exploring consciousness.  They result from generations of research by cultures around the world. These processes stand up to the test of science. They are repeatable and measurable. They do not require belief in religious doctrine.  So, everyone who can follow a process can use them. We call the practice of these processes spiritual exploration.

You can list these tools in several ways. Some fall into more than one group.   We like this simple method.

In Conclusion

Defining your own reality seems like a great idea.  But are willing to do the inner work necessary to achieve it.  You must first identify and fix the programming of your self-talk and values.  You must also enhance your powers of observation, both internal and external.  But those who create their new reality say it is worth the effort.

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Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s Book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia

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