Dr Wayne Dyer said: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. I contemplated what this meant in my life, and realized that when we change how we relate to ourselves, this changes how we relate to the world. When we change how we relate to the world, the world we are relating to changes. This means that with inner changes, the experiential world changes through the different way we are now relating to it.

Let’s go a bit deeper

Can you experience the world without all the past experiences you have had in your life that shaped what everything is to you, what things mean, and how you feel about yourself fitting into the world? Everybody, even a family doing the same things together at the same time, will experience these things from their own unique perspective, relative to how their past experiences have shaped their beliefs and perceptions. This means that when you change the way you feel about yourself, you change your beliefs and perceptions about yourself, which in-turn changes the way you perceive everything out there in the experiential world. I call it the experiential world because there is no real defined exact way the world is, as we all have our own unique way of seeing and experiencing it through our own unique perspectives that we experience it through. So relative to this way of looking at things, it is actually a different world to each of us. 

What this means is when we now practice gratitude, when we were so used to practicing negative and pessimistic thinking, we change the way we relate ourselves to the world, and in time our experience of the world, how it is, and what will happen, changes through us seeing it differently than how we used to see it. This brings attention back to Wayne Dyers quote again:

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”. 

Practice looking for and acknowledging things you appreciate and are grateful for. When you catch yourself practicing negative thinking again, simply notice, and then shift your attention back onto things your appreciate. The more you focus on what you are grateful for, the more you train your mind to look at life this way. The more that happens, the more this becomes a new belief system within your subconscious, and the more you will start living this new positive outlook more from natural default. In time with practice and repetition, your world will begin to change into a more joyful and supportive world that is congruent with this new way you now experience if from!

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