Once you begin acting on the thoughts as though they are reality, you strengthen the beliefs. Over time, you become convinced that what you believe is fact, so much so that you do not describe them as beliefs anymore. You talk about them as if they were ironclad facts. In effect, you convert your reality into the truth. In my experience, that is almost never the case.
The truth are the indisputable facts about any situation that almost everyone would agree on. Anything else is interpretation. Thus, your reality is what you believe to be true. It is what you feel, and from that perspective it is very real. It’s just not necessarily true. When you can create that bit of loosening around your beliefs where you can see that whatever thoughts you are identifying with are just thoughts, you are on the road to freedom. You are no longer controlled by what you think, and that is crucial because you have no control over what thoughts show up in your mind.
It is important to see that your interpretations will vary widely from moment to moment depending upon your mood, your mindset, the thoughts currently swirling in your head, past experiences, how you are feeling physically, and sometimes even the weather. A neutral event can be devastating news, great news, or just plain news depending upon how you are seeing in the moment.
Let’s look at an example.
Event: At what I perceived to be the worst possible time (Is there every really a good time?), my Macbook Pro’s hard drive crashed last week.