Of all the things we make up. words and worlds; constructs and contexts; what is something we can make up that matters for us personally? Something we don't need agreement over and can source for ourselves?
We can make up that we matter. We can make up that we make a difference and live our life from that place.
How, or what, does the latter group attribute this worth to without having an outside "authority" grant them this?
They make it up.
If that sounds invalid to you consider that everything is made up, but we live in an agreement-reality that gives things power. For example, money is a made up story we encounter everyday that has a lot of agreement power.
Can you make up that you matter (regardless of what your deity does or doesn't do)? Of course you can! This is called creating a context. It's part of living a self-led life.
You'll hear me talk about this 'self-led' life from time to time. This talk comes from my understanding of process-healing which states that we are all made up of "parts" and these parts either work in concert with the Self (the wise part of us that is connected to Source/Spirit/God) or they don't work. We often experience these parts not working together as egoism, insecurity and, of course, emotional pain.
Making up that you matter is the ultimate act of self-authoring.
Is the Self made up as well? Some eastern philosophies suggest that there is no Self. Just a perception of separateness. We rely on this separateness to function is the world. We know where we end and another begins, or least we think we do. Newborns have to learn where they begin and where their mother begins.
I don't know if the Self is an absolute reality or not. I am fine making it up because I don't think there's a way to prove that is NOT real. We rely on these self-created contexts to live in a world that makes sense. We rely on the agreement-reality to play world games that have structure, rules, and boundaries.
What we call "truth" is a complex net of agreements on overlapping subject matters. We also call our personal experiences "truth". But these two don't always agree.
Can we walk in both worlds? One where we know truth through the experiential and one where we conjure it from the agreement-realty and approval of others? I think we already do.
A new reality can be invented, even a personal one that includes a belief that you matter. Plant the seeds by telling yourself a new story so it takes root.
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