As we’ve talked about before, and we’ll talk about some more, our experience of life throughout our Earth days, and all the moments that fill them, is up to us. No matter what the weather, and no matter what other events may come our way, we get to decide how we’ll think about whatever is going on, and how we want to feel about whatever it may be.

If it were always Spring, if there was no “this weather and that weather,” we’d have no contrast to inspire our preferences. This world is full of contrast for a reason. Nineteenth Century poet, Anne Bradstreet, wrote: “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” If every environment and culture around the world was the same, if everyone in our neighborhood was just like us, there would be no visible distinctions for us to see, and no diversity to for us to choose a thought or feeling about. And, we wouldn’t realize we are thinking and choosing beings.

But we are, and we know we it, and it’s important for us to keep in mind the power our thinking and choosing has in our life and experience of the world. As we make a choice about anything, and we notice the external results of our choice in our life, we become aware we’ve been created with the Power to create our own individual life experiences, or our own version of Reality as the physical forms and expressions we see. That’s Power!

Our life is spiritual first, fueled by creative spiritual Energy. That’s why it is important for us to connect the dots between our choices and our experiences, why it is essential for us to notice that what we think and focus on in our mind takes form in some way, if only as a feeling, and affects our experience of our self and the world. If we don’t notice the relationship between thought and experience we’ll mistakenly believe we are a victim of circumstances. It will seem that life happens to us, often chaotically, and that events outside of us hold power to have an affect on us without our agreement.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The only freedom that exists in all the universe, and it is everything, is in the knowledge that we create our own reality and that we can feel the way we choose to feel.” We’ve all been created equally to express our self in this Earth life in our own individual way. We’ve been given Self-Direction through our freedom of choice, and opportunities for self-correction through the external life experiences our choices create. We read in The Science of Mind, “Self-choice would have no real meaning unless it were backed by the power to externalize this choice and experience the effect of it.”

All of us, not just a chosen few, have been given self-choice, with the power to externalize our choices and experience the effect of them as our life. No one has been left out. To paraphrase a portion of the United States Declaration of Independence: Spiritually we hold this Truth within us that must become self-evident to us, that all beings have been created equal, and endowed by our Creator with unlimited and unalienable rights, among these are individual life expression and absolute freedom to pursue happiness through self-choice.

We’ve all heard the expression “all things being equal,” and maybe even used it our self when declaring our preference between things that appear to have the same traits. A simple example might be two sofas that are the same size, shape, fabric, quality, and price, and only differ in color. All things being equal I might prefer the green one. If there were only green sofas everywhere, there would be no opportunity for me to make a choice.

The physical world is like a rainbow, and the beauty of it is that all colors are distinctive but equal. In A Course of Love we read, “We exist in the embrace of love like the layers of light that form a rainbow, indivisible and curved inward upon each other.” Our preferences and choices don’t separate us. They add to the diversity, curiosity and multiformity of individual expression within the One Inseparable, Indivisible Life we share.

There are no bad colors or good colors. There are just colors for us to choose from and create with individually. All colors being equal, someone might prefer a purple sofa. Preferences and choices are personal and individual. Conflict, anger, self-righteousness, and a desire to control those around us stem from the misunderstanding that our own preferences and choices are gospel, the only ones that have value for everyone. We might not openly argue with someone who prefers a purple sofa, but we might quietly hold an opinion about their taste.

But an opinion is just an opinion. It’s only when we place value on our opinion over the opinion of someone else that problems arise. We read in The Way of the Heart, “The result of many, many minds choosing to value the right to judge is the effect you call your world, in which everything seems to be expressing conflict, struggle, butting of heads, and the Armageddon of opposite ideas running into each other. Listen well and carefully: All events are neutral. You are the one that places the value upon it.”

Beneath this visible world of appearances of “this and that,” one Power backs every unalienable right to choose. The Law of Attraction that brings choices into manifestation never says, “Whoa, you sure you want to see that in action?” The Universe doesn’t judge us or have an opinion about our choices. It simply gives us what we’ve asked for through the vibration of our thinking. Even if our focus has been on what we don’t want, we get to experience the effect of that focus.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “The true Secret of the Law of Attraction is not ‘how to learn to attract what you prefer,’ it’s how to learn to let go of what you don’t, so that you can let in what is trying to get to you automatically.” Another secret is for us to mind our own business, to mind our own mind and stop focusing on what others are thinking, choosing, and doing. There are many, many minds choosing to focus on either what they want or what they don’t want and calling experience to them.

We all experience Life differently, a little differently or a lot differently, even when we believe we are seeing and experiencing Life in exactly the same way. Everything that appears in this world of physical form is the externalization of a thought. But a thought in form is just a thought in form until meaning and value is given to it by us. If we believe our physical eyes can tell us all we need to know in any moment, if we believe that they can tell us what is spiritually true, and we draw conclusions and create interpretations of events based on what our physical eyes show us (and then we insist that our view is the only right one), we’re simply adding to the “conflict, struggle, butting of heads, and the Armageddon of opposite ideas running into each other” in this world.

When we ignore the Spiritual Truth that all beings have been given self-choice, and that everyone of us is  endowed by our Creator with unlimited, unalienable rights, then we might seek to limit the absolute freedom to pursue happiness individually that belongs to someone else. And, when we do, we lose our own individual happiness because conflict won’t make us happy. That’s why A Course in Miracles asks, “Would you rather be right or happy?”

We don’t know what anyone else came into this world to learn. Our only responsibility is to discover why we’re here. A good question to ask our self might be: “If all events are neutral until I declare what they mean to me, what do I choose to give value to in this world?” We are never so right that everyone should agree with us. We’re only as right as our agreement with our Inner Being causes us to be, and our Inner Being gives value to all life.

Abraham-Hicks tells us, “You have a core vibrational frequency. It is purely uniquely you. It’s a beacon. It’s like a lighthouse. It shines. It radiates purely that signature frequency of your unique being. It never stops radiating that light, that frequency, that energy, never.” Learning to trust beyond what we see isn’t always easy. But, it is much more powerful and rewarding than believing there is nothing more to Life than physical forms. Where there is no fight, there can be only Peace. Where there is no judgment, there can be only Love. And when there is acceptance of equal freedom for all, there can be only Joy.

We’re not here in this Earth Life full of contrast as a penalty. We’re here because we are blessed as living creative beings. We get to use this human experience to expand and extend our individual expression of the Love that created us; to become a greater and greater individual expression of that Love. The life around us is our BEING, all of it, because it is the life we are individually seeing and giving meaning and value to. All things being equal we can choose to value only to Love, Peace, Joy, and abundant good, and let the radiance of the pure signature frequency of our unique being light up the world!