We are each a unique blend of our mental perspectives and knowledge, combined with our emotional impressions and responses. This makes us interesting and complex, and sometimes confused and reactive. We call these mental and emotional natures our philosophy and our sense of life.
Philosophy is a rationally-conceived view of the world. It is our perspective of reality and our chosen set of morals and ethics. A person’s philosophy develops at the time when a child can distinguish right and wrong based on their understanding of the world, not just because they will be punished by their parents. They stop hitting, not because they will be grounded, but because they understand that behavior is not the right thing to do.
The catch is that having a philosophy does not mean that it is a good, or self-sustaining philosophy. Everyone has a philosophy, including the criminals on death row, your mother-in-law, corrupt politicians, and all the debt-stressed shoppers at the mall, as well as your minister, teacher, and parents.
A proper philosophy is aligned with the facts of reality, and is supportive to one’s existence. While living according to a truly proper philosophy may bring challenges, it is the hero’s path, even just being a hero to your own life and spirit.
When one’s philosophy is not aligned with reality, it is counter-productive to the person’s consciousness and existence, and is a spiraling path to corruption, destruction and regret. In this case, a correction is imperative – and the sooner the better.
While we may all feel we are basically good people, a close inspection may reveal that there are corrections that could be made in anyone’s philosophy that would make their lives happier, healthier, and more fulfilling.
A person who is struggling with an improper philosophy may experience guilt, anger, rage, being used, and attracting the wrong people into their lives for example.
And then emotions get into the mix.
Our emotionally based perspective of the world is what we call a person’s sense of life. A person’s sense of life is the sum total of the impressions they have gained through all their experiences. In some world views, these span all lifetimes in the future and the past.
A baby is born with a sense of life, and it continues to be shaped throughout life. This is his or her emotional perspective and nature. The baby may be a happy baby, or show signs of moodiness, fear, neediness, or withdrawal. This nature will be enhanced or altered based on the family, environment, and other continuing experiences.
It is an individual’s sense of life that leads one person to think that the world is a safe and wonderful place to live, while another person thinks it is a dangerous and depressing place. At birth, we bring into a lifetime the emotional imprints of our past experiences, whether comforting and loving, or abusive and frightening, or a unique blend of those experiences. Throughout life more impressions add to the mix.
Because of the multitude of experiences that we each have, a person’s sense of life can always use correction. A person’s sense of life can be altered through distinctive impressing experiences or harnessed by the rational mind’s attempts at seeing a different perspective due to a maturing philosophy.
Since our sense of life is healthiest when closely aligned with reality, there will necessarily be times when a person is sad or angry. But these emotions are based on a present-time experience, not a state of being that overrides present experiences.
A self-defeating sense of life would include overall depression, fears, abandonment, jealousy, and other pervading self-destructive emotions.
Are you ready to make some changes in your own life?
The good news is that these self-defeating philosophies and emotions can be identified and altered. There are a number of ways that allow you to explore your unique strengths and weaknesses – meditation, hypnosis, a qualified teacher, or dream work and journaling.
Making the changes may be a bit trickier, but of course, doable! While life experiences can bring about these changes naturally, the quickest route is with a guide, whether a therapist or a teacher/guru. I recommend trying a specialized approach to hypnotherapy, which I use and have taught to my students, because it is deep and rapid. And, of course, there are other ways and means as well.
Armed with an understanding of the above information on philosophy and sense of life, however, you will be in a better state to do this exploration and to find the right pathway to healing and change for yourself.