The theory of cognitive dissonance in social psychology proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance by altering existing cognitions, adding new ones to create a consistent belief system, or alternatively by reducing the importance of any one of the dissonant elements. It is the distressing mental state that people feel when they “find themselves doing things that don’t fit with what they know, or having opinions that do not fit with other opinions they hold.”  A key assumption is that people want their expectations to meet reality, creating a sense of equilibrium. Likewise, another assumption is that a person will avoid situations or information sources that give rise to feelings of uneasiness, or dissonance
Holding altering beliefs represents a discord in our view of the universe. I am separate, and I am one. The dissonance needs to be broken, but how? The veil fades away when expectations meet reality until all expectations are gone. The world becomes brighter and you are filled with a self confidence. A realization that you don’t need to trust anyone other than yourself.
Sit back. Relax. Understand that no matter what you are doing, you are meant to be doing it. Stop looking for the bad and even the good in doing it, and just enjoy the act of doing it. This goes for the extreme and exciting to the most boring and mundane.
The relief of that dissonance is freeing and enlightening. We start to see the world as it is where EVERYTHING is an expression of the self. Everyone and everything that we interact with is an expression of the self. But don’t lose sight that even the body and the mind are an expression of the self. Every atom in the universe is locked together to form this particular representation of reality which just happens to be from your perspective.
Just let expectation meet your reality. Let go of all expectation until there is nothing left. Do it slow. Follow your breath. There is no rush. Ask yourself what is wrong with this moment. Keep asking yourself that until you comeback with nothing. Ease into the moment. Move from any doing to just being.
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