Most people seem to think that their state of mind is purely determined by what is going on around them. How good their job is, how much money they have, what the weather is.
Or possibly what happened to them in the past. What their upbringing was like, what their education was like or what their community culture was like.
Or even what they think might happen to them in the future, Will they go bankrupt, will they go sick, will their partner leave them etc.
Consider this as a hypothesis - what if the reality they see is 100% internally generated and not controlled in any way by external circumstances and events?
Like most people, you may find it hard to get your head around this as it can be very difficult to see. However have a think about the below.
The reality people see is 100% created by external circumstances?
Things that are considered to be good and bad happen and that creates people's reality.
Their football team wins = good = feel good.
Their football team loses = bad = feel bad.
They marry the person of their dreams = good = feel good.
The person of their dreams leaves them = bad = feel bad.
They make money = good = feel good.
They lose money = bad = feel bad.
Although it is normal for people to feel happy if their football team wins, how do they decide which team to support? Where does that come from? Is it an internal generation or an external circumstance? How do they decide who is the person of their dreams? Is that internal or external?
The reality people see is created by a combination of external circumstances and internal generation.
My guess is that this is the hypothesis most people would agree with, today. In other words, they realise that their thinking has something to do with how they react to the football scores but the scores are still the scores and if their team loses they have every right to feel upset and drown their sorrows - or start a fight with the opposing fans.
The reality people see is 100% created internally.
Events and circumstances are inherently neutral. Reality/experience is only created by the meaning people put on events and circumstances. In other words, how the football scores are interpreted is an internal generation, as is how people feel about their partners and what happens when the "partnership circumstances change", as is how people feel when they are given a sickness diagnosis or an all clear.
It really doesn't seem like this is the case and it seems awfully hard to change the way we think about things and therefore the reality we experience.
Truth is however, that where and when people do see the internal generation of their experience, they naturally change superfluous thoughts and sometimes deep seated beliefs, as it no longer makes sense not to. And this can have a massive impact on their performance and results that they create for whatever they are working on.