Creating a Context for Your Life

I’ve been struggling with where to place my experience from last week, the one where I confronted a man’s actions of blatant disregard for property. (read more here) I can’t quite qualify it because it was very unlike me and I couldn’t stop myself. I know it happened for a reason, just not sure how or where it fits into my life at this time.

As it’s been a week and I’ve had time to dwell on it, part of me questions my behavior and sanity. Another part is happy because I spoke up and cared enough to express my self. Still another part of me sees this as a massive growth experience – allowing for the opening expression of my voice – something I’ve had to grow into. Perhaps all the parts are correct and leading me into something constructive!

It is not what you think that determines the quality of your life, it is the space in which you think. It is what you could think that determines the quality of your life.

Werner Erhard

My inquiry has led me to realize that what’s missing is a context for which to place the experience. A context sets up a framework for which all the events in your life can be viewed from. In the past, I’ve had a ‘personal growth’ context – everything that happened during my life’s journey was attributed to and held within the framework of personal growth.

From the Dictionary: Context: the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood.

The China Prisoner story that I love so much is also a great example of successfully creating a context for one’s life. Sydney Rittenberg created a context for his life as I’m making a contribution while he was imprisoned in a China jail for 10 years. His time in prison added to the quality of his life within this context and gave him complete control over his circumstances – in that he was free.

“There Is Nothing Much You Can Do About The Circumstances Of Your Life. One Thing That You Have Absolute Control Over In Your Life Is The Context For Your Life.

Werner Erhard

Werner Erhard in the video below uses an example of well-being. Say for example I choose the context for my life as well-being. The circumstances in my life reflect that well-being, even the negative circumstances begin to reflect that well-being if I hold them as a part of the well-being context.

Everything in your life can and will be viewed through a well-being perspective.

Short video with Werner Erhard explaining ‘context’

For example, just say I come down with a negative circumstance of contracting an illness and need to stay home and recover for a week. Within my context of well-being, the illness wouldn’t live in a small box of “I can’t miss work,” or “I shouldn’t be sick,” or “I caught this cold from my colleague.” The illness would be existing within the context for which it exists within – well-being, which allows for an expanded viewpoint.

Perhaps my thinking within my context of wellbeing might be something like this: How is getting this cold contributing to my well-being? How can I better take care of myself? What can I contribute to my life that will add to my well-being?

We have dominion over the context of our life, meaning we decide what that context is, and therefore everything that happens to us in life fits into that context. My experience last week had me realize that I need to re-create a context for my present life: What context is there for me that will allow for the most expansion? It’s clear to me that I haven’t been operating within a conscious context and it would be a great time to create one!

I believe Peace is a great context for me. As I mentioned many times in my blog, rising from perceived slavery has always been my main objective. There’s been no peace, it’s always been a struggle. So, it’s really a perfect step to name peace as my context for life – where everything that happens can be viewed within the context of peace.

Following along with what Werner stated, if I create a context of peace – not trying to get peace because I’ve already got it (as it’s my context) but instead seeing how my life circumstances contribute to peace, including the experiences of struggle, suppression, anger, frustration, etc.

My experience from last week clearly shows me that I am currently working through and healing suppression within the context of peace.

It certainly was an example of a suppression uprising to say the least. I spoke my truth without fear or hesitation. I didn’t hold my tongue and swallow my words. It also gives my expression of anger some space, to be at peace with it and no judgment. I can imagine I have lots of anger stored up from being suppressed believing I was a slave, and to become a better witness of that emotion.

I unconditionally love myself back into Unity!

It was a good experience for which I can build upon and begin to witness how a new-found freedom within the framework of peace will open a new world for me. I think it’s brilliant to have a context. Give it a try and see what you come up with for yourself! Please watch the video as Werner does a great job (in 3 minutes) explaining context!

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15 responses to “Creating a Context for Your Life”

  1. Julia Preston Avatar

    You sent me off on an Erhard google adventure. I did est way back when and glad I did. Does “running the 6 day course” mean that you were a trainer? Whatever that means and whatever you were doing,, I’ll bet it was fascinating!

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    1. The Path to My Heart Avatar

      I was 6 day staff, helping to produce the course, no not a trainer. It was very fascinating – best thing I ever did!

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      1. Julia Preston Avatar

        I can only imagine!!

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  2. Sue Dreamwalker Avatar

    And that should say. ” total disregard ” not regard.. 🙂

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  3. Sue Dreamwalker Avatar

    That is an excellent explanation Donna, and so, your context was that your actions were a reaction to wilful damage and destruction being done even though this man had been previously told by yourself of the barrier etc, which was breeching Peace within your environment, to which you also felt in charge of controlling that little space of peace.. So his total regard for it, triggered your reaction. That makes a whole lot of sense to me..

    I am trying to think back to a time I remember when I flew off the handle to a work colleague… A long story… but it was very uncharacteristic of me, and I can still see her face in shock at my outburst…

    I think as I analyse my own reactional outburst years back which like you, has stayed with you over a week… I think I mulled over my outburst much longer… And I remember apologising, but still venting and confirming what I said felt right. Because I was speaking the truth of the matter..

    I think it was because my own judgement and work practice had been called into judgement by someone I considered to not do her own job well..
    It is interesting, how we get triggered, and the what and the whys… And upon deeper reflection, how we all have our own perspectives within our own context of our experiences…

    Many thanks for the share, and I listened to the video too… Another great way of explanation. .. Loved those Images too… 🙂
    Have a great week Donna… ❤
    Much love your way .. 🙂 ❤

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    1. The Path to My Heart Avatar

      Hi Sue! Those niggler instances of our past can linger past their sell by date! But they hold lots of food for thought. I thought that if I can place it into a context it would help me view it from that perspective – which I chose to name my context peace. The weird thing is, since I chose peace for my context, there’s been lots of upheaval (mostly at work)! LOL typical really. So I’m looking at it – how does this all contribute to peace. It sure is interesting if nothing else.

      A contractor was out to fix the barrier today, took several hours and he comment on how many thousands we’ve spent fixing it because people chose to ‘try and slip under it’ when they’re vehicles were too high. Maybe I’m just fed up with lazy, stupid people! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Boy can they really cause upheaval and intrude on my peace!! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

      Oh well, I digress! Have a great week Sue and sending much love!! ❤️

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      1. Sue Dreamwalker Avatar

        It is maddening Donna… and its like anything else.. Once you have given something a name… You will find it being challenged.. Also remember we light working beings are at the moment being in some ways attacked in various methods so as to disrupt PEACE.. ….

        Hang on in there…. Sometimes we are tested just to see how much we are in peace before we blow a gasket. LoL.. So as to say…. We need to work on creating it more within than we thought…

        Keep laughing … and those gremlins will soon exit…. They can’t stand laughter .. 🙂
        Sending LOVE Donna.. ❤ 🙂

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        1. The Path to My Heart Avatar

          Thanks Sue! yes, lots of attacks going on and when we declare something, here comes the test and all the old that needs to be cleared out comes out. It’s been a very strange couple weeks, and I can see how these events are adding to my intention for peace. One thing to be sure of is – I always have help, as there is loads of help out there for us. I’ll do my best to keep on laughing too! The dark cloak is dissolving and the light is brighter! Take care Sue!! Sending love!


  4. Julia Preston Avatar

    I never consciously considered the idea of living within a context, although I suspect that I have been doing so my entire life unbeknownst to me. If my context is spiritual awareness, personal growth, and inner peace, then all of my life experiences are geared (engineered!) tp fit within it, right? All of the outbursts, sticky situations, etc all lead to inner reflection which ultimately leads to the context of my life? Not sure I said that right, or even if I 100% understand “context”, but maybe you get the idea! Could “context” be synonymous with purpose? Or life goals? Anyway, whatever you’re doing, you seem to be doing it quite well!

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    1. The Path to My Heart Avatar

      Hi Julia, yes, context is a framework for your life to fit into. All of your experiences can be seen through the lens of your context. So say for example what Werner stated in the video – if the context for my relationship is satisfaction, it no longer is about getting satisfaction out of it because the context gives you that, that is where you start from and satisfaction colors your experiences. Within that context of already having satisfaction, then bigger questions can be asked – “what can I contribute” instead of “what can I get.”

      It’s a way to look at things from a predetermined framework. I think the best example is the China prisoner. His context wasn’t ‘victim.’ It was ‘making a contribution’ which colored his entire experience! So yes, if your context is spiritual awareness, personal growth, and inner peace (maybe chunk that down a bit) then yes, your life experiences can be viewed as contributing to you in that context. Have fun with it!

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      1. Julia Preston Avatar

        The China prisoner reminds me of Victor Frankl who wrote the profound, “Man’s Search for Meaning”. He wrote of his experience while a prisoner. One of his quotes is, ““The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.” ― Viktor E. Frankl
        Thanks for your response, and yes, I’m having fun with it. PS: Werner Erhard and I went to the same high school. He was about ten years ahead of me, which makes him either very old, or very dead!

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        1. The Path to My Heart Avatar

          Hi Julia – I love that quote by Viktor Frankl and use it quite a bit in my posts, given I write a lot about captivity and slavery. He is an amazing example! I can’t believe you went to the same school as Werner! Wow, that’s so cool! I worked for Werner Erhard & Associates (now Landmark) back in the late 80’s, early 90’s running the 6 Day Advanced Course in NY and CA. It was an incredible experience! Werner is an amazing person!

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  5. Writing to Freedom Avatar

    Thanks for the interesting perspective Donna. It might be time for me to create a conscious context too!

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    1. The Path to My Heart Avatar

      Hi Brad, you’re welcome! Try it on, see what you can create!

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      1. Writing to Freedom Avatar

        Your context of peace resonates with me too.

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