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Regret is a product of Imagination
How We Create Regret
Step 1. Consciously or without our awareness our mind imagines a different life of different choices and outcomes.
Step 2. Then or mind compares that imagined life experience to our actual life. The choice we didn’t make, the path we didn’t take, the Imagined Life we didn’t live is held in our mind as better in some way.
Step 3. The product of this comparison is to then feel a longing or desire to be living the life our imagination has dreamed up.
Step 4. To wish we are somewhere else doing something else produces disappointment about our current moment of life, and regret about the decisions we made in the past.
The emotions of disappointment and regret are real. That’s because all emotions are real. But they were produced because our imagination dreamed up an imagined life and imagined decisions in our imagined past. One that probably wouldn’t have turned out how our imagination conjured it.
Self awareness is the ability to perceive that your mind is dreaming up illusions. Awareness is a chance to awaken from those dreams of regret and be happy in the moment. The Self Mastery Course is a pathway to free you from those false dreams in your mind.2