Our Life Matrix

Our perceptions and beliefs about ourselves, others, and the world around us stem from our inherent personalities, filtered through past and current influences: familial, generational, cultural, and social.

The perceptions and beliefs we hold can be based on truths, or they can be false and based on Unconscious Influences* we unknowingly hold. *(definition below).

The tendency to allow false perceptions to be created has its roots in Humanity’s past, which we perpetrated without knowing we were doing so.

All of our conscious and Unconscious Influences work together like threads in a patchwork quilt that link the interweaving patterns of how we deal with life—like a matrix that overlays our lives. I call this our Life Matrix.

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  • Our Life Matrix: Is the lens through which we see and navigate the world. Fueled by our heart beliefs, which come from our conscious and Unconscious Influences, our Life Matrix holds all of our underlying perceptions and misperceptions. It supports what we think we need to be and what we think we need to do to be happy, fulfilled, empowered, and to have harmonious relationships. It upholds all of our perceptions—whether they are real or false.

Our Life Matrix can bring about positive or negative experiences for us. We usually develop a dominant Life Matrix, but since living is an organic ebb and flow of thoughts and emotions, we may vacillate between the positive and negative influences of both forces.

If something causes us to react out of character, our heart beliefs cause us to quickly revert to our normal attitudes.

Our Life Matrix will predispose us to deal with life, others, issues, and situations by denying, procrastinating, responding calmly, or by reacting aggressively or passively.

A Positive Life Matrix

Living under the influence of a positive Life Matrix, we may embody optimism, confidence, and hopefulness. We may feel lucky, be fearless, as well as be accepting of others since a positive outlook and our own self-confidence cause us to be non-judgmental.

Our Life Matrix

We could sometimes succumb to arrogance, impatience, or single-mindedness as our personality dictates, but emotional reactions will generally be composed.

Most of our dealings with others will likely be propelled by responses instead of reactions. And as our general outlook is positive, we will quickly return to positive attitudes should we fall into negative ones.

A positive Life Matrix may temporarily shift to a negative one, but we are usually pulled back as our underlying inner belief system holds a positive approach to life.

The same holds true for a negative Life Matrix. We may have times of positivity, but we generally default to the negative. A negative Life Matrix can be shifted more permanently to the positive, albeit with a sincere and conscious effort.

A Negative Life Matrix

If we are living under the influence of a negative Life Matrix, we are often needy. We may tend to be pessimistic, hesitant, doubtful, and feel disadvantaged.

As these attitudes do not invite in desired results we are often frustrated. We blame others for our failures. We may act with aggression, timidity, or passive-aggressiveness, or, vacillate between these ways of dealing with our frustrations.

When we do evoke positive feelings they are usually undermined, as our negative heart beliefs eventually pull us back under their influence.

We may hold a volatile emotional component and will be overtly reactive—instead of being responsive to situations and taking them at face value and without making it all about us and our neediness and/or emotions.

Or, we may respond with seeming passivity, but are internalizing our angers or frustrations keeping our inner world in turmoil. This becomes a vicious cycle, as inner turmoil invites in more of the same.

Our emotional state is very important because it defines who we are now being, which influences what our future holds.

Our Life Matrix

It has only been in the last century or so that psychologists have been able to connect the dots between our Unconscious Influences. and how we experience life.

We often feel that we do not experience enough love in our lives; however, our capacity to truly feel love and to love others is in direct relationship to what is held in our Life Matrix.

Working to create a positive Life Matrix creates self-love and brings love into our life.

Whether from our conscious or unconscious minds, every thought, word, belief, attitude, and action emit a vibration.

To become the cause of our experiences and the creator of our realities—instead of at the effect of negative Unconscious Influences, we must be cognizant of the vibrations we are emitting.

The conscious and unconscious beliefs and life philosophies within our Life Matrix govern everything we think, say, and do and thereby what we invite into our life.

The lens through which we view others and the world around us is how the world will show up for us. We become what we think we are, and we create based on what is held in our Life Matrix.

  • *Our Unconscious Influences: Our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, and ideas based on past emotional impressions that we unconsciously constructed or appropriated from others, or from past situations. These may have created true positive perceptions about ourselves, others, situations, or the world around us. Or, they may have created negative false misperceptions that have us see ourselves and others through false lenses of separation and division.

 ~  Rosemary McCarthy©, July 4, 2018, updated Novembr 2018

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Substances and Practices that Affect Our Bodies

It is no secret that toxins in our air and water and over-ingesting in refined foods adversely affect our health, but there are many other substances, foods, and practices that are now being brought to the forefront because they give us pain, digestive difficulties, and/or adversely affect our health in many ways. Here are some of those substances and their adverse effects.

Gluten: In his article “Why Is Wheat Gluten Disorder on the Rise?” Joseph Mercola tells us that gluten intolerance is a condition where gluten found in foods cannot be properly assimilated. He explains that it is “a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. The undigested protein triggers the immune system to attack the lining of the small intestine, causing diarrhea, nausea and abdominal pain.”

Mercola says that this rise in gluten intolerance is likely due to dramatic diet changes that have occurred since the ’50s. (1) Gluten can also be created as we prepare foods, such as when we mash potatoes.


Even though gluten is found in other foods, wheat seems to be the main food-product giving us problems. I remember years ago being told that the problem with wheat today, say compared to what the ancient Egyptians grew, is that it has been so genetically modified that not only are its components now altered, but its growth has also become stunted.

Wheat originally grew much taller and was able to reach high up in the sky and open itself up to large amounts of sunlight. This tall growth also allowed for more insects and bees that pollinate to find space to do so, while at the same time the tall stems blowing in the wind knocked off insect pests. This is one of the reasons many people are now switching to ancient grains, such as quinoa, which have been less modified from their original structure.

Meat and Animal Products

The meat-vegetarian divide has existed for a long time. People choose to become vegetarians (or vegans) for many different reasons, including health, spiritual motivations, animal-rights concerns, to benefit the Planet, or to uphold ethical principles.

That is not to say that meat eaters are not concerned with some of the same issues as are vegetarians or vegans; they may just be approaching the issues in a different way. Some meat products have been proven to be filled with hormones and synthetic enhancers, and the same has been revealed about dairy, produce, and grain products―although this is now changing.

Regardless of which side of the camp you sit on, it is important to remember that our return to wholeness advocates that love, compassion, and understanding trump any attitudes of judgment or the demeaning or criticizing of others for their habits or values—even if we believe our values endorse more spiritual or ethical principles.

Genetically Modified Organisms:

GMOs are foods or crops that have been manipulated in laboratories to develop supposedly better attributes, such as increased yields, better nutritional content, and more resistance to bacteria and insects. They exist in all areas of our food groups. Experts disagree over the impact they have on our health, so it is advisable to err on the side of caution and aim to consume foods in their most original and natural form.

Many also believe that GMOs negatively impact our natural ecological system as the tampering of seeds, plants, and nature-driven farming processes affect pollinators―all of which in turn affect our future and that of the Planet. Vandana Shiva, a scientist and philosopher, tells us in an interview with Bill Moyers that a huge socioeconomic problem has occurred in India because there is a controlled monopoly in rice-seed sales for the everyday farmer to the extent that all the seeds they have access to have been severely manipulated and the farmers themselves have no control over this (2).

We are also now genetically engineering crops so that they are tolerant of herbicides. In the past few years soybeans have been modified to withstand glyphosate, the component of a popular herbicide that kills the weeds but allows the surrounding plants to survive. Although this is a helpful for the farmers and their crop yields, it is a double-whammy against our health and the environment: the product is genetically modified and the herbicide gets into our soil.


It is now understood that the amount of mercury in our bodies is rising, and it is not just from old fillings and eating fish. The National Research Council of the National Academies has found that the highest concentration of mercury comes from “coal combustion, waste incineration, chlor-alkali plants, and metal processing … and [is] easily volatized to the atmosphere, where it is distributed on a global scale.” Too much mercury in our systems can have negative effects on our nervous systems, kidneys, and lungs. (3)


The common tap water that most of us drink in Canada and the U.S. is fluoridated to protect the health of our teeth, but there is widespread disagreement about its effectiveness. In an interview entitled “Warning: This Daily Habit Is Damaging Your Bones, Brain, Kidneys, and Thyroid,”

Paul Connett says that studies show the teeth of children who drink fluoridated water are no healthier than those who do not, and that fluoride is harmful. He also tells us that Europeans do not fluoridate their water and in most cases their teeth are healthier than North Americans. Connett recommends drinking filtered water whenever possible and suggests that we brush our teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. (4)

Our bodies all respond differently to the toxins in our air and water as well as to all of the 20th century additions, processing, and modifications to what we put on or into our bodies. Even so, one way or another they still play a major role in many of our health issues. Therefore we must be judicious in examining and questioning what is now considered the norm as well as new products or processes being promoted to us―especially by those making profit from them. And as we continue to raise our vibrations our body’s energetic patterning changes and it will more strongly reject unhealthy, non-pure substances becoming even less tolerant of toxins, and low-energy, modified, processed, and sugar and hormone-ridden foods.

Rosemary McCarthy, October 2016

(This article is based on and an expansion to the section “Substances / Practices / Choices that Negatively Affect our Bodies” from chapter 8).

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(1) Joseph Mercola, “Why Is Wheat Gluten Disorder on the Rise?,” July 23, 2009, http:// articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/07/23/Why-is-Wheat-Gluten-Disorderon-the-Rise.aspx.

(2) Vandana Shiva, “The Problem with Genetically Modified Seeds,” Moyers & Company, PBS, July 13, 2012, http://billmoyers.com/segment/vandana-shiva-on-the-problem-with-genetically-modified-seeds/.

(3) National Research Council, Global Sources of Local Pollution: An Assessment of Long-Range Transport of Key Air Pollutants to and from the United States (Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2010), 97–101.

(4) Paul Connett, “Warning: This Daily Habit is Damaging Your Bones, Brain, Kidneys, and Thyroid,” interview by Joseph Mercola, July 1, 2010, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/07/01/paul-connett-interview.aspx.