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Simply put, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Our thoughts determine the present and future of what is contained within our lives. It’s all about our choices. How and what we choose, upon what we focus, concentrate, or direct our attention, and where we spend our mental and emotional energies -- this is precisely what we will attract or draw to ourselves. And the universe always provides.
One song which makes this profound statement of a truth simply says: “Our thoughts are prayers, and we are always praying. Our thoughts are prayers, listen to what you’re saying. Seek a higher consciousness, a place of righteousness. And know that God is always there. And every thought becomes a prayer.”
The universe (aka God/Goddess/All-That-Is) is wholly connected, it includes us, and it responds to our every whim. There is, however, often a “time buffer” in which we must maintain our vision over time in order for it to manifest itself. This time delay is the good news! It allows us to further define our vision, to make adjustments as we collect data on the advisability of each aspect of our dream. We may earnestly desire someone to love us, but unless we add the extra stipulation that we want to be very much in love with them as well, we may find ourselves as the recipient of a stalker, an overly possessive, smothering individual, or a Fatal Attraction scenario. Time is definitely our friend in this regard!
A “time delay” is also the key in the physics of The Fifth Element, in which it is shown mathematically that all aspects of the universe are indeed connected -- and additionally that there are no limits to what we can have. In Mark 11:24, Jesus Christ said, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” There is no mention of any limitations; but also no blue light specials or energy back guarantees either. Thus, one needs to be very clear about what things one desires.
The physical mechanism that manifests our dreams and visions is important. There is, for example, the interconnection between our thoughts and feelings, our concentration or focus, all of which draws to us our present (and ultimately, our future). Our thoughts define what is (and what is to be), while our feelings, our emotions, are the energetic source, the engine, the primer, which manifests our chosen reality. The greater the depth of our emotions in desiring any given reality, the greater the likelihood of that reality predominating over other possibilities.
It is important to note that the universe does not distinguish between positive and negative thoughts. For example, if one is a strawberry milk shake aficionado, and really, really wants (needs, from the very bottom of the heart) a strawberry milk shake... the universe will provide one. But, if one -- perhaps for dietary purposes -- is attempting with all one’s mental and emotional strength not to have a strawberry milk shake, the universe will nevertheless provide one. The universe simply does not understand “no.”
There is yet another caveat of our manifesting one’s own personal reality. If one focuses on the “wanting” of something, the universe will only provide more opportunities for us to continue to want, i.e. not have. The universe is simply being literal in noting how much energy we spend on desiring something, and assumes -- perhaps rightly so -- that what we earnestly desire is the opportunity to want something. This is as opposed to having something. This returns us to the statement from Mark 11:24 noted above. The key is to believe you already have it! Not to simply want it.
It has been said that, “Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you have.” There is some truth to this statement, but only in the context that “wanting” shall avail you not, unless you believe you already have it -- and simultaneously, are acting accordingly. If you want to win the lottery, believe you have and act accordingly. If this sounds a bit risky financially, then obviously there is a lack of faith! I know. Bummer.
In manifesting our desires, there is apparently no limits -- other than those we impose upon ourselves! To paraphrase Nelson Mandela: Our greatest fear is not that we are powerless, but that we are far more powerful than we think.
More significantly, there is the idea that we don’t deserve something, be it the good life or whatever. The paradigm we live in, the one that is constantly reinforced by other people’s choices to remain in that paradigm, is that we must somehow -- through hard work, prayer, gifting (before and after), or simply by being upstanding, righteous, or virtuous -- earn whatever of benefit comes to us. This paradigm is fundamentally wrong. As Abraham (an entity being channeled by Ester Hicks of Boerne, Texas -- not the biblical Abraham) has said, “It is not possible for any of you to earn anything. ‘Earning’ is a physical misunderstanding. It’s all vibrational.” It’s not your so-called hard work. It’s what your thoughts attract to you! If you think you must somehow earn rewards, then sure enough, you will have to earn it. But if you believe you have it already (in your heart as well as your head), then you have it!
Ultimately, everything revolves around one’s thoughts and feelings. More precisely, about one’s choices -- particularly how we choose to perceive reality. One can, for example, define optimism as: “The belief this is the best of all possible worlds”; while pessimism is defined as: “The fear that this is true.” Fundamentally, it’s all a matter of choosing our perspective. The world itself may not appear to change, but our reaction to it can be our choice.
The tools of the trade of creating one's own reality include an unreasonable optimism and the sense that the chosen reality is already real. Spark of Creativity is a wonderful website whose opening page includes a poem which speaks volumes. Note, for example, the present tense: "I am experiencing..." We're not talking wishes or dreams; the plan is feeling the improved reality in the presence.
Recently, the art of creating reality was given an enormous boost with the new movie, What the Bleep Do We Know? This is one of the must-see movies of the millennium. The movie is not just your standard drama with the obligatory chase scene (as in Matrix, for example), but is a movie actually suggesting that the audience has a level of intelligence slightly above that of the average 12 year old. Two aspects of the movie that are worth emphasizing is that one's feelings are mirrored by the reality impacting the individual, and that body painting with geometrical symbolism is highly beneficial.
Ester Hicks' Abraham continues this emphasis on being what you desire:
We want you to live the lives you promised yourself you would live.
And if it were not for this cloud of belief that mutes that and hinders that, you'd be there right now. Decide what vibration within you is dominant. About everything. So that when some smart aleck like Abraham says to you later on, "So what's dominant in your vibration about your body?" you'll say:
"I feel good. I feel surefooted. I feel clear minded. I feel eager. I feel adventure. I love my body. It serves me so well. I feel steady and confident and beautiful and adventurous and eager. I feel ready."
"So how do you feel about your dollars?"
"I feel fantastic. I feel sure. I feel full. I feel unlimited."
And we say, "So how's your life?" and you say:
"My life is fantastic, never finished, always unfolding."
"And how are the people around you?"
"They are adorable. They is a variety of such a mix. They give me so much pleasure as I pick from among them the aspects that I use to serve me now to feel good."
"What's your family life now?"
"Oh, it's divine. My family is worldwide. My family comes from all races and all nature of people. My family comes to me by law of attraction."
"Well, what's your circle of friends like"
"Oh, they are as unlimited as I am. They are eager and full."
"Well, what's life on planet earth like?"
"It is fantastic. It has never been better."
What's the state of your economy?
"It is growing and fabulous. Anything that I want at my fingertips at any time."
"Well how does your mind work?"
"Oh it is amazing. Anything that I want to know, I just focus and the information comes."
"Well how do you feel?"
"I'm intuitive. I'm eager. I'm free."
"Well what is your personality like?"
"I am a funny funny person. (laughter). Life strikes me as so full of fun and fancy."
"Well how does your imagination work?"
"It works endlessly. As I stand in my now, I can entertain myself neverendedly with ideas and things to think about.
You are in the most glorious position of any creator we have ever known - on a platform of such exaggerated contrast with so much potential for pleasing experience. It's just as you knew it would be. So here you are making deliberate decisions to offer your vibration purposefully and it is our absolute promise to you that you will live eternally, happily ever after.
[From the CD "A New Adventure" #22]
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, David Cameron Gikandi, CEO of ImagesOfOne.com and author of A Happy Pocket Full of Money: Your Quantum Leap into the Understanding, Having and Enjoying of Immense Wealth and Happiness has written that there are "8 Steps to Solving All Financial, Relationship, Security or Health Problems."
"Supporting the creation of every financial, health, security or relationship problem or phenomenal success is a set of timeless universal laws that never fail or err. Not even once. Every moment unfolds under perfect laws. Knowing what these laws are and how to apply them will miraculously wipe out any problem and produce success, always.
"Over the last 4,000 years or so, we have repeatedly received the exact same how-the-world-works guidance from industry barons, spiritual masters, philosophers, quantum physicists, great leaders and sages.
"Here are some of the tips on how you can solve any financial, relationship, security or health problem:
"1. Understand your world. [Read a lot of Halexandria!] Many Nobel Prize winning physicists have recently proven beyond doubt that the physical world is one large sea of energy that flashes into and out of being in a fraction of a second, over and over again. Nothing is solid. This is the world of Quantum Physics. They have proven that thoughts are what put together and hold together this ever-changing energy field into the 'objects' that we see.
"2. Know the tools of creation. Your thoughts, words and actions create your experiences. You become what you think about. Albert Einstein once said that imagination is the most powerful creative force. The Bible says 'As a man thinketh, so is he.' Become very aware of your thoughts, and be deliberate in your thinking. There are no idle thoughts. Have vision, and stick with it.
"3. Believe. Henry Ford said, 'Whether you think you can or can't -- either way you are right.' This is pretty much the same thing that Jesus and many others have said.
"4 Understand cause and effect. The law of cause and effect is the prime law that runs the universe. It is the number one law. Every spiritual and scientific teacher has sought to teach it. They may have said you reap what you sow, or you get what you give, or what goes around comes around, or karma, or consequences, or every action has an equal and opposite reaction, or many other similar statements. Quantum physics is now teaching us how this works, exactly, on a sub-atomic level. Things get better when you get better. They get worse when you get worse. The world is all within you. You are at cause over everything that happens in your life, whether you were conscious of it or not.
"5. Eliminate level confusion. Align your thoughts, words and actions with your goals. Become aware. And realize that the physical world is an effect, not a cause. It is a result of our thoughts, words and actions. You cannot achieve anything by trying to manipulate the effect. Instead look to change the cause.
"6. Understand infinite loops. You see what you believe and you believe what you see. But the start of this loop is that what you believe is what causes the conditions that you see.
"7. Know that there is no order of difficulty, as all limits are placed upon yourself by what you believe to be so.
"8. Find your purpose. Find out what makes you happiest, and work within your purpose. When you do so, your confidence, inspiration, creativity, energy and passion will be unstoppable.
"You may download a free 194-page sampler with more on these laws and principles at http://www.imagesofone.com/download_fee_sampler.asp.
"Life success really can be simple, once you know how it all works."
More than One Reality
But what of other individual’s choices? What if their visions and dreams conflict with ours? At the most basic level, what if I want her and she doesn’t want me?
There are two aspects of this. One is the mind blowing idea of Multiple Universes. In this scenario, according to one philosophical viewpoint, all critical decisions by each and every consciousness, results in the universe splitting into each of the different choices, and after which we continue merrily on. This has the effect to eliminating choice as having any significance whatsoever. Because whatever we choose, on other levels we’re making all of the other choices at the same time.
While there is some potential in this idea, it’s also a bit of a quandary, in that choosing to believe in the idea or not is also irrelevant, in that in some separate universe, one has chosen the opposite. The idea doesn’t encourage fruitful discussions.
A second aspect of the degree to which different realities conflict with each other is the idea of the Intermingling of Realities. Basically this implies that our chosen reality continues to interweave itself among everyone else’s reality, but that we choose to limit our focus to those other realities which harmonize with our reality, and simultaneously we do not become involved in those other realities, in which we would rather do without.
Carolyn Myss <http://www.myss.com> tells of a time when she was driving through a major city when it began erupting into a full fledged riot. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time! She did not, however, choose to participate in any way in the riot, including not having any fear or other emotional reaction to it. Inexplicably, she found herself driving through traffic as if the riot and associated traffic jams did not even exist. For Ms. Myss, the riot and its associated turmoil did not, in fact, exist in her reality. She was mentally aware of it. But she was not mentally or emotionally impacted by it.
In the classic trilogy, The Lord of the Rings -- The Fellowship of the Ring, we have the fundamental struggle of good versus evil. While there are many minor characters in the story, all of them do not necessarily get overly involved in the great clash of powers. As the good guys attempt to thwart the nefarious, dictatorial, and thoroughly evil activities of the Dark Lord, there are individuals who are, apparently, unaware of the seriousness of the matter. There is, however, one exception. His name is Tom Bombadil. When Frodo and his friends are in Tom’s neighborhood, Tom manages to rescue them on two separate occasions. But with respect to the great battles taking shape, Tom seems to care less. In fact, there is the implication that he is like a parent, watching the squabbling of children and simultaneously remaining aloof. As a parent figure, Tom seems to think that it’s all much Ado about Nothing, but that it’s a worthwhile learning and growing experience for all who wish to participate. In effect, Tom chooses to opt out. [Unfortunately, Tom did not appear in the movie version -- although based on the rather abrupt segue between two scenes, it might have been filmed. Hopefully, it’s not been lost on the cutting room floor.]
The key is that when war, tyranny, and other great conflicts appear on the world stage, we can choose to participate, to become worried, concerned, or panicked about the possible implications. We can discuss ad infinitum the pros and cons of either side -- be they Jewish or Palestinian, Irish or English, Catholic or Protestant, French or everyone else. We can choose sides and rush to the aid of one or the other. Or we can ignore it.
This latter option may require a certain, concerted effort on our part to remain above the fray. This is particularly true, inasmuch as there will be large numbers of individuals and organizations that will be striving very hard to divert our attention from our own chosen reality to the one filled with sound and fury (and probably signifying nothing)! But with some practice and unwavering intentions, we can have our own reality and love it.
[However, such a choice does involve a greater degree of loneliness. There are a lot of people choosing the adventure and horror flicks/dramas/realities! Not as many others.]
As to the idea of choosing for someone else, i.e. manifest they’re loving you even more than you love them... This is where Free Will enters the picture. In order for any of us to have Free Will, we must acknowledge that others have an equal measure of Free Will as well. This is the essence of Common Law, in which you can do anything you want, just as long as you respect the right of others to be able to do anything they want. In other words, believe you are loved, and you’ve got it. Believe you’re loved by a specific person, and you may have a problem.
Creating reality is about creating how you’re feeling, what forms of things are coming to you. It’s about being joyous, not about specifying the exact manner in which joy arrives on your doorstep. In fact, the universe is notorious in never providing something to you in the manner in which you visualize. It’s not a surprise that way. (Where’s the fun in that?) The idea is to allow the universe to engage in its own creative play, and not delay things by imagining how something comes about -- which may eliminate one promising avenue that the Fates had already begun working on. It’s all about letting go.
The popular example of this is in what’s called, “parking prosperity.” When you’re driving someplace and you’re going to be needing a parking place, your thoughts quickly imagine a convenient parking space, and then you immediately let it go. You assume that it will be taken care of, and furthermore, you do not visualize how it manifests itself. You simply see it once, let it go, and then smile when you arrive just as someone pulls away.
A somewhat detailed methodology in creating one’s own reality is given by the Chicago Research Group and Associates. Their perspective is that:
“We invoke the Taoist-Tantric Buddhist perspective that sees and perceives the Cosmos and its imminent changes from a broader view, the Scheme of totality, the Unified Field view, that we are indeed the Creators of our own Reality Field, Time Fluxes and Time Spirals. This gives credence to the biblical dictum of ‘Ye are Gods!’” [emphasis added]
[“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” Psalms 82:6]
“We now know unequivocally that our Mind affects Matter! With these premises in mind, our view of these critical and chaotic energy laden times is that they can be, and are, exactly what you make of it, not withstanding the astrological, psychic and oracular predictions. The Greatest Secret, truly, is to know how to align oneself with the Cosmos, for that places us in harmony with the Tao, or the non-vortical flow of Cosmic Energy in which evolution, not devolution, occurs.”
“How does one align oneself with the Cosmos?” “First invoke the Divine Cosmic Spirit, Tao, God, etc., that dwells within you and ask for guidance, help and protection. Be Humble! Do it! Then, do whatever it takes to put yourself in a state of joy, happiness and enthusiasm! If needed, watch the 3 stooges, Marx Brothers or look at yourself in the mirror and make funny faces, stick tongue out, or tell yourself jokes. This may sound ridiculous to ‘serious’ folks, but it is imperative to be in a state of joy, happiness or bliss -- if you can. Know that your greatest protection against ‘bad karma’ is to be in a state of joy or pure love. In fact, ‘impure’ love also counts, so if you are in Love or in Lust, that can also help you as long as you have a modicum of Self, Mutual Love and, most importantly: pure intent toward Self and Others, which is truly the Same.
“Now when you are in this state of joy, happiness, enthusiasm or bliss, the homework begins. Visualize yourself in very vivid colorful visions in the Reality and State of being, Life and Living Conditions you would like to have henceforth, to improve your lot and present life, lifestyle and health status. Really get involved with your vision or conscious dream [get emotional!], and the more joyful you get about it, the greater the ‘magic’ of your manifestation. [emphasis added] If you really attain a blissful state while you do this, who knows, you may even end up laughing ‘all the way to the bank’, for your ‘luck’ will be greatly increased as a result.”
The current times make “the Quantum-Relativistic Energy Reservoir, the Dirac Sea, more available to being tapped due to the electromagnetic, gravitational, noetic and nouminous influences at play in our favor.
“Now you know the Great Secret of the Taoist Sages, Magicians and the laughing Buddha! In joy and simplicity one can tap the depths of the Great supraconscious mind! Therein lies the ‘Kingdom of Heaven,’ and it is available to everyone, and it is at these critical times that are favorable for ‘planting the seeds’ of the New Heaven and the New Earth, as the ancient prophecies predicted long ago, as far as memory can pierce the veil of Space-Time.”
One might attempt to argue with the potency of this method, but if one creates within themselves, by whatever means, a feeling of “joy, happiness, enthusiasm or bliss,” and then nothing gets created... What exactly is the problem? Like, dude, you’re now in a state of “joy, happiness, enthusiasm or bliss!” Duh! And if you’re not particularly feeling joyful, happy, enthusiastic, or blissful... then pivot and feel one or all anyway! Do it now!
Like, for example, in the manner depicted in the screenplay entitled, Multiple Choice. Try it; you’ll like it. This form of creating reality is also the basis of our choices with regard to Health and Responsibility -- and of not choosing Woundology
or Scapegoatology (the latter two with respect to all aspects of life, and not just health). There is also Creating Reality -- Another View, written by Gillian MacBeth-Louthan, which is worth reading.
However... Perhaps we are, in fact, kidding ourselves. Perhaps all of this is nothing more than an illusion on our part. We think; therefore we imagine unrealities. So?
On the one hand, there is the supposition that all of reality is an illusion. As discussed in Mass, the universe is nothing more than a figment of our prolific imaginations, a phantasm. That may be, but on a more, still-in-the-midst-of-this-life’s-drama level, we can ask about the degree to which we may be imagining -- and/or creating -- our own reality.
The allegedly negative side of illusions has been highlighted by the recent book and movie, A Beautiful Mind. Here, the main character becomes involved in an illusion of Conspiracies and imagined individuals. This ultimately affects his work in a negative manner, and he must then somehow be “cured” of what is diagnosed as schizophrenia. In one of the reviews, “From the heights of notoriety to the depths of depravity, John Forbes Nash, Jr. experiences it all. A mathematical genius, he made an astonishing discovery early in his career and stood on the brink of international acclaim. But the handsome and arrogant Nash soon found himself on a painful and harrowing journey of self-discovery once he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. After many years of struggle, he eventually triumphed over this tragedy, and finally, late in life, received the Nobel Prize.” [Yahoo! Movies, December 2001]
The implied assumption of the real life Nash being in “the depths of depravity” is worth questioning. It is entirely possible, for example, that anyone in an illusion is perfectly happy and content, despite the fact they’re not in everyone else’s reality. And as long as the illusion lasts and is not detrimental to their well being, then one must question the degree to which the illusion constitutes “the depths of depravity”. It may well have been in John Nash’s case that the illusion very badly needed to be broken. But in other cases, this is not an automatic assumption.
It is important to be aware that being in a beautiful illusion can be threatening to others. Smiling and grinning on the way to your hanging, for example, can be extremely disconcerting to those watching the process. The problem arises when others do not wish you to continue in your illusion -- or alternatively in your chosen reality. What right do they have to interfere? If you’re not a physical threat, probably none. A challenge to their paradigm is almost certainly insufficient as a justification for their interference.
In A Beautiful Mind, for example, John Nash was supposedly in serious trouble. But in what way was he harming others? It was not clear, although one might suspect his work might have suffered. So on the basis of profits, others felt they had to demonstrate to him that he was suffering from “paranoid schizophrenia”. Paranoia is the illusion that others are out to get you. But in Nash’s case, they really were out to get him. Therefore, it was not paranoia, with respect to the interventionists. Also noteworthy is the fact that the medicine Nash was forced to take was causing him severe personal problems (i.e. impotence). If he was doing no harm before, what is the intervenors’ justification for intervening and thereafter harming him and his relationship with his family.
Let’s face it: There are many folks under the illusion that the Dallas Cowboys are the best National League football team. Who are we to disillusion them? The fact that on any given Sunday, there is an opposing team with intentions to do precisely that, does not imply that Dallas Cowboy fans must then be institutionalized for their illusion. (On the other hand, Tampa Bay Buccanners fans are probably apriori ripe for institutionalization. UPDATE: Following the Bucs winning a Super Bowl, we're now placing bets on the Chicago Cubs.)
This alternative version of free will illusion is suggested in the poem, The Brilliant Mind.
In addition, a classic on the subject is the novel, Illusions, the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, by Richard Bach. Not only is the novel enjoyable, but the impact of the preface is profound in terms of explaining much of what so-called reality might be really all about! And for the science buff, there is David Bohm’s contention of consciousness being more attuned to the “implicate order” -- the underlying void -- than matter.
A curious aspect of this is that by assuming if one let’s go of all that doesn’t seem to be working -- in particular, any number of fears, in any of their multiple forms -- then one might be swept along by the Fates on an incredible new adventure. It’s perhaps the ultimate in manifesting one’s reality, i.e. never limiting the universe in the delights and joys it has available for you.
[Reread the last paragraph. Several times. We’ll wait.]
In the television and movie series, Star Trek, the Next Generation, there is one character who seems to have suggested just what possibilities are actually available. His name is “Q”, and he is a member of what is known as “The Continuum.” Basically, this advanced being travels about the universe doing pretty much anything within his imagination. This is not always welcomed by the lesser beings from 23rd Century Earth, but as one female character said, when invited to join Q as he toured the universe, “How can a gal pass up an opportunity like that?”
So, how do we arrive at the level of Q? Perhaps just decide to be his equivalent. Just choose. Now. And possibly to help in this, try the included Affirmation. (Just be sure to identify yourself -- in whatever way you would like or can imagine -- where the blank space is.) But above all, remember: There are no limits!