Quantum physics can show that the apparent ‘materiality’ of the world is no more ‘real’ than a dream-image; that ‘consciousness’ is a vital element in understanding the true nature of reality.
The world that seems so solid and separate from you has been shown by quantum physics to be a trick of the senses.
A number of eminent physics professors have stated quite clearly that ‘matter’, ‘energy’ and ‘consciousness’ are the same thing.
You no longer have to be content with the world view presented by so-called mainstream sources, which have left many people dissatisfied, and with good reason, as the following summary shows.
Most religions teach that we live in a universe presided over by a loving and peaceful God, but then fail to explain why immense human suffering can be seen or experienced in life, particularly in ‘natural’ disasters such as a tsunami or earthquake.
Classical science, with its mechanical view of the universe, has failed to explain phenomena such as telepathy, remote viewing or out of body experiences, to name just a few. These phenomena are far too well documented to be dismissed, so they must be incorporated into a plausible world view.
‘New age’ belief systems borrow from the eastern philosophies and talk about the ‘wholeness’ of reality or that everything is ‘one’, but then continue to philosophise about the nature of reality in ‘dualistic’ terms of ‘spiritual’ and ‘physical’.
It is a real detriment to understanding the true nature of reality if ‘dualism’ is part of your belief system.
Although the progress of quantum physics has brought science closer towards what the ancient eastern philosophies have been alluding to for thousands of years, neither quantum physics nor eastern philosophy explains those ideas in words and concepts that are of practical use in everyday life.
So how can you find your way through this ‘minefield’ without wasting years studying systems which turn out to be unsatisfactory or even worthless; which make promises of revealing secrets but don’t answer any of the big questions about life and world events.
Understanding the true nature of reality will completely change your view of who you think you are and what life really is.
Reality is far stranger than you can imagine.
The Nature of Reality Course consists of 9 modules, which present the concepts required to understand the nature of reality in a way that can make real and beneficial changes to your life.
The Modules Cover:
1. YOUR LIMITED PERCEPTION OF REALITY
The world that seems so solid and separate from you can be shown by quantum physics to be a trick of the senses. The apparent ‘materiality’ of the world is no more ‘real’ than a dream image.
Incredible as these statements may sound, this first module takes you step by step along a path that explores and explains many astounding concepts, such as:
Is there such a thing as a solid object?
What is a ‘thought’ made of?
Is there actually an ‘out there’ out there?
2. HOW BELIEFS AFFECT YOUR LIFE
Generally, people think the word consciousness refers to something that is a by-product of the brain. Therefore, you may be surprised to learn that science has been unable to provide any convincing evidence to support this widely held belief.
There are some beliefs about life which are so ingrained that you may think they are facts about life. This can cause many problems. Understanding how beliefs affect your life will enable you to change those that adversely affect you for more beneficial ones.
In this module you learn about the true nature of consciousness and the creative power of ‘thought’. The ‘placebo effect’, as used by the medical profession, provides evidence that beliefs have far-reaching implications that you may not have previously considered.
3. THE TRUE NATURE OF TIME
Classical science taught that ‘time’ was a constant throughout the universe. Einstein proved that ‘time’ is relative and therefore not a constant.
Although experience tells you that ‘time’ started somewhere in the distant ‘past’ and continues relentlessly through the ‘present’ into the ‘future’, this experience can be shown by quantum physics to be illusory. It can be shown that past, present and future exist simultaneously; incredible as this may sound, it means you can learn to manipulate ‘time’.
This module explains how to make practical use of this new understanding of ‘time’.
4. INSIGHTS INTO REINCARNATION AND DEATH
All religious traditions are founded on the existence of two separate realms, the ‘spiritual’ and the ‘physical’, and the inevitability of ‘death’. In addition, eastern traditions teach about reincarnation and the law of Karma, which are dependent on a sequential progression of time.
Quantum physics has forced a complete re-think on the concepts of ‘time’ and the existence of a solid and separate world.
Extrapolating the concepts from the previous 3 modules shows you that the ‘classical’ view of ‘physical’ and ‘spiritual’ can no longer be supported. However, the ‘new’ view is much more exciting and liberating, particularly with regard to ‘death’.
5. THE SOURCE OF ALL ‘BEING’
Many people ‘feel’ that there is more to life than just producing the next generation of humanity and trying to do the best they can in their lifetime. The difficulty has been to provide ‘scientific evidence’ for something that exists beyond time and space.
Physicist Alain Aspect and his colleagues were able to confirm a ‘transcendent reality’ beyond the apparent ‘material reality’ of space-time. Could this be our true nature and have provided the concept of ‘God’ found in all spiritual traditions?
This module explores the mysterious nature of this ‘transcendent reality’ which is the source of all ‘personal’ experiences.
6. THE NATURE OF ILLNESS AND HOW TO STAY WELL
Dr. Albert Schweitzer said “Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.”
The ‘placebo effect’ is a medically proven phenomenon. Using the findings of the medical profession in conjunction with the findings of quantum physics, this module explores how ‘thoughts’ play a crucial role in why people become ill.
This module provides a radically new understanding of your ‘body’ that will impact on all areas of your ‘health’.
Once you understand how you become ‘ill’, you will be able to adopt a new and natural approach to staying ‘well’.
7. THE TRUE NATURE OF DREAMS
The philosopher Lao Tzu fell asleep and dreamt he was a butterfly. Upon wakening he asked, “Am I a man who has just been dreaming he was a butterfly? Or a sleeping butterfly now dreaming he is a man?”
New insights into consciousness show that this quote is not as fanciful as it might appear.
It is unfortunate that many people associate the word ‘dream’ with the word ‘unreal’, as this way of thinking sets up barriers to understanding states of consciousness.
This module explores the ‘dream state of consciousness’ in further detail using visual analogies that you can easily relate to. It shows how an understanding of the ‘dream state of consciousness’ can be put to practical use.
8. THE TRUE NATURE OF WORLD EVENTS
Physicist John Wheeler said: “Useful as it is under everyday circumstances to say that the world exists ‘out there’ independent of us, that view can no longer be upheld.”
If there is not a world existing ‘out there’ independent of us, then it begs the question, “What is a world event such as an earthquake involving thousands of people?”
The consequences of this require you to reassess everything you thought you knew about yourself and your world and therefore what you think of as ‘world events’ and ‘other people’.
This modules provides you with explanations that are unprecedented and astounding, but nonetheless supported by sound scientific discoveries and the most ancient wisdom philosophies.
9. THE MAGICAL APPROACH TO LIVING
People have become accustomed to thinking of themselves as just flesh and blood; that they only have logic and intellect to sort their way through the challenges of life.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
We live in a very exciting time when science is reaching conclusions that support many of the concepts put forward in the ancient wisdom philosophies.
Physicist Professor Amit Goswami has stated quite clearly that “Matter, energy and consciousness are the same thing; that everything, including matter, exists in and is manipulated from consciousness.”
This statement revolutionizes the old ways of thinking and heralds in a new world view.
But this new world view can only be brought into effect through a better understanding of the nature of reality.
This final module brings together all the concepts explored and explained in the foregoing modules. It offers you a new and ‘magical’ approach to living in which you are no longer a victim of circumstance, but the active creator of your own experiences.
MODULE 1: OUR LIMITED PERCEPTION OF REALITY
1.1 An Exciting Journey
Welcome to The Nature of Reality Course.
At the beginning of the course we like to make a statement that you may find somewhat challenging at this stage, but by the end of the course you will know exactly what we mean!
You are about to embark on an exciting journey that will change your life forever; you will never see the World in the same way again.
You will come to have a completely different view of your actions and the actions of other people; of what you think is possible and what is not possible.
1.2 How Do We Experience Reality?
As you are aware the course is called the Nature of Reality Course, so we will start by asking you a question.
How do we experience our reality?
It is something we probably take for granted, but it is worth pondering for a moment or two.
We can agree that we receive our day to day experiences through our five senses, which are Touch, Taste, Sight, Hearing and Smell.
But do you think our senses tell us everything about our day to day reality?
1.3 Our Sense Of Sight
Let us have a look at some of the senses in more detail.
Starting with our sense of sight, it will perhaps help at this stage if we have a look at what science tells us about the light spectrum.
If we cast our minds back to our school days, we can perhaps remember a science lesson, where we shone a beam of light through a prism to see how the beam of light was then broken down into the individual colours that make up visible light.
We saw a band of red at one end followed by the colours orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
A maximum of seven colours.
We can also see a natural effect of this in a rainbow, where light is broken up by raindrops.
Now this is very interesting, because, although we can see 7 colours, science tells us that they are part of an electromagnetic spectrum that has other vibrations in it.
If we look at the known electromagnetic spectrum, we can see that beyond the ends of the visible light spectrum there is infrared at one end and ultraviolet at the other, with still more frequencies beyond them.
Although these other frequencies exist, our eyes do not see them, so we would be forgiven for thinking there were no such things as ultraviolet, infrared, x-rays, gamma rays, radio waves and microwaves.
1.4 Our Sense Of Hearing
We have a similar effect when we look at another of our other senses, namely hearing.
Again science can show us that the human ear can hear a range of sounds in the region of 15 Hertz to 20,000 Hertz.
We may remember that the more an object vibrates, the higher the frequency, and frequency is measured in Hertz.
So outside this particular range of frequencies, we humans are not aware of anything going on, for us these other sounds do not exist.
But science again tells us that for certain animals other frequencies of sound do exist and are part of their everyday life.
So again we see that our senses do not tell us the whole story, they actually filter out more than they let through.
1.5 A Solid Object
It is time to ask you another question.
Is there such a thing as a solid object?
A ridiculous question you might think, but is it?
Let us have a closer look at what things are actually made of.
The floor you are standing on for instance.
It feels pretty solid doesn’t it?
But what is it really made of?
Wood? Brick? Concrete?
We need to look much closer than that.
1.6 What Things Are Made Of
We have to look to science again for an answer to the question of what things are made of.
Science tells us that everything is made of atoms, which at one time was thought to be the smallest piece of matter it could find.
It was discovered that these atoms have a nucleus surrounded by a number of orbiting electrons which revolve about the nucleus at fantastic speeds and that there are spaces between each atom and its neighbour.
In its quest to find the smallest piece of matter, science soon realised that the nucleus of an atom is made of even smaller things, which they called neutrons and protons.
They then found even smaller pieces of matter and called them quarks, neutrinos and even more recently strings.
But of course they have to be made of something too.
Now this is where it gets a bit embarrassing for science.
The closer they have tried to look at all these ‘bits’ the less they can determine what they are made of.
They seem to disappear before their eyes.
So, even at the cutting edge of quantum physics, the best that these scientists can come up with is that they are made of energy, but no-one is quite sure what that is.
1.7 Our Sense Of Touch
So let us remind ourselves where this leaves us.
The solid floor upon which we stand, solid that is to our sense of touch, is actually composed of lots of tiny atoms.
These atoms are far from stationary.
They have parts that move about at high speed.
And there are spaces between each atom.
Each one of these atoms is made of even smaller bits which are made of, well, energy, but we are not sure what that is.
We have to admit our sense of touch does not tell us any of the things that science has discovered about the nature of a so-called solid object.
1.8 Our Perception
Now you have had a chance to see how your perception can be manipulated, here is another question.
Do you think it is possible to know the true nature of reality just using the 5 senses we have?
1.9 Camouflage Fools The Senses
From the information we have just been looking at, it is fair to say that we are unable to rely on our senses to tell us about the true nature of the world we inhabit.
We have to admit that at best our senses only give us a version of the true nature of reality.
It becomes a little clearer if we think of the 5 senses as filters that only give a version of the underlying reality.
In our case these filters actually filter out more than they let through.
As an example think of how the army use camouflage to fool the physical senses so a person does not see the true reality that exists beneath.
1.10 Think About This
What do you think would happen if suddenly your eyes could see light waves in the ultra violet and infra red range and your ears could sense ultra-sonic and sub-sonic sound?
Think about this for a moment.
It would be fair to say that you would experience a totally different world to the one you experience now.
1.11 The Dream World
Let us change our approach slightly.
We would like you to consider the world you construct in a dream, the people, the buildings, and fields etc.
Where do they exist?
In your head? In your mind? In your imagination? What do you think?
Would you describe yourself as conscious when you are dreaming?
We have to accept that we are experiencing a level of consciousness whilst dreaming, otherwise we would be ‘unconscious’ in which case we would not be aware of anything.
Therefore, it seems reasonable to describe our dream life as a ‘state of consciousness’.
1.12 Dream Experiences
Let us think carefully about what is happening when we are in the dream state.
In dreams we can experience all the every day activities of our waking state, such as walking, talking, meeting people, driving a car.
We can see mountains, rivers, fields, houses.
The dream floor we walk on seems solid enough.
After all we do not sink through it, do we?
All the objects and people we encounter in our dream state appear separate from us and external to us and we interact with them accordingly.
This is quite an important point to consider, because while we are deeply enmeshed in our dream it is our total reality and we are aware of no other.
It is only when we wake up that we realise that all the objects and people that seemed separate and external to us, were not.
They were all creations of consciousness produced by us.
Whilst we are deep within that state of consciousness we call dream, everything can be all too real, as anyone who has had a scary dream will tell you.
It is only when we awake from our dream that we consider the dream experiences and images to be un-real.
1.13 What Are Dreams Made Of?
It is time to ask another crazy question.
What are the objects in a dream made of?
Well we did warn you it would be a crazy question, but let us have a go at it anyway.
We can start with the statement; everything has to be made of something.
But does that include even a thought?
1.14 Brain Activity During A Dream
To help us clear our thoughts a little on this, let us have a look at the research that has been done into what happens when we dream.
There are many laboratory experiments where a device called an electroencephalograph is used to record brain activity during the state of dream.
From the graphs produced it can be seen that energy is emitted by the brain, (energy! it’s that word again).
Of particular interest is the fact that a graph of the brain activity of an alert awake person is very similar to a graph of a person in dreaming sleep.
If we look at a graph of our brain activity, it is worth considering whether we are actually recording the energy of a thought?
1.15 Remote Viewing
Here is something else to consider.
What sort of energy is being used in the phenomena of telepathy and remote viewing?
Whatever you might think about these phenomena, they are too well documented to deny something very real is happening.
In case you are not familiar with the term remote viewing; it is the ability for a trained person to be situated in one location but be able to ‘view’ another location, anywhere in the world.
This is done purely with the mind and in many cases very detailed information about the ‘remote’ location has been reported.
It sounds fanciful you may think, but this very ability has been taken so seriously by both the Russian and American Secret Services, that they have used it to successfully spy on one another since the early 1970’s.
1.16 Telepathy At A Distance
Telepathy has also been taken seriously by prominent scientists as the following will show.
Apollo 14 astronaut Ed Mitchell, an astrophysicist as well as an astronaut, had been conducting experiments into telepathy prior to the Apollo mission.
So he decided to conduct his own experiment, whilst on the Apollo mission, but without NASA’s knowledge.
He wanted to see if the 250,000 miles between him and Earth would have any effect on telepathic communication.
The experiments were designed to see if telepathic communication could occur by transmitting various symbols on a set of cards to colleagues back on Earth.
On his return to Earth, it was discovered that the success rate of the experiment exceeded the mathematical probability of the results being due to chance alone.
These examples quite clearly show that not only is our reality not what it might appear to be, but that there is energy of some sort being used in quite extraordinary ways.
1.17 The Use Of Energy
We keep coming back to the use of energy in connection with ‘thought’, whether it is thought in the waking state, the dream state or even telepathy.
So it is fair to say that ‘thought’ is made of some sort of energy.
Interestingly that is what we discovered so-called solid objects are made of.
1.18 The Mysterious Substance Called Energy
Earlier in our discussions we agreed to call our dream state a state of consciousness.
In this state of consciousness we create people, places and objects and then interact with them as if they were solid, external to us and independent of us.
We have also agreed that our thoughts and so-called solid objects are all made of energy and that any use of consciousness is also a use of energy.
It is amazing that no matter what we look at, whether it is thought or solid objects, it all boils down to this mysterious substance called energy, and no one seems to know exactly what that is.
1.19 The World ‘Out There’
What we would like to do now, is ask you to consider your waking state as a state of consciousness also.
At first hearing this consideration may sound like madness, but bear with it.
Try to come up with reasons why it could not be another state of consciousness similar to the dream state of consciousness.
Now that you have made your list, let us have a look at what quantum physics has to say about the nature of reality.
Physicist Professor Amit Goswami has stated quite clearly that matter, energy and consciousness are the same thing.
Physicist Roger S Jones states “I had come to suspect, and now felt compelled to acknowledge, that science and the physical world were products of human imagining; that we were not the cool observers of that world, but its passionate creators. We were all poets and the world was our metaphor.”
Physicist John Wheeler states “No everyday phenomenon is a phenomenon until it is a registered phenomenon. Useful as it is under everyday circumstances to say that the world exists ‘out there’ independent of us, that view can no longer be upheld.”
1.20 Control Our Everyday Experiences
The implications are enormous aren’t they?
We really are asking you to consider that if you construct and manipulate dream objects, which are energy, then is it possible you construct and manipulate everyday so-called solid objects, which are also energy.
Are you really starting to feel the full implications of this proposal?
It would mean that we could therefore create and control all of our everyday experiences.
1.21 Create The Reality You Want
This is exactly what the Nature of Reality Course will do.
It will teach you how to create the everyday reality you want.
MODULE 2: HOW BELIEFS AFFECT OUR LIFE
2.1 An Ocean Of Consciousness
We can perhaps best summarise the previous module in the words of the physicist Professor Amit Goswami who said “matter, energy and consciousness are the same thing”
Professor Goswami goes on further to say “that everything, including matter, exists in and is manipulated from consciousness. This does not mean that matter is unreal but that the reality of matter is secondary to that of consciousness, which itself is the ground of all being, including matter.”
From this concept we can form an analogy that will help us further in our understanding of consciousness as the ground of all being, which includes what we think of as our individual consciousness.
Let us represent this consciousness, which is the ground of all being, as an ocean.
An ocean is made up of molecules of water, each of which has its own individuality but at the same time is an integral part of the whole body of water.
In the same way our personal consciousness has its own individuality but at the same time is an integral part of the whole ocean of consciousness.
2.2 Personal Consciousness
Let us explore what we mean by personal consciousness and what we think is included in it.
When we are in the ‘state of consciousness’ that we call dreaming, we still retain our sense of identity.
In other words we still feel like ‘us’.
We even have a sense of body image, which we identify as being ‘us’.
Therefore anything that we do not consider as ‘us’, we interact with as being separate from and independent of ‘us’.
In the dream state of consciousness we make this differentiation of ‘us’ and ‘not us’, even though this cannot be the case because all images in our dream are part of our personal state of consciousness and therefore must be part of ‘us’.
Understanding this last point is extremely important because we also form all images in our waking state of consciousness using the same beliefs about what is ‘us’ and ‘not us’.
This is perhaps a difficult concept to completely grasp at this stage, but it will become clearer as you progress through the course.
2.3 Our Emotional Experiences
Ponder for a moment what we have explored about the dream state of consciousness and then write down what you think about the creative power of thought.
From your notes you can probably see that ‘thought’ is extremely powerful and creative.
Whilst in our dream state of consciousness we create a whole reality of seemingly separate objects and individuals and then interact with them.
The reality we create is so convincing that whilst we are focused in it we are unaware that it is ‘us’ who is creating it.
It is so convincing that we can even create and experience emotions such as fear, anger or happiness.
2.4 What Is A ‘Belief’?
Let us change our angle of view a little.
What do you understand by the term ‘a belief’?
We are not asking about a specific belief you might have about something, at least not yet.
We really mean a dictionary type definition of the term.
A belief is something we accept to be true.
That means, although we accept it to be true, it may not be, because information gained later may show it not to be true after all.
Remember this statement as it can help avoid much confusion.
2.5 An Example Of A Belief
Here are some examples:
Most of us used to believe in Father Christmas, but in the light of further information we stopped believing in him.
Sorry for spoiling things for any of you who still did believe!
Let us have a look at another example:
Many of us were taught, and probably still hold the belief today, that Christopher Columbus discovered America.
In actual fact, what he discovered was the West Indies.
He was trying to find a western passage to India, which is what he thought he had found, and that is why those islands are called the West Indies even to this day.
The person who actually discovered America was Amerigo Vespucci and it is from his name that we get the name America.
It all makes sense in the light of more information, even though some of us may have just had to change a belief we have held for years.
Some beliefs, like the last one perhaps, are easier to change than others.
We hold some beliefs about our lives that are so ingrained, that we think they are facts about life, rather than just beliefs about life.
This is a very important point to bear in mind.
2.6 Basic Beliefs About Life
Making a simple list of your beliefs now is one of the most important things you can do.
It may not seem like it, but it will later on.
As time goes by it will soon start to become apparent which items on your list are actual facts, and which ones are just beliefs.
When you have finished your list put it in your course folder so that you can review it often and see how your beliefs are changing.
If you are having a little trouble starting off your list, then we can suggest a belief you might have.
You probably believe that as you get older you become frailer and weaker.
That is not a belief, we can hear some of you say, that is a fact.
Remember what we said earlier, a belief is something you accept to be true, but information gained later may show it not to be true after all.
2.7 Victims Of Circumstance
Here is another question.
Would you agree that people generally feel they are victims of circumstance; that life ‘happens’ to them, mostly outside of their control?
What if we said that being a victim is based only on a set of beliefs?
You might find that quite a challenging statement.
However, remember what we have said about a belief being something you accept to be true, but may in fact not be.
2.8 A World Of Facts?
We believe that we live in a world of facts.
However, we need to realise that our knowledge is largely a collection of beliefs about life rather than a collection of facts about life.
Feeling that they are facts about life is what causes the most problems.
Once you realise they are only beliefs rather than unchangeable facts, then the intellect can accept that it is possible to change them.
2.9 Desire And Expectation
If you wish to change a particular circumstance in your life then you first have to be very sure whether you are dealing with a fact about life, or just believe it is a fact about life.
Once you are sure of this, you then need to understand there is a difference between a desire and an expectation.
A desire can perhaps best be described as something you hope will happen, but have no certainty that it will.
An expectation is best described as having complete certainty that what you want to happen will happen.
Desire can be transformed into definite expectation, but desire on its own is not enough to bring about the required change in your personal reality.
We very often confuse ‘a desire’ with ‘an expectation’ and therefore become disappointed when we do not appear to get the outcome we want.
2.10 The Key To Changing A Belief
The procedure for changing beliefs has to start from a fundamental understanding of the difference between a fact and a belief; and between a desire and a definite expectation.
The methods for changing beliefs may be different for each person and can vary from using such techniques as visualisation to writing lists.
It is best to use whatever technique feels right for us and remember that only a full expectation of the required change will make it happen.
With this understanding you can start to accept new beneficial beliefs in place of old limiting beliefs.
You can then conduct your daily life in the secure knowledge that your experiences will fall in line with your new beliefs about what is possible.
2.11 What Do We Believe Is Possible
Let us return again to the belief in being a ‘victim’.
Feeling like a victim of some sort can take many forms and is usually built on a collection of personal beliefs, but there are a couple of fundamental beliefs that will always be present.
They are the beliefs that it is possible for us to be a victim in the first place, and that there is a world that is solid and separate to us and therefore outside of our control.
As we become more confident in the knowledge that we create our own personal reality in all its aspects, and that we only experience what we believe is possible, then we will experience fewer instances where we cast ourselves in the role of ‘victim’.
2.12 Goals And Obstacles
We should be gentle with ourselves as we build our confidence in consciously creating the reality we want.
We may wish to start by changing what we consider to be some small aspect of our personal reality.
As we see the required changes come about, this will give us the confidence to tackle what we consider to be more difficult challenges.
When setting our ‘goals’, it is important not to limit ourselves by insisting on too much detail as to how and when we will create that experience for ourselves.
To help with this, we always advise that you ‘focus on the goal and not the obstacles’ and that you keep in mind the difference between a desire and an expectation.
A core belief of ‘expect the best’ will ensure that whatever happens, it will be best for you, even if intellect cannot see a logical way forward.
2.13 Placebo Pills
If you are still unsure about the power of belief then consider the use of placebo pills and placebo surgery by the medical profession.
A placebo pill is just a sugar pill with no real medication properties.
It is administered to the patient as if it is a specific drug with precise medical value which is expected by the patient to have the desired effect.
The patient believes in the Doctor and believes in the treatment.
The effectiveness of these sugar pills is quite remarkable.
They have been used to treat all kinds of illness, including cancer.
In one medically reported case in the treatment of cancer the usual cocktail of chemotherapy drugs was administered to one group of cancer sufferers and a harmless placebo mix was administered to the other group.
Both groups showed the same sort of recovery patterns.
Particularly interesting was that the group who had only had the placebo also reported the same adverse side effects that are normally associated with the real drugs, this included hair loss.
2.14 Placebo Surgery
In another reported case, this time in the little heard of area of placebo surgery, a group of angina sufferers were divided into two groups.
The patients involved were not aware of course that they were part of any experiment.
One group had the traditional surgery.
The other group were treated in exactly the same way, even up to being surgically ‘opened up’, but in this case no further surgery was performed, they were simply sewn back up again.
The remarkable thing is that the group who had not actually had anything done, but only thought they had, made a better recovery from their angina condition than the group who had the traditional surgery.
2.15 The Patients’ Beliefs
The only conclusion that can be drawn from these two examples is that the patients’ beliefs were the only powerful factor at play in bringing about the very real medical changes.
There are many such examples in the medical journals from around the World.
The power of belief is so well recognised by the medical profession that the prescription of placebos continues on a daily basis by many Doctors.
2.16 Don’t Limit Yourself
Our day to day reality, which includes all our experiences, is a state of consciousness that operates similarly to the dream state of consciousness.
Understanding this important concept is crucial to understanding the phrase ‘we each create our own personal reality based on our beliefs about what is possible and what is not.’
As this concept becomes clearer to you throughout the course you will gain more creative control over every aspect of your life.
MODULE 3: THE TRUE NATURE OF TIME
3.1 Comprehending Time
Let us have a look at how we comprehend ‘time’.
Is it just with the aid of our wristwatch or the office clock or the calendar hung on the wall?
Or is it something more fundamental than these things?
Perhaps it is the cycle of the Sun as we shift from day to night and back again.
What do you think?
3.2 The Stream Of Thoughts
Certainly all of these things contribute to an awareness of time and a method of measuring time, but the most constant reminder of time passing is probably the least obvious.
It is the passing of our thoughts.
Our thoughts appear to follow one after the other in a constant stream, and so give us a constant impression of time.
3.3 Simultaneous Time
So, what if we were to say that time does not really exist in the way we normally understand it?
What if we were to say that what we think of as past, present and future actually exist simultaneously?
You would probably think we were mad, wouldn’t you?
It sounds crazy because it seems to contradict all the experiences of our daily world.
But, as we have already seen, the way we experience our reality through the five senses is not how it actually is.
So maybe we should reserve judgement for a while and have a closer look.
3.4 An Everyday Experience
First let us have a look at the true nature of an event.
By this we mean any everyday experience, such as going shopping, having a discussion with a friend or going out for dinner.
Whenever you decide to do something there are always different probabilities you can choose from.
Even such a mundane event as going to the shops has several probabilities.
You could either go or not go; you could use the car or walk; you could go to one particular shop in preference to another.
These are just a few of the probabilities you could choose to experience in your ‘physical’ reality.
3.5 An Event Is Like An Orange
The true nature of an event is that at some level of reality all the probabilities do exist and are part of your experience.
Think of an event as being a bit like an orange, which is made up of a number of segments.
We would not take one segment of the orange and think of it as the whole orange.
We know that the segment is only part of the orange.
Only when all the segments are viewed together do we consider it an orange.
3.6 Segments Of An Event
When we view an event in our waking state of consciousness, we actually just view one segment of the event but believe we are seeing the whole event.
The other segments of the event are experienced by us in other states of consciousness, where we use time and space in different ways.
But from the point of view of our waking state of consciousness we choose to experience one segment of the event through the five senses.
We string these single segments together in normal memory to give us what we consider to be our past.
3.7 Determined By Beliefs
The segments, or probabilities, that make up our particular event are determined by our personal beliefs about what is possible and what is not.
This is very important to remember.
3.8 Probabilities And Possibilities
We should, at this stage, ensure we are clear about the difference between probabilities and possibilities.
In a given event there are a limited number of probabilities, but if you were considering possibilities then they could be infinite.
As an example, consider the situation in a free and democratic country where it is a possibility for any one of us to become Prime Minister or President.
However, it is not necessarily a probability because of other choices we have made.
3.9 Checkerboard Analogy
To help us understand this very alien concept of the nature of an event and the simultaneous nature of time, we suggest the following analogy.
Imagine a large piece of material with small squares printed on it, looking a bit like a chess board, laid out in front of you on the floor.
Each of the squares can represent an event.
The squares directly in front of you can represent the present, those off to your left can represent the past, and those off to your right can represent the future.
Now imagine that you are in a God like position as you sit on your chair gazing down at the squares laid out on the floor.
From this position you can see that past, present and future exist simultaneously, because you can see all events at the same time.
3.10 One Square At A Time
Now imagine getting off your chair and crouching down with your nose just a few inches or centimetres from the floor.
From this position you can now only see one square at a time, or one event at a time.
You can not see the rest of the squares, although they still exist.
You can move your focus from one square to another depending on your choice of direction, but you only ever see one at a time.
Now, because you move from one square to another you have created an experience of time passing.
The true nature of the piece of material with squares on it has not changed.
By changing your focus you have changed your experience.
3.11 Choosing A Different Square
We can use this same analogy a little further.
If we go back to our God like position on our chair, we can gaze down at the sea of squares stretching out in all directions and pick out a particular square.
This time, instead of imagining this square to be one whole event, we can imagine it to be one probability of an event.
We can then imagine the surrounding cluster of squares touching it on each of its sides to be the other probabilities of the event.
We can now see that if we choose a different square from our cluster, that square touches a different set of other squares, or in our analogy, a different set of probabilities of our event.
3.12 Choose A More Favourable Outcome
Now that we know the true nature of an event we can start to use this knowledge to exercise real power.
Remember that all probabilities of an event do exist and are ours for the choosing.
Therefore, we can take any event in our so-called past that disturbs us and choose a more favourable outcome.
The probability that we had previously accepted as the only outcome, now takes its place in our memory as one of the other probabilities.
As we no longer attach significance to this less favourable probability, it no longer affects our present experiences.
3.13 A More Favourable Present
This really does give us an effective different past, which changes our present and future.
This is not self deception.
Events will actually change.
3.14 The Power Of The Present Moment
It is because all probabilities exist simultaneously for past, present and future, that there is so much power in the present moment.
It is always from the present moment that we choose what direction we will take and which probabilities of events we will use in our waking state of consciousness.
3.15 Not A Prisoner Of Karma
We do not need to be a prisoner of ‘karma’, or fate, because changing our beliefs in the present moment sets us free to choose our direction, no matter what events we think have happened in this or any other life.
3.16 Your Perceived Past
All of the probabilities of any past event exist and are just as real as the one probability remembered by our waking state of consciousness.
You no longer have to limit your ‘present’ by any limiting beliefs you had about your perceived past, because you now know that you do not have a single fixed past.
3.17 A Peaceful Moment
You now have a very powerful tool at your disposal.
We recommend that you exercise this new found power at your earliest opportunity.
Give yourself a quiet period to choose an event from your perceived past where you feel the outcome you remember is adversely affecting your present.
Then put energy into the preferred probability by fully accepting it as the one that happened in your perceived past.
You will find it interesting to keep a record of how your ‘present’ changes.
3.18 True Freedom
Make no mistake; there is real power in this.
Your present circumstances will start to change in line with your newly recognised past.
MODULE 4: INSIGHTS INTO REINCARNATION AND DEATH
4.1 A Look At The Mystery
Most of us have come across the concept of reincarnation, but if you have not, do not worry, as we will discuss it shortly.
Whatever we personally think about the concept of reincarnation, it will certainly raise 3 other terms which we need to understand first.
They are the terms ‘physical’, ‘spiritual’ and ‘death’.
We will deal with each of these terms individually, although they are all interrelated.
4.2 The Meaning Of ‘Physical’
Generally speaking, we refer to our day to day existence as our ‘physical reality’.
But what do we really understand by this term?
It is fair to say that when we talk about our ‘physical reality’ we mean tangible or solid or relating to things perceived through the five senses.
We have already discovered that our senses can not be relied upon to give us accurate information about the true nature of reality.
We have also discovered that although science has tried to find the smallest piece of ‘physical reality’, or solid ‘matter’, it has failed to do so.
We just end up with something called ‘energy’ but nobody can really explain what that is.
This indicates that there really is no such thing as a solid object in the true sense; it is just a matter of perception.
Therefore, if the concept of ‘solidness’ is how we define the word ‘physical’, then it would be equally correct to use the word ‘physical’ to describe objects in the dream state of consciousness because they are ‘solid’ to the person who is dreaming.
To help clarify this point try and find an alternative word to ‘solid’ to describe objects in the dream state of consciousness as they appear to the person who is dreaming.
It is important to see how words in common use can mask a true understanding of things.
In this case we can see that the word ‘physical’ is a misleading term.
4.3 The Meaning Of ‘Spiritual’
Let us now consider the term ‘spiritual’.
It is a word much used today but probably has many different meanings to different people.
So what do you understand by the term ‘spiritual’?
It is fair to say that when we speak about the ‘spiritual’ aspect of human beings, we are referring to something that is not ‘physical’.
This ‘non-physical’ aspect of human beings is known by many different names, dependent upon which religion or philosophy you may follow.
The important point for us to understand is that the word ‘spiritual’ is meant to denote something very different and separate from the ‘physical’, in particular something not solid or tangible, or in other words ‘non-physical’.
But in the light of what we now understand by the word ‘physical’, what meaning does this term ‘non-physical’ have?
Again, try and find an alternative word for this term.
As we become more aware of the words we use, we can see that it is not always easy to convey the understanding we intend because of the limitation of language.
However, we have already learned that consciousness is the ground of all being and that matter, energy and consciousness are all the same thing.
Therefore there can be no different and separate ‘something’ that we can attach the term ‘spiritual’ to.
We can now see that the word ‘spiritual’ is also a misleading term.
The only real difference between ‘physical’ and ‘spiritual’ is in the way we perceive consciousness, and this is based on our beliefs.
4.4 The Meaning Of ‘Death’
Our final term for discussion is, appropriately, ‘Death’.
This is probably the most emotive of our three terms but with a little more understanding we can put it in its true perspective.
The general dictionary definition of the word ‘death’ is, ‘the destruction or end of something.’
From our personal point of view we take this to mean the end of our life.
No matter what religion we follow, this will mean a transition from the ‘physical’ to the ‘spiritual’.
As we have already seen, the only difference between the so-called ‘physical’ and the so-called ‘spiritual’ is just in the way we perceive consciousness, based on our beliefs.
From what we have learned so far, we can start to see that all we ever do is change our perception of consciousness.
Therefore, so-called ‘death’ is also just a change in the way we perceive consciousness and as such is not an end of anything.
It is true to say that the states of so-called ‘life’ and so-called ‘death’ exist simultaneously.
Therefore it is also true to say ‘that you are as dead now as you are ever going to be’.
This is quite a liberating thought, isn’t it?
How do you think this might change your approach to life?
4.5 Labels Are For Convenience
We may put different labels on the different ways we perceive consciousness, such as ‘waking state’, ‘dreaming state’, or even ‘death’, but these labels are only for intellectual convenience.
There are no actual divisions in consciousness, and this will become clearer as the course progresses.
It is only our beliefs about each of these labels that determine our expectations and emotions concerning them.
4.6 Greater Awareness
As we learn more about our true nature as conscious beings, we will lose any fear we may have had about changing from one state of consciousness to another.
We will see that there is no loss of continuity to our identity.
In fact, as we become more aware of what we truly are, our sense of identity will grow, which means our sense of what is ‘not us’ will diminish.
We will become more aware of the ‘whole of reality’ rather than just ‘pieces’ of reality.
By misunderstanding the labels we attach to those ‘pieces’, we get a false impression of the true nature of reality and of our own true nature.
It is fair to say that most of us find it easy to accept that we create all objects and, of course, all concepts in the state of consciousness we call ‘the dream state’.
However, with the insights we have gained so far, we can now more readily accept that we create all objects and concepts in the state of consciousness we call ‘the waking state’.
This of course includes the concepts of ‘physical’, ‘spiritual’ and ‘death’.
4.8 Concept Of Reincarnation
With our new understanding of these concepts, we can now more easily explore the concept of reincarnation.
It is probably worthwhile at this stage to briefly run through the traditional teaching of reincarnation so that everyone is clear.
Reincarnation is generally considered an Eastern religious concept, and it is certainly a major principle of both Buddhism and Hinduism.
Generally the teaching of reincarnation says that when we die our Spirit, or Soul, survives the death of the body and continues in some other state of existence.
In this other state we can review our past life and then choose another physical life, which can be either male or female and in any geographical location on Earth.
4.9 Different Experiences
Each new physical life that we might choose would present different social and political circumstances and therefore an opportunity for different experiences.
A simple analogy would be to think of it like playing different parts in different plays, each part requiring a different costume and a different script.
Like any good actor, we become totally absorbed in the play and our part in it.
In our case we become so absorbed that we forget who and what we actually are.
This is necessary for the sets of circumstances we present ourselves with to have real meaning for us, and so that we can earnestly strive to solve them.
For instance, let us imagine we were trying to understand poverty.
So we decide we will put on some old clothes and live in a cardboard box under a bridge.
Although we may be very uncomfortable for a few days living like this, we will not really understand what it is like to be poor whilst we know we have our nice warm house and healthy bank account to go back to.
4.10 Cycle Of ‘Rebirth’
In choosing a new physical life we will also take into consideration the lessons we need to learn and any transgressions we have committed in a previous life.
This is of course where the Eastern concept of karma comes into play, as discussed in the last module.
This cycle of rebirth continues until we have learnt all the lessons we need to learn and paid off any karmic debt we have accrued.
When our cycle of rebirth is complete, we will then move on to exist in some higher spiritual state.
Please appreciate that this is just a ‘thumb nail’ sketch of reincarnation, but it will suffice for our purposes.
4.11 Inconsistencies With Time
With our new understanding of ‘physical’, ‘spiritual’, ‘death’ and the true nature of time, we can see that we have some apparent inconsistencies with the general teaching of reincarnation.
Can you see what these inconsistencies are?
It soon becomes apparent that our new understanding of time is inconsistent with the general teaching of reincarnation.
This is because the main aspect of reincarnation is that we live one life after another.
But, as we now know, all events exist simultaneously.
4.12 Simultaneous Lives
If we cast our minds back to our piece of checked material we can remember that from our God like position we could see so-called past, present and future existing simultaneously.
Therefore if all time periods exist simultaneously, then the logical conclusion to be drawn from this is that all of our so-called lives must exist simultaneously.
4.13 Future Lives
We should also realise from this that the simultaneous existence of lives applies not only to our so-called ‘past’ lives but also to our so-called ‘future’ lives.
It is interesting to note that without looking too hard we can find a great deal of written evidence recording people’s ‘past’ lives, but not much about any ‘future’ lives.
Why do you think it should be this way?
4.14 Turning A ‘Blind Eye’
With a little consideration on this point we can see that it is a ‘limiting belief’ at play.
It is all too easy for our intellect to get trapped in the concept of time starting in the past somewhere and only progressing up to the present moment.
This belief will allow intellect to consider ‘past’ lives but not ‘future’ lives, or indeed any information it would consider as being ‘in the future’.
Our intellect therefore turns a ‘blind eye’, so to speak, to any information that it would associate with a ‘future’ life or future event.
When considering how our beliefs cause our experiences, people often wonder why they should have seemingly had to suffer poor experience as a child, for instance, just because they had not yet learned about beliefs.
We have to realise that as all probabilities, and therefore all life experiences, are simultaneous, we are forming the beliefs of our childhood not only in what we think of as our past, but also what we think of as our present and our future.
It is only because of the piecemeal way ‘ego’ looks at reality that we think our childhood existed before our present.
4.15 ‘Reincarnations’ Exist Simultaneously
We now know we exist in an ocean of consciousness, where we have our own individuality and at the same time are connected to and communicate with all consciousness.
As all so-called reincarnations exist simultaneously, and are expressions of consciousness, we can see that they are all aspects of us.
Therefore we can understand how we may feel ‘connected to’ other characters in other time periods, which we may have previously thought of as one of our ‘reincarnations’.
MODULE 5: THE SOURCE OF ALL ‘BEING’
5.1 Beyond Words
It is very important that we have a common vocabulary as we proceed through the course so that when we use a particular term we know we all have the same understanding.
In the last module in our discussion on the traditional teaching of reincarnation we saw that the terms ‘spirit’ and ‘soul’ were interchangeable.
The word soul is used more perhaps in Christianity than in any other Religion, but even there it is rather vague as to exactly what is meant by the term.
Therefore for our discussions we will use the term ‘Self’ in order to avoid any religious or philosophical misconceptions.
This is not the same as the ‘personal self’, which is referred to in traditional psychology.
5.2 Beyond Consciousness
The ‘Self’ is a state of ‘being’ that exists beyond consciousness and uses consciousness as a ‘tool’ to explore itself.
Because the ‘Self’ exists beyond consciousness it’s not a concept that can be grasped by the intellect and therefore can not be described using vocabulary or 3-dimensional images.
The ‘Self’ is the source of the personal reality we create and indeed all states of consciousness that we experience.
Our personal reality is part of the ‘ocean’ of consciousness through which we are connected to all other consciousness.
Because we have a sense of individuality we experience this personal reality in our own unique and individual way.
5.3 Experiences Within Consciousness
It is important for us to remember that all our experiences are experiences within consciousness, no matter what form it appears to manifest in.
There are no actual divisions in consciousness; all consciousness is connected and interacts.
We simply interpret consciousness as if there are divisions.
This means that there are no such divisions as ‘Human’ consciousness; ‘Animal’ consciousness; ‘Plant’ consciousness and ‘Mineral’ consciousness.
There is just consciousness that can be interpreted in different ways.
5.4 Creations Of Consciousness
Remember the dream state; all things within a dream are experiences within consciousness.
Although they appear in different forms and appear separate to each other and separate to us, when we awake we realize that this is not the case.
They are all created from the same ‘stuff’ and are our own conscious constructions existing in a ‘time’ and ‘space’ also constructed by us.
5.5 Operating In Different States
The ‘Self’ operates multi-dimensionally.
That is, it creates and uses many different states of consciousness simultaneously.
Dependent upon the literature or school of thought you are familiar with, you may find some of these states of consciousness are referred to as reincarnations, probable lives, alternate lives or counterparts.
5.6 Different Expressions
We suggest that whenever you come across one of these terms you substitute it with the term ‘Alternate You’.
This will help you to realize that all these different terms are just different names for what appears to be other parts of you existing in what appears to be different time frames.
The ‘Self’ explores in as many ways as is necessary in order to express and understand itself.
Think of these different expressions as being a bit like parts of our body.
A hand is not less than a foot.
Each looks different and performs different functions but is an integral part of the whole body, allowing greater expression and experience.
5.7 ‘Ego’ And ‘Personality’
The ‘Self’ creates states of consciousness that we call ‘ego’ and ‘personality’ so that it can explore itself using things like space, time and emotions, which are also creations of the ‘Self’.
It is easy to make the mistake of identifying the ‘Self’ as the personality or ego; here again we have become accustomed to putting labels on certain states of consciousness operating in a particular way.
It is worth explaining in a little more detail how these particular states of consciousness operate.
It is also important to remember that these explanations of ‘ego’ and ‘personality’ may differ somewhat from the traditional understandings of psychology.
Let us look again at our large piece of material with small squares on it.
Now imagine placing a large ring randomly onto our checked material so that it encompasses a number of the small squares.
Now imagine taking a smaller ring and placing it on the checked material inside the larger ring, and this smaller ring only encompasses one square.
For the sake of our explanation we will take the large ring to represent a state of consciousness that we call the ‘personality’ and the small ring to represent a state of consciousness that we call the ‘ego’.
5.8 Encompassing Probabilities
If we imagine each square to represent a probability, we can see that the larger ring, that represents the state of consciousness that we are calling ‘personality’, encompasses a larger number of probabilities than the smaller ring.
If we continue our analogy we can see that the smaller ring, which represents the state of consciousness that we are calling ‘ego’, only encompasses one square or probability.
5.9 ‘Wholeness’ Divided Into Pieces
If we were to move the small ring from square to square we can see how the ‘ego’ views the ‘wholeness’ of reality a piece at a time.
We can also see that as the ‘ego’ moves from square to square it invents the concept of ‘time’ as it can only view one square after the other.
5.10 Communication With So-Called ‘Other Beings’
It is important to understand that the ‘Self’ is aware of all the squares both inside and outside of our 2 rings.
This information can be conveyed to the ‘personality’ and the ‘ego’ during altered states of consciousness, for example the dream state.
Using this imagery we can draw some further insights into how we communicate with so-called ‘other beings’.
For instance, if we imagine a second large ring and small ring placed similarly and adjacent to our first set of rings, we can imagine this second set of rings to represent another ‘personality’ with an ‘ego’ with whom we might communicate.
5.11 Beliefs Camouflage Our View
Imagine that all communication is via the ‘personalities’, represented by our 2 large rings and that their personal realities are experienced inside the small rings representing the ‘egos’.
Each personal reality will be determined by the belief system held by each ‘ego’.
This belief system can be represented by the ring surrounding the individual square.
Therefore any communication from the ‘personality’ has to pass through this belief system of the ‘ego’.
So, no matter how well informed the ‘personality’ might be, due to its larger view of reality, that communication can be either modified or even completely blocked by the belief system of the ‘ego’.
We can see that communication from any other ‘personality’ also has to pass through the ‘ego’s’ belief system.
5.12 Flexible Beliefs
From all of this we can see the importance of ensuring that our ‘ego’ beliefs are as open and flexible as possible as they directly determine the experience we have in each probability represented by each of our squares.
It is important to remember that the ‘ego’ and ‘personality’ are only part of us; albeit the 2 parts that we are at present most familiar with.
5.13 Limitations Of Language
We must remind ourselves of the limitations of language to describe the nature of consciousness and the realities that exist within it.
For this reason descriptions and analogies should not be pushed too far in a search for an exact definition.
The ‘Self’ is unlimited, and so any such definitions will always be inadequate.
We should start to think less in trying to fix labels and divisions to consciousness, and more in seeing consciousness operating as a ‘whole’.
MODULE 6: THE NATURE OF ILLNESS AND HOW TO STAY WELL
6.1 Good Health
We will start off with a question.
We would like to ask you how you think you get ill.
How do you think your thoughts play a role in illness?
6.2 Are We Victims?
We think it would be fair to say that we generally put ourselves in the role of victim again.
We tend to take the stance that there are various illnesses out there waiting to get us.
We think we can catch a disease from someone else.
What if we were to say that this is just part of most peoples’ belief system?
But what about all the microbes and viruses, we can hear you ask.
Try and think how the concept of microbes and viruses could fit in with creating your own reality.
6.3 The Creative Process
This puzzle becomes easier to understand if we remember the different people and places we create in our dream state of consciousness, and then interact with as if they are solid and separate to us.
We know that we use the same creative process in our waking state of consciousness that we use in our dream state of consciousness.
Therefore we can see that creating a microbe or virus is no different from creating any other object.
Whatever we create we interact with in accordance with our beliefs about it.
So if we believe microbes and viruses make us ill, that will be our experience.
How many times have we found ourselves expecting to catch a cold because so many people are coughing and sneezing around us?
6.4 The Body Is Naturally Healthy
We need to change our perception of ‘illness’ in the same way that we changed our perception of the terms ‘physical’, ‘spiritual’ and ‘death’.
Once we realize that ‘illness’ is a concept, and therefore subject to our beliefs about it, we can start to change our experiences of it.
If we are ‘ill’ we should look on it in just the same way as any other experience in our life, and so examine our own thoughts and beliefs for its origin, and of course its cure.
The body’s natural state is ‘healthy’, which we can maintain perfectly well if we trust ourselves to do so, and don’t impede this healthy state with limiting thoughts and beliefs.
6.5 A Healthy Image
We sometimes forget that our body is our own conscious construction, just the same as any other object in our personal reality.
Our body image and health are dependent upon our total belief system, which can include concepts such as heredity, evolution, diet, disease and ageing.
Try and make a list of what you think are facts about the body as opposed to beliefs about the body.
Once we are aware that we are dealing with beliefs about the body, we can take back responsibility and stop looking to others for our well being, such as doctors, surgeons, and chemists etc.
6.6 We Maintain Our Own Health
Applying our new belief that only we maintain our health, should be done gradually and with care.
It will be different for each of us, dependent on our present belief system, which will include confidence in our own ability.
To build confidence, it is best to start with some small symptom of illness with which we can verify our ability to make a real change in our health.
As we gain in confidence we can progress to what we consider more difficult symptoms of illness.
The actual process of how we affect a change in health is exactly the same, whatever the type of illness.
To illustrate this point, try and think of an instance where this process would not apply.
6.7 Towards A Healthy State
Dependent upon our belief system, and whilst we are gaining in confidence, we may find ourselves being assisted in reaching our healthy state by such people as doctors, chemists or alternative health practitioners.
We can think of this a bit like a ‘weaning period’.
It is important to understand that whilst we still have a belief in the doctor’s pills then we should continue to take them.
Sometimes we might manifest a so-called ‘illness’ because of a lack of understanding about a particular set of circumstances.
For instance we may believe that we are going to be faced with some unpleasant task that we can do nothing about.
As a response to this we incapacitate ourselves in some way, perhaps by pulling a muscle in our back whilst digging the garden.
This way we would give ourselves the excuse not to carry out the unpleasant task.
Try and think of an instance in your own life where you think you may have created a similar scenario.
With a greater understanding of how we create our own reality we can change the ‘unpleasant task’ to a more pleasurable one and so avoid the need for an ‘illness’.
We can see how an illness may not be about one isolated circumstance but several circumstances.
These circumstances can at first appear unrelated as they may be spread out over an extended period of ‘time’.
Through introspection, we can be aware of the process and the reasons involved, and make any necessary adjustments to our belief system.
6.9 Seeing Reflections
We are sure that all of us would wish to eliminate illness not only from our own bodies, but also from seeing illness in other people.
What we see in others is actually a reflection of our own belief system.
Within this last statement lies more of the deeper meaning of the phrase ‘we each create our own personal reality’.
It is a common misconception to think that you are viewing a display of other people’s beliefs, which have nothing to do with your own personal belief system.
With what we have learned so far, try and think of a circumstance where you do not think you are viewing your own beliefs in action.
6.10 A Belief In Illness
At ‘ego’ level we each create our own personal reality.
Because of this, under normal circumstances, it is impossible to see someone else’s personal reality, just as whilst dreaming it is impossible to see someone else’s dream.
Remember the last module when we stated that communications concerning spacetime and emotions come through created states of consciousness that we call ‘personality’ and ‘ego’.
The communications that pass through the ‘ego’s’ belief system become our ‘waking state’ reality.
Therefore we can now see that everything in our personal reality is based solely on our belief system, which includes seeing illness in other people.
For some of us this creates a dilemma.
For instance, if you are in a healing profession of any kind, whether you are a doctor, surgeon or alternative practitioner, you have a belief in illness.
You expect to see illness in other people; in fact your job depends on it.
The situation may occur that you wish to change your beliefs in order to eliminate illness from your experience, but by doing so, it may remove the need for your job.
6.11 Healthy Hearts
In some instances, what is required is a new way of looking at your chosen career.
As an example, if you were an aromatherapist who normally expected to have people coming to you with various illnesses to be treated, you could now expect healthy people to come to you because they wanted to experience the undoubted relaxation of an aromatherapy massage.
In this example your beliefs are now in harmony with your preferred experiences.
If, on the other hand, you happened to be a heart transplant surgeon but wanted to eliminate illness from your experience it would of course be impossible to expect healthy people to come to you for heart transplants.
Try and think of any other occupations where people may have a similar dilemma.
There are no rights or wrongs to any career; it is all about personal choice as to what experiences you want in your life.
As we each create our own personal reality, based on our beliefs about what is possible, we can stop expecting to see illness in ourselves and others and therefore banish it from our day to day experience.
6.12 Mind Boggling!
This is quite a concept to take in, isn’t it?
Logically of course it would have to be this way, bearing in mind what we have learnt so far.
MODULE 7: THE TRUE NATURE OF DREAMS
7.1 The Reality Of ‘Dreams’
We have talked quite a lot about the dream state of consciousness, so let us examine it in more detail.
We will start by asking you a question.
With what we have learned so far, how would you summarise what we call ‘dreaming’?
By this stage it is fair to say that what we call ‘dreaming’ is a different state of consciousness, with a reality just as ‘real’ and valid as the waking state, but without the same strict confines of time and space.
Because of this, we may not perceive action as a series of moments one following the other.
7.2 Another Reality
Even though we can accept the last statement, it may still come as a surprise when we say that the ‘dream state’ does not begin or end.
Our dream state of consciousness exists constantly alongside our waking state of consciousness.
This statement becomes easier to comprehend the more we think of our day to day reality as a state of consciousness.
We also need to stop thinking of the dream state of consciousness as something unreal or imaginary.
It is only if ‘personality’ becomes too intensely focused through its ‘ego’ state of consciousness that it becomes unaware of other states of consciousness such as the dream state.
7.3 Simultaneous States Of Consciousness
To help us understand how we focus between these two states of consciousness that we call ‘waking state’ and ‘dream state’, let us use the following analogy.
Imagine you have 2 television sets back to back and each of them is tuned to a different television station.
Imagine one television to represent the ‘waking state’ and the other television to represent the ‘dream state’.
In our analogy, ‘you’ represent the state of consciousness called ‘personality’.
If you were to walk from one television set to the other, you would be able to alternate between what was happening in the ‘waking state’ and what was happening in the ‘dream state’ but would not be able to see both at the same time.
This analogy represents 2 states of consciousness operating simultaneously but you only focus on one state of consciousness at a time.
To take this analogy a little further, imagine that you now turn both television sets to face you.
You can now see both states of consciousness at the same time.
This movement of the television sets represents a change in your state of consciousness to one of expanded awareness.
This new state of consciousness can continue to expand and thereby take in still more states of consciousness simultaneously.
7.4 Dream Landscape
These concepts become easier to understand as we realise that we are conscious ‘beings’ who change states of consciousness.
We tend to be more familiar with two of these states of consciousness, our waking state of consciousness and our dreaming state of consciousness, but these are just names.
It is unfortunate that we have associated the word ‘dream’ with the word ‘unreal’, as this way of thinking sets up barriers to understanding states of consciousness.
7.5 ‘Stepping’ Between States Of Consciousness
There is another state of consciousness that we are familiar with.
Can you think what this might be?
It is easy to overlook the fact that ‘imagination’ is a state of consciousness.
The state of consciousness we call ‘imagination’ could be considered a ‘stepping stone’ between the waking state of consciousness and the dreaming state of consciousness.
7.6 Directing Consciousness
Let us return to our analogy of the 2 televisions side by side and facing you, still with each television tuned to a different channel.
This time one television will represent the ‘waking’ state and the other will represent the state of ‘imagination’.
If you sit in front of the television sets but concentrate on the one called ‘imagination’, you will now only be vaguely aware of what is happening on the other television set called ‘waking’ state.
Like the dream state of consciousness, ‘imagination’ is free of many of the restrictions of time and space that apply to the waking state of consciousness.
We probably do not appreciate the creative potential of this state of consciousness called ‘imagination’, we assume it is all make-believe and of no real importance.
Now that we understand more about different states of consciousness, we can put this knowledge to creative use.
For instance, we can use imagination and our understanding about probabilities to create the most desirable probable past and the most desirable probable future.
Working with imagination in this way becomes easier when we realise that our so-called past and future are just probabilities put in a time setting.
We have different opportunities for creativity in the dream state of consciousness, where we do not have the same restrictions of time and space that we have in the ‘waking’ state of consciousness.
In the dream state we use time and space very differently even to the extent of not using time and space at all, but of course this is not possible to talk about because of the limitations of intellect.
Therefore in the dream state we can explore actions and situations with far greater freedom.
Despite this greater freedom we may not choose the dream state as the most suitable for exploring a particular situation.
We may therefore decide to explore the situation within the normal confines of time and space in our waking state.
Whilst exploring the situation, and in order to overcome a particular limiting belief, we may use illness or some uncomfortable psychological condition to help us further our understanding.
7.8 New Perspectives
Whilst exploring situations in the dream state of consciousness, we may find ourselves involved in activities that we would not have expected.
In these instances we may be peering into other probabilities.
In the dream state we can experience any probability, which includes those in different time frames that we would normally think of as past, present and future.
This is possible because the usual barriers of how we experience time do not exist in that state of consciousness.
7.9 Understanding ‘Sleep’
What do we understand by the term ‘Sleep’?
When we think about it carefully we can see that what we call ‘sleep’ is just altering our state of consciousness from the waking state to another state of consciousness.
In our waking state of consciousness we sometimes remember some of the images and experiences from the state of consciousness we call ‘sleep’; we then call them our dreams.
When we are in the state of consciousness that we call ‘sleep’ the ‘personality’ is not focused in the ‘waking state’ of consciousness.
In this less restricted state of consciousness we may more easily allow through communications from other states of consciousness.
The resulting ‘dream’ will provide us with more information about the true nature of reality and so allow us to make better value judgements.
7.10 ‘Exterior’ And ‘Interior’
From the point of view of the ‘Self’ there is no real distinction made between ‘exterior’ or ‘interior’ actions, it is only in our waking state of consciousness that we make those distinctions.
That is why ‘sorting out a problem’ in that altered state of consciousness we call dream, is just the same as sorting it out in that state of consciousness we call every day reality.
7.11 An Inexhaustible Source Of Information
The dream state of consciousness should be seen as an inexhaustible source of information.
However, we may use personalised symbolism to communicate ideas and information between our various states of consciousness.
For instance, we may represent overcoming difficulties with the symbolism of climbing mountains or other structures.
Therefore it can be quite useful to try and understand the personalised symbolism we each use in our dream state of consciousness.
We must be aware that there is no fixed ‘system’ of symbolism; therefore we have to intuitively recognise for ourselves what our personalised symbolism means.
Alternatively we may not use personalised symbolism, in which case being aware of the general impression of a dream is just as beneficial.
7.12 Dreams Are Always Beneficial
If you wish, as an exercise, before you go to sleep each night, tell yourself that you are going to remember your dreams.
You can then go on to suggest that you become more aware in that state of consciousness.
You will eventually be able to periodically direct the course of your dream life and more actively use that state of consciousness to solve problems.
However, do not be overly concerned if you are not having much success in this field.
Your dream state of consciousness will always be beneficial to you, even if you are not aware of your dreams.
MODULE 8: THE TRUE NATURE OF WORLD EVENTS
8.1 The Bigger Picture
So far, we have considered the consequences of our beliefs on our individual lives, but there is a bigger picture to consider.
As we each create our own personal reality, we need to consider what we are dealing with in relation to a world event such as an earthquake disaster or a war which may involve thousands of people.
8.2 You Only See The Picture In Your Head
In order for us to consider this point fully, let us have another look at how we experience ‘reality’.
Whatever we may previously have thought about the nature of reality, there is a perception of reality which is common to all of us.
Simply put, we each categorise our experiences as either what goes on in ‘our head’ or what goes on ‘external’ to us.
However, even medical science tells us that our awareness of the so-called external world can only occur inside our head, because the optical and auditory images are formed inside our brains.
Someone once said “No one ever saw a picture in an art gallery. You always see the picture in your head.”
8.3 Are We Separate From The World We Experience?
It could be said therefore that we only have ‘internal’ experiences.
Remember, in a ‘dream’ we are having an ‘internal’ experience that we interact with as if it is solid, separate and external to us.
In our waking state of consciousness we interact with these internal experiences in just the same way as we interact with our ‘dream’ internal experiences.
In both our ‘waking state’ and ‘dream state’ we have the common experience of our ‘conscious self’ being separate from the world we are experiencing.
This common everyday experience is referred to as ‘dualism’.
8.4 Different Realms?
The concept of ‘dualism’ states that consciousness and body exist in two different realms, ‘physical’ and ‘non-physical’.
Modern physics shows that this concept violates the laws of conservation of energy and momentum.
In order to obey these laws any interactions between different realms would result in a change of energy and momentum.
However science always finds the energy and momentum of objects in the ‘physical’ world to remain exactly the same.
Because the laws of conservation of energy and momentum have been established beyond doubt, consciousness and what we think of as ‘physical’ must exist in the same realm.
We also know that consciousness exhibits a quality that the so-called ‘physical’ does not exhibit, that quality is known by physicists as ‘nonlocality’.
The term ‘nonlocality’ basically means an instantaneous influence or communication without any exchange of signals through space-time, as demonstrated by such phenomena as telepathy and remote viewing.
This would place consciousness as primary to the so-called ‘physical’, which would mean that consciousness is the underlying reality out of which the so-called ‘physical’ arises.
As all so-called ‘physical’ things arise out of consciousness, this would have to include what we normally think of as space and time.
These concepts are summarised by the statement from the physicist John Wheeler when he said “Useful as it is under everyday circumstances to say that the world exists ‘out there’ independent of us, that view can no longer be upheld.”
8.6 The World Is Not ‘Independent Of Us’
Let us apply to our earlier question what John Wheeler has said.
If there is not a world existing ‘out there’ independent of us, what are we dealing with in relation to a world event such as a volcanic eruption involving thousands of people?
As we think about this question, we can see that one of the most difficult aspects to understand is that of the ‘other people’ involved.
8.7 ‘Other People’
When ‘viewing’ the actions of ‘other people’ it is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking we are seeing someone else’s reality that is separate and independent of us.
This of course can not be true; otherwise everything we have learned so far, which is backed up by the disciplines of philosophy and physics, would be wrong.
What is needed is a completely new way of looking at our reality.
Generally, the mistake we often make is to try and understand reality by examining the ‘bits and pieces’.
This makes it almost impossible to see what the bigger picture is; in just the same way as examining the bits and pieces of a jigsaw puzzle makes it almost impossible to understand what the entire picture looks like.
8.8 Change Our View
So, to help us understand our reality better, we need a ‘top down’ view rather than the ‘bottom up’ view that we tend to take.
We have used the ‘bottom up’ view so far in this Course in order for the intellect to understand the apparent nature of reality a little better.
The intellect is now in a position to take a ‘top down’ view, which needs to be from the position of the Self, or at least as near as we can from an intellectual point of view.
8.9 Understanding By Experiencing
From the position of the Self, which is our true nature, we are ‘one’ with everything; there is no separation or objectification.
The position of the Self is a point of ‘knowing all’, but to ‘experience all’ requires the creation of spacetime.
It is a bit like reading books to learn everything there is to know about swimming, but until you get into the water and actually swim you do not have the complete understanding of ‘swimming’.
The Self is not a personalised term, there is not a collection of ‘Selves’, the Self is unity, it is the ‘One’ of which many eastern religions speak.
It is ‘God’ of the western religions, it is ‘All that is’.
The Self desires to know itself completely but because of its limitless nature it is unable to do so.
In the words of Professor Amit Goswami:
“We choose our conscious experiences, yet remain ‘unconscious’ of the underlying process. It is this ‘unconsciousness’ that leads to the illusory separateness, the identity with the separate ‘I’ of self-reference, rather than the ‘we’ of unitive consciousness.
8.11 There Is No ‘Outside’
From the position of the Self we explore concepts using consciousness, which is the medium of expression of the Self but contained within the Self.
This is beautifully expressed in the words of the great Eastern mystic, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi when he said:
“The knower is ever greater than the known, and the seer is greater than the seen. That which is known is contained within the knower, and that which is seen is in the seer; the vast expanse of the sky is in the mind, not outside, because the mind is everywhere and there is no outside to it.”
The very act of exploration requires the ‘one’ to appear as the ‘many’.
It gives birth to such concepts as ‘personalisation’ and ‘separation’.
These concepts are expressed in our vocabulary by such terms as ‘I’, ‘you’, ‘we’, and ‘them’.
8.12 Personal Identification
From the top down view of the Self, it is understood that these are just concepts for the purpose of exploration; therefore the Self is not lost in personal identification and separation.
But if we take a bottom up view, we can make the mistake of totally identifying with these concepts of ‘I’ and ‘you’ and so feel separate and isolated.
As physicist Professor Amit Goswami said;
“The existence in language of such terms as ‘I’ and ‘my’, leads us into a dualistic trap. We think of ourselves as separate because we speak of ourselves in that way.”
8.13 Creating Imagery
It is perhaps easier to understand this process if we consider what happens when we are in the dream state of consciousness.
We create and interact with all kinds of images and scenarios, which can sometimes produce quite emotional reactions.
We could for example create a scenario in our dream state of an earthquake that results in many people dying and as a result we can become very emotional at the ‘sight’ of such a tragedy because we personally identify with the imagery.
We do this because during the ‘dream’ we are not aware that it is ‘us’ who has created the imagery.
However on waking we then ‘realise’ that it was ‘just a dream’, and then are happy that ‘it did not really happen’ and lots of people did not really die, but when we were in the dream it certainly felt completely ‘real’.
8.14 Emotional Energy
We can also create such an image in our imagination whereby an earthquake occurs but because we view it from ‘just our imagination’; we regard it as ‘unreal’, i.e. that people have not really just died, and therefore our emotions are not engaged in quite the same way.
In a similar way, the Self completely understands that consciousness cannot be destroyed and also knows the true nature of the imagery, therefore all explorations using consciousness are ‘viewed’ from a point of understanding that is not swamped by emotional energy.
We have to realise that getting carried away by emotions keeps us locked in misunderstanding the true nature of the imagery.
However, we are not denying the importance and relevance of having emotions; they are part of the creative energy used in exploring concepts.
8.15 Personalised Creation
We can now see how similar our waking state of consciousness is to our dream state of consciousness, because whilst we are so intently focused in either of these states of consciousness we forget that we are creating the imagery and so personally and emotionally identify with it as if it is solid and separate to us.
The imagery is all the more compelling when it is personalised in the form of mother, father, brother, sister and indeed our own personal image.
Even the concepts of ‘personality’ and ‘ego’ are limitations on what we really are, because there are no actual divisions in consciousness.
8.16 The Imagery Is Not ‘Us’
We have to understand that the true existence of all things is in the mystery of the Self, not in the imagery of spacetime.
It is perhaps easier to comprehend this if we think of our true existence and communications as being in the Self and if we want to explore certain concepts we personalise and objectify them in states of consciousness that we call the ‘waking state’ and ‘dream state’.
This is what the mystics of the East have tried to explain when they refer to our everyday reality as the world of illusion.
This is the concept that physics is struggling to explain when they state that we can no longer consider our world as being ‘out there’ separate to us, which of course includes all of what we think of as the individual people we interact with.
8.17 Concepts Not Absolutes
So, whatever we experience in our waking state of consciousness will be based on our perceived limitations, and this will include what we think of as good and evil.
As we have already seen, space and time are concepts, not absolutes; we have to realise that good and evil are also concepts, not absolutes.
They are concepts based on value judgements made by only taking the limited ‘bottom up’ view of reality.
No matter how repulsive an action is that we see being committed, it will be based on our beliefs about what is possible, not of course on what we find desirable.
It is very important to remember the distinction between what we desire and what we actually believe is possible.
We are not condoning bad behaviour or suggesting that we should ‘turn the other cheek’; we are stating that we create our own reality in all its aspects.
8.18 You Have Made This World
All aspects of our experience are based on our perceived limitations about what is possible and therefore can be changed for a more favourable experience.
Once again, this is beautifully put in the words of another of the East’s great modern mystics; Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj:
“You have made this world and you can change it. The world, of which you are the only source and ground, is fully within your power to change. What is created can always be dissolved and re-created. All will happen as you want it, provided you really want it. You have created the world’s sorrows out of your own desires and fears, you deal with them. All is due to your having forgotten your own being. Having given reality to the picture on the screen, you love its people and suffer for them and seek to save them. It is just not so. You must begin with yourself. There is no other way.”
MODULE 9: THE MAGICAL APPROACH TO LIVING
9.1 A Very Different View
The magical approach to living is both simple and natural, but it does require a radically new way of thinking.
We have become accustomed to thinking of ourselves as just flesh and blood; that we just have logic and intellect to sort our way through the challenges of life.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
9.2 New Discoveries In Science
We live in a very exciting time when science is now approaching an understanding of many of the concepts put forward in the ancient wisdom philosophies.
Quantum physics in particular is at the forefront of the sciences in discovering this radically new way of explaining reality.
There are an increasing number of quantum physicists who are at last presenting these new findings to the public without fear of ridicule from their fellow scientists.
Ideas such as ‘an object is not independent of the observer; past, present and future exist simultaneously; the existence of multiple universes; and a unifying energy that underlies all realities’ are discussed openly at the highest levels of physics.
Physicist Professor Amit Goswami has stated quite clearly that we should understand that matter, energy and consciousness are the same thing.
This concept alone completely revolutionises the old ways of understanding the nature of reality and our place in it, and therefore opens the way for established science to also recognise a new way of living.
It is this new magical approach to living that we will now discuss.
9.3 Unique Rewards
The magical approach requires a radically new approach to dealing with problems, achieving goals and in fact everything in our lives.
Our life should be thought of as a journey of discovery, in particular a discovery of our Self and our true potential.
This journey has often been described in the myths and legends of ancient times as the journey of heroes.
But it is really our own personal journey of Self discovery and is no less heroic.
The experiences of the journey will be unique to each of us but the goal will always be the same; to Know Your Self.
9.4 Inspiring Journey
Unlike the heroic journeys of myths and legends, our journey does not have to be filled with dragons and hardships.
In fact it can be just the reverse; our journey can be inspiring and joyful.
We may create certain challenges along the way, but we should recognise them as opportunities to learn more about our Selves and our ability to create our own personal reality.
After all, we are each the creator as well as the hero of our own unique journey!
9.5 Challenging Aspects
We can now recognise that these challenges represent our fears and worries which are created by limiting beliefs about ourselves and what we think is possible and what is not.
Our new understanding of the nature of reality now allows us to change those beliefs and become what we are capable of becoming.
We can truly start to realise the full potential of our creativity.
9.6 Intellect’s View
However, we should not expect that the full magic of our creativity can be contained within clock time, nor should we think that intellect alone contains the full extent of our creativity.
We may sometimes find that the challenge we have confronted ourselves with does not seem to make much sense, from a logical point of view.
This is because the intellect, which uses time and space to view reality, attempts to break the wholeness of reality into small bits and pieces much like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.
Just as we would have great difficulty in guessing what the whole picture is meant to be just by looking at one piece of the jigsaw, so the intellect can make wrong assumptions about a situation because it only sees one portion of reality at a time.
9.7 Intellect Is Not Alone
We are so used to thinking that only logic or intellect can solve our problem that we fall into the trap of forgetting we have at our disposal that other powerful tool called intuition, which can see a much larger portion of reality and so can make better judgements.
We must learn to recognise that the intellect can not deal with everything by itself, nor does it need to, but we must let the intellect do what it does best, which is to deal with time and space.
9.8 Time To Relax
Just because we may not be ‘physically’ doing something about a certain challenge within our waking state of consciousness, it does not mean that we are not dealing with it using other areas of our ‘being’.
Therefore, on those occasions when logic can not make sense of a particular situation, we must implement the natural way of working; which is to let go of ‘the logical approach’ and engage ‘the magical approach’.
As soon as we understand this, then intellect can become more comfortable to work in cooperation with intuition by expecting the best outcome and not worrying about trying to understand the details.
This is a truly ‘magical approach’ of integrating our whole ‘being’ rather than just trying to use a part of it.
9.9 More Than One Picture
Another important and liberating aspect of the magical approach to living is the concept of living in the present moment.
This is the concept of past, present and future existing simultaneously.
We have learnt that we do not have a fixed past or future and that all our experiences stem from the beliefs we hold in the present moment, which in truth is all there is.
It therefore follows from this that all our attention should be focused on living and creating in the present moment.
We should not be distracted by what we think of as a fixed past as this does not exist any more than a fixed future exists.
Believing in a fixed past would be like carrying with us the stepping stones we have just walked over in order to cross the river.
Believing in a fixed future would be like an artist believing there is only one picture they could paint.
9.10 Good Intent
The only ‘rule’ that we should remember, whilst creating the reality we want, is to ‘create with good intent’.
When we realise that the only limitations we face are our limiting beliefs then by acting with good intent in all our actions, we can overcome those limitations.
Acting with good intent can perhaps be best thought of as ensuring that whatever we do is not intended to cause harm.
This does not mean we have to devote ourselves to a life of self sacrifice or put up with bad behaviour, as it is important that we act with good intent towards ourselves as well as to others.
9.11 We Only See Our Own Constructions
As part of understanding who we are, it is important that we fully understand who ‘other people’ are within our personal reality.
It is a common misunderstanding to think that because we only see our own constructions, at ego level, then all the people we meet are just figments of our imagination; that we are basically just talking to ourselves, and therefore relationships are meaningless.
9.12 ‘The One’ Appearing As ‘The Many’
This is definitely not the case.
It may seem this way if we insist on trying to understand the nature of reality only from the ‘bottom up’ point of view of the intellect, because the intellect deals in terms of ‘personalisation, separation and objectification’.
Our true nature is in the ‘oneness’ of the ‘Self’, but any sense of ‘oneness’ is an alien concept to intellect because it implies loss of identity.
Intellect alone can not understand how we can be ‘one’ and experience individuality at the same time.
In order to explore its nature, states of consciousness are created by ‘the one’ appearing as ‘the many’.
These states of consciousness are experienced ‘as if individually’ using what appears to be personalised and individualised sets of beliefs.
9.13 The ‘Top Down’ View
Even when we are operating in our ‘bottom up’ mode of dealing with reality, we are, in truth, constantly connected with everything in all realities, so how can we possibly ever be alone?
We are connected to all consciousness, in whatever form we may perceive it.
As we learn to view reality from the ‘top down’, the apparent divisions between what we consider ‘us’ and ‘not us’ will dissolve.
This allows us to draw strength and inspiration from our truly limitless nature.
9.14 Timeless And Immortal
Our true nature is the ‘Self’, which is timeless and immortal.
The realities we experience are states of consciousness constructed from the beliefs we hold about what is possible and what is not.
This is true about each of the realities we inhabit no matter how we manipulate time and space, or if indeed we use time and space at all.
This reality should not be thought of as ‘inferior’ in some way to other realities.
It should be understood that we operate in all realities simultaneously and they are all interdependent.
It is not the case that we have to progress from this reality to another in some hierarchical system.
9.15 The Great Mystery
We are the great mystery of ‘All That Is’, where we are ‘One’ and individual at the same time.
This mystery can not be comprehended by intellect alone, which can only deal with the wholeness of reality in a piecemeal fashion.
This state of ‘Oneness’ is beyond time and space and therefore cannot be described in the words of intellect; it requires our intuition which ‘knows it’ by ‘being it’.
9.16 Seeing Reality Differently
You have been shown a very different way to view reality and your part in it.
This new information has probably turned on its head your original understanding of how things are.
Incredible as this new information may seem, it is nonetheless true.
You have been given a toolbox to assist you with creating the reality you want.
But like all toolboxes, unless you open it and use the tools, you will not achieve anything.
When confronted by any problem, a quick way to regain perspective is to ask yourself the question, “Who is in charge of my reality and what do I want?”
The answer of course, in case you were in any doubt, is that you are in charge and you can have anything you want, but always remember to create with good intent!
Know Your Self and enjoy your creations.