May 15, 2006
I’ve received abundant questions about the notion of subjective reality since the last blog post about Psychic Development, so I’ll cover some of the basics in Q&A form. Most people asked questions from a perspective that tries to shoehorn subjective reality into an objective framework… hence confusion is the usual result. Subjective reality requires a very different framework.
The first two questions are the most crucial for understanding subjective reality. Everything else stems from those.
What is subjective reality?
Here’s the way I’m using this term: Subjective reality is an integrated belief system where consciousness and awareness are primary. They are the container in which everything else exists. And I do mean EVERYTHING.
One way of thinking about subjective reality is like a holodeck from Star Trek. But that’s a model I’d like to move away from because I’m finding most people are thinking about it too objectively, as if the holodeck still exists in an objective universe somewhere “out there.” This would be the world of The Matrix movies, but that is not subjective reality. In that case you’re just having a simulated subjective experience within a larger objective framework. In those movies you still have an outside objective universe that is real. So this isn’t the model we want to use.
In a truly subjective universe, there is nothing outside your own consciousness — no world, no bodies, no brain. Suppose I ask you the question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” With an objective belief structure, you might say yes, but you might also say no, depending on your views on quantum physics. However, if you believed in subjective reality, you have to reject the question entirely. You’d say that there’s no such thing as a tree outside your awareness. That tree doesn’t even exist. Nor does the forest for that matter. If you are not there to observe it, it doesn’t exist at all. Without consciousness there is no existence.
So in this paradigm, you are not a body with a mind walking around in a physical universe. You are pure conscious awareness, and the physical universe is “walking around” within you. And that includes what you think of as your body and your mind too… as well as every other body you perceive.
A secondary element is that within a subjective universe, thought is the primary creative element. All thoughts manifest in some form, whether conscious or unconscious. So the physical universe is like a giant computer, crunching your thoughts into reality. Thoughts are waves, and the physical universe is the summation of all those waves. Hence where there is no thought, there is no physical existence. If a thought does not exist, its physical manifestation does not exist either.
What is the “you” in subjective reality?
This point is crucial to really grasping subjective reality. In subjective reality, “you” have a completely different identity. “You” are the consciousness within which everything exists — time, space, people, places, events… EVERYTHING. You are NOT a human being with a body and a mind. You are consciousness, and there happens to be a human being with a body and a mind within you. So everything you perceive must be interpreted relative to the perspective of consciousness, not from the perspective of any particular body-mind, including the one you identify as your own.
Imagine a first-person video game with an on-screen avatar that you control. You can move it around and interact with other characters in the game world. In an objective reality, you perceive that character to be you. You identify with it. Everything else within the game world is therefore “not you.” And of course in most video games of this nature, the interactions between your character and the rest of the game world are usually based on conflict. You vs. not you.
But in a subjective reality, you would not identify with that on-screen character. You’d identify with the container in which the whole simulation occurs, and there would truly be nothing outside that container — no outer world at all. So there’s this character running around inside you, along with many other characters. Because you don’t identify with the character, its fate is of little concern to you. What matters is the state of the game universe as a whole. The role of your avatar is only as a means of influencing the game world and helping to make changes within it. But such interactions would not be centered around conflict because there is no sense of you vs. not you. The whole thing is you. Additionally, nothing outside of this simulation exists, not even time or space. That’s the entire universe. So the simulation isn’t running within a larger objective framework — it is the framework.
Are you saying that in subjective reality, everything I experience is just occurring inside my own head?
No. Everything you experience is occurring inside your consciousness, and that includes your head too. So your head is inside your consciousness, not the other way around.
So is everyone else just a projection of myself — my spouse, children, etc?
Yes. Within a subjective belief system, EVERYTHING is a projection of consciousness.
Are other people just shadows of the real me then?
They aren’t shadows. They are just as much YOU as your own body-mind, equal components of your own conscious awareness.
So within a subjective belief system, are other people conscious like me too?
People are not conscious. Only consciousness is conscious. So in a sense, there are no other conscious people. There is only one consciousness, and all the people you perceive exist within it. And that consciousness is who and what you are. There’s only one consciousness, so there’s only one you.
In the physical universe, you can go around counting the human bodies you perceive. And you’ll find lots of them. But how many consciousnesses can you detect? Count them, and you will find you can perceive only one.
So I’m the only one who’s conscious?
Yes, you are.
If you identify with your physical body-mind, you will likely assume that your conscious awareness is something going on within your mind or your head. Hence you assume that all the other bodies you perceive also “have” a consciousness like yours, one that is separate from yours. You assume you cannot perceive other people’s conscious minds because it’s something going on inside their heads too.
But all of that is just a delusion. It’s an erroneous assumption.
The reality is that you are indeed the only one who’s conscious. But that YOU who’s conscious isn’t your body-mind. Your body-mind as well as all the other bodies you perceive exist within your consciousness. There’s only one consciousness, and that is your real identity. Everything else exists within you. That’s why you perceive only one consciousness. That’s the only consciousness that exists.
How many subjective realities are there?
There can be only one.
Subjective reality centers around consciousness, and that consciousness is the real you. There are no other people “out there” having their own subjective experiences. There is only you. And your subjective reality is the only one there is.
Why do I identify with this particular body then and not someone else’s?
So you can experience physical reality from a first-person perspective. This allows you to interact with the physical universe on a whole new level, one that isn’t possible if you remain in “god mode.” A physical avatar gives you a richer experience with more possibilities. But you are not restricted to only working through that avatar except to the degree you believe you are. True “god mode” is still accessible to you.
But what if I don’t believe that I am consciousness? What if I believe I am a physical body with a mind?
Then that will become your reality. If you believe you are a body with a mind, then such is your existence.
You are like a god who uses his powers to make himself powerless. Hence you are powerless, and trying to use your thought to manifest simply won’t work as long as you continue to believe you are powerless.
But I see plenty of evidence that the universe exists outside myself, so that’s why I believe in an objective universe. Am I missing something?
It’s actually the opposite. You see such evidence BECAUSE you believe in an objective universe. Your beliefs about reality will manifest the physical evidence that is congruent with them. So if you look to the physical universe, you will simply see a reflection of your existing beliefs about the physical universe.
So how can I know that subjective reality is real?
Change your beliefs, and then watch the physical universe itself change to become congruent with them.
So if I were to believe in something that didn’t exist or that wasn’t possible yet, it would actually begin to manifest in the physical universe?
Yes, it would. The physical universe is a summation of thought. So first of all, in order to change this universe, you must adopt the belief that creation by thought is possible. You must not only believe it. You must know it.
If you try to create by thought, yet deep down you still believe it’s impossible or highly improbable, then it will not manifest for you. The physical universe, including time and space, can only manifest in a manner that is congruent with your beliefs.
But according to science, history, etc. this can’t be true.
Science and history, past and future, and all your memories exist within your consciousness. You manifested them. If you believe it can’t be true, then it can’t.
Science is based on the presupposition that objective reality exists. The whole notion of an objective observer stems from that assumption. But this assumption is unprovable and may therefore be erroneous. From a subjective standpoint, the belief in objectivity is what manifests all the laws and discoveries of science. To drop that belief is to make it possible to violate the seemingly untouchable laws of science.
So even the past and future don’t really exist?
They exist to the degree you believe they exist. All that is real is the present moment, since consciousness is not time bound. Within consciousness you create the experience of time.
Hence, you cannot look to past or future for evidence of subjective reality. Your perceptions of past and future and all the supposed evidence contained therein are themselves creations of subjective reality. You will only find within them what you expect to find.
The only valid place to look for truth is within consciousness itself.
Why create time?
To experience a time-bound perspective, which allows you to experience growth. Growth is an experience you cannot experience without physical manifestation because pure consciousness is already perfect; therefore it does not grow and change. In order to experience growth, your only option was to assume a perspective that distanced you from the awareness that you are pure consciousness, so you could enjoy the process of finding your way back to perfection.
What about the physical laws of science? Can I break them?
Not if you believe they are real. Whatever you believe to be universal law, the physical universe (including your body) must obey. You cannot break any law which you “know” to be true. But you can change what you know to be true once you begin to recognize that you are consciousness itself, not merely a body-mind in a physical universe.
What is a belief?
A belief is a thought. All thoughts are creative. A belief is therefore a statement about the nature of reality, one which is sure to manifest. Ultimately then, a belief is a choice.
You have complete freedom to believe whatever you want. This includes the ability to decide that you don’t have a choice. If you believe reality is something that happens to you, something not of your own creation, then that is your decision.
Why does the physical universe seem so stable then?
It seems stable because you believe it to be stable. You allow your perceptions to feed your thoughts instead of taking more direct control over your thoughts.
There is no perception without creation. When you perceive something in your reality and form an opinion about it, you reinforce the continuation of that reality. If you want to create a discontinuity in the physical universe, you must create a discontinuity in your thoughts. That means you must begin to believe something which you cannot yet perceive. You do this through your imagination, and it will eventually come to manifest.
So if I believe in a subjective universe, how would that affect my behavior in dealing with others?
The interactions between your physical body and those of others will play out in accordance with your beliefs about the nature of reality, just as you see now. If you believe the universe is hostile, you will treat others with suspicion. If you believe the universe is loving, then you will treat others with compassion.
When you identify with consciousness itself, you perceive all of reality as occurring within you. Everything that exists is a manifestation of you. This perspective takes growth to a whole new level, since now you are able to decide what kind of universe you wish to create.
Wouldn’t I become totally self-centered with a subjective belief system?
You are naturally self-centered. The problem is when you choose the wrong “self” to center around. If you choose your body as the self and center around that, then you manifest all sort of problems as you compete with other bodies. It’s you vs. them. You vs. not you. And your interactions with others will be invariably fear-based, just like you’d see in a competitive or violent video game. You may try to suppress the fear and feeling of being in competition with others, but you will never be free of it. Fear and competition are natural byproducts of ego identification.
But when you select pure consciousness as the SELF you center around, you have made a wonderful choice because there is nothing outside of consciousness. Now you are centering around the real you which encompasses all that exists. So there is no you vs. them. In this case your interactions will become more loving and joyful. You are centering yourself around the real you. Another name for this is God-consciousness.
So a subjective belief system will make you SELF-centered but not self-centered, which is a very enjoyable state to reach.
How can I behave compassionately towards others if I don’t believe they exist?
You do not exhibit compassionate behavior towards others per se. You can only behave compassionately towards yourself — the YOU that is consciousness. You will cease to perceive a you plus a them as the format for a human interaction. Instead it is all you. Your body and someone else’s body are like the heart and lungs of a larger whole. You would not want to see your heart arguing with your lungs. So upon embracing this perspective, you would take responsibility for the totality of all existence because it is in fact your own creation. Hence you would want to see compassion spread everywhere your perception reaches.
This is what Jesus meant when he said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” He did not mean that you are a physical body-mind and that you should love other human beings just as you love your own body. He meant that you ARE consciousness, and so your neighbor IS you. To love your neighbor AS yourself means to love your neighbor BECAUSE s/he is YOU. There is no separation between you; separation is merely an illusion.
Jesus also said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” There are two kinds of forgiveness though. One is to forgive your neighbor for apparent wrongdoings as if s/he is a separate being from you. Forgive and forget and move on. But Jesus is talking about a higher level of forgiveness. When you identify yourself with pure consciousness, you forgive others because they ARE you. So all forgiveness at this level is really SELF-forgiveness. It means you accept everything in your reality with compassion because YOU created it.
From the perspective of subjective reality, the best way to interact with the world is to center every relationship around peace, love, and joy. To do otherwise would simply create pain, and no fully conscious being would willingly choose to do that. If love, peace, and joy is who you are, then that is what you will manifest.
So if I continually focus my consciousness on thoughts that are loving, peaceful, and joyful, then what effect will that have on the life of this body I think of as mine?
First, your body-mind will interact with the world in a loving, peaceful, and joyful manner. You will experience great pleasure in serving others. You will forgive easily. Your body will become a vehicle for manifesting love, peace, and joy in the physical universe. That is in fact your body’s primary role in the physical universe, but it’s not the only vehicle you have available.
Secondly, your body-mind would cease to experience fear because you would stop creating fear in your consciousness. You would not even be afraid of death. Consciousness is primary and invulnerable. So you would take care of your body in a loving manner, but you would not be afraid of its demise. It is not really you anyway. This lack of fear is what makes it possible to see through the illusion of the physical universe. When you fear nothing, you are free, regardless of circumstances.
Thirdly, you will find your life becoming easier and easier. You will become increasingly enthusiastic and excited about life. Every day will bring wonderful new experiences. Your experience of time will change, and the notions of past and future will become less important. More and more of your awareness will pour into the present moment and stay there.
And finally, your emotions will align with joy. You will experience joy all the time. It will never shut off.
Aligning your thoughts with peace, love, and joy is empowering. They are key components of the very best experience you can manifest in the physical universe.
Within a subjective belief system, how can world peace be achieved?
First, consider the objective reality approach. This approach assumes that a lack of world peace exists “out there” somewhere in the world, somewhere separate and distinct from yourself. Hence you must use your body to tackle these separate entities and get them to cooperate. Unfortunately, all the billions of people in the world are not under your control, so no matter how hard you work at it, there will always be people who don’t cooperate. Consequently, that approach has never worked and will never work. In fact, it will actually just perpetuate a lack of world peace even more. You cannot eliminate conflict through conflict.
Now consider the subjective approach. Within this framework there is a lack of world peace because there is a lack of peace within your consciousness. So instead of fighting the world, you would focus intensely to bring your own consciousness into alignment with peace. You would center your life around peace. You would live and breathe peace. Your mantra would be peace, peace, peace. You would direct your energies towards eliminating all thoughts from your SELF that are incongruent with peace. A role model for the type of being you would strive to become would be Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
As you worked to raise your consciousness into perfect resonance with the state of peace, you would see your physical human body begin to behave more and more congruently with that state. At first this would happen on a small level. You would stop picking fights with people around you. You would begin to forgive more easily. But the more your consciousness grew in peace, the more your actions would reflect peace in the physical universe. You would gradually begin to center your work, your relationships, your environment, and your entire life around peace.
You would in effect become very much like Jesus both in thought and in deed. Your physical being would become devoted to a life of service to the highest good of all, and you would teach unconditional love, compassion, and forgiveness. And both through the vehicle of your physical being and through the creative power of your consciousness as a whole, you would gradually see the entire physical universe transform to resonate with your inner state of peace. As within, so without.
If you wish to create world peace, you must first become inner peace.
May 16, 2006
The questions on Subjective Reality keep rolling in, so here’s a bit more Q&A on this topic. These questions will cover my personal experience with this belief system.
What is your personal experience with the subjective reality belief system?
I started learning about it in early 2005 while I was reading about consciousness. One day I was having lunch in my backyard and watching some birds. I tried to imagine what it would be like to perceive the world through the lens of non-localized consciousness. Just then I felt my sense of consciousness expand. I instantly understood that the wall in front of me was just as much “me” as my physical body was. My consciousness was no longer localized — suddenly it was everywhere. I had an intense surge of positive emotion, but it was so overwhelming that it knocked me out of that state, so the whole experience only lasted a few seconds. It was like the first time I had a lucid dream — I got so excited that I immediately fell out of the dream state. And no… I don’t smoke, do drugs, or anything of that nature.
It was an amazingly transformative experience for me. It was a feeling of total oneness with everything… not just a feeling, but a deep sense of knowing.
That experience gave me a glimpse of what it might be like to experience what mystics refer to as God-consciousness. It was something totally outside my previous experience. But it gave me a reference point to move towards — from that point on, I wanted to make that state of being my default. It felt like being in heaven. However, it was such a different paradigm that I had to unravel and rebuild my whole understanding of reality. I’m still going through that process today and have made a lot of progress. Just in the past couple weeks I had a quantum leap forward. I’m generally able to hold the edge of this state about 80-90% of the time, and whenever I get knocked out of it, I’m always able to return. I wake up each morning feeling this way. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s a state of being which makes me feel totally connected to everyone and everything.
I would rather feel this way for the rest of my life and be homeless than not feel this way and have billions of dollars in the bank. No amount of money, material success, or goal achievement in the physical universe could possibly come close.
So are you saying you believe the whole world centers around you?
No, not in the sense this question is likely being asked. The part of this mindset that people seem to have difficulty understanding is the de-localization of consciousness. With an objective reality model, you think of yourself (“you”) as an individual human being. With subjective reality you identify with all of conscious creation. So you don’t perceive the world as being centered around you in the sense of “you” being your body or your mind. Consciousness is equally present everywhere, and that’s what you identify with. So your sense of Self expands to be an all-encompassing field instead of a particular point that can be localized within time and space.
Other words you could use for consciousness are Source and God. So instead of seeing the world as centered around your body, you see it as centered around this Source of all creation, centered around God. Then you expand your sense of individualized consciousness into a feeling of oneness with that Source/God. So you stop thinking of yourself as this individual human being. This is the most challenging part because it requires letting go of fear and attachment to the fate of the body you think is you. If you knew that you were so much more than your body, you wouldn’t be so fearful of what might happen to it or its possessions.
So if you feel this way, then why do any work at all?
Essentially, you don’t do anything aside from put out intentions and then watch them manifest. Your body’s role is to be a vehicle for manifesting. It’s as if your body no longer has free will because your consciousness is no longer centered there. You cease to identify with your body. Your free will comes from your connection to higher consciousness and your ability to create and hold intentions.
Imagine you put out some intentions while in a state of God-consciousness. Partly you’ll see changes in the physical universe occurring, but you’ll also witness your physical body taking actions to carry out those intentions. The body and its actions become things you observe rather than things you identify with.
So if you put out an intention, you might observe your physical body doing writing or other work… almost on autopilot. But even as you watch the body perform these actions, you don’t identify with it. That body is not the real you — it is simply a vehicle for manifesting in the physical universe.
As your body works from this state of being, you feel nothing but joy. So there’s no tedium to the work. It feels wonderful. Rather than trying to find pleasure in your work, you bring pleasure to it. As your intentions flow outward from your consciousness, they animate your body into joyful action.
What happens to your relationships when you think this way? Don’t you feel lonely?
There is a feeling of being deeply connected to everything and everyone. Loneliness isn’t present at all — it’s just the opposite of that. Relationships deepen and become more intimate, and shallow acquaintances are replaced with true friendship.
This morning while I was out for a walk, I saw a homeless man going through trash cans in a shopping center. With an objective belief system, I would have avoided him or passed by him without making eye contact. But instead I felt totally connected to him. I knew in my heart that he was not separate from me. He was me. I didn’t just think this way intellectually — I felt it with a deep sense of inner knowing. I knew what Jesus meant when he said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, you do unto me.” So I walked up to the man with an open heart, smiled at him, gave him some money, and told him I wished him well. He looked at me with gratitude and thanked me. I didn’t connect with him because I thought it would make me feel good. I did it because while I’m in this state of consciousness, compassion is my natural way of connecting with the world.
This type of compassion is unconditional. It doesn’t matter what race, religion, sexual preference, or lifestyle people have. It doesn’t matter if people behave hurtfully towards you. You are connected to everyone. No one is undeserving of compassion.
I want to be able to hold this state more consistently. I still tend to oscillate around it. I’m not sure that’s necessarily a bad thing though. I feel like I can basically control the expansion or contraction of my consciousness when I really want to, so perhaps it doesn’t have to remain in the expansive state around the clock.
What other effects have you noticed from a subjective belief system?
Even when viewed from an objective standpoint, life has gotten better across the board. My wife and I are closer than we’ve ever been. Our love for each other has grown much more unconditional. Every day we talk about how excited we are to be doing what we do. She’s even getting up early regularly (often around 5:30) because she’s too excited about the coming day to stay in bed, and she used to love sleeping in.
Our financial situation has improved a lot over the past year — my wife and I each saw dramatic increases in our income. It’s almost like money is conspiring to come to us now. Almost every time we check the mail, there are new checks arriving from one source or another. Our income is well beyond our expenses and keeps getting better. It’s ironic that the less we need or care about money, the more it flows to us. We enjoy a tremendous sense of abundance and gratitude, so perhaps that is attracting money into our lives. As we acquire more financial abundance, it just gives us more resources to use in fulfilling our purpose.
We feel totally supported. Whenever we need help with something, help soon arrives. Synchronicities are everywhere, leading us effortlessly wherever we want to go. It’s like our lives are totally on track now, flowing in the direction they were always meant to go.
Have you noticed any negative effects?
The only effect I could possibly label negative in any way would be the rapid pace of expansion. Sometimes things are moving so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. But in those situations, I just intend for things to slow down a little and let me catch my breath. I do more meditation and take a day all to myself. Then when I’m ready, I put out the intention for things to speed up again, and they do. Right now I’m enjoying the rapid pace.
If a subjective belief system was less accurate than an objective one, then I should be less capable of functioning in the world. That would be a reasonable expectation, wouldn’t it? I should be experiencing some sort of cognitive dissonance, whereby my mental model of reality becomes so skewed from actual reality that I can’t function as well. But of course the exact opposite has occurred. I function much better. Even from an objective standpoint, life has gotten much easier.
Having experienced both perspectives for myself, I find subjective reality to be a more accurate model of the “real” universe than objective reality. But I woudn’t expect anyone to agree with me unless they’ve actually experienced both sides for themselves. There’s no way to really understand subjective reality while staring at it through an objective lens, and vice versa. At best these words can only serve as a pointer to the experience, not an accurate depiction of the experience itself.
What does subjective reality have to do with psychic development?
I found my development in these areas to be parallel. Perhaps the most crucial change of the subjective mindset was that I developed much better conscious control over my thoughts. That became critical because if reality is created by thought, then I can’t allow myself the luxury of a negative thought, lest I create more of what I don’t want. I practiced for many hours to improve my ability to control my thoughts. I chose the thoughts I wanted to hold, and then I tried to hold them in my mind. I watched for negative thoughts and quickly kicked them out and replaced them with positive ones. That practice has been paying off.
The ability to control your thoughts is very beneficial for psychic development. For one, you need to develop a strong belief in your abilities, or they simply won’t manifest. If your mind keeps filling with doubts, you won’t get very far psychically. If you can control your thoughts, you can stay focused and receptive when you need to. You can quiet your mind and tune into six-sensory perceptions without getting distracted or doubting what you’re seeing. If you ever encounter negative entities, you can keep fear at bay and handle them intelligently.
Also, psychic development provides further validation of subjective reality. If you’ve never had psychic experiences and suddenly start having some really amazing ones after putting out the intention to do so, you’ll begin to realize just how much power your thoughts have over your reality. And when you start having shared psychic experiences with others, it provides even more validation. If at some point you revert to denying that psychic experiences are real, you’ll notice they diminish and then vanish from your life. Soon you’ll come to understand that your thoughts are the switch that turn psychic manifestation on and off.
It’s certainly possible to explore psychic development without a subjective belief system, but I found that the more I embraced subjective reality, the richer my psychic experiences became.
Here are a few more answers to questions I’ve received about Subjective Reality. Aside from the first answer, these will focus on your personal egoic perspective instead of my perspective or the perspective of God-consciousness, so it may be a little more understandable this way, since this is the default perspective you’re already used to.
Is subjective reality the same thing as solipsism (aka egoism)?
No. In fact, from a certain perspective it’s almost the opposite of solipsism.
Solipsism comes from the Latin words for self and alone. It’s a belief system in which you see your personal ego as the center of the universe, and nothing is real but your ego. The whole universe is taking place in your mind, but none of it is actually real. Solipsism is a belief system that can easily encourage (from an objective perspective) social withdrawal and immoral behavior. You would only have cause to care about yourself and no one else, since no one is real anyway.
This is a very different concept than the subjective reality belief system I’ve been writing about. In subjective reality, the universe isn’t centered on your personal ego. That’s a sticking point that a lot of people seem to have trouble with. So if you assume that your own mind is the center of the universe and everything is a projection of it, then you’re really talking about solipsism and not subjective reality. Subjective reality is a somewhat arbitrary term I’ve chosen — a better choice might be God-consciousness, which I started using in the last post.
In subjective reality, the manner in which you identify yourself changes completely. YOU stop thinking of yourself as an individual human being entirely. Rather, you become consciousness itself, the container in which the simulation of reality is run. You can return to the level of egoic consciousness centered on the body you think of as your own (and I’ll use that perspective in the rest of this Q&A because it’s probably easier to understand), but that isn’t your default level of thinking. By default you would think of your body and mine as equally YOU, just as your body’s heart and lungs are equally you.
Furthermore, solipsism doesn’t suggest that you have the power to change your reality by conscious thought. In subjective reality everything is a product of your beliefs, convictions, and knowledge, all of which are thoughts.
So in subjective reality, everything is indeed real. You’re real. I’m real. The physical universe is real. Everything you experience is a manifestation of thought.
If I have my own subjective reality and you have yours, then how do they mesh?
There is only one subjective reality, and it’s yours. What you perceive as my subjective reality is merely a projection of your own thoughts. So there is no meshing between our realities because yours is the only one there is.
If reality is created by thought, then what happens when you and I have conflicting thoughts?
You and I cannot have conflicting thoughts because only you have thoughts. I do not have thoughts, nor does anyone else in your reality. You are the only thinker there is. Everything else is a manifestation of your thoughts, including the perception that other people have thoughts (to the degree that this is congruent with your beliefs).
The only thoughts you perceive are your own. You may assume those thoughts are coming from your body (they aren’t) and that all the other people you see have bodies that produce thoughts you can’t perceive (they don’t).
Your body is a projection of your thoughts, just like everything else you’ve manifested. Thought manifests bodies, not the other way around. Nothing has any power in your reality except thought itself. Nothing.
Ok, so if I’m the only one who has thoughts, then what happens when my thoughts conflict?
The conflict will be resolved in accordance with your beliefs. If you hold multiple thoughts that conflict with each other, then whichever thought is dominant will manifest. For example, if you hold the belief that a coin flip will land either heads or tails, then whichever thought is dominant will determine the precise way the coin lands. If you believe that the coin landing will be determined by randomness subject to the laws of probability, then the outcome will appear random in accordance with the laws of probability.
Hence, if you want a thought to become dominant, you must cancel any higher order thoughts that would dominate it. If you wish to control the outcome of a coin flip, you must first negate your belief in the laws of probability.
I can negate the laws of probability? But they have always been true in the past. How can I possibly change something like that?
The past is merely a projection of your consciousness as well. In truth there is no past. There is only the present moment, and in this present moment you create the concept of past, assign it memories, and grant it power. Because you believe the past controls the present, that manifests as part of your reality. But the past is only a manifestation — it has no power other than what you grant it by your thoughts.
So are you saying I can change the past?
Yes, if you believe you can. You’re the one who created it in the first place.
But mathematical laws such as the laws of probability are proven facts. How can I possibly violate them?
When you think of mathematical laws as facts, you are creating, not observing.
All facts are merely choices. Your decisions about the nature of reality manifest facts as well as their proof. You can “unfactify” any fact you wish, and then it will no longer hold power in your reality.
So why can’t I affect the laws of probability right now?
Because you believe you can’t. Whatever you know to be impossible for you is impossible for you.
Who are you?
I am a manifestation of your thoughts. You believe I exist; therefore, I exist. My existence will be subject to your expectations. If you believe I can be helpful to you, then I will be helpful. If you believe I am misguided, then that will be your experience of me.
What if I spend time thinking about what I don’t want, like worrying?
Then you will manifest what you don’t want. To hold a thought at all is to choose to manifest it. If you do not wish to manifest something, then do not give it any thought. Turn your attention to what you want instead.
If my thoughts create this reality, then how can I learn anything new?
The manifestation of learning will occur in accordance with your beliefs. Whatever you expect learning to be like, that’s how it will be. If you expect books and courses to contain useful information, they will. If you believe there are people “out there” creating new things for you to learn, then you will manifest those items in your reality.
How long does it take for thoughts to manifest?
All thought manifests instantly in this present moment. If you believe it takes time for thoughts to manifest, then you will perceive the passage of time and the sensation of gradual manifestation because that will be your entire “thought package.” If you believe thoughts often don’t manifest, then they often won’t.
Your highest order, most certain beliefs, have the greatest control over what you manifest. The more certainty you assign a thought, the more it controls your reality, like a software program running in the background. Whenever you create a new belief, you essentially launch another background process that will continue manifesting indefinitely until and unless you choose to delete or replace it.
How do I create thoughts that will manifest?
You create them in your imagination. This requires that you imagine what you wish to create as being real, not merely as being fantasy. The more energy and certainty you put into a thought, the more dominant it becomes.
If you try to hold a thought that is incongruent with your subconscious beliefs, then you will feel the sensation of inner conflict. Conflicting thoughts will surface to tell you the new thought simply does not fit. If you try to hold the thought, “I can fly,” you will experience conflicting thoughts such as “I’ve never flown before” and “Flying is impossible due to gravity.”
Whichever thoughts are most dominant will overwrite the incongruent ones.
What if I want to manifest a seemingly impossible thought that conflicts with more dominant ones?
You must first uproot the dominant beliefs and replace them with new beliefs that are congruent with the new thought you wish to implant. Then you can implant the new thought, and it will take hold very easily. Thoughts which are congruent with your existing beliefs manifest effortlessly.
If you want to manifest the ability to fly, you must first uproot and replace all the beliefs that make flying impossible, including the belief in gravity; your past’s ability to affect your present; the belief that you can’t fly by thought alone; the belief that other people believe you can’t fly, so you can’t; etc. All of those beliefs must be replaced by new thoughts that are congruent with your ability to fly. Then you will be able to fly, just as easily as you can read.
How do I change a belief?
By imagining its opposite as real and by imagining the original belief as no longer real. This will implant the new belief, assuming that you have already uprooted all conflicting beliefs.
What if deep down, I don’t believe that my thoughts control my reality?
If that is your most dominant belief, then you will be powerless to affect reality by changing your thoughts, regardless of the particular method you use.
Only when you begin to uproot this belief and start to imagine its opposite will you have any power to affect your reality through thought.
What if I’m not certain about what I believe?
Then you will manifest uncertainty. Your reality will appear uncertain and confusing.
So why can’t you fly?
Because you believe I can’t fly. Hence you will never see me fly as long as you continue to hold that belief.
So if I believed you could fly, then you could fly?
Yes. But it would be more accurate to say this: If you knew I could fly, then I could fly. If you knew you could fly, then you could fly.
But what if you believe you can fly, but I’m certain you can’t, and you go jump off a tall building and try to fly?
Then you will see me leap to my death in spectacular fashion.
But if the world is created by my thoughts, then why does it seem so stable day after day?
In truth there is no day after day. There is only the present moment, which is the only place where thought has power. At this time you believe in the past and the future, and you believe the past, present, and future must have a certain continuity, so that is real for you. If you believe the past, present, and future could be discontinuous, then that would be your reality, and you would have more power in the present than you do now.
Why do I feel depressed sometimes?
Because you hold thoughts that make you powerless.
So how do I overcome depression?
Stop holding thoughts that make you powerless, and reclaim ones that restore your power. Also, stop giving thought to what you don’t want. Turn your full attention to think only of what you do want, regardless of the current state of your manifested reality.
But sometimes I can’t help but think of depressing thoughts?
Then you will experience the inability to control your thoughts in accordance with your expectations. In other words, you will be stuck in depression.
Depression seems like a vicious cycle then. If my depressed thinking manifests powerlessness, how can I reclaim my power to overcome depression when I’m feeling powerless to begin with?
Search for the most empowering thought you can hold which is congruent with your reality. You will find something that you believe will diminish your feeling of powerlessness, even in your current self-limiting state. Focus your attention on what you believe to be within your control right now, and use it as a wedge to increase your power more and more. It may mean going to see a funny movie that will lift your spirits, talking to a friend, or saying a prayer to ask for divine help. Whatever you think has a shot of increasing your power, do it.
Think the most empowering thoughts you can. Take the most empowering actions you can. Through this process you will restore more and more of your natural power, and your depression will soon lift. If you ever decide to return to the state of depression, you need only hold thoughts of powerlessness, and you will become depressed once again.
So what is the purpose of life?
The purpose of your existence is whatever you believe it to be. You are free to manifest whatever you choose to believe. By making the decision to experience powerlessness in varying degrees, that is what you have manifested. But of course you always have a way back to your original state of full consciousness. It is simply a matter of reclaiming more and more of your natural power to manifest by pure thought.
But what about my job, personal possessions, and all that?
Those are your manifestations. If you enjoy that level of existence, then continue manifesting it by thinking of the perpetuation of these conditions. If you wish to manifest something else, then withdraw your thoughts from your current conditions and imagine something else as real.
What about wars and famine and things like that? Am I manifesting those too? If so, how can I stop doing that?
Yes, you are manifesting those too. The way to stop manifesting them is to stop imagining them as real. Nothing that you do not imagine as real can manifest.
So if I want to manifest psychic abilities, then I must first get myself to believe that I can?
Yes. Otherwise if you believe psychic experiences to be impossible, then you won’t be able to manifest them. You can never manifest what you know to be impossible.
This is too weird.
If that is your belief, then weirdness is what you will manifest.
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