I’ve focused many blog posts on perception, what it is and what it is not. Today I’d like to visit the topic again because it is such a stumbling block to intentional manifestation.
First, just for a moment glance around you, smell the air, touch something near you, listen to the sounds in the background. These are you physical senses, they make up part of your perception but they are not the complete picture. Consider what happens when you look out the window and see a tree shedding it’s leaves, a cloudy sky, or a bird on the windowsill.
Seeing, hearing, tasting, or touching (all physical actions) are only part of perceiving. When you take in a visual image, a taste, a physical sensation, or a sound, it is entered into the brain (database) and run through a program which quickly compares them to those held in memory, contrasts them with other similar experiences, brings up past memories, thoughts, and emotions held at those times and then finally it run’s all of this data through your Belief Filter. Your belief filter is your inner guidance of what is not only true but what is possible. These are the adopted beliefs of your identity.
So as you sit and look outside and perceive the scene you are not only seeing what is now, but a compilation of many many other instances of similar experiences combined with the current information. Any information not in alignment with your adopted belief system is filtered OUT and not perceived. Thoughts & emotions rise depending upon all of this information.
What this means is that you are not perceiving truly. When the brain compares, contrasts, and includes past experiences to you, it actually render’s what is now into what was. The present moment cannot be contained in the past. To see with new eyes, to hear with new ears, or to see with the eyes of a child requires circumventing this packaging of information with past associations and beliefs. It requires that you be completely present & open. This is aptly described in the New Testament as being born again, in this moment. It is a complete release from memory, from mental associations, from beliefs, and from arising emotions. Tolle describes it as THE NOW, and ‘A Course In Miracles’ dubs it the HOLY INSTANT.
One of my favorite quotes about perceptions is found in ‘A Course In Miracles’, chapter 11, section VIII:
The End of the world is not its destruction, but its translation into Heaven. The reinterpretation of the world is the transfer of all perception to knowledge.
The Bible tells you to become as little children. Little children recognize that they do not understand what they perceive, and so they ask what it means. Do not make the mistake of believing that you understand with you perceive, for its meaning is lost to you. Yet the Holy Spirit has saved its meaning for you, and if you will let Him interpret it, He will restore to you what you have thrown away. Yet while you think you know its meaning, you will see no need to ask it of Him.
You do not know the meaning of anything you perceive. Not one thought you hold is wholly true. The recognition of this is your firm beginning. You are not misguided; you have accepted no guide at all. Instruction in perception is your great need, for you understand nothing. Recognize this but do not accept it, for understanding is your inheritance. Perceptions are learned, and you are not without a teacher. Yet your willingness to learn of Him depends on your willingness to question everything you learned of yourself, for you who learned amiss should not be your own teacher.
No one can withhold truth except from himself.
So in essence, we see only what we believe, and most of us believe 100% of what we see. But, the TRUTH or the real REALITY is not our perception of it. Our individual reality is completely our own and is formed by us and fed to us through our belief filter and past associations. Everything we see, hear, taste, smell, and touch is created by and through our beliefs about what is true and real, therefor everything we perceive is a reflection of who & what we are at our deepest level, our ego formed beliefs.
To break away from this circular manifestation cycle, we must enter into the unfiltered NOW, the present moment or Holy Instant. Tolle advocates using your breathe, meditation, and a continuous watchfulness of thought. Similarly ACIM advises to let go of the past, look with new eyes, and ask constantly what it is you are perceiving and what it really means. If we ask ourselves what it means, and allow ourselves an instant to become aware, our perceptions will show us all exactly what it is we truly believe. Each thought, emotion, and perception is the witness to what we hold true for ourselves and our reality, and there can be no change in thought or reality without first a change in our belief filter.
as originally posted in 3/2007
Every possible possibility you could ever desire or choose to experience already exists as a potential reality (seed) for you. Your job is not to create things from scratch, it is to decide what you desire to experience, and bring that forth (from the pool of potential reality) into manifest reality.
When you know exactly what that state of being is which you desire to experience, only then can the process of manifestation begin. You do not need to know HOW it will happen, you don’t need a “Game Plan” or a “Goal Sheet” or “Time Frame” to bring your desire about, you simply need to know the end result of your desire.
For instance, if you want to be out of debt, your ultimate desire is really financial freedom. If you want physical healing, your ultimate desire is good health. And likewise, if you long to be married or find that “Special” someone, what you truly desire is to love and be loved.
You certainly do not desire more DEBT, ILLNESS, or LONELINESS , so therefor you must first stop observing those states (you do not desire) as your reality. To stop observing a state as your reality, you re-focus your thoughts upon the end result (financial freedom/perfect health, or love) rather than the current circumstance. No matter what state your physical senses tell you is true for you at this moment, it is essential you not invest any thought energy into those things which you do not wish to continue to experience.
I was raised in the Christian religion and in our church we called this “Rebuking Evil”, and I still very much like the idea of rebuking those things which are not as I desire them to be. The way I do this is to stop myself whenever I have a thought which does not align with my desire and I say out loud to that thought, “I rebuke you, get thee behind me!”.
Now I think most Christians use this terminology when addressing what they perceive as the “Devil” but, no matter - I find that it has an energy for me, and It empowers me to push those unwanted thoughts behind me or out of my awareness, so that I can move ahead and choose only those thoughts which better align with my desires.
Next, you must substitute thoughts of your preferred state in place of the state you are now withdrawing thought from. Just swap them out. Push the undesired perceptions and thoughts aside and fill that space with the NEW THOUGHT. You need to substitute financial freedom for debt, health for illness, and love for loneliness - within your thoughts. You must perceive them through imagination as if they exist for you NOW, before they can become an objective reality.
Picture within your mind’s eye a “Scene” which would happen or play itself out once your desire has become realized. One example might be you holding a receipt in your hand that says “Paid in Full” or perhaps you see your spouse and hear him/her say how good it feels to be financially free. Maybe you see yourself in a white gown at your reception throwing the bouquet. The point is that you place yourself in your desired state NOW, within your thoughts through imagination. There are many ways to visualize this, and when you have one specific SCENE in which you can place yourself (within your imagination) and visualize the act of attainment, that is all you need.
The way conscious creation gives birth to your desire is really no different than how all birth happens, through the sowing of a seed. Consciousness (thought substance) impregnates itself (through desire), and gives birth to its likeness in MATTER/FORM, so to speak. When you desire, you plant that (seed or idea) within the subconscious mind (womb), then through visualization and imagination you assume that state of being or having that which you desire, and in consciousness it is conceived and develops into form/reality. When it is fully developed (accepted/believed by you as true) and able to sustain itself in matter, it is delivered to you (manifestation/creation) in this world of form and substance.
Obviously, if your thoughts are focused on debt then that is what you will beget. Your thoughts and feelings combine to bring forth or deliver to you the exact likeness of themselves. Everything after its own kind.
yielding seed after their kind
I know alot of writing on the Law of attraction uses the word “Universe” and that is fine, but I want to quickly define consciousness as I understand it. Consciousness is the container of creation, the womb of all created. Consciousness is everything, and in everything - it is the “Universe” and it is you. It is your thoughts, your desires, and the manifestations. Every single thing in this universe is consciousness. At its base level - at the subatomic level, ALL IS ONE SUBSTANCE.
So this law, this Law of Attraction is simply consciousness communicating with itself in various forms and at various levels, renewing itself, begetting itself, and working to bring about that which it/you desires.
There truly is nothing you can conceive of, that you cannot be, do, or have.
This is a quote from A Course In Miracles, Chapter 21 - Introduction.
Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is important. It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. Perception is a result and not a cause. And that is why order of difficulty in miracles is meaningless. Everything looked upon with vision is healed and holy. Nothing perceived without it means anything. And where there is no meaning, there is chaos.
Damnation is your judgment on yourself, and this you will project upon the world. See it as damned, and all you see is what you did to hurt the Son of God. If you behold disaster and catastrophe, you tried to crucify him. If you see holiness and hope, you joined the Will of God to set him free. There is no choice that lies between these two decisions. And you will see the witness to the choice you made, and learn from this to recognize which one you chose.
I like this quote for a couple reasons. First, it really lays it on the line regarding the reality we see. Everything we perceive outside of ourselves is a mirror to our inner state of being. Secondly, everything we choose to project outside ourselves is a choice that can be changed.
Now, keeping this in mind - take a minute to just look around you. What do you see in the world you’ve created? Conflict or Love? Blame or forgiveness? Abundance or lack? Joy or suffering? How much joy & abundance have you created for yourself?
If every instance of suffering we observe outside ourselves is in fact an image of our inner state of suffering - WOW, it appears I still have much work to do!!
My first question then is how do I get rid of it and project a state of peace and joy instead? How can I control my thoughts, take dominion over them and release myself from this world of poverty, hunger, sorrow, and suffering? I want to live in a world of fullness, abundance, joy, and love - so what are the steps necessary to get from where I am now to where I desire to be?
According to the text in the next section of this chapter, it is VISION. Vision is our salvation. When we reject our bodily perceptions and turn within the mind to Vision, we stop the cycle of projection and begin to create from our desires.
This is no easy step, it requires control of our thoughts. To see a situation bodily with physical sight is usually persuasive enough to be considered “Truth” and accepted as fact. When we begin to understand the process of Intentional Manifestation we see there is another way. We realize that what we see with our eyes is the past thoughts of the mind, it isn’t happening NOW, it is a past thought made manifest - so the ONLY way to change it is to think different thoughts NOW. If you see a overdrawn bank account now, know it’s cause is a past thought of LACK. Now think abundance. In this moment you have all the power in the universe to change anything and everything in your life. You hold that power in your thoughts.
Vision is the opposite of Sight. While sight relies on your eyes to perceive the past thoughts you’ve manifested, Vision is the process of perceiving what you desire NOW (which will play out as a future manifestation outside yourself). This is you intentionally imagining or envisioning your future as you desire it NOW.
Our thoughts are images, and when held within the mind with belief - they become our reality.
Everyday, decide to EnVision the person you wish to be, the world you want to live in, and the experiences you wish to have and then make it so.
In my post today I want to address two issues that I keep noticing as I read law of attraction forums and other blogs about the Law of Attraction.
First and foremost is the notion that the Law of Attraction “Isn’t Working” for some reason or another.
Second, the idea that some supreme intelligence OUT THERE in the “Universe” is either giving something to you or holding it away from you.
Both of these ideas are flawed at their core. Primarily they are flawed because there is no POWER OUT THERE, all power comes from within. Nothing nor NOBODY exists in this world, or the entire universe that either gives anything to you nor holds anything away from you.
It is all your doing. YOU, YOU, YOU - Your life situation and experience is entirely dependent upon you. There are many factors which combine to manifest your reality, but the primary factor is your thoughts.
Ego based thoughts project your past experiences and beliefs into the future.
Conscious thought and presence creates.
It is that simple. If what you desire to experience isn’t happening, it isn’t because the “Universe” isn’t making it happen, it is because your thoughts are aligned with Ego and you are blocking the manifestation - or I should say you are not allowing yourself to perceive it, because in truth it is already made manifest.
Come on back tomorrow and I’ll discuss how you block yourself from experiencing your manifestations.
as posted Feb/2008
My ego is my friend because without it there is no thought, no thought process, no formed belief, and no desire. All of these things work together to create what I perceive as reality - NOW.
Outside of thought there is only KNOWING, this is the God State.
For some reason my ego doesn’t yet understand, the God State chose to become the ego mind, to create through a system of belief, thought, emotion, and perception a physical reality in which to experience.
I (this identity and thought machine) will never KNOW why, but I can discover the system which underlies this holographic reality I perceive. I can understand and acknowledge that all I think I know is not true and open this mind to every possibility.
As long as I am this ego with a physical structure & personal identity, perceiving an outside world - I will not be in the God State. That is ok. I can know that is my true self - beyond this illusion. I can choose what I believe, what I think, how I feel, and what I desire to experience - and when I do - I can recode it and experience anything and everything as I choose it to be.
There are two parts of ego there is the part that is self taught (back story/identity) and then there is the part that is potential (now). The difference between the two is how & what is created as reality to experience.
If we think back to the very first “memory” of ego, that is the beginning of the “story” of ourself - maybe it was feeling loved, maybe it was being reprimanded, or maybe it was feeling alone - whatever that initial thought - belief - perception - feeling was it set up the creation loop we’ve been experiencing.
this is the self taught ego - where everything is a spiral or offshoot from the initial thought. Each adding to the next to create our story.
None of which is true, it is just a story.
To tap into the potential reality - just let it all go…. knowing there was no truth in it, it was all perception - and choose to see things differently NOW.
Kill the ego - no.
Let go of what is not true - yes.
as originally posted May/2007
“Miracles enable you to heal the sick and raise the dead because you made sickness and death for yourself, and can therefore abolish both. YOU are a miracle, capable of creating in the likeness of your Creator. Everything else is your own NIGHTMARE, and doesn not exist. Only the creations of light are real.” ACIM Chapter 1, 1:24.
“To think what you want to think is to think TRUTH, regardless of appearances. Every man has the natural and inherent power to think what he wants to think, but it requires far more effort to do so than it does to think the thoughts which are suggested by appearances. To think according to appearance is easy; to think truth regardless of appearances is laborious, and requires the expenditure of more power than any other work man is called upon to perform.
There is no labor from which most people shrink as they do from that of sustained and consecutive thought; it is the hardest work in the world. This is especially true when truth is contrary to appearances. Every appearance in the visible world tends to produce a corresponding form in the mind which observes it; and this can only be prevented by holding the thought of the TRUTH.
To look upon the appearance of disease will produce the form of disease in your own mind, and ultimately in your body, unless you hold the thought of the truth, which is that there is no disease; it is only an appearance, and the reality is health.
To look upon the appearances of poverty will produce corresponding forms in your own mind, unless you hold to the truth that there is no poverty; there is only abundance.
To think health when surrounded by the appearances of disease, or to think riches when in the midst of appearances of poverty, requires power; but he who acquires this power becomes a MASTER MIND. He can conquer fate; he can have what he wants.
This power can only be acquired by getting hold of the basic fact which is behind all appearances; and that fact is that there is ONE Thinking Substance, from which and by which all things are made.
Then we must grasp the truth that every thought held in this substance becomes a form, and that man can so impress his thoughts upon it as to cause them to take form and become visible things.”The Science of Getting Rich
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
What is TRUTH? According to Wallace Wattles, the author of the Science of Getting Rich; “To think what you want to think is to think TRUTH”. A Course in Miracles defines truth as “The creations of light”, which is to say only those things which we create in the likeness of our creator are real.
Thoughts create. There are two type of thoughts we can choose to think, they are TRUTH or ERROR. Many sources refer to these also as LOVE and FEAR, or REALITY and ILLUSION. Regardless of the specific words you use to define them, they are two very different ways of thought.
Truth is thought which is not reliant upon your perception. This can better be defined as “Knowing” really, as it is not reliant upon your physical senses and the resulting perceptions of your ego mind. Instead it is more a visualizing of Reality or knowing of truth as you decide it is. When we see truth, we choose not to view the reality of our physical perceptions and instead look upon the reality we choose for ourselves. This is truth.
Error is thought based upon memory and perception. Memory and perception are tricks of the ego or physical mind which use your belief in linear time and cause and effect to make you believe what you see with your eyes and experience with your body is TRUTH. If you function from this state of physical awareness, you are not experiencing truth. You are not creating, you are simply perceiving in error.
Cause and effect in the physical realm - or manifested realm is not the same as in the realm of TRUTH. We create in what first appears to be the opposite way of how we believe “Cause and Effect” works.
Creation is not dependent upon anything other than Desire and Decision. You may examine your life at this moment and perceive many things, be they illness, unhappiness, poverty, or chaos - but what you see is only real in the sense that it is the product of all your past thoughts, it is a memory of all that you have produced for yourself. It does not have to remain your reality. If you choose to - in this very moment, you could look at it and decide it is an illusion made in error and you can cast your thoughts upon TRUTH - and imagine your life just as you desire it to be in every detail, and you can CREATE that for yourself.
The secret to creating the reality you truly desire is to see it. Not with your physical eyes, but with your mind. The secret is that no matter what you perceive with your physical body, it is only TRUTH if it is what you DESIRE it to be. Anything which is not exactly as you desire it - is simply an ERROR, which can be changed through thought.
Stop looking back at all that you created before, memories are illusions which become chains that hold us in bondage and prevent us from using the awesome power of creation lying within us to manifest our life and the world the way we DESIRE, THINK and BELIEVE it is.