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.
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.
The Chant Of The PD Guru’s
Many Personal Development Guru’s chant this mantra unceasingly, yet if this were a straightforward or easy process, well - none of us would have a negative attitude about anything. While most of us have heard this maxim, and probably agree with it in principle, simply comprehending it isn‘t enough. In order to bring about positive change in your life, it must be applied. The first step in changing an attitude is in taking responsibility for it, We must first become accountable to create any real or lasting changes in our reality.
In the following article I look a bit deeper at the source and development of our attitudes and offer tips on how to identify and change them
What Is An Attitude?
An attitude is a mental position we adopt regarding thoughts, ideas, people, feelings, or ourselves. Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors combine to produce our attitudes.
The Truth About Your Attitude
You can only adopt an attitude about something you’ve judged. Attitudes require a judgment to be placed on a certain thought, person, idea, or thing. We judge according to our beliefs, which are basically the inner truths we’ve formed through perception and experience. Every situation and person we encounter is JUDGED mercilessly, based upon these inner beliefs. Is he/she good or bad? Is it right or wrong? Are they LESS than I am or MORE? Do they love me enough? Are their comments favorable or unfavorable to my truths? Is someone treating me well or not? Each judgment then leads to thoughts, which lead to feelings, which lead to outward behaviors; thus is born an attitude.
The Self Serving Nature of Judgment
Most beliefs are based upon a self preserving premise, so most judgments are self-serving. The ego’s role is to preserve the being it resides in (you), and anything judged to be a threat to the well being of YOU is perceived to be BAD, WRONG, HURTFUL, or EVIL. When we think about people, situations, or ideas in this way, it can only lead to feelings against them and behaviors or actions to preserve our “Rightness”, this attitude is made not because of another person or situation outside our self, but because of what is happening within ourselves.
The Game of Perception
It’s a game of association revolving around perception. If someone or something is helpful or useful, we adopt a good accepting attitude. If something is perceived as threatening, then those thoughts create feelings which create certain behaviors; thus a “negative attitude” is adopted. We each have our own unique set of attitudes based upon our past experiences, thoughts, social conditioning, and perceptions. All attitude is dependent upon the past experiences of the individual who holds it.
Our attitudes aren’t wrong or right, they just are. Most are developed without conscious thought, so, in order to change an attitude, we must first take a mental inventory of those we hold. We cannot change anything without first recognizing it within ourselves.
Notice your reactions to people and events in your life. Each time you notice your attitude, try to discover why you hold to that attitude. Do you feel threatened? Do you feel “Wronged” by another? Don’t be misled into believing anyone can cause you to have an attitude or to feel a certain way, it all lies within your own mind, hidden in your beliefs and judgments.
Below are Five Tips For Identifying and Changing A Negative Attitude
1. Try to observe contrast rather than judge - When we judge, we do so out of a need to preserve our “Rightness”. If we can forgo the need to be right, and allow ourselves to just observe the contrast, we can suspend the need to judge.
2. Know what pushes your buttons - Try to notice negative feelings and what gives rise to them. Follow those feelings back to the inner beliefs which produced them. We feel angry when we hold beliefs and expectations that we feel are under attack or intruded upon. Remind yourself that although this is how the Ego was designed to function (self preservation), it has become too rigid in it’s functioning and prevents you from realizing inner peace.
3. Learning to let go - When we release ourselves from expectations and rigid belief systems, we free ourselves to adopt a more balanced and positive attitude. Remind yourself that your beliefs and thoughts are not the thoughts and beliefs of others. Nobody has to be “Wrong“, for you to be “Right”. Everyone has there own inner belief system and inner truths. We do not have to accept another’s thoughts, beliefs, or feelings as our own, we simply have to respect their right to have them.
4. Count to ten - Don’t be quick to respond or give an attitude. Get out of the habit of reacting to other people and situations. Attitude is a choice, and when we take a bit of time to think, to consider the source of our thoughts, and to delay our reactions; our attitudes can evolve and change.
5. Realize it is a choice - Your thoughts and feelings are your own. You must take responsibility for them and for everything they create. Rather than shifting blame onto others or outside of self, try to dig deeper into your own belief systems and change the underlying cause.