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: August 14. 2007
Wanting is the state of not having.
When we focus our thoughts upon those things we want, we are acknowledging lack as our reality, and that only manifests more lack into our experience.
To avoid this, focus on the desired experience, the experience you wish to have. If you want money, desire the experience of spending money, of cashing a BIG check, or of looking at a large bank statement. This takes the focus off of lack and fixes it upon the ACTION of receiving.
The doing of anything is an action of your physical body and is the final step in the manifestation process. Your body (perception tool) is what you use to accept or realize your desired state of being. By placing your focus on that final step - you are experiencing the state of completion NOW.
This final step has no creative power in itself, but the imagining of the desire fulfilled places the outcome (or experience) in the now and that process CREATES in the present moment.
You cannot do anything physically to cause this completion, you must be the completion. You cannot do abundance, you must become abundant in thought. You cannot do health, you must become healthy.
Focusing on the experience or goal creates it. Then that energy creates the situations, people, and circumstances to bring about that experience for you.
You can never have what you want. What you are internally is what your external world becomes. Don’t perpetuate a world of lack, experience a world of completion.
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.
Often during the manifestation process, I rely too heavily upon perception to gauge my progress. This is detrimental to the manifestation process. This reliance also happens to be one of my biggest hurdles to overcome on my path.
The reason relying upon perceptions to gauge the manifestation process is erronous is that most of us cannot see beyond the veil of our physical senses. In order to lift that veil and glimpse Truth, we must believe and have faith that Truth is made manifest even when it lies beyond our current perceptions.
We are locked into our physical senses, and only “See” or KNOW what we allow through our veil of perception. This SEEING of what we define as our REALITY is often even further refined and limited by our belief systems, our past, and our judgements. So, only a tiny fraction of all that is possible (TRUTH) is ever made manifest in our awareness, and we remain blind.
Perception is not Truth. We can believe it is, but this is in itself an erronous perception. Perception is simply that which we allow into our awareness, what we choose to see, to believe, or to experience.
In a very real sense, we block our own light, we block truth.
The truth is always the same. Perceptions change. Often we don’t see TRUTH simply because our attention is so focused upon our perceptions of the situation. When we take our eyes off of the prize, and stop focusing on our desires, we can only see through our filtered perception of TRUTH and we block our manifestations from entering into our physical awareness.
Seeing truth means knowing not only that there is more than one way down a mountain, it means KNOWING that ALL paths lead down the mountain. The truth doesn’t lie in anything you perceive, it lies in your desire, and it lies in your DECISION to be, do, or have that which you desire.
This is YOUR DREAM, fear not - all paths lead to your desires.
as posted September 23, 2007
We can never truly block a manifestation. We can, however, misperceive the manifestation.
What this means is that we (physical body) are a filtering device. Through our five physical senses, our memories, judgements, and beliefs, we filter the TRUE REALITY (which is always 100% perfect) and only allow ourselves to perceive what aligns with, or can fit through those filters (memory/judgements/beliefs).
So, lets say I desire to earn $10,000. this month to pay my monthly expenses plus pay off a credit debt I have. The moment I desire it, it comes into being. Now $10,000 doesn’t automatically and magically get deposited into my bank account, what happens is that out there in the unseen spaces things are clicking, are working together to bring me the $10,000 - so the moment I desire and set that intention, it is so. It is all worked out, all figured out, all set into motion to come about.
Now, if I doubt it can really happen because I believe there is no possible way for me to earn that much in such a small space of time, it doesn’t stop what has already been created, but those thoughts, feelings, and beliefs I hold which are out of alignment with the manifestation prevent me from experiencing it.
Perhaps there was a person, a situation, an event which was to bring me that money in very short order, but because of my BLOCKS, I didn’t even notice it, didn’t see that path right in front of me.
I missed it, because although it existed as potential, I couldn’t see it. I prevented myself from having that which I desired and created for myself.
Belief is the biggest block to allowing. If what you desire is not made manifest, look to your beliefs and work through them.
as originally posted: April 3, 2007
When I first discovered and began learning about the Law of Attraction the most difficult thing for me to accept was that I could have anything I asked for. This idea was so contrary to the messages I’d learned in childhood, through my family, friends, from T.V., at school, and from the world, that I couldn’t grasp nor really wrap my mind around the simpicity of the Principle.
What I’ve learned since then is that not only can I have anything I ask, I can have everything I desire.
It is stated in the DVD “The Secret” that Love is the strongest force in the universe.
I agree, with this addition to their statement: Unconditional Love is the strongest power in the universe. Love, as it plays out in most of our lives and how it is portrayed in movies and books, isn’t unconditional love. It is very conditional and really isn’t LOVE at all. It is physical attraction, lust, need, want, and a variety of other descriptive terms which rely on ego based emotion and upon our need to feel “Special”.
Unconditional love, on the other hand, is not based in need, want, or specialness - Unconditional love is extension, or creation, if you like. This extension of energy is without judgement or opinion, it simply is. This is the force behind the Law of Attraction. Love offers EVERYTHING to EVERYONE EQUALLY, FOREVER.
If it were denied to anyone at anytime for any reason, if it were witheld, or judged at all, it would cease to be pure unconditional love.
Nothing is held back from us, as it cannot be held back, the power being what it is. Everything we desire, everything we ask for is given - without hesitation or judgement. The reason the manifestations are not immediate and seem to take a long time, or are never observed at all, is because we do not ALLOW it to come to us.
We always can choose to receive or not to receive. The oddest thing about blocking our manifestations is that we don’t do it purposely, yet we cannot stop doing it.
Each time we hold back from receiving through our thought offerings, we ask a substitute to take its place. We may desire unlimited income, and it is there waiting for us to allow it, yet our thought offerings are of need, lack and poverty - so instead of accepting what has been so lovingly bestowed, we choose to substitute poverty and lack instead. We may desire world peace, but if our thought offerings are of revenge and violence, we are choosing to substitute revenge and war for the peace which is there waiting for us.
This is why it is so important to observe our thoughts, if we are not offering thoughts which align with our desires, we will block our manifestations and by so doing - choose a substitute instead.
originally posted: September 27, 2007
You are a manifesting machine. You manifest your reality 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
You already do it, you’ve been doing it all along, and you will continue to do it as long as you are in a body.
You cannot stop doing it, it is a “System” set in place at the beginning and will not cease to operate so long as we are experiencing life in this realm.
The one thing you can do, you should do, and I hope you will do is learn how to make this “System” work for you rather than against you.
How The System Works
Our thoughts are images which we have learned to associate with words. Every thought is an image. The images in our mind either perpetuate or create experiences.
These images can be a memories or visions of a yet unexperienced but desired state, but it is still an image in your mind. This is then impressed upon the subconscious which then goes to work manifesting it into physical form.
Each image in your mind is stored in the brain (database). It is stored here by what is referred to in NEW THOUGHT as the Ego Mind. The Ego mind is the part of your brain which is both the database and the operator of it.
When an image is stored it is associated with an experience (sensory), an emotion, or both and when all are combined it forms a BELIEF about this experience. Anytime we have a new experience, the brain runs it through this database (filter) to find any other experiences which are similar. It pulls this information and this new experience is FILTERED through the BELIEF (past experience, past sesory perceptions, and formed beliefs). The brain rarely contemplates if these held beliefs are true or not, it just calls them up and uses them as a filter for perception.
At this point then only that which aligns with this past experience & BELIEF is allowed into our awareness (perception).
Everything else is blocked from our awareness. We only see, hear, feel, taste, smell and experience those things which make it through this filter into our ego-based awareness.
So we have thoughts (mental images), which then is made manifest into reality, our brain takes what the body experiences through the physical senses and runs it through the filters (past experiences and formed beliefs), then allows only what aligns with or makes it through the filter.
Changing the System
If we desire to experience something which isn’t making it through the filter the only way to do so is to find that part of the filtering system which is preventing the experience and remove it.
How do we do this? First we must acknowledge what we believe, remember, or think which is filtering a desired state from our awareness. Then we must look at it closely and decide it we need to retain this belief, this memory, this judgement of a past experience or thought. If not, we simply acknowledge it isn’t true and replace it with a truth we desire to hold instead.