First We Think It, And Then It Happens

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This Message Arrived in my email and it’s a perfectly simple explanation of reality…  

First We Think It, And Then It Happens

First we think it, and then it happens. That’s the way life works. Unfortunately, that’s not what we were taught in school or by our parents. We were taught everything but this oh-so valuable piece of information because if we were to find out that our thoughts come first and then we see the manifestations of them we would not be as programmable and we would be free to create the reality of our own choice. We would be free.

Did you ever wonder why so many of us have the tendency to create scenarios in our lives that don’t serve us? One of the main reasons is because we’ve never fully grasped that there’s a relationship between our thoughts and words and our experiences. We think we can think and talk about anything we please with no repercussions. Said another way, we tend to think that our thoughts and words don’t really have an effect on our lives. But once we learn this oh-so valuable piece of information we’ll become much more careful about what we say and what we think. Won’t we?
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Events, Perception, Truth, and Subjective Reality

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Steve Pavlina, Guest Post
Waking Times

What exactly is an event?

An event is something that happens at a given place and time. An event is essentially a point or interval in space-time.

Place and time are both relative concepts.

To define a place, you need a reference location. Places are defined by relationships, such as by coordinates (relative to a coordinate system) or directions (relative to a starting location).

To define a time, you must also use relationships, such as a time’s relationship to the present moment or to another date and time.

When you try to define events in objective terms, you internally translate them into subjective terms anyway.

If someone gives you a date and time, you’ll naturally interpret it relative to your present moment or relative to some other event in your past or future or in your memories. If someone tells you a location, you naturally interpret it relative to your current location, your home, or some other location you’re familiar with. When and where only hold meaning when they can be translated into terms relative to your when and your where.

Events and Perception

All the dates and locations you have stored in your memory came from your perceptions. Maybe you experienced those events directly, or maybe you learned about them from another source. Either way that knowledge came via your perceptions. So it stands to reason that your entire knowledge of space-time comes through your perceptions. Hence, anytime you consider an event in space-time, you’re considering that event as filtered through your perceptions. You’re considering that event relative to yourself.

 

We like to think of objective frames of reference as things that exist outside of ourselves. When you say, “Let’s be objective about this,” it’s a suggestion for everyone to step outside their personal perspectives and to consider reality from a perspective that exists outside of them. In truth this is merely an illusion, however, since objectivity is always ultimately translated into subjective terms. We can’t escape the fact that all of space-time comes to us through our perceptions, including the memories we rely upon when we’re trying to be objective. Objectivity is something you had to learn about through your subjective senses.

 

You see… objectivity is simply an extra layer of abstraction on top of subjectivity. When you talk about objective events, what you’ve actually done is defined a space-time coordinate system relative to yourself, and then you placed events within that coordinate system. But if you remove the abstraction layer, you can see that you actually plotted events relative to yourself.

Even if you try to define an event that exists outside yourself, you’re still being self-referential (i.e. “outside of me”), and therefore you’re still being subjective.

 

The point here is that all events are both self-referential and subjective. You cannot have an event which is completely outside of you. You are in fact a necessary component of every event that occurs. You are the observer.

 

Objective Events

Suppose a bomb explodes in another city. You read about it in the news the next day. What is the actual event that occurred?

You might be inclined to say that the event was the explosion that happened the previous day. Its place is the other city where the explosion occurred. Its time is some particular time of day yesterday. This is how you would plot the event in space-time.

But if you define events this way, you aren’t paying attention to what really happened. The actual event was your reading the news and learning about the explosion. Then you plotted that event in your memory. You imagined it and stored it.

Later on you may create new events by accessing your memory to recall that story. Memory is re-imagination.

The actual event occurred within your imagination. In fact, this is the only true location where events can occur.

Consider this:

What if there was no bomb and no explosion?

What if the news story was false?

What if you read a retraction about that story the next day?

According to the original interpretation of this event, you got duped. The event never happened. The story wasn’t true…

yet you reacted as if the story had been true. Maybe it affected you emotionally. What caused that effect? It wasn’t the explosion, since no explosion actually occurred. Now if the explosion really had occurred, can you still claim that this was the actual event you were reacting to?

If this is how you interpret events, then you have to acknowledge that your mind is probably littered with lots of false events. You picked up untrue information through mistakes or intentional deception here and there, but you memorized it in the form of real events. This means you can’t really trust the contents of your own mind. Some of it is true. Some of it is false. And a lot of it is probably a mixture of truth and falsehood.

What effect will this have on you? It will create doubt, won’t it? If you know you’re capable of storing false events in your memory, then you can’t fully trust your memories, can you? You can’t be too sure of anything.

When you hear a report of a new event, how will you respond? If the event seems significant, you’ll probably want to verify the truth of it. You’ll be naturally skeptical. In fact, that would be the most intelligent approach because you wouldn’t want your mind to get cluttered with false memories. So skepticism is a natural result of a belief in objective events that occur outside of you. If your root assumption is that reality is objective in nature, then skepticism is a sensible strategy.

So if I tell you the President of the USA was assassinated today, you’ll want to verify that independently. It would be unwise for you to assume I’m telling you the truth. You’ll have some measure of doubt upon hearing such a report from just one person. It could be a lie, a trick, or something else entirely.

Also, it stands to reason that your mind will be filled with knowledge that you consider fuzzy. You’ll experience a lot of uncertainty in terms of trying to nail down what is true and what isn’t. What exactly happens at Area 51?  What’s the real reason the USA invaded Iraq?  Does your girlfriend really love you?  Does your boss think you’re doing a good job?  What’s the best diet to eat? Your life will be filled with such uncertainties.

Digging to uncover the truth becomes an endless quest. You can never eliminate uncertainty. The more you dig, the more questions you discover. The quest for objective truth is a metaphysical snipe hunt.

Am I suggesting that this interpretation of events is somehow wrong? Not at all. It’s a perfectly valid interpretation. I simply want to point out that this interpretation leads to certain natural consequences. It generates an endless loop of skeptical questioning and lifelong uncertainty. That isn’t a good or bad thing per se. It just is.

Subjective Events

Let’s return to our bomb story. What’s the subjective method of interpreting this event?

In this case we would say that your awareness of the story is the event. The story arises within your consciousness, and you perceive it. You imagine the explosion occurring. Your imagination impacts you and gives rise to other thoughts and feelings. This act of perception is in fact the event.

 

So what if the story turns out to be false?  Does this invalidate what you experienced?  No.  You never objectified the explosion to begin with. There is no “out there.” Your PERCEPTION is the event.

When you discover that the explosion never occurred, it doesn’t invalidate anything. Now you’re experiencing a new present-moment. You experience new thoughts and emotions. You’re still in the present moment experiencing the unfolding of a present-moment event.

Events are perception. If there’s no perception, there’s no event.

Since perception is a present-moment phenomenon, technically there are no events outside of the present. There is only one event, and it’s what’s happening right now.

When you learn that the bomb story was false, and you recall your reaction to that false story, you’re still in the present moment. You’re accessing your memories in the present. You’re experiencing your thoughts and feelings in the present.

Objective Truth

In objective reality we must deal with the duality of truth and falsehood. There can be true events and false events, and you can’t always tell the difference. If I tell you a story, you can’t be immediately sure if the story is true or false. Did it really happen or not? You can never know for certain because truth is something that exists outside your perceptions. Therefore it is unknowable. Consequently, you can never be aligned with truth as long as you believe in objectivity. The more objective you are, the more doubt you have.

If you really hold fast to an objective frame, then you can’t even trust your own memories. Objectively speaking, human memory is hideously unreliable. Much of what you think you know may turn out to be patently false, but you may never come to realize that it’s false. How much false information do you currently believe to be true? To be truly objective, you must hold serious doubts about the contents of your own mind. And that means you must also be doubtful of your belief in objectivity. Ultimately, the more objective you become, the more doubt you’ll experience. Eventually you will come to realize that you can know nothing and trust nothing. Some philosophers have gone that route, and perpetual doubt was the ultimate conclusion.

What’s the consequence of this philosophy?

Since you cannot discern objective truth from falsehood with total certainty, you’ll probably feel somewhat ungrounded and insecure. At first it may be a nagging feeling, but the more objective you try to be, the more this feeling will grow. The only way to really handle it in the long run is to release your need for certainty. Unfortunately this is a natural consequence of assuming that reality is objective in nature.

Subjective Truth

Now how do we define truth from a subjective perspective? First of all, truth can only exist in the present moment. Truth is whatever you’re experiencing right now. That is the only place you can have certainty. Your experience of your thoughts and feelings right now is true. You can trust your subjective experience. It is real because you perceive it as real. The now is your truth. This is the best place to ground yourself. You can trust this moment. It is real.

This is why so many meditation practices have you start by focusing on your breathing. Paying attention to your breath helps you re-connect to the present moment. Conscious breathing grounds you in what is real. You can experience truth simply by witnessing: I am breathing in. I am breathing out. I am breathing in. I am breathing out. This is real. This is truth.

 

From a subjective perspective, there’s no point in objectifying your memories. Recalling a memory is a present moment experience. Therefore it is real and true. A memory doesn’t have to be true in an objective sense. It only has to be true in the sense that you are experiencing that memory right now. It is true because it is a real, present-moment experience.

 

Using your imagination also gives you an experience of truth.

When you imagine something, you’re having a true perceptual experience.

 

What is the long-term result of living within a subjective frame? Technically that question is nonsensical because the question is framed from an objective frame? Long-term implies living in the future, which cannot be aligned with subjective truth.

To phrase this question in subjective terms, we would need to ask, What is the present-moment reality of living within a subjective frame? Whereas objectivity is concerned with past and future, subjectivity is concerned only with right now.

 

When you ground yourself in the present moment, you can live in a state of certainty. You can know that your present moment experience is real. Consequently, you can become strongly aligned with truth when you hold to a subjective frame of reference. You can gradually let go of doubt and feel very centered in your experience of reality.

 

The Best Tool for the Job

Understanding the contrast between the objective and subjective lenses is a key to conscious living.

Let’s bring this abstract gobbledygook down to earth with some practical application by considering a few scenarios.

 

Career

How would you choose a career?

With an objective frame of reference, it’s about predicting the future. Where is the path going to take you?  How will you get there? What are the risks?  What will it be like?

With a subjective frame, the question doesn’t make much sense. You don’t really need a career. Instead your focus will be on what you can do right now. What would bring you joy in this moment?  What will make you happy right now?  What would you like to experience here and now?

For example, objectively speaking I can say that I’m a blogger or a writer or a personal development expert. I can talk about the projects I’m working on and the goals I’ve achieved. That would be one way to define my career.

Subjectively I could say, “Right now I am writing, and it feels good. I am happily writing.” I can tell you about the ideas flowing through my mind that I’m finding ways to express.

Which definition is more valid? Technically neither. But personally I like the subjective side because it’s a better fit for my real experience. It is more true. I do not know what tomorrow will bring. But right now, I know with certainty that I am writing. When I know I am in the here and now, I am aligned with truth. I feel certain and centered and harbor no doubts.

Relationships

How do you define your relationships?

Objectively your relationships are defined by their history and by your future plans. In order for a person to be a family member, friend, or lover, they must satisfy certain historical criteria.

Subjectively your relationships are defined by your feelings and your sense of connectedness. There’s no need to satisfy any particular objective requirements. A family member is anyone with whom you feel a familial bond. A friend is anyone you feel friendship towards.

I can talk about my relationship with Erin in terms of our 15-year history together. Or I can simply pay attention to the feelings I have for her right now.

This is another area where I find the subjective lens more empowering. I see a lot of pain in people who cling to the objective lens. For example, they remain stuck in relationships that do not feel good to them, partly out of loyalty to the past history together and the expected future obligations. Even in an objective sense though, it’s easy enough to predict that this is a path of long-term misery.

Health

How do you make sound health decisions?

Objectively you would have to learn a great deal about nutrition and the human body. And you’d still be riddled with doubt because so much of that information is contradictory. So you’d have to conduct lots of personal experiments and measure the long-term results to discover what works for you. With any luck you might figure a few things out before you die.

Subjectively you need only pay attention to the present moment experience of being in your body. When you eat notice how each food makes you feel?  Observe your food cravings, and notice which ones feel good to indulge and which don’t.

I just took a short break from writing this article to eat a small apple.  Objectively I could talk about the vitamins in the apple, the health benefits of raw foods, the environmental consequences of eating apples, and so on.

 

Subjectively I can pay attention to how the apple makes me feel. I noticed that I was hungry, so I decided to eat the apple because it was visually attractive to me. It was sweet and crunchy and juicy. I don’t feel guilty for eating it, knowing that the apple tree that spawned it can continue to live out its life, none the worse for wear.

 

I can choose to monitor my health objectively, and I can also choose to monitor my health subjectively. I can get a medical checkup to see how all my organs check out. I can also notice when I’m stressed and do things that relax me. I can notice when my body feels sluggish and do things that energize me. If I’m depressed I can do things that make me laugh.

 

In this particular area, I’ve also gotten the best results from following the subjective path. I eat the foods and do the exercises that feel best to me. I avoid doing things that would make me feel guilty.

 

This morning I was going to go the gym as usual, but I checked in with myself and felt more inspired to go for a walk. So I walked around the neighborhood for 80 minutes, exploring some streets I’d never traveled. I discovered a small park, an elementary school, and a Hindu temple within walking distance that I never knew were there. I sat in the park for several minutes and watched the beautiful sunrise over the mountains. It was a perfect morning, subjectively speaking.

 

Living Subjectively

I’m not saying that the subjective frame is always the best tool for the job. However, more often than not I find it very valuable to view situations through a subjective lens instead of adding that extra layer of abstraction to consider them objectively.

 

Ask yourself: What am I experiencing now?  What am I feeling?  What would I like to experience now?  What would I like to feel? Let your feelings inform your decisions. Then act on those decisions.

 

When you are not feeling good, you’re on the wrong path, so get off it! Stop doing what you’re doing immediately, and try something else. Test thoughts in your imagination by dreaming up other things you could do right now. Keep cycling through different thoughts until you find one that feels good. Then act on that thought. Then repeat.

 

If something feels wrong to you, it is wrong. If it feels right, it is right. Let that be your truth for a while. See what it’s like to live that way. You’ll soon discover that what you assumed would feel right sometimes feels wrong when you try it, and vice versa. But the more you live this way, the more you’ll discover what feels good to you consistently.

 

What fascinates me is how living subjectively actually causes life to work well from an objective perspective too. When you seek to create enduring happiness for yourself in the present moment, you will find yourself doing the very things that will take care of your bills, your relationships, and more.

 

This article originally appeared at StevePavlina.com.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.

Expanding Our Awareness to See a Multi-Dimensional Reality

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Paul Lenda, Guest Post
Waking Times

We perceive Reality through our senses which convince us that the way in which we experience the world around us is exactly the way it exists. The true nature of Reality, however, is not experienced through this superficial perception of the world and limits the incredible (some say magical) nature of the universe and beyond. Thanks to the new physics led by such luminaries as David Bohm, Ervin Laszlo and Fred Alan Wolf, the collective consciousness now has easy access to the in-formation about the universe showing us that Reality is far more complex and interwoven that we have imagined it to be.

 

The illusion of a stable dense reality that we call the third dimension can distort our very understanding of what we are, how we are, and why we are. We oftentimes put too much trust in our basics senses without seeing if there is more than meets the eye (oftentimes doing so in order to create simple answers to complex questions). The wonderful truth is that there is much, much more to life than this. The new physics validates many understandings of life, the universe, and Reality as a whole that were experienced by the sages, the mystics, and the meditators of ages past. One of the most incredible validations is the reality of multi-dimensionality.

 

David Bohm, one of the most forward-thinking paradigm-shifters of the new physics, had discovered through mathematical equations and actual experiments that particles making up matter in the form of a flower, chair, human, etc. are literal “projections of a higher-dimensional reality which cannot be accounted for in terms of any force or interaction between them”.

 

It’s discoveries and proclamations such as this one that have helped establish with larger and larger certainty the idea that we are living and experiencing a world that is a holographic projection out of some primary Reality. It is the understanding of such a fundamental aspect of reality that made physicists such as Albert Einstein and Max Planck to effectively put forward the idea that matter, the way we perceive it to be, does not exist.

 

When we understand that all is one and that everything is connected to everything else within our lives, the planet and the universe, then we cannot just stop there…we have to expand it far beyond these limitations. David Bohm explained that the “implicate order (the unbroken wholeness of the totality of existence as an undivided flowing movement without borders) has to be extended into a multidimensional reality. In principle, this reality is one unbroken whole, including the entire universe with all its ‘fields’ and ‘particles.’”

 

Reality may seem vast, elaborate and complex yet it is ultimately an undivided Whole.

We perceive the Whole as something that is incredibly fractionated in all sorts of ways (stars are different from swimming pools which are different from bananas which are different from video games) yet all of these supposed divisions arise from the same Source field and energy that expresses itself in a unique way as to develop this Source field of energy in as many different configuration patterns as is possible….and anything is possible leaving this truly infinite in its scope.

 

Accepting a multidimensional reality is one of the most significant paradigm shifts that you can have in your lifetime. The way you look at everything changes. You even have the ability to experience reality in a far wider way than you once did since you will be more aware of there being more than what you previously thought there was “out there.” All the seemingly empty space around you will not be empty anymore. Bohm and other physicists have shifted their positions of awareness to see the world through this new lens of wonderment. Bohm said that “what we call empty space contains an immense background of energy, and matter as we know it is a small, ‘quantized’ wavelike excitation on top of this background, like a tiny ripple on a vast sea.”

 

Looking deeper into these energy ripples on the cosmic sea, physicists have found that in a cubic centimeter of seemingly-empty space, with the shortest possible wave (10^-33 cm), there is far more energy than the total energy of all the physical matter in the known universe. The amazing and incredible nature of this discovery is almost surreal, yet it’s been found to be a very real aspect of our Reality.

 

Why live in a shadow of what truly is? Let go of all past perceptions about a bland three-dimensional Reality that you may have once had. Understand, experience, and embrace the upgraded reality you can now undoubtedly become aware of. See the incredible magic that you are a part of, since you are multidimensional just as everything else is. Welcome to your new upgraded Reality. Your life will look completely different from here on out.

 

About the Author

Paul Lenda is a conscious evolution guide, author of The Creation of a Consciousness Shift, and co-founder of SHIFT>, a social community focused on anchoring in the new paradigm and assisting the positive transformation of humanity. With the drive to be aware of and experience the wider horizon of Reality, Paul has developed an extensive background in the spiritual and transformative elements of life; one that is both knowledge and experienced-based. Visit his website www.shift.is, follow him on Twitter or visit the Shift Facebook community.

MAN’S GREATEST DISCOVERY

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I found this to be an Excellent Read!

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MAN’S GREATEST DISCOVERY by HENRY HARRISON BROWN

Author of “How to Control Fate through Suggestion,” “Not Hypnotism, but Suggestion,” and Editor of NOW.

The potential of Life is Immortality and that without pain, sorrow, disease, or death. Henry Harrison Brown.

FORWARD
These essays are TRUTH to me. They wrote themselves.

I was but the instrument through which thought crystallized.

They -welled up from a full heart and were moist with tears of joy.

When the significance of the Greatest of all human discoveries dawned upon me,like Saul of Tarsus, I was stricken with the magnitude of the Perception and for several days lived as one in a trance.

The sub-conscious life was the only reality. I lived that which I have here written.

When the Thought crystallized into the title of this book, like the Greek of old I cried, “Eureka,” and paced my room in rapture. I clairvoyantly perceived the wonderful possibilities that lay in the Discovery.

Like a mighty spiritual wind, such as the old Hebrew seers felt when they prophesied, was this perception of fulfillment.

“The hour now is when men shall no more worship God either in temple or on mount, but shall know themselves almighty and deathless,” was the Voice within me.

I saw man as Conscious King of himself, and “I AM POWER” was the Affirmation then realized.

In this spirit was the first essay written. Day by day, since that September morning, have I entered more and more into the Realization of the Vision then vouchsafed me.

 Each succeeding essay has only increased the responsibility which I, as Henry Harrison Brown, have felt, as the instrument for that “which has been from all eternity,” as it finds expression in and through me. I am possessed with the desire and purpose to keep my personality behind the curtain and to have Truth for which I stand recognized by the world.

This desire is now overruled by this same Perception and Power, and I must say this much that the centuries to come may find it as History.

I must also add: Truth and I are one!

Since Truth is eternal, this book is eternal. The paper on which it is written may perish but the

Thought vibrations, never. This generation may pass from sight but MAN will live forever. This generation may have individuals who realize Truth and never die.

Generations to come will all so realize and earth will be redeemed from the results of undeveloped human powers. The Potential of Life is IMMORTALITY, and that without pain, sorrow, disease or death.

I know of no other attempts in literature to demonstrate from the position of modern science the Unity of Soul and matter under the thought of a Present Immortality.

It being a fact that that the thought of these essays is in accord with that of advanced thinkers along many lines, I have prefaced each one with numerous quotations. Limited in my library advantages, I have given what I found. But finding so many in my limited range of authorities, what must there be to him who has the range of the large libraries denied, by location, to me?

I have only carried their principles and their deductions farther and have done this through the scientific spirit and method, basing all my deductions upon observed phenomena.

If my position is false, the physics of the world is also false.

The phenomena of Telepathy, Levitation, and Clairvoyance are as familiar to me as that of chemistry to the professors of that science. I have been healed by Thought.  I heal by Thought. I send and receive messages by the wireless telegraphy of Mind.

By this method I am in communication with those individualities with whom I can establish sympathetic vibration,  whether they are in the sphere we call the sense-life or in that we call spirit-life, for these spheres are one to the unfolded Soul.

By means of my Psychometric faculties I read the inner life of man or rock, and know only Soul, as the maker and builder of all external life. Knowing this from over thirty years’ experience, I were false to Self, to Truth, to my fellow man did I not write that which I know, that it may be a stimulant to others, helping them to realize that they are not body, but Mind, and are deathless.

I can only affirm: That which I am, all men are.

The century that now is will see all this phenomena, the common life of the advanced races. Telepathy is the promise of that unfoldment of latent power which means for earth the fulfillment of all that poet, priest, and seer have foreseen.

Feeling this, I have only let Truth have its way through me. It has clothed itself in the best robes of language it laid in the storehouses of my brain. Written first for the columns of my little journal, NOW, these essays, perhaps, have the crudities of the haste of newspaper preparation, but better so than that I take the fire of  inspiration from them by the cooling process of criticism.

So, oblivious of critic, I put them forth in this form for those who can feel the Truth in them. I thus awaken those vibrations in the Thought ocean, in which all humanity is engulfed, which will find other brains fitted by special training for their manifestation along similar and co-ordinate lines.

Thus this little book, the child of my inspiration and love, is set a Bethel-stone to mark the beginning of this Psychic Era that ushers in the Millennial dawn of Perfect Manhood.

In the Faith that Love and Truth will soon lead Man to this victory, I am HENRY HARRISON BROWN.

“NOW” Office, San Francisco, April, 1902.

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