In my previous posts, I explained how everything is a manifestation of Infinite Consciousness. I also touched on the fact that consciousness is the underlying reality – i.e. what we perceive as the ‘solid’ and ‘out there’ ‘physical’ reality is still ultimately made up of consciousness.
Thoughts are Things
In a universe based on consciousness, thoughts, feelings, emotions, beliefs, and intention are all ‘things’. They are as important and as ‘real’ as rocks and metal.
This might seem a bit far-fetched at first, but it is true nevertheless and your life will begin to change for the better as soon as you are able to accept it.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to visualise this…
Consciousness, The Fascinating Shapeshifter
Think back to your school days and recall your chemistry lessons. You were probably taught that the substance we generally refer to as water is, in fact, a compound made up of two atoms of Hydrogen and one atom of Oxygen: H2O.
As we all know, H2O can exist as a gas (water vapour/steam), as a liquid (water) and, as a solid (ice). It’s the same stuff, but taking different forms.
We can now apply this as a sort of rough analogy to understanding matter and physical reality.
Our thoughts and ideas can be visualised as the lightest and least dense form of matter, much like a gas or vapour.
Then we have more concentrated thought (sometimes called ‘thoughtforms’), such as beliefs, intentions and so on. These can be thought of as the more dense, liquid-like form of matter.
And finally, we have their corresponding physical manifestations, be it a rock or a tree, which is the densest form of matter.
Now the trick here is to think back and remember that it is all the same stuff as thoughts and mental energy (consciousness), but in different forms.
The Role of Intention in Creating/Changing Reality
Since consciousness is at the root of everything, in order to create or change something, it’s better to start at the level of consciousness and work from there towards the physical (rather than the other way about).
In fact, this is often what does happen. Say an engineer wishes to construct a bridge. She would first have an idea, which grows into a clear intention. She would then take measurements and draw up plans. Only after doing all this, would she go ahead and begin construction.
So, when wishing to create a new condition in our lives, or when seeking to change something, it would be helpful to first think of it at some length and get really clear on what it is we do want to change or create.
First, we gather up the random and scattered ideas. Then, we morph these into a clear vision, underpinned by a strong desire or intention. Then we make a decision to take action to bring the vision to life.
In this process, it is usually true that the stronger and clearer the intention, then the greater the probability that it will manifest into physical form.
Scattered intent and wishy-washiness isn’t usually enough to cause an idea to manifest into physicality and even if it was, the manifestation will reflect the scattered nature of the intent behind it.
Cause and Effect
Given the above, the best way to approach change (or even creation) is by seeing thought and intention as the ’cause’ and physical manifestation as the ‘effect’. By understanding the relationship between cause and effect, we can make true and lasting change.
When we fail to accept this order of things, we see that change doesn’t come easily or last for very long.
This explains why people who follow fad diets on impulse tend to relapse back to their usual eating habits (and body weight), and why lottery winners go broke within a few years of becoming millionaires. Their external reality changes, but they have not changed their consciousness and so, their external reality eventually shifts to match their consciousness.
This is also possibly why many people are sadly revisited by the same diseases that they thought they’d successfully beaten.
This makes it imperative to seek out and address the cause of anything unwanted in our lives, rather than to attack the symptoms. For once we remove the cause, the symptoms must and will disappear.
Emotion – the Glue that Binds Reality
Just as temperature determines whether H2O rests as vapour, liquid or solid, when it comes to ‘reality’, feelings and emotions do the same.
It is love and fear (or the various different forms of these two emotions) that help thoughts to manifest into physical reality and hold them there.
Your love or desire for something will hasten its arrival into your physical reality, as will your fear or hatred of something.
It is therefore vitally important that we divert our mental energy from things as we do not wish them to be.
Failure to do so will only cause these conditions to persist or become greater (as we will continue to ‘feed’ them with our mental energy).
Instead, we must put all of our mental energy into seeing things as we do want to see them, and towards bringing them about.
In closing, I’d like to leave you with a quote from Albert Einstein‘s that captures all of this beautifully:
We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.