Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Creating 2007

I was the guest speaker for the New Year’s Eve program at the Unity Church of Shreveport. The topic was “Creating 2007” - a look at the fundamental law empowering anyone to create a more joyous, prosperous, and fun life. Being in church, it seemed appropriate to begin with passages which I believe reference the Law of Attraction:

John 8: 31-32: So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Matthew 7:7 – “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.”

Luke 11: - “I say unto you. Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Saying 2, Gospel of Thomas: Jesus said, "Those who seek should not stop seeking until they find. When they find, they will be disturbed. When they are disturbed, they will marvel, and will rule over all."

Matthew 15:11: “Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

Mark 7:15: “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.”

Jesus revealed to the people of that time a great Truth. He taught, by means of his parables, how this Truth was a part of daily life and how anyone could practice it. Not everyone could understand. Not everyone wanted to understand. And a lot of people were threatened by this idea and sought to extinguish it.

The great Truth is known to us as the Universal Law of Attraction – like attracts like – everytime, all the time. This is true in all facets of existence. It is the powerful tool we have for literally creating our life experience. This is what Jesus taught.

One reason there was so much opposition to his teachings then, and now, is a mental premise that precedes its application: Everything is connected. That is a monumental shift of perception for many people. So much of our adventure on this planet is based on a shared mis-understanding. The universe, it is generally believed, is something separate and apart from me. Life consists of a person moving through an external, seemingly hostile, universe operating according to fixed laws.

This perception is why so many of us spend a lot of time focused on the world around us, the environment, and the actions of others. We have become so practiced at paying attention to the world around us that our energy is thrust against it in an attempt to manipulate the environment/others to our satisfaction. In matters large and small:

I do not like to be sick. Disease is bad. The world is full of diseases. I must rid the world of diseases in order to be healthy.
There are people who do things I do not like. I do not like to be around them. I must make them do things I like or go away.
The world is a dangerous place and I must defend myself at all times – from biting insects, from mean people, from storms…
There are too many people suffering, I want them to be happy. I must find a way to stop their suffering.
I want to live a better life, but I don’t have the connections to get the big money it would take.

When the universe is seen as something separate, something out there acting on its own, it’s easy to see why so many go through life confused and frustrated. It is easy to understand why so many people, then and now, rejected the reality and incredible power of the Law of Attraction. In a nut-shell: With an “out there” universe, I am a victim of circumstance. There can be a lot of comfort in being the “victim” of a capricious universe: Victim = it isn’t my fault.
There are no victims in the Law of Attraction. It is scrupulously FAIR and totally NEUTRAL.
And that’s the rub.

Understanding the Law of Attraction requires the release of a powerful and ancient mis-understanding of who we are. The Universe is attraction based. That which is similar comes together. This is true at all levels – from the sub-atomic level of quantum physics, to the grandeur of the cosmos, to personal relationships, and day to day experience.

Albert Einstein recognized the spiritual nature of mankind. The universe, however, was separate from mankind. Man could observe, measure, understand, and manipulate the universe. Other than that, the universe would continue on its merry way whether Man was around or not. Man’s role is that of an Observer.

Physicist John Wheeler, in his long career, was moved to regard Man as an integral part of the Universe. Beginning with the curious but evident fact that the mere act of measuring (or observing) any aspect of the universe influenced it. A tenuous link was forged with the thinking of the observer as the force. Wheeler came to consider Man not an observer, but as a creative participant.

Another pervasive mis-understanding has been the nature of the universe. Physical objects, bits of stuff, occupy a vast nothingness, a void. Each object, large or small, is separate from other objects and, of course, from the nothingness or space it occupies. This makes a lot of sense if one examines only the outer world.

Science is a process of measurement, reduction, and prediction. Measure something, break it down to its smallest component, and predict how it will act under certain situations. There was a problem with reducing the atom. The atom kept breaking down into smaller and more elemental bits. In fact, the reduction found no “particles” at all but rather vibrations. This arena of quantum physics, sub-atomic space, is proportionally as vast as is the cosmos to the cells in your body.

The physical universe literally consists of nothing. What remains is the vibrational energy that is the universe. A vibration is a result of a force, an energy in motion. We live in a vibrational Universe.

To get an idea of what this means, consider our five physical senses. They are sensory instruments that respond to certain frequencies of vibration. There is a certain range of energy vibrations that we can hear. Yet we also know that there are frequencies both lower and higher than our sensing range. The same with light – a slim range of frequencies. Yet we know that there is “light” of lower frequency than we can’t see, and “light” of much higher frequencies. Our sense of touch covers a limited range of frequencies. If something vibrates very slowly, we may not sense it. Conversely, a high frequency is not sensed either – such as the cell phone signals zipping through your body right now.

It is not a long step to comprehend that we are vibrational Beings living in a vibrational universe. Although this explains how the three dimensional, “physical” universe exists, it also extends the range of the universe into difficult to imagine vistas. This is what I think was meant by “when they find, they will be disturbed” in the Gospel of Thomas.

One of those highly resisted vistas is the interchangeability of energy and matter. This is the E=MC² - that matter is made of incredible amounts of energy. Matter can not be destroyed; it can be transformed, but never destroyed. That steps into the realm eternal Life – if Life can be equated with energy.

It can. And that’s what has a lot of folks spooked right now. Sometimes called the Zero Point Field, or The Matrix, or in the past, the Ethers, there is a fabric of pure energy present at every point in the universe; vibrating energy totally connected.

From this matrix is produced matter. Like vibrations coalesce, attracting more and more like force, until there is sufficient energy to create a material point. Seen from a cosmological viewpoint, it’s the physical universe of stars, planets, galaxies and so forth; on a quantum level it’s quarks, charms, and spins. What governs this all-present, all-powerful energy?

Physicist Max Planck summed it up in 1944: “All matter exists by virtue of force. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”

This is the dreaded “C” word many people avoid like plague. Consciousness and intelligent mind seem too close to “God” and that is forbidden in much contemporary belief systems.
What if the universe is an infinite pool of energy in motion? The movement of which collected into like-vibrational bits resulting in what we recognize as matter? Not everyone likes this possibility.
Such a reality casts aside the ancient concept of a Creator-King ruling the stars and who designates rulers on his behalf on Earth. Divine Right of Kings. Mostly we’ve evolved out of that tribal power structure although retention to a Divine “Right” of power is very much with us. Religious wars have been around since memory and will continue as long as the old “universe” is kept alive by the beliefs of people. By extension this provides the justification for having and power over others – a rule of man made law rather than natural law. Easy to distinguish the two: Law of Attraction = you decide. Rule of Man = Someone decides for you. I mean, do you really need that SUV? Shouldn’t you pay a tax because you don’t “need” it?

So, it is easy to understand why so many can not or will not consider the great truth taught by Jesus. It requires a paradigm shift.

The Universe consists of vibrating energy. Being conscious, we influence the universe when we observe it. What is our contact with this universal force? It must be something similar or it couldn’t have influence.

Jesus taught the “secret” of power – your thinking. Thoughts attract like thoughts. That’s so simple. Yet the application is awesome. Thinking is the way we interact with the Universe and how we influence it. It is said that every thought, ever thought, exists. All the good thinking as well as the foul thinking remains – capable of being attracted to like thoughts now.

Consider thousands upon thousands of years of human thought – the good, the bad, and the ugly. All those thought-energies can move and collect around a thought generated NOW.
We DO influence the universe, which means we DO create our own experience in it. Which means that the universe, creation, is NOT finished. That’s another idea that disturbs many folks.

(You see what a hornets nest Jesus stirred with a handful of teachings!)

Astronomers have determined that the universe is expanding – growing. It was predicted to be slowing from the big bang. Everything is in motion; everything is changing; nothing is static. And that disturbs many. God did not, it seems, create a universe, set it in motion, then take a vacation.

God seems to have set it in motion and said to all creation “now, go play.”
The Law of Attraction informs us how to play. First, know what you want. Second, ask for it. Third – receive it. There is a universal language that we need to learn to be effective. That language is feelings.

Feelings are easily mis-understood. Where physical pain alerts you that a part of your physical body is injured and/or needs attention, so emotional “pain” or bad feelings alert us that something is awry with consciousness. Generally, when we feel bad, we are experiencing something we do not want, or, we may be thinking/acting in a manner contrary to our higher self.

When you want something, you have a good feeling when the idea, thought, or mental image is in your mind. You ask by giving attention to what you desire, thus attracting similar thoughts and energy. Once there is a match between the desire and the vibrations of attraction, the desire manifests.

Well, if it’s that simple, how come there are so many unhappy people? They give more attention to forcing their will on the outer, be it other people or the environment, in order for them to feel good. Yet, by thinking about what they do not like about others, they attract to their experience more of what they do not like! And, of course, they feel bad - and may work even harder to decide what you must do make them feel better.

Whatever we give our attention is what we are asking. It is our attention that the Law of Attraction responds. The stronger our attention, the more quickly we attract like vibrations, creating more of the object of our attention.

Remember, the Law is totally neutral. When we “ask” God always says Yes! The Law of Attraction IS yes.

Many of us hold an idea of a higher material standard of living. We translate that is “I need more money.” So we may hold a powerful thought of “I need more money” expecting riches to be attracted into our experience. Not much changes. Why is this?

What is a need? “Need” means a lack of something essential. So, by giving attention to what we need we are, inadvertently, “asking” for more lack of money. And we “get it.”
You see how generous the Universe is!

How do we think about health? I know people who devote much time and energy learning about what to eat, what to do, what medicine to take in order to be healthy. Many of them do not have the health they desire. What are they giving their attention to? Lack of health. Studying a disease, or condition that is NOT wanted.

Emmet Fox put it very well in “The Golden Key” - Don’t think about the problem, think about God instead. That’s how to use the Law. Whenever you notice a thought or attention to what is NOT wanted, immediately think of God instead. At least for that moment you aren’t attracting more energy to what is not desired.

Charles Fillmore put it simply: “If you’re unhappy with your life, change your thinking.” The way to replace unwanted circumstance is to think of what is wanted and build on that now. Happiness doesn’t depend on what happens in the future; it doesn’t depend on what happened before; You are attracting happiness now (or, attracting the opposite.) You are deciding, right now, what you want in your life. You are asking by giving your attention to it; and God answers YES!

Creating 2007. This year can be your year of demonstration - attracting into your experience all that you are prepared to accept. Think unto others as you wish them to think unto you.
Happy New Year.


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