You Create Your Own Reality: Much More Than a Catchy Slogan–Part 1

If there is one thing that Seth/Jane Roberts is most famous for, it is coining the phrase”You create your own reality.” In dozens of variations and in hundreds of instances, Seth implores his readers to make this the number one take-away from his books.

You make your own reality. There is no other rule. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Amber-Allen, 1994/1974, Session 613, p. 14)

and

Your environment is the physical picture of your thoughts, emotions, and beliefs made visible . . . You are in physical existence to learn and understand that your energy, translated into feelings, thoughts and emotions, causes all experience. There are no exceptions. (The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 614, p. 22)

For a long time, very few people thought about the nature of reality in these terms. It is, however, not a new concept; it has for centuries been part of certain Western esoteric wisdom traditions, such as Hermeticism, Theosophy, and mystical sects of Christianity, Judaism, and other philosophies.

In modern times, this idea which was popularized by Seth and Jane Roberts has been reiterated and expanded upon by other entities and channelers, Such as Abraham/Esther Hicks and Elias/Mary Ennis, among others. Nowadays, quite a few physicists and other scientists are making a similar case based on quantum physics. (You can learn more here:  http://www.integralscience.org/materialism/materialism.html In the past few decades, many leaders in the New Age community began speaking about conscious reality-creation and a great many books and videos have been made on the subject, as well.

After the release of a 2006 documentary film called “The Secret,” the concept of creating your own reality seemed to explode into mainstream attention. It is no longer uncommon to hear people saying they are trying to “manifest” one thing or another or to learn that they have “vision boards” to help them attain their goals.

I thought the movie was good as an introduction, but was a bit superficial in terms of the rationale. Many people, I think, have come away with the idea that reality-creation works by force of will or just positive thinking. There might also be a misconception that this is something that applies only to specific goal achievement or projects. Seth makes clear that this is how everything is created. No aspect of reality is formed in any other way.

Although “positive thinking” and “prosperity thinking” have been around for a long time as methods for achieving success and happiness, they are not the same thing that Seth is talking about. That is not to say that both of these techniques won’t work–sometimes. I find that they can be very helpful; it’s just that, occasionally, what you think you want and who you really are conflict and this creates problems.

You will remember from previous posts that Seth says our particular reality is a result of action between Frameworks 1 and 2. To summarize, Framework 1 is the reality we perceive around us as the physical world. Framework 2 is hidden from our perception, but it is the source of everything and every event in Framework 1.

I personally think of the “power of positive thinking” as the ability to influence Framework 1 without any particular awareness of Framework 2. We may get what we set out to get by force, persuasion, charisma, sheer will power, and so forth. Much can be accomplished in this way. But there is something disjointed about this approach. There may be a split between the outer self and the inner self that interferes with reality creation as you desire. Even with the best of intentions, we often ignore buried feelings and repressed emotions. On the surface we think we know what we want; but underneath we are conflicted.

In my experience, if the goals you set are not aligned with your inner beliefs, values, and desires–either conscious or unconscious–you may still accomplish them temporarily, but ultimately the solution will not be stable. In addition, it will take a lot of energy to accomplish such goals.

If you would know yourself in deepest terms, you must start with your own feelings, emotions, desires, intents and impulses. Spiritual knowledge and psychic wisdom are the result of a sense of self-unity. (The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Amber-Allen, 1995/1981, Session 872, p. 296)

Have you ever wondered why it is that sometimes the things you are trying to do are so difficult, obstacles are thrown in your way, and your achievements are slow and brutally hard? At other times, things seem to happen almost magically; everything lines up just perfectly to make the way smooth and joyful. What’s the difference? When everything clicks into place smoothly, I believe that we are creating reality knowingly from Framework 2 and the universal energies are helping us.

This can sound very New-Agey and pie in the sky. But if you can suspend disbelief for a moment and think about it, you will likely be able to find examples in your own life that verify this claim. I know I can. For me, this happened many times during my business career, when the goals I set were at odds with the person I wanted to be on the inside. I found myself taking one step forward, then two steps back often enough. I urge you to think about your own situations.

Psychologists and athletes speak about “flow” as a state in which an individual easily excels to the best of his or her abilities, time seems to stand still, and he or she completes the task, with little conscious thought involved. Again, I believe this is because in those moments, the person’s outer goals and inner values and beliefs have lined up perfectly. You can learn more about flow from the psychologist who discovered and described the phenomenon here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzPky5Xe1-s

So, simply wishing, and visualizing, won’t necessarily make things happen–even with hard work. It’s ultimately about beliefs.

I’m sure either you yourself or someone you know encounters problems that perpetually recur, such as running into money problems, continually getting into doomed relationships with the same kind of people, or failing to make steady career advancement while others around them do.

This can be the result of having conflicting beliefs. On one level, they may really desire to do better, make changes, and to aim for better results. And they think that they are making good choices toward that end. However, on a subconscious level they may have beliefs that are impeding their progress. Different aspects of themselves are actually working at cross-purposes. When this occurs, conscious creation often feels profoundly draining.

I will give you a hypothetical example. Say a man who has difficulty making enough money is wondering why he never succeeds at it. Suppose he is also a lapsed Catholic once educated by nuns. The man in his youth asked his mother what made the nuns special, and she told him that they had taken a vow of poverty in order to be close to God. During this same childhood, the boy also read the gospel of Luke, in which Jesus told his disciples that those who followed him should forfeit their possessions.

Now, as an adult, the man consciously desires greater financial security for himself and his family. A friend loans him “The Secret.” He decides to discipline his mind to manifest wealth, but the money never seems to come, and even when it does, it just seems to slip through his fingers. You see, while the man’s mind desires money, he simultaneously believes that material possessions prevent him from being close to God, and that “good” people should renounce their possessions. This belief is deep-seated and unconscious, even when he no longer considers himself a practicing Catholic.

So you can see that a lot of energy will be wasted because varying beliefs are working at cross-purposes.

In Part 2, we will see how Seth explains the mechanics of reality creation.

 

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