Friday, August 13, 2010

The power of consciousness

Physical reality is an effect of consciousness, not the cause of consciousness. . . . Objective reality is a product of inner reality. . . . an extension of our mind. We are meant to look at the objective conditions we are creating and use it as feedback on the state of our inner world. (Sondra Lewis)

At this time in my life I consider it my assignment to prod people past the strictures of a particular religion to a larger spiritual vision, one that includes all religions and more. Sondra’s information about the power of consciousness can help us to do that.

These are thoughts I jotted down after her talk at my house, the subject—Our Thoughts Shape our Lives. She wrote qualifiers to my statements (bolded here):
** Energy=Matter=Consciousness—3 forms of the same thing.
** Consciousness is primary—all we see is the result of Consciousness.
** If we don't guide our thoughts intentionally, we create a reality we don't want by default.
Not exactly. We create the reality we have by default when we aren't aware that we create. BUT, that reality can be awful, wonderful and spectacular, or anything in between.

** What we focus on (like what's wrong with the world) gets bigger.
Yes, BUT, Anything we focus on gets bigger - what we want, or, what we don't want. Either way, paying attention to it is giving it energy.
** The point of power is now. We can change what we don't like.

Experiments in quantum physics support this assumption about the power of consciousness. Here is how Jim Rosemergy, a writer for Unity magazine (July/August 2010) put it:
At the atomic level, there are no objects; there are possibilities, When we observe, when we bring consciousness to bear, "particles" tend to take form.
Here are common thought patterns we may want to change:
** The U.S. should remain dominant because it has the world's best values.
** The universe is not a friendly place.
** The world is heading for self-destruction.
** If others get more, we get less.

Thought patterns I'm cultivating:
** Life is fun and interesting.
** When we give more to others, there’s more for ourselves.
** There are enough people in the world with heightened consciousness to turn around the problems. A SHIFT IN CONSCIOUSNESS IS OCCURRING.

Spiritual reality includes a vast expanse of individual entities with advanced consciousness separate from the Prime Source—“God.” (Christians call these individuals without bodies angels & saints.) SO, when we pray, "Help!" someone's listening. Traditional religion has some things right. I know, I know, my atheist friends don't accept this.

Reply to comments (August 15) after this post:

Clarification for Florian:
As the Catholic theologian Karl Rahner stated, God is not an individual alongside other individuals.
The Prime Source ("Divinity" or "God") is in all and all is in God. Individuals, some with bodies, some not, cannot be defined as God but they have divinity or godliness IN them. So they are separate from God in one sense, not separate in another sense.

Sondra puts it well: We are all extensions of God.

To Green Monk:
You're right. It IS the message of The Secret. I haven't read that book and am not drawn to it because of media hoopla connected with it—“wish for a car & you’ll get it." I hate seeing this concept used to feed American consumerism; we surely don’t need more acquisitive greed.

Turning around our consciousness to create a more desirable reality requires hard inner work, and victims could benefit greatly from it. I’ve been working with the concept for close to 30 years and I’m Exhibit A for testing it. Without divulging the details, (I’m not ready to go public with the most painful ones), I’ll say that I worked myself out of the expectation and therefore the reality that I was meant to suffer and have less than others. I moved out of a chronic state of unhappy anxiety to peace and satisfied engagement with life's challenges.

I have to warn readers by repeating myself: Turning around our consciousness requires hard inner work; it requires becoming familiar with our unconscious expectations, attitudes, etc. Most people are unaware of their own thinking below the surface of their thought stream.

The New Testament and many religious messages also tell us that our thoughts shape our reality, but their word for accomplishing this is "faith." In the gospels, Jesus of Nazareth often encourages people to have faith. Faith as the Nazarene uses it does NOT mean belief in religious doctrine; it means TRUST IN SPIRITUAL POWER. You see, we’re back to our thoughts shaping reality.

In non-religious terms, the man Jesus was living and preaching the power of consciousness.

More comments.

Florian said August 15, 2010. You know, you use a lot of spatial adjectives and substantives when talking about God: God is WITHIN. God is IN all things. God is not ALONGSIDE other individuals. God is not an EXTERNAL being who is OUT THERE. We are all EXTENSIONS of God.

If you would just stick with your earlier claim that God is beyond dualities, then you could just say that God is non-spatial, since he/it is beyond the INNER and the OUTER, the HERE and THERE (though we must be careful not to construe the word “beyond” itself as a spatial term). But then, to be consistent, you yourself would have to refrain from using spatial words and from dwelling on spatial images. It would be better to do that than to balance the external God image by insisting on the opposite (and predominantly liberal and equally distorted) distortion of God as some “spiritual stuff” INSIDE of everything.


Blogger Jeanette said on August 16: Yes, I do use spatial adjectives in trying to describe what we call God, which is indescribable or inexpressible or ineffable. I've called it the Within and the Beyond and the More. Somewhere in my book I say it's in, under, through, and on top of everything. Being human, we describe non-physical realities in physical terms.

But spiritual reality has no physical dimensions and this is the reason all religious language must be understood figuratively, not literally. Whatever we say misses the mark, as a wise Eastern saying reminds us.

Stay tuned for more on consciousness and Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts. Even better, get the book and let’s dialogue about it.

2 comments:

Green Monk said...

No offense but this sounds similar to the same stuff taught in The Secret. I think of James Ray and his situation, even though he was one of the big supporters of it. I cannot help but ask one who holds the view that reality is that way because of our beliefs, if they have spent any length of time serving the poor, working with kids who have been severely abused.

Florian said...

Whoops! Jeanette is inconsistent again in her ideas of God.

She says, "Spiritual reality includes a vast expanse of individual entities with advanced consciousness separate from the Prime Source—God."

But Jeanette has said often that God and the individual entities in reality are NOT separate. Consider the beginning of her post "Does God exist? Wrong Question!":

"What is your idea of God? If IT’s an individual distinct from ourselves and the universe, count me among the unbelievers in that idol."