I've been talking about subconscious structures quite a bit in the context of creating your own reality. However, I haven't given a ton of detail on what exactly I mean by these subconscious structures, and how you can use them to manifest your desires.
The truth is that they are vitally important. They define the path of energy flow towards your manifestation. If the proper subconscious structures aren't in place, you'll find yourself running into obstacle-after-obstacle.
What are they? How can you generate subconscious structures that are useful for you? That's what I'll cover in this post.
The Law of Attraction: A Misnomer
There's a critical misunderstanding that many people have about the law of attraction. I think it comes down to the name: it has “attraction” in the name, so it seems like it is purely about attracting to you what you are a match to yourself. And actually this is somewhat true, but it is also leaving out a lot of information.
If I could go back in time and get the law of attraction renamed, I would try to name it something like, “the law of energy flow,” or “the law of structure,” or even “the law of embodiment.” These elements describe the act of creation a lot more than “attraction.”
Yes, it is true that your outer reality will reflect your inner reality. But, that's somewhat like saying gravity means that you are held down on the Earth. That's true, of course, but it only technically answers the question. But it doesn't answer the question, “So how can we fly?”
Similarly, the law of attraction explains why your current outer reality is exactly the way it is right now: because it is reflecting your inner reality. But, it doesn't explain exactly how you can change that. Just saying, “by changing your inner reality,” doesn't really effectively define the process, just like saying, “by counteracting the effect of gravity” doesn't help you figure out flight. Yes, that is true, but, well, how?
Your Manifestations Are Determined by Energy Flow
That's how subconscious structures can help us. They allow us to define in a clearer way the exact process of creation.
In The Art of Reality Creation, I try to help the students of that course to think about the law of attraction differently. Instead of attraction, we think of it as energy flow, and even define the various stages that energy progresses through.
The fact is that your manifestation is determined by energy flow. That might seem rather abstract at first, but once you get a feel for the energy of a manifestation, you'll see exactly what I mean.
Energy Flows Where Attention Goes
There's this common saying, “Energy flows where attention goes,” and it's absolutely true. As you focus on your goal, you are flowing more energy towards the manifestation of that goal. Similarly, as you put your focus on something unwanted, you are flowing more energy towards that unwanted manifestation.
So, if you focus on abundance, you flow more energy towards abundance, and subsequently you manifest more abundance. But if you instead focus on lack, you flow energy towards lack, and subsequently you manifest more lack. That's basic, I know, but starting with the basics will help us to build upon a sturdy foundation.
So this is where we get the idea of the law of attraction. Wherever you put your focus most often, that is where you flow the most energy, and so it is also what tends to manifest most in your outer reality.
So this gives us a part of the answer to the question, how can you create your own reality? If more (emotional) focus equals more manifestation, then changing your focus has to be part of what changes the manifestation, right?
Right. But, as always, there's more to the puzzle than that.
Example: Rivers Are Defined by Their Structure
Imagine a river for a moment. It's source might be a mountain stream, for example. It's destination will generally be the ocean. But with only knowing its source and destination, we don't know much about it.
To learn more about this river, we must know its structure. The flow of the river is defined by its structure: its rate of flow, its calmness or turbulence, whether it has waterfalls and how big those waterfalls are, etc.
What is the structure of the river? It's the riverbed—the landscape it flows through If there are cliffs, there is going to be a waterfall. If there's a steep slope, there's going to be faster flow. The terrain defines how the river flows through the landscape. Once we know the terrain, we know the river more intimately, and can predict its movements.
Subconscious Structures Define the Energy Flow
It's the same when it comes to manifestation. The source is, well, the Universe. The destination is your goal. But, as before, with only those two bits of information, we know very little about the flow of energy, and therefore about the manifestation.
So what's the structure of your manifestation? It is what I call subconscious structures. These subconscious structures define the flow of your energy: how smooth it is, how much resistance you run into, and much more.
Just having a goal, on its own, doesn't do anything. Saying that you want to create some specific goal in outer reality doesn't mean that there's the structure to bring you to that goal.
Structures Are Everywhere
You see the glacier in the feature image of this post, flowing around the mountains. Those mountains define the structure of the glacier: it's not flowing over the mountain, or through it. It's flowing around them.
There are many other examples. Imagine there's a two-story building. You're on the first floor, and want to get to the second. But imagine in our odd little building, there is no elevator, and no stairs, either. The fact that you want to get to the second floor doesn't mean that the structure is in place to get to that floor.
Now say there are stairs, because our architect was sensible. But, you have the idea that you'd rather jump up through the ceiling. Again, the structure doesn't allow for that. It only allows one path from the first floor to the second floor.
Structures may at times appear limiting, but they are useful to define the best way to get from point A to point B. A river wants to get to the ocean, and is going to find the best structure for doing so.
Similarly, your subconscious structures will define if you can get to your goal given the current structure, and if so, the best way to get there.
What Are Subconscious Structures?
So, enough talk of how subconscious structures work. What exactly are they?
Part of it is the beliefs you hold in your subconscious mind. You believe, perhaps, that money is difficult to obtain, so the structure necessitates that you struggle to get money.
But it's not only that; it is far broader. Your subconscious structures are the way you think on a day-to-day basis. It is your comfort zone—your status quo.
For example, even if you believe there is plenty of money, it doesn't mean you have the subconscious structures to be a millionaire, or a billionaire. Maybe you're making $50,000 a year and feeling pretty abundant. But, the subconscious structures that allow you to make that amount per year are not going to permit you to make a million dollars per year. It's just not going to happen in their current form.
So it's more than belief. It's how you think. It's what you're used to. It's what you've allowed yourself to dream of thus far.
Subconscious Structures Are What Is Easy for Us
You generally know what your subconscious structures are by what feels easy to you. Is it easy for you to have enough money? Is it easy for you to meet nice people? Is it easy for you to have healthy relationships? Is it easy for you to do work you enjoy? These are your subconscious structures. They are easy because your structures allow for them to be easy.
Or, is it easy for you to be anxious? Is it easy for you to struggle to pay the bills? Is it easy for you to fight with your spouse? Is it easy for you to hate your job? These, too, are your subconscious structures, and define the results you get in life.
Another definition for subconscious structures are the structures that allow you to get your current level goals. Your current level goals are the goals that your subconscious structures make it easy for you to attain with barely any effort.
So when you are given the advice to just let go of your manifestation, you are essentially surrendering to your current subconscious structures, and will continue to get what you have always gotten, because those are your current level goals. Next level goals require new structures, and therefore forging a new path to that goal.
You Can Change Your Subconscious Structures
This is the other piece to the puzzle I discussed at the beginning of this post. I said that part of creation is changing your focus to things you'd rather have more of in your reality—that is, flowing more energy towards your goals.
But that leaves out the most vital part of the process: the structure of that flow. If you're in that building without stairs, and you keep trying to get to the second floor, you're going to fail. The intention to get to the second floor is not enough to actually get there. The structure has to support that intention.
Luckily, you can change the structure. Rivers change the structure of the landscape all the time, as have glaciers. They have a destination, and will create the structure to get there.
But keep in mind, if your subconscious structures need to be changed, it is by definition a next level goal. If your current structures can't comfortably produce your goal, then it is not a current level goal.
Your Goals Shape Your Subconscious Structures
I said before that just having a goal doesn't mean your subconscious structures will support that goal. This is why I've had you deliberately choose your goals. This deliberate choice, meaning you commit yourself to your goal, will set up the creative tension that compels you to reach that goal.
Your past goals have shaped your subconscious structures, and your current goals are shaping them now. Every time you wanted more, and then you got more, your subconscious structures adapted to accommodate that new level. It made that goal easier to manifest in the future.
As you choose that goal, your energy starts pushing against the existing structures, and of course they push back. This is resistance. But as you hold that goal, and make it more important than your current subconscious structures, your structures will yield to your inner vision and reform themselves to be more in alignment with what you want.
Forging a Path to Your Goal
When you shape your subconscious structures like this, you are quite literally forging a path to your goal. As it is right now, your subconscious structures don't permit the goal. But, because you are a creator, you hold the goal anyway, and forge a path through your current structures to reach that goal.
That's why we welcome resistance, not try to escape from it. When you feel that resistance, you know you are reshaping your subconscious structures to create a path to your goal. As the path forms, the resistance diminishes and dissolves. But, any time you must create a new path, there's going to be initial resistance, because your subconscious structures don't want to go in this new direction.
When resistance arises, don't push against it. Welcome it, realizing that this is the process of clearing the path to your goal. This is allowing you to step into the next level—the level at which your goal is possible, and even easy. But you must forge the path, first.
Your Subconscious Structures are Fluid
Your subconscious structures are fluid, though it doesn't always seem so. They are meant to make your current level easy, but they are also meant to be changeable, if you approach them in the right way.
Most people bang their heads against their current structures, completely believing in their permanence. They'll say, “I'm just not cut out for this,” or “I'm just not meant to achieve my dream.” But if you believe in your subconscious structures, you give them permanent reality. You make them concrete, like that building without stairs.
You can change your structures. It just requires you to hold the vision of your goal despite your current subconscious structures not making that easy. Instead of letting your structures define you, you define your structures. That is living as a creator.
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How to Change Your Subconscious Structures
So how do you change your subconscious structures to manifest your desires?
- Focusing on the goal despite your current resistance
- Embracing resistance as a positive sign that the path to your goal is being formed
- Progressively envisioning your goal daily, along with the feeling of having that goal
As you get closer and closer to that goal, it'll become easier and easier to focus on it, and to fully embody it.
Right now, this very moment, you can't fully embody your goal. You might be able to for a few seconds, or even minutes, but eventually your subconscious structures will push back. But every time you focus on that goal again, and work on embodying the feeling of it again, you get a bit closer. You clear out a bit more of that path.
This is why next level goals require daily focus, even a few times a day if you can handle it without obsessing. Your continual focus will shape that path, day-after-day, until you finally arrive. This is the resistance mode I just discussed recently in my post on freedom from resistance. By forging that path, you clear the way to the next level. Then, in the release mode, it's now easy to achieve the same thing you had before. Your subconscious structures already accommodate that goal, so they will support you in maintaining it.
The Process of Creation
This is the process of creation. It's setting the goal, forging the path to that goal, then enjoying the new energy pathway which supports the continuation of your goal. That's the complete story of how the law of attraction works, at least in broad details.
If you want the rest of the details, then check out my course, The Art of Reality Creation. You'll learn specific techniques for releasing resistance and forging that path, as well as a more well-defined process for reaching your next level goals.
How About You?
Now it's your turn. How are you forging pathways to your next level goals? Are you embracing resistance as part of that process? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.