It sounds simplistic, but the greatest thing to realize is that your thoughts create your reality. Once you have really internalized this truth, you can go so much further with the law of attraction than you ever could have imagined.
In this post, I want to go a lot deeper than usual. I've had a technique I've been working on for a while now, which I've wanted to post about for a few weeks, but other posts took precedence. Now, though, I want to introduce this technique.
But first, I want to describe how it is your thoughts create your reality, and help you to truly and fully internalize this truth for yourself.
A New Paradigm
Most people fall under a very basic, but persistent delusion: the idea that matter is prime, and consciousness is secondary.
I find this is so even for people who strongly believe in a soul and afterlife. We still have this idea that we are a soul that is trapped inside a body, and that at death, we put off the body and enter the spirit realm. In this world, it seems matter is the center, the defining structure, and consciousness must fit within its confines.
When you take this paradigm, and try to start using magic / the law of attraction in your life, you are left a bit stuck. You have a great deal of doubt, because, well, in a matter-first world, the law of attraction simply makes no sense. You think, “How can my mind possibly influence the world around me?”
In a matter-first world, we pray to God to fix our problems, because at least God can influence the world from the outside. But we, ourselves, are powerless.
Or, as atheists, we simply surrender to the fruitlessness and nihilistic pointlessness of the whole thing.
However, a new paradigm is called for, and it's not given enough attention. This paradigm is consciousness-first. It is the idea that consciousness, not matter, is prime. Consciousness is the center, the defining structure, and matter must fit within its confines.
What if instead of being a soul within a body, you are actually a soul containing the idea of bodiness? And, that body idea must respond to the commands of the consciousness which contains it.
What would this change? Well, only everything.
Instead of you being a conscious entity that is subject to the whims of a material universe, you are a conscious entity to whom a material universe is subject, because it is contained within you.
Actually, that material universe is really just the idea of a material universe, just as the body idea is just the idea of a body, because it is really all consciousness.
Now, you have infinite power. Your thoughts create your reality, because your thoughts are the components which make up your reality. Your reality is made up of thought, and nothing more.
This all sounds nice, but how do you know it's true? Well, let me ask, how do you know it's not true? Just because the matter-first model of reality seems to be true, doesn't mean it actually is. When you are in a dream, for example, it seems that the dream world is true, but it really is not. It is just a world constructed in your mind.
Unfortunately there's no way to prove that consciousness-first is the more accurate model of reality, though it seems that quantum physics is getting ever closer to realizing this truth. However, if you try adopting this paradigm, I think you'll see that it makes more sense than the alternative.
Seeing Through the Illusion of Internal and External
To realize how your thoughts create your reality, it is necessary to see through yet another common illusion: that of thoughts being internal, and reality being external.
One of the biggest reasons that people dismiss the power of magic and the law of attraction is that thoughts are seen as less “real” than external reality. Out there is the real world, and in here is just a collection of thoughts.
It's a false dichotomy. If we follow the consciousness-first model of reality, then inner and outer must have no inherent meaning, other than two different ideas, or two different ways of seeing the world.
I think that for many people, reality is so slow to change because they see it as permanent or static. It's not dynamic and ever-changing like our thoughts are.
But, if you started to see reality as just as dynamic as thought, then it would quickly be able to change to whatever you wanted it to.
Remember, if consciousness is prime, then whatever you think of reality must be truth in your universe. So, why would you want to see it as real and permanent?
When you think, you are essentially experiencing a series of images, sounds, and sensations within your own consciousness. You could call these your inner senses, because they correspond exactly to your outer senses of seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. All of those can be experienced in the imagination, with the “inner” senses.
So what's the difference between thoughts experienced via the inner senses, and so-called “reality” experienced via the outer senses? Only that you give them separate meanings.
But imagine if you stopped differentiating so much. Imagine if you knew that these “outer” senses were only feeding you the same types of information as your inner senses. They were still images, sounds, sensations, etc, as created by your thoughts. They just appear to be more real, because that is the meaning you have given to them.
Once I started seeing in my own life that outer reality was just as malleable as inner, then I started being able to change outer reality far more quickly than ever before.
In fact, I would even dare to say that eventually, one could see inner reality as more real than outer, because it is the inner that is the cause of the outer, not the other way around. If your thoughts create your reality, then surely your thoughts are more real than the “reality” that they create? After all, if you don't like the reality you have created, you can just change the thoughts that created it.
Reality as a Series of Projections
Observe the thoughts you are having right now. See that they are just a series of images, sounds, and sensations playing upon the screen of your consciousness.
And now, experience what is in your “outer” reality. See what you see, hear what you hear, feel what you feel. And imagine that these, too, are just images, sounds, and sensations playing upon the screen of your own consciousness.
The only thing that makes the latter more permanent is your own belief in its permanency.
Now recognize that each of these thoughts (which we could call “projections”), both the inner and the apparently outer, are manifestations. Of what are they manifestations? They are manifestations of your own focus and attention—of where you place your emotional investment.
If you choose to think about lack, most of your projections will be about lack. If you choose to think about abundance, then most of your projections will be about abundance.
Notice the word “choose” in both of those statements. It is always your choice, even if you don't always exercise that choice. Indeed, this is how your thoughts create your reality.
So your thoughts, both internal and external, are just a series of projections upon the screen of consciousness. And, you have the power to change these projections, any time you like, by changing what is being projected.
What is being projected is, as I mentioned, your own focus and attention.
But, because you see the projections as reality, you waste your time trying to change the projections, instead of changing what is projecting them.
The projections are all your thoughts, plus external experience, and even your own words and actions, since words and actions are just a manifestation of your own inner state and what you hold within yourself.
Yes, I'm saying that even most of your thoughts are themselves projections, because many of them are just manifestations of current momentum. For example, if you start worrying about money, or obsessing about a relationship, you're going to start having thoughts that reflect that focus. Those thoughts are not deliberate, but are just manifestations of the momentum of the current energy you have going. Therefore, they, too, are projections.
In The Art of Reality Creation, I discuss how a manifestation becomes more and more realized in outer reality, through a series of seven stages, one of which is your thoughts.
In any case, you can easily change the projections, by changing what is being projected. It is not as hard as it might initially sound.
The Key to Changing What Is Being Projected
In NLP, it was always emphasized to me that we can change anything within our own mind. Our mind is our domain, and NLP gave the code to programming it.
What NLP didn't mention, but I will mention now, is that by programming your own mind, you also program outer reality. When I started trying these techniques out during my NLP training, I noticed that outer reality immediately responded to whatever changes I made within. It wasn't only perceptual changes, which you might be able to dismiss, but real, quantitative changes to how my reality operated.
This is in fact how I started realizing that the law of attraction is true after all. I had major doubts about it before, but seeing it first-hand like this really helped to dispel at least some of those doubts, and prove to myself that my thoughts did indeed create my reality.
The fascinating thing is that the technique isn't all that complicated. The way you change your own internal subconscious structures is by changing the representations of those structures.
Thoughts hold a special place in the act of creation. You cannot change your subconscious structures by changing so-called “external” projections (i.e., outer reality), but you can change those structures by changing the thoughts that reflect those structures.
The place most people go wrong is that they try to change the content of their thoughts. If they are thinking about lack, they try to force themselves to think about abundance. But, it's not going to work, because the mind's still focused on lack, because it thinks that is important.
To explain this, let me explain the two properties of thought: content and structure.
The content of a thought is what the thought is about. For instance, you might be thinking of, say, a pleasant conversation you had yesterday, or you might be thinking of that person who cut you off in traffic.
The content of these thoughts are completely different. The way to tell the content of the thought is by asking, “What is it I'm thinking about?”
But you also have the structure of a thought. This is harder to define, because we simply never think about it, unless you're an NLP practitioner. 🙂
Where the content answered the question “what?”, the structure answers the question, “how?”
There's too much to this to discuss in one post, and it is covered much more thoroughly in The Art of Reality Creation, but I'll discuss the basics.
Let's just take the visual sense. Are you thinking about this thing in big, bold images, or are the images small and blurry? Are the images moving as in a movie, or are they still? Are they in color or are they black and white?
You might think, “Who cares? What's any of this matter?” But all of these structures are encoded data, letting your subconscious mind know exactly how to think about this particular thought.
By changing the structure of the thought, you can change the importance that your subconscious mind gives to it.
For instance, take a positive memory that has significantly strong emotion. Now, double the size of that image in your mind, and bring it up close. And, make sure it's in color.
Did the emotion intensify?
Now, bring up a negative memory that has significantly strong emotion. And now, shrink that image down to a small little thumbnail icon. And, push it far away into the distance. Dim the colors, too, or make it black and white.
Did the emotion decrease in intensity?
So this is how your thoughts create your reality. By changing the structure of your thoughts, you change the encoded data your subconscious mind holds on those thoughts, and therefore you change their projection out in apparent reality.
Remember, creation is based on your emotion. If you can increase or decrease your emotional investment in particular thoughts, then you can change how much those thoughts manifest in your reality.
That seems pretty powerful, doesn't it?
Technique: Choosing the Images that Will Be Projected
That brings us at last to the technique I've been wanting to discuss. You could call it, “changing your projections”.
First, lets summarize. Reality is just a series of projections upon the screen of your consciousness. By changing the structure of those projections, you can make them more or less important to your subconscious mind. The ones you make more important will create more like projections in your reality, and the ones you make less important will begin to fade away.
How do you know if a projection is seen as important to your subconscious mind? Simply, by the amount of emotional investment you give to it. You can rate that on a scale of 0 to 10 if you like. The higher the scale, the more investment, and the more it'll continue to manifest. The lower that scale, the less investment, and the less it will manifest.
To make this work, let's take an example. You want to manifest more money. But every time you try, you think about how little of it you have, and how hard it is to get more of it.
So what projections do we have? We have a projection that says, “I have too little money.” That projection probably has high importance, because it has high emotional investment (your dread and disappointment when you think about it).
We also have a projection that says, “It is hard to earn more money.” Again, it seems to have high importance, because it has high investment.
Hint: You can also tell if something has high importance by how often and to what degree it manifests in your reality.
Now, the content of these projections has already been discussed. By the traditional methods of the LOA, we'd simply try to change the content from “I don't have enough money and it's hard to get more of it,” to “I have enough money and it's easy to get more of it.”
But, because your subconscious mind places high importance on these projections, it's not so easy. You've probably experienced trying to do this exact same thing, and your mind just jumps back to the same thoughts, no matter what you do.
So let's change their structure. Observe how you represent those thoughts in your mind. Are they images? Sounds? Sensations?
Make the images smaller and dimmer. Make the sounds softer and farther away. Make the sensations fuzzier and less distinct.
Then repeat it. The subconscious mind needs repetition. Do the above process, then go back to the thoughts and see how much emotional investment they have. Then repeat it over again until it is significantly less. It doesn't have to be zero, just small enough that you can change the content of the thoughts without resistance from your subconscious mind.
Great! Now, what would you rather create? Probably a thought like, “Money comes to me easily.” So what would that thought look, sound, and feel like? You don't have to choose all three. You'll notice a tendency to gravitate towards one or two of these modalities.
Represent that thought in your mind to the best of your ability. It'll probably be small and indistinct at first. This is because your subconscious mind isn't used to representing this thought.
So, make it bigger, like we did before. Make it full color. Bring it up close. Make the sounds louder and closer to you. Make the sensations well-defined and expansive. Watch as that emotion associated with this thought increases.
Now, drop it. After a moment, return to the thought, and do it all over again. And again. And again.
Okay, granted, this is pretty involved inner work. But, it can and will produce massive changes in your reality.
Obviously you don't want to do all of this every time you have a negative thought, and I'm not asking you to. But, you can very quickly make that negative thought have less investment, and then replace it with a positive thought that you give more investment, using the above technique. You can just do it once and move on with your day, and it should do the trick.
But, however you apply it, I'm showing you the secret of exactly how your thoughts create your reality, and how to use this to change what is being created.
Essentially, it is as follows:
- Observe what is already being projected.
- If you don't like it, then change the structure of that projection to give it less importance.
- Replace that projection with one that you'd rather experience, and increase its importance by changing its structure.
It becomes second nature after a while. That's why it's often so easy for me to release resistance, because I simply don't allow those images to become big enough to cause significant emotional investment. If I do for a time, then I know how to reverse it, and now so do you.
But wait, what do you do with actual negative experiences in outer reality? Those negative experiences, too, are represented in your own mind, which is calling it “negative”.
In other words, it is only negative because of the thoughts you hold in your own mind. Change the structure of those thoughts, thereby giving less emotional investment to this “negative” experience, and it will start to change.
Ultimately, the point is that you have full control. If you have negative thoughts or experiences, see them as the projections they are. Change the structure of those projections, and watch as reality shifts to match your new subconscious structures.
Similarly, if you have a positive thought or experience, change its structures to increase your emotional investment and really communicate to your subconscious mind that you want more like this. Then, watch as your reality shifts to match your new focus.
It's easy and at least relatively effortless. You hold the key to changing any thought, and thereby changing your “external” reality.
How About You?
Now it's your turn. What projections are being projected in your current reality? How can you apply this technique to replace the unwanted ones with ones you'd rather experience? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.