In this article we continue our discussion of the intricacies of the concept of ‘creating your own reality’ and how consciousness (beliefs, thoughts, feelings, expectations, emotions, intention) creates matter and experiences in life and how each person has more power and control to create the life and environment they want than they currently understand.
Once again, much of the following information is quoted and paraphrased from The Seth Books by Jane Roberts. Source texts will be listed at the end of the article.
Thoughts Have Electromagnetic Realities
“Think of your thoughts as living electromagnetic cells, differing from the physical cells in your body only in the nature of their materialization.
Your thoughts direct the overall functioning of your body’s cells, even though you do not consciously know how those cells operate. That work is unconscious.
Your feelings have electromagnetic realities that rise outward, affecting the atmosphere itself. They group through attraction, building up areas of events and circumstances that finally coalesce, so to speak, either in matter as objects – or as events in “time.”
Some feelings and thoughts are translated into structures that you call objects; these exist, in other terms, in a medium you call space.
Others are translated instead into psychological structures called events that seem to exist in a medium you call time.
Space and time are both root assumptions, which simply means that man accepts both, and assumes that his reality is rooted in a series of moments and a dimension of space.
Even the duration of an event or object in space or time is determined by the intensity of the thoughts or emotions that gave it birth.
You are a sender and a receiver. Because ideas have an electromagnetic reality, beliefs, because of their intensity, radiate strongly.
Due to the organizing structure of your own psychological nature, similar beliefs congregate, and you will readily accept those with which you already agree.
Limiting ideas therefore predispose you to accept others of a similar nature.”
The Formation of Events
“Events do not become physical unless certain requirements are met, and certain codes activated.
Data must be of particular kinds of intensity before they register as physical matter, or are experienced as physical events. Part of this processing occurs in the dream state, and creativity plays a large part in the preliminary process.
Events are not built one upon the other. They grow out of each other in a kind of spontaneous expansion, a profusion of creativity, while the conscious mind chooses which aspects to experience – and those aspects then become what you call an objective event.
The formation of events is initially an emotional, psychic, or psychological function.
Events are physical interpretations, conventionalized versions of inner perceptive experiences that are then “coalesced” in space and time.
Events are organized according to laws that involve love, belief, intent, and the intensities with which these are entertained.
Events are attracted or repelled by you according to your loves, beliefs, intents, and purposes.”
As Plato writes, “Everything moves towards that with which it has natural affinity.” Timaeus 81a
Emotions Forming Experiences
“Your world and everything in it exists first in the imagination.
You have been taught to focus all of your attention upon physical events, so that they carry the authenticity of reality for you. Thoughts, feelings, or beliefs appear to be secondary, subjective — or somehow not real — and they seem to rise in response to an already established field of physical data.
You usually think, for example, that your feelings about a given event are primarily reactions to the event itself.
It seldom occurs to you that the feelings themselves might be primary, and that the particular event was somehow a response to your emotions, rather than the other way around.
The all- important matter of your focus is largely responsible for your interpretation of any event.
Even those of you who intellectually agree that you form your own reality find it difficult to accept emotionally in certain areas.
You are, of course, literally hypnotized into believing that your feelings arise in response to events. Your feelings, however, cause the events you perceive. Secondarily, you do of course then react to those events.
You have been taught that your feelings must necessarily be tied to specific physical happenings.
You may be sad because a relative has died, for example, or because you have lost a job, or because you have been rebuffed by a lover, or for any number of other accepted reasons.
You are told that your feelings must be in response to events that are happening, or have happened.
Often, of course, your feelings “happen ahead of time,” because those feelings are the initial realities from which events flow.”
Learn to Examine Your Beliefs
“Trust the spontaneity of your own being and the life that is your own. If you do not like where you are, then examine those beliefs that you have. Bring them out into the open. There is nothing within yourself to fear.
You must learn to deal with our own beliefs directly or you will be forced to deal with them indirectly – by reacting to them quite without knowing it in your physical experience.
When you rail against an unfavorable environment, or a situation or condition, basically – you are not acting independently, but almost blindly reacting. You are reacting to events that seem to happen to you, and always in response to a situation.
To act in an independent manner, you must begin to initiate action that you want to occur physically by creating it in your own being.
This is done by combining belief, emotion and imagination, and forming them into a mental picture of the desired physical result.
Of course, the wanted result is not yet physical or you would not need to create it, so it does no good to say that your physical experience seems to contradict what you are trying to do.
Because ideas and beliefs have this electromagnetic reality, constant interplay between those strongly contradictory beliefs can cause great power blocks, impeding the flow of inner energy outward. At times a polarization can occur.
Unassimilated beliefs, unexamined ideas, can seem to adopt a life of their own. These can effectively dominate certain areas of activity.”
Negative Belief Loop and Escape from Past Beliefs
“Some of your beliefs originated in your childhood, but you are not at their mercy unless you believe that you are.
Because your imagination follows your beliefs, you can find yourself in a vicious circle in which you constantly paint pictures in your mind that reinforce “negative” aspects in your life.
The imaginative events generate appropriate emotions, which automatically brings about hormonal changes in your body or affects your behavior with others, or causes you to interpret events always in the light of your beliefs. And so daily experience will seem to justify what you believe more and more.
The only way out of it is to become aware of your beliefs, aware of your own conscious thought, and to change your beliefs so that you bring them more in line with the kind of reality you want to experience. Imagination and emotion will then automatically come into play to reinforce the new beliefs.
The first important step is to realize that your beliefs about reality are just that – beliefs about reality and not necessarily attributes of reality.
You must make a clear distinction between you and your beliefs. You must then realize that your beliefs are physically materialized.
What you believe to be true in your experience is true.
To change the physical effect you must change the original belief – while being quite aware that for a time physical materializations of the old beliefs may still hold.
If you completely understand what I am saying, however, your new beliefs will – and quickly – begin to show themselves in your experience.
But you must not be concerned for their emergence, for this brings up the fear that the new ideas will not materialize, and so this negates your purpose.
Whenever possible, minimize the importance of a problem. Forget a problem and it will go away. Dumb advice, surely, or so it seems. Yet children know the truth of it.
Minimize impediments in your mind and they do become minimized. Exaggerate impediments in your mind and in reality they will quickly adopt giant size.”
An Exercise in Forming Your Reality
“Very simply: You want something, you dwell upon it consciously for a while, you consciously imagine it coming to the forefront of probabilities, closer to your actuality.
Then you drop it like a pebble into Framework 2, forget about it as much as possible for a fortnight, and do this in a certain rhythm.
Do not personally give any more conscious consideration to events that you do not want to happen.
Any such concentration, to whatever degree, ties you in with those probabilities, so concentrate upon what you want, and as far as public events are concerned, take it for granted that sometimes even men are wiser than they know.”
The Point of Power Is in the Present
“That point is not in the past unless you abjectly decide to acquiesce to worn-out beliefs that no longer serve you.
If you believe you were unworthy because you were scrawny and bullied, then in some way you undoubtedly used that belief for your own purposes. Admit it. Discover what the purposes were. Perhaps you compensated – became athletic later, or used the impetus to go ahead in your own way.
If your mother hated you, you may have used that to assert independence, to give you an excuse or a pathway; but in all cases you form your own reality, and so you agreed to it.
Many people feel that they have unusual psychic or writing abilities, or sense an outstanding need to help others.
They constantly compare what they do with what they think they are capable of, but often without making a start toward the development of their own abilities.
They want to write great philosophical theories, for example, perhaps never putting the pen to the paper, or trusting themselves enough to begin.
Some want to HELP THE WORLD AT LARGE – but all they do is think about this desire without trying to implement it at all in practical terms.
The ideal in their minds becomes so great that they are always dissatisfied with their own performance; yet they are afraid to make a start.
The loving acknowledgment of their own uniqueness would in itself show them how to begin to use their own abilities in their own way, and to trust their present situation.
The ideal is not yet materialized. It is just the essence of a direction.
But that direction can only be found by using what you have in the now that you know, and be acquiescing to your own opportunities and abilities, and using those through the power of the present.”
Re-patterning Your Past from Your Present
“You have been taught that you are at the mercy of previous events, so your idea of looking for the source of personal difficulty is to examine the past – to find what you did wrong there, or what mistakes occurred there, or what inadequate interpretations were made there.
Again, regardless of what you have been taught, the point of power is in the present; and your present beliefs will be used to structure your recollections.
Those memories will be used to reach any conclusion, as statistics can be used.
Along the way you may settle for a given remembered event or two, and assign to them the reason for your present behavior.
If so, you are already prepared to change your current beliefs and mode of action, and simply use the occurrences or habits of the past as stimulus or motivation.
The question, “What is wrong with me?” will only lead you to create further limitations, and to reinforce those that you do have, through exaggerating such activities in the present and projecting them into the future.
Your power of action is in the present and not in the past.
Your only effective point of changing any aspect of your world lies in that miraculous instant connection of spirit and self through neurological impact.
To rid yourself of annoying restrictions, you re-pattern your past from the present.
Whatever your circumstances, you use the past as a rich source, looking through it for your successes, restructuring it.
When you search it looking for what is wrong, then you become blind to what was right, so that the past only mirrors the shortcomings that now face you.
Other events literally become invisible to you. Since basically past and future exist at once, you are at the same time dangerously constructing your future along the same lines.
It is up to you as an adult to get on top of your beliefs.
It is up to you to understand that you are now a grown person, and not a child to be bullied.”
Evidence of Your Belief System
“You must accept the idea completely that your beliefs form your experience.
Discard those beliefs that are not bringing you those effects you want.
In the meantime you will often be in the position of telling yourself that something is true in the face of physical data that seems completely contradictory.
You may say, “I live amid abundance and am free from want,’ while your eyes tell you that the desk is piled with bills.
You must realize that you are the one who produced that “physical evidence” that still faces you, and you did so through your beliefs.
So as you alter the belief, the physical evidence will gradually begin to “prove” your new belief as faithfully as it did your old one.
You must work with your own ideas. While there are general categories of beliefs, and general reasons for them you must become personally aware of your own, for no one person is completely like any other. The old beliefs served a purpose and fulfilled a need.”
Creating the World (Mass Reality)
“Each person forms his or her own reality, and yet that personal reality must also be shared with others, and must be affected by the reality of others.
The living picture of the world grows within the mind.
The world as it appears to you is like a three-dimensional painting in which each individual takes place. Each color, each line that appears within it has first been painted within a mind, and only then does it materialize without.
There is no effect in the exterior world that does not first occur within the mind.
The great creativity of consciousness is your heritage. It does not belong to mankind alone, however. Each living being possesses it and the living world consists of a spontaneous cooperation that exists between the smallest and the highest, the greatest and the lowly, between the atoms and the molecules and the conscious, reasoning mind.
All consciousness creates the world, rising out of feeling-tone. It is a natural product what your consciousness is.
Feelings and emotions emerge into reality in certain specific ways. Thoughts appear, growing on the bed already laid.
The seasons spring up, formed by ancient feeling-tones, having deep and abiding rhythms.
Only when the private nature of reality is emphasized sufficiently am I ready to show how the magnification of individual reality combines and enlarges to form vast mass reactions — such as, say, the initiation of an obviously new historical and cultural period; the rise or overthrow of governments; the birth of a new religion that sweeps all others before it; mass conversions; mass murders in the form of wars; the sudden sweep of deadly epidemics; the scourge of earthquakes, floods, or other disasters; the inexplicable appearance of periods of great art or architecture or technology.
Your world provides a theater in which certain events can or cannot occur. Wars, violence, disasters – these are obviously shared by many, and are a part of your shared psychological and physical environment.
Some people encounter war directly, in terms of hand-to-hand combat, or bombing. Others are only inconvenienced by it.
Those who think thoughts of peace will find themselves safe from war and dissension. They will be untouched by it. They will escape.
Here the mass shared environment is encountered as physical reality according to individual belief, love, and intent.
In the deepest meaning there is no such thing as a victim, either of war, poverty, or disease.
This does not mean that war, poverty, and disease should not be combated, for in the terms of conventional understanding it certainly appears that men and women are victims in many such cases. Therefore they behave like victims, and their beliefs reinforce such experience.
There is no event upon the face of the earth in which each of you has not played some part, however minute, because of the nature of your thoughts, beliefs, and expectations.
There is no public act in which you are not in that same manner involved. You are intimately connected with all of the historic events of your time.
You can become involved now in a new exploration, one in which man’s civilizations and organizations change their course, reflecting his good intents and his ideals.
You can do this by seeing to it that each step you personally take is “ideally suited” to the ends you hope to achieve. You will see to it that your methods are ideal.
If you do this, your life will automatically be provided with excitement, natural zest and creativity, and those characteristics will be reflected outward into the social, political, economic, and scientific worlds.
This is a challenge more than worth the effort. It is a challenge that I hope each reader will accept.”
The Universe Leans in Your Direction
Nature is luxurious and abundant in its expressions.
The greater reality from which nature springs is even more abundant, and within that multidimensional experience no individual is ignored, forgotten, dismissed, lost, or forsaken.
If you believe you are not worthy of nourishment, if you believe that life itself is dangerous, then your own beliefs make it impossible for you to fully utilize that available help.
In large measure, since you are still alive, you are of course nourished.
You cannot close out the vitality of your own being that easily, and vitality “squandered” on deeper bouts of depression is often greater than the energy used in creative pursuits.
You are a portion of All That Is; therefore the universe leans in your direction. It gives. It rings with vitality.
Then forsake beliefs that tell you otherwise.
Seek within yourself – each of you – those feelings of exuberance that you have, even if they are only occasional, and encourage those events or thoughts that bring them about.”
Waking Up To Your Creative Abilities
“It is somewhat of a psychological trick, in your day and age, to come to the realization that you do in fact form your experience and your world, simply because the weight of evidence seems to be so loaded at the other end, because of your habits of perception.
The realization is like one that comes at one time or another to many people in the dream state, when suddenly they “awaken” while still in the dream, realizing first of all that they are dreaming, and secondarily that they are themselves creating the experienced drama.
You can “come awake” from your normal waking state, and that is the natural next step for consciousness to follow — one for which your biology has already equipped you.
Indeed, each person does attain that recognition now and then. It brings triumphs and challenges as well.
In those areas of life where you are satisfied, give yourselves credit, and in those areas where you are not, remind yourselves that you are involved in a learning process; you are daring enough to accept the responsibility for your actions.”
Seeking and Living the Truth
“The truth you are seeking is within your very being. Experience is living the truth.
The truth you are seeking is both within you and outside of you.
Your experience will be created with you as a co-creator. You will create a positive or negative experience and benefit or suffer by it.
If you would but analyze your own thoughts and realize the power that you have within you to make manifest experiences, you would not do what you do now – wait for a reaction after an experience and berate yourself that it had to happen to you.
We cannot blame another – nor can you – if we are the creators of certain conditions that happen to us.
If one is to grow and understand, one must seek or aspire constantly for new truths, new information.
Unless you accept and apply the truth, it means nothing whatsoever.
If disasters, catastrophes are to happen, the individual with the proper understanding will never suffer. The greatest disaster to befall all mortals is to lose faith in themselves.”
As the Law of One states, “If any entity is able to dwell completely in unity the only harm that may occur to it is the changing of the outward physical, yellow-ray vehicle into the more light-filled vehicle by the process of death. All other suffering and pain is as nothing to one such as this.”
You are the Creator of all you survey. Would it not be better to create love, peace and harmony?
Examination of Your Beliefs
“You form your own reality.
If you are tired of having me stress that point, I can only say that I hope the repetition will serve to make you understand that the statement applies to the most minute and the most important of the events that you experience.
You must therefore understand and examine your beliefs, realize that they form your experience, and consciously change those that do not give the effects you want.
In such an examination you will be aware of many excellent beliefs that work for you.
Trace these through. See how they were followed by your imagination and emotions.
If possible, look in your own past for points where recognizable new ideas came to you and beneficially changed your experience.”
My Life Is Mine, and I Form It
“Tell yourself this often.
Create your own life now, using your beliefs as an artist uses color.
There is no condition that you cannot change, except one indisputably physically accepted at birth within the realms of creaturehood, such as a liability in terms of a missing organ, or a functional lack.
If you have been filled with self-pity because of a disease or a life situation, then seize the initiative. Face your beliefs honestly and find out the reason for the difficulty.
You are given the gift of the gods; you create your reality according to your beliefs; yours is the creative energy that makes your world; there are no limitations to the self except those you believe in.
You create your life through the inner power of your being, whose source is within you and yet beyond the selves that you know. Use those creative abilities with understanding abandon. Honor yourselves and move through the godliness of your being.”
In this article we have continued to look at the idea that we can ‘create our own reality’ in ever more detail. This information is not vague and wishy-washy spiritual information. It deals with real concepts and real exercises that can be done to get a person more in touch with what is in their own minds and to be able to learn how to use their minds (thoughts, emotions, beliefs and intentions) to create a more fulfilling life.
In articles 140 and 141 we examined consciousness units, and how thoughts, emotions and beliefs have an electromagnetic reality. We explored how these ideas fit into the disciplines of physics and quantum physics, to see just how this is physically possible.
We then looked at scientific experimentation designed to measure these consciousness effects.
Now we are looking at the psychology of how consciousness creates reality.
In order for these concepts to be able to assist someone in improving their life, they must be examined in detail. They cannot be broken down into a simple sound-bite. There are many details and intricacies involved, and this type of spiritual/psychological information runs the risk of being misunderstood and dismissed if only examined on a superficial level.
For those interested, it is worth it to take the time to examine the details of this philosophy, and then, in turn, examine the details of your own mind and emotions.
We will now embark upon a nine-part series covering fascinating aspects of the mind, and then an ten-part series covering the fascinating aspects of the emotions.
- Roberts, Jane, Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1972
- Roberts, Jane, The Nature of Personal Reality, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1974
- Roberts, Jane, The “Unknown” Reality Vol I and II, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1977, 1979
- Roberts, Jane, The Nature of the Psyche: Its Human Expression, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1979
- Roberts, Jane, The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1981
- Roberts, Jane, Dreams, Evolution and Value Fulfillment, Amber-Allen Publishing, 1986