Our thoughts create our reality
Consider it for a moment – an incredible, powerful and liberating notion if true – that the world we experience is self-created by our thoughts. It’s difficult to imagine that our thinking shapes and determines events in our lives – the other way around maybe. We can easily accept that our choices steer our personal voyage, but to believe that our thoughts create the opportunities from which to choose, does challenge our accepted inclinations. It also lays at our feet the responsibility for our own lives – there is no one else to blame for our circumstances. We created them.
I wanted to begin with a bang for my first post so why not this most intriguing idea. It has baffled and captivated me for some time.
The idea is not new. A favourite writer Joseph Chilton Pearce, in The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, wrote: “There is a way in which the energy of thought and the energy of matter modify each other and interrelate. A kind of rough mirroring takes place between our mind and our reality.”
Virgil, the roman poet, said some 2,000 years ago that “They can, because they think they can.” Marcus Aurelius, the roman emperor, was more succinct when he said “Our life is what our thoughts make it.“
Automobile pioneer Henry Ford added a further important dimension, the connection between our thoughts and our beliefs, when he said “Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.” He also reminded listeners that “thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably why so few engage in it.”
So were these history-makers waxing poetic or is there hard, practical truth to the idea that ‘our thoughts create our reality’? Consider some of these scientific thinkers who are all studying the effects of our thinking on our material world.
Dr. William Tiller, former professor at Stanford University, focuses his research on the power of intention to affect the physical reality we experience – and to change it by changing our intentions. He calls it Psychoenergetic Science and his studies consistently bear out the premise. His belief is that focussed intentions (thoughts) are the integral part of tomorrow`s physics.
Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, addresses how to heal your body with your mind. He has concluded from his studies that our cells ‘hear’ and react to our thoughts and he is best known for his research that genes and DNA can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs. His new science called epigenetics revolutionizes our understanding of the link between mind and matter.
This idea of ‘our thoughts creating reality’ is attracting more interest from scientists and psychologists. The area of sports psychology is growing by orders of magnitude as athletes utilize the mental preparation tools to greater and greater extent. These tools center on fortifying self-belief and creating thoughts and imagery of success. More on this in a future post.
Don’t we all want to manifest life circumstances and events of our own preference? So why don’t we all live such lives if it’s as simple as our thinking it so? Perhaps it’s not so simple. What I’ve learned in my studies thus far is that the most important element to master is to ensure that your beliefs are aligned with your thoughts. This is not so easy.
In my next post I will review the power of beliefs; where they come from, the powerful influence they have on us, how they affect our reality and how to create positive ones. I leave you with a short quote from Seth (I am a fan of Jane Roberts’ work).
You are given the gifts 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.
~ Seth (As channelled by Jane Roberts) in
‘The Nature Of Personal Reality’