In the belief systems of mankind are two misconceptions which, I believe, have lead us down the road to misery.
The first of these is that a perfect God exists somewhere, a perfected being or awareness who knows everything. The idea is that God has a perfect blueprint for the universe, and that human beings are on earth struggling to learn lessons in order to attain the perfected state of God.
The second misconception stems from the first: a source of evil or danger exists, and it might get you, too. This idea leads us to carefully watch our fellow man and the world around us, inspecting all actions everywhere for any that are threatening, for who knows when someone or some group somewhere might engage in activities or formulate policies which will lead to our eventual harm or destruction. Acceptance of this idea leads inevitably to the belief that it is necessary to protect ourselves from potential danger, which, of course, creates the unwanted condition.
The first misconception is the basis for karma or original sin, and creates an inherent, self-limiting belief of unworthiness. Unworthiness creates mental and emotional states that lead to scarcity, conflict, and feelings of victimization. Such has been the history of mankind for 5,000 years.
The second misconception has led to the belief that in order to feel good, we fist have to examine the bad things and get rid of them. Because action follows thought and belief, we eventually become that which we fear. We become easily manipulated, for in addressing unwanted conditions, we make them bigger. "Fight War!" "Fight Cancer!" "Fight Hunger!" have become our watchwords. Vibrationally, these statements are ludicrous, for they only serve to emphasize the unwanted condition.
Religion and morality can now be understood in quite a different light. The Ten Commandments, for example. One can see that a "Thou shalt NOT" is the very same thing as a "Thou shalt," for both demand attention to them.
Our species seems to have a fascination with eliminating barriers, instead of creating success.
In the words of President Bush, we have to fight for freedom. We have to be on the alert for terrorists and other undesirables. We need a massive Department of Homeland Security (which strangely resembles the Interior Ministry in the old communist Russia) to shield us from terrorism. We need more and more laws restricting constitutionally guaranteed freedoms in order to catch the terrorists. We need troops all over the world on the lookout for baddies who might attack us. Funny, we never heard of Islamic terrorists in the United States until we sent troops to occupy Arab soil. Until we supported the Afghani fundamentalists in their war against the Soviet Union. Until we supported the Iraqis in the Iran Iraq war. Funny how that works. What you resist persists.
Discussion of belief systems almost always involves the concept of God.
What is God? How do we know God? In Western religions, especially the Old Testament, God is presented as a separate, all powerful personality; a Supreme Being who created everything in the universe. In Eastern thought, God is in all things, and to know God, one meditates to find the God within. It is the Western interpretation of a wrathful God that gets us into trouble, for the Western God is illogical, and based upon our two misconceptions.
If God has a completed blueprint for the universe, then God must be complete. If God is complete, then God is finished, done, over with. There is nothing left to do! The universe, in this conception, is indeed winding down to some inevitable, pre-ordained conclusion. But what happens after you wind the clock? Do you sit there and watch the little hand go round and round for 17 days? Not unless you are mentally defective!
Quantum physics has demonstrated that the universe is not some Newtonian, mechanical clock. Events are probable, not determined. The observer influences the conditions of that which is observed. Observation tells us that although events and phenomena may appear to be exactly similar, nothing ever happens the same way twice. The universe is in a constant state of change, and is either evolving, or de-volving.
That which is complete does not evolve. That which does not evolve and grow is limited. Therefore, God cannot be complete, for God understands all things, and the universe is constantly evolving.
Moreover, God cannot be judging our actions according to some finished blueprint, because that blueprint is continually changing!
God, then, cannot have instituted a set of perfected rules or maxims that we must follow. God, in other words, is not so petty as to require certain conduct in humans. Such pettiness is a mere human weakness! If this is so, then all thought and conduct is allowed by God. All thought, all conduct, is sanctioned.
If that is so, then all beings must have free will. Observation of events confirms this. No matter how many moralists, politicians, or religious leaders object, there are, every minute, somewhere on planet earth, actions of the most unspeakable depravity right along with loving and selfless acts of the utmost beauty. This scenario forms the contrast within which we are all immersed. The contrasting ocean of thought and behavior is what provides the variety of life, from which we can examine and choose our own desires, our own thoughts and actions.
The second misconception states that the devil, or some other force or person or group can impose itself into our lives and do us harm. This idea single-handedly causes more grief and misery than any other concept in the psyche of mankind, and is the primary reason that disaster, poverty, injustice, conflict, murder and other malicious conduct are reported every day in the news. "But don't we need to know about this stuff so that we can protect ourselves?" Well, what do you think? Does being barraged by stories of war, murder and poverty allow you to change them? Does it make your life better, or worse? Do you feel motivated to improve conditions, or just depressed?
The result is that we become frightened that the bad stuff could spill over into our lives as well. But this can never happen unless attention is consciously focused upon it. It is solely and only attention to the bad stuff that brings it into your life, because your thoughts and beliefs precisely orchestrate your experiences. If you do not believe this, try changing thoughts, beliefs and feelings about a person you are having difficulty with. If you can truly change your ideas about that person, you will find him or her behaving towards you in a much more acceptable manner. That is the property of 'like attracts like' at work, sometimes called the Law of Attraction.
Perception itself is based upon the similarity of vibrations -- the human ear and the human eye, for example, only sense vibration within a very limited bandwidth; all else is invisible. Reality is simply what is perceived, and what is perceived results from vibrational similarity. It ain't rocket science, folks, but it IS profound!
It is clear from obervation that this universe is fundamentally based on attraction and combination. Closeness requires a good "fit," as is demonstrated from these Lewis diagrams of chemical bonding:
Nitrogen atom has 5 valence electrons:
Hydrogen atom has 1 valence electron:
They combine to form Ammonia, NH3:
Closeness is affinity; therefore, combination and attraction requires affinity.
If the underlying characteristic or property of this universe were rejection or opposition, then by definition nothing could come together at all. There would be no matter or energy, and so no cars, flowers, planets, galaxies, beer bottles, no anything! It's why you hang around with people you like, and not people you hate! That's how crystals, snowflakes, trees, and all life is formed. Things that have an affinity for each other come together. Affinty, therefore, is the basis for all combination. This tells us that the quintessential nature of all things is benign, not malignant. Philosophies which state otherwise are delusional.
So if like things attract other like things, then how do we get different things? How do we get trees and bees and rocks and oceans and all of the variety we see in our universe?
Science does a good job of describing PROCESS, but science has no explanation (other than speculation) for HOW or WHY this is so. For instance, what supplies the energy for the cell to divide? What provides the knowledge of how to do this? Sceince says that DNA provides the coding for cellular division and construction, but where are the instructions to form the DNA helix itself? The components of DNA ae composed of atoms, and atoms are composed of subatomic particles... and there our knowledge stops. Science cannot delve too deeply, for if it does, it must always go back to first cause: What is the origin of matter and energy? The most popular explanation is the Big Bang, or a vaguely defined quantum excitation. But these answers either assume something logically prior, or, like the Big Bang, assume that all of the energy of the universe originated magically in a singularity at time = 0. Which is scientifically absurd, becausethe Law of conservation of energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. Matter cannot create matter. Thus the dilemms that splits science, on the one hand, and philosophy and metaphysics pon the other. Scientific theory is itself deeply split between relativity and quantum physics. Clearly, something is confused in our thinking.
Philosophically, the answer to the question of First Cause is consciousness. Some people call this God consciousness, universal consciousness, life force, prana, chi; thropughout history it has been given many names by many different cultures. But all of these cultures knew about life force and the idea that consciousness, on a broader level, created the universe.
(Some people, of course, believe that the universe evolved probabilistically, through random interactions between matter and energy, and that the very notion of God or consciousness or a creative principle is unnecessary. But these are people who believe that 1,000 monkeys, if given enough time, could write War and Peace. I've got a really nice used car to sell to those guys!)
Why did universal consciousness, or God, or whatever you want to call it, create the universe? To play around in it! To have fun! That answer will be rejected by those who think there is a divine plan for everything, or who think that God is complete and knows exactly what we all should be doing, and where we all should be going. But remember, God is eternal, and so must be constantly growing, expanding, and becoming more. So there can be no 'serious' intent or purpose behind creation. It HAS to be fun! Only in man's conception does the creative process devolve to WORK.
Why would God go through the trouble of creating the infinite vastness of the universe, and design it for misery? Thats crazy! We know God is not crazy, so lets give God a little credit. If you were God, wouldn't you try to create a universe that felt as wonderful as you possibly could make it? Would you create an eternal existence that felt rotten all the time? Or an eternal existence in which there was a preordained, known outcome, where we all just went through the same motions over and over again? Of course not! So lets assume that God is a rational and reasonable creator, and give God the intelligence to know how to create a universe with the inherent, default property that it feels good to experience in it.
We know that like attracts like, and weve reasoned that the default condition of the universe is positive, as positive and blissful as the Creator could possibly make it. Now we are living in an attraction based universe, based upon free will, which inherently feels good to live in.
So if this is true, then why do so many people feel bad? Why is there so much misery and poverty and conflict?
Perhaps because that is what some of us have decided to experience! It is impossible to know (without a big increase in our level of consciousness) what other people are thinking and feeling. So it's not possible for an individual to truly know another's purpose in doing the things they do.
In our vibrational model of the universe, existence comes forth from a static potential, a universal field of consciousness. In this model, thoughts are the most basic quanta of existence. Your thoughts and feelings are not irrelevant; on the contrary, they draw to you the people, objects and situations of your experiences. In every moment, your thoughts and feelings send out a vibrational broadcast signal to the universe.
But how does the universe know how to respond?
The universe responds to similar vibrational content. It is impossible to be a match to wellness by thinking constantly about sickness, for example. It is impossible to be healthy by "fighting cancer." The universe is based upon the property of 'like attracts like', so attention to something you don't like or don't want will begin to bring it to you. No matter what others are doing out there, nothing can occur in your experience unless you invite it in, so to speak, by your attention to it. This is not obvious, by the way, otherwise it would be more generally known. You can prove this to yourself by simply changing your thoughts and feelings about a person, or an area of life, and watch what happens. It is magic! How purely you resonate to the words you speak will determine how fast you will notice the changes.
For instance, you may be tired of fighting with your mother in law, so you decide to change your attitude about her. You can do this in two ways: you can really, deep inside, feel that she is a bitch, but that you will be nice to her anyway. You might notice a few positive changes if you go along in this manner, but more than likely nothing too much different will occur in your relationship. The universe is not responding to your words, but to your the content of your thoughts and feelings, which really haven't changed all that much. If you REALLY want to change your relationship with your mother in law, you have to actually find positive aspects about her, and concentrate on those. Now if your mother in law is like my friend Mark's, that will be really hard to do! But remember that the inherent nature of the universe is positive. This means that the inherent nature of every person is also positive. There are, of course, miserable people who work very hard to cover up anything good in their character. But no one can completely hide, even from themselves, their divine nature. So by looking for those minuscule positive aspects, you will draw those out in mother in law. Now that doesn't mean mother in law is all of a sudden going to turn into a saint because you are looking at her a little differently. But it does mean that when she interacts with YOU, she will behave more positively. Good feelings are contagious, have you noticed? That's because we live in an attraction based universe. Attraction is affinity and love, and affinity is the characteristic emotion of nativestate consciousness.
How hard is it to actually change your attitude? Well, that depends on how firmly established it is. But you can judge your progress by observing how mother in law reacts to you. If there is no change, then you really havent fundamentally altered your vibration. You can tell how you really feel about anything; you just have to be honest with yourself. Anyway, you're stuck with the old battleaxe, you might as well make the best of it! But dont change your attitude for her; do it for you. When you feel better about mother in law, youll feel better about yourself as well. Thats a promise.
The Law Of Attraction is a very powerful and fundamental universal principle, but it is based on common sense. It isn't some airy-fairy-abstruse metaphysical concept. It is the foundational bedrock of the entire universe! You don't have to experience ANYTHING you don't want, and you can experience EVERYTHING you do want. In our vibrational model, the universe is composed of an infinite field of subtle energy. This energy field composes everything in existence, including our own bodies. Ask yourself, how does your body know how to breathe? When you go to sleep, you don't die. What keeps the body breathing when you're asleep? If you ask yourself this one simple, but profound question, it will lead you inevitably to the most astonishing conclusions. (Explanations such as, "The body's autonomic function keeps physical systems operating," don't really explain anything. Such explanations are merely descriptive, assigning a label or a process to a phenomenon that no medical doctor or scientist truly understands).
Acceptance of the creative, non-physical principle of consciousness allows us to see the guiding hand of well-being everywhere. If you think about the planet rotating on its axis every day, revolving in its orbit around the sun every year, how the apple seed knows how to grow into an apple tree and not a tomato, how the cell knows how to divide into itself to form the human body -- how the sun knows how to extract the energy from hydrogen to bring life to our planet --- the well being goes on and on and on. The forces that keep the universe working (and our bodies breathing) are so powerful, so positive, and so well ordered that in comparison anything bad we observe on earth is about as significant as a pimple on a pickle. (An observant person will note that most of the bad stuff on our planet is created by human beings, most of whom believe in a strange theory called the biological basis for consciousness, or the "Man is Meat" theory of existence. This delusional theory denies mankind's inherent divinity, separating ourselves from the rational conduct and wellbeing that naturally comes with a connection to Self and God).
The correct understanding is that wellbeing is the order of the day, and that in order to experience NOT well being, it is necessary to work very hard at it. It is necessary to focus constantly on thoughts and feelings that feel rotten, in order to bring rotten things into your experience. Thus the "news." Thus the "War on Terror," and the "War on Cancer," and the War on Whatever. Funny how these "wars" are continuous, and never resolve the problem, is it not?
All of us have free will and can think and feel and choose anything we like. So choose wellbeing.
Its a good feeling to know that life is designed to be a positive experience!