The world as projection

I have been thinking about sensitivity. We say we are highly sensitive if we experience energies and pick up on different feeling-vibrations as if they are our own. We call people ’empaths’ because they have a tendency to feel empathy and their boundaries of ‘selfhood’ are not as distinct. These people usually have a hard time, and since my teens, I seem to have become such a person.

In New Age circles, there is a big emphasis on using sensitivity and protecting it, by learning boundaries, being grounded, saying ‘no’ if we feel overwhelmed etc. But these are just coping mechanisms for what I feel is a transitory phase for the ego, just as in New Age circles there is often great activism against the perceived ‘wrongs’ of the world, which is good as it reflects the newfound feeling of compassion to balance out the old survival ego, but this is somehow still in ego because it creates a new ‘other’ to be angry at. Activism coming from true understanding of our shared being, a non-egoic sense of acting in the world, is still rare.

Coming back to empaths… The ego of strength and conviction, with clear boundaries, trust in apparent reality and good self-esteem has eventually been eroded by the polarity of experiencing the darker side of life: being let down by the world or ‘others’, feeling insecure, feeling afraid. These emotions make one doubt one’s ideas and make us sensitive to a wider circle of emotions around us, not just the emotions we ‘like’. Focussing positively out of aversion for the negative is still an egoic state (believing in a small, separate entity that has preferences). It eventually gives up its attempt to control experiences through the ‘mind’, because it is connected to a collective unconscious that it cannot always control. This sudden feeling that actually, we cannot control everything, breaks down some of our naive concrete ideas and leaves us with fewer defences against a range of emotions, often picked up from ‘others’ because our own inner emotions are projected and reflected back. The Law of Attraction is working all along, but we cannot always orchestrate it, as we believe ourselves to be people who can’t possible know our deepest beliefs or even how others’ beliefs are interacting with ours. As Rupert Spira has said, “To know your thoughts, you have to change the whole universe.” It is easier to surrender than to take this on. For people who manage Law of Attraction easily, I can only think that they are using a deep level of trust which most ‘separate selves’ can’t muster, and this is also something their mind structure has allowed them to access.

So these coping mechanisms for sensitive people may be helpful, but the real shift has to be in the feeling of selfhood that is noticing the range of vibrations ‘out there’. This time, the ego may not be so susceptible to being built up again through focussing positive on our own experience, as we realise we are deeply connected with anything we perceive outside of us – it influences the structure of our minds. This time only the gradual disempowering of the egoic identity can help us to truly detach from forms and notice the true background of love and safety that is underneath all phenomenon. From this place, if we have a preference for something, it is not as an aversion to something else or as a security for our small sense of self: it is in order to reflect our sense of true being, rooted in freedom, love, and the safety of the truth that all are one changeless reality, which we feel in the knowing of our true self.

What seeds did you plant?

Going on the idea that thoughts create reality, or ‘whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap’, we can assume that the way our external reality is right now is, to some degree, a reflection of our minds. If you have a passion for reading, your living space will be full of books; if you love animals, you might have pets or work as a veterinary surgeon.

Based on this idea, we can look at everything around us in order to understand our own tendencies or thought patterns. Look at the fruits around you and you will see what kinds of seeds you planted (this may not have been the case 100% of the time, as other forces do influence our lives too, but I think we can say that, once we become adults,  we are the main creators in our lives to a large extent).

So, what kinds of seeds did you plant? Was it education, love, family? Or was it work, money, competition? Whatever it was, are you happy with that? If you are, then you don’t need to make any drastic changes within. But if you don’t like what is around you, then you can do something about it: change the way you think. Believe in yourself to create a different kind of life, believe that you are on the way and that you love your life. It will come.

Mind over matter

The mind is the most powerful attribute of living creatures: it shapes our choices and therefore our experiences. But how many people are actually aware of how their minds work, or even understand what it really is? Knowing these two vital things can empower, liberate and drastically improve our entire experience of life.

1. What is the Mind?

The ‘mind’ has become a somewhat vague idea, because we use it to mean so many different things. The word ‘mind’ has been used like this because it is an ‘interior’ aspect: it cannot be easily acknowledged with any of our five physical senses, and therefore seems to be something quite mysterious and vague. In fact, the mind can be quite easy to understand. The way I understand it, it is simply another word for consciousness. How we use our minds can be understood as how we use our consciousness. The main activity of the mind is THOUGHT. And thought is something we should all think about… This is because thought is the single most versatile tool that we have, and the better we understand how to apply it, the better off we will be in every possible way.

We unknowingly exercise our thoughts to create feelings and experiences in our everyday lives. Before we do anything, we first have the thought of doing. Everything we have presently attained in our lives is through the initial power of thought. And that includes things we’re not too happy with as well. But once you become aware of how thoughts impact on reality, you can create anything you ever thought possible.

2. How does the mind work?

The mind works to create your reality by turning your thoughts into real, tangible experiences. This happens all the time, so if you don’t like your reality, you have to change your thought patterns.Think with conviction and true acceptance about having anything, and it will be yours. There are various ways in which you can make this easier:

a) write it down

Writing down your goals makes a direct link between the thought and the perceived physical reality. Use the present tense and impregnate the tone with emotive language.

b) see it and feel it

Visualise your goal being achieved to make the thought more powerful. Feel the sense of having.

c) repeat the thought frequently to make it manifest quicker

There is a scientific principle governing this whole process: energy converts into matter, and by thinking about something frequently, you are fuelling the thought with energy.

Creative consciousness is most powerful and INSTANT on the astral plane. This happens when a person’s spirit temporarily leaves the physical body and they experience being on the plane of the mind alone. Here, whatever one thinks manifests almost instantly (if one’s karma allows). On the physical plane, it takes more effort and persistent belief to make things happen.

There is nothing wrong with creating good things in our lives, as long as we do it as a service to humanity and share our prosperity. However, be sure your wants are beneficial for everyone and that they are not coming from greed or selfishness, because these feelings can invite negative karma.

Gaining perspective

How do you know that the way you see the world is accurate? How can you be sure that what you see, feel and think is how things actually are? This is a question that paranoid people often ask themselves. They need to be sure that what they see is accurate, and to confirm this they often end up asking their friends and family dozens of questions in order to make sure that the way they think is valid (validated by the way others see things). I know this because I went through a phase of brief but unrelenting paranoia.

The fact is, you just DON’T know if what you see is real, because every avenue through which you understand the world is subjective. It is based on individual perception, past experience, context and opinion. Asking others only tells you the most common perception. For instance, ‘Is the sky blue?’ On a clear day, most people would say that it is. But others would think more critically and say that it is more gray. It’s really about perception.

So, when we feel uncertain about the world, there’s no use running to another person for answers. They will just give us their own opinions. We need to have faith in our way of seeing the world. This means we need to believe the best about ourselves. If there is a question like, ‘Do I look good?’ or ‘Did I say the right thing?’, we need to have faith in our selves. Seeking reassurance from another person shows that we don’t trust our own view of reality; we trust another person’s perspective more than our own – this way, we lose perspective because we give it away to someone else. Our perspective is our prerogative. Why have we been given five senses and a brain? Rely on your own perception whilst respecting the views of others. It’s the only way to become self-reliant, self-accepting and emotionally strong.

Have an empowering day!