Most of my blog posts present material I have a clear point of view on, such as how beliefs are formed, how they can be eliminated and how they determine our thoughts, feelings, and behavior.  I don’t hold these as “the truth,” but as effective and useful “a truths.” A few posts—like the ones I wrote last December on occurring—present some half-formed ideas I am thinking about and trying to work through.  This post on some thoughts on manifesting is like that.

Let me start with two ideas I’ve been fascinated about for a few years.

Here is the first idea:

If you asked someone, “Do things exist?” the response would probably be, “Of course things exist! The world is full of things. Doesn’t everyone know that there is physical stuff out there—that reality is tangible and real?”

But what allows any thinga hand, a chair, or any other object—to exist? One way to answer is to imagine a specific thing—say, a hand. What if the hand expands and keeps expanding until there is nothing in the universe except the hand. What would happen to it? … Really try to imagine this. … You wouldn’t see the hand anymore. But why?

It would disappear because there would be nothing in the universe that was not the hand. This thought exercise illuminates a very basic concept about reality: We live in a dualistic universe. In order for any thing to exist, there must also be not that thing.

Consider this for a moment. Can you see that any physical object is bounded by “not that object”? If an object did not have any borders— that is, if it wasn’t surrounded by “not that object”—it couldn’t be distinguished from everything else. In other words, it wouldn’t exist.

The same principle also applies to nonmaterial concepts. Love and hate, peace and war, strong and weak, beautiful and ugly—these only exist and have unique attributes because they have been distinguished from each other. For example, the state of war is distinguished from peace by the presence of armed conflict. When there is no armed conflict there is peace. But if armed conflict existed throughout the world all the time, and if the alternative (peace) was unimaginable, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish war from any other state. War, as a condition distinct from peace, couldn’t exist.

Now imagine the universe without any distinctions. It’s just an undifferentiated whole. Can you see that there would be nothing? That’s because in order for anything to exist, it must be distinguished from everything else. If no distinction is made between a specific thing and everything else, there is only an undifferentiated everything—which is another way of saying nothing.

Everything, without any distinctions, is the same as nothing.

Physicist Fred Allen Wolf once said that “the world is only a potential and not present without you or me to observe it.” I would suggest that what physical reality really requires is consciousness to make distinctions.

In making distinctions, we use our sensory apparatus (the five senses) as well as our perceptual framework (language, culture, paradigms, and individual beliefs). But the world isn’t really the way you perceive it. It isn’t any way until you perceive it that way—that is, until you distinguish it that way. In fact, you don’t even sense what’s “out there:’ because there’s nothing out there to be sensed. (Nothing, as we’ve seen, however, is the potential for everything to be distinguished.)

An example comes from a Time magazine cover story on human consciousness.

“A baby born with cataracts—an unusual but not unheard-of condition—and left untreated for as little as six months becomes permanently and irrevocably blind. If a sixty-year-old develops cataracts, an operation can restore full sight. The distinctions most of us make unconsciously and at a glance—foreground vs. background, moving vs. stationary, vertical vs. horizontal, and dozens more—are concepts that the brain has learned. It literally has to wire itself, with neurons growing out to touch and communicate with one another in an ever more sophisticated network of connections. And if those connections are not repeatedly stimulated in the first few months of life, when the brain is still in its formative period, they atrophy and die.”  (Emphasis added.)

In other words, moving and stationary or vertical and horizontal are not events “out there”: Rather they are “concepts that the brain has learned” (or distinguished) as a result of having a specific sensory apparatus, without which they couldn’t be distinguished. That means they literally wouldn’t exist. (This is only a brief summary of an idea that’s relevant to this post.  It could be developed further into a longer post or even a chapter in a book.)

Here is the second idea (this is actually a part of the Who Am I Really? Process).

There are three ways to “know” something:

First, by understanding it.  This is conceptual and involves language and explanation. You can understand that you create your life when someone explains it to you or when you read about it.

Second, by experiencing it.  You know you are the creator of your life in a totally different way when you experience it.

Third, by bringing something into existence by  creating/distinguishing it. When you distinguish yourself as the creator of your life as distinct from the creation, you know you are the creator of your life in this third way, which cannot even be described.

The following are some of my recent thoughts that appear to be related to the two ideas presented above, but I’m not sure yet how to tie all this together.  Any suggestions?

Understanding something as true or even experiencing it as true doesn’t make it manifest.  These two ways of knowing are ways of knowing what already exists. The third way to know reality—knowing by distinguishing/creating—brings what has been distinguished into existence.

Making a distinction is sufficient to bring something into existence as an idea. But it needs to be experienced and “brought into existence” for the distinction to actually exist in reality.  The fact that a distinction does not show up in physical reality immediately does not mean we haven’t created it.  What we’ve distinguished really does exist (as an idea); it just isn’t in physical form yet.

Wants and desires are a function of already-existing beliefs.  They arise from already-existing beliefs.  You look at what exists and want it to be the same or different based on your values, which are a type of belief.  The beliefs are from the past and the wants/desires live in the future.  You’re either satisfied with what already is or dissatisfied with what already is.  Neither generates or creates.  Creation takes place in the present.  You make a distinction and bring something into existence as a thought/an idea.

The very act of making a distinction brings it into existence mentally, that thought will then manifest when we act in the present consistently with it.

Behavior can exist in three totally different realms: (1) figuring out how to solve existing problems to reach a goal (focusing on the past), (2) creating a strategy to reach a goal (focusing on the future), or (3) taking advantage of opportunities as they arise consistently with a future that’s already been created/distinguished in the mind (focusing on the present).

How am I using these ideas in my own life? I created/distinguished 5 million people using The Lefkoe Method to eliminate at least one limiting belief by December 31, 2012. At the moment, I have no idea how to manifest 5 million users in just two and a half years.  I am doing whatever seems appropriate to manifest that “creation” as the opportunities arise: writing weekly blog posts, writing guest posts, creating a new course to teach people how to dissolve how the world occurs for us, supporting research on the effectiveness of The Lefkoe Method—especially on stress, joint venture mailings, using Twitter and Facebook, etc.  I expect that additional opportunities to reach my goal will emerge over time and what currently exists only in my mind will manifest in the world when the time comes.

Do you have any suggestions or comments on these thoughts on manifesting?

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