I think I have a better understanding of what it is like to lose a hero, now.
I read an article by Jessica Wildfire that caused me to really analyze an idea I have been working with for years.
The Law of Attraction and Conscious Reality Creation are not new concepts by any stretch of the imagination. One of the most popular and well-known explorations of this concept is Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret.
The whole point of The Secret is sharing the idea that the Law of Attraction is something everyone is entitled to, and it can come from simply hoping, wishing, and believing. Hell, the central tenet of her approach is to ask, believe, then receive whatever you desire from the Universe.
One major fault I have found in this concept is a lack of work in the manifestation of what you might be seeking. The Secret more-or-less outright tells you that if you believe it enough it will be real.
One thing that always bothered me about this concept was that no work goes into it. While I believe that consciousness creates reality, and you can apply the Law of Attraction to draw things into your life, it cannot come from a vacuum. There is work involved.
Work that is self-focused. But not selfish. Jessica Wildfire’s article addressed this notion in a way that was darker and more distressing than just a missing element. The Secret could be viewed as telling you to BE selfish and doesn’t make any mention of kindness, compassion, or even simple consideration for anyone else.
That, Ms. Wildfire postulates, really gets into the nitty-gritty of why America is in the state it’s in — and even Trump believes wishing might make a global pandemic simply miracle away.
This is not the way it has always been
The world as we know it today is not all that old.
When it comes to how people live, the nature of the jobs people do, and how the economy works -it is less than a hundred years old. Pretty much the economic model we follow today came into being after WWII.
Then, in the 1980s, President Reagan and his supporters shifted how taxes were collected, and the rich got obscenely rich, the middle class began to collapse, and money for important things like infrastructure became harder to find due to the lost tax revenue. Almost forty years later the effect of this is impacting us hard.
My point here is not to get into a dissertation on the socio-economics of today’s society — just to lay out the foundation where this notion was able to come into being. When information about EVERYTHING became available at our fingertips, rather than educate and better informed the world — it’s allowed opinion to have equal power to fact.
As such, the takeaway many get from The Secret, some of its ancillary materials, and other, similar books/lectures/podcasts and the like are that you have the power to do anything from nothing — and you don’t need to give a shit about anyone else but you.
No wonder the ideas of conscious reality creation, the Law of Attraction, mindfulness, and even psychology spawn so many critics and skeptics. So many false equivalencies have come into being that responsibility, accountability, and recognizing a need for a basis in reality get ignored. Anything is possible. That’s The Secret and how it works.
Except, in truth, it’s only a small part of the actual story.
You cannot create reality from a vacuum
Let’s say that it is my fondest desire to become an astronaut. More than anything else in the world I want to become an astronaut and go to space.
The Secret tells you that if you ask for it, then believe it, you will receive it. Done and done.
I think it’s important to inject some reality here.
There are several ways to become an astronaut. One is via various sciences, which could lead to a trip to the ISS or another space mission of some sort. Another way is via the military, where you might be able to join NASA in the course of your career. Otherwise, you need to have an obscene amount of money so that you can afford a trip via Virgin Galactic or Space X — eventually.
If presently, you are an administrative assistant for a financial planner or some other business mogul — and are not taking a path of some sort that could get you into space — you’re trying to create from a vacuum. And nature abhors a vacuum.
Conscious reality creation, The Law of Attraction, manifesting anything takes not just a wing and a prayer or asking and believing — there needs to be action. Also — and this is really important — you need to start from SOMEWHERE.
The reality of the conscious reality creation process
For example — I desire to be a full-time professional writer. I would like to make a salary from writing sufficient to pay my bills while allowing my wife to take a job that may pay her less than she makes now — while we maintain the lifestyle we presently have. And maybe also have funds for more frivolous purchases, travel, and fun.
I think that’s not an unreasonable goal. I’m not seeking to become a best-seller, nor a millionaire author. I desire to make my living writing.
Every day I write. I have several books I have published and am publishing more. Each time I write I believe that my skills improve. Action is being taken to make this goal happen.
If my goal was to be a professional writer full-time — but I didn’t work on writing regularly — how could that become my reality?
Can’t become an astronaut if you don’t take a path that will lead there. You can’t become a full-time writer if you don’t practice writing. Ergo — you cannot create reality from a vacuum.
This is the part that The Secret ignores. But worse than that, as Ms. Wildfire’s article points out, many have taken in this idea ignoring this missing and utterly necessary element.
Unfortunately, I think this explains how Trump and his followers can believe in a reality that doesn’t exist. They seem to think that if they hold it in their minds, ignore all else, and try to force it out it will become true.
The collective consciousness in-depth
You are unique. There are gifts, talents, and abilities in your possession that nobody else has.
Thus, you can make your corner of reality be whatever you might desire for it to be. But not by wishing for it and thinking you can ask, believe, and receive it from the void. Conscious reality creation takes focus, desire, and work.
How you perceive reality is unique to how anyone else does. As Albert Einstein said,
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
He’s not the only one to theorize that individual perception of reality is completely variable.
The collective consciousness is the reality everyone shares and accepts as being similar. That’s why we agree the color of the sky is blue, grass is green, society is made up of certain stratifications, and so on.
This is part of how I know that the Law of Attraction is real. You likely identify as more than one of the following: male, female, nonbinary, black, white, short, tall, American, Canadian, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, conservative, liberal, and on and on.
Each of these groupings shares a conscious identity. Together, they form a collective. The collectives then mix, mingle, and blend together and form broader collectives because factors attract them to one another. Thus, the collective consciousness comes into being via the Law of Attraction.
As mentioned earlier, how we view the world at present is less than a century old. To get here, there was a shift in aspects of the collective that spread and changed the majority of the collective. Enough shift in the collective and the collective consciousness changes.
For example — about 500 years ago the collective consciousness knew the Earth was the center of the galaxy. Now, the collective consciousness knows that the sun is the center.
The individual versus the collective consciousness
There needs to be substance to create anything. Material or immaterial, you can’t just start from a vacuum.
Within the collective consciousness, your consciousness is unique to you. What you do can and will impact those around you — because you are part of the human race and the collective consciousness. But more than that — the actions of others can and will impact you.
If someone infected with COVID-19 walks through a store without a mask on and doesn’t practice social distancing — they can pass it to you. There is nothing you can do about that. If YOU wear a mask and work on maintaining social distance you decrease the chance of getting sick — and if you are sick already, sharing that.
Asking the Universe to protect you from COVID-19 while believing it will — and taking ZERO precautions or even dismissing them out-of-hand — doesn’t do jack shit to protect you, the people you care about, or anyone else. You won’t receive a pass just because you believe you are entitled to it.
That’s the danger of too literal a reading and understanding of what The Secret presents. The allegory is all well-and-good — but it gives lessons without full content. Pardon me for saying so — but that’s not too unlike The Bible.
You have the power and ability to choose for yourself. Conscious reality creation is possible — but it requires an idea which you give thought to, feel out, and then take intentional actions to bring it into being.
BUT — this can’t be at the expense of others. Like the reality you might desire to make manifest, you don’t live in a vacuum, either. You need to be kind, compassionate, and considerate of other people — because I would bet you want that from them, too.
Kindness, empathy, and compassion
In no reality should kindness, empathy, or compassion be disregarded.
Do you want to be treated well? I know I do. So, why are people rude, unkind, and lacking empathy or compassion for others so frequently?
To some degree it’s entitlement. I think, to another, it’s this idea that you are deserving of whatever you desire — but, and I cannot stress this enough — it can’t be manifested from a vacuum.
How else can you explain so many people who blatantly disregard fact, science, and reason in favor of opinion, pseudoscience, and the absurd? The explanation may be that they only see that which is in line with the reality they desire to make manifest from the vacuum — even if it’s patently nonsense.
How do we shift this back to the individual? I think the only way to do so is via education. Not just formal education for kids — I mean getting more information out there that shifts this.
I believe that it begins with you and me. We have to start by being accountable; explaining, sharing, and showing how manifesting for the individual is different from trying to force notions into the collective; and practicing kindness, empathy, and compassion frequently.
We also have to accept that many of those with their beliefs cannot be swayed. So, all we can do is be the best example that we can be.
It may also be necessary to cut them out of our lives — which presents a lot of other challenges, especially if they are loved ones. But tough love is still love.
Only you know what’s right for you. But that should not be at the expense of others. Practice kindness, empathy, and compassion in all you do. Hopefully, you will — as such — manage to get as good as you give.
I still believe
Even though I see the flaws in The Secret and several like notions — I still believe. Not blindly, and not without healthy skepticism (answers generally only come of asking questions).
I’ve worked this before — but not from a vacuum. Consciousness creates reality, the Law of Attraction IS a law of nature — but work goes into it.
Most of all — what YOU desire is not something you can force onto anyone else. This is about YOU — not in a selfish, all-encompassing, everyone else can go to hell way — but in a betterment of yourself way. THAT’S the part I think many have been missing from the idea.
I cannot think nor feel for YOU — just as you cannot think nor feel for ME. But that doesn’t mean in any way that your thoughts and feelings don’t matter, too.
The reality of the Law of Attraction is that conscious reality creation is possible — but not from a vacuum or to the detriment of others. Practice mindfulness, kindness, compassion, and empathy in whatever you do because it’s what you desire to experience, too.
Know that you are worthy and deserving of using mindfulness to find and/or create the reality in which you desire to live. When all is said and done our thoughts, feelings, and actions matter, as do the realities we desire to create and live within.