Archive for June, 2010

Two Kinds of Consciousness

Understanding Law of Attraction and applying what you know to your life can sometimes be challenging.  I’ve visited many discussion groups at which many questions are posted regarding why the Law of Attraction didn’t work they way they wanted.  The frustration is palpable, and my interest here is to try to provide some information that could be useful to those who still find themselves struggling, or who just want to get a little bit more from their efforts. 

“Train your mind first,” I say to my students.  The greater clarity you posses, the faster and more powerful your results will be.  This is how I approach teaching, and it is a philosophy that is clearly present in this post.  Before you can really understand what affirmations and visualization can do for you in the deliberate creating process, it can be helpful to understand how these techniques operate, how they function. 

Since a full description of that entire process would be a post that is essentially the size of a book, I thought I’d start with one of the more fundamental concepts as a part of the foundation—Consciousness. 

It may be helpful for you to consider that there are two kinds of consciousness.  The first is your conscious thinking mind, the waking awareness you identify with and which is referred to in conversation by the personal pronouns “I,” “me,” “my,” or “mine.”  The other is typically regarded as your “unconscious.”  It’s in quotes to highlight a couple of points.  First, it’s unconscious relative to the waking awareness of your conscious thinking mind.  Second, because while we like to think of two kinds of consciousness, these seemingly different constructs, consciousness and unconsciousness, are really just discrete points along a single continuum of consciousness.  It’s easier for conversation sake to talk about them as discrete entities, but in the end that’s not entirely accurate. 

That your unconscious and conscious minds operate by different rules, however, lends support to the idea that they are discrete entities.  As I said above, talking about them as discrete entities makes them easier to talk about and easier to understand, but it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that they are both part of the same whole. 

The “Unconscious” Mind

One of the important rules governing the unconscious mind may be broadly described as “inclusion.” This simply means that what you’ve given your attention to is active in your experience for the time your attention is focused upon it.  Your unconscious is the well-spring of the energy that vitalizes everything in your experience, including your thoughts, mind, and body.  Equally, it vitalizes everything external to you while you’re focused upon it.  A project you’re working on, the road you’re on while you’re driving, the people you see on the street to which you give your attention.  All are activated in your experience while you are giving your attention to them. 

The unconscious part of you is source energy, your Being.  It is the “God” part of you or your soul; whatever you want to call it doesn’t matter.  It is simply the source of all the energy in your experience.  This level is without time, without limit, it is pure potential.  The information in the form of inspiration or intuition coming from it is not structured in the way we think of it until it gets to the level of your conscious thinking mind.  It is at that level, the level of the conscious thinking mind that the impulse or intuition is given form, as in a thought form.  The form the impulse or intuition takes is consistent with the conditioning the conscious thinking mind has been subjected to.  In my case, part of my history of conditioning has been my education in psychology, my wife’s is in social work and computers, and so on.

The Conscious Thinking Mind

The conscious thinking mind is the creator of forms.  It is what gives form and structure to the impulses arising from deep within.  The important rules that govern the conscious thinking mind have to do with what it does.  It discriminates, differentiates, selects, categorizes, identifies, labels, among other things.  It’s discriminating and distinguishing characteristics are reflective of its structure.  The conscious thinking mind is compelled by its structure to carry out its discriminating activities. 

Preferences are selected at the level of the conscious thinking mind.  We identify what we like and dislike at this level and the conscious thinking mind operates to help us select a path toward what we like and away from what we don’t.  It separates; it distinguishing likes from dislikes.  Its structural imperative is also fulfilled in the more basic distinction of, “I am this and not that.”  In this manner it is possible to see our identification with the content of our conscious thinking mind.  In this way we can also identify ourselves as separate from or different from others.

The “others” that are referred to above become important when the conscious thinking mind is transformed into ego through our desire to seek a sense of self in the conscious thinking mind.  In short, you can say that we Identify with the conscious thinking mind as though this is who we are, as though it is the source energy.  Through identifying with the conscious thinking mind, now the ego, we are immediately confined and confounded by the limitations of the conscious thinking mind. We are subjected to its rules and its influences, particularly the influence of feeling separated from our source and from one another and the world around us.  When we are present to the sense of separation, the feeling experience is one of negative emotion accompanied by negative thought. 

This is not Evil, as some have suggested, but merely the product of identifying with a mind-made sense of self that must act in accordance with the rules that govern it.  The conscious thinking mind, the ego, separates, classifies, and distinguishes, all because these are the functions it was intended to do.  We can free ourselves of the emotional turmoil associated with this condition by remembering we are not our ego, we are the source energy, the Being that flows forth from deep within and vitalizes the world of forms. 

There are many implications of this kind of understanding for those interested in being deliberate creators.  I’ll go into this in more detail in another post.  For now, I invite any comments or questions.  I like hearing from others with whom I’m sharing this journey.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph  W.

Transformaton in the News

Tomorrow evening there will be a program on the ABC television network called “Mind Games.”  I initially saw it advertised on another ABC program over this past weekend.  While the program was advertised as a part of a series ABC news is producing regarding “Happiness, Inc.,” this particular broadcast is to be about James Arthur Ray.  His arrest was something I wrote briefly about this past February.  His trial is about to begin and apparently the producers of this series feel his story is appropriate for their views. 

I’m not particularly interested in commenting on the apparent appropriateness or inappropriateness of their story.  Rather, I’m interested to see how the ideas, the concepts, and the modern-day process of seeking personal growth, insight, and spiritual emancipation are presented.  It’s not often that these ideas, the concepts of consciousness transformation, personal growth, and so on, make their way into the popular media.  While I believe the story will likely focus on Ray himself and the tragedies that brought him to his current circumstances, I remain interested to see how these ideas are treated.  As I also mentioned in a previous post, I continue to look for evidence of a shift in consciousness, and it appears to me this might be a good opportunity to get a glimpse.    

Ray, as you may recall, was one of the contributors to the popular movie, The Secret.  I stand by the sentiments I expressed in my previous post about Ray.  I believe that the tragedy of his circumstances underlies the importance of assessing one’s ability to undergo the sometimes stressful experiences that can accompany transformative work.   (For more see my post on the topic from February, 2010)

Despite my persistent interest in looking for evidence of consciousness transformation in our culture daily, I remain mindful of the tragedy that brought about these circumstances.  I maintain loving thoughts of support and warm regard for the families and friends of those who were hurt or died. 

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.

Personally, I see the benefits of knowing the Law of Attraction in my life daily.  After more than 20 years of reading, studying, and writing about it, these principles are a well-integrated part of how I see the world.  In other words, you could say I operate from my understanding of universal principles and they’ve become a habitual way of seeing the world for me.

It’s not just about getting more money, a new job, a big house, or a new car for me.  While these things are great, and I appreciate the benefit items such as these provides as much as anyone else, I’m even more grateful for the peace of mind, the personal tranquility, and the refuge from uncertainty my knowledge of these principles provides.

Through my years of studying universal principles I’ve become increasingly sensitive to the appearance of these concepts in the popular culture, on television, in movies, books, in the paper.  What I’ve noticed is that except on rare occasions, you’re not likely to see any direct mention of Law of Attraction in most of our popular media, particularly on television.  That doesn’t mean that evidence of its presence in the popular culture doesn’t exist.  To me, it means that you have to look for the sometimes not so obvious manifestation of these concepts in the popular culture.  It means that maybe what you find when you look is evidence of the change in consciousness. 

The evidence I see could consist of a little less pessimism and a little more optimism; evidence of looking toward solutions rather than being captivated by problems.  Statements that reflect a sense of the abundance of our world regardless of the circumstances one might be personally facing. 

Finding evidence of a shift in our collective consciousness that signals a movement in the direction of an awareness of the abundance within and without can be a tall order, particularly when the media, and especially news programming seems so doggedly intent upon reporting “what is.”  “Tell it like it is,” “reported as it happened,” are the statements that reflect the modern culture’s credo. 

Of course telling the truth is important, and I’m not advocating for lying or being dishonest as a virtue.  But goals require vision and commitment.  To achieve them requires adopting a vision for the future that is more compelling than the signals coming back from our environment that sometimes tell us that our cause is hopeless, foolish, or impossible.  Sometimes you have to look for something other than “what is” to realize your vision. 

This is also the essence of being a deliberate creator; actively taking steps in your lives that are consistent with what you know about universal principles like Law of Attraction.  This knowledge, knowing universal principles is as much about a disciplined way of living your life as it is about “using” Law of Attraction to realize your material dreams. 

It is for this reason that I see knowing and applying what you know about universal principles as a call to transform your consciousness.  To live each moment with the richness and vitality this knowledge can impart to you now, not just in those moments after you’ve acquired the new car, new house, or new job when you’re standing with your desires fulfilled.  This is the evidence I continue to seek. 

I continue to look each day for evidence of the shift in consciousness I know must accompany knowledge and application of these principles.  Looking for it leads me to seeking and finding the best in others. 

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.

The “Vibe” part of the law of attraction conversation is both central to understanding how it works and the one aspect of this principle most criticized by skeptics and nay-Sayers.  Most authors I’ve read regarding the law of attraction offer a somewhat complicated description of quantum physics as an explanation for understanding the importance of “vibe” in the attraction process.  I think this effort has produced some good results, but often times, unless you understand quantum physics, having the knowledge doesn’t do much to prove helpful.

While I applaud the effort and the results of the quantum physics arguments in law of attraction, I believe their practical application in the lives of everyday people is questionable.  My question is this,

“What benefit is intended by offering a description of the quantum physics of vibration?”

If the idea is to make this and other universal principles more accessible and useful to more people, then perhaps cutting past the quantum physics, at least in the short term, can be more beneficial. 

At its heart the introduction of the quantum physics conversation can be understood as a device used to help your conscious mind grab hold of certain concepts that are useful in deliberately creating your life.  The quantum physics conversation is intended as a way to transform your consciousness helping you think in terms of the universal principles, like law of attraction. 

The transformation in consciousness implied is different from the kind of consciousness we typically associate with our waking hours.  The rational, selective processes distinguishing between who we are and who we are not; sifting through the data of our daily experience looking for that which we prefer versus that we dislike.  This is the consciousness of our identity, our ego, or sense of self, our personality.  This is what we are typically referring to when we’re talking about our mind.      

The education of our mind is what our process of education is all about.  But what we typically don’t realize is the extent to which our educational process is also training non-conscious levels of our experience such as our intuition.  The kind of intuition that informs a mechanic of what might be causing that strange sound coming from your car, or when your doctor offers several labels in response to a description of symptoms. 

Our education provides a context assisting in the formation of concepts out of an otherwise undifferentiated mass of data.  Our success as a species has been dependent upon our ability to effectively educate our minds.  The result has been the development of technologies that transform our interaction with the world and each other.  The changes brought by this process have been increasing in speed and intensity creating pressure to adapt to an ever-changing and sometimes uncertain world. 

The pressure created is forcing a new type of consciousness transformation.  Not a throw-back to an earlier stage in human development, as some have suggested, leaving behind the benefits reflected in our current state of mental development.  What is implied, and what many believe is occurring, is the development of a new and inclusive consciousness that embraces the best of the previous mental models in a new model that is more inclusive, conscientious of our connection with our environment [social, economic, and otherwise], and with one another.  

Thus, I see learning law of attraction and other universal principles as something more than just a technique to get a new job, more money, a better relationship, or whatever else.  I see its presence at this time in our human history as a reflection of our collective need for consciousness transformation, a reflection of our readiness to find a new level of existence to which we are evolving. 

In observing the results of those deliberately using universal principles to improve the quality of their lives I’ve noticed a change occurring in their consciousness.  My conclusion based on these observations is that you cannot deliberately use these principles to bring things into your life without also inviting a transformation in your consciousness; essentially moving yourself in the direction of a spiritual awakening. 

Deliberate use of universal principles draws your attention to your source, and seeking to create and experience more abundance in your life is a direct reflection of your connection to your source, the wellspring of the abundance you wish to experience in your outer life.  The greater the abundance in your outer life means the greater the strength of your connection to your abundant source within. 

 Your conscious mind is a conduit through which your source flows and is given form on its way into the world.  Recognizing that the conscious mind operates by rules that are different than your unconscious is an important first step to transforming your conscious thinking mind making it a better conduit through which energy flows, rather than a place where the energy stops.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ralph W.