Through our beliefs, we’re the bridge between reality and all that we could ever imagine. It’s the power of what we truly believe about ourselves that gives life to our highest aspirations and greatest dreams, the things that make the universe as it is. And if the whole universe sounds like a place too big to even think about, that’s okay – we can start by simply thinking about ourselves and our everyday world.
Consider your relationship to the room you’re sitting in. While you’re thinking, ask yourself these questions: What role did I play to get myself here? How did I arrive at this precise place in this precise moment? Then consider how time, space, energy, and matter have all converged in a mysterious and precious way to bring you to this very moment, and ask:
Is it just an accident? Are you merely a fluke of biology, energy, and matter that just happened to converge in this instant? If your answer to this question is No! then you’re really going to like what comes next. Because if you honestly believe that you’re more than an accident of time, space, and energy, then do you really think that you would find yourself in a world of so many quantum possibilities without a way to choose from among those possibilities?
To acknowledge that we play a central role in how our everyday reality turns out is to acknowledge that we’re somehow interacting with essence of the universe. For such a thing to be possible, it means that we must also recognize the following:
Our beliefs have the power to change the flow of events in the universe – literally to interrupt and redirect time, matter, and space and the events that occur within them.
When we choose to embark upon a different career path or a new relationship or to heal a life-threatening disease, we’re really rewriting the code of reality. If we think about all the implications of all the decisions we make in each moment of every day, it becomes clear how our seemingly little choices can have effects that reach far beyond our personal lives. In a universe where each experience is built upon the outcome of previous ones, it’s obvious that all are necessary. There are no “wasted” choices, because every event and decision is required. Each must be precisely where it is before the others can follow.
Suddenly, our choice to help someone who’s lost in the airport, for example, or our willingness to understand our anger before we unleash it on those who don’t deserve it takes on new meaning. Each choice sets into motion a ripple current that will affect not only our lives, but also the world beyond.
So, think of all the things that had to happen from a time before you were even born for you to be in the precise place that you are in this moment. Think of the unfathomable number of tiny particles of star dust that originated with the birth of the universe. Contemplate where those particles have been, and consider how they’ve come together in just the right way to become the “you” that you are today. In doing so, you find it becomes abundantly clear that something – some intelligent force – is holding the particles of you together right now, as you read the words on this page.
That force is what makes our beliefs so powerful. If we can communicate with it, then we can change how the particles of “us” behave in the world. We can rewrite the code of our reality.
A growing number of mainstream scientists are now drawing parallels between the way the universe works and the output of a huge and incredibly ancient computer simulation – a literal virtual reality. In this comparison, our everyday world is thought of as a simulation that operates in much the way the “holodeck” did in Star Trek: The Next Generation, a TV series that first aired in 1987. It’s an experience that’s created within the container of a greater reality for the purpose of mastering the conditions of that reality.
Taking this just one step further, we can imagine that if we understand the rules of this ancient and ongoing reality program, then we can understand how to change the conditions of fear, war, and disease that have hurt us in the past. In such a way of thinking, everything takes on a whole new meaning. As speculative and science fiction–ish as such a proposition may sound, it’s only one of the implications that stem directly from this powerful new way of thinking of the universe.
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