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How Your Beliefs Create Reality

Law of Attraction in action
by Psychic; Verbena

There are all kinds of nifty, New Agey catch phrases floating around
relating to the *Law of Attraction* and,

how your beliefs create your reality: "energy flows where attention
goes," "put white light around it," and "perception is reality," to name
a few.

The problem with all of them is that unless you have a real
understanding of how this reality-creating stuff actually works, those
phrases are at best confusing and at worst downright offensive to
"regular" people, who understandably interpret them to mean either that
whatever's happening is all their fault, or that they should just ignore
the terrible things that are happening, do nothing, and pretend
everything is okay when it clearly isn't.

What those phrases, and the fundamental workings of the Law of
Attraction, actually mean is most clearly explained by neuroscience and
quantum physics.

For example, your eyes and the rest of your senses are being bombarded
with gazillions of bits of information every second, and yet your brain
is able to sort through them all and, second by second, present you with
your normal, apparently orderly and predictable day-to-day world.

How? Since you were born, your brain has been receiving instructions
about how to sort these inputs, how to create society's version of what
is normal, everyday "reality" to you as you move through your day.
Parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, enemies, books, TV, religious
teachings, and your own experiences have all contributed to build a
sorting and decision-making process that rests on your beliefs about
what is reality ... and what isn't.

What does this mean? It means that your beliefs create your
expectations, and your expectations not only affect how you interpret
what you see, they affect what you are actually able to see. In other
words, if incoming data doesn't fit into your beliefs, the "reality"
you've structured throughout your life, there's an excellent chance that
the new concept or reality won't even get close enough for you to
recognize and scoff at. If it's too radical, it likely won't even show
up on your radar, having already been sorted into a kind of mental

It also means that what does finally reach you has already been colored
and interpreted by your more personal, individual reality grid. For
example, suppose you have a family history of relationship problems, and
you've personally experienced more than one cheating lover. For you,
reality is that lovers are likely to cheat. And everything you see,
everything that your lover does that registers with you is tainted by
your expectation that they will probably cheat. You could even be
subconsciously attracted to people who are more likely to cheat because
your brain has been programmed to believe that your "reality" must
include that element and sorts your choices accordingly.

This is why many positive thinking programs don't seem to work, or if
they do, they seem to wear off quickly. Unless your new reality, your
more positive thinking, is built from your innermost being, your bedrock
beliefs and expectations, and out into your daily life, new thoughts are
only a thin layer over your fundamental structures, and therefore not
very effective or long-lasting.

Albert Einstein said that "The single most important decision any of us
will ever make is whether or not to believe the Universe is friendly."
This is the key!

Let's apply this idea to the *Gulf oil gusher*
If you believe the Universe is not friendly, and that multinational
corporations are exempt from intervention by miracles, then it's all too
easy to imagine unstoppable mass species extinction, waters
irretrievably polluted globally, increased seismic activity, and
annihilation of what's left of the ocean's abundance.

But if the Universe is friendly, what might happen?

This is where it gets tricky. Because when we humans put our minds to
work on "how" something might happen, we immediately limit the
possibilities. Higher Powers don't have to operate within human reality
constructs. Miracles are events that create solutions in ways that we
couldn't possibly imagine.

So our task, while we send money, make phone calls, write letters, stay
abreast of what's unfolding and even go to the Gulf area to lend a hand,
is to cherish the belief, not only for the good of the Gulf oil
situation, but in our own lives, that the miraculous can and does
happen, that even a disaster of this magnitude can *open the gateway to
real change*