There are a few quotes that stand out that explain the nature of reality:
- “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer
- “Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand.” ~Bob Proctor
“When you make a choice, you change the future.” ~Deepak Chopra
Modern Psychology, New Age Thought, Quantum Mechanics and the Nocebo Effect collectively describe an important foundation of spirituality and self-discovery; the realization that your thoughts create your world.
Let’s explore more:
The Observer Effect was created to describe the relationship between sub-atomic particles and the observer. Through multiple experiments, Quantum Physics has shown that subatomic particles appear to exist only as a wave of probabilities until they are observed, at which time they collapse into a single place in time.
Therefore the observer effect states that there is no reality until that reality is perceived. This profound insight tells us that we alter every object in the world simply by paying attention to it. If you are unhappy with a certain experience in your life, you can choose to steer your focus toward something else that is aligned with your own positive expectations.
Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Experiments
Dr. Emotos studied the effect of human consciousness on water and found that emotional energies and vibrations could change its physical structure. Dr. Emotos exposed glasses of water to different words, pictures or music and then froze the water to examine the formation of crystals under a microscope.
The conclusion of Dr. Emotos’ experiments found that water exposed to positive speech and thoughts would result in visually appealing crystal structures. In contrast, water exposed to negative words and thoughts would result in asymmetrical, disturbing and incomplete crystal patterns.
The study of Psychology describes a schema as a mental construct of preconceived ideas used to form our ultimate perception and worldview. As a human being who perceives the world, you have a schema which helps you understand the otherwise random objects and circumstances you encounter. We are more likely to notice objects that align with our schema (and therefore perception of the world) and are less likely to notice items which do not; thus reinforcing our beliefs about reality.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a very common form of therapy used by psychologists. The underlying premise of this treatment is that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviours, not external things such as people, situations, and events. Distorted patterns of thought can be examined to change the way we perceive the external world and improve our experience of it.
New Age Thought
Leaders in New Age Thought, Abraham and Esther Hicks, describe a belief as merely a thought that you continue to think. Therefore a belief system is a chronic pattern of thoughts that you continue to think. A belief such as ‘I’m not lucky and I never win anything’ is an example of a chronic thought pattern.
According to this model, once you are aware of your belief system and acknowledge that it is based on your perception rather than reality, you can choose a new thought. For example, by replacing the above sentence with ‘I’m a lucky person and fortune always finds me’, you will have created a new belief system around luck.
The Nocebo Effect
Our modern healthcare system is based on the biomedical model that uses empirical study to determine the effectiveness of pharmaceutical drugs. Often these studies compare the effect of a drug, against a placebo to measure its effectiveness.
In contrast to the placebo, the “nocebo” effect is used to measure the expectation of a bad outcome. For example, studies found that by giving a sugar pill to a person with lactose intolerance, the participant would experience negative gastrointestinal symptoms because they believed they had ingested a lactose substance and expected to experience discomfort.
The repercussions of the nocebo effect are being considered by scientists who study consciousness. If a negative expectation is powerful enough to induce physical symptoms, what are the implications in other areas of life? We make judgements every day in attempt to predict our experience. If applying a negative expectation, are we unintentionally affecting our own experience?
As a spiritual seeker, you will inevitably be required to examine your relationship with your thoughts. However you choose to integrate this information, acknowledge that you have the power to create your own reality. By doing so you will move from a place of victimhood (experiencing external events as happening ‘to’ you) to a place of power, where you realize your inherent ability to shape the world around you.
Review your current state and your general sense of contentment with what is. If you’re feeling unhappy or dissatisfied, simply choose another experience and observe the transformation that follows.
About the Author:
Tracey Dawn is a soul-seeker from British Columbia, Canada. Trained in psychology, meditation and spiritual healing, she is driven to learn more about why we create our own self-limitations and how to break them. She has a passion for health and fitness and loves mountain biking and snowboarding. After experiencing a couple life-changing experiences, she is awakened to aligning her life with the flow of the universe and encouraging others to do the same. You can connect with her on facebook or on her blog.