Facilitator Journal | Issue #0537, May 8, 2012
This week's article, Reality is in the
'I' of the Beholder, is from my friend Philip Golabuk, founder
of The Field Project, an educational forum offering a special
philosophical curriculum in "expanding awareness" through
a systematic theory and practice of applied metaphysics. His model
draws from major spiritual traditions East and West, and from various
findings of the new physics. Field Practice,
reveals to us who we are beyond the limitations, lack, and burdensome
patterns that follow from mistakenly identifying exclusively with
the Particle self--the one we see in the mirror.
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is in the "I" of the Beholder
Introduction and Basic Principles
of Field Theory.
The idea that we create our reality is as old as the ancient Hindu Vedas,
which state that Atman (the individual) is Brahman (the cosmos). This
suggests that the whole of experience somehow resides in our consciousness,
and that it is our consciousness that shapes, attracts, or otherwise brings
about what seem to be random events. Today, we have the hologram, DNA,
and other scientific models of how the part can contain the whole, so
this may be less foreign to our thinking than it was even fifty years
ago. The metaphysical principle "As within, so without," is
another way of saying that our reality follows from the prevailing "weather"
of our consciousness.
In simple ways we can see that belief is self-fulfilling: if we're bitter
and cynical, we may expect a like response from others, whereas if we
are cheerful and generous, we invite this sort of thing in return. But
the idea that we are, wittingly or not, creating our reality goes far
beyond the psychological self-fulfillment of attitude or perception. We
also literally embody intentions, deep structures of the psyche that comprise
what we take to be real and that with which we identify, and these structures,
exercising a nonlocal effect, ingeniously fulfill pay-offs in ways that
defy direct cause-and-effect mapping. These fulfillments show up as synchronicities
or "coincidences," miracles, and moments when destiny seems
to reach out and lay its hand on us.
The I that creates
reality is not the I that we usually experience ourselves to be, not the
I that we see in the mirror. This point can hardly be overstated. Many
of us, caught up in new-age formulations of "we create our reality,"
have attempted to use affirmations, visualizations, and other consciousness-as-cause
techniques to make changes in our experience, only to find ourselves running
into walls. Part of the problem is that this I that is willfully attempting
to change events is itself not changing; it continues to be willful, and
circumstances continue to reflect this willfulness by persisting. The
approach is self-defeating.
The I that creates reality does not stand
apart from the reality it creates. The reality-creating I is not the separate,
willful self. This is a subtle but crucial point. We can't change reality
through personal will, because the very attempt confers the status of
reality on the thing it seeks to change. In other words, as long as the
will is attempting to make real something that it regards as not real,
it has cast its vote wrongly, and secured the very outcome it would overcome.
When we create conditions through force of will, the results are unpredictable
and often fail to fulfill us. When we allow the re-creation of our consciousness,
however, conditions change accordingly. So, our work is always on ourselves.
Unwitting Choice and Radical Responsibility
At first look, the phrase "unwitting choice" may seem self-contradictory,
but the contradiction vanishes when we take into account the subtlety
and ingenuity of human consciousness. We reach conclusions early in life,
sometimes as a result of trauma, and often driven by the will to survive
or to be accepted and loved.
For example, we may decide that it is noble to suffer, or to carry all
responsibility alone, or that we exist to meet the needs of others and
that by doing so, we will have our needs met in return. These stances
earn certain payoffs: So, in the examples given, we will find that suffering
is ever with us, or that others always seem to expect us to lead and come
up with solutions, or that we are continually being taken advantage of
or neglected. To be convincing, these things must appear to be happening
to us rather than through us. Eventually, we come to believe that we're
seeing "how life is," but we're actually catching the boomerangs
of hidden choices made long ago and wrapped in a self-induced amnesia.
As long as we hold to these stances, secretly disowning the inner process
each moment, the magic trick is convincing, a sleight-of-mind through
which cause presents itself as effect, and the creator, as victim. Taking
"radical responsibility" for the events of our life-without
self-judgment or blame of any kind-is the key to uplifting the self and
aligning individual (Particle) consciousness with the miraculous efficiency
of the Field.
The idea of radical
responsibility is based on the working assumption that, at its deepest
levels, Particle consciousness is causative. Taking this sort of responsibility
involves looking "through" events to identify themes in our
experience, then responding more to these themes than to the circumstances
themselves. There may be several "charged" situations at a given
time in more than one area, as though the Field wants to get our attention,
e.g., conflict at home over finances, something upsetting happening at
work, and sudden mechanical problems with the car. The student then scans
these seemingly random and discrete situations for a common theme, finding
it much the same way that we discover the meaning of a dream. Once the
theme is clear, the student takes responsibility for its manifesting,
in whatever way intuition indicates, The shift in the student's consciousness
is then complete, and before long, circumstances fall in line with the
Golabuk, 2012, FieldProject.net
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