Aristomenes X

Seize the initiative and claim yourself. Be determined to grow and thrive. Choose to choose no matter what, and embrace all meaning vibrantly alive. To create, to redeem, to be free as was meant.

Category: Practice

Reality Sculpting 101: II. Facing The Challenge

Reality sculpting is not the same as creating reality from nothing. It does not mean we say “behold”, wave a wand and the Hollywood effects take over. Nature expresses with a certain economy for a reason. Bypassing, defying or even transforming that economy are possible in my view, but also in my view, not readily, nor easily done. I do not think it is wise to consider reality sculpting in terms of a simple technique one can apply in the matter of mental, spiritual or life-force gymnastics.

At the same time reality sculpting is natural. It is potentially an art for those who would engage thoughtfully and creatively in its possibilities. I want to approach the issue of reality sculpting because we live at a time in history when it seems that our reality is being literally forced toward ends that would very likely horrify us if we had the full picture of that situation.

In this state of affairs we are challenged to learn to breath and live and see and think outside the box. Much of the time, however, outside the box means being incoherent in the face of conditioned reasoning. It, therefore, takes time to acclimate and gain a sense of being ok with “different” thinking, feeling etc.

The enthusiast in alternative thinking soon realizes they cannot drag everyone else outside the box with them. Social programming enforces a reality context that is like a maze of confusion. In this maze, there is low visibility with no straight lines, and no clear outcomes. Simply pushing to visualize, affirm and will one’s chosen reality frame, because of the rigged status of that maze, will get us nowhere but believing in nothing but the futility of hope.

Anything that appears more rational and direct is likely out of a menu of memes we have been taught to respect and designed to get us in one of many chess game extensions of chasing our tails and wasting what meager resources we have left. The way things stand, it appears people cannot be forced out of denial. They cannot be talked into waking up. They cannot be un-brainwashed by another’s intellectual arguments, nor by emotional plea.

Going out and organizing revolution followed by counter-revolution is well and good, but it has been factored into the “game plan”. I would say that if we want a possibility to be globally fruitful it is best to consider those the establishment doesn’t credit or understand, or better yet, cannot even perceive.

Those are the issues I feel we are challenged to address before any semblance of tangible and lasting reality correction ensues via the power of our direct intentions. In this state of affairs it appears to me that there are many who want nothing more than to be told where the off switch to their problems is. I’m relieved things don’t work that way. It would be a very bland universe if they did. It is not, and I don’t see workable simple answers in this tangled web of ours. The challenge we are called to face here is rather to think beyond how we are conditioned to think.

Somehow we know we need to think for ourselves. We are encouraged in western culture to do so, in fact, but that does not mean the practice is genuine. Instead we are mostly told by authority figures and experts what and how to think, and even threatened with reprisals that sound reasonable (like incarceration and drugging) to those most programmed.

I can understand how so many are fed up with being told what to do these days. Yet they probably don’t question authority much, since anyone who is not an expert and authority is just an asshole venting hot air most of the time. At most they only have an opinion, which is pretty close to an asshole in most people’s regard, I would say.

The internet seems to be full of blow holes these days. It is hard to tell them apart from those who know what they are talking about. Hell, I can’t come up with good arguments for myself in that regard. I just hope readers can grasp the notion of an outside the box perspective beyond the cliché. I hope paradox is not equated with bullshit, but can be seen as reason beyond social programming.

Where reality sculpting is concerned there are those who discourage themselves and others with an all or nothing attitude. Anyone attempting to support psychic means of changing reality for the better- if I am not wealthy, healthy and happy- is not credible. If reality sculpting hasn’t solved everything or even one single important thing in the life of its advocate (mostly concerned with monetary stability) then it isn’t worth a glance, let alone the actual commitment required to make it work.

At face value it’s a reasonable condition. Someone who assumes they can wish their way to desired outcomes, when disappointed, can resort to either fatalism or the standard rout of applying themselves in mundane ways, legally or illegally, with or without moral integrity. If they are disappointed further their consolation is that at least they’re being realistic.  

Reasonable as the sentiment may be, it is not a product of deep and thoughtful analysis nor even intuitive insight. I want to address the topic, being aware that I am not the first nor will I be the last to do so. I want to address it because the critique is to be expected in any promotion of reality sculpting, and because I trust in the intrinsic value of this view to shed some light on an easily misunderstood topic. 

There are reasons why the situation is not so simple as a “law of attraction” would have it. There are reasons why it only appears to work for a minority, and it is not because they are doing things right. There are measures we can take as well, but it means expanding our view toward a bigger picture than just material or spiritual gain. I want to continue this series because it interests me, but I think it can be useful to those who have not thrown the baby out with the bathwater in their disappointment in reality sculpting.

At the same time, I won’t hesitate in critiquing the oversimplified perspectives that for whatever reason are made popular, and which have done more damage to the possibilities of positive reality sculpting maturing in our culture than any form of ridicule or modern day witch-hunt could do. So let me roll up my sleeves and stay tuned.  

Reality Sculpting 101: I. Changing Beliefs

The idea of creating one’s own reality is not new, neither philosophically nor esoterically. No matter what one’s opinion on the matter is, and regardless of how much has been said and done about it, I would say it still pays to examine it in depth.

It appears to me that the ideology of creating one’s reality has been misunderstood; marketed in a superficial manner, oversimplified and exaggerated in unrealistic ways. Some claim it works, many have been disappointed by it, and most don’t seem to give it the time of day. Whether reality is created by beliefs or not, altering one’s own deeply rooted notions is not that easy.

To add insult to injury, we live in a world where we are under constant belief programming. Some have named this state of affairs “the matrix”. It propagates in all our relation and is amplified via the latest technologies promoted for that purpose. We may alter beliefs within the context of the matrix of reality indoctrination, but beyond it there are obstacles not easy to overcome.

I would say the first step would be to ensure we can alter belief before worrying about changing the reality it represents. I view this notion to be largely misunderstood. A few affirmations are not going to do it. Faking it isn’t either, because the very notion contradicts that you actually believe in what you are doing.

In any case, I want to present basics of practice as I understand it. Such practice is not a cure-all for all the ills reality may be shoving down our throats. It is a start. I will, therefore, return to the topic to develop it further and work with it myself. It may actually be educational.

At this stage I think it is safe to say that positive effects are more likely when practice is consistent. It also helps when negative and positive emotional feedback experienced without condemnation. The mental feedback or backtalk is best set aside as just words. Thus a playful attitude is adopted instead of one that is critical, desperate or involves faking.

It is important to be rooted in the understanding that beliefs are not the same as reality attributes. They are especially not attributes of self. I am not what I believe. I may believe I am ugly, and that may cause a shift in my form in that direction, but that shift can easily shift back. It is not indicative of me, per se.

The challenge of this playful attitude is to assume self is inviolate, where beliefs are concerned. The latter may alter the shape and course of things, but not their essence. In this understanding form follows the expression of psyche, and it pays for it to change into what more naturally represents our deeper sense of meaning.

That deeper sense may be unrealized because our energy is invested belief-wise elsewhere. We want to remove that investing energy and place it where it matters more, all the while being aware that physical reality has a powerful momentum and staying power, something that goes without saying. Thus patience is another challenging quality in which to invest.

It is also important to observant so as to notice how things develop without condemnation or imposing optimism in the situation. Critical evaluation involves coming to conclusions, which is another form of imposing beliefs, or rather reinforcing the old ones more often than not. This is an art of sorts that comes naturally to children, at least prior to the aggressive social indoctrination hoisted upon them.

Children play, but the notion of faking doesn’t realty come in. The felt quality is different in play than it is in deliberate hypocrisy. That felt quality is a must for both belief change and the reality conditions to follow it. Children also take their games very seriously, but without losing playfulness. They do not much think about the end of their imaginary game because they are having too much fun playing it. Their passion is in the process.

It may be useful to view beliefs as scripts in which one has invested. Change the script via playful imagination. Transfer the invested energy- emotion, passion sense of life- to the new script and play it in imagination. That part of the process can be challenging when one’s emotions represent an investment of self in the old script. Investment is of one’s life force and expressive potentials, not one’s sense of being. Self is what benefits from the belief, not what feeds it, not in a healthy scenario.

All our beliefs are tied together forming a web or matrix of reality scripting. Some are rigidly tied and some loosely. Forcing change of beliefs that amounts to beating oneself up is counterproductive to say the least. But to keep ourselves from engaging in counterproductive activity, obvious or not, it helps to be mindful of what goes on when we examine and playfully alter our scripts.

It also helps to engage in inner dialogue from a second person perspective. Beliefs are not us. So using the first person can fall on deaf ears. However, when young and impressionable our beliefs were often forged by statements stated in the second person- “you are”, “you do” etc. I suggest trying that instead of the often used “I am this” or “I do this” approach.

In conclusion, forging a new script or reality frame may involve revelations of beliefs being in conflict, or even causing conflict as old beliefs come into contact with newly scripted ones. Thus the process may not be as straightforward as popularized formats would have us “believe”.

As this is an involved topic, I will continue with it. There are questions here. Are will and imagination always aligned? Is willpower the guide for imagination or is it the other way around? How do I remove my investment from the collective belief bank when the bankers impose capital controls? In other words, what if I feel threatened every time I seek to liberate my life force, emotional will and sense of being from being entrapped by imposed belief structures. That is for the next installment.

For now I would say this: it is far worse to not notice that investment in beliefs is a rigged system than be discomforted by the dissonance of the situation. Dissonance may well be the first sign of success.