Getting Started

Getting Started

The good news about getting started as a conscious creator is that you don’t need to buy any expensive materials or perform any elaborate rituals. The bad new is that we don’t have any elaborate rituals or specifically laid out plans to eternal salvation.

Here’s another little bonus that you don’t see very often: NO PSYCHIC TALENT REQUIRED! That’s right, absolutely no psychic ability at all required. All you really need is to have an open mind, self honesty, and learn to develop your sense of self awareness. Developing your ‘psychic abilities’ can certainly help you on your path, but they are not necessary.

Exercise One – What You Know About The World

Get a pen and piece of paper. Now, write down the following: “I know….” and write down everything you know about the world. Next, do the same thing only write about yourself instead of the world.

Done? Good, now replace each “I know” with “I believe.” Congratulations! You have just crossed the threshold into conscious creation.

The one rule in conscious creation is that: YOU CREATE YOUR OWN REALITY! By doing this exercise, you have begun to lay out the exact manner in which you have ALREADY been doing exactly that. Everything you thought that you knew about the world is now ‘just’ a belief, whether you consider it a good belief or a bad belief is up to you.

No doubt that at this point a million “buts” are popping into your mind. That’s okay, write those down too. Ask yourself what have you got to gain by believing in certain things? What have you got to lose?

What you can gain from believing in conscious creation, at the very least, is a much greater sense of self awareness. You will become much more conscious of your daily thoughts, recognizing the ones that are helping you and the ones that are keeping you from the things you want in this life. You can reveal to yourself the areas in which you don’t really love or accept yourself, and learn to heal them. Just think of all the money you’ll save on therapy!

What can you lose? Time, perhaps. Should you decide that this was a wasted effort on your part. Your grip on reality? You will certainly develop a new perspective on reality, one that doesn’t necessarily fit with everyone else’s, or even the vast majority of the world, but you’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not you create your own reality, or does the world create it for you.

A big question for newcomers to this philosophy is: How much of reality do we create? There is no simple answer here, since opinions vary. However, the overwhelming majority of channeled information I’ve read asserts that we create everything, right down to the smallest blade of grass. I’ve come to believe this is true. If you doubt your ability to create something in such detail, think about your dreams for a moment. Dreams have all the background scenery (and sometimes more) as waking life does.

Here’s my perspective on things in a nutshell: The universe we experience is not really solid and physical, but instead made up of probable events. Each one of us creates our own space continuum, drawing into our experience those events (and people) that fit into our belief systems one way or another. Everyone you encounter then, is not by chance or accident, but by design. They’re playing a role for you, and you for them. (More on this later.)

If this sounds like too much for you to grasp, a simpler version of YCYOR states that you are responsible for yourself, your actions, and the choices you make. Your beliefs act as a filtering system for the way you interact with the people and events that you encounter. In this view, the earth is real, and maybe one of a zillion probable earths, but you don’t change probable worlds by changing your beliefs. You can only change things by taking some sort of action in the world.

One of the key differences between believing that you create your own reality or only create it up to a point, is a belief in the existence of ‘victims.’ In the first view, each person creates and accepts everything and everyone they encounter. If they experience being mugged, raped or killed it’s because they chose to bring that event into their reality via their own beliefs and expectations, even if they are not yet consciously aware of the ‘reasons’. In the second view, a person can believe all they want in a safe universe and still be mugged while walking down the street. I won’t profess to really understand this view. IMO, reality creation either works, or it doesn’t, and if it doesn’t work for you then you might want to find something that does work for you. (The information in this site will be geared toward the “you create everything” view.)

Exercise 2 – Spot the Waking Dream Symbols

Since everything we experience in reality is actually our own creation, paying attention to the details that cross our path throughout the day is a very worthwhile and revealing exercise. Each of us creates a host of personal symbols, some are communicated via television, some through personal experiences, keeping an open mind can help you become more aware of the reality you are creating.

For example: If you love butterflies, then they could be a symbol of joy in your life. While more conventionally it might be seen as a symbol of transformation (like the Death card in a tarot deck). Seeing a butterfly, whether a real one, or on TV, or a picture of one, could be a reflection of your joy, or a reminder to tune into your joy, depending on your state of mind at the time.

You might want to make a list of your most potent symbols. Don’t worry if your mind goes blank at first (mine always does when presented with something like this) just remind yourself that you are going to keep an eye out for them.

Here’s a few clues that might help:

What makes you think of home? (Note smells, sounds, songs all count)
What reminds you of love?
What about death? How do you feel about death?
Do you have a lucky symbol or number?
Do you have an unlucky one? (Ex: Bad things happen on Friday the 13th)

What you think about these symbols is as important as recognizing them. If you do have bad or negative symbols, you should look to see whether it’s because you believe that you are victim to some outside force. Remember, YOU are the creator here, these are only reflections of what it is that YOU are creating.

A Perspective on Mass Events

The concept of “you create your own reality” seems easier to apply when you are alone in a room, interacting only with your own thoughts and feelings. Taking these ideas “outside” the question immediately comes up: If I create my own reality, and Bob creates his own reality, whose reality is it anyway?

How do mass events work? It seems impossible for everyone to have absolute freedom in creating their reality while interacting with others. What about conflicts and arguments? If we each create our own reality, wouldn’t we just create easy, cooperative exchanges? Furthermore, if I really do create my whole reality, are there really any other people in it? Or am I alone in my hallucinations?

Starting with the last question first, we are only alone in the sense that we are all aspects of “All That Is,” we spring from the same source and are all reflections of the same light. In this respect we are also never alone, for the beings we interact with via dreams and imagination are every bit as real as your neighbor across the street.

Onto the subject of Mass Events; for starters I will define what I see as a mass event.  A mass event is any event that involves more than one entity (person). Whenever two or more entities interact, we experience a chosen part of the whole interaction. We choose this part via our beliefs and expectations involving the person(s) that we are interacting with, and they do the same.

As two entities come together to interact, every possible outcome of that interaction that these entities want to experience will be explored. Each focus (or probable self) will branch off to explore these different situations. These might be dramatic, life changing events, or small seemingly (to the rational mind) unimportant events. At the entity level though, any interaction explored would be done so for reasons of growth and value fulfillment.

Below is a picture which demonstrates two beings interacting. The areas where the lines intersect are the actual events that these enitities have chosen to experience, these events are all probable events based on one encounter, none of the events are necessarily more real than the other.

Diagram concept by Thomas Burke,
artwork by Kristen Fox and John McNally

Let’s call Soul 1, Bob and Soul 2 Jane. This picture represents the first time the two souls met. The intersection points marked in red are events where they decided to communicate and interact directly. Since there are three of these, then there are three avenues of interactions they chose to explore together in some form of close relationship. This could be as lovers, or even bitter rivals, the essence behind both would be the desire for communication that brings them together.

The blue highlighted areas are slightly less direct, they know each other as casual friends or co-workers, exploring a less intensive relationship. There is communication, but not as intensive as the relationships explored in the red areas.

The green points represent the variety of other ways in which they can interact, though it may seem to be less directly impacted in waking reality. One example of this is that Bob may love Jane from afar, but never tell her his feelings, so while she has a major impact on his life, there is no direct communication. Another possiblity is that Bob is a character that Jane has read in a book. Bob represents all the qualities Jane wants in a man, and has a direct impact on her reality, but there’s no direct communication because she believes he’s only a fictional character.

Of course, this example is simplified, and only represents one small slice out of linear time. Bob and Jane could change the nature of their relationship at anytime, drifting apart, or coming together. Each probable Bob and each probable Jane will explore those avenues which bring them the most value fulfilment.

Now here’s a mindblower! The entity Bob and the entity Jane do not have to associate with the same interaction point. Have you ever spoke to someone who remembers an event totally different from the way you did? You probably just thought that “they” were mistaken, and that person would be thinking the same of you.

Now look at the diagram again. Consider that Bob might remember an experience from the red highlighted area, while Jane remembers it from a blue one. Both have completely valid memories, they have chosen to associate it from different probable perspectives. We are not limited to any event, we are as free to change our pasts as we are to choose our futures.

Notice how the two souls are centered separately, despite their many points of interaction. Look at the way in which their energy radiates outward toward each other, this is how we perceive things in physical reality.

Depending on Bob’s probable perspective, he will perceive a different aspect of Jane. Bob will interpret the energy that projects from Jane according to his own beliefs, and Jane will do the same for her image of Bob.

No matter how directly they interact, neither one of them can ever know every aspect of the other. The parts that interact directly, and change with each other over time will reveal more of themselves than the aspects that have only a casual relationship, but Bob will always be seeing his interpretation of Jane in his reality, and vice versa.

You might ask what is the point of adopting such a philosophy? What good is it? The answer is that once you accept that everything you experience is your own creation, and once you realize that nothing occurs in your reality without your explicit permission. It opens the door to much easier creation, and releases the need for struggle. Accepting that it’s your beliefs that create every nuance in your experience is the first step toward harmonizing those beliefs and your life.