The Wino and the Master
For months, the media has been filled with accounts of one series of economic disasters after another all across the First World.
It’s very rare that such a vast swath of humanity has been so united in focus on the same thing. Everyone across all of North and South America , Europe and the East seem to be concerned with the same realities, and with a fierce intensity; will my investments be safe; will my savings, if I have any, remain secure, how will I pay the mortgage or meet my children’s school fees this year? Will I have a job in six months time? How can I afford to heat the house this winter? As a 19th century writer put it: “It’s a prospect to dizzy and appall.”
There are aspects to this present situation in the world at large which give great concern to anyone who has realized even the most basic facts about what quantum physics has to tell us about how reality functions. For almost a century now the quantum physicists have been telling us that reality obligingly takes on the shape corresponding to the way in which we observe it. Needless to say this insight has been popularized in countless versions which usually neglect to mention the awkward fact that while the realities we experience every day are determined by the way in which we observe them, it is no small task to acquire the skill to manifest what it is we would like to see popping up in our lives as opposed to what normally does.
In that sense, I believe that many of the wildly popular self-improvement programs that have attracted such enormous attention in recent years have actually done a great disservice to the majority of people who espoused them. The impression was given that it was all very easy, even automatic to master these techniques. That suited the instant gratification society’s expectations but it just didn’t work and the result was disillusionment. There is no doubt that what we have deeply and profoundly accepted will manifest into our lives. Unfortunately, all too often, what we have deeply and profoundly accepted in this way is lack, ill health, misfortune and what we are pleased to call bad luck.
Sometimes when I speak to groups about matters related to quantum physics I pose the question “Who do you think has the greater ability to manifest reality: an unfortunate homeless person living in abject poverty under a bridge, or an ascended Master such as we read about in those fabled accounts from long ago?”
The answer invariably is “The Master” - who has everything his or her heart can desire. But that is not so. Both the Wino and the Master have exactly the same ability to manifest. There is obviously an enormous difference between the circumstances of the two, but the difference does not hinge on their ability to manifest because they both have that ability in equal measure, and so has everyone else who ever walked this earth.
Everyone is born with the innate ability to manifest any reality out of the quantum field that corresponds to their deeply accepted beliefs and feelings. This is as much a part of us as our unique DNA, our digestive system or the circulation of our blood. You cannot exist without the ability to manifest out of the quantum field. It is not something you have to learn.
The problem lies in the fact that what the vast majority of people take for granted and deeply accept is usually the reality of lack; the conviction that things are scarce; that if I do not get my share before someone else gets it I am in danger of being left short; that life is unfair and unless I am on guard and alert I will end up being pushed around to my detriment by organizations and people who are more powerful than I am. Is it any wonder then that such negative realities figure so often in many people’s life experiences?
So in pondering the case of the Wino and the Master, the Wino stands as an archetype of someone who is convinced that the world is harsh, hostile, discriminatory and unfair. As this is what is deeply accepted it is inevitable that more of the same will manifest in such a person’s life. The Master on the other hand started out by realizing one of the most basic realities about human life: the kind of life I have been experiencing mirrors the way I have been thinking. In “What the Bleep” I said Positive Thinking was fallacious, because usually all it meant was that I had managed to put a thin smear of positive thinking over a vast boiling cauldron of negative thinking underneath, which is obviously what is going to manifest, because I is what I have deeply accepted.
We all come into this world endowed with a certain type of character, intellectual ability, and physical attributes, but I know that through the course of my life I can alter what I have been endowed with, for better or for worse.
The person who grows to be a Master realizes this even though he or she may have suffered hardships, disappointment, discrimination or betrayal. That individual came to realize that it could all be turned around if only they could learn to control their thoughts at the deepest level. That is a very different exercise indeed from suppression. We are masters at fooling ourselves into thinking that we have accomplished real change in our lives when all we have done is suppressed the tendencies, thoughts or beliefs which we want to be freed from and are thus no longer welcome in our lives. But these suppressed realities hide like a festering sore until the day when they erupt to the surface again in a much more virulent form than they ever had before the attempt to squash them into submission.
What we need to aim at is attaining a state where all those negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions let us go , rather than us deciding to try to expel them from our lives by suppression.
In truth this process really is like trying to climb out of a snake pit. Everyone who has ever set out on the path of human or spiritual evolution has come to realize as a basic premise that the real enemy is within. Any form of enemy we perceive without is visible to us only because it mirrors what is already within ourselves, but which may be so deeply buried that we are not aware of it until it is mirrored back to us by some person or thing that is external to us.
But the developing Master who is emerging from the snake pit now finds that the thoughts and feelings to which he or she habitually defaults are less and less lack, fear, guilt and victimization, and much more the far more glorious realities that we all wish made up the warp and woof of our lives.
The real difference between the Wino and the Master is now becoming clear. Both have an equal ability to manifest. However, one manifests only within a very narrow fan of reality: victimization, pain, suffering and lack. The other manifests throughout the entire 350 degrees because he or she has worked for the ability to control thought so that only what is desired ever finds its way to him or her, cascading down from the frequency of the quantum field phase of matter.
As I said at the start, it is rare that so many people all across the world are focused with the same feelings, on the same thing, as so many are today on the global financial crisis, and to all of us amateur quantum physicists that should give great cause for concern. Such a global or country-wide common focus can happen in times of war or in times of national elation or in times of great fear or anxiety. It is rare that fear and anxiety takes such a grip on so many as the present fear of economic collapse has. It has transcended all genders, races, creeds and classes. When this happens a very powerful force has been generated acting in one direction. It is a very different situation from normal circumstances when the multitude of ways in which people are thinking are balanced out, augmented, modified or counteracted by the varieties of ways in which others are thinking differently.
What we fear probably impacts the quantum field more directly and powerfully than any other emotion, because fear can strike right to the very core of our being. When so many are of one focus, and when the basic motivation for that fixation has been anxiety and fear, there is not much margin to escape the brute fact that what is feared is coming barreling down the slope towards them from the quantum field. Of course that holds in equal measure whether what is feared is real or imaginary. If there is more of the Wino in me than the Master, then I am more programmed to the manifestation of lack in my life than I am to the abundant and the glorious, and that unfortunately seems to be true of the majority of people on the planet today.
I am far indeed from saying that all of the present financial crisis is due to imagination, and that if we were all to snap out of it, it would all be over in double quick time. Nevertheless there is a very real force at work now which has much more to do with us than with any external circumstances in the world.
It should alert us to the fact that normally the varieties of ways in which people focus on things that matter to them cancel each other out for the large part. But now the focus of most people on the earth is much more unified than that, and it is concentrated by the apprehension of doom and gloom. When there is such a rare common focus, when it is negative, and when it is feared, then we can rest assured that a self-fulfilling prophecy is about to manifest and what was bad in itself can very easily become much worse simply because most of the world’s population has much more of the Wino in them than the Master. Many will say “We can change this” and that is true, but while bailouts may solve the external economic crisis, the only way to avert the power of such a widespread negative focus on disaster as we are experiencing now is to accomplish a profound revolution in our habitual ways of thinking. That is a much more difficult and long drawn out process, but it is the only way to eventually bring our habits of self -destruction to an end.
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