“Someone once said to me, ‘Are you telling me that chair isn’t real, that it’s only thought?’ I said ‘Of course the chair is real. But it comes to you via Thought”
– Sydney Banks –
Earlier in the week it was April Fool’s day and I decided to play a prank on my friends, telling them that I’d just received a letter from the NASA accepting me onto a special Mission to Mars space program where I would be leading a team of research biologists at a lab implanted on the Martian soil.
My friends realized pretty quickly that it was a joke for April Fool’s but then I got to thinking, “what if it were true? What if I were really going to be heading off to Mars in 2020 and spending the next six years on a training program for that”. While imagining that, I had a real mix of emotions bubble up, going from fear to excitement, from pure joy at the thought of walking on Martian land to sadness at the thought of leaving my loved ones behind.
Now, while I was aware of having those feelings, I also was very aware that they weren’t real, that it was pure figment of my imagination and, therefore, I was able to enjoy the whole panoply of emotions that came along.
And then I suddenly remembered a story from two years ago with my son on a daytrip to Disneyland in Paris. We had decided to do the Star Tours ride and, as is often the case, there was a massive waiting line. To keep my children amused, I started telling them how much they were going to enjoy this voyage to the stars; that I’d already been, that we’d be travelling at the speed of light and visiting different parts of the universe. For the whole time we waited, I kidded them on with this story, answering their questions, “Are we really going into space, mummy?” “Yeah, course we are! You’ll see, it’s so fantastic!”
We were at last ushered into the ride and instructed to put our safety belts on, “We have to put the safety belts on because of the g-force when we hit light speed” I assured them, and then the doors closed and the ride started.
Now where my daughter, who is actually two years younger than my son, had understood that I was just playing a game and she had fully played along with me and was thoroughly enjoying the whole experience, my son had believed every word and about thirty seconds into the ride, a lady on the other side of my son, tapped me on the shoulder and pointed to him. Alistair was wearing an expression of absolute terror because he believed that this was really real. Of course, I immediately told him that it was just a game and that we weren’t really in a space craft being precariously piloted by an exceedingly polite android… and he immediately relaxed and started to really enjoy it, so much so that as soon as we got off the ride, we ran round to get back in the queue and do it a second time!
And this struck me because it really points to the fact that when we take our thoughts seriously, when we believe them to be real, we are thus are creating a scenario that we perceive to be real and will experience emotion in accordance. It can never be the scenario that creates our feeling, simply because for any given scenario, there’s a whole host of thought possibility. My son, believing that we were really in a spacecraft, was terrified; he could have believed that we were really in a spacecraft and been excited, overjoyed, mesmerized – he could have felt any kind of emotion with any kind of thought. But the ride was just an illusion; it wasn’t real and could only ever have the meaning that he was giving to it.
My daughter, on the other hand, saw it as not being real and realized that the “scary” bits were not real either and so was able to enjoy the whole game of feelings that were coming up – she was able to enjoy the illusion and not take her thoughts about it seriously.
From the formless energy of Universal Mind, Thought and Consciousness, we have the possibility of creating any experience, creating any feeling with our thoughts. Sydney Banks also said, “Mind is not brain. Neither is it a thing or a thought. It is a psychic force which acts as a catalyst and turns thought, whatever conscious or unconscious, into the reality you now see”
What we come to realize, in this understanding of how our human psychology works, is that it is not the external object that gives us our reality but our thoughts emanating from the infinite formless energy of life; and until we give meaning to the thoughts that are constantly flowing through our minds, with our own personal, intellectual, verbalized thinking, then the object of our thinking cannot have any meaning either and, as such, is neutral, as is the formless energy of Universal Mind, Thought and Consciousness.
We must never forget that we are the thinkers and the creators of our own experience but most of all, we must never forget that we have the free will to create any experience from the moment that we become aware that our personal thoughts are not real. And they are not real because we never have to think what we are thinking, we can think whatever we like.
When we waken up to the illusion of our own thinking, we discover the absolute joy and peace of freedom and we waken to the possibility of enjoying every single thought-feeling emotion that arises within us, no matter whether that thought-feeling is “good” or “bad”. Add to that that our judgement of a thought-feeling as “good” or “bad” is also product of our conceptual thinking and is also an illusion.
A while ago, my son told me a very good joke that, without him realizing it, hit me like a ton of bricks because of the wisdom that was within and I would like to share it with you.
You are in a dream and before you are three doors, A, B and C. Which door do you choose?Door A – you go up two flights of stairs Door B – you go down two flights of stairs Door C – you stay on the same floor
Whatever door you chose, you now find yourself in front of another three doors, A, B, and C. Which one do you choose?Door A – you get to ride in a helicopter to the top of the building Door B – there’s a slide to take you all the way to the bottom Door C – you stay on the same floor
Whatever door you chose, you now find yourself in front of another three doors, A, B, and C. Which one do you choose?Door A – you go down twenty floors in a lift Door B – you go up twenty floors in a lift Door C – you stay on the same floor
Whatever door you chose, you now find yourself in front of another three doors, A, B, and C. Which one do you choose?Door A – takes you to the underground levels Door B – takes you to the underground levels Door C – takes you to the underground levels
When the door you have chosen opens, you find yourself in a circle of demons that are about to devour you. What do you do?
(Most people, and I did too, answer something along the lines of “I try to run away” or “I try to get back through the door” or “I fight them”)
I told you at the start that you were in a dream… You waken up!
What we are feeling in everyday life: our stresses, our joys, our sadness, our love, our excitement, our reticence… None of that is any more real than when we are pretending that we’re going to become an astronaut or are believing that the Star Tours ride is really happening; we just get April Fooled into believing that it’s real
Supermind – Video Conference Call with Dicken Bettinger
Last Tuesday 1st April saw the launch of the new Supermind Program of which I am a teacher in association with Brett Chitty, Tammy Furey and John El Mokadem. Our guest speak for this wonderful first call was the magical Dicken Bettinger who graced us with his profound presence for over an hour and a half, sharing with us his understanding of the Principles, answering questions from various auditors and entering into a dialogue with one of the Supermind staff.
Dicken speaks with such ease and calm and I would like to share some insight that I gained from our conversation and I hope will also enjoy the short video clip from our call. Dicken spoke much about the formless energy of the principles and one of the things that struck me was how he described the Principles as movement that transforms the infinite formless energy into form. The way I see it is that we have this source of pure energy living within us, creating form, be it through our feelings or our senses, and without which we could have no experience.
You could imagine a blank canvas and this formless energy as a paintbrush, designing and creating a reality moment to moment through the images projected onto the canvas but only able to be felt through the formless energy itself.
Have a look at the clip to hear how Dicken describes it and if you would like to share your insights with me, either from the content of this newsletter of from what you hear in the video clip, please do send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
To see a short clip from the Live Video Conference Call, click on the link below: