Posted by Contributor_Featured_, ManifestationFriday, August 31st, 2012
By Joshua Tilghman
There are a lot of personal development websites out there talking about manifesting your own reality these days. Many of them contain a lot of great and interesting information. But over the years I have learned some things about reality manifestation that many of these websites leave out. This is where I believe the Bible can help fill in a gap for us. After a brief discussion of God and reality manifestation, we’ll look at some scriptures from the New Testament book of James to get better grip on all this.
Reality manifestation is real. Why? Simply put, the mind is the most powerful resource in the universe. In fact, the mind is infinite. Much of this website is about the achievement of Christ consciousness which is none other than realizing the true nature of the mind and it’s limitless, infinite potential. The Bible is full of stories meant to teach this amazing truth, but unfortunately, the scriptures have been taught in a way that is contrary to their original meanings and intent. For example, most of the Biblical stories are allegories that teach us about the human mind and body, how duality works, what the ego is, and finally, how to transcend the ego and achieve union with God. Achieving union with God is not what a lot of people think it is. It is a very mystical journey, but once the process is understood a little better it is also a very practical journey as well.
Who, or what, is God? In a roundabout way, I discussed this in my last blog post entitled, A CONVERSATION WITH GOD. There, I explained what God cannot be through a series of questions and answers which reveals that God is the essential infinite nature behind the pure mind (primordial consciousness). What is primordial consciousness then? It cannot be pinned down by human thought because it is beyond thought. But we can say it is beyond form and time. It is both everywhere and yet nowhere. It is infinite. I could go on, but you get the picture.
So how does reality manifestation work? Every thought is the movement of energy which arises from the mind, or God. Every thought contributes to your reality. Most of your reality is an unconscious process developed through habitual thinking, not only in this lifetime, but for the past thousands and thousands of years and lifetimes because your current ego is a culmination of all this. A habit is hard to break. Habits are mental.
So why do most people fail at changing their reality through the power of their mind?
Let me give you an example of why most people fail: Let’s say a person learns that their thoughts produce their reality from a teaching or website. We’ll call that person John. John then makes a conscious choice to begin employing some of the techniques that the reality manifestation website encourages. Ultimately, these techniques are excellent, and the website owner teaching them could be dead on about how the technique works. So John begins with visualization exercises every night before bed, holding the focus of his thoughts on whatever it is that he wants to manifest. John does this religiously for months and nothing changes. Why? What happened? If thoughts are really so powerful, why didn’t his or her reality change?
For most, even years worth of doing this exercise can’t change their reality. Why? Because the unconscious, habitual thinking patterns they have developed are much stronger than they usually realize. Even in their sleep, those unconscious, habitual mental patterns are arising and manifesting. Ultimately, those unconscious and habitual mental patterns of John have been established throughout his entire life and in many previous lifetimes. These mental patterns are enormous and they will never be broken through the practice of visualization exercises before bed. John’s mind is highly unstable. The only true hope for John is if John were to realize the true nature of the mind and then use this nature of the mind to emit highly focused and conscious thoughts without lapsing back into unconscious habitual mental patterns.
What does the Bible say about all this?
There is a beautiful verse from the New Testament book of James which explains this concept perfectly. It states:
“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8).
Not only is John double-minded, but so are most of us. A double-minded individual is a person who is grounded in duality. In other words, he or she continually grasps at the things manifested in this world. This person is also highly unstable because they believe that they are his or her ego and they rely on the subject-object relationship that our senses present to our conscious experience. He/she can also be constantly at war between his/her conscious and subconscious thought patterns.
An enlightened mind manifests creation from the ground of formless BEING that is the virgin nature of the mind itself. This realization is not concerned with duality and the circumstances of life. This mind has been trained to “let go” of the tantalizing effects the illusion of life can have on the individual, therefore no longer grasping to things or events. Let’s look at some more verses surrounding James 1:8 to show you more of what I mean.
Consider James 1: 2:
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations” (the phenomena and tests of life);
Notice here the Biblical author is conveying that the tests of life are nothing to get worked up about. Why?
“Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:3-4).
James exhorts the reader to come to a place (mental state) where desire (attachment to the manifested world) is no more. This is what “wanting nothing” is. This believer can be in a state of contentment at all times and in all situations. It is a state of true freedom, regardless of the circumstances. And this is why many of us also fail at manifesting.
As we continue in James 1:5-7, the picture begins to get more complete:
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that give to all men liberally…and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith (single mindedness), nothing wavering (especially thoughts!). For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind (life) and tossed. For let not that man think he shall receive anything of the Lord “(pure, original, mind).
Here we can see that James agrees that single-mindedness is the key. A single-minded individual has a very powerful mind indeed. If you read the rest of the chapter in James it should make perfect sense to you. Let’s look at just a few more verses.
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust (grasping at things of this world), and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin (ignorance); and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:14-15).
Sin is to miss the mark. It is to remain in ignorance about reality and the true nature of the mind. That’s why the Bible speaks about getting wisdom so much. A person who remains in sin cannot realize the true nature of the mind / God, and therefore dies. The cycle of birth and death is what they continually reap, because they continually grasp for duality.
Remember James said that we must get to a place of wanting nothing. Attachment to the outside world is part of the problem! Realization of the original pure mind helps release us from attachment to things or phenomena which is all impermanent anyway.
How can this knowledge help you?
My friends, there is no other way for most people to achieve this type of unwavering faith (single-minded ability) than to get started on a meditation program that can train the mind to be released from its habitual, unconscious mental patterns. Not only does meditation help with this, but it allows you to see into the true nature of the mind. But realize it takes time! Many, many years in most cases! And your intentions need to be pure. If you are going to meditate simply to learn how to manifest whatever you want, you probably won’t get very far. It doesn’t work this way. The original nature of the mind is pure itself and has nothing to do with attachments. I suspect that once you realize the nature of the mind you may not wish to manifest the same things anymore.
There are many different types of meditation programs. For most people, meditation becomes overwhelming because they realize how powerful their unconscious, habitual mental patterns are. Since meditation seeks to bring these under control, most people get discouraged because they quickly realize they can’t meditate, or that they don’t think they aren’t getting any results. The important thing is to just keep the practice up!
Joshua Tilghman runs the blog, The Spirit of the Scripture, a site dedicated to unveiling the hidden meanings beneath the literal text of the Bible. You can visit his site at http://www.spiritofthescripture.com