Most of us see our thoughts as being an intimate part of us. We believe that our thoughts are ours, and ours alone and that we don’t have to share them with others if we don’t want to. And because they are our secret, we believe we can continue to have thoughts that don’t align with what we are saying to and about others in the belief that we can get away without speaking what is really in our hearts or on our minds.
I’m going to ask you, for a moment, to consider a different scenario.
What if the opposite was true and our intimate thoughts are not the secret things we believed them to be and were instead visible for all to see?
What implications would this have on how we view the activities of our minds?
As we explore this further I hope to impress upon you the importance your thoughts have in creating the current circumstances of your lives in the hopes that you will begin to understand that OUR THOUGHTS AND BELIEFS ARE ACTUALLY ON DISPLAY FOR ALL TO SEE. They become manifest as the conditions/results we attract into our lives (as a direct result of the beliefs we hold and thoughts we habitually think.)
So, let’s explore two questions. Can our thoughts really affect reality?
And, would this change the way you conducted yourself in the privacy of your own mind?
Am I able to control the circumstances of my life?
More and more people are becoming interested in ‘consciously shaping their personal realities.’ This desire is being driven on two separate fronts:
- Because of evidence provided by scientific research and experiments that conclude that we, as conscious beings, do have the ability to influence and control our minds, circumstances, environment, and therefore, our reality,
- From an innate sense of knowing that is developing within a rapidly growing number of people who intuitively understand that the Universal Law of Attraction is responsible for ALL of their current life circumstances.
What does science say?
The effects of mind on matter have largely been left to ‘fringe’ science in the past. However, more than a thousand peer review studies have been published showing statistically significant results when studying the effects of human-focused intention on matter. Those studying the phenomena, the Parapsychologists, are left with no doubt that our mental activity, when focused can compel matter to act in desired ways. In other words, they believe that we have the ability to intentionally affect our reality.
Mainstream science however has been slower to acknowledge any relationship between thoughts (intentions) and circumstances, until relatively recently.
The Double Slit Experiment was one of the first and most significant experiments that made scientists sit up, take notice, and question the nature of our reality. The initial experiments were done by Thomas Young in 1801, and have been replicated and improved upon many times since.
In the experiments, photons (subatomic light particles) are fired from a laser through a barrier with two slits in it resulting in a pattern being formed on the screen behind the barrier. The experiments showed that the photons could either behave as particles or with wave-like properties, as evidenced by the differences in the patterns being projected onto the rear screen.
I won’t go into details here, but if you are interested, please watch this short five-minute video for an explanation of the experiment.
What determined if the photon was a particle or a wave? The observer did! The scientists discovered that the very act of observing a light particle could change its properties. It was the human intention and interaction that was proven to affect the ‘building blocks of our reality’ (sub-atomic particles, in this case, the photons.)
The standard Copenhagen interpretation of this experiment states: “the reason why photons sometimes seem like particles and sometimes like waves is that our experiments dictate what we see. In this view, photons are products of our experiments without independent reality…” Scientific American: what-does-the-new-double-slit-experiment-actually-show
The significance of this experiment for us is in learning that WE ARE AFFECTING THE RESULTS OF THE EXPERIMENTS BY OUR VERY PRESENCE AND OUR EXPECTATIONS. And the startling thing is, that we don’t even need to focus our intention on a specific outcome. It’s just our mere presence that affects the results, or the very substance that makes up all of reality.
Let’s look at other experiments that are easier to understand and that provide easier to observe results for a clearer explanation.
Dr. Masaru Emoto was a doctor of alternative medicine (before he passed away in 2014), and he proved with his famous water experiments that water crystals ‘change their expression’ to reflect their environment.
He published several books showing the results of experiments he conducted on water molecules. His books included Messages from Water, The Hidden Messages in Water, The True Power of Water, Love Thyself, and two children’s books, The Secret of Water, and The Message from Water- children’s version.
Dr. Emoto, using the same source of water, separated it into differently labeled containers. The labels were facing inwards and included positive words like thank you, love, wisdom, and negative words like I hate you, you disgust me, etc. Music was also used to convey intention into different water samples, including Mozart and ‘heavy death metal.’
The containers were left alone and after some time revisited. The molecules of water in the containers with ‘positive’ labels and those subject to quality music when frozen and photographed, were found to have formed beautiful, complex, and bright crystalline structures. Those subjected to ‘negative’ labels and ‘questionable music’ formed crystal structures that we unpleasant, incomplete, dull, and malformed.
Check out this interesting video to see how our thoughts, words, and intentions directly influence the ‘health’ of water.
What are the implications of these results for us?
Dr. Masaru Emoto’s research, and the research of others, show that our thoughts, words, and intentions, directly affect the health of our water. This is very significant as our bodies are composed of approximately 70% water! So what we are thinking and feeling, even if it is not about us, is having a direct result on our own health and wellbeing.
So, now consider, “What beliefs do you have about yourself, and how could these beliefs be directly influencing your health?” Take a moment to think about it.
We all know that when we are feeling good, we are having thoughts that make us feel good. So if you are not feeling so good, it is because your thoughts and self-belief is not serving your best interests. It’s a good thing then, that we now know that we can improve our thoughts and intentions and our bodies will slowly adjust to accept the new reality created through our new improved intentions for ourselves.
Experiments with cooked rice:
There are many videos online from people, like you and me, who have decided to conduct their own experiments based on Dr. Emoto’s work. Freezing and photographing water molecules is not so easy, so cooked rice has become a popular medium to use. And because of this, YouTube is featuring hundreds of videos showing various people ‘loving and hating’ their rice jar samples.
It seems that most of the experimenters achieved results that agree with Dr. Emoto: results that show that as conscious humans, our thoughts, attitudes, and emotions, have the power to directly impact our environment.
The rice samples that had loving intentions and emotions directed towards them remained stable, even after two to three weeks, while samples that had negative intentions and emotions directed towards them became discolored and moldy.
However, results did vary, and some showed little or no difference in the rice samples. There are several possible reasons for this:
- 1) I believe the results matched the intention of the experimenter. So in a way, these ‘so-called debunkers’ are actually proving that thought does affect reality- as they are actually receiving the results that they expected to get, just as the ‘pro-experimenters’ were.
- 2) Different people show a considerable difference in their abilities to focus. While some people are skillful meditators, others may have the attention span of a goldfish! This will significantly affect the outcomes. Other factors to consider are the state of mind of the person, day-to-day variations, disturbances, etc. all of which add up to variable results due to uncontrollable human performance issues.
If you are interested, why not try this experiment for yourself to see how powerful your focused intention can be?
So what does this mean for us?
Remember at the beginning of this article I asked two questions, the first being: “Can our thoughts really affect our reality?”
What I have tried to show is a progression of experiments that lead up to an understanding that our thoughts do affect our physical reality.
First, we saw how our presence and intentions can affect subatomic particles, (double slit experiment). Then Dr. Emoto’s water experiments show us how our thoughts affect molecules of water, (of which we are mostly made,) and then, we can see the rice experiments that show how our focused intentions directly affect physical matter……
This means that how we conduct ourselves, mentally, emotionally, and physically, is very important and has direct repercussions for our health and wellbeing as well as for the larger environment that we are part of.
We can all understand because of how we feel, how comforting words can heal us, and how insults can negatively influence us. However, until recently, we could not visually measure these impacts. The above experiments visually confirm to us that what we think and say matters. The use of uplifting, supportive, compassionate, and loving intentions, thoughts, and words heal us (body, mind, and soul) and our environment. And the opposite is also true.
The second question was: “Would this change the way you conducted yourself in the privacy of your own mind?”
What I have tried to show in this article is that, in reality, there are no private thoughts. At our very essence, we are energetic beings, and our ‘presence,’ is just a collection of vibrating energy.
And because EVERYTHING is energy vibrating and is intimately connected, it all affects and is being affected by all other energy. Therefore, our thoughts and intentions when repeated often enough and strong enough BECOME our physical reality which is visible for all to see.
So our deepest held beliefs about love, wealth, health, success, etc. that influence our environment and Attract to us the conditions of our lives.
“Men imagine that thought can be kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstance.” James Allen
Maybe other people can’t read our thoughts, but by reading another person’s life circumstances (results of their vibration) we can know what a person’s deeply held beliefs are because all the circumstances in our lives have manifested due to our habitual thinking about them.
So, thoughts are the creative power that determines how the building blocks of nature, the sub-atomic particles that make up our bodies and environment, behave. This directly creates our state of health and wellbeing and also has an effect on the greater environment of which we are an integral component…….
Knowing this, what effect do you think your habitual thoughts are having on your bodies and your environment? Are you adding to, or continuing to support current problems, or are you providing solutions by ‘thinking’ yourself into health, more abundance, greater freedom, and more fun?
Will knowing that thoughts and intentions can ‘create or destroy’ health effect the way you think in the future?
Next time, before you yell at the kids, maybe pause for a second and reflect on the consequences of this action. Your intention, words, and actions affect your kids in ways that either support their development for a healthy, positive life experience or reduce the possibility of them living the life of their dreams. And it is the same for every thought we think and every action we take.
If we desire to create better lives for ourselves, those we love, and a better world for all life, the message from the above research is clear! First, we must love and accept ourselves, unconditionally, without contradiction. And by doing so, our environment will become a place because it will alter to match our improved ‘presence’ or state of being. We all have this ability to help make the world a better place…… just because we are in it!
James Allen’s book “As a Man Thinketh” opens with this verse:
“Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes, And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills, Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills: — He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass: Environment is but his looking-glass.”
I think, deep down, most people, unfortunately, believe they are powerless to change their life circumstances or have any significant effect on their environment. Compared to the vastness of time and space, we believe we are but fleeting and tiny specks that come and go in the blink of an eye. So, how could we possibly influence the magnificence of creation?
However, the ‘physical’ is just an illusion, just the vibrational manifestation of the greater reality that we are ALL a vital aspect of.
The most significant contribution we can have is to live a life filled with joy, love, and laughter as this CREATES health, abundance and joy. So remember, have fun and enjoy as many of the moments of life as you can, because your positive thoughts, emotions, and intentions, are ALL adding to the upliftment of this whole experience for all souls who are playing the game of life.
Your thoughts and intentions do matter!
Shared with love and respect for all beings,