I was a smart ass way before I learned about 'reality creation'.
Have you ever noticed - the more adamant someone is about their opinion, the easier it is push their buttons by simply agreeing with them?
When I was a kid and someone would attempt to sway me with their opinion, I would simply respond in a nonchalant and dismissive manner muttering, “If You Say So” and then stand back and watch their ego flex. Boom. Fireworks.
Some of my proudest moments as a comedian weren't even on stage. Watching people basically short circuit when you agree with them might be one of life's juiciest pleasures. I didn't fully realize the power of it until a couple of years ago.
Be careful who you agree with.
With this in mind, it's important to remember that the world itself is always in that position toward us. The world's relationship to us is reflecting our cause and will always deliver the effect we choose.
The world has no choice. She loves you so much and will always support you no matter what. If you tell her that nothing ever goes your way, even if it breaks her heart, she has no choice but to agree and give you exactly what you requested from her.
“As you wish, my sweet”. The mirror never stops reflecting our attitude to it. In a practical sense, the observer observes whatever he or she wishes to observe about the world. We project, the world reflects.... IF YOU SAY SO!
What are you telling yourself about the world? Are you allowing other people's ideas and opinions to influence yours?
Nothing could be more dangerous.
Now this could seem woo-woo or mystical on the surface but it's really not. I'm not telling you to argue with gravity. As Vadim established in the First Chapter, materialism and idealism are both half true. Meaning: there is no single philosophy which contains all the answers (not even Transurfing).
Those who believe whole-heartedly one particular philosophy will perceive confirmation bias about it constantly.
I grew up a Christian in the Pentecostal Church and I saw plenty of evidence for Jesus during my tenure there. Then I became an objectivist and those ideals were reflected back to me as I dismissed anything that went against my worldview with a 'healthy skepticism'. Later I got into Hermetic Magic and witnessed strange occurrences frequently, confirming the existence of ghosts, angels and the power of ritual.
Whatever we think about the world is confirmed over and over again. So much of spirituality and self-help is really about using confirmation bias to our ADVANTAGE. The advantage is NOT in the situation itself but in our response to it. In our belief about the world.
In everything we get, it's because WE SAY SO.
It's for this reason that our attitude and environment is absolutely critical to cultivate and maintain. When other's views about reality influence yours, you'll begin to say so too. Sometimes it's better to be a smart ass.
Dismiss whatever beliefs don't serve you, regardless of the meme of du jour. One man's thought is another's toxin.
The mirror will always reflect the image. It has no choice. But you do.
How can you put yourself at the cause of the world you want to see?
Let me know!