You visit your friend’s house, and she invites you for a walk around the acreage. There is a fenced yard immediately around the house, which is surrounded by a vast acreage. As you begin your walk, you notice that Snuffles is wandering free outside the yard, so you suggest to your friend that she put Snuffles in the yard to protect her from predators. Your friend dismisses the suggestion and justifies it because Snuffles is enjoying poop.
You enjoy your walk for about an hour and then come back to the house. You have tea with your friend on the porch and chat for a bit before heading on your way. Snuffles, a wagging bundle of chocolate cream wants your affection. Feeling a bit queasy, you softly pat her on the head before heading home.
About a month later you get a phone call from your friend, who is obviously crying. She tells you that her dog Snuffles was killed by a predator, and that she found the body minus some internals out in the forest. Then she drops the hammer on you: “Do you remember saying that Snuffles might get killed by a predator? Words have power, and you created this situation with your words!”
What do you do? What can you say?
Did you create this situation? Are you responsible for the death of Snuffles? I refer to this reaction as “spiritual blame.” There are several aspects of this situation that need addressing to see the principles behind the power of the mind as well as to realize the where responsibility lies in this situation.
Let’s imagine another scenario out and see where it takes us, okay? So, you are going out with your spouse for an afternoon at the cinema. You are planning on cooking steak when you get home, so you take the steak out of the freezer and place it on the kitchen counter-top. You give your giant dog a pat on the head before you depart the house, dog safely inside. You hop in the car and drive off for the evening. As you drive, you tell your spouse that you left a steak on the counter-top to thaw for dinner when you get home. Astonished, your spouse says, “Are you crazy? The dog will eat it before we get home!” You reply, “Don’t say that! You’re creating that reality with your words.”
What are the odds that your dog didn’t eat that steak (assuming you didn’t do some sort of special training to prevent the dog from eating such things)? Probably, your dog enjoyed it thoroughly. If you disagree, try this with your dog to be sure. Place the steak within reach of the dog and be sure that the dog is healthy before doing this test. I’d love to hear of your results: firstname.lastname@example.org
Going further, what if during your drive to the cinema, you and your spouse started chanting with full belief that your dog was going to ignore the steak: “Goof is ignoring the steak … Goof is ignoring the steak ….” What are the odds that you are going to be able to eat that steak? Test it out, won’t you? Try it and see. Before you try, make sure you fully expunge any doubt about negative outcomes. Make sure your mental statement is totally positive, which means it doesn’t include any negative words such as “not.” A bad example would be, “Goof is not going to eat the steak,” whereas a good example might be, “Goof will ignore the steak all night.”
Let’s look back into history to get an idea of where this idea of creating reality through faith comes from, shall we? Of course, it may go back much further than Jesus, but we can see that Jesus indicated this idea 2,000 years ago when he stated, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6).
Jesus’ statement suggests that large faith is not required. Instead, one needs only as much faith as a mustard seed (a tiny seed) has in its ability to accomplish its purpose and become a mustard plant. The interesting thing about this statement is, first and foremost, a mustard seed’s “faith” is clearly not willful, but is instead very natural. It has no doubt because it is programmed by genetics or instinct to become a plant—that is its nature. Furthermore, not all mustard seeds become plants. Some of them fail to sprout and grow. Some of those seeds that do grow are eaten and killed by insects. So, even the faith of a mustard seed doesn’t guarantee success for the mustard seed, does it? Of course, Jesus may have meant that human beings specifically have the special power to create, but only if that power is totally natural and without willfulness or effort. This would seem to indicate that there is no need to brainwash oneself into believing, doesn’t it?
But let’s look at another statement that Jesus is reported to have made, so that we may have a little context: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. (John 5:19) This statement seems to indicate that Jesus personally does not decide on the manner in which he acts or creates, but instead, he does only what the Father (God) has shown him to do. This statement is very much in line with my actual experience. If we personally choose how we are going to use the power of faith, this decision is from ego, is it not? Jesus is specifically stating that his desire does not motivate his expression in the world. He is being moved by inspiration (of God), is he not? This would indicate that he is living Oneness, and not acting from a willfulness or personal desire. Instead, he is free of ego and has no sense of separation from Oneness. Thus, inspiration or grace is what is moving though his life.
Maybe inspiration/grace has the power to create in this world the things that go beyond our beliefs. Wouldn't this require the individual to live consciously in Oneness?
Now, going back to the steak story: Was the person who left the steak on the counter moved by inspiration, or was the action a result of something less noble, like laziness, forgetfulness, or foolishness? How about the chanting? I would suggest that inspiration/grace was not involved in this case. That steak was certainly “Goofed,” and rightfully so.
In my book The Unbound Soul, I discuss many actual events that could be described as “miraculous.” Reflecting on these experiences tells me that they were all inspired, not personally desired, which is to say that none of them were willful. All were effortless and void of personal desire. However, there have been times when I willfully created, but each time there was a deep feeling of wrongness. From that feeling, I ceased doing such work. It may be possible to create willfully, but I do not advise it because it only serves to further the sense of separation from Beingness.