NinjaPuppy wrote:Allow me to try to make sense of all of this in my own mind. Does this mean that we create our own reality with our minds? My entire lifetime can be nothing more than how my brain perceives like energy waves or something?
Yup! Ask anyone from a Christian Science or Science of Mind type background . . . then again, Hermes was teaching this about 5,000 years ago "The Mind is All; All is Mind: Thought Creates"
I think I shared this once before, the elementary idea that every thought is an electrical impulse -- a physical manifestation -- and akin to that famed Butterfly in the Amazon gently fluttering its wings, that impulse initiates a chain of events that can bring about a particular manifestation. I say that with hesitance because one thought can be negated or cancelled out by an alternative thought. It's simply a matter of which though hosts the greater sense of energy (focus). This is why the ritual of Prayer seems to potent; it is a focused expression of will and as such it has the ability to bring about an effect. The irony is, other circumstances are afoot that they typical praying patron rarely weighs, starting with the fact that the person (usually) they pray for, must give permission in order for the effort to have any chance of being effective -- a conscious act of acceptance & receptivity. If this is not given and people pray for someone against their consent, it is literally "Black Magick" -- an act of trespass in that they are trying to force their personal will onto someone that wishes to express their own free will. Many occultists have written about this, the better noted being Blavatsky and though controversial, she still pooped out some very interesting logic.
New Age publisher & author Louise Hay's earlier works went deep into this issue as did the works of James Allen (As a Man Thinketh -- http://wahiduddin.net/thinketh/as_a_man_thinketh.pdf).
While I give a great deal of credence to this "Law" I get into trouble with most adherents because they negate the other Universal Law known as Karma and how it is another facets to our "self-creation" process; both, the karma we bring with us from one life to the next as well as what we create for ourselves in the here & now be it good or bad, based on our thoughts & actions (or inaction). The "New Age" mentality tends to want only the "good parts" and like most religious patrons, seeks to find the loop holes that allow them to escape responsibility when it comes to the "negatives" or "lessons" these laws allow us to benefit from.