Visualising what you want is of course the fundamental in any kind of goal setting. But the idea that visualisation itself might actually make a difference seems ludicrous. Only, however, until we realise that the world is defined solely by the observations one makes. Once we understand the principles of the personal world, it starts to make sense.
As Above So Below
As described in The New Empowerment, when confirmation bias causes you to make a different version of an observation, you wind up in a version of the world in which the event portrayed by the biased observation did just actually happen. And you can induce this effect deliberately with creative visualisation. But many people try visualising what they want only to find it seems to have no effect at all. This is where it helps to understand the extraordinary relationship one has to the personal world. As the modern sage Krishnamurti states:
You and the world are not two different entities. You ‘are’ the world, not as an ideal, but actually. (Lutyens, 1983, 74)
As described in The Personal World, your world is determinate only where you have observed it. And this of course is why your observations are of such extraordinary significance. But the full implication is truly extraordinary. Your world is entirely defined by your observations, your memory, and everything else is indeterminate, unreal. ‘Macrocosm and Microcosm’, or ‘As Above So Below’, is the mythical idea that the world reflects the individual nature, and vice versa. When the macrocosm is the personal world the myth is simply correct.
The Higher Self
So the new physics shows us this is literally the case. As the great physicist Erwin Schrödinger stated, quoting the Vedas of ancient Hindu literature: “I am the entire world” (Moore, 1989). It does not feel like that, of course. One feels separate and tiny. As described in The World Hologram, it is not that one is at cause in defining the world. It is simply that the world and the self of the conscious individual have the same definition. It is in this sense that you are the entire world.
It helps to understand that there is a ‘bigger’ identity, the higher self. The realisation of this identity is a key part of spiritual development. The realisation that one is the world is a well known step in this context. With the new physics we get to see what all this really means. It is terrifying from the point of view of responsibility, but of course it is also very empowering. Not only are you the world in terms of definition, you are also the pilot of your physical reality.
Like steering a supertanker, there is a huge inertia, so it changes direction very slowly. The trick is to use the ‘trim tab’. The trim tab is a mini-rudder on the back of the rudder that is much easier to move. This turns the rudder, and the rudder turns the ship. Creative visualisation is the trim tab of the personal world.
A Marvellous Vision
The personal world makes complete sense of the great dictum of the eminent theoretical physicist John Wheeler. Philosopher of science Dirk Meijer, closing his article on Wheeler, ends with his wonderful optimistic insight:
To know that all of us have a role to play in the universe, should matter to each and every one of us and motivate us to take our personal responsibility. When we become real participants, we may truly make our world, and the universe as a whole, a better place for ourselves and all that is living. Ultimately we may even understand our own position in this grand design, as Wheeler formulated splendidly:
“Someday we’ll understand the whole thing as one single marvelous vision that will seem so overwhelmingly simple and beautiful that we may say to each other: ‘Oh, how could we have been so stupid for so long? How could it have been otherwise!” Wheeler (2002). (2015, 20)
The new physics tells us that there is vastly more to us than we imagined. We are the fields of information that define our personal worlds. It is the best conceivable kind of existence once we understand it. This is the new intelligence.