As described in The Higher Self, effectively, you are the world. This is terribly alien to our thinking. Bound by our current worldview, it is all too obvious that everything else in the world is essentially separate, other, not-me. It seems clear the world exists regardless of oneself. And in terms of objective physical reality this is as true as it is obvious. But in the world of the individual, the world one is actually experiencing happening, the relationship to the real world is very different. In this domain, you are deeply involved with the way things go in the world. The things you expect act like ‘strange attractors’ in your world, meaning that the flow of events tends to gravitate towards these outcomes. This is explained in detail in Interactive Destiny.
This means that effectively, one is constantly influencing which version of the world is likely to be experienced in the future, in this timeline, globally, very slightly, all the time. This means visualisations work remarkably well. It means that in effect the law of attraction works, but not for the reasons given by those who promote it. But this is not a cosy little new age practice you can get out and dust off when you feel like it. All the things you expect to happen will tend to happen in your world, all the things you imagine a lot. The the route to mastery is becoming aware.
The way to develop a full awareness of the process is to be very aware of one’s expectations, and then to be acutely aware when they are fulfilled, especially in a holistic and apparently irrelevant way. If I strongly expect a new venture to be successful, I may or may not be rewarded in the way I am thinking. However, the trick is to look out for remarkable success in other very similar fields, and for other folk being successful in exactly the kind of way I imagined. This is how the strange attractors work, in a holistic manner. The things one visualises and anticipates tend to appear in reality, gradually, all over.
How could one possibly be so significant? It is important to understand that one does not in any way influence the ordinary objective world. The strange attractors operate in the way your own personal world evolves going forward. It alters which branch you take in the endless possibilities. It makes sense because in this kind of personal world, you are the definition of what is determinate in the world.
Crucially, as this entity, you are constantly steering the path of the reality you experience. It means you are a causal process in the real world you encounter. It works like a trim tab on an ocean liner. Very big ships have a little rudder attached to the back of the ordinary great big rudder. By steering the trim tab one steers the rudder, which steers the ship. The neat thing is it takes almost no energy to move the trim tab compared to the ordinary rudder, let alone the whole ship. Your expectations work just like that.
From ancient times, it has been held vital for a good and vibrant life to know oneself. The reason is not solely that one should understand one’s psychology, one’s programming, and know how to change it when needs be. In order to be fully successful, in the widest sense of the word, one has to understand that one is the higher self as well the ordinary ego self. This is crucial because their relationships to reality are significantly different.
The longstanding adage to know yourself might be better rendered as ‘know your Self’, meaning your higher self, for this is where a full and proper relationship to reality begins. In the discovery of the perspective of the higher self, one acquires a new and powerful awareness. This is how reality actually works, and this is who you actually are. And life does tend to work out massively better when you understand.
The idea of strange attractors is particularly important because it also means karma operates. In other words, the things you do increasingly tend to ‘happen back to you, out of nowhere’. This is because the kinds of things one does will inevitably be echoed in the world one encounters. The result of the new identity is an inherent morality. This is described in the next page …
This makes complete sense in the light of the identity of the higher self. You are the world, so the kinds of things you do in the world actually mean the world as a whole becomes more and more like that. So it is highly important to become aware of how one is directing one’s personal world. Almost as a by-product, there is an inherent morality. But this is not being imposed. This is simply the set of guidelines one uses for oneself for one’s own good. What works best is treating one’s neighbour as oneself, a longstanding and enduring principle.
A morally noble life is doable, but it seems one would have to give up something essential and central to life to get there. But this is a great misunderstanding. There is no need to give up caring for oneself, or even being egoistic because in the light of the new paradigm a remarkable shift occurs. I am the world, therefore, in principle at least, I want the best for the world and everyone in it. Acting in my own best interests means acting in the best interests of everyone. Naturally there seem to be many aspects of the world one has no interest in supporting, often quite the opposite. But the mental trick is to see all aspects of the world turning out for the best, for all concerned, somehow. You can curse the people you see as dreadful with ‘may they become enlightened’. .
In a culture that takes on the new paradigm, we each understand we are doing it to ourselves. And this is nothing new. The identity of the higher self is the one the sages have been banging on about for a long time. Understanding the nature of one’s identity in this way, the religious and spiritual rules make perfect sense. The new culture is addressed in the next page The New Society.
One of the great myths in spiritual circles is that the ego self must die for the higher self to emerge and prosper, but this is a deeply counterproductive idea. There is no need for sacrifice or self-denial. Personal evolution is a natural process as one goes thorough life, as has been recognised in so many of the great traditions. There are three major phases of development in life, categorised in modern developmental theory as pre-personal, personal and trans-personal levels (Wilber et al., 1986). The first is childhood, the development of the functional body-mind in preparation for adult life. The second is adulthood, making one’s way in the world. The first produces the ego perspective, the second is where it is mastered. Hopefully, hints of the higher self start to become apparent. The third phase is the transpersonal, acquiring the wider perspective as one steps back from all the urgent demands of ordinary adult life. But this does not exist in the modern world. Retirement is a cessation, not a transition to the greatest phase of life. But this phase is the most important of all, the culmination of the development process.
This is the time to explore the meaning of life, and the nature of death. Some go walkabout. Some become elders. But all on this kind of path begin to connect with the self that does not die, and formulate a vision of what is to come next. In this process the ego self, the ordinary person, does not die but is gradually transformed into the higher self, the soul, the being that passes from lifetime to lifetime.