As I poured my drink into the container I was happy to see that I had remembered to use the silver cup. I saw it clearly. Except, when I came back a few minutes later to get it, I realized it was not the silver cup, it was the red cup.
In my mind I had decided that I was using the silver cup, so that is what I saw. This scotoma is exactly what the phrase “what you perceive to be reality magnifies” means. We do see what we believe, and only that, nothing more. The outer world is exactly what we think - inside. The five senses only report back to us what we believe.
I was watching a program that talked about the London Eye. I had never seen or heard about it before. Perhaps I had unconsciously, but since I wasn’t paying attention I really hadn’t.
In this case, I was. In fact I watched with the clear intent of learning as much about it as possible. The next day, while watching a different program, I notice the London Eye over the shoulder of one of the women on TV. I am positive I would never have seen it if I hadn’t really seen it the day before, even though it would have still been in the picture. The very next day, I saw it again, this time in a picture in a magazine.
I had given full attention to an already present object, and it became very visible in my life. This is how it always works. We see what we perceive; we see what we are paying attention to, we see what we know.
Following this principle, we can see what is hidden to us by either becoming aware of the material form, or the quality that is its substance. Choosing a quality rather than the material form means we will unveil to ourselves a higher representation of what we are looking for than what our human perception would be able to see by looking only for the material object.
Here’s how giving our full attention to a quality would work. First we would think of something we would like to have more of in our life. Next we would break that “something” down into its qualities.
Perhaps we would like to have more love in our life. The temptation would be to decide in what form we would like more love to arrive, but instead we are going to choose a quality of love to focus on. If we choose a form first we will be dissatisfied with it in a very short time.
Perhaps we could choose the quality of love called “kindness.” We would spend time writing down everything we know about kindness. We would begin to notice how many ways it makes itself known in life.
Even if we see it in a passive form, like in a book or movie, we would really notice it, and be grateful for it. Most of all, we would practice kindness to others and to ourselves. As we continue to focus on the quality of kindness, it will begin to be more and more visible to us in practical ways in our personal lives.
Focusing on qualities is entirely different from focusing our thoughts and saying that we are creators. We cannot create kindness. We cannot even co-create kindness. We can only reveal its presence by shifting our perception.
As our state of mind and perception advances, we may reach a point where we might think that if we keep our thoughts focused and raise our vibrations we will create the world that we want.
However, if we took the time to look intently and completely at one tiny piece of our world, looked intently at one flower, or leaf, or one blade of grass, we would realize that if we tried as hard as possible to create it by focusing our thoughts, not one of us can.
Not one of us can create, from nothing, even the smallest of these pieces of nature. And yet there are unfathomable trillions of “pieces” of nature all working in harmony.
What we can do is shift our perception from the worldview, to the God view, and keep it there.
As we do this our limited and opaque worldview perception will begin to dissolve revealing what has always been present. Until we make that shift, what we are looking for could be standing nose to nose with us and we would not be able to see it, or in the case of my cup, we would see silver when it was really red.
I wonder why we would we want to be creators? It is a scary belief that we are creators because if we can create a good world, then we can create a bad one.
When we choose the idea that we are creators, and accept the idea that we can attract to our personal self something we create, we are in danger. Eventually we will “create and attract” to ourselves something we do not want. However, we don’t need to worry because no matter how hard we try, we can’t create anything, nor can we change what has been created for better or for worse.
What we can do is choose the viewpoint that all that is present is God, the infinite unending, and limitlessness of One Mind. When we choose to focus our viewpoint, and our perception on this fact, we remain safe and free. As we do, life will be fuller and more beautiful and joyful than anything we could try to create. This is seeking first the kingdom of God. Why choose anything else?
Beca developed an easy system to do this called The Shift and has been sharing how to use this system to expand lives, and bring people back to the Truth of themselves for over 40 years.
Beca and her husband Del Piper are constantly working to develop new ways to support and reach out to others. Much of what they have been developed can be found for free at their membership site Perception U.com. They also founded The Women’s Council with the intent of “strengthening the connection to yourself, to others, and to the Divine.”