[Editor’s Note: This article, The Universe is Mental – Part I: Tuning In, is part I of a 3 part series by author and artist Trevor Harden. Stay tuned for more…]
Despite my life-long, rabid interest in comparative religion, mythology and philosophy, I spent the majority of my life as a bit of a skeptic – intellectually wrestling with mainstream spiritual ideas but unavailable to experience an actual spiritual reality beyond what I could directly observe. My Bullshit Meter was (and still is) on high alert. But the further around the fringes I allowed myself to explore, the more confused I became. Here were people I respected, teachers I looked up to and authors I found interesting speaking passionately about such “far out” things as angelic beings, divination,chakras and astral travel. “Are you freaking kidding me,” I scoffed. And yet it was as though I couldn’t escape… these topics just kept bubbling up in one form or another. Cursed with an insatiable curiosity, I felt compelled to take a closer look.
The human vehicle comes equipped with its own set of antennas – the five senses. Yet as wonderful as they are in enabling us to taste sweet ice cream and smell a musky perfume, they are not dialed in to register many other very real phenomena. X-rays, microwaves and radio frequencies go unnoticed by the ordinary human consciousness. If that is true, isn’t it at least possible that there are many additional realities – spiritual realities – that neither most of humanity, nor even our technology, are currently able to pick up?
A Mental Creation
In an ancient system known as Hermeticism, the very first principle (the Principle of Mentalism) states that all of reality is in the mind of God, a mental creation. Similarly, many eastern philosophies suggest that the physical world is Maya (or illusion), a sort of fantastic virtual reality simulation. Furthermore, scientific advances have proven that all of physical reality is no more real than the mental projection we have of it; your eye sees a couch, but on a subatomic level there is nothing solid at all – only infinite space and quantum soup. In fact, one (controversial) research scientist even suggests that it’s possible that nothing physical exists until a consciousness observes it.
Taking that as a starting place, if the universe or multiverse is indeed mental…
…that means that thought is a creative principle, that visualization is extraordinarily powerful and that will and intention have the potential to manipulate the framework.
Your Attention, Please
“Green plants are tender and filled with sap. At their death they are withered and dry. Therefore the stiff and unbending is the disciple of death. The gentle and yielding is the disciple of life.”
Until we are willing to throw out everything we think we know, we will not be soft enough for new possibilities and ideas to grow. In the process of consciously and intentionally opening ourselves to spiritual realities we begin to till the psychic soil, making it fertile for these non-physical, “mental” influences to take root.
Until then, may your daily prayer be simple: “Open up my eyes to the things unseen.” Just this simple, seemingly insignificant effort may be enough to begin to consciously change your frequency. You may find you’re able to TUNE IN to a whole new world that had been there – quietly and secretly – all along.