Word #6 ~ May 15, 2007
In my last newsletter, I shared some of my “Secrets about
The Secret.” I am pleased (of course) to hear from so many
of you that agreed with my observations. You shared your experiences
as friends and therapists listening to people’s self-judgment
for failing to manifest the perfect life, and you shared your
own frustrations from trying to use the ideas of The Secret and
The Law of Attraction to change your circumstances.
Let us not use these criticisms of the latest pop-culture ideas
about how to strike it rich (in money, love, and body perfect)
to obscure a very important reality: You do manifest the universe
you live in through how you dream it. What do I mean, and why
is that different than The Secret?
Basic “Dreaming 101:” You do not see “what is
out there.” The light you perceive reflects off the objects
in the universe, and enters your mind through your eyes and other
senses, and creates a little virtual reality in your mind. The
image you see is in your mind, not out there in the universe.
That is an amazing and indisputable fact: You only see what is
in your mind’s virtual reality, not what is out in the world.
In the Toltec tradition, we call this virtual reality in your
mind your “Personal Dream.” You are dreaming reality.
Your body is an organ of perception—it collects data from
the world around you. That information passes through “channels
of perception” in your mind, picking up stored information
made up of biases, agreements, emotional memories, fears, traumas,
desires, belief systems, and all the knowledge stored in your
That stored information distorts the incoming messages carried
on the light, and it is the distorted light that creates the virtual
reality dream. You look at that dream and think you are seeing
“out there.” You are not. You are dreaming. We could
call your mind an organ of “deception,” since it creates
the distorted dream of a world that has nothing to do with what
is really out there.
“The Secret” says that (simply stated) if you can
think the right thoughts you will attract to yourself the right
things. The Law of Attraction says that like attracts like. Miguel
Ruiz, in The Four Agreements,™ tells us: Always Be Impeccable
With Your Word. He explains that your Word is every thought, action,
spoken word, and your most deeply held beliefs.
In other words, your Word is how you dream. Your dream was programmed
into your mind from the very beginnings of your awareness. You
were taught what was right and wrong, good and bad, who was Us
and who was Them. All that stored information and knowledge, which
you continued to add to and refine all of your life, is the dream
of the world you live in.
The dream in your mind out-pictures itself into what appears to
be Reality. If you dream that money is hard to get, so it shall
be. If you dream that love is dangerous, you will attract dangerous
love. If you believe you are not worthy of kindness and consideration,
you will attract abuse and hurt. If you believe you have a Parking
Fairy, you will believe the Fairy finds you parking places. It
has nothing to do with the nature of the world or your ability
to create it, but you will accumulate evidence for the truth of
how you dream by what your dream creates—in the dream! None
of it happens out there. Am I making sense?
Yes, it is true that your thoughts create your reality—but
only in your mind. That is the only place that the universe you
live in exists. Yes, there is a universe there, but you cannot
perceive it. You can only dream. Everyone lives in a distinctly
If you can do your deep inner work, clean out the memories, traumas,
old belief systems and agreements, etc, from your channels of
perception… if you can clear away the conflicting desires
and the resistance in your programming… if you can let go
of any attachments to the outcome of your manifesting… then
perhaps you can make these laws of The Secret work for you. If
you get that clear, you probably won’t care about manifesting
Of course, there is always the issue of the Action < > Reaction
nature of the universe to deal with. Everything is in action all
the time everywhere, reacting with everything else in the nonexistent
universe. Where does your power and influence begin?
We can come back to that part of the conversation next time.
Thanks for reading.
Read more about the dreaming
mind on the Articles pages, “The
,” and in Allan’s book, The
Everything Toltec Wisdom Book
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