So, why is that the tagline for my podcast? And the working title for the book I’m developing?
Everything seems to be a “listicle” now. How to do THIS in 10 east steps. 13 tips to achieve …. whatever.
The “listicle,” arguably popularized by Buzzfeed, is a sort of catchall phrase for any article that appears in the form of a list.
So I’m poking fun at that, while being so absurd that I hope you do a double take. I’m also doing something serious here which I call, “paradigm flipping.” Let me explain that last bit.
There’s a myth I’m sure you’re familiar with. It’s one of the most foundational myths of western civilization. According to this myth, the world was created in 6 days. What if we updated that myth to say, “We saved the world in 6 days.” What do you think? Can we save the world if we actually put our minds to it? Instead of putting our minds to silly things that we try to accomplish in 8 steps, or 15-day challenges?
If there’s anything at all to the notion that “thoughts affect our reality,” I think we can.
Do you believe there’s anything to the notion that “thoughts affect our reality?” Or any of the tie-ins that are becoming the new “myths” of our culture, which we might broadly use the umbrella term, “The Law of Attraction” to describe? If so, can the notion that thoughts affect reality, affect the collective change in the world we want to see? In a big way, a global way, the only way that really matters?
Or is the Law of Attraction a myth? And … what do we mean by myth?
“New Myths for a new culture”
on today’s episode of the Solution Revolution
First, we have to define what we mean by ‘myth.’ It’s far more than the notion of Zeus or Greek Gods. By myth, I mean a set of beliefs that underlie a cultural worldview. What we believe, collectively, informs the way we act. Regardless of the truth of our beliefs, myths (true or otherwise) truly affect our decisions, and how we determine (rationalize) our actions.
Regardless, for now, of the verifiable truth of the Law of Attraction, it does seem to be a notion that’s catching on. It does seem to be one of the key contenders for a new myth that might guide the mainstream mindset in a new direction, rotating the rudder of civilization before we ram head-long into the series of convergent crises we seem to be accelerating towards.
Let’s assume there’s something to the notion that thoughts affect reality. Believe me, I was (and to a degree still am) a skeptic and a hard-headed realist. But there are so many stories being told by so many of us who claim to be applying this principle to our own personal lives … too many to dismiss the notion as woo-woo or magical hogwash from Hogwarts.
So, if it affects personal lives, then, it must be the case that it would affect the culture at large.
We certainly know that the power of collective thinking is powerful, and affects change. So if a cultural mindset could be shifted, could it not affect the very reality at large that we live in?
Charles Eisenstein aptly says that new cultures need new myths. Interestingly, that’s a very similar idea to one I came up with before I ever encountered Eisenstein’s work. Linearly, Charles came up with the idea first. His book, The More Beautiful World Our Heats Know is Possible deals with that idea in depth, though I personally had never read his book until 3 months ago. Yet I’d caught the same idea without direct contact with his work.
It’s fascinating to me how ideas seem to float around in the ether and multiple people seem to “download” them without any direct contact with each other.
Is that “evidence” for the Law of Attraction itself? That ideas seem to transmit from one mind to another without those “individual” minds having direct physical contact? Do we “attract” to ourselves, ideas and people who “vibrate” in a way that compliments our own?
That’s a component of the principle that Rupert Sheldrake, (of Banned Ted Talk fame) calls “Morphic Resonance.” It’s the idea that behaviors (and I would include concepts, ideas, thoughts) are shared over distances, regardless of direct, physical contact.
We live in a more non-physical world than we can perceive with our first five senses.
So, here’s the logical argument:
- The Law of Attraction is not woo-woo
- Thoughts affect reality on an individual level
- It can be explained as an aspect of Morphic Resonance
- This demonstrates that the world is far more interconnected than we realize
- It’s reasonable to assume that collective thoughts can affect collective reality
- New beliefs are intrinsic to a new world
- Worldviews (commonly held beliefs) affect collective reality
- When we change what we believe, we change what we see. (Wayne Dyer)
- If we believe we can change the world, we’ll find a way to do it
- Or, if we think we’re all fucked, and let it all collapse, it probably will.
Which reality to we want to choose?