It’s very popular in New Age circles to want to self-empower people and help them recognize the impact their thinking has on their reality. However, if you blend that with the typical ego attachments, it tends to become about a “me” and what I want, irrespective of what is useful and good. And while it is true that everything arises from attention and intention, this is only true in a global sense, in the universal mind. Even in our nightly dreams, where we have more influence over the created reality, what arises is not a personal choice. But if we work for the good of all, we’re much more likely to get results. But those results will also come for the good of all so may not show up as we might expect them.
There’s been a bit of a backlash to this New Age narcissism, such as the article by Kara-Leah Grant over on Elephant Journal.
“Let’s get one thing straight.
You do not create your own reality.
Your thoughts do not create your reality either.
All the positive thinking and manifesting and vision boarding and dreaming is not going to get you what you want.
What you do create is your experience of your reality.
Your thoughts about your reality create your experience of that reality.
This distinction is critical, and far too often it’s glossed over, ignored or pushed aside in favor of the far more attractive idea of being completely in control of our reality via our thoughts.”
She raises good points but she’s talking to a slightly different stage without realizing it. As you begin to disengage your attachments and stop trying to control everything, we begin to shift how we see the world. Part of that is a change in what we see ourselves as influencing. At the end of this larger stage, we step into the full witness and no longer see ourselves as the doer but rather as the observer.
Ego loves the idea that I am in control of my mind and my reality. But this assumes your inner thoughts are themselves reality rather than an effect.
Kara-Leah goes on to say “Beliefs, thoughts and feelings are the filter through which we experience our life.” The rest of the article is worth reading. Anything that nudges our perspective can be useful.
It’s also useful to note that there is a later stage of development where “inside” and “outside” become a meaningless distinction. We also become that which creates reality, including the quantum fluctuations the give rise to the form of the world. But again, this is not as a separate individual but as totality. In other words, we create reality as one indivisible whole, together. Trying to do it as a me is folly.
Our attention and intentions do influence the structure of expression as we are not separate from that. And our responses to what is unfolding also influence our world. Thus sometimes, what we have our attention on does show up in our life. And some people with strong lower chakras will be more potent “manifestors.” But it still may take a while. For example, you may notice in later life that early life goals have shown up. But the idea that you are a separate being and somehow have personal control over the world is only a story. Be careful what you believe.