Originally Posted by Reyv
They're not opposites. This is my current model of reality:
There exists an entity called God. God is pure thought. Imagine closing your eyes, completely disconnecting all of your senses, and all that remains is your ability to think. That's kind of what God is like.
So God gets bored one day, being all alone with his thoughts, and decides to try something new. He begins creating a reality in his mind. He imagines the building blocks that it's going to be made up of (energy and matter), and decides laws to govern how they work. He creates a universe within that framework, and he finds a way to let it run on autopilot in his mind.
God gets excited at his marvelous creation. He decides he wants to experience it first-hand. He finds a way to split himself up into many many pieces, each pure thought. Each human being is one of those pieces. God incarnate into an imagined reality. All for the purpose of experiencing something less boring than pure thought.
God, in effect, is both the platform of Life, and all of Life.
Why do our thoughts influence reality in this model? Probably because it's been designed that way. God wanted to make the experience more interesting.
What is enlightenment all about then? Man becoming aware that he is God. Or better put, God remembering that he is God.
Enlightenment and the Law of Attraction are not opposites. Enlightenment is full connection to God. The LoA thrives on that same thing. The more connected you are to God, the better results you will obtain through the LoA. Most thoughts are in fact resistance to your natural state of connection. The LoA does not rely on your automatic thoughts for its effects. You do not need to hear thoughts articulated within your mind for them to have effect.
Woohoo! I've just become consciously congruent about this. Thanks for posting the question.
This is a very good thread, lots of diffeerent takes on the subject, but personally Reyv above nailed it!
I love the idea that we're all one and that collectively we're all God together. That is relly inspiring, especially when the world is such a mess. But it isn't a mess at all.
It's just all of us having a reality experience.
My Mum died recently and to see her body lying there I knew it was just a vessel for her part of God to have 'that' experience.
It was sad, but I know the essence that was inside my Mum's body for 76 years, is still alive, somewhere and I'll get to connect with it again some day.
She's still living, just not how I think, didn't Enstein say something about energy can neither be created or destroyed?
Most of our thoughts, just get in the way of our true purpose, to ultimately return to the source, that's all life is, a journey of enlightenment.
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