“Thoughts become things… choose the good ones!”
~ Mike Dooley
“Thoughts become things” is a familiar quote from the movie, “The Secret”. The phrase itself is a perfect synopsis for the film, which suggests that the thoughts we hold in our minds eventually materialize into our physical reality.
How does this work, you ask? The answer lies in the invisible world of energy that makes up our visible world of matter.
When scientists break down a piece of matter into smaller and smaller particles, eventually they find nothing there except pure energy. Since everything in our physical Universe is energy, anything you perceive as solid matter is really just a bundle of energy vibrating at a specific frequency.
Though our senses perceive everything and everyone as “separate”, in reality we are all interconnected through the field of energy that permeates all things. The energetic field that is “you” does not end at the boundaries of your physical body; but rather extends out in all directions and mingles with the matrix of energy that creates the Universe.
Our thoughts are less dense, finer forms of energy. When we “think” we send out energetic signals into this matrix of energy, telling it how to sculpt the world of matter. The more we focus our minds, the more powerful our thoughts become in molding the energy that creates the world.
In essence, the physical world of matter is just an effect of the non-physical world of consciousness.
With that in mind, the most effective way to create something new in your physical world is to approach it from an energetic level, molding the energy into physical form using the power of focused thought. For me, the most potent method of focusing my thoughts has been the practice of visualization.
Everyone has a unique way of visualizing, but I use a scrapbook called a vision book in which I paste pictures of things I’d like to experience. For 5 or 10 minutes every day, I use my vision book to help me imagine what I want to create. Here are three examples from my own life of visualizations that have manifested into physical form.
Manifesting an Object: The Baby Grand Piano
Three years ago I pasted this photo of a Yamaha baby grand piano in my vision book. In my mind, I thought it would be years and years before I had the space or the money for this piano, but I liked the thought of having it so I put it in there anyway.
About two months later, I went away for the weekend and when I came home, there was a Yamaha baby grand piano in my living room! No, it wasn’t exactly like the one in the photo; it was better!! This was a Yamaha CP70 – an electric grand piano from the 70’s that my husband Darryl bought on a whim.
When I saw the piano I started crying, because I was amazed and humbled by the power that had delivered my piano with ease and grace. I knew it wasn’t a coincidence even though Darryl had never seen the photo in my vision book and had no idea that I dreamt of owning a Yahama piano.
Manifesting an Experience: The Music Video
Another incredible example of thoughts becoming things was the time I found myself levitating 8 feet in the air for a music video.
From a young age I dreamed of making an appearance on MTV, and I used to visualize myself starring in my favorite video, which is “Bedtime Story” by Madonna. Using my imagination I would replace Madonna’s head with mine, particularly in one scene where Madonna is seen “levitating” in a hallway. I visualized myself in the video for fun and not because I actually thought it was going to happen, but little did I know that in time I would find myself re-creating a similar scene in real life.
In 2007 I received an email from a friend asking if I was interested in appearing in a music video. Her friend’s band was shooting a vid in Toronto the following week and was in need of a few extras. Though I hadn’t yet linked this exciting opportunity with my visualization, I agreed anyway.
Assuming I’d be cast as a blur in the background, I showed up for the early morning video shoot foggy-headed and half asleep. Luckily the casting director saw a diamond through the rough, and cast me in a special role, levitating above a fireplace next to Melissa Auf de Maur (you can watch the video on Youtube here; watch for my pivotal role at 2:53!). I was blown away when the video aired and I finally realized the similarity between my earlier Madonna visualization and my appearance in the video.
Manifesting a Relationship: Steve Pavlina
One of the pages in my vision book is entitled, “friends”. My friends page is full of pictures of inspiring people I’d like to meet or hang out with.
Last year I decided that one of the people I’d like to meet is Steve Pavlina, a well-known personal development blogger and writer from Las Vegas. I found a picture of Steve online for my vision book and took it a step further by Photoshopping my head next to him in the photo. Yes, I am a LOA nerd.
A couple months later I opened my Twitter account to discover that Steve had come across my videos on YouTube and had recommended them to all of his followers. We then began emailing back and forth and when I attended his workshop in January, his ex-partner Erin snapped this picture of us, which is very similar to the Photoshopped photo I have in my vision book.
Steve and I have a lot in common and are now good friends. Just last month, Steve and his girlfriend Rachelle came to stay with Darryl and I for a week as Rachelle performed in our local Fringe Festival. We had a great time together, enjoying many raw vegan meals as well as a day trip to Stratford.
I have to tell you it was a little surreal as Steve sat across from me at my kitchen table. I couldn’t help but grin as I remembered the ridiculous Photoshopped picture from my vision book.
I love these three stories because they are all great examples of how thoughts can manifest with little or no effort, demonstrating the power of effortless intention. In the words of Abraham, “it’s not your work to make anything happen; it’s your work to dream it and let it happen”.
Of course there are times when the manifestation of my dreams is a little less magical, like when I fulfilled my dream of owning a Vitamix blender simply by getting online and buying one.
Even still, I never cease to be amazed at the enchantment I feel when my interconnection with the Universe shapes my thoughts into things.
- Recommended Reading:
- Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain
- Manifest Your Destiny by Wayne Dyer
- The Secret (Book) by Rhonda Byrne