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 The Grand Illusion2003-08-19 17:59
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Julie posted an article by Jon Rappoport, and since I think it is absolutely great, and it matches something I've just been thinking about and focusing on, I'll include it below here too.

It is sort of a big secret. The power and the role of our imagination. Large portions of the human population have somehow gotten to believe that imagination is just some confusing random noise in our heads. Day dreaming, a source of material to write or talk about, maybe positive thinking at best.

Where really it is what our whole reality is built on. Not just that it is a good idea to visualize one's plans. Much deeper than that. Not even just a fuzzy new age idea that we're creating our own reality. Yes, but more tangible than that.

It is hard to even talk about to people who don't get it, or who don't agree. Which ironically proves the point.

If you believe (imagine) something isn't possible, it isn't. If you believe it is possible, it is. No, not just that you have the thought, or do a few affirmations, or pray a little bit, although that will all help. But you'll have to fool yourself completely. That is the hard part.

Jon gives a delightful rundown of crazy things some people have believed which enabled them to do paranormal things. What is great is that there's no common denominator between them, other than that somebody believed each of them well enough for them to work.

I have been a counselor for many years, working with people on their issues and aspirations. My tools are essentially ways of helping people feel it being comfortable and appropriate to change their mind and their life. I've seen many life changes, and sometimes miracles. The only thing that ever changed any of my clients was when they stopped imagining what they were previously imagining, which they weren't happy with, and when they started imagining something else. Normally nobody will admit that it is that simple. Therefore, my techniques are much more complicated, and involves ways of processing one's thoughts and feelings and memories, and ways of gradually getting to a point where one feels that, now is the appropriate time to change.

The irony for me is that it makes it a good deal harder for me to practice my craft on myself. Because I know the secret.

Now I have the thought that it is time to take it to another level.

People live the lives they imagine themselves living. If they imagine themselves being stuck, they are. If they succeed in imagining new possibilities sufficiently well, and they manage to believe they're available, they are. If groups of people start imaginging something different, and they do it well enough, their collective reality changes.

The world could be different next week. It doesn't really depend on anything we don't already have. It doesn't really depend on money or politics or laws or astrology or science, except for to the degree that we believe it does.

We're looking through the wrong end of the telescope.

I imagine it is about to change.

By Jon Rappoport

About ten years ago, when I was doing a lot of research on paranormal abilities, I interviewed some test subjects who had shown, in lab studies, a capacity that far exceeded expected averages.

These were people who could influence the distribution of little balls that dropped through a funnel into a case outfitted with pegged compartments where the balls would stop.

These people could receive and interpret messages sent to them from a few miles away.

They could tell what cards were going to be turned up from a deck. And so on.

In the interviews, I found various people used various methods to score at high levels in the experiments.

“First I prayed.”

“First I meditated to clear my mind.”

“I imagined I was a genius.”

“I imagined I was getting the answers from a secretary sitting at a desk in Omaha. I figured a person like that would never lie to me.”

“I visualized a fast-moving car. I was in it. The answers were coming down like rays of sun through the roof.”

“I visualized a tiger blocking out wrong answers.”

“I imagined a wall of water that pushed the balls to one side of the case as they dropped through.”

“My sister, who had died a few years before, told me the answers.”

“I made my mind completely blank, like a sieve.”

“I asked an angel for help.”

“I pretended that I sold my soul to the devil, and he gave me the skill to do well in the experiment. Then, afterwards, I bought back my soul for a dollar.”

“I imagined I had been put in an insane asylum because I had stopped traffic with my mind at a busy intersection. From my room at the asylum, I answered the questions in the experiment.”

One man told me that the night before he was due to participate in a lab experiment, he drew diagrams that hooked up all sorts of planets, like “reflectors.” These planets could trap the messages sent to him from a sealed room three miles away from the lab. The planets would reflect a message among themselves in a specific sequence, and finally deliver the information to him.

A woman told me that, during an experiment, she imagined she was having sex with a famous opera singer, who would whisper the right answers in her ear.

After these interviews, I no longer had any doubt that imagination was linked to paranormal abilities.

Among the many statements made by the filmmaker Francis Coppola about his own work, there are several interesting remarks that suggest he “imagined” he had talent, since he couldn’t find a great deal of what he thought of as “natural talent” within himself. Having imagined he was able to make films, he proceeded to make them.

I once knew a successful stockbroker who went to sleep at night prepared to dream about the market. He did dream, and he obtained good stock tips in those dreams.

I have known many athletes who visualized how they would perform in an upcoming game before they went out on the field. Some of these men imagined they had already had a successful game -- “seeing the final result as if it had already happened” -- and some of them imagined their specific actions unfolding as a process of steps.

For the athletes, no one method of visualization was the most workable one.

I have known musicians who imagined, before going out on the stage, the feeling of playing before the audience, or who imagined the music coming out of their mouths in a stream, or who imagined a mental clarity that would allow them to blend with the other musicians, or who imagined a pile of money waiting for them at the end of the concert.

I spoke with a singer who, before every concert, ate a seafood salad, and imagined that every piece of food was a gift of strength from various Greek gods.

I spoke with a writer of books about visualization. He confided that no one system was any better than any other. Each person would find his own best strategies. But for the purpose of writing and selling the books, he said he needed to present a favored system.

A psychologist told me that he indoctrinated his patients to believe (imagine) that his method of nullifying past problems really worked. “They get rid of their pasts by believing that they can,” he said.

I remarked that his method sounded a little cultish. He confessed that it was, but said it was too hard to teach people to rely on their own ability to imagine and create.

I can safely say that, during this period of research on the paranormal, I met no one who used a method that any rational materialist would call obvious and useful. In other words, every successful test subject I spoke with was doing, by conventional standards, crazy and quirky stuff.

And was succeeding.

Which only proves that the imagination itself is unconventional and not part of the recognized mainstream.

I saw that children can have tremendous success, after some practice, in paranormal experiments. Unfortunately, children are sometimes used by groups -- the kids are loaded down with all sorts of quasi-spiritual myths and baggage, and this amounts to a kind of mind control.

The most widely tested categories of paranormal abilities -- ESP, psycho-kinetics, seeing the future -- provide evidence that what we take to be the fundamental and permanent aspects of reality are quite arbitrary and malleable.

Or to put it another way, reality is a con.

I recommend Dean Radin’s excellent book, The Conscious Universe. Radin demonstrates clearly that, over a range of hundreds and hundreds of well-controlled, well-designed paranormal lab studies, these extraordinary abilities are PROVEN. Statistically.

I once mentioned this to a filmmaker who had labored for years to record these abilities in action. She said, “Then what the hell am I doing? You mean I’m documenting what’s already been demonstrated?”

Whether scientists define physical reality as a complex machine or a highly sophisticated set of self-generating probabilities, they assume that reality is a monolith, built to follow patterns that cannot be changed except through intervention by other man-made machines or forces (e.g., a bomb). How wrong they are.

Reality is a myth that depends for its permanence on the assumption that humans cannot create, with their imaginations alone, other realities.

What we call paranormal is not on the radar screen of the major media. When presented in that forum, it is characterized as weird, dubious, phony, crazy, hallucinatory, or at best, unexplainable. “And now let’s move on to sports.”

But the huge public thirst for connecting with this area is reflected in box office receipts garnered by hundreds and hundreds of Hollywood films that present, in one form or another. paranormal events.

To keep the natives of planet Earth in a compliant state, organized religion has taken over this subject and twisted it into many myths and sub-myths, all of which are designed to disguise the truth.

In a similar vein, that cockeyed and untenable theory called evolution has attempted to define humans as extensions of one-celled organisms whose central ambition is survival through physical adaptation.

Looking through the wrong end of the telescope can conceal a great deal.

We feverishly try to exclude and deny what we can really do, and we will accept any hypothesis that keeps us down on the farm.


You can imagine you are less, or you can imagine you are more.

If we imagine we are more, we can then occupy a platform from which we can imagine and bring into being realities without limit.

What we generally call civilization is devoted to keeping that from happening.

We pretend (imagine) our imaginations are powerless. And if we stop pretending that, we then tend to pretend (imagine) that we don’t know how to use, or what to do with, our imaginations. For instruction, we gravitate toward the very kind of closed system we formerly used to bury our own imaginations.

And we say all this has nothing to do with internally imposed mind control. Of course not. We are not mind controlled. We are operating at full capacity. Of course we are. Sure. You bet.

Since I began writing articles on imagination and creation a few years ago, I’ve had a number of people ask me how they can “escape the prison.”

I don’t want to get cute about this. My archive contains various solutions to various problems scattered through the hundreds of pieces I’ve written on this site.

And on PREMIUM CONTENT, I explore these matters as well.

My publisher, The Truth Seeker, sells my many taped courses on imagination, which contain all sorts of interesting exercises one can do. (760-489-5211)

And my book, The Secret Behind Secret Societies, goes into this area.

At the same time, it would be foolish to suggest that your imagination is merely a fallow object which has no power of its own. Since quite the opposite is the case.

As I’ve written many times, the degree to which we are all MIND-CONTROL SUBJECTS, AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL, is reflected in our own bewilderment about what to invent, how to invent, and so on.


See more about Jon here.

Jon is also the Dean of our College of the Imagination.

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19 Aug 2003 @ 23:28 by shawa : I agree
And groups are very powerful, in this sense.  

20 Aug 2003 @ 04:41 by jstarrs : My spititual path...
...is heavily based on the use of imagination in this sense, in that, in tantra, one visualizes oneself as the diety with the diety's environment.
This can only be done when one has mastered centering the mind on one subject (single pointed concentration).  

20 Aug 2003 @ 05:57 by ming : Concentration
There's a good key there. If one's attention flickers all over, one isn't very good at imagining something different. One needs to be able to hold it steady for long enough. If one can't do that, it is probably easier if somebody else tricks one into changing. And I suppose our beliefs are those imaginings we can hold steady without wavering from them at all.  

20 Aug 2003 @ 07:56 by vaxen : I think...
that your 'beliefs' are simply self imposed limitations to be transcended. Imagination basically means 'making images.' Image-Gin(a)-tion Gin-ning is setting something in motion from a preter-existent state. Similar to Ken-ning. Kenaz, of course, refers to the alchemists alembic. Thanks ming for this timely article. Imagination is the key. This is a very 'old' secret. ;) heh heh heh  

20 Aug 2003 @ 08:02 by jstarrs : But then...
...not believing in something is also a belief.  

20 Aug 2003 @ 10:08 by Tlingel @ : Nurturing the unexpected
"The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it's even stranger than we can imagine." - J.B.S. Haldane

or so I like to imagine ;-)


The Nameless  

20 Aug 2003 @ 10:20 by Baalberith @ : Meme
RELATIVISM: A belief that all truth, knowledge, and laws are relative to particular perceptions or situations and do not carry universal authority. Claims William Hurt, in the movie Altered States, "I have seen the other side and I have found that the only absolute truth is that there is no absolute truth." One of the offshoots of relativism is the Hindu concept of maya which holds that all matter is ultimately illusory - a trick of the imagination. As the Beatles line goes, "Strawberry fields, nothing is real, and nothing to get hung about; Strawberry fields forever."

cause and Effect

Cause and Effect II  

20 Aug 2003 @ 11:19 by Tlingel @ : This one's tricky
Or as our friend Shawa would put it , "You have to use imaginary numbers, like eleventeen... " (Calvin and Hobbes)

Good show, Ming.  

20 Aug 2003 @ 13:14 by Baalberith @ : Weavers of Freeorder...
You're it.

Now what?  

20 Aug 2003 @ 14:20 by b : Visualize
Stretching your body, breathing easily then seated, breathe deep breaths in and out slowly. Three times should do it. In that contemplative moment, your body so alive and in tune, let go then visualize what you want to be. Visualize being it. Now what can you do?  

20 Aug 2003 @ 17:17 by Morpheus @ : Interesting...
Do you believe that's air you are breathing now?  

20 Aug 2003 @ 17:42 by magical_melody : Good piece Ming!
I am that, this is that, abra ca dabra...Out of the hat! Whoosh!  

20 Aug 2003 @ 18:10 by vibrani : fooling
One can't fool themselves into what you call some fuzzy new age idea of we create our own reality. It doesn't work. This is the crux: It's about finding the balance and blending the imagination with the realistic possibilities. You either believe 100% in something, or you don't. Affirmations won't work if they are unrealistic and a lie. And being human DOES have its real limitations and that's one reason why we're here - to see that we are masters of limitation (we do have a physical vessel), and how we can transcend those limitations possible to transcend, and enjoy bringing thoughts into manifestation in the material plane. Here's an example of realistic and imagination: wishing yourself physiologically younger, or shorter, or taller, no matter how much you want to believe it....not without surgery, which would just mask the reality, anyway.  

20 Aug 2003 @ 23:57 by ashanti : Balance
Without imagination, we would not have electricity, running water, cellphones, the Internet, the fugues of Johann Sebation Bach, or the magic of Mozart. We would not have had Herman Hesse, Tolkein, Frank Herbert. We would not have had Van Gogh, Einstein, and the myriad inspirational contributions of our geniuses. Tesla. Bucky Fuller. Etc.

However - to live only in the conceptual world of imagination does not work, because we are in the physicsal universe. I have landed on my rear a few times, because I pursued ideas without also taking into account the practical realities of life on Planet Earth, Inc.

Balance is the key. Imagination, combined with practical steps, work Magick, I find.

Snippet of interest (or not) - I had landed up in a REAL bad situation following my return home to South Africa, from Australia. Something pretty nasty happened in Oz, as a result of me annoying the Oz government intensely (funny, they didn't like me trying to expose their dirty linen, so they set out to "ruin her utterly") and I landed up back home shattered, and almost penniless. I had to stay with my stunning sister, where I recovered in all senses of the word. Took me seven months, then I was back on my feet, in a new job, repaired and healed. But during that time, it was looking utterly hopeless. I surfed the Net and found Ming's old Transformational Processing Manuals. Much of the inspiration comes from Elron Hubbard, but Flemming has masterfully elimated the Black Art stuff, and filtered out the pearls in this work. One of the processes I came across did it for me. It was to look at all the wealth and abundence of experiences I have had. Do an inventory. So, instead of looking and fixating on what was an almost overwhelmingly hopeless situation, I focused on all the INCREDIBLE experiences I've had in my life, the subjects I've studied, the places I've travelled to, the incredible people I've met around the world, and so on. It was an enormously powerful process.

The imagination to shift focus broke the power of "oh my god how am I going to get out of this one?" and then the practical steps of finding work completed the process. This was 2 and a half years ago.

Try some TP, Ming? ;-) (Sorry, can never resist a little reverse vector now and again). Thanks so much for putting it together, definitely helped me get out of a pretty deep hole, and bounce back stronger than ever. That time, I really wasn't sure I could make it. The fact that I managed to pull through, I definitely credit to the help I got from reading TP again. And you too, will flourish, and prosper again, this I know for sure. :-)  

21 Aug 2003 @ 04:33 by ming : Transformation
You're right, and that's great to hear. And I could certainly use some of my own medicine.

As to being realistic, well, the way I see it is that it is merely a lot harder to change something that a great many people believe is so. It is a lot easier to change something that is widely believed to be possible. It is easier to win the lottery than to grow a second head. Because most people here believe that the lottery can be won, but second heads are generally frowned upon. So, when one is looking for change in one's life, it is probably a good idea to start with what is actually available, or considered to potentially be available. The impossible takes a much bigger effort.

So, yes, practical magick probably comes from combining a powerful creative imagination with a keen sense of what pieces are actually available to play with at this point.  

22 Aug 2003 @ 06:44 by laughing jewels @ : Multi Headedness
Perhaps this is the Answer. We should all grow as many heads as we have opinions, beliefs, ideas, the many realities we walk in... better yet, perhaps we already HAVE! Perhaps we all have so many heads in all these parallel universes and they all think totally different things, have totally different experiences, and Yet, somehow are the Same. I keep thinking of all the Lyra's in Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. They are all different, yet all the same. And in the end, it's all a different POV. Literally, figuratively and majickally! The question remains, will they ever Meet. (still laughing ~ )  

25 Nov 2003 @ 07:36 by Love @ : No Clue
This has nothing to do with Johann Sebation Bach  

20 Feb 2008 @ 05:09 by Brian B @ : Quantum Physics
I understand that quantum physics predicts that anything is possible at any given moment. If there is such a thing as infinite then there must be infinite universes thus infinite chances of parrallel worlds. Only if Infinite is real.  

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