Key To Success

What do you do when you come across a key to success in a book you're reading? You ponder over it. Since I read many books and come across many keys, I thought it would be fun to share the ideas that arise as I contemplate a key to success. Reading is not just about absorbing information, it's also about contemplating, allowing the ideas to blossom within, and nurturing a seed tossed in the rich soil of the inner garden.

Location: Denver, Colorado, United States

I got my Master's degree in psychotherapy more than a decade ago. Since then I've studied the human condition with fascination. Over the years, I've learned a singular lesson: your life does not work when you oppose your soul nature. If you want a magical life, you have to drop your inauthentic transactions with the world. You discover your own power when you spend time alone to figure out what you really love to do.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Questions Shape Worlds Out Of Infinite Possibilities

A question is an inquiry. An inquiry creates an answering statement. The process of asking and answering questions is thinking. This thinking is also highly focused. Out of all the possible things you could be thinking of your attention has settled on a few ideas.
These ideas then bring about consequences or effects.

Questions, in short, are focusing tools for thinking. Thinking, in turn, affects all your experiences.

Who you are is a result of your thinking, and your thinking is a result of a question.

Your current experience of pleasure or pain is a result of what you thought and what you are now thinking.

A question create a focused thought. A focused thought is one where attention is paid to an intention. A focused thought is energetic. The potency of this energy is determined by the clarity and intensity of the thought. This focused thought creates an effect because it has the power to affect the quantum field of all possibilities.

What you think about you bring about. Your thoughts are actual wavelengths that go out into the quantum field and affect it. Every atom of the universe is connected to every other atom and each atom is in perfect awareness and communication with every other atom. A thought, which is a unit of intelligence, affects these atoms.

This is a brief summary of how the Law of Attraction works.

The fact that it does work can be proved experientially. When you think of any thought with enough intensity then let it go completely, the parallel shows up in your experience.

The unpredictable variables are when it will show up and how. After it shows up, the experience is always one of delight and amazement. We consider it miraculous because the chain of events that brought it about are not known to us. The only thing we actually know is that the effect we desired is now part of our experience.

The quality of your questions then determine the quality of your life.

At any point in time, you can either ask empowering questions or disempowering questions.

When you ask an empowering question, you set off a processional chain of events, an outflow of power, similar to switching on a light.

What happens is that you immediately affect your subconscious mind which in turn affects the superconscious mind. A whole series of events now take place in the invisible world, the world of the quantum field of all possibilities and in the world of pure consciousness.

When you ask an empowering question, you create a stream of empowered thinking. Your thoughts expand to investigate new possibilities, your emotions become positive, your body metabolizes better, your relationships improve, and you tap into new, often miraculous resources of energy and information.

You literally pull abundance to you like a magnet.

When you ask a disempowering thought, an invisible, psychic power disappears, and it is like switching off a light.

When the flow of this power is cut off, your subconscious mind jams up, and you experience a "stupid" or "confused" state; your body starts to tense up and your metabolism goes askew; people start to avoid you or actively oppose you; and you no longer attract the resources you need, resulting in a dwindling of opportunities, and eventually an experience of scarcity.

Questions can create a chain of invisible forces that either attract abundance or precipitate the loss of what resources you currently have, resulting in a condition of scarcity.

This whole cycle can happen at any time. You can be in a hellish situation, turn on the power, and things find a way to turn around in an amazing way. You can also be in a wonderful situation, turn off the power, and things start to dwindle and fall away.

And this entire chain of events is created by a question.

Your choice at any moment is to decide what to do with any stimulus. You can ask an empowering question about it or a disempowering question about it. This simple, almost effortless act of consciousness is enough to make either wonderful or horrible things happen to you.

The visible world only exists because of the invisible world. As physicist David Bohm expressed it, there is a cosmological order which is a distinction between the implicate and explicate order.

In his book, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, he describes it in the following way.

In the enfolded [or implicate] order, space and time are no longer the dominant factors determining the relationships of dependence or independence of different elements. Rather, an entirely different sort of basic connection of elements is possible, from which our ordinary notions of space and time, along with those of separately existent material particles, are abstracted as forms derived from the deeper order. These ordinary notions in fact appear in what is called the "explicate" or "unfolded" order, which is a special and distinguished form contained within the general totality of all the implicate orders (Bohm, 1980, p. xv).

The illusion is that the visible world is creating the invisible world. Your experience is what makes you think about things as affecting you. Yet, the opposite is just as true. The invisible world is creating the visible world. Your thinking brings about your experience.

If you are proactive, you will choose your questions carefully, and they will influence your experience.

If you are reactive, which is the default program for most human beings, then an experience will influence your thoughts and you will have more of that experience.

Your power to be an influencer or to be the effect of an experience is a choice.

Our logical minds are trained to take any experience and project its consequences and we then live in the ordinary world of surviving

Yet it is our creative mind that can turn everything around for us. When we use this, then we step into the extraordinary world of thriving.

Using our creative mind means ignoring current conditions and imagining
what we want to happen instead. This intervention in the current flow of events will then create a completely new chain of events.

The chain of causality can be interrupted at any point. All it takes is asking an empowering question. This will engage the creative mind. The subconscious and the superconscious then move in the direction of your thoughts. And the circumstances that you envisioned become your experience. You can then continue to direct these experiences in the favorable direction that you created.

However, the idea of causality itself is actually an illusion. It is part of the Newtonian paradigm. When billiard ball A hits billiard ball B then it moves it on a specific trajectory. On the experiential level, this is what actually appears to be happening. When you point something in a certain direction and apply force to it, it appears to move in that direction, whether it is a thought, a human body, a car, or an airplane.

But, in the quantum field, A does not exist because it always has a predecessor. Thus for anything to exist everything else must exist simultaneously.

Nevertheless, for the purpose of this argument, it serves us well. Thus, A, in this theory is the question. It then stirs forces in the invisible world which will then have an effect on the visible world.

The question is the most important part of your creative force. Questions create science and art. They create a search for truth. They create a quest for resolutions. They create
the intention that shapes causality to work for or against you. Ultimately, questions create civilizations. The difference between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Europe was entirely due to the questions that were asked in those periods.

A final speculation. It is possible that pure consciousness asked itself this question: what would happen if I pretended to be other than myself and created a universe where I experience myself other than I am?

Assuming the paradigm of causality, which works well in the sensory world, questions create thoughts that create effects, and it is the quality of our questions that determine the quality of our lives. Poor indeed are those who ask poor questions. Add a positive spin to any inquiry and you can birth a miracle.

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Saleem Rana is a psychotherapist in Denver, Colorado. If you're up to the challenge and want to create the kind of freedom and lifestyle you truly deserve - starting now - then get his free book from


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