Mass Consciousness Caused a Stand Down Over Iraq

I have the utmost respect for Gregg Braden, who is, in my opinion, one of the most evolved spiritual leaders in the world. A few years ago I read his book, The Isaiah Effect (Three Rivers Press, 2000). I have recently begun rereading the book which is something I rarely do.


Close to the beginning of the book, he tells the story about the impact of mass prayer. This story is very compelling. I will quote a few sentences from the story verbatim and then go on to summarize it. “On Friday, November 13, 1998, mass prayer was implemented on a worldwide basis, as a choice of peace during a time of escalating political tension in many parts of the world. Of specific interest that day was the expiration of a timeline imposed on Iraq to comply with the United Nations demands for weapons inspections. Following months of unsuccessful negotiations for access into sensitive sites, the nations of the West had made it clear that Iraq’s failure to comply would result in a massive an extended bombing campaign designed to destroy suspected weapons sites. Such a campaign would certainly have resulted in great loss of life, civilian as well as military.”


Someone, Braden does not say who, began a prayer effort through an organization with a global audience. This prayer event was publicized on the Internet and attracted several hundred thousand people. It was organized very carefully in the sense that people were asked to pray at certain exact times throughout the evening. What happened next is nothing short of amazing.


The aerial attack had been going on for 30 minutes when the President of the United States received a letter from Iraqi officials. This letter stated that they had now decided to comply with the request for inspections. As a result, the President issued what Gregg Braden called “a rare order to US forces to stand down, the military term for aborting a mission”.


This cannot be a coincidence. I believe that this sort of concentrated effort of visualization by a critical mass of people can have an impact on the world. Numerous other experiments and events have shown this. I plan to keep sharing this information so that my readers can see just how powerful their minds and hearts are.


What You Expect Becomes Your Reality

The main thrust of this blog is to talk about how we all create our own reality – literally. What we look at tends to multiply and the experiences we have day-to-day are based upon our expectations. This is explained in detail by a number of well-known authors including Deepak Chopra, Gregg Braden, Dr. Bruce Lipton and Pam Grout.


Ms. Grout, whose books E Squared and E-Cubed were published by Hay House, refers to reality as the Field of Potentiality. In any given situation, there are an infinite number of possibilities of how it can turn out. What actually happens and what we perceive depends in great measure on our expectations. Ms. Grout sets forth a number of experiments in both books designed to prove this thesis. For example, if we set out the intention that we will see butterflies or that we will see beige cars, that is exactly what will happen. Of the nine experiments in E-Squared, I received results which were in line with my expectations in eight.


Dr. Lipton, in his book The Biology of Belief, also published by Hay House, further describes this phenomenon. He discusses the fact that our biology is malleable rather than being set in stone by things which happen outside of our experience. Based on his studies, genetics is not the end-all and be-all of our experience with our health. This is demonstrated by the fact that siblings with the same genetic makeup can have very different health patterns. His thesis is that environmental concerns are more important than our biological inheritance.


Dr. Chopra, in some of his many books, discusses the fact that reality, which appears solid, is really changeable and that what appears to us as a solid piece of furniture, for example, is really a mass of vibrating atoms.


Gregg Braden also discusses some interesting concepts on this subject and brings up several examples of experiments which were influenced by the observers of those experiments. He refers to the universe as a “consciousness computer”, whereby what goes into the collective consciousness actually becomes what we perceive as reality.


I will be giving detailed examples in the coming weeks and months that will bring this principle to life. I have also seen it work in my own experience by setting an intention for the day and for certain interactions, such as meetings and social events. I believe that this is truly how the universe works and I will be pleased to share this information with you.

Manifestation Classes Are Doing Well

I did a 2-hour class in manifestation on 1/26 in Snow Hill, MD, as part of the Soul Journey Retreat put on each year by two local ladies. The 3-hour version will be presented on 2/9 at Evergreen Cove Holistic Learning Center in Easton, MD. I am going to present the sequence of information which is given in those classes in the next several blog posts

I begin by discussing the large body of work which supports that our thoughts and actions really do create our reality. The following is a portion of my article which I use to open the class;

Harnessing Universal Consciousness to Accomplish Your Divine Purpose on Earth, by Valerie J. Mann

How would you feel if you knew that every thought, action, utterance, and belief was continually creating your reality, which was adjusting itself minute by minute?  What if you knew that changes in your feelings produce changes in your body, which in turn, change the outer world around you?  How would you react if someone were to say to you, “We have proof that the universe works as one big consciousness computer?”  Well — all of the above are being proven by scientists.  It is becoming increasingly obvious that the popular phrase, “You empower that which you focus on” is to be taken more literally than we could ever have imagined.  These are enormous implications for Reiki practitioners as we strive to help heal the planet in these challenging times.  This information gives us the power to literally change our reality and accomplish our divine purpose on earth.  Here is what quantum physics is saying.


Universal Consciousness

Seth Lloyd, the designer of the first feasible quantum computer, makes the simple but unequivocal statement that “The universe is a quantum computer.  As the computation proceeds, reality unfolds”. His book, Programming the Universe: A Quantum ComputerScientist Takes on the Cosmos, posits the exciting premise that we, in the most literal sense of the word, actually do create our reality.  The universe mirrors back to us our beliefs in the most precise way.


In The Biology of Belief by Dr. Bruce Lipton, it is noted that individuals missing significant sections of their brain can live completely normal and happy lives with no detrimental effects. Dr. Lipton quotes a finding by a British neurologist by the name of Dr. John Lorber involving a very intelligent university student who had earned various honors and lived a normal social life but was found to be missing several centimeters of his cerebral cortex. There is obviously more to man than just the tissue inside one’s skull!


Dr. Lipton goes on to quote Mahatma Gandhi when it comes to the power of thought and positive thinking:


                        “Your beliefs become your thoughts

                        Your thoughts become your words

                        Your words become your actions

                        Your actions become your habits

                        Your habits become your values

                        Your values become your destiny”


Gregg Braden writes in his work, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering theParadigm of False Limits that it is impossible to simply watch something without becoming involved with it. The very act of observing anything ties us to whatever it is that we are watching and that we are therefore participants in everything that goes on around us.


The idea that our thoughts and actions influence the world around us is a core tenet of both Gregg Braden’s works and this article itself. Mr. Braden writes that, “Experiments show that the focus of our attention changes reality itself and suggest that we live in an interactive universe.”


Furthermore, Mr. Braden writes that scientific experiments and literature points to a shared field of energy to which we are all connected. “The universe, our world, and our bodies are made of a shared field of energy that was scientifically recognized in the 20th century and is now identified by names that include the field, the quantum hologram, the mind of God, nature’s mind, and the Divine Matrix.”


Another book by Gregg Braden, Deep Truth, discusses the advantage that the above knowledge imparts upon us. He states that by knowing we select our own future and by knowing who we are gives us an evolutionary advantage that humanity’s ancestors never had. With this knowledge in hand we can tip the scales in our favor for a better future.


One such example of this evolutionary edge that can give one courage and strength in moments of great peril has been talked about at length in books, television specials, and even a movie. The example I refer to is the ordeal that Aron Ralston underwent while mountain climbing. A boulder fell and pinned his arm, trapping him at the bottom of a remote crevasse. After waiting for several days he resigned himself to death until he had a dream one night, a dream of himself in the future as a father. This spurred him on to not give up and he did something that most would consider unthinkable: he broke his arm and used a knife in his pack to cut through the trapped arm freeing him. Without the ability to envision a future for himself that he wanted, he would never have been able or willing to do what he had to in order to survive.


Manifestation, or the act of bringing things into being by changing one’s thoughts and beliefs, has been much discussed.  It has been the topic of numerous books and the subject of many workshops. Some of these self-help programs advocate the use of affirmations.  These affirmations are to be repeated at frequent intervals every day, meditated upon, and written on slips of paper to be placed where they can be seen frequently.  The new physics, however, is showing that in order for us to change our world, we must develop a special feeling within ourselves called “belief”.   This means belief which is so strong that the end results can never be doubted.  Experiments are showing that what we think of as miracles occur where feelings and beliefs permeate the heart to the point that we have no doubt that what we desire has already happened. Knowing this and feeling a deep sense of peace, joy, and gratitude actually causes the Universal Consciousness to reflect this back to us and bring about what we have “asked” for.


Conventional religion has also taught us to pray and make entreaties and pleas to God to give us what we want and what we think we need.  However, experiments are increasingly showing that this conventional method of prayer does nothing more than acknowledge the lack of what we are asking for.  By feeling the need to plead for something, we are focusing upon the fact that we do not have it.  When we really feel in our hearts that we already have what we desire, that becomes our reality.


A number of experiments showing the nature of thought, belief, and physical matter support Seth Lloyd’s view of the universe as a consciousness computer.  The following revolutionary concepts have already been proven by a number of scientific experiments:


  • A minimum number of persons practicing Transcendental Meditation can influence such things as the crime rate, suicide rate, war, fires and the general level of violence in a certain area
  • Physical changes in the body can occur due to one’s beliefs, independent of any medical treatment
  • Experiments are influenced by the belief systems of those conducting them
  • Samples of DNA taken from the same individual respond the same even when physically separated
  • Our thoughts change our DNA
  • Quantum particles appear to not be bound by the strictures of time


Exercises to Rewire Your Brain to Think Positively

I have used the exercises in the wonderful book by Dr. Marsha Lukas, Rewire Your Brain for Love- Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness (Hay House, 2012). Dr. Lukas stated that, ” As recently as ten years ago, neuroscience maintained an iron-clad rule about neurons in the brain-once you reached adulthood, you couldn’t grow any new brain cells-they only died off as the years went on…Well, we found out pretty recently that that idea is wrong. Really wrong. We can, in fact, not only cause the neurons in our brains to change and to grow new connections and pathways, but we can produce new neurons, throughout our entire lives. It’s called neuroplasticity, and it’s the most radical finding in neuroscience since, well, the discovery that the brain wasn’t just a cooling device for the body.”

In my journey, I found that it was necessary to master the rewiring exercises in this book in order to empower myself to manifest and change my life. Disempowering thoughts that started in my childhood would have kept me from my goals until I found this book. Nothing is a coincidence. This information came at just the right time-when I was ready and needed it. I will briefly discuss some of the challenges that had to be overcome in order to get to the point where I could live my life in full awareness and realizing my pure potentiality.


Steps to Manifesting

  1. Start with something you want to improve, but not something too challenging.
  2. This could be something ordinary that may be giving you some anxiety, such as a meeting or dinner or something like that.
  3. Simply think, without straining, that you have chosen the most desirable outcome. Be very matter-of-fact and think of it just as you would of selecting items in the grocery store.
  4. Trust the process. Once you know that this is how the Universe really works, you will lose any doubt.
  5. In the case of interpersonal encounters, think about the outcome of the meeting as positive and know it has already happened.
  6. Studies show that acting as if something has already happened actually brings results, as opposed to expressing your desire for the future. Visualize that which you want and act as if it has already occurred. This is actually where things begin. Hold that image. Once things start happening in response to this methodology, it will be easy to act “as if”. You will find that you have new ways of thinking about things and therefore new neural pathways will actually physically be created.