Why Creating Your Own Reality is Like Driving a Stick-Shift

Gearshift  We recently got a manual transmission car.  It’s the first one I’ve owned since 1993, although I drove nothing but stick-shifts during my first decade as a driver.

I’ve been reminded, thus, about how much conscious effort it can take to drive a stick-shift (as opposed to driving an automatic transmission).  At first, that is.  And then, with repeated driving, it becomes as automatic as…well, driving an automatic.

Telling New Stories Takes Concerted Effort For a While

Changing your beliefs works the same way.  For a while, telling new, better-feeling stories about all of your life experiences takes a real, conscious effort.  It’s a radical departure, after all, from your old, “auto-pilot” habit of simply accepting conventional wisdom and labeling so much of your life as “bad”.

As you probably know, when you begin driving a clutch (or reacquaint yourself with doing so), you have to pay close attention to your speed and the revving of the engine to ensure you’re shifting at appropriate times.  It’s work.  But, over the course of time, your ears become so accustomed to the engine’s whine that you begin to shift gears without having to consciously think about it.

Taken one step further, the familiar routes you drive (to the grocery store or to work, for example) become so habitual that your muscle memory gets trained to shift subconsciously at certain points along the drive (not accounting for varied traffic density, of course).

You’re Now Driving Your Stick-Shift on Auto-Pilot

You’ve practiced enough, you see, that your gear shifting is now being done unconsciously.  What once took your conscious concentration is now occurring within your subconscious and now takes no more effort than driving your automatic transmission.

You’re Soon Be Creating Your Improved Reality on Auto-Pilot Too

Creating new beliefs and relying on those new beliefs to create a material reality more closely aligned with your desires works the same way.  At first it does take your conscious effort and focus to tell new, better feeling stories which build new beliefs for you.  But…  With practice, your new stories and attending perspectives start to become second-nature – they happen unconsciously after enough practice.  (Click that link to Tweet it)

Your spiritual and mental “muscle memory” has been trained.

Stay tuned to this blog, of course, for more techniques for using new paradigms from quantum physics to create a more pleasing reality…

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  1. So true! I was trying to explain to someone how is easy it is to mediate and then I remembered it wasn’t so easy 20 years ago when I started. But it does get easier and for me my practice evolved over time, but I don’t have to think about it anymore. 🙂

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  3. Meditation is something that I’ve been hearing much about but something I just couldn’t do, because my mind simply does not relax and when it does, I’m asleep :-).

    I was wondering if there was any simple meditation technique, book, cd anything at all that you can recommend for an ‘absolute meditation retard’ like myself. It needs to be very very basic so I can start small and build step by step.


    • Hello Rochelle. It’s a pleasure to see your post.

      Meditation is not complicated and you certainly shouldn’t feel like you’ve got to do it for long periods of time.

      Please read this post for some suggestions.

      And, if you’ve got my book, Why Quantum Physicists Do Not Fail, you’ve got some great instruction in there too.

      Keep it simple. Expand it as you feel motivated to do.

  4. Hi Greg,

    Thoroughly enjoyed , Build New Beliefs. A question. When working up the Emotional Reference Chart on an absent desire, is it advised to work up the chart on only one issue at a time, or could you be a different places on the chart with different issues? Thanks


    • Hello Terry. I love that you manifested your own answer and I’m pleased that I got to play a role in that happening for you!

  5. I see that you actually answered my question in October in response to a reader who asked the same question. Talk about manifesting the answer. You can delete the question if you like. I do have another question. It is obvious that the subconscious is aware and is privy to everything a person does- even reading the instructions on how to “fool” it. Why doesn’t the subconscious stay with the original beliefs? Thanks

    • Hello again, Terry. Thanks for asking.

      Our subconscious wants us to be happy, healthy, and successful. It wants these things for us as much as our conscious mind.

      The difference, however, regarding our subconscious is that it is primarily and fiercely interested in our safety. And, for the subconscious mind, safety means predictability and familiarity. Thus, it keeps current beliefs even if those beliefs align with the quantum field in a way that produces a painful or unwanted (by the conscious mind) material reality for us.

      So when we lead our subconscious mind to improved beliefs, one tick up the emotional reference chart at a time, it gladly and happily allows us to align with the quantum field in a more pleasing way. Our subconscious will rejoice with us about our successes and growth – as long as we do it slowly and gradually (so it doesn’t need to pull a “turtle” and retreat into its “shell”).

      How awesome that you gave me an opportunity to be of value to you today. Thank you.

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