Why There’s No Way You Would Ever Want to Stop Referring to Yourself

self referral  A Buddhist monk might tell you that “all is illusion.”  Strangely enough, so might a quantum physicist.

Why might they both say the same thing?  They both understand, albeit from different perspectives, that the material world is a very effective illusion.

Don’t Kick that Rock!  It’s Not an Illusion!

To a quantum physicist, “all is illusion” doesn’t mean that material objects aren’t real.  They’re real alright.  Kick a big rock with a bare foot and you’ll quickly be reminded of how real they are.

No.  The illusion a quantum physicist might refer to is that material objects are separate, distinct “things”.  That they are not all the same thing, really.  In other words, the illusion is that any “thing” is a different “thing” from any “thing” else in the world. (Click that link to Tweet it)

The big illusion is that, as you go through your day, you’re not simply interacting with yourself.  Because, on a quantum level, everything in the universe is simply the self observing the self.

The Material World All Comes Forth from the Same Energy

How is that?

Everything in the universe is, at its very core, made of the same energy.  Things (which appear to be unique and distinct objects) are merely energy becoming coherent (or, in synch with) other like-energy.  That coherence is what enables the manifestation of any material object.

And to benefit from this leading-edge knowledge all you need to do is practice being in the emotional state of what you desire.  Hold beliefs, in other words, that are congruent (or coherent) with your desires.  When you are in the emotional state of what you desire, your energy becomes coherent with it and you manifest it. (Click that link to Tweet it)

Remember the old saying, “I’ll believe it when I see it.”?  Turns out that the correct way to say it is, “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

Thankfully, You Already Know How to “Believe It”

And you already know how to attain beliefs coherent with your desires: you tell yourself the best-feeling, believable stories about everything in your life – especially those areas you wish to manifest a more pleasing material reality.  The more you practice this way of life, the more you see (in practical terms) the truth of the statement, “All is illusion”.  Because you see (in practical terms) that the material world really is you observing yourself.

Simply in different forms.  And from different perspectives.

And stay tuned to this blog for more tips and techniques to use new paradigms from quantum physics to align your life with your dreams…


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  1. I was just reading Pema Chodron’s “The Places That Scare Us” when I received your email stating
    [ “A Buddhist monk might tell you that “all is illusion.” Strangely enough, so might a quantum physicists.” ]

    Would having compassion for a suffering friend qualify as illusory ?

    The term ‘bodhicitta’ (or ‘bodhichitta’) is “enlightenment-mind”, which Wikipedia says is the mind that strives toward awakening and compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings. Compassion is really something I experience deep, deep down in my being — perhaps because I was raped when I was age 18, got drunk and passed out in the home of my cousin — who was a very effeminate homosexual ‘male’, 10 years my senior, who decided the situation was too opportune to pass up.

    Just curious what your response might be…

    • Hello Don. Thank you for your comment.

      You describe some very personal experiences.

      The illusion referred to in my post is that we are separate from all other “things”. Compassion (and other perspectives which elevate our experience as humans and the experiences of those we come in contact with) is not an illusion.

      I am inspired by your choice to choose compassion, having experienced something which many would gladly assist you in justifying ongoing anger about.

      And I am honored that you gave me an opportunity to be of some value to you today.

  2. I appreciate your acceptance of my example as being within the realm of experiencing reality, per se, as opposed to attempting possible routes of denial. While I accept that my experience did not separate me from all of reality, it was ‘felt’ to be personal — not just another aspect of what could be experienced as real; thus I can agree that it was not an illusion (nor was the 7 months of experiencing the painful therapy sessions — which allowed me to continue my college studies (finally), but never to get to the point of ‘compassionate’ acceptance of my cousin’s actions. We’ve never spoken to each other since, neither had my immediate family forgiven him (or his family) over these past 59 years … while I am attempting the compassion approach, to get ME off the hook for not forgiving him, despite my believing that I was/am as human/fallible as he was. I deserve all that I experienced ‘after the fact’, knowing that Buddha was correct all along, and that I was just too angry to allow reason or compassion to enter into the discussion. Thank you for your support — though I’m old, I still have room for growth, obviously.

  3. Since I’ve found your blog SBD e books I am understanding quantum physics. I’ve even written myself a little pamphlet to study based on some of your writings. I am using it daily to change my underlying belief system. I can say for myself it is helping me to understand this reality. Thanks Greg for your insight and your writings!

    • Thank you, Linda, for letting me know that I’ve been of value to you.

      When the student is ready the teacher will always appear. Thus, the student is of primary importance in the equation – so I tip my cap to you, my dear.

      Still, I’m proud that you’ve allowed my to fill the role of teacher for you at this time.

  4. Hi Greg!
    I just watched a video on http://www.realfarmacy.com showing how a woman was rescued from her car submerged under water. Five men swam over and were pounding on the closed car windows before it went under. Another man swam over and reached down under the water and said she is grabbing his arm. After about a minute, he was able to pull her up to the surface alive. As they pulled the car out of the water they noticed that all windows were closed! No one can figure out what happened. To me it’s the full expression of what your post is saying. Everything IS energy. Take a look at the video, pretty amazing and yet for me it simply qualifies what you are trying to teach us!

    • Thank you for the heads-up about that video, Trish.

      Watching it, I recalled something attributed to Albert Einstein: “There are two ways of looking at the world. One is that nothing is a miracle; the other is that everything is a miracle.”

      And that video hit home because what happened was a miracle. And, yet, so is my (and your) presence on this Earth right now. Every manifestation of physical reality, no matter how “small” or “ordinary” is a miracle.

      The “big” miracles, like that rescue, remind us of the fact that everything is a miracle.

      And, as it works in the material world, there will arise a logical explanation for what happened in that swollen river. Why? Because some refuse to see miracles, thus they look for (and find) ordinary explanations. Which do not need to diminish our reveling in the spectacular as you and I (and many others) have chosen to do.

      Thank you so much for sharing it with me.

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