“You create your own reality” is not just a slogan; it is literally so. Your body is made, with microscopic precision, by your thoughts, beliefs and emotions.
KEYWORDS: Abraham-Hicks, beliefs, cells, emotions, epigenetics, feelings, healing, law of attraction, philosophy, physical body, psychology, self-image, Seth, thoughts.
Getting to master the Law of Attraction is not entirely easy. For there are many things that beginners find hard to accept.
One such thing is the idea that “you create your own reality”. This idea might sound great as a slogan, but what in the whole world does it mean?
What it means is this. By the power of your thoughts and beliefs, you can create anything you desire: a condominium, a soulmate, a Rolls-Royce, etc.
But that is not all. The whole idea of “creating your own reality” is not limited to “things” or “people” that you want to experience in your life. It also includes everything you are interpreting with your senses.
And one of the cornerstones of your life is your body. And that body has been created by your thoughts, and continues being created every minute of every day of your life.
So your body is, at any point in time, the result of your many beliefs about it (and about neighboring topics).
This means, then, that you have complete control over your body and your health. The “only” thing you have to do to improve your health with the Law of Attraction and to “sculpt” your body into the shape of your liking, is to think the right thoughts, and to hold the right beliefs, and to have the right emotions.
So in this article I will talk about this interesting topic: How is it that our body is a direct reflection of our thoughts and beliefs?
PART 1: YOUR BODY IS A MIRROR
According to Seth, our body is a picture of the way we think and feel (The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, p. 272):
“Your body is the physical mirror of your psychological state . . . It is powered by the energy of the universe. It actually springs into being in each moment. Your mind and your body come from the same source, from universal energy.”
And in that same book Seth also says (p. 189):
“Your physical body . . . is, as an entity, the fleshed-out-version — the physically alive version — of the body of your thoughts. It is not that your thoughts just trigger chemical reactions in the body, but that your thoughts have a chemical reality besides their recognizable mental aspects.”
So the basic idea is this: your current body is the physical “proof” of the “contents” of your thoughts and beliefs.
Naturally, as Seth is hinting (“your psychological state”), there is also an emotional aspect of this. You may, for example, try to hypnotize yourself into accepting the affirmation “I am slender”, since you may be overweight or obese.
But even if that affirmation is now activated as a preliminary belief, your emotions about it will reveal that that is not what you really believe (at least not right now).
Therefore, even though you may want to think “I am slender”, your internal “judge” or “evaluator” (i.e. your emotions) knows that you do not believe you are slender. Therefore, all in all, it is no wonder that you still are overweight or obese.
As we can understand from the phrase “springs into being in each moment”, Seth is here talking about a continuous creation of our body.
So it is not that our body is once created and is “static” or “cemented” into a certain shape or form or functionality. Rather, our body is continuously morphed, changed, and refurbished into a new form by the thoughts and beliefs we currently hold.
This is why Seth says this (Seth Speaks, p. 118):
“As mentioned earlier, all through your lifetime, portions of that body die, and the body that you have now does not contain one particle of physical matter that ‘it’ had, say ten years ago.”
The same goes, naturally, for everything else we see around us. By virtue of our thinking, we create a certain atmosphere around us, which then influences what we are about to experience in the world.
In other words, just as our body is created by ourselves, every day, so is our external world created by ourselves, every day.
Mind and Body from the Same Source
One of the ideas in the above quote is that “your mind and your body come from the same source”. Why is that important?
First, let me just point out that Seth’s usage of the word “mind” here most probably has nothing to do with the word “brain” (in the sense that they would be the same thing). So he is not saying that your brain and your body come from the same source (although they, of course, do).
The brain is part of the physical body, and there is no reason to mention it separately. So the word “mind” then points not to the brain, but to the eternal you: your consciousness, your point of observation, your perspective in the world from which you focus your attention and generate your thoughts.
So the mind is your eternal consciousness. If we now return the statement “your mind and your body come from the same source”, we can ask again: What is the significance of that?
Well, my reading of that phrase is this. If the mind and the body were not coming from the same source, there might be a “compatibility problem” between the mind and the body.
In other words, since the mind is the originator of thoughts, there would be little reason to believe that those thoughts could affect the body in any way. If the thoughts are of one nature, and the body of another, there might not be any “causal connection” between the two.
However, since Seth here explicitly says that both the mind and the body come from the same source (i.e. from the same nature, having the same kind of basic universal energy), there is no reason to suspect that there would be any “compatibility problem”.
Therefore, we are now in a position where we, theoretically at least, can accept the idea that thoughts really create our body, and are doing so every second of the day, all year long.
PART 2: YOU GROW YOUR BODY
This is how Seth explains how we grow our bodies (Seth Speaks, p. 41):
“Quite literally, the ‘inner self’ forms the body by magically transforming thoughts and emotions into physical counterparts. You grow the body. Its condition perfectly mirrors your subjective state at any given time. Using atoms and molecules, you build your body, forming basic elements into a form that you call your own.”
This interesting quotation from Seth Speaks confirms that which we already have pointed out, namely that the body’s current state is a perfect representation of your psychological state (thoughts and emotions).
So it is because your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions are what they are, that your body looks the way it does.
A Magical Transformation
The exact process is evidently involving what Seth calls the “inner self”. This is what Abraham-Hicks call “Inner Being”. So your Inner Being (operating from the non-physical realm) “magically” transforms your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions into physical things.
So in the case of the body, your Inner Being helps you build your body, with the usual atoms and molecules that are found here in this space-time reality. Using these atoms and molecules, a body is formed that is an exact representation of all of your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.
PART 3: THOUGHTS CHANGE CELLS
Here’s what Seth says in The “Unknown” Reality (Volume 1, p. 164):
“Each cell in your body is to some extent altered with each thought that you think. Each reaction of the cells alters your environment. The brain then responds to the alteration. There is a constant give-and-take.”
According to Seth, any one thought you think affects all of your cells in your body. So it is not that the cells may or may not get affected, or only get affected at some point in time but not at others. No, each thought always affect all of your cells in your body.
Thoughts Influence the Genetic Material
And it is not only the cell itself that gets changed with each thought (Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment, Volume 2, p. 315): [note 1]
“The cells [with their] genetic packages, like all cells, react to stimuli. . . . Your genetic structure reacts to each thought that you have, to the state of your emotions, to your psychological climate.”
So it’s not just the cell itself that reacts to each thought of yours. The genetic material (DNA, etc.) within the cells is also, separately, reacting to your thoughts. Any time you think a thought, and offer an emotional response, your DNA is, somehow, reacting.
We therefore may want to expand on the definition of the term “Epigenetics”. For the usual idea is that epigentics only includes “your behaviors and [your] environment” [“What Is Epigenetics”].
Therefore, the typical idea is that, for example, that exercise or certain foods can affect gene expression, and “turn on” or “turn off” various genes.
But if we accept Seth’s statements, we can see that Epigenetics not only is relevant in terms of action (eating something, exercising, inhaling certain fumes, etc.), but is also relevant in terms of our thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.
There is no doubt about it. Our thoughts and beliefs create our body. And this is an ongoing process, where the body is always in constant state of flux.
But due to the fact that our thoughts and beliefs about our bodies are not shifting very much (since we are constantly observing “what-is”, when we see ourselves in the mirror, or in our selfies), our bodies don’t shift very much either — at least not in the direction we desire them to change.
So by modifying our thoughts and beliefs about our bodies, we may be able to change our bodies in the desired direction.
- The sentence “The cells [with their] genetic packages, like all cells, react to stimuli.” is most probably a result of bad editing. Since all of Seth’s books are produced from a transcription of the sound of Seth talking [through Jane Roberts], there is a small window for misunderstanding. Here, the square brackets presumably are an artifact of one of the editors (whether it is Robert F. Butts himself, or an editor at the publisher). But those brackets do not make sense. For why would Seth say “like all cells” if he already had said “The cells”? Well, he could have said that, if it were a fact that some cells have genetic packages, while others don’t. Sure, there are some cells in our bodies that do not contain DNA. But that, in my opinion, is not what Seth is addressing here. His point is about the genetic packages, not about the cells that contain those genetic packages. His idea is that the genetic packages (DNA, etc) are just as prone to external stimuli (thoughts, beliefs, etc.) as any cell is (whether it has DNA or not). So the sentence should have been edited as such: “The cells’s genetic packages, like all cells, react to stimuli.” In other words: the genetic packages of the cells are reacting to stimuli, just like all cells are, whether they contain genetic material or not.
- Roberts, Jane (1994), Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul. A Seth Book. Notes and cover art by Robert F. Butts. Reprint edition. San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen Publishing; and Novato, CA: New World Library. [Link to book]
- Roberts, Jane (1995), The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events. A Seth Book. Notes and cover art by Robert F. Butts. Reissue edition. San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen Publishing. [Link to book]
- Roberts, Jane (1996), The “Unknown” Reality. A Seth Book. Volume One. Introductory notes, notes, and cover art by Robert F. Butts. Reissue edition. San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen Publishing. [Link to book]
- Roberts, Jane (1997), Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment. A Seth Book. Volume Two. Introduction, commentary, notes, and cover art by Robert F. Butts. Revised edition. San Rafael, CA: Amber-Allen Publishing. [Link to book]
- “What Is Epigenetics?” (2022). CDC website. US Department of Health & Human Services. [Link to article]
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