The Creative Power of the Imagination – Free Choice, Will, and the Nature of Memory

“The way to alter an outcome is to alter the pattern (memory) producing the outcome”

       In order to create by way of laws in a fully aware manner, we have to create a working concept of how the laws operate within the material realm that allows us to understand and apply them in the practical sense. Once we’re able to see something with absolute clarity, we can use it to create in our daily life and it forms the very basis of our perception of reality. In order to understand how our own mind works to create our experience of reality, we have to be able to self-reflect and observe natural processes and tendencies that operate from a primarily unconscious state.

Anything that we call “natural” comes as automatic processes and behaviors that don’t require us to intentionally produce them by thinking about them or using our will as a form of discipline to create. We’re always using our mind to create our reality, but because we do it without any direct awareness of what we’re doing or the realization that our experience of reality is something we create for ourselves, we create our life in a way where we experience it as simply happening “to us”. This is one of the most primary forms of ignorance that we’re all conditioned to believe, and as a result, we can spend the better part of our life feeling helpless to change the course of events and the nature of how we use those events to create our experiences.

What we call our mind is a natural aspect of our soul, and like the soul, is threefold in nature, meaning it’s comprised of three basic aspects that all play different parts in creating what appears as a single unified reality. The idea of what we have come to call “reality” is a bit elusive and misleading, because it’s formed out of our “perception” of it. Perception “is” reality in terms of how we experience it. While we tend to form an idea that matter exists in a stagnate and solid form as something specific and that everyone experiences reality in the same way (mass consciousness), the fact is matter in its primary state is actually comprised of particles of light that exist in a “potential state” until organized into a “form” by the mind observing it.

        All created material form exists as an organized field of information that produces the form as what we can call a universal archetype. The consciousness of the individual observing material form enters into “relationship” with the field of information and through an interaction of attention and resonance, the individual consciousness as a mental model or vibratory frequency, reorganizes the information to match the holographic pattern of the model being used for structuring it (information) into a specific “type” of reality as the “experience of it”. Individual consciousness doesn’t produce an entirely new material form, but merely modifies how the existing one “appears” to them. The mind is always taking a universal archetype as an idea and producing a personal version of the same idea as a unique possibility and variation. Consciousness influences and determines how matter is organized into a material matrix that forms what we can call the “illusion of reality” as a fixed idea or subjective reality.

While many of us have been taught that atoms exist as fixed systems that’s comprised of electron, neutrons, and protons, the fact is an atom exists as a “cloud-like substance” (wave-form) of pure potential, meaning it contains the information as possibilities for being stabilized into an infinite number of possibilities, and only becomes organized into one possibility based on how it enters into relationship with the mind observing it and acting to shape it through resonance. The wave of possibility is “collapsed” around a single possibility, forming it into the reality of that possibility as the person’s perception of it. Every single individual has a mental structure as a vibratory frequency that not only forms a holographic, 3-D pattern as a form of spatial map, but also contains a self-organizing mechanism that acts to structure matter into the corresponding shape of that same pattern.

Matter is neutral and passive in nature as a primordial substance that acts as an “empty shell” for consciousness as pure energy to enter into through sympathetic resonance, organize into the same thematic pattern as a frequency, and form a coherent outer reality that matches or is of the same nature as the inner reality of the mind shaping it. Matter is magnetic in nature and consciousness is electric, and together they copulate to form an electromagnetic field that organizes matter into living forms as the energetic matrix for producing the illusion of reality as both an inner and outer space-time continuum. The body, being structured by the consciousness that inhabits it and gives it life, vibrates at the frequency of the soul’s consciousness, and is the active mechanism for orchestrating the entire outer world of material form.

The soul is comprised of “memory” as the dynamic pattern of its frequency, and is what provides the subconscious mind of the lower, material plane with the template for creating as an experience of reality. The subconscious is passive and receptive in nature and doesn’t have the ability to make new decisions or act out choices to create in a unique and original manner through willful action that’s outside of its “memory”. In order to create within the material world, we have to seed the subconscious mind with a “memory” of the reality we want it to create and the nature of the experience we want to have by way of that reality.

Ideas, Archetypes, and the Nature of Vibration

All ideas and information form a mental image as the physical form of the idea that organizes the information available into a fixed pattern of some sort that forms a corresponding vibratory frequency. All vibration exists as an organized pattern of information that serves as a model for organizing all similar information into the same pattern as a correspondence. Frequencies exists as a wave-form that contains an infinite amount of information as a “theme” that can be organized into an infinite number of variations based on how the same information is structured and what emotion is animating and motivating it.

The vibration provides the type of information and the emotion is the motivating force that determines how that information is structured to create a certain “type of experience” as a story about it. Any scenario or live setting can be turned into a drama, adventure, comedy, or horror story based on the attitude and perspective it’s being told from. Any scenario as a material setting (field of available information) being “shaped” by someone in a sad mood, will serve to tell a sad story that will create an experience of it that makes them feel sad. Whatever emotion being expressed in a situation shapes it in a way that produces and gives us more of that same emotion. The material reality itself is meaningless outside of its ability to give us a “feeling” of some kind.

An archetype exists as a universal idea that’s thematic in nature (memory) and lends itself as a generic template for organizing matter into animated forms. An archetype not only has the basic type of idea inherent in its natural form, but also the operations of that form as a natural set of behaviors. All form that’s produced by how information is organized into a pattern, determines the natural function, operation, and behavior of that form and the outcome it produces through a creative process. To change the function and the outcome, you have to change the pattern as the memory being used to produce it.

       An idea as a material reality exists as a “memory” that comes to us in “whole form”. It contains everything necessary to produce and replicate or reproduce more of that same idea. A universal memory as an archetype is used by the individual mind to produce a personal memory of the same kind, varied only by how it’s adapted to the mental model of the individual and as applied to a unique set of circumstances and conditions. A universal theme as a memory lends itself to creating a personal experience as a memory of the same nature, and is returned to its universal status by how it’s integrated into the overall model of the individual.

When we form a memory of a certain type of flower, we don’t remember that specific flower itself, but it adds to our overall memory of that type of flower in general. As we create experiences that seem to be specific to the exact set of circumstances in which they took place, subconsciously, they form back into the general pattern as a theme that’s being used to create them. So each time an idea is applied to a unique set of circumstances it creates a unique variation of that same idea as the feeling it gave us through the experience of it. The same idea as a pattern forms a memory as a vibratory frequency that’s used to organize our experiences to be of the same nature by resonating with the field of information involved, reforming it as our interpretation and perception of it, forming a coherent inner and outer reality of the same idea and overall pattern as a theme.

The Nature of Memory and the Faculty of the Imagination

While many people think that memory is formed as a factual recollection of an event in our life, in reality, we create our memories in our imagination by how we form our experience of the event. We then use our imagination to recall the memory and play it out once again in our mind as the means of keeping ourselves tuned to the reality of the memory as a theme for producing more of the same type of experiences in our present situation. Our memories of the past are formed largely by what we told ourselves about the experience that made it mean something and formed the story we told ourselves about it as a way of experiencing it. The meaning and story we told ourselves about something gave us a certain internal feeling, and out of that feeling we formed our experience of it.

As we formed our experience, we also formed an experience of how other people are, the world in general, and how we are in relationship to it all. Meaning and experience, like the mind and soul that’s creating it, is also threefold in nature and creates on three levels and scales simultaneously. As we create our experience of others and the world, we create ourselves by way of those same experiences. We create out of memory of the past as our mental paradigm to produce more of that same type of reality in the present, which sets the basis for the future as a form of self-regeneration and replication.

        Our material body, which means the brain, heart, gut, nervous system, and all aspects of the body, as well as our outer material reality (the whole material plane) is created by the subconscious aspect of the mind through memory as whole patterns that form a theme as a generalized idea that can be applied adequately to any situations and circumstances to reshape it into the “nature of the memory” by how we form an interpretation of it. We’re always looking through the memory of the past to perceive the present and interpreting it to mean the same thing. We only look at the information in any situation that matches or is conducive to forming the same idea over and over, and we ignore or can’t see what doesn’t. All of our perceptions are formed out of partial information that’s been reorganized through our interpretation of it that forms how we perceive it and how we form an experience of it as a result.

We’re always creating out of memory of some kind while in a material body, whether it comes as our own seemingly self-created memories, the ideas given to us or taught to us by others, or memories as archetypal ideas we draw into our mental sphere from higher planes. The subconscious, which is the creative aspect of the mind on the material plane, needs a memory as a thematic pattern for producing a perception of reality as our experience and personal creation. We change our experience by either changing the set of integrated memories producing it or by creating a virtual memory in the imagination that acts to give the subconscious a new idea for turning into a corresponding reality. The subconscious doesn’t know the difference between an actual reality and an imagined one because they’re both created the same way in the faculty of the imagination. As we conceive of something we form an internal representation of it in our imagination that conforms it to us, and provides a generalized idea for organizing how we first perceive, then experience it.

Transforming Memory 

We transform our memory of something, not by intellectually reinterpreting it, but by emotionally creating a new experience of it. We reform how we experience it in our imagination, until we get it the way we want it, then we replay it several times until it comes naturally without having to think about it. Once we can recall it instantly and we begin thinking about it as a part of our natural thoughts, we produce what we can think of as an artificial or virtual memory that provides the subconscious with a pattern for creating as a reality. As we form an inner experience of it that’s embellished with sensory information that naturally elicits an emotional response, and replay it in the exact same way over and over, we seat it in our subconscious and it becomes a natural part of our psyche. By changing our memories, we change our internal nature, and transform the nature of our outer reality as our experience of it.

Emotion is the motivating force of the subconscious and imagination, which is the creative component of the mind in terms of its ability to shape reality. Regardless of what intellectual or conscious decision we appear to make, it’s the emotion associated with our decision that determines what aspect of it we focus on and run through our imagination consistently that actually creates the experience we produce. Thought as an imagined reality is creative, and emotion drives the nature of our thoughts and how they form to tell a story. If we seem to consciously choose success, but then dwell in the fear of failure, we’re actually (unconsciously) choosing to create the experience of failing. By imagining an experience vividly and with intense feelings, we’re literally giving the subconscious the command and pattern as the “type of experience” we want it to create around the idea of what it means to succeed.

When our three minds are not coherently “aligned” and all acting in unison to create the same idea as a reality, we naturally default in favor of whatever has the strongest emotion associated with it. Strong emotion acts as a “hook” that controls our attention and what we consistently focus on, causing us to dwell in the reality of it repeatedly. Whatever idea produces a strong emotional charge in us tends to control what we focus on and create as an inner reality by how we run it through our mind as an actual scenario or possible experience. Our imagined experience acts as a rehearsal and preview of what’s to come.

The Conscious and Unconscious Nature of Choice 

While we tend to relate to the idea of choice as something we only engage in consciously through a form of deliberate and calculated act, the fact is we’re making a very fundamental decision to create by whatever it is we focus on and think about. While we can say the subconscious doesn’t have the ability to discriminate or “choose possibilities” as a means of consciously creating, it does have the ability through our emotional state to determine what it is we give our attention to, think about on a consistent basis, and therefore use our will to create as an outer reality.

The outer perception of reality ALWAYS comes as a correspondence to the inner reality of the imagination. This is because both are being created by the same aspect of the mind through the natural laws that govern it. You can’t dwell in hardship and suffering by constantly imagining it as an experience in your mind while acting to produce its opposite as an outer experience. You can’t produce what “you want” by constantly thinking about and creating the emotional state of what you “don’t want”. Whatever we dwell in, good or bad, we use our will to create as our experience of reality. Even if we are a part of what exists as a primarily positive set of circumstances that contradict our imagined idea for things, we’ll act to distort it and make it into the same feeling experience as our imagined thoughts by how we interpret it to create our experience of it. The mind uses its mental paradigm as the means for interpreting things to create a consistent story about them.

Material reality in and of itself is not the point or objective of the mind (soul) in creating reality, it’s the “experience” created through the material means. It’s how we use whatever material means or situation is available to us as our means for creating the “same type” of experience as our imagined ones. The material objects themselves have no meaning or value outside of the one we give them. Things only mean what we say they mean. Truth is whatever we say and believe is true. There really is no such thing as a truly “objective reality” because all reality is created by our mind as our perception of it formed by our mental paradigm as our vibratory frequency, and is ultimately “subjective” in nature. This means that not only are we the one creating our reality, but that we are then subject to (formed and determined) our own creation. We are always “creating ourselves” through how we create our experience of reality. We’re always acting on ourselves to create ourselves by how our mind operates to form the entire material plane as our experience of ourselves within a specific type of reality.

The Nature of an Idea as a Memory

All ideas come to us and exist as a form of memory. They provide us with a pattern as all the information needed that’s structured in a specific way to create the reality as a material form of the idea. An archetype of a chair, for example, provides us with the basic idea of “sitting” that we can then use to produce any number of styles or different types of chairs. And idea as a specific type of form vibrates at a specific frequency as a thematic pattern that can be used to organize matter on any level and scale of existence. If we have accumulated memory of being “betrayed”, we can interpret any number of behaviors or scenarios into meaning we’re being betrayed once again.

We form ideas into realities in our imagination, and in doing so, “tune ourselves” energetically to the reality of that idea where we act as the channel or vehicle for that idea to express through and produce an experience of itself. By tuning ourselves to an idea, we form it as an internal representation that acts as a virtual memory to produce a live simulation as an outer reality that allows us to experience that idea and our self “through that idea”. We first act to reshape the outer world to match the theme of the inner world as its creator that provides us with the means for creating an “experience of our self” through it. Whatever ideas we become a channel for as memory that we embody, we shape ourselves through the expression of those ideas, and they become a part of our personal memories forming our essential nature as a soul.

The subconscious can’t tell the difference between an actual experience and an imagined one, because they’re both created with the same faculty of the mind. They’re both created in exactly the same way. Our memories of the past are the creative template for creating more of the same type of experiences in the present. As we think about memories of various sorts, whether those of our actual experiences or ideas we’ve been taught and given by others, we use them to direct and command our subconscious to create more of the same type of experiences within our current situation. We literally tune ourselves to the vibration of our thoughts as a theme for creating experiences of our self. The soul is comprised of memory acquired through an infinite number of combining various forms of memory to express and reform the same basic idea of “itself”.

 The Motivating Force of Pleasure and Pain

The subconscious and all memory is driven by emotional states and motivated by ideas that represent pleasure or pain. These two types of motivational forces can also be translated as being similar to the idea of love and fear, which act to produce complementary opposites of the same idea. Regardless of what idea we hold in our mind, the emotion we associate to it determines whether we create an experience of it as being either pleasurable and therefore desirable, or painful and therefore something to be avoided. Whatever emotion we experience in relation to the idea determines whether or not we create it or its opposite as a possible variation. Whether or not we expand and move into an idea with the desire to become one with it, or contract and move away from an idea as a means of separating ourselves from it.

Many times we say we want something, yet, at the same time, we fear it, and in thinking about it we create it in our mind as a fearful experience rather than enjoying or loving it, and we program our own mind to dread and move away from or avoid something we ultimately desire. These same laws apply and operate in an absolute fashion regardless of our ideas of right and wrong, and good or bad, and serve to create in a negative fashion just as readily as they do in a positive fashion, all based on how we imagine them and create an inner experience of them as a command, rehearsal and preview for our subconscious to produce as an outer reality.

Belief and Knowing through Direct Experience

It’s very important to get a thorough understanding of an idea as a law or principle in order to use it by applying it in a fully aware and deliberate manner. While belief is important until we actually know something as a fact through the direct experience of it, it can also lead us astray if we believe in the wrong thing, and therefore can never create the actual experience of our belief, while unconsciously engaging in creating the opposite without realizing it, because of course we’re the ones that are creating it by how we use our mind. We only truly know what we can do. All law is known by its ability to produce our experience of reality. When we’re asked to believe in something we can’t apply and experience, we invest in a fundamental form of deception.

A lack of belief in what operates as law negates and argues against something, producing the imaginary reality of its beliefs, entering doubt as a form of contesting its own psychological powers. It directly challenges an operation out of a lack of true self-awareness and understanding. When we don’t realize we’re the ones creating the reality of our beliefs, regardless of what they are, we imagine that reality is something that exists separate from us instead of as an inherent part of us. We believe our perception of reality comes from our ability to accurately observe and evaluate it from a detached perspective where “we’re in reality and it’s happening to us from outside of us”. While this is true in one respect of the objective reality of the collective unconscious that we are all a part of as the “original creation” that provides the primary substratum as a universal idea that we all use to create personalized versions, “how” we experience our joint reality is a personal creation based on our “model of the world”.

Once true clarity is achieved through the self-recognition of how we’re always using our mind to create, we come to know it as a fact through the direct experience of it, and we begin working cooperatively with it by learning how to operate our own mind and imagination. The truth is there is no absolute truth in terms of the true nature of “what reality is” in the objective sense of a generalized consensus, because every single person perceives the same general idea as a potential wave-form of information, in a slightly different way, based on their mental paradigm and conditioning as the memory being used as a filter to perceive it. The only way we have of trying to figure out if something is actually real or not, is if two or more people “appear to be seeing the same thing”. Even then, they’ll see a somewhat different version of the same thing based on what stands out and is emphasized and what’s ignored or not noticed. A unique version is formed through a filtering system that determines what they’re able to see and comprehend, and what they can’t see or comprehend.

The Nature of Will – Self and Others

One of the most prevalent laws there are as a kind of universal rule that governs both good and evil, and everything in-between, is that we can’t ever act to violate another person’s free choice and will. This isn’t just a nice idea or a form of courtesy, it’s a universal law. What this means in terms of our ability to create at a personal level, is that whatever we imagine and set forth as a vivid internal experience as the means of producing the outer equivalent, can’t involve another person specifically. If someone else is involved in our wish, we have to create a generalized or universal idea of the person as simply being someone of the same desire, karma, and will as we are. While realizing that when the experience manifests, the other person that will be a natural part of it will be of the same memory (vibratory frequency) and will as we are. If we form an idea that involves a specific person that won’t naturally play a part in that kind of reality, then we experience it as not working, or we struggle endlessly in an attempt to get the other person to comply and cooperate in an agreeable manner.

All wishes and virtual memories produced in the imagination as a request and template for creating as an experience of reality, should only involve yourself or a universal concept of another person who would naturally be a part of that same type of experience. Just as the realization that when we act to change actual memories that were formed with other people, we have to change their nature in order to act it out in a different way, because as long as their nature stays the same, they can only participate in creating the same type of experience over and over again. You can’t create a new type of experience from the same old memories as perceptions and behavioral attitudes. In creating a new experience based on a new idea, you have to leave the nature and identity of the people involved open knowing that only those who are capable of creating those types of experiences will be involved in the actual reality that manifests.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Transpersonal Psychologist, Spiritual Mentor, and Integrative Mind-Body Health Consultant


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