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“The Secret” Revealed – Watch a Thought Becoming a Thing

by howtolivehappily on May 4th, 2012

Are you one of those people who don't believe that thoughts become things? Then watch.

You'll be manifesting a hand within seconds.


You've probably heard this before:

Thoughts become things.

thoughts become Things

Those of you who are scientifically inclined are probably pulling their hair and shouting now:

No! No! No!
That's rubbish!

And I agree. You have a notion of how thoughts should be becoming things - and this notion IS rubbish - so you are absolutely right to reject it.

But the truth is that thoughts do become things - all of the time, 24/7 - and now I'm about to explain to you how this works.

But first - a spoiler alert:

If you are really into The Secret, I may spoil it for you - so you may wanna stop
watching now.

What do you see here: a hand, right?

Where does the hand start
and where does it end?

A thing, an object outside of you that you are looking at.

But if my hand is a thing, where does it start and where does it end? Where exactly is the border between "hand" and "not hand" ?

There's no sharp border at the wrist; and even where the fingers meet the air there's a smooth transition.

When the air molecules hit the surface of my skin, some of them stick to it - and as soon as they do, they become a part of the hand. Other molecules leave the surface of my skin - and as soon as they do, they no longer are a part of the hand.

So the hand is not set in stone. It's fluid and constantly changing.

So what do you REALLY see?

A molecular configuration - made of atoms and subatomic particles - which you call "a hand".

Or maybe rather a set of colors and shades, of lines and contours and shapes that you identify as "a hand".

See, your computer sees the pixels, but knows no further.

You have a concept of a hand, an idea of a hand - and it's not "out there". It's in your mind. You label the complex configuration you see as "a hand", because it fits your concept.

And if a group of philosophers had a discussion and came up with an accurate definition of where exactly the hand starts and ends, this new definition would be yet another concept - a more accurate concept of a hand.

So the hand is not "out there". It's in your mind. You might have thought that it's a thing, but actually it's a concept.

A thought you took for a thing.
A duck

And if you ever see something, that looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ...

... try to realize the truth ...

... that there is no duck,

and it's not the duck that walks and quacks.

It's only yourself.


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One Comment
  1. howtolivehappily permalink

    This realization is very contrary to one false assumption we all live by – even without realizing it: We believe that things consist of the material they are made of.

    To make my point clear, let’s do an experiment together:
    I’d like you to look at this image:
    Ash Tree -
    (Image credit: Brian Green)

    What do you see?

    Let me guess: Your answer would probably be “a tree.” I suggest that you take a piece of paper and write down what you saw. Do it for science!

    In the image above, I saw _______________________.

    Now, what do you think is this (or whatever you saw) tree made of? What are its ingredients/constituents? You surely have some idea about what trees are made of, don’t you? Write it down:

    This tree (or whatever you saw) is made of _______________.

    Next question: Where did you see the tree (or whatever you saw)? Write it down:

    I saw this (tree or whatever you saw) in this location: ____________________________.

    Now think of the ingredients/constituents you wrote down. Where are they? This is the next question. Where are the things the tree (or whatever else you saw) is made of?
    Write your answer down:

    The ingredients/constituents of the thing I saw are located __________________________.

    Now look at all the questions and answers so far. Does this all compute?

    Can it really all be the way you wrote it down?

    Or would it be a good idea to rethink …
    This comment was inspired by the following blog post:
    What are Trees made of?
    In case you think you know, I strongly suggest that you think again …

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