According to one Abraham clip on youtube, gravity is just a perception/belief that has a lot of momentum going. YOU, the powerful deliberate creator, can defy it:
“There is no exception to the premises that you can defy… You can become such a vibrational being that you can experience plenty of life experience that does not include gravity. And those who are observing you would find you to be complying with their idea of it. But your personal experience would not be.”
Hm, The Emperor’s New Clothes anyone? What a thing to say! This one made my jaw drop, which is really saying something considering the Abraham quote I was actually looking for was about how science is essentially one big placebo effect, conforming to the expectations of each researcher. Please recognize these exaggerations as the illusions that they are.
I do not wish to be the enemy curmudgeon shooting down possibilities. This is a breathtakingly amazing world we live in, without even knowing the half of it. But at what point does thinking become unhelpful, impractical, delusional? Reality still exists, even though Abraham is hard at work trying to take away this notion of objective reality while putting his own appealing spin on things. (And the scary thing is, so many now accept whatever he says, without question.)
We are living in an age of inspiration and motivation: “You can do anything, and don’t listen to anyone who tells you otherwise!” That message is incredibly powerful. It can have a true, game-changing impact on a person’s life.
But what about when it is taken to absurd, even brainwashing extremes? For instance the idea that you can defy the law of gravity (but will be the only one who notices)?
There are a lot of far-out ideas commanding people’s attention these days. Here are a few examples of where this kind of thinking leads people when they really get going:
- When I was first hyped up on Abraham-Hicks, I encouraged someone to focus on healing an old hernia with vibration and Law of Attraction. After all, didn’t they know they can do ANYTHING? At least I didn’t tell someone to go off her psychiatric medications like my coworker did.
- I visited LoA forums where members were busy trying to effortlessly attract eyes that change colors, straight teeth, weight loss, even different-gendered bodies.
- A colleague of mine told us that we have the power to heal our own broken bones without the use of tools or medicine, and implied that this is the direction we should all be moving in.
- On Facebook, a friend posted about Chronicle, the science fiction movie about boys who gain powers of flight and telekinesis. What followed was an excited discussion amongst people already busy trying to unlock similar hidden powers of their own.
From someone who once trained in a professional psychic development program and currently works in a spiritual field, I am not saying there isn’t much more to our world than meets the eye. I don’t deny the mystical and metaphysical, but I no longer deny the realities of our physical world either! Seeing the world through this hyped up “you can defy the law of gravity” mental space did not help me to achieve anything unique. It did not make my life better, though I believed for a long time that it did. It felt really good for awhile, but in fact it was a huge, hollow distraction and made me less effective than ever. I love being grounded again and being in touch with the true nature of our world. This approach has felt more authentically spiritual than anything.
Be aware of your relationship to subjective and objective reality.
- Are you constantly emphasizing mental and emotional energies?
- Living in a dreamy, subjective fantasy world?
- Scornful of normal, accepted reality and infatuated instead with possibilities beyond it?
- Attempting to take the metaphysical path to each goal while devaluing established knowledge?
- And mistaking all of this for superior knowledge and the road to success on the planet Earth?
Pumped up positive emotion and exhilaration play a huge role in belief systems that encourage magical thinking, which I now find manipulative. (As a sidenote, I have felt very similarly hyped up in the past at multi-level marketing events, fueled by intoxicating dreams.) “You can do anything” can be pumped up to the extreme, becoming a message that disconnects people from reality, fogs up our critical thinking, and puts pure emotion in the drivers seat. It is very effective for selling something (especially to us idealists) and also effective for brainwashing and control.
In my opinion, people who are successful in the world–as opposed to simply in their heads–are not successful because they have learned to go BEYOND the capabilities of a regular human on earth, but because they have learned to be really GOOD at being human on earth. This includes thinking clearly, taking appropriate action, and learning to work more effectively within the guidelines of reality, not outside of it.