The Principle of One:
Understanding Unity and Your Energy
The Unified Mentality
HAL: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I can think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.
~2001: A Space Odyssey
The entire universe is nothing more than energy waves, originating and intersecting from minute points we identify as particles. Quite literally, EVERYTHING, is created from these waves and/or particles. Everything from your body to the planet you are standing on. I say and/or because, depending upon your perspective, it could be said that waves and particles are one and the same. This will be explained at greater depth a bit later.
Taking this a step further you can think of yourself as trillions of particles bunched tightly together or the universal meeting point of as many waves. The waves contain energy and the power they yield is directly correlated to the intensity of the wavelength. Material examples of this include music at higher and higher volumes, the violent clap of thunder created by a nearby lightning strike, or the destructive force of a wave of water when it reaches land.
Understanding and appreciating this is the foundation of your ability to accumulate, control, and direct your energy toward whatever goal you wish to achieve. No matter if it is wealth, happiness, love, or something else. Once you have mastered the ability to accumulate and focus this energy the entire universe is within your grasp. I myself found this reality difficult to grasp initially, so don’t be discouraged if it is foreign to your way of thinking. The first step to attaining this power is gaining the proper perspective or mindset.
Adopting the Unified Mentality…
As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall ever be.
Reality only presents itself to us when we look upon the world of the senses which alone provide us with realities.
~Sir Francis Bacon
Before gaining a full grasp of the information that follows it is essential to, at the very least, have a comprehension of the divided or de-unified perception of the word and self that governs the majority of your and for that matter almost all of humanity’s understanding. The word divided is defined as separated, of two minds, in disagreement. Western society has long held this fragmented view of the world and the “self”.
When I refer to this divided perception I am referring to all aspects of conscious life and thought. Society separates into different social, ethnic, racial, religious groups and so on. Education is divided into multiple specialties. You see yourself as entirely separate and individual from other people. In our system you were likely taught to foster this mentality from a very young age.
One of the aims of this book is to assist you in releasing your mind from this prison of thought and perception. Once your mind becomes open to the unified and connected nature of all things you will find problems easier to solve, emotions more easily managed, and more. A unified or undivided perception removes those blinders that previously allowed only a view of the result or the individual reason. Connections, solutions and understanding that always existed are revealed and opportunities become unlimited.
The U.S. education system, and for that matter most historical and contemporary ones, are clear examples of the mental division that is programed into your thought. To be clear, I am not intending to bash the education system or the great men and women who work tirelessly to educate our youth. What I am suggesting is that this structure limits your ability to think with a unified mentality.
Consider the life of the great artist and inventor (discoverer) Leonardo DaVinci. Born in 1452 as an illegitimate child in Italy he was by custom not entitled to the formal education of his peers. As such, his mind was free to roam and pursue any interest that intrigued him. As a boy he spent much of his time on his Uncle’s farm wandering and sketching. As he grew his interests expanded into nearly every area his mind could fancy. Ultimately he became a scientist, inventor, painter, sculptor, architect, cartographer, mathematician, and more. His works of art are world renown to this day and his mechanical designs were revolutionary at the time and still studied today. His mind was not bound by the forced structure of a traditional fragmented curriculum. The problem you may face today is that your attention and mindset is so completely divided that despite having numerous interests you don’t really excel at any of them because you aren’t given the opportunity to become passionately curious about any of them. Only with an open and unified understanding can you truly foster this.
Before you start thinking I’m waxing overly philosophical about some utopian existence of monk-like meditation I will note that there is some utility to limited divided mindsets. For example, later you will learn about compartmentalizing challenges in order to reduce anxiety and make them more manageable. However, a unified perception is still applied to the solving of the individual challenges. The division is merely a tool of organization rather than a way of viewing. For now though, I want to ensure you focus on and acquire a full understanding of the unified principle.
To further illustrate the unified principle consider invention and discovery. As I like to say, the modern flat screen TV wasn’t invented but rather, it was discovered. If you lived only 75 years ago the very idea of the current television would have been beyond comprehension. However, all the elements necessary to create the flat screen were in existence at the time, our minds had only yet to reveal the correct recipe. The very concept that anything is created by man is flawed in that sense. We have access to the elements available in our universe, the knowledge available in the universe, and the energy available of the universe. Therefore, anything that can exist does exist. Any invention or discovery can been seen in this manner.
You may have difficulty with this concept initially but as you become more attuned to the unified reality of all that is it will become less foreign and more implicit. Another way of appreciating this unified way of thinking is to consider the progress of human understanding up to the present. Not long ago much of humanity believed that the world was flat. Moreover, most had no knowledge or belief that there was land outside of their known world. While most believed these things to be facts, the reality was that they were merely conclusions based upon their subjective reality and perception. We would not presently suggest that the land mass of North and South America did not actually exist merely because the perception was such at the time. Rather, it had existed prior to its discovery by those who were unaware and would continue to exist after.
Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
~ Carl Sagan
If you think about it in a more “open” or “unified” manner it could be equally said that the New World, as they called it, was realized instead of discovered. In the same manner as the flat screen TV was realized or discovered or invented. To realize is to become fully aware of something as fact, cause something to happen, or give physical form to [an idea, etc.]. You can clearly see how all three of these definitions, or descriptions of the meaning of realize, apply to the aforementioned. Europeans who had previously believed that no further lands existed became fully aware as fact that they did exist. This realization caused them to accept a new understanding of the world. Lastly, physical form, if only in the way of maps to most, was given to this understanding.
To illustrate this idea in yet another context of human thought and development consider electricity. Before understanding of electricity’s practical application was realized humans believed lightning to be something altogether different. The early Greeks thought that the king of the gods, Zeus, threw thunderbolts down from stormy skies. The Vikings imagined Thor, their god of weather, striking a powerful hammer against an anvil to produce thunder and lightning. Native American tribes believed the flashing feathers and flapping wings of the mighty Thunderbird caused lightning.
We now understand that lightning is, in fact, massive amounts of energy in the form of electricity. However, electricity was little more than an intellectual curiosity for millennia until 1600, when the English scientist William Gilbert made a careful study of electricity and magnetism. In June 1752 Benjamin Franklin is reputed to have attached a metal key to the bottom of a dampened kite string and flown the kite in a storm-threatened sky. A succession of sparks jumping from the key to the back of his hand showed that lightning was indeed electrical in nature. In the modern world electricity permeates our lives in nearly every aspect. Even as I write these words electricity plays its role by powering the computer on which I type and the information is presented on a flat screen monitor. Just as with the flat screen TV and the New World, we did not create electricity but instead it was discovered or realized.
The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
I will repeat this theme over and over again throughout this book. The entire universe is in its simplest description, ENERGY. As such, all that IS exists as one; unified…connected. Your ability to open your mind to that reality is essential to harness the energy that IS you. This is the very source of man’s inherent nature to continue to explore. As the Columbus’s and Magellan’s of Europe opened perception of a more complete reality revealing that which had always existed. So too, the open and curious minds that revealed the true nature of electricity, and the developers of modern technologies realized to combination of elements exposing our perception to all manner of amazing things that always were capable of realization, but had only yet to be revealed to our perception.
As we will discuss later in the chapter on learning, this open and unified understanding allows for a fuller and more complete perception of anything. Instead of separating into subjects or specialties one can more easily realize the connections between seemingly unrelated subjects such as math and biology on a classical level or, as you will see in greater detail later, psychology, electricity, and consciousness. You can begin to understand something like depression as a reference point in the progression of and individual’s temporal consciousness, not a disorder or a disease to be cured. Rather, you will recognize that a multitude of interconnected factors resulted in the present state.
Once you become accustomed to the unified view of reality it seems ironic to think of invention, realization, and discovery differently. Heck, we could even include reveal in this group and probably a number of other words, but I digress, for now these will suffice. The word invent comes from the Latin word, inventus, past participle of invenire, to come upon, find. (Websters Online Dictionary). Discover is defined as: to make known or visible; to obtain sight or knowledge of for the first time. If you look to the previous paragraph you will note that all three words are defined nearly exactly the same. This isn’t some random fluke or coincidence. Instead, our systematic divided way of thought has long taught us to categorize and separate instead of fostering our awareness of the unity right before our eyes and minds.
When enough insane people scream in harmony that they really are healthy, they can actually start to believe themselves. Or put even more simply: people with overlapping delusions get along wonderfully.
― Daniel Mackler, Toward truth: A psychological guide to enlightenment
A delusion is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary. A person with delusional disorder may be high functioning in daily life as this disorder bears no relation to one’s IQ, and may not exhibit odd or bizarre behavior aside from these delusions. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines six subtypes of the disorder characterized as erotomanic (believes that someone is in love with him/her), grandiose (believes that he/she is the greatest, strongest, fastest, richest, and/or most intelligent person ever), jealous (believes that the love partner is cheating on him/her), persecutory (believes that someone is following him/her to do some harm in some way), somatic (believes that he/she has a disease or medical condition), and mixed, i.e., having features of more than one subtype.
Delusions are probably the second largest barrier to success in life behind fear. Make no mistake, you have been delusional to one degree or another about something at some point in your life. Don’t take this personal, we all have. The important thing is to be aware of the delusions that have developed or are developing in your mind and take steps to redirect your neural pathways. Whilst you may be a relatively well adjusted/high functioning person outside of these delusions they are like terrorists inside your mind seeking to destroy your real perception of the world and even your own actions.
Also, remember that a delusion doesn’t have to be negative in appearance. For example, you might have the delusion that you are a great athlete, an extremely caring person, a ladies man, you are trustworthy, etc. These perceptions are positively framed, however, they are delusional if your reality does not coincide. Just to be clear, do not confuse having a positive mind set and believing you will achieve things that you have not yet accomplished with being delusional. A quote from, Unlimited Power, by Tony Robbins sums this principle up elequantly:
Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion.
Or, to put it another way, if you are steadfastly confident in achieving a goal of any kind but are unwilling to apply the discipline to direct your energy toward the realization of that goal you run the very real risk of becoming delusional. You know the guy or girl who has been telling you for years he or she is gonna do x,y,or z but you haven’t seen them do anything to make it happen. If that person believes they have or are achieving that goal they have become delusional.
Now you might be saying, “but common Nick, that’s not really that big of a deal”. Your right, by itself it’s just a person who people think is full of shit, but that takes me to the reason why it is a big deal. Remember that our theme is regarding the oneness of us all and the constant connection of energy. Many delusions are focused energies cloaked in the disguise of positivity.
Take the case study of a person we’ll call Tom.
(Names and some insignificant details have been changed in the interest of maintaining anonymity.) Tom is a 45 year old man with a wife and two kids. Tom is a mathematician by degree and works as a writer; although this has not been particularly lucrative for him due to his relative inability to finish most projects within a reasonable time frame or at all. Tom reads extensively and could be described as well educated. Tom’s problem is excessive exercise and taking of supplements. He will often exercise as many as 8 times a day and take in excess of 30 pills. According to him, all of this behavior is done in an effort to stay alive long enough for advances in technology allow us to extend our current expected lifetimes through multiple means. He further states that the excessive exercise and related activities help reduce the stress related to his fear of death.
Tom’s diagnosis is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). However, the real foundation of his issues, is arguably multiple delusions, but primarily the delusion that his actions are having a positive or productive impact in his life. The reality is that its more likely that his behaviors are either shortening his life or having no real impact at all and, of equal significance, they are negatively affecting his performance in his personal and professional life.
Recognize the power of the energies at play here. At some point there was an energy transferred to him creating the seed of the fear of death. Eventually, this blossomed into strong neural pathways supporting that thought process. As a result, he directed his energy toward the realization of the solution and support of the strong neural framework now constructed. This circular pattern is the base of almost any mental disorder. Remember, energy does not have morality or values; instead it has force and forms.
Just as communicated energy between people can instigate action and/or other responses, the energy of a delusional mental framework will build and reinforce that framework. In many cases the efforts to support this initial burst of energy that created the strengthening neural pathway will branch of to create new delusions to support the original. This is largely what the foundation of techniques like Neuro-Linguistic Programming seek to address. Only when you shift the energy within our own mind to a new neural framework can you deconstruct those that are delusional.
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 Winokur, G. (1977). Delusional Disorder (Paranoia). Comprehensive Psychiatry, 18(6), 513. Retrieved March 17, 2012, from <http://resolver.scholarsportal.info.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/resolve/0010440x/v18i0006/511_dd>
 American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, (4th ed., text revision). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
(Living Inside the Bubble)
The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear—fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants beyond everything else is safety.
— H. L. Mencken, American journalist and humorist
Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.
— William Congreve, English dramatist
Fear is natural, its evolutionary, it’s a survival mechanism in many of its forms. It has been said that the only fears we are actually born with are the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. All other fears you now live with are learned as you grow up. A child isn’t born afraid of certain social situations. No one is predisposed to a fear of airplanes. You didn’t fear failure when you were in infant.
Fear is defined as a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid. You will notice the portion of the definition I have underlined. This is extremely significant. Much like depression, fear is an internal experience. If you don’t think so then how is it that one man can be passionate about bull riding or cage fighting when other men would tremble at the mere thought of engaging in either? Why does someone like myself find jumping out of an airplane exhilarating while others find merely stepping on to an airplane terrifying?
Antonyms of fear include; courage, security, and calm. You will notice that these are words that you would associate with higher energy levels. You can think of fear as a bubble that surrounds you or an invisible jail. This is only conceptual but it might as well be real because its effects certainly are in your life. If you are unwilling to learn new concepts or try new things or be open to new ideas you are living inside your bubble. The size and the limitations are governed solely by your ability to overcome the fear and expand the bubble. Ultimately your goal should be to burst it completely.
This bubble effect manifests itself in numerous ways and limits your potential energy. The simplest and probably most common is not believing in yourself. If you think to yourself, “I would love to become a bestselling author or a renowned artist” but quickly come up with reason after reason why that reality could never be you then it won’t and you have subconsciously created your bubble. Remember, the bubble is merely a tool to give a conceptual framework. The very real tragedy of living inside it however is that your true potential energy is limited or even reduced by choosing to remain locked inside. Many people remain locked inside for their entire lives with the bubble contracting smaller and smaller as their energies dissipate and fears become stronger.
What you are afraid to do is a clear indicator of the next thing you need to do.
I have found the bubble example to be one of the most effective ways of visualizing the power of fear over your life. There has likely been a time in your life where you elected not to take a job or some other opportunity due to the fear of the unknown. This could have been the fear of moving, the fear of new work environment, the fear of failure, or any other fear. What is important is that if you chose not to take the opportunity because of any of your fears you have unconsciously chosen to stay locked inside your bubble. Eventually, this bubble becomes like a safety net and instead of having a negative or limiting connotation to your perception it is a protector of sorts. This is not the case though. Remember, our perception is extremely subjective and governed by our perspective and experience. If you have never allowed yourself to have a positive experience outside of your “safety” bubble then your mind is arguably justified in this interpretation. Ironically, this same warped perception allows us to explain away those things occurring within this so-called bubble as just part of life and see them as inspiration to venture outward. In this lies the seed of delusion. Delusion and its catastrophic effects will be addressed in the next chapter.
Now let’s consider the effect fear has on your energy. In Section III you will learn about numerous ways to accumulate your energies to achieve your true potential. To put it simply, fear does the opposite. It prevents you from accumulating your energies by tricking you into believing no good can come. Fear is a self-fulfilling dynamic just the same as positivity. It’s fair to say that negativity is an extension of fear just as antonyms of fear include courage or audacity. A good example of how one view or the other can affect your behavior and vis a vie be self fulfilling is the following story:
Negativity or pessimism naturally leads you to inactivity. Think about it. If you don’t believe you can achieve a goal or find reasons to fear the process you will inevitably put yourself in a state of inactivity. After all, what’s the point in trying when you won’t be successful? This is fear in one of its purest manifestations. You are fearing regretting the work if it does not result in the successful culmination you envision. This is a condition that you must actively seek to combat. Just as any other action or inaction in your life effects your energy and creates and strengthens neural pathways in your mind, so will this. Eventually the pathways become so entrenched you become locked within this prison (or bubble) of anxiety about doing almost anything in life.
The first step in combating this condition is the realization that anxiety is nothing more than a mental projection of a negative outcome in any given situation. In this context you can think of it as the polar opposite of positivity. Positivity can be characterized by certainty or acceptance of a positive answer or result. Once you have made this first realization you can begin to address the next step in confronting your fear or negaitivity.
The next step is to reframe the fear or negativity. In other words, rather than looking at an event or experience as an end re-evaluate or reframe it as a step or a tool to be applied to your eventual successful completion of whatever challenge you face. Consider if the Beatles had given up on music after an unsuccessful performance early in their career because they had chosen to see this as an end rather than a step on their ladder to the ultimate success they would eventually achieve. You must be flexible. You must be willing to consistently adapt and be resourceful. Only then do you begin to tap into the true energy available to you anywhere and everywhere.
“Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run—in the long run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”
~ Viktor E. Frankl