The World, Version 2.0

by Christopher Lovejoy on October 3, 2010 · 9 comments

Just before I started writing this post in earnest, I came across a quaint but interesting expression in my online research. You’ve probably heard it before. I know I have. It goes something like this: the world is your oyster.

No doubt, there’s more than one valid interpretation of this expression. My own interpretation is simply this: the world is yours for the making, however you choose to see it.

The thing I like about this interpretation is that it dovetails nicely with Ike, the first principle of The Huna Path, which I discussed in my most recent post, A Path of Fulfillment. Ike tells us that “the world is what you think it is”.

This is a powerful reminder that our beliefs can easily turn into prophecies that fulfill themselves.

For example, if I have an overwhelmingly positive experience (like the one I described at the start of my post, Personal Fulfillment), I might begin to believe that the world is a paradise, and, if I have a string of such positive experiences, I might conclude as follows: yes, the world is a paradise of peace and prosperity; the world is full of promise and possibility.

Depending on where you set the bar for having an experience that qualifies as positive or positive plus, you could, quite conceivably, lay the groundwork for a paradisial worldview.

And do so without falling victim to a fool’s paradise.

Of course, the opposite is also true. I might have an overwhelmingly negative experience that leads me to believe that the world is a prison or a nightmare, and if I fall prey to a string of such experiences, then I might even become convinced that such is the case.

The world, viewed as an object, feels solid. It has a fixed quality about it, a kind of permanence that is difficult to deny or dismiss. For example, if it rains, it rains; believing otherwise won’t help you.

And yet, Ike tells us that “the world is what you think it is”. What exactly does this mean?

Consider it this way: “the world is what you think it is” equals “the world is your version of it”.

The world includes the fact that the world can sometimes produce rain. Rather than resent the rain, you might simply alter your belief about it. Rain, in and of itself, is neither good nor bad; it simply is what it is, and you choose your response to it. If the world is a nightmare, then so is the rain, but if the world is a paradise, then the rain is a beautiful expression of paradise.

However …

If you said “the world is a paradise”, you would speak a falsehood, and you would lose credibility very quickly if you insisted on telling this to anyone you met – or at least anyone willing to listen.

In some ways, the world is a security-obsessed prison; the world is a vicious nightmare; the world is a funny farm; the world is someone’s version of hell; the world is full of people consumed with getting their own way.

This isn’t a cynical, pessimistic, or fatalistic assessment. This is merely real – at least when you get a glimpse of the suffering that occurs in the world from the comfort of your own home, or when you catch glimpses of it from the media, with its portrayals of repression and oppression in the world at large.

So in light of this, how could I possibly have the gall of telling you “the world is what you think it is”?

Or, to put it another way: how might I express and live the principle that “the world is what I think it is” without being accused of getting lost inside my own fool’s paradise?

To answer these questions, we need to step back a little and expand our view of reality.

Reality is more basic than “the world” or “this world” or “my world” or “your world” or “our world” – more basic and more comprehensive – and therefore a little more worthy of our attention.

If I conceive of reality in terms of a potential that contains and carries an infinite number of possible pathways through time, or, if you prefer, an infinite number of possible frames in the eternal moment, then ultimately, depending on what I believe, feel, desire, and intend, I can choose one version of the world from an infinite number of possible worlds.

The beliefs, feelings, desires, and intentions that I harbour and use in my interactions with reality create some version of the world called “my world”. I need not change the world in which I live; I merely need to keep putting out good vibes to experience the world as I prefer it to be, one that already exists in reality, with versions of people, places, and things that are germane to the world I prefer.

So, rather than say, “the world is …”, I might qualify it and say: “the world I know and love is …” or “the world I engage and enjoy is …” or, more boldly, “the world I create and explore is …”.

Examples might include:

  • The world I know and love is a paradise of peace and prosperity
  • The world I engage and enjoy is a pleasure garden of pure delight
  • The world I create and explore is full of opportunity and adventure

It’s important to realize that your version of the world provides you with a kernel of creation that lies at the core of your vision of the fulfillment of your promise with a sense of possibility.

Here are four suggestions to help you cultivate this kernel of creation:

  1. open your soul to love and beauty
  2. release negative vibes on the spot
  3. cultivate frequent positive feelings
  4. lend your support to good people

So, for example, rather than stay stuck in a routine that drags on day after day, you might instead leave your comfort zone for a change of scene and a change of pace that nourish the heart of your soul.

Rather than indulge negative vibes with nauseating frequency or with plaintive, whiny, woe-is-me streams of consciousness, you might instead consider letting them go on the spot.

Rather than leave your positive vibes to chance, you might instead cultivate frequent positive feelings by being much more selective about what you read, look at, listen to, talk about, and watch.

Rather than get caught up in the dramas of emotionally, socially challenged people (I’m mincing my words here), you might instead lend your support to people who actually care about you.

Happily for me, the world I know and love is a paradise of peace and prosperity, where I get to live a life of promise and possibility in step with my hopes and dreams. This is my kernel of creation.

What is your kernel of creation? What is your version of the world?


BriteLite October 4, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I like the idea of taking quantum control of my reality, to craft a world that aligns with my beliefs and desires. Your suggestions to “cultivate your kernel of creation” are basic but essential for keeping your focus. I have a feeling you’ll be developing these essentials more fully.

Christopher Lovejoy October 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Taking control of reality at a quantum level by cultivating presence of mind and guiding your focus is a gift we give ourselves. A vivid metaphor for your world is a good place to start. Make it a good one, and then use the essentials I suggest to create your world. Yes, I’ll be elaborating on these essentials in due course.

Evelyn Lim October 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

There will be days when I don’t particularly feel up but I choose to hold the thought that the world is a great place to be. I believe that what is happening around me is “my version of it”. I surround myself with pictures of peace and beauty and do my creative stuff, whenever I am feeling negative. Writing down my thoughts, with the intent to shift into better-feeling ones, is also excellent therapy.

Christopher Lovejoy October 5, 2010 at 9:32 am

Hi Evelyn, I think you’re right to suggest that we all bear responsibility for our own versions of the world, and your suggestions that we affirm the positive without giving too much of our attention to the negative are also enlightening. For myself, I like to spread the love and share the beauty whenever and wherever possible, in whatever ways I feel are appropriate and desirable.

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