05/07/2012 08:08 am ET Updated Jul 07, 2012

Can We 'Imagine' Ourselves Into a New Reality?

Henry David Thoreau, in the mid-19th century at Walden Pond, offered up:

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

Dreams and imagination are the paints, the colors, used to create the portrait we call life. Choose them wisely. We do this by observing and adjusting our thoughts to align with our intention.

Be willing to dream and imagine yourself becoming all that you wish to be. Be open, be humble, and be gracious. If you live from those imaginings as though they have already come into existence, the universe will align with you in bringing all that you wish, even more. Elevating one's ordinary level of consciousness, or what Thoreau calls "common hours," means elevating the level of success that you will be able to attract. All that now exists was once imagined. It follows that what you want to exist in the future must now be imagined.

The intensity of one's intention becomes at issue when manifesting. When I was in Beijing, China living amongst the Tibet monks, studying at the Lama Temple, I met with Erdijanzi, a Tibetan monk 23 years old. I asked Erdijanzi how much time he spent each day in meditation. He replied, "I do not know". After a few minutes of cross-examination I realized that in between questions the young monk went back to his Mala beads to quiet his mind. In doing so he was in essence training his brain to become present.

It occurred to me that any intention set over the top of this clean slate (brain wave) must effect the quality and the velocity of the intention. This process would eliminate the noise that most of us suffer from in setting a manifestation into motion. As a painter, then student of architecture and landscape architecture, I learned to look at the world and see things differently. Natalie Alpert was an instructor who explained during my first architecture design studio that by the time we graduated we will have learned to look at the world through different eyes. We would actually train our brain to "look up," as she put it.

In essence, Natalie was suggesting that we look through "the noise" of our environment and seek out that which was beautiful. I have been blessed to have manifested an amazing life using this process and have written several books on the topic. The process that I posit includes setting a clear intention, aligning one's behaviors, then detaching. Detaching includes giving up control and having faith.

I was raised in a Lutheran German household that included three days in church a week, choir, alter boy service and orchestra. Some of this was fairly tiresome, and we were taught that pain, effort, and being on time were a precursor to success, since these activities built self-discipline.

"They" were two-thirds right. Step one and two -- intend and then declare. Step three, detach -- not so much. Detaching involved a deeper feeling we call faith. It means actually giving up control and allowing the universe to do "its" thing. Unfortunately, most of us, including me for many years, tend to be self-critical -- we judge, we disallow. These particular thoughts are in precisely the opposite direction of initiating a manifestation of our intention. These types of thoughts and actions are about being in ego vs. in spirit or inspired and dilute the manifestation process.

Thoreau called this process advancing confidently in the direction of your own dreams. (I call it intend, declare, detach.) Carlos Castenada called this "connecting" to an intention. Wayne Dyer, a much-lauded self help lecturer and public television celebrity, was strongly influenced by Castaneda's last book, The Active Side of Infinity. Dr. Dyer writes in his book The Power of Intention that he experienced "satori" or instant awakening when he read two sentences in Castaneda's book. This Satori was his realization that the power of intent was not just a self- help, personal technique that one does, but rather a force that actually exists in the universe as an invisible field of energy that we connect to.

When coming to a human transaction from a place of spirit or being inspired we are engaging forces that exist beyond ourselves. It is these forces that Thoreau, Max Planck, Albert Einstein, C.G. Jung, Carlos Castaneda and many others refer to when speaking on the topic of connecting to an intention and then allowing it to become manifest. Observe your thoughts, set a clear intention, align your behaviors with this intention, then detach. Whatever reality you seek can become manifest using this process.

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