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How to Think Big: The Law of Pure Potentiality
In our essential state we are pure consciousness. We are an inseparable part of the field of pure potentiality, which is the ultimate source of every idea, creative act, and everything we see in the physical universe. This principle is known as the Law of Pure Potentiality, which states that each of us has an unlimited capacity to envision and manifest our deepest dreams and desires. In fact, in every moment we are using our intentions, thoughts, and attention to create the world around us.
Given our inherent creativity, what stops us from fully expressing and harnessing our creative potential? The greatest obstacle is certainty. When we’re certain that we already know all the answers, we’ve convinced ourselves of our limitations, and we are sure of what is and is not possible, we prevent the birth of new possibilities. Sometimes experts or authorities are the most vulnerable to the trap of certainty. Consider these pronouncements by “experts” past:
• In 1962 Decca Records turned down the Beatles after an audition, declaring, “We don’t like their sound and guitar groups are on their way out.”
• In the 1970s Hewlett-Packard and Atari Corp. rejected Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak’s ideas for the world’s first personal computer. Jobs and Wozniak went on to found Apple Computers − the fastest-growing company in U.S. business history.
As these examples show, if we are mired in conditioned thought patterns and closed to new possible stuck in certainty, we can’t recognize and take advantage of new insights and creative possibilities. We may only see them in hindsight – if ever. If you want to think big, instead of rigidly clinging to the familiar, embrace the unknown. When you have a new feeling, an uplifting thought, or an insight you’ve never acted upon, allow the possibility to emerge.
Meditation Awakens Our Inner Potential
To tap into your deepest potential and creative reservoirs, another extremely valuable tool is the practice of meditation. When we meditate, we access the pure consciousness that is the source of all creative inspiration. We go beyond our internal dialogue and repetitive thoughts into the refreshing silence and stillness of pure awareness. With a regular practice of meditation, we gain more and more access to the field of pure potential and spontaneously receive creative thoughts.
As you meditate and cultivate inner stillness, you will be able to act from a place of calm, centered awareness. The combination of stillness and dynamic movement will allow you to create whatever you want. As you venture into the field of all possibilities, keep in mind that feeling uncertain is a sign that you are moving in the right direction – towards greater freedom and expansion.
You may also find it helpful to find inspiration from other pioneers of the unknown. Watch movies, read books about creative people, and immerse yourself in their inspiring stories, remembering that you, too, possess everything necessary to live a creative, fulfilling life. In the words of Julia Child – the inspiring master chef who only began cooking until she went to Le Cordon Bleu school at the age of thirty-seven: “Try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all, have fun!”