Proof that Thought Affects the Physical World

The Power of Thought: A Consciousness Experiment

I've discovered an amazing experiment that proves the power of thought.

This experiment will give you visual proof that your thoughts affect the physical world. In this experiment, you will control and affect the motion (and speed) of an object.

The Experiment

Take a white sheet of paper about 24 inches square (unlined paper is preferable. Grab a sheet of paper from your printer). Draw a circle as large as this paper will permit and then draw a horizontal line through the center of the circle. Mark the left end of the line "A," and the right end of the line "B." Now draw a vertical line through the circle. Mark the top of the line "C," and the bottom of the line "D." Your drawing should look similar to this:

Take a lead pencil and attach a string about 8 inches long. At the end of the string, tie a small weight, about the size of a quarter. Now then, for the proof.

Place the paper on a table, and hold the pencil above the paper, so that the pendulum will be just above the center of the paper, where the lines intersect. Now think of the line AB, but do not move; in a few minutes the pendulum will swing back and forth along the line AB. Now think of the line CD; the pendulum will stop swinging back and forth and will begin to swing up and down along line CD.

Now take your thought off the lines entirely and fix it upon the circle. As you think about the circle, move your eyes around the circle. The pendulum will begin moving in a circular motion!

Now then, begin thinking that the pendulum is swinging faster and faster, that you can hardly stop it. The motion will become so fast that you can hardly see it go. Then, begin thinking that the pendulum will not move at all—that something is the matter with it. It will stop! Once you begin thinking that the pendulum will not move, it will slow down, and stop moving entirely.

It's uncanny.

This experiment was first used in the 1920's by Charles Baudouin of the Jean Jacques Rosseau Institute in France to demonstrate the power of thought to his students. I discovered it by reading a book written by Charles Haanel. Haanel writes:

You may think this is will power. It is nothing of the kind. In fact, if you *will* the pendulum to move, it will not budge; you must think of the result, not upon how it is accomplished.

In his experiments, M. Baudouin found that the higher the intelligence the student possessed, the more rapidly did he secure results. Those students who were more or less deficient in mentality were very slow, and in some cases results were almost negligible.

• The hardest part about this experiment is finding a small weight to attach to the pencil (using string). I ended up using a tin container (about the size of a quarter) that held dental floss from a hotel.
• Make sure the string is long enough (about 8 inches). I measured 8 inches before I tied the weight to the string and the string to the pencil.

• Do not focus on making/forcing the pendulum to move. Focus on the lines. Think about line AB. Move your eyes from point A to point B. Continue doing this until the pendulum moves. You can speed up the movement by moving your eyes faster (and your thoughts), back and forth between points A and B.

• When switching your thoughts from line AB to line CD, the change in the pendulum's movement is not instantaneous. It takes a small amount of time for the motion to switch. Same when switching from circling motion to no motion at all. This is mirrored in everyday life. Usually, our thoughts do not *instantly* manifest. However, as we continue thinking the same thought over and over, the results appear.
• Repetition and emotion seem to make things appear faster in the physical world. The more a thought is repeated (and the more emotion is placed behind a particular thought), the faster the results appear. At least, this has been my experience.

Go conduct the experiment. It's fun, and it takes less than 10 minutes. Have fun, and let me know your results. Post a comment if you complete the experiment.

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Conscious Creation, Thought & Manifesting

Steve Pavlina runs an excellent personal development blog, which I "accidentally" discovered 5 weeks ago. Steve writes about subjects that many people would "tiptoe" around, or avoid writing about altogether. Many of his articles are controversial and thought-provoking, and I enjoy reading them.

Steve writes about his personal explorations with consciousness, and discusses the nature of reality, entrepreneurship, productivity, how intentions manifest, health, goal-setting, discipline and metaphysics—among many other subjects.

The Law of Attraction

In this article, Steve tackles some tough questions relating to the Law of Attraction such as…

• What happens when people put out conflicting intentions, like two people intending to get the same promotion when only one position is available?
• Do children, babies, and/or animals put out intentions?
• If a child is abused, does that mean the child intended it in some way?
• If I intend for my relationship to improve, but my spouse/partner doesn’t seem to care, what will happen?

Steve discusses how intentions manifest in the physical world, and how we receive confirmation of our intentions.

If we live in a universe that responds to thought, then why don't our thoughts instantly manifest? Steve answers this question brilliantly and provides 5 reasons why this occurs. He also explains how our subconscious beliefs can sabotage our intentions.

In these 2 articles, Steve discusses subjective reality and answers commonly-asked questions such as…

• How can I know that subjective reality is real?
• How many subjective realities are there?
• Why do I identify with this particular body and not someone else’s?
• But what if I don’t believe that I am consciousness? What if I believe I am a physical body with a mind?
• So if I were to believe in something that didn’t exist or that wasn’t possible yet, it would actually begin to manifest in the physical universe?
• What about the physical laws of science? Can I break them?

This is a great podcast. In this audio recording, Steve answers the following questions…

• What kind of reality do we actually live in? What are its capabilities?
• Do people, places, and objects still exist when you aren’t perceiving them?
• How can you manifest more of what you want and less of what you don’t want?
• What assumptions have you made about reality that are totally unprovable and may in fact be wrong?
• What are the limitations of the Law of Attraction, why do they arise, and how do you work around them?
• Why might subjective reality be a more accurate model than objective reality?
• What are the practical consequences of a subjective belief system?
• If you’re stuck in an unhappy situation right now, why are you stuck, and how do you change it?

Steve discusses how cause-and-effect is really intention-manifestation. Most importantly, he points out that we often sabotage our own success because our intentions are not clear, and we have negative thoughts towards that intention.

If you want to achieve a goal you’ve set, the most crucial part is to DECIDE to manifest it. It doesn’t matter if you feel it’s outside your control to do so. It doesn’t matter if you can’t yet see how you’ll get from A to B. Most of those resources will come online AFTER you’ve made the decision, not before.

If you don’t understand this simple step, then you will waste a lot of time. Step 1 is to decide. Not to ruminate or to ponder or to ask around and see whether or not you can do it. If you want to start your own business, then decide to make it so. If you want to be married and have a family, then decide to attract a mate. If you want to change careers, then decide to do so.

It blows my mind that people think that something else has to come before the decision. People waste months trying to figure out, “Is this goal possible?” And this makes a lot of sense to do so if you’re at a certain level of consciousness. But all you’re really doing is creating delay, and you’ll simply manifest evidence to suggest that the goal is both possible and not possible. You think doubt in your head, you find doubt in the world.

Steve Pavlina is doing brilliant work by helping people improve their lives—and better understand themselves and the universe. I think his blog is a real gem, and I hope you find it useful too.

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Thoughts Become Things–Mike Dooley Video

In this video, Mike Dooley gives a very passionate speech about thought and consciousness to a local Toastmasters' group.

For those who are unaware, Toastmasters is a business organization that helps people develop public speaking skills. Toastmasters sponsors public speaking contests and holds monthly meetings.

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