The Power of Inner Agreement

Here’s something to think about: What we experience emotionally is informed by the inner state of agreement or disagreement between our desires and our beliefs. An example: Say you want a new red sports car. You’re in love with the idea, excited every time you think about it. You see a red sports car on the road and you can feel the thrill of anticipation, the vicarious enjoyment. You’re aligned. You desire this thing, and in this moment of enjoying it, your belief is not running contrary to that desire. Now, a few minutes later, you start thinking about it: “I’m going to get one by the end of the month.” You’re still feeling good. Then: “But, can we really afford new car payments right now? The kids need braces, and the hot water heater should be replaced.” Suddenly, you’re not feeling so good. Nothing factual has changed, but inwardly, you’ve shifted from vicariously agreeing with the desire and its fulfillment to contradicting it. It may seem to you that your feeling of disappointment is about not having the car, or about the expenses that you’re believing, at least for that moment, mean you can’t afford what you want. Even so, Field theory tells us that the unwanted feeling indicates only that you’ve shifted into a contradicted state.

The most direct implication of this is profound and far-reaching: If we remain in agreement (between desire and belief), we’ll feel something we want to be feeling. We’ll feel good. Moreover, we’ll feel good no matter what the facts happen to be. If, on the other hand, we enter into contradiction (between desire and belief), we’ll feel something we don’t want to be feeling. And we’ll feel this no matter what the facts happen to be. In both cases, the feeling will seem to be about, and in response to, the facts, but they aren’t. They’re simply reflect the relevant inner state. If we take charge of this inner state, claim the feeling of the version of self that agrees with the fulfillment of desire, we’ll discover how feelings and facts are informed by beliefs. Further, our inner state of agreement or contradiction shapes “nonlocal” our experience in the world. For a man in contradiction about supply, for example, millions of dollars are not enough, while for the man who is in alignment about supply, a warm meal can count as abundance. As Field theory states, “We get not what we want, but what we are.”

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