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Is the Field the same as God?
Some students use these terms interchangeably, but the word "God" can be loaded with associations that may not be helpful. The Field is the totality and ground of Being, comprising all objects, events, conditions, and Particle identities in the same way that the ocean comprises waves. In expression, the Field demonstrates qualities of vast creativity, intelligence, and Self-giving attributed by most spiritual traditions to a Supreme Being. Still, the Field model isn’t a religion or religious; one may belong to any spiritual tradition or none and gain much from its study.
What makes the Field Project model different from others that deal with consciousness-as-cause?
Our model acknowledges certain paradoxes of consciousness that other models do not, the most significant being that if we attempt to create conditions to fulfill desire, whether through acting on the world directly or through consciousness techniques such as visualization or affirmation, we’re immediately caught in a contradiction that interferes with the desired manifestation. Field theory sidesteps this paradox by teaching that “the aim of intending is alignment, not manifestation.” We remain aligned, and let the facts take care of themselves rather than attempting to create a desired condition, The method is based solely on the creative power of identity, and on consciously recasting the Particle self, on release of the will in willingness, acceptance, and stillness.
What is a “counterintention?”
Field theory holds that we don’t get what we want; we get what we intend. Intentions comprise what we take to be real, and what we identify with. Often, these intentions are unwitting; we are not aware that we are embodying them. When an intention runs contrary to (or contradicts) what we consciously desire, it’s a “counterintention.” To the extent that we counterintend, we suffer. Releasing counterintentions frees us from suffering and allows us to embody the consciously chosen version of self with a sense of joy and relief. The Field Project Course provides many ways to clear counterintentions. It’s not necessary to know what a counterintention is to clear it.
What does the term “versions of the self” mean?
Field theory borrows the Many-Worlds model from physics to provide a theoretical basis for believing that a desired condition is “already done.” As long as one believes otherwise (e.g., tries to create the condition, sees it as possible, etc.), one is not, strictly speaking, intending it. Television broadcast provides a good metaphor: All the channels exist now, in the air; they don’t have to be created. Because they’re already real, any of them can manifest (incarnate). One simply needs to be tuned to the right channel (version of self).
How do you know that your concepts of consciousness and reality are true?
The best approach for a student to take is to assume that the truth of these principles remains to be seen. Nothing should be accepted solely on the strength of another's authority. An open mind and heart balanced by careful reasoning soon reveal the profound value of our unique approach.
Why did the Field manifest Itself as separate Particles?
We generally find "why" to be a distraction from the far more fruitful direction of attending to practice. The Field Project Course, while providing a thorough and precise theoretical model, is ultimately about practical experience, which is rarely improved by grand questions or metaphysical speculating.
What study path does the Field Project offer?
The Field Project curriculum is contained in the Course in an easy-to-follow, self-study curriculum consisting of eight weekly lessons in Adobe PDF format with and unlimited email support from the Field Project. The Course provides the complete theory and practice for deliberate intending, clearing counterintentions, participating in the ongoing conversation between local and nonlocal consciousness, and living in the joyful awareness of alignment. Those who complete the Course are eligible to enroll in our iStudy offerings, and to purchase the Field Coaching and Aligned Parenting self-study courses as well as our unique One Hundred Days all offered in Adobe PDF format.
Basic Field Theory
As self-aware beings, we're not just some blind accident of evolution, thrown here to struggle and die. There is a Source in Consciousness, and we can learn to avail ourselves of Its brilliant efficiency, boundless resources, and ingenious organizing intelligence. This intelligence turns the planets, directs the seasons and the tides, and sustains each particle in the Creation, everywhere, all at once, effortlessly.
What comes to us in life is not merely a matter of chance; it follows from who we believe we are and what we take to be real. Since we can change these beliefs at any time, we aren’t condemned to repeat the past unless we believe we are. A better reality is always available to us. Willingness, being still, receptive imagination, love for the ideal—these are the keys to the next better version of self and world.
Particle and Field
The idea that we create our reality is at least as old as the Vedas, which state that “Atman” [the individual soul] is Brahman [the Cosmos].” This suggests that the whole of experience somehow resides in consciousness, and that our consciousness actually shapes, informs, and organizes what seem to be random events. Field theory recognizes that our consciousness has the same multiple nature we see in electrons, indeed, all quanta, so our consciousness has “Particle” and “Field” aspects.
Most of the popular New Age material on reality-creating fails because it presumes, mistakenly, that the self that does the creating is the Particle self—our most local identity, the one that says “I” all day, that experiences itself as in the physical body, and so, separate from other “I’s." The Particle self is extremely limited in knowledge, resources, and efficiency, and by nature identifies with things and conditions, e.g., “I am a person,” “I am sorry,” “I am here,” and so on. As Particles, we tend to experience world as cause and the self as effect, and so live in continual reaction to outer conditions; as these conditions appear to be separate from us, we naturally exert our will to improve or avoid them. Field identity, on the other hand, is nonlocal; not bound by time or space; unlimited in knowledge, vision, and efficiency; and aware of itself as the cause of worldly experience. Its most fundamental expression is not "I am this or that," but simply, "I AM."
Intention and Correspondence
Intention comprises what we take to be real, which ultimately comes down to what we identify with. So, for example, the belief, “There isn’t enough money” is rooted in the belief, “I am poor.” This turns out to be a crucial point in Field theory, since our creating follows necessarily from identity, from who we believe we are. This is all we can change, and all we need to change.
The Self that creates reality is not the Particle self, a point that hardly can be overstated. Many people, caught up in popular oversimplifications of “we create our reality” have tried affirmation, visualization, and other consciousness techniques to change their experience in the world, only to find themselves running into walls, because they were unwittingly believing in (intending) the very condition they wanted to change. As long as the I strives to change conditions rather than simply changing its self-definition, conditions have no choice but to persist. The I that would create reality deliberately cannot stand apart from its creation. Paradoxically, this means that we can’t change reality through an act of will, because the very attempt confers the status of reality on the thing it seeks to change. In trying to make real something that it regards as not real, it casts its vote wrongly and secures the very outcome it would overcome. When we try to create conditions, the results are likely to backfire and lead to disappointment. On the other hand, when we recast our identity, conditions are informed accordingly and we experience whatever reality corresponds to the newly claimed identity, regardless of the facts. It cannot be overstated that the principle of correspondence operates between intention and the form rather than the content of experience. This is the basis of spiritual independence and creative authority. As we cannot use our creative consciousness to change the world, sine the very attempt implicates us in contradiction, our work is only on ourselves. This is why in Field practice, the aim is alignment, and not manifestation.
Creation is the operating of the principle of correspondence between Particle and Field. The Particle, by nature, must intend; the Field must correspond. Following the principles of chaos theory, intentions exert a nonlocal organizing effect, fulfilling themselves whether or not we’re aware of what we’re intending. As we start intending deliberately, this nonlocal effect shows up as happy coincidences, miraculous timing, and other synchronicities, As the Field model deals directly with the most fundamental structures of Particle consciousness (identity and reality), results tend to be dramatic, quick, and lasting. Since what we call "facts" already carry the imprint of our intentions, shifting who we believe we are for the better improves reality in whatever way nonlocal efficiency arranges, and our world improves as we do, regardless of factual content.
Field First Aid
If you're facing a situation in which you feel stuck and nothing you've done so far has helped, applying "Field First-Aid" can be a good place to start. Afterward, if you still find yourself struggling and would like support, you may want to consider a Phone Session.
- Be still. Take ten minutes each day to sit quietly with your eyes closed. Allow yourself simply to observe whatever thoughts or feelings come up, releasing all concern, conclusions, criticisms, and judgments. Many experience a surprising resolution simply by practicing being still in this way.
- Take responsibility. Assume that you are the creator of the situation, even if it appears to be resulting from the will of others. Consider how this problem actually may be serving you by protecting you from something you fear or imagine would be worse. All of this operates at the level of belief, which may be unwitting. For example, never having money may protect someone from being a “bad person,” if he or she believes that only bad people succeed financially, and so on. Note that responsibility is not blame!
- Adopt a better version of self. Witness the situation with poise, from the standpoint of a detached observer, and deliberately invite the feeling that you’re already who you want to be. Look for evidence that what you want to be true is already true. Examine your life for evidence of this truth. Do this until you feel a sense of relief. Rest in this feeling.
This simple method can open the door to a more aligned identity and at least some relief right away.