What lies beyond the consciousness of healing is a topic to ponder, not one to debate. It is a perspective about what you believe and how you manifest your world. It is your choice what to believe is true, a choice that nobody can take away from you.

But once you have chosen what is true for you, will you realize that the circumstances you will meet have been pre-arranged from your preconceived notions of what is true – and your only choice from then on is how you will react to these circumstances. What comes your way is predetermined from your choice, your selection – whether intentional or not – of a state of consciousness.

The following is a dialogue about choice from the broadest perspective: the choice of what you believe to be true about the world and you.

You have but one choice to make that will determine the course of everything in your world and your role in it:

Do you believe that your inner conversations and mental activity are a result of your life circumstances? Or, do you believe that your life circumstances are a result of your inner conversations and mental activity?

Your only choice
If you believe the former – that your inner conversations and mental activity are a result of your external life circumstances – then your only choice from now on is in how you will react to the circumstances prepared for you by the chosen state of consciousness you occupy, and you might even be quite unaware of your choice altogether. You will be a "re-actor," reacting to the facts your chosen state of consciousness presents to you. You might even feel successful or an expert in your reactions. Others might admire the results of your reactions, but you are still limited by your chosen field of reaction.

Because our focus is about going beyond healing consciousness, if you are a "healer" and are comfortably identified with that state, you may save yourself the energy of any conflict that could arise from reading further by stopping now and continuing in the world – the consciousness – of your choosing. No one can deny you that anyway.

If, however, after careful consideration you decide to believe the latter – that your life-circumstances are a result of your inner conversations and mental activity – you can begin to understand you are God, a Creator. This will be the premise for the rest of the dialogue. And by agreeing, if you notice any arguments creeping into your mind, it may be that you have changed your mind about the premise.

Command and control
So, as a creator, do you have command over your inner conversations and mental activity? Do you have control over the direction of your creation? Is your habitual state of mind predominant in defining your world? Do you run over the same old patterns of likes, dislikes, agitations, addictions and desires for knowledge? These patterns are representative of the state of consciousness you have wittingly or unwittingly chosen and are reflected in your reality, which is projected onto the screen of space to become your experience.

There are infinite states of consciousness, and humankind is continually moving in and out of these states, mostly unaware. You are always in a "state," and it is useful to realize that you are separate from the "state." You might condemn an unpleasant state, but do not condemn the occupant of that state. Your condemnation is a sure sign that you have not yet experienced that state, but you will.

When you see someone occupying an unpleasant state, you have the power to lift that person out of it with your imagination. If someone comes before you and appears to be occupying a state of disease, for instance, what would happen if you could believe only that he or she were already expressing health, truly seeing that individual as healthy? What state of consciousness would you be in if you could not see or believe anybody to be expressing anything less than their highest expression? At the risk of sounding biblical, this Christ-like state of consciousness would be the ultimate expression of God – and you are that God. You can occupy that Christ-like state of consciousness. In that state anything is possible.

It is whole

Every state of consciousness you wittingly or unwittingly choose to occupy comes complete with everything it requires for its fulfillment. You can try in vain, but you cannot add to or subtract from it. It is whole. The universe will provide infinite resources to the fulfillment of the state.

If you are in the state of "healer," for example, you must believe and consent to be as true that you need an abundance of people who need healing for you to have an abundant practice. Now, you may say that it is an indisputable fact that there are people who need healing. And you would be right! The universe has expressed them to complete the state of "healer" occupied by you (and others, so if you are a healer do not take this personally). Their expression of un-health is a result of the impression on the consciousness of the world made by the beliefs inherent of that state. But be careful. The "facts" will not stop there.

The state of un-health is fed and strengthened by so-called "facts" from people in large institutions of healing, the search for remedies, drugs for every form of relief and treatment, specialized techniques, spiritual practices, holistic modalities, etc. All were expressed from the same state, from the impression made on the consciousness of the world by the belief in the sick and the need to help them.

The size and scope of this system of consciousness permeates all of mankind and exponentially compounds the so-called "facts," which are only a result of occupying a state.

Paradigm of healing
We are being asked at this time in history to question the "facts," to question the entire paradigm of healing. Is it possible to believe differently? Is it possible for humankind – not just a few people – to occupy a new state of consciousness not defined by the "facts" created by the old paradigm?

Doing this would require meeting the present moment as a God/Creator. But if we drag the past along with us into the present moment of creating, will we not be recreating the past? It is not possible to separate ourselves form the past, or from the future for that matter. Past, present and future exist together as a whole, as one continuum held together with the glue of a certain chosen state of consciousness. If this is true, we could be doomed to repeating only behaviors based on past experience, except for the idea that we are Gods and Creators able to move from one state of consciousness to another. But again, how do we create something that is not contaminated with the past? If we continue to visit the past in our minds, even to challenge or verify our beliefs about it, are we not watering the garden of the past, giving it our attention, thus giving life to what we do not want by germinating the seeds of the past?

Have you ever asked yourself why the past is so important to you? What would your life be like if you had no past? Who would you be? Now we are not talking about remembering things like how to drive a car, how to chew food, how to read, or anything practical for survival. We are concerned here only with the concepts of events…and reactions to them.

"Let the dead bury the dead"
Why is it so important that certain historical figures, whom we give great importance to, are/were real? What would it mean if they weren’t? Could we still learn from the story? What would we learn? What learning would be different from believing these past figures to be real?

Most of us have a visceral notion about reality that says something is real if you can touch it, if you can contact it with your senses in some way. But isn’t it interesting that we do not apply this to the past? You can’t touch the past. It is not in front of you right now, but we totally believe it, thus giving it reality and continuity into the present, and future. When you meet the present moment with this belief in the past, it infects your reality with it. When you react to the present situation with the believed-in past, you are sowing seeds for future experiences.

"As you sow a reaction, you reap an act." As Gods and Creators, you are creating your world from the inside with your beliefs and mental activity. So it is, that as you habitually meet the present with the past, the past is recreated, reincarnated. Is this the Karmic wheel that is spoken of? Is Karma just a kind of spiritual accounting system and morality balance sheet, tying us, as the past can, to an endless cycle of preconditioned future lifetimes? After all, if this were true, how many innumerable, infinite lifetimes would an incarnation such as Hitler be damned to?

If you believe Karma is about balancing a scale of "justice," who decides what is just? God? But how quickly we forget that we are that God. And, more importantly, how does believing in a concept like Karma affect your creation – your reality – as you drag it along with you into the present and plant the seeds of the future? Could it be that a belief such as this anchors you to the past through a system that binds you only to a concept, an idea called the past? And how do you ever escape from the continuous cycle? Work out all your Karma from your past? Is that possible? The evidence (continued wars, violence, hatred, etc.) would show it has not worked for thousands of years.

Change your state
So how do you change your state of consciousness? Do you need more time? Will you be a better person tomorrow? Will you become a healthy person sometime in the future, after some process? Will you achieve enlightenment or Christ consciousness if you follow a certain system or some program? Then you will find salvation? Is the energy and consciousness of "becoming" the answer to anything? Or is "becoming" a self-perpetuating state that endlessly continues?

How do you stop it?…Just drop it. Right now! You do not "achieve" enlightenment or "attain" Christ consciousness. You express it. So what is stopping you from expressing it now? Could it be this simple? Just dropping your attachments to these ideas and starting to express something else? Or are you too identified with them? Who would you be if you didn’t have the so-called security of a belief system? A belief in the continuity of what you believe yourself to be? Don’t worry, it is a historically habitual reaction to disregard this type of inquiry for the comfort and safety of what you think you know and who you think you are: all the "my" and "mine" measurements of attachment. And there is nothing wrong with that. But if you have made it this far your inner self might be compelling you to find something beyond the superficial world of ideas and concepts.

So, is it necessary to measure yourself against the past to avoid making the same mistakes again? Or is the act of measuring against the past keeping the past alive and cementing you to it? If so, then the intellect – which is bound to the convenience of external causes and effects – will determine unlimited solutions of ever-increasing complexity for what is essentially created by your choice of consciousness.

Is it possible to change the past? If the past exists only as ideas and images, what purpose does it serve? Do we need to look to the past to learn from it? If the present has been created from the past, can we simply learn the same thing from careful observation of the present? If we find that we are desirous of a different "present," can we bring about the radical change in our consciousness that is required to realize it? And if we are successful with this movement to a new state of consciousness, and our present situation changes as a result, what would our past look like from that vantage point?

For instance, when you were a child you might have witnessed an event that frightened you or caused you pain of some kind. Because you have grown up and changed consciousness, you look back at the event and no longer feel frightened or feel the pain. So, you could say that the past has changed a little. But if the past can change a little, that means the past is changeable, and therefore all the past is changeable. But how can you intentionally change the past? Is changing your state of consciousness enough? And how do you do that?

Reflecting you
First, you must begin to be aware of the state of consciousness you are occupying right now. Do this by careful observation. Everything that you experience today is reflecting you. That’s right, even the nasty boss, the angry customer or the dispassionate lover is reflecting only what you are believing and consenting to as true. Next, you must desire something different. But be careful. If you drag the past along, things might just appear to be different, not actually so. Use your imagination and be like a child creating endless possibilities. Then, practice being in the consciousness of your desired state until it feels real to you.

You must deny what your senses are telling you, which is easiest done in a sleep-like, meditative state. What mental activity and inner conversations does a healthy person have all day? Can you match yours to fit no matter what your senses are telling you? If it is health you desire, but you are not sure how to proceed, then pretend you are healthy over and over until it feels real and natural.

"Physician, heal thyself!"

This statement was never meant to be a finger-pointing accusation or imply there is something wrong with physicians; it is a warning. The mystic interprets all stories of scripture as contemporary, as immediate truth. It is about you, right now. The healer consciousness comes with the landmines of self-serving concepts that make us feel good like charity, morality and service. There is nothing inherently wrong with these, but the incredibly compelling and beautiful feeling involved in healing someone might unwittingly end up deeding the egoic sense of self as the healer, thus cementing more "facts" to solidify the state.

The warning is to be aware that sickness is an integral part of the consciousness of "healer." Most people occupying the state of "healer" will tell you of the peculiarity of their patients coming to them with problems that are eerily similar to their own life challenges at that time. The ancient Hawaiians practiced a healing art called HO’oponopono. There are a few people practicing something similar today. In essence, when a patient comes in for treatment, the practitioner listens carefully to the patient describe the problem. Then, the practitioner meditates on what needs to be healed inside of himself or herself to solve the patient’s problem. How many of us would sign up for that job?

The world is your inner self, pushed outward. Your "self" is an amazing and complicated jumble of identifications, joys sorrow, comforts, hurts, conflicts, successes and failures. Is there a way to start expressing a consciousness that sees only health? Is there way that exalts people to their highest state, their highest expression? There is an infinite number of "facts" at hand to disclaim the possibility of expressing total-health consciousness – indeed, the complete exaltation of everyone’s highest potential – all the time. Millions of people are invested in these "facts," which are the result of a state of consciousness, not the cause.

Fortunes of people
You can see that the facts created from the current consciousness seem to be an obstacle to a new consciousness of health and well-being. But as Winston Churchill said during Europe’s darkest hours of WWII, "It is the mood which determines the fortunes of people, rather that the fortunes that determine the mood." This powerful statement of consciousness captured the mood of freedom and success for the British people and the world, proving more powerful than the Nazis.

Can we capture the mood of a world exalted to its highest state? A world that is not addicted to the "facts"? Can you start with yourself?

To quote another visionary Briton, William Blake said, "Man should not stay a man, His aim should higher be, For Gods will only Gods accept as company." What would the feeling be like if you were expressing your ideal? What is the feeling of your wish fulfilled? Will you choose to overcome the flood of facts denying your ideal? Can you find your savior by letting go of the "facts," even if your whole life is built around them? Is there a deeper part of us that is connected to the ultimate expression of unconditional love that is not reflexively bound to the preconditioned facts? Will we join ourselves to the divine within each of us and thus discover among us we are all God, the Creator, evermore and always in a state of perfection?

"To the pure, all things are pure."

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Tim Braff & Che'lisa Corey are co-founders of Imagination Awakened Ministry... I AM. For more information visit www.i-am.cc or www.themindspa.org. Copyright

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