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desires/wants

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you get what you need.” ~ Mick Jagger

Elias “gems”

ELIAS: “A ‘want’ is a belief system! You only want what you do not have, for you are influenced by belief systems which tell you that what you have is not adequate or that your experience is not adequate. Therefore, you ‘want’ a different experience. This is a direct influence of belief systems. If you are accepting that you are manifest for experience, and if you are trusting in your choices of probabilities and trusting of self, you eliminate want; but as you are not accepting of self and of experience, you translate into the belief system of wanting, for you translate into the belief system of ‘better.’ There is something beyond or better than what you experience presently; although within your drama you experience the illusion, for you do not allow yourself the experience of the now. You experience what you perceive to be already created or not yet created.

BOB#1: Expectation.

ELIAS: Correct. Therefore, you are projecting yourself into illusion and experiencing the drama of the illusion, whereas the reality is within the now.” [session 151, February 02, 1997]

ELIAS: “Your purpose, as we have expressed, is to experience; but you are correct that within each individual focus you also hold individual intents, and as you hold these intents you create desires, and within this you create probabilities to choose from within a pool aligning with your intent.” [session 153, February 16, 1997]

NORM: “The key ideas here are the parallelism of the intention and the intent. The intent, to me, is a deep-seated psychological area of my focus, whereas the intention is the current thought processes that I’m going through. Would that be a correct interpretation of your usage of the words intent and intention?

ELIAS: This would be a close interpretation to your manner of thinking, so to speak, for your intent is your overall direction, so to speak, within the lines of probabilities that you create within any given physical focus, or within ANY focus of essence, physical or non-physical. The intent is the direction of probabilities in the potential of its creation. It is the direction of your desire within any particular focus of essence.

Your intention is more immediate. Your intention moves more in the direction of your physically focused wants. Therefore, your intention is the momentary movement in any given situation and your ideas and your feelings in regard to any of these given areas, which are affecting of your creation of your probabilities, but they are different from your intent. Your intent is the overall direction of your desire within a given focus.” [session 321, September 20, 1998]

ELIAS: “Your wants do not always follow your desire. Your desire is that movement which follows your intent, and many times your desire is a subjective element. Your want is always an objective element. Your want may not necessarily follow your desire, and therefore you may not necessarily be creating of your want. But if you are creating within your intent, following your desire and not creating a conflict in this area, you may be actualizing any of your wants within your objective awareness.” [session 375, March 20, 1999]

ELIAS: “Now; I express to you quite clearly, you do create what you concentrate upon, but this is not to say that you necessarily create what you are thinking about. There is a difference.

Your thoughts may concentrate upon a certain action and may concentrate upon a certain direction, a certain want. This is not to say that you may necessarily actualize that want merely for the reason that you are concentrating upon it objectively within your thought process.

This is a confusing area and concept for many individuals, for you create a thought process in very absolute terms and you listen to the information that I offer to you in very absolute terms. Therefore, it is quite easy for this information to be misunderstood and misinterpreted.

As I express to you that you shall create what you concentrate upon, this is also directly influenced, as you are aware, by your beliefs, and in this movement, I have expressed previously to other individuals: In the area of your wants, if you are creating a line of probabilities and setting those probabilities into motion, it is unnecessary for you as an individual to be concentrating upon those probabilities in a thought process or a thought pattern. It is unnecessary for the individual to continue to concentrate in thoughts upon what you are creating.” [session 499, November 04, 1999]

ELIAS: “Concentration is not necessarily objective thoughts, but you equate concentration with thinking.

Therefore, if you are thinking, thinking, thinking of what you want, and you are objectively expressing to yourself repeatedly, ‘I shall manifest, I shall manifest, I shall manifest,’ you believe you shall manifest, for this is your expression of objective concentration, and you create what you concentrate upon.

I have also expressed this to many individuals, but your concentration is not necessarily your thought process. Your concentration is the expression of your beliefs.

Your thoughts may not necessarily move in conjunction with your underlying beliefs. One of the most strongly expressed belief systems within this dimension, as I have expressed many times, is that of duplicity.

This particular belief system is quite cunning, and YOU are quite cunning in how you create camouflage within yourselves and how you fool yourselves with your thought processes that you may believe one direction, and in actuality you may hold a very different aspect of beliefs underlyingly. This is the area in which your concentration lies. Your concentration is that which you genuinely believe.” [session 510, December 04, 1999]

Elias “gems”

(Vic’s note: during the break, Christie was expressing a desire to be living within natural time.)

ELIAS: (Grinning at Christie) Well, I say to you, if you are wishing natural time, (Christie laughs) if you are not experiencing fun, then do not do it!

CHRISTIE: If you’re not experiencing fun, don’t do it? What does that mean?

ELIAS: Your perception is the only element that necessitates your action, in elements that you wish not to incorporate. If you do not wish to be incorporating anything, you do not have to! (Smiling)

CHRISTIE: I have a question about natural time.

ELIAS: (Laughing) Efficiently eliminating this subject! Continue.

CHRISTIE: Okay. You mentioned for a moment about seasonal alignment, that we discount that and that we push it away. We discount this natural time, seasonal alignment. We push it away. How do we push it away, and why do we push it away?

ELIAS: You have created your cultural time; therefore, this supersedes your natural time within your perception. You have created your civilizations and your societies to be revolving around your cultural time, your ‘time slots.’ You have distorted your appreciation of time. Originally; once again, a time-oriented word; you have originally created your dimension of time for specific experiences. In your appreciation of your time element, you have chosen to be focusing upon each moment of time, with a desire to be appreciating of each moment of time. You have distorted this desire into the area of attaching a production level also to these moments of time. Therefore, to be appreciating of time, you must be utilizing time. You must be incorporating action ‘doing something’ with it.

Just as you view [that] you spend ‘quality time’ with your children, you do not view spending ‘quality time’ with your children ignoring them! You are interacting with them. You are ‘doing something’ with them. In this same way, you view that you must be interacting with time itself, placing a value on each moment. Your distortion has come by equating value with action, with productivity. You may be incorporating action, in your appreciation of time and moments, simply by noticing time itself and experiencing your time element, but this is not sufficient within your belief systems now.

Your animals do not incorporate this perception of time. You may view, within your domesticated animals, they do not incorporate time in the same fashion as you. They are not focused upon filling each moment with the production of action. They experience each moment. In this, the moments collide and intermesh with each other, being indistinguishable, one from the other. An animal does not incorporate seconds or minutes or hours, for these are unimportant. They simply experience the element of time within physical focus.

You ask, ‘How do you experience natural time?’ Allow yourself to be natural. If it is not fun, do not do it! If you are incorporating action that is pleasurable to you, you are incorporating what we would express to you as value fulfillment. Your essence does not manifest for the purpose of experience for some mystical reason! Its fullest value fulfillment is expressed through pleasure. This is what your self strives toward, this being why you also incorporate positive and negative; negative being all elements that do not incorporate pleasure, positive being what you strive for, being pleasurable. This is your choice. (Pause) You may experience effortlessness and a pleasurable existence if you are fulfilling your desire. This is why I say to you, if it is not fun, do not do it! Incorporate fun only, and you will experience natural time. (Pause) You will not do this, though! (Smiling at Christie)

CHRIS: I won’t? Don’t give me an unfulfilled ... I mean a ... Don’t say that to me! What do you mean, I will not do this though? A self-fulfilling prophecy ... I don’t want to hear that!

ELIAS: (Grinning) You incorporate a perception of ‘needs.’ You perceive your existence to be surrounded by needful demands upon your time, elements of accomplishments that must be met. Therefore, you will incorporate action, to be fulfilling of these elements, which does not incorporate fun; for you believe that necessary is more important. What you do not understand is that all that is necessary to your existence may be fulfilled in fun! (Pause)

CHRIS: So by following the feeling of the necessary things that I need to do in life, that is pretty much what has brought me to this point, of having pretty much a mediocre life.

ELIAS: Basically.

CHRIS: And in order for me to strive to not have a mediocre life, which I’m pretty darn sick of, I need to take away ... change ... shift my thinking in getting rid of the necessity things, and just do things that are fun.

ELIAS: Naturally!

CHRIS: And then this must bring in what I’ve been reading about recently, about the wisdom of uncertainty, which I find quite compelling.

ELIAS: I have also expressed that you will draw to you information that will be helpful, that you will understand and connect with, to be directing and helping you to enforce the necessary direction.

CHRIS: So this is good information that I’m reading?

ELIAS: Correct.

CHRIS: I’m being pretty unnatural to my own creativeness and desires, by doing what I’m doing every single day.

ELIAS: Correct also. You will find that when you are following your desire and your intent, you will experience the effortlessness of which I speak, and you will incorporate fun, and you also will not feel so ‘locked into’ your cultural time. This is not as easily attained, within your time period now, as it sounds; for even those who follow their individual intent and desire are quite influenced by cultural time. You may discover an occupation to which you are fulfilling your desire and your intent, but you have locked yourself into your cultural time element. You must appear on time. You must depart at a designated time. You will be incorporated with other individuals to which time is important. Unless you are removing yourself completely from this framework of cultural time, you will incorporate cultural time to some extent, although you may quite efficiently move through your focus effortlessly, and also pleasurably, and appreciating of both time elements. (Pause)

VICKI: The conflict we have with cultural time could be influenced by your perception?

ELIAS: Absolutely, but then your perception is influencing of all things. Therefore, in altering your perception, you also alter your existence. (Pause)

CHRIS: Which all of us can attain.

ELIAS: Correct, and more! (Smiling) It is only dependent upon your desire, and [your] motivation to be accomplishing.

CHRIS: Right, and my desire and motivation get tweaked when I think of having to pay the bills, and then it lessens.

ELIAS: In this, I am realizing that you look to me and express, ‘Well! Elias does not incorporate money, or housing debts, or commitments. Therefore, he is not understanding of physical focus!’ Incorrect! I have been physically manifest many, many, many times! I am quite familiar with the demands of physical focus. I am also quite familiar with the reality that through the engagement of trust within oneself, and within truth and essence, effortlessness may be achieved within physical focus, and you may acquire all that you desire pleasurably, and incorporate fun, and satisfy your ‘perceived’ physical needs! (Pause, smiling)

CHRIS: Thank you. (Elias nods in acknowledgment)

ELIAS: An old saying: Where there is a will, there is a way! Many individuals accomplish great feats against insurmountable odds, and are quite happy!

CHRIS: Is there a common element amongst these people, that they do that, that I’m missing the boat on?

ELIAS: (Accessing) Each individual is unique. You may view that you perceive commonalties, within individuals who seem to be motivated and those who seem to be unmotivated, but within these elements, each individual incorporates their own [intent] which serves to influence their desire and their motivation. Therefore, it would be incorrect of me to be generalizing and expressing that individuals, who all accomplish against all odds, so to speak, bear this or that element in common. I will say to you that the one element that they all do possess, fairly, and that you do also, is to be reaching within and connecting within themselves, and offering their own direction, and trusting themselves.” [session 74, February 25, 1996]

CHARLES JR: “What happens when desire and function, in its purest form, whatever that may be, what happens when the two conflict with each other?

ELIAS: Ah, conflict! When you are incorporating conflict, you are opposing intent. Left to the probabilities of following your intent and your desires, you will incorporate no conflict. If you are experiencing conflict, you must examine this and identify to yourself where this conflict is originating from, for in this you will find that it is an element conflicting with your intent and desire. Your desires will follow your intent. (Pause) You are not understanding. (Smiling affectionately)

CHARLES JR: Some of it.

ELIAS: It is a difficult issue, for each of you incorporates challenges within physical focus. Therefore, you each incorporate conflict. Many individuals have engaged with me for much of your physical time, so to speak, although it is in actuality not much time, (grinning) and continue to incorporate conflict, and then incorporate conflict that they are incorporating conflict!” (Laughter) [session 79, March 17, 1996]

VICKI: “With group counterpart action ... say you get a new job and you’re working with a new group of people. Do you sometimes initiate group counterpart action for a specific time frame in those kinds of scenarios?

ELIAS: Within the designation of your employment, no. Group counterpart action is an action which is employed by intent. Within certain individual focuses, there are desires and intents expressed within groups; a desire to be accomplishing of something specific. In this, you may manifest within groups in a counterpart action, lending energy to each other and also lending experience, within the intent of the group melding together.” [session 133, November 17, 1996]

JIM: “I guess it’s still some of the same old baggage, some of the same issues, but I have felt expansion and acceptance, especially I think in viewing things that have come to me objectively. I’ve felt the subjective influence, but not really believing it objectively or trusting it objectively, especially with the issue just recently of my store, my business, and then just a few days ago the collapse of a mobile home that we were looking at. It seems that things are being created effortlessly without objective attention to it, but then in the case of personal issues, physically with my shoulder and my foot, these are very prominent, so I’m still battling with those. But I do feel I’ve gained a trusting, or a more trusting of self, but still there’s a major issue there.

ELIAS: Within relative terms, you are correct that you have incorporated more trust of self, as in comparison to our initial physical meeting. You hold issues that you continue to choose to not be engaging. We have spoken much of these issues. You have chosen, within your probabilities presently, to be diverting yourself around certain issues and the belief systems that attach to them. Therefore, you may view in certain areas that you experience effortlessness within your movement, to which you do within certain areas, as do all of you within certain areas. These areas are not your issues of challenge, but they are areas that you have, to a degree, widened in your awareness and allowed an effortlessness within your objective expression. You manifest continued physically as a reminder of the issue that you desire to be confronting, but are fearful of confronting. Therefore, you have placed yourself, once again, upon your hamster wheel! You now occupy your same position as we spoke of in your last year past.

You confuse yourself in not distinguishing between wants and desires. Your wants are objective, and they are very physically oriented. Your desire is subjective and may be translated physically and objectively, but it bears little resemblance to your objective wants. The objective wants that you experience are motivated by thought processes that you have held for much time period within this focus, as we have discussed previously. These wants are driven and perpetuated by a lack of trustfulness of self, a lack of acknowledgment of worthiness. Therefore, you consume yourself with these wants and you hop onto your hamster wheel and run, run, run, run, run, chasing these elusive wants and also thwarting these wants in light of your subjective desire. Therefore, you battle still.” [session 145, January 05, 1997]

ELIAS: “You speak within physical focus of goals. You set goals for yourselves which you attempt to attain, and you are disappointed many times, for you do not materialize what you focus upon within your goals. You set time frameworks for yourselves to be accomplishing these goals, and you become distressed with yourselves as you do not accomplish successfully. You look to many different teachers which express to you to be affirming to yourselves positive thinking, and that in this, if you are concentrating singularly enough, you shall materialize what you want. I have expressed previously that you manifest what you concentrate upon, although this becomes misinterpreted; for it is unnecessary to be continually concentrating upon one specific area. Many times you defeat yourselves in this very manner.

Let us also look momentarily to your history in regard to your shift; for all of these elements are to be considered within this present now, as you wish to be manifesting your wants. (1)

As you are moving into your shift in consciousness presently, you are also dealing with and moving through many, many established belief systems. Throughout this present century you have, en masse and individually, been attacking these belief systems. You have created world wars to be attacking and breaking down the established, held belief systems. You are moving out of your religious element and time period into a new time of consciousness.

Within many of your mass events, such as your wars and many conflicts, religion plays a very strong role. It is correct that religion has played a strong role throughout history within warring events, but presently within this century you war against the religious-focuses in general; not to be converting other individuals to a religious thought process, but to be eliminating the thought process of religious ideas; for within you intuitively, you recognize the movement in consciousness away from this element into a new birth and a new area of consciousness within your physical focus. This is relevant to you each individually also, for each of you holds many belief systems that you must widen and accept before you may be manifesting many of your wants.

Each of you may sit and may express quite solid physical wants within this particular focus. You may want better health. You may want more finances. You may want another house. You may want a new career. You strive towards these things, and you aim at them as goals. Then you concentrate quite singularly upon these; affirming to yourselves over and over that you shall attain this, thinking quite positively, in your terms; and you view no materialization, and you become frustrated. You individually are also battling many belief systems as you are moving into the action of this shift. Therefore, you do not automatically create differences, for your belief systems block your wants.

You may think within your thought processes that you hold no belief systems. Therefore, what may be blocking of your movement in attaining your goal? I express to you, each of you holds belief systems presently that shall be restraining you. One of the belief systems is that if you are expressing affirmations to yourselves over and over, you shall materialize what you want. You may look to yourselves, and you may see that this does not work. In some cases this may be accomplished, but there are other factors that are accomplishing the materialization of the wants within those individuals; for they set out what they desire, and they let go. They hold no expectation. Therefore, they receive what they have chosen and focused upon to be creating.

You spend much time in one sense affirming to yourselves what you desire, and also simultaneously you are reinforcing your belief systems, expressing that you may not attain this. Within yourselves, you express to your inner self that you are not worthy of what you want. You may become ‘enlightened’ and you may attribute your lack of movement to belief systems of another focus. ‘An alternate self or another focus of myself holds this belief system. Therefore, it is affecting of me.’ You are not victims! You create your reality. You create all of your reality. If you are accepting of self and trusting of self, you shall materialize that which you set before you to create.

This is sounding quite simple. This is truly one of your most difficult tasks, for you do not accept and trust yourselves. If you are trusting of self you may say, ‘I choose excellent health,’ and you may give no more thought to this choice and it shall be, for you believe and trust that it shall. You hold no doubt. I wager to say, no individual within this forum may express that they hold no doubt! This being the area that you may practice your affirmation, but not in the manner that you are accustomed to; as you are reciting to yourself phrases over and over as a machine, hoping that within yourself eventually you shall believe yourself and your affirmation. I express to you, you may affirm anything to yourself; and then, believe this.

You, once again, shall not betray you. You are your highest expression, and you shall always look for your highest value fulfillment, and you shall accomplish this. You may express that you experience conflict; for you are striving and striving, and you are not accomplishing what you choose to be accomplishing, and your existence holds much struggling and conflict; and you may even express that you do not understand your purpose or your point. If you are allowing yourself the freedom to accept self, and to know that you have manifest to experience and that no experience is worse or better and that you are perfectly creating within every moment of your focus, you shall eliminate much of your conflict.

I have expressed this many times, although to this present now within your physical focus, you do not understand. You wish to be seeking out individuals that shall map your road for you, that shall express to you, ‘Move this way. Accomplish this. Occupy yourself with this job. Be creative within this area, and you shall be successful.’ You shall be successful when you are believing in you. When you are allowing yourself to loosen your hold upon the duplicity of self, then you shall be accomplishing; but as you continue to view better and worse and you are striving and not addressing to the belief systems that you hold, you shall continue within your conflict. Do you not think that if this were not so, that throughout your ages individuals upon your planet would not have already formulated the method for complete, ultimate successfulness in every area?

You are inventive creatures. You are extremely creative. You may build machinery to explore your physical space, but you may not solve these tiny individual problems of successfulness within individuals; for no prophet or psychic may express to you a method for accomplishment, if you are not trusting of you.

I shall allow you questions, if you are wishing.

DREW: I have a question. In your terms, would it be true to say that success is ultimately acceptance?

ELIAS: In my terms, it is not important. In your terms, it is important.

DREW: Well, it seems that if trusting self and allowing yourself to physically manifest what is in alignment with your intent and your value fulfillment is really the most efficient way to eliminate conflict, it seems that ‘wants’ would be in opposition to that.

ELIAS: Not necessarily; but if your wants become obsessive or if your wants are occupying the majority of your thought process, then you are thwarting yourself.

DREW: Wouldn’t a trusting of self and a belief and an understanding that no experience is better or worse lead to an acceptance of, ‘Any experience is okay and in alignment with intent?’ And if I were to put myself in a position of that kind of trust and acceptance of whatever happens, it seems that that would eliminate wants.

ELIAS: You shall have desires which are in line with your intent. Your wants shall become temporary.

DREW: Temporary until they’re fulfilled? Why would they be temporary?

ELIAS: In this, I may express that within reality your ongoing wants are also temporary, but within this context I express that they shall be very temporary; for you may desire movement into new areas, as you are always becoming and exploring, but you shall not experience conflict with these wants which are connected to the desire; for you shall allow yourself, within trust, to manifest. Therefore, these shall be temporary. You experience conflict for you do not manifest. Therefore, you continue your cycle over and over. You do not manifest; therefore, you concentrate more; therefore, you experience more conflict; and as you experience more conflict, you concentrate more, and you experience more conflict!

DREW: Would wants that are not in alignment with our intent be a result of belief systems?

ELIAS: Absolutely.

CAROL: Would you repeat that?

DREW: The question was, would wants that are not in alignment with our intent be a result of belief systems?

CAROL: (Sighing) Thank you.

NORM: Bummer!

DREW: And so this kind of brings me back to this idea that ... Because you know I like methods! They’re helpful for me. If I want to apply what you’re talking about, the first step for me would be to concentrate less on my wants and just have more of an allowance of action, whatever that action is, without judgment about it.

ELIAS: Partially.

DREW: Okay, what’s the other part??? (Laughter)

ELIAS: You look to your concentration as a means of manifesting. You concentrate upon these areas that you wish to manifest, which the more you concentrate upon these, in essence what you are accomplishing is reinforcing the underlying belief systems; for if you do not hold these belief systems that you may not accomplish, it would be unnecessary to continue to be concentrating upon the objective; but as you doubt and do not trust, you continue within your concentration and you continue to reinforce the belief systems.

DREW: The conundrum that I have with this whole situation is that if we ultimately accept and allow action to occur naturally, it’s very possible that the action that occurs and which is in alignment with our intent is not in alignment with what we objectively think we want. It may be completely opposite, and it’s the letting go of belief systems about some things being good and some things being bad that is the tough one for me, and the reason why it’s really hard to let go and trust. Because it’s almost like setting a boat to sail and just letting it go wherever the tide takes it and trusting that even if it crashes against the rocks that’s okay, because there is no good or bad. But it’s this fear of crashing against the rocks that keeps me at the rudder of the boat, steering it in the direction I want to go, even if the wind is in another direction and I’m fighting it the whole way. So it’s a real puzzlement, about how to let go of these belief systems about good and bad and just be accepting of whatever happens.

ELIAS: Your attempts to this present now are unsatisfactory to you. Therefore, why do you not choose to explore another avenue? (Pause) Fear!

DREW: Exactly.

RETA: May I ask you then ... All of us would like to be in line with our intents, naturally. But some of us have never developed an instinct or an intuition to trust ourselves to know that intent, and perhaps we’d all like to know sooner instead of later what our intent has been so we can accomplish these things. Can you give us a few ideas on developing an understanding of our intent, or of ourselves and our belief systems?

ELIAS: Look to yourself and examine the entirety of your focus. Look to the commonalties throughout your focus presently. Your intent shall be manifest from the beginning. You shall be following with this throughout the entirety of your focus. Therefore, look and view the events and the desires within you throughout your focus, and you shall arrive at the intent that you hold. Be understanding that regardless of whether you realize objectively what your intent is, you shall manifest in line with this intent. You may experience conflict, for you hold fearfulness and you allow belief systems to block you within your movement; but you shall be manifesting within the designs of your intent.

RETA: If I were to follow my inner feelings I would really believe that I know most of my intent, but I would say the conflict comes when I do not allow myself to go that way, or that I allow others around me to discourage me from that.

ELIAS: Quite; for I express to you to look to self. Trust self. This is of utmost importance; not to be following of another or allowing conflicting influence of another, but to be a straight little sapling and to be concerned only with self. (2)

You shall not betray you! You know within you which direction you wish to proceed within. You allow yourselves, as you do not trust yourselves, to be swayed by other individuals and circumstances and belief systems. It is quite difficult within physical focus to be trusting of self, and knowing that you shall not betray you. Individuals express, ‘Trust within the universe, and it shall provide for you.’ I shall express to you, this is not quite so far off. Trust self, and you shall provide for you.

CHRIS: Is that why at times when, I mean on a small scale of this grand idea, if you let something go, you have something on your mind that you want to find or that you want to do, you just let it go and trust that ‘It’ll come up, I’m not gonna make a big deal about this,’ and then in my experience, it just shows up. You know, something in my mind says, ‘Oh, look under there,’ and I find it. So basically you’re just saying that we can do this very same thing on a grand scale, and that’s what this goal thing and the purpose thing all comes from. Is that right?

ELIAS: Absolutely. Effortlessly!

CHRIS: So we really don’t have to do anything.

ELIAS: Your belief systems dictate to you that you must do much, that you must be striving, that you must be expelling tremendous effort or you shall not accomplish your goals. I have expressed to you ongoingly, you may accomplish all effortlessly. You create effort with conflict, for you do not trust.

BOB: Effortlessness doesn’t necessarily imply non-action, though.

ELIAS: Correct.

BOB: So to use Drew’s example of the boat, you don’t just get on the boat and wait for it to float someplace, whether that be on the rocks or out to sea. It’s still appropriate to be at the rudder. You just have to trust that you’re going to steer the boat in the proper direction, and have some sense of where you want to go.

ELIAS: Trust your directions. You are the director. You are the captain of the boat.

BOB: So not steering the boat would be not accepting or trusting. It would be simply giving up. (Elias nods)

DREW: But it is true to say that your intent, or the experience you’ve chosen for this life, is to crash into the rocks, is it not?

ELIAS: If you are choosing! (Laughter)

CHRIS: But we are where we’re supposed to be at this moment, and everything that’s come before was supposed to have happened, and everything is okay.

ELIAS: Quite; this being how you may look to yourselves and be accepting of self. There is no difference with ‘supposed to be’ or ‘choose to be.’ It is the same, for all things are choice. All actions, all probabilities, are choice. You have chosen every action within your focus. You are where you have created yourself to be. If you are experiencing conflict within what you have created, you may look to yourself inwardly and explore the belief systems that hold you, that do not allow your movement and cloud your choices, to be experiencing no conflict.

You hold many, many belief systems, many of which are in line with obligation to other individuals. You create your reality dependent upon your belief systems of the expectations of others. You must be appearing at your work place at a specific time. You must be accomplishing a specific task. You must speak within a certain manner, as to not be offensive to another individual. You must be caring for another individual. You must, you must, you must! All of these musts are belief systems. You may choose to hold these belief systems, and they may be efficient, and you may not experience conflict within them; but you also may experience conflict, and as you do, then you may evaluate these belief systems, recognizing that all that you accomplish, all that you do, is filtered through belief systems. Some of these belief systems are efficient for you; some are not.” [session 165, April 19, 1997]

RETA: “I’ve been reading another book which is enlightening on bringing all this together, and I finally realized that just even the words that we say in trying to project images that we want to have are awfully important. One of the words was ‘want,’ and my goodness, here we’re always saying, ‘I want to do this, I want to do that,’ and that ‘want’ word comes to be a hold because you’re still wanting. Have you got a few others you’d like to explain, and explain how that works?

ELIAS: This word ‘want’ shall lead us into our discussion of belief systems, for this is related to a belief system. You ‘want’ for the reason that you perceive that what you are or what you have is insufficient. Therefore, you want differently. This also is related to your issues of duplicity, which also is a belief system. You feel that your creation is insufficient or ‘not enough’ or lacking, or elements of your creation are negative or bad. Therefore, they are needing change. If you are accepting of the belief systems, you are also understanding that they are belief systems, and this is what is influencing your ‘want.’

In addressing to these belief systems, you may also be considering their hold upon you, and you may be attempting to alter your perception in viewing your situation differently; accepting that each moment of your creation is your creation of your reality, and you are accomplishing this quite efficiently and for the reasons of experience that you have chosen. Therefore, it is unnecessary to be ‘wanting’ of other elements; although I am quite aware that within physical focus, and as you continue to hold belief systems quite strongly, this is definitely a reality!

The object of the action of the shift is to be accepting of belief systems, therefore neutralizing their energy and releasing you, allowing you the opportunity to alter your perception and eliminate your conflict; for as you want what you do not have, you create conflict! But if you are recognizing that it is unnecessary to be expelling energy in the area of wanting, you may redirect your energy more creatively and you may be creating of those very elements that you want.

RETA: Some more direct words would be like, ‘It’s happening.’ Not ‘It’s going to happen,’ but ‘It’s happening. I feel it now.’ So I wouldn’t negate it by saying ‘want,’ which can stop it.

NORM: ‘I have? I have wealth.’ Or I have anything that I want....

RETA: Want! See, that word stops you!

ELIAS: Initially, as I have stated previously, you may be choosing to engage this type of action to be reinforcing of yourself, although you are not in actuality changing the belief system, though this is what you are attempting to be doing; but within your attempt to be changing the belief system, you also offer energy to accomplishing the acceptance. The objective is not to be changing. You may change your belief systems at any moment. You accomplish only exchanging one belief system for another belief system, which continues to hold much energy and power. In accepting these belief systems, you neutralize this power and you offer yourself the opportunity to be expressing more creatively. In this, you may be actualizing what you want and it shall matter not, for you may not be so focused within the want any longer.

JIM: Can you define ‘accepting?’ (Vicki and Cathy crack up)

ELIAS: (Grinning) Ah! Lawrence [Vicki] and Shynla [Cathy] are amused within their difficulty of this situation!

To your objective awareness presently, you have presented yourself with the idea that belief systems exist. You accept the idea that they are existing ‘sometimes,’ as you are ‘sometimes’ accepting the idea that you create your reality ... when it is convenient! (Laughter) In this, you have been teaching yourselves to be altering belief systems or exchanging belief systems or changing belief systems or ‘playing’ with belief systems ... which in actuality is what you are doing, playing with belief systems, for you know not what else to be doing with these belief systems! (Laughter) Now that you partially incorporate the acceptance of the idea of the possibility of the existence of belief systems, you enter your next phase, which you view to be quite impossible to be accomplishing ... although you may be accomplishing! You will be accomplishing!

As you approach a belief system and you look to its affectingness, initially you are objectively attempting to not be allowing this belief system to be controlling of your behavior. Initially, this is sufficient within this present now, for you have not reached the point within this present now that you may actualize complete acceptance of a belief system; but you begin. In this, you may be behaving contrary to the belief system. Recognition of the identification of each belief system is quite important. In many aspects, you do not offer yourselves even the recognition of the belief system. Once you have recognized the belief system, in a moving towards acceptance of the belief system you must be objectively concentrating to be allowing an interaction and mergence of subjective and objective awarenesses. In this, you must be releasing your stubbornness to be holding to these belief systems.

The largest belief system, which is held within mass and affecting of all of your other belief systems, is that one which is expressed of right and wrong; for you incorporate thought processes and feelings, and believe they are right. You incorporate action that you believe is wrong, or you interact with other individuals and you believe you are right and they are wrong! This is influencing in many more areas than you allow yourself to view presently. It enters into all of your reality. You dress in certain manners, for it is right. You do not walk about your society with no clothing, for it is wrong. You speak in certain manners to each other and to yourself, for you believe this to be right. You eat in ‘right’ manners. You do not place your food substances upon your ground and consume this in the fashion of a hog, for you believe there are right methods and wrong methods for everything! You do not wear your left shoe upon your right foot, for this is wrong! Within these very small examples, you may see how this belief system enters into every activity and thought and feeling within the entirety of your focus. This shall be the most influencing belief system and the most difficult belief system to be accepting; but you may, in very small increments, be allowing yourself to be attempting, and in this you begin with recognizing.

Acceptance is a neutralization of the energy which is expelled within belief systems. This energy is expelled within individuals and within mass. You must understand that these belief systems that you hold, hold energy of their own.

Thought is energy. It is reality! Your feelings are energy. They are reality! Therefore, you lend energy to the belief systems, which hold their own energy. In acceptance of the belief systems, you neutralize the action of adding to the energy collected within the belief system. Each moment that you continue in your right and wrong opinions and actualizing these, you lend energy to the belief system. You lend energy to the action of actualizing these belief systems, although you may not actualize them individually, personally, alone. You lend energy to the mass in non-acceptance of the belief systems.

The concept – which is a reality, but to you it is a concept still – of energy and consciousness is quite elusive to you, for you may not view this as a ‘thing.’ You do not understand what energy and consciousness is, which they are the same. They are inseparable. In this, I may express to you that you may visualize an example to yourself and be pretending that consciousness and energy holds a form; that the energy created and lent to a belief system holds an actual form. It does not, but you may imagine in this manner for helpfulness to yourself. In this, you may visualize that each moment that you continue to be not accepting of a belief system, you contribute to its energy as growing.

Visualize a balloon. Initially, it holds no air. Each time you are not accepting of a belief system, you are blowing into the balloon. It is accumulating energy. It is growing for you are lending energy to this, which accomplishes creating more difficulty for acceptance of belief systems; for as you continue to add energy to them, you are not neutralizing them. You are reinforcing them! Acceptance is a recognition of the energy that is contained within the belief systems and the action that it creates itself, for it actualizes in energy and consciousness almost as a thing. It is a reality, no less than any other reality. You do not see your air, but it is a reality.” [session 188, June 29, 1997]

TOM: “So if we move into acceptance of all of our belief systems, desire which moves into creativity is still there, I guess, is what I am viewing.

ELIAS: Absolutely. Your desire is unaffected in its intensity in the action of accepting belief systems. Your desires are affected in that they shall be altered slightly, for there shall not remain [a] motivation to be responding automatically to held belief systems, and therefore in this, your movement into your desires shall be more efficient and shall allow you more of a purity and freedom in your expression of your desires and your creativity.

But this is a concept that is misunderstood or at times not grasped by many individuals within physical focus. They automatically assume, in relation to their presently held belief systems, that if they are moving into the area of acceptance of belief systems that they shall become complacent and shall hold no more desire to be engaging movement into new areas of creativity. This is incorrect!

You merely open the way, so to speak, to be moving more fully and less encumbered into your creativity and the expressions of your desires, which allows you more of a fullness and liberty in your expression within physical focus. In this, you shall offer to yourselves the validation of this very action as you allow yourselves to move into the area of acceptance of belief systems.

The more you move closer to acceptance of any given belief system, the more obvious it shall become to you – and it shall become more of an actual reality to you – that you also automatically as a natural byproduct of this action move into a fuller expression of desire, a more of a motivation in the area of creativity and expression, a liberation within your emotions, and a true experiencing of joyfulness within your focus.

Automatically also is the elimination of many aspects of conflict and that which you view to be negativity, elements of binding you within energy, and your emotional expressions of anxiety or depression or that which you label as unhappiness.” [session 297, July 14, 1998]

MARI: “I would like to move to an area now regarding my job. I am 56 years old. I have had a good job with a good company for a little over a year. My manager has decided to separate from the parent company and go out on his own. The parent company has wonderful benefits and is the major reason I took the job. Will I remain with this manager in the separate company, and if so, will I get equivalent benefits, including a good retirement plan? Or would I be better off financially hoping for a job with the parent company and leaving my present job, which I do like?

ELIAS: And I shall pose the inquiry back to you. Where is your desire?

MARI: I’m sorry, I didn’t hear what you said. Could you repeat?

ELIAS: The inquiry returns to you. Where is your desire?

MARI: I would like to stay on the job I have now with my manager, but get all the benefits, including a retirement plan. I like my job, and my manager is a genius and he’s exciting to work for, and I like him and I’d like to stay there, but I would like to know that I could have a good package when I retire, and all the good benefits.

ELIAS: Therefore, your conflict stems from the lack of trust within self and what you may be creating within your physical focus.

Now; let me express to you that I shall not enter the area of prediction with you. I shall not offer you statements of predictions as to what probabilities shall be occurring futurely, for be remembering that all actions are probabilities and may be altered at any moment. Therefore, there is no set line of probabilities and there is no set future in one direction or another direction. You always hold the ability to be creating of new probabilities and new actions. In this, it is dangerous to be accessing information that moves in the direction of absolute predictions. I shall suggest to you to be leery of any essence or any individual that moves into these areas, for this is discounting of your free will and your ability to be altering probabilities in every given moment.

I shall express to you that this would be your choice as to which direction you move into futurely, but in this choice, let me also acknowledge to you that you hold the ability to move into different areas and continue in the direction that you view as interesting, exciting, and fun, and you may also be creating of what you view to be your financial physical needs also.

Let me express also that individuals within physical focus concern themselves very strongly with physical needs, so to speak. There is no physical need that you hold that you are not capable of providing for if you are merely trusting and accepting of yourself, for as you trust within yourself, you also create situations that shall provide you with your needs.

In actuality, you have no physical needs, so to speak. In this, they are physical wants, but wants are not bad! They merely are, and in this you hold the ability to fulfill any particular want that you may be moving in the direction of.

You may more efficiently create what you want if it is in alignment with your intent and with your desire. You may create a want which is not in alignment with your desire and your intent, but it shall also create a thickness and it shall create conflict for you. But in moving in the direction of your intent and your desire within your focus, you may be creating of that which you view to be your needs quite easily! It is merely a situation of trusting yourself and your abilities to be accomplishing ANYTHING within your focus.” [session 299, July 19, 1999]

NORM: “I have a question in regard to myself as a focus. Do all of my thoughts objectively realize in matter somewhere in some dimension?

ELIAS: Not necessarily. Thought does not always materialize into what you view as matter or solid objects, although many times it may be creating of solid objects in matter within physical dimensions.

There ARE certain thought processes that DO materialize into physical matter within other parallel realities or probable realities that may not objectify themselves within this particular reality that you hold your attention within, but all thought is not necessarily projected into what you think of as physical mass, into an object in matter. Although I shall also express to you that any thought process that is verbalized DOES acquire a physical type of reality, for there is a chemical alteration within physical dimensions that occurs in a very minute type of expression.

Therefore, there is what you may term within the scientific community as a chemical reaction that occurs as you verbalize thought, and this creates an actual solidity in your atmosphere, so to speak, in like manner to the element of your air, which holds somewhat of a solidity, for it does materialize into actual molecules which are physical. Therefore also, your verbalized thought patterns change from what you may view as electrical energy patterns into physical formations chemically which are expressed within your physical dimension.

NORM: For years, I have had dreams and mental development of my retirement yacht. At one time it was a catamaran, and for the last three or four years it’s been a trimaran. Most of my discussion of that was purely mental, although I have described it to others. One of my curiosities is, is there an alternate dimension somewhere in which the yacht is a reality?

ELIAS: Yes. Now; within certain thought processes of choices that follow your desire, you do in actuality create these probabilities in alternate realities or probable realities. Therefore, they are expressed and they are manifest. This is not to say that you may not be also creating of this same physical element within your own physical reality, for you may be creating of different aspects of the same thought process within several different alternate or parallel realities.

In this, I am expressing to you that as you may be creating of some element physically within another dimension or an alternate reality, this is not to say that this shall be the only area within consciousness that it may be expressed and created. You may be creating of a very similar reality within this particular dimension.

But as to your inquiry of the actualization of this physical form within another reality, yes, you have created a projection through your thought processes of the actual materialization of this creation already, and you may be moving into the direction of creating this also within this physical dimension.

As I have expressed previously, as you express these thought processes verbally, you also lend energy to their physical creation within this dimension. This is not to say that you may not be creating of any element physically within this dimension without verbalizing your intention and desire in this area, but you acquire much more energy as you do verbalize these thought processes, for you begin the probabilities into an actual physical manifestation, for the very language that you express within creates a physical response, and physical elements are being created.

NORM: The actual verbalization of ideas has an interaction, then, with the thing ‘time’ that is different than the thought process? In other words, the verbalization, is that because of the fact that I am living molecules now? That as I speak, the thing ‘time’ can encompass the thought, and the thought is like the mold, in conjunction with time, is the thing that will actually objectify the thought energy?

ELIAS: Let me offer you an example. First of all, I shall express to you, yes, as you verbally express, there is a different interaction within the interaction of time than the expression of a thought process. Now, let me offer you an example in visual terms that you may be understanding.

Within consciousness, visualize your thoughts as merely waves within your air. They are within the time framework within your physical focus. Therefore, time is affecting of them and they are affecting of time to an extent, but they are as air waves that may be to your viewing invisible and floating within your air, as your air may be the expression of the time element itself.

Now; introducing into this air, you may view the expression of verbalization as a chemical reaction within your air. In this, you may look to the reaction within the air as a sort of condensation, in a manner of speaking, to which certain molecules may be collecting together, as you are instructing the links of consciousness to be coming together to form an actual solid object, in a very similar manner to molecules forming together to form water droplets that may become rain or mist. There becomes a thickness of these molecules that you may actually physically view. Apart from each other, you may not necessarily view the actual physical form of water. Within your air, as the molecules are more farther spread from each other, you may feel the effect of what you term to be humidity, but you do not see within your air the actual droplets of water.

In like manner, thought processes are in existence within your physical consciousness within physical dimensions, but they are not necessarily acquiring physical form and thickness within your dimension, for they have not been directed in this manner. The links of consciousness are not being directed to be moving together to form an actual solid object or form.

In the expression verbally within your language, you lend more energy to the creation of solidity within your time element. You create a physical interaction with your time framework and the energy expressed of your desire and your thought process. Therefore, your impulses of your thoughts move into a physical interaction with your time framework, and this is creating of a new direction with the links of consciousness, moving those links of consciousness, which are the thought processes, into more of a thickness.

In this, it is quite similar to the action of the humidity within your air, that you feel but you do not see, moving into a collectiveness of the molecules coming together and bonding themselves into actual water droplets, becoming an actual physical form that you may in actuality view physically and you may touch, and this interacts with all of your physical senses, for it now holds an element of solidity.

This is the action of your time element upon the creation of instruction of links of consciousness to be moving together to form physical mass. Are you understanding?

NORM: Yes. I would like to ask a question then, because of the fact that recently I had read something in regard to an act by a swami or a yogi that had the ability to physically form objects. It appears to me, in your previous discussion here, that the intention that I give to the mental thought and the intention that I give to the spoken thought would make a difference in regard to the links of consciousness following that intention, as well as the form of the thought or the mold of the thought, so to speak.

Previously, maybe about a year ago, I asked you a question in regard to man-made quartz and the ability for it to have certain psychic capabilities. Your answer at that time was that the intention of the production of the man-made quartz was not along those lines, and of course the intention of those man-made quartz crystals was for the element of production of time generation and computers and so on.

So, it appears that the intention of my thought processes will make a difference in regard to the links of consciousness, how they will form, and perhaps they could be so instructed by my intention that they would actually produce a physical object. Am I interpreting the entire set of ideas correctly there?

ELIAS: You are correct in this statement, for your intention and your intent are very affecting of what you are creating within physical mass. It is also very affecting in what you are creating in other expressions, but within the creation of physical matter, this is quite influential. For there are situations that you may be expressing a want to be creating of a certain physical element within matter, and you may hold a thought process in this direction and you may also express verbally in this direction that you are wishing to be creating a certain physical element, but if this element is not in agreement and harmony with your intent within your physical focus, you may not be actualizing into this particular physical area of consciousness the actual materialization of this physical matter. You shall be materializing this element within an alternate or parallel dimension, for you have created the line of probabilities and therefore have actualized the probabilities, and in this you may be creating of actual physical mass within an alternate reality, but this is not to say that you may always be physically creating of every element that you want to be creating within this particular physical focus if it is not in alignment with your intent.

Now; I may also express to you that you may be experimenting with many different creations within physical focus that may not entirely be in alignment with your intent within this physical focus, and you may be successful in creating physical matter, but the quality of that physical object shall be different from the quality of the object that you may WANT to be creating, for it is not following within alignment to your intent.

Therefore, in this, your intent and also your intention – for these are different words expressing different definitions – but in these two words within your language, if your intent and your intention within creating of any physical object is in alignment and harmony, then you shall be creating of your physical desire, which is also different from a want, and this shall be expressed physically within your dimension.

NORM: The key ideas here are the parallelism of the intention and the intent. The intent, to me, is a deep-seated psychological area of my focus, whereas the intention is the current thought processes that I’m going through. Would that be a correct interpretation of your usage of the words intent and intention?

ELIAS: This would be a close interpretation to your manner of thinking, so to speak, for your intent is your overall direction, so to speak, within the lines of probabilities that you create within any given physical focus, or within ANY focus of essence, physical or non-physical. The intent is the direction of probabilities in the potential of its creation. It is the direction of your desire within any particular focus of essence.

Your intention is more immediate. Your intention moves more in the direction of your physically focused wants. Therefore, your intention is the momentary movement in any given situation and your ideas and your feelings in regard to any of these given areas, which are affecting of your creation of your probabilities, but they are different from your intent. Your intent is the overall direction of your desire within a given focus.” [session 321, September 20, 1998]

VICKI: “My question goes back to this allowance/penetration/buffer thing (3)... if you could maybe give some information about how to create this buffer a little more efficiently than I seem to be able to create presently.

ELIAS: This is in actuality directly related to your own acceptance of self. I have expressed to you all many times that your initial direction is to be concerning yourself with self, and subsequently you move in the direction of the acceptance of other individuals, for this automatically is a natural byproduct of your own acceptance of self, for in the areas that you are not accepting of self, you also are not accepting of other individuals.

It may take different forms, but your lack of acceptance of self is that which you project outwardly to other individuals in the expression of lack of acceptance of them and their expressions.

You may express to yourselves that you are quite accepting of another individual’s expression, but you are not accepting of your own expression within this same situation. This may hold true – in a manner of speaking, in your terms – but underlyingly, your lack of acceptance of self shall project to another individual in a lack of acceptance of them within a similar area. It merely appears camouflaged, but it is a mirror action.

Therefore, although you are all influencing of each other, you are not creating of each other’s reality, and that influence which is projected may be discriminated upon within your physical focus. You may choose what influences to be accepting and what influences to not be accepting, in the manner of penetration.

Not that you are not accepting of the expression of another individual – you are allowing the allowance of the other individual pushing their ball – but you do not necessarily need be allowing their ball to collide with your ball. (4) This is the penetration action. As you allow their ball to collide with your ball, you have allowed the penetration. But you may, as you view the approach of the other ball, move your ball, in physical terms.

In terms of energy and consciousness of self, you do not necessarily move your physical self away from an energy projection of another individual – which is an expression of another individual – but you do not allow the penetration of the energy into your energy field. You allow your energy field to be the buffer.

Now; the action of allowing your energy field to be the buffer that the energy expression projected shall bounce off of is the action of acceptance of self, and therefore not holding to your energy field; not holding to the movement, the motion of your energy centers within you which are creating of your energy field which surrounds you. But as you hold tightly to your energy field ... let us continue with our example of your stick and your ball.

You stand with your stick and your ball. Another individual enters your area – not your game, but your area – and engages playing their game. They push their ball with their stick, and you view this ball approaching your ball.

In this, you move quickly, snatching up your ball and your stick and holding tightly to your ball and your stick, and in this action of holding so very tightly to your ball and your stick, you are quite occupied, and the other ball strikes your toe! (Laughter) For you are preoccupied with holding to your ball and your stick, that they may not be struck, and you are guarding them preciously, and your attention is fixed, and therefore you create the allowance for the other ball to strike you.

But if you are not snatching your ball and your stick, and you are not holding so very tightly within your grasp, you may respond to this approaching other ball by pushing your ball with your stick in another direction, for your attention is not fixed upon your grasp. It is allowed the periphery. It is allowed the openness of view, to be watching the approach, and also viewing within your periphery all of the other area available to move your ball.

CATH: Can I ask a question? It’s exactly the opposite of what she asked. What if the ball enters your area willingly, but plays a kind of dances with wolves with you? You want to engage the ball, the other ball, and it comes closer, then backs off and comes closer, and you want the energies to meet, but they can’t quite. You’re talking about keeping separate. I’m saying, how do you come together? Do you follow me?

ELIAS: Quite! This involves agreement, for you are not manipulating of the other ball.

CATH: Right.

ELIAS: You may manipulate your ball, and you may push your ball with your stick and you may be colliding with the other ball, but it is also the choice of the other individual playing their game to be colliding with your ball subsequently and to be engaging your ball.

This is an agreement that you may enter into, and you may push your balls together for a time period if you are choosing within that agreement, but you may not be manipulating the choice of the other individual pushing their ball, for each individual holds their own choices and is manipulating of their ball in their own expression.

You may influence by colliding with their ball. They may be traveling a straight direction and you may collide with their ball, which shall be influencing of their ball to veer in another direction. But this may be temporary, for they may choose to replace their ball upon their line and continue within their straight direction, or they may choose to be creating of a new direction. These would be agreements that are created within shared experiences of individuals.

(Intently) You do not engage experiences with other individuals without agreements.

CATH: But what if you have a half-agreement? The other ball wants to play, but keeps pulling back, afraid. As I said, the dances with wolves, where they come closer and then back, come closer and back, where they can’t quite make it. It seems to be short-circuiting. The connection between the balls doesn’t quite make it. It almost comes together, and then back....

ELIAS: And are you expressing an inquiry to a solution of this dance?

CATH: I suppose, on how to handle it, how to approach this particular situation.

ELIAS: To be addressing to your own wants, recognizing that the expression of the other individual is their choice and is their expression and needs not be affecting and is not dictating of your direction, and in this, you may be focusing your attention upon your want in the action of the dance and examining your motivation, so to speak, in the area of your want.

I am not expressing desire, for this is a different action, for your desire follows your intent, and this is a different subject matter.

But your wants many times are expressed by your lack of trust and your lack of acceptance, and this is creating of wants.

You WANT an element that you perceive you do not have. Therefore, it is an element to be acquired, but there is no element for you to acquire, for you already hold all of the elements. Therefore, the want is the expression of an area of lack of trust and acceptance within yourself, and this is YOUR expression of the projected energy to another individual or situation.

This also involves our very famous little aspect bird of control (5), which we are all so very fond of and are quite engaging of this little bird! For within physical focus, within this particular dimension, you have created feeding this little bird of control quite well, and it is becoming quite fat and also very demanding, for you are quite insistent upon playing with this bird, and when you may not be playing with this bird with another individual, you shall play with this bird with yourselves, and you shall be controlling of yourselves and of all that you perceive surrounds you, for this feeds another bird, of safety.

If you are feeding the nice fat bird of control, it in return is quite obliging and feeding the little bird of safety, and these are all more aspects of belief systems that you have lent much energy to.

And what do you perceive that you shall be needing safety within or from, if all is you? If there is no separation, there is no other essence that is not intermingled with you. Therefore, in a manner of speaking, All-That-Is, is YOU. And what shall you require safety from within yourself? For how shall you betray you, and how shall you be hurtful to yourself? In actuality – other than through your perception of your belief systems – but in actuality, there is no hurtfulness. It is merely a perception.” [session 331, October 16, 1998]

LEELA: “I still have difficulties with the parents of my friend. I feel obliged to visit them more than I would like. I know they are very happy when we are there, but I do not feel comfortable with that. Although my friend wants us to go there a lot, I don’t feel like doing this. Can you tell me something about that?

ELIAS: Yes. This is also your presentment to yourself – very much in alignment with all that we have been discussing this day – in offering yourself the opportunity to be accepting and trusting of self and recognizing that your expression of self is acceptable and that you need not be allowing other individuals to be dictating your behavior, and this is NOT creating an expression of not caring or of negativity, so to speak.

This offers you the opportunity to offer the example and the expression to other individuals that you may be quite caring and hold affection for another individual and be participating in relationship with this other individual, and this is not to say that you need be moving in the same expressions as that individual.

There may be an allowance within yourself and an acceptance within yourself of the other individual’s expression and wants and desires, but this is not to say that you may hold the same wants and desires and expressions, and this is acceptable, for this is the element of acceptance. In moving in the direction of acceptance of self, this is the opportunity for you to offer to yourself that it is acceptable for you to be expressing yourself in whichever manner you choose.

You may be expressing your own behavior and there is no wrong in that behavior, and if you are not choosing to be engaging of certain situations and if you are experiencing uncomfortableness, this is your communication to yourself that you are pushing yourself in areas of non-acceptance of yourself and compliance with another individual, and this also is a dictate of an aspect of the belief system of relationship.

One of the aspects of the belief system of relationship is that you shall be compromising and compliant with your partner or your friend, and this is a selfless action and is the expression of acceptance of the other individual. It also is viewed as being good and noble, and it is viewed as a very worthy quality. This is most definitely an aspect of the belief system of relationship coupled with duplicity, for if you are moving in the direction of expression of self, you shall identify this as selfish. If you are moving in the direction of placing self first and looking to your own wants and desires, this shall be viewed as a lack of acceptance of another individual, for we are quite aware that you shall ALWAYS place another individual before yourself, (grinning) for this would be the acceptable expression within the aspects of the belief systems.

But in actuality, as I continue to express to you all, as you allow yourselves to move more fully into your own expressions and acceptance of yourselves, you automatically also project more of an acceptance of other individuals, which shall be noticed, and in this it shall lend energy to the perpetuation of acceptance itself in general. Therefore, I am quite encouraging of you to be following your own intuition, your own wants, and your own desires, and not to be moving in the direction of succumbing to the dictates of other individuals and THEIR wants and desires.

And in this, you shall be more helpful to yourself and to other individuals than to be creating of what you view to be negative elements, which shall grow in the areas of moving yourself into behaviors that you are not pleased with, and subsequently creating different feelings and behaviors in the areas of not only uncomfortable, but more of a lack of acceptance, and resentment.” [session 340, November 15, 1998]

DEANE: “I have problems consciously identifying communications from essence. If I’m following an impulse or if I need advice and counsel, and shall we say ‘go inside to get it,’ I do not know how to tell if what I am receiving is from THAT portion of myself or something resulting from wishes, hopes, and dreams. I recently lost money in the options market because I thought the communications I received were really, really valid! Now, how do I tell the difference between a valid communication from this portion of myself, and one that is not? Or was it valid to begin with, setting me up so I would lose? (Elias grins)

ELIAS: (Chuckling) Interesting question!

Now; let me explain to you that at times you may be receiving information from essence that in your terms appear[s] to be in actuality ‘setting you up,’ so to speak, for within the probabilities that you create and in alignment with your intent, at times you may be choosing certain lines of probabilities to be creating certain actions that shall gain your attention and shall allow you to be moving forward within your probabilities, offering you information that you shall pay attention to and that shall be beneficial to you within the creation of other probabilities. In this situation, let me express to you that many individuals become confused in identifying which voice to be listening to within themselves.

I have expressed previously that you may be experiencing two small voices within you and this may be creating of confusion at times, for as you choose to be moving into listening to self and within, if you are experiencing two small voices, you may become distracted and not be comprehending which voice is that which you may be listening to.

Let me express to you that in these types of situations, what you have created is a second small voice which is not the communication of essence, but it is a means of communication of yourself within your wants – not necessarily your desires, but in alignment with your wants – that has quite efficiently learned to camouflage itself in the disguise that appears quite similar to that small, quiet voice of essence. In this, you may be expressing at times communication to yourself with regard to your objective wants.

Now; let me also express to you that this is not bad or negative or wrong, for in listening to this particular voice you may be creating of events and actions that may appear to you to be negative or distressing, but they also are beneficial to you in different manners. In one respect they are beneficial to you, for they offer to you the opportunity to distinguish between these two voices. They also offer you the opportunity to view certain aspects of your creations that may be moving in these types of manners to be offering you more information as to the direction in which you are creating your reality.

At times individuals are creating of these types of actions, that they may view certain elements of their intent and how they may be moving away from their particular intent within their individual focus. Many individuals align with mass belief systems and distract themselves in these areas and move slightly off the mark within the expression of their individual intent, and in such situations they shall offer to themselves events and creations that shall gain their attention and in this offer them information as to how they may be realigning themselves within the expression of their individual intent.

In this particular situation that you have created, you have offered yourself the opportunity to view both of these actions; one to be identifying that voice which you have created within you that is expressive of your wants, but are not necessarily in alignment with your intent. Therefore, this offers you information.

It also offers you the opportunity to view the difference in the smaller voice, which is that voice of essence. The voice of essence which speaks to you shall always be the softer voice than any other communication. This be the reason that many individuals hold difficulty in the area of identifying this communication of essence to physical focus and objective awareness. Are you understanding?

DEANE: I think so, except you say that there is a difference between my wants and my intent. I thought they were the same, particularly in this situation.

ELIAS: Not necessarily. This may be confusing with many individuals within physical focus.

Your DESIRE is that which motivates your intent and follows your intent within a particular focus, but your desire is not necessarily the same as your objective wants. Wants are those elements that are motivated within you in alignment with mass belief systems and within your objective reality, but they do not necessarily always follow your intent within a particular focus.

In this, you may also confuse yourself by rationalizing and offering yourself many reasons why certain wants may be beneficial to your particular intent, but let me also express to you that within physical focus, you are quite accomplished at fitting information into your beliefs, regardless of whether they actually fit within your reality or not!” [session 342, November 24, 1998]

VAL: “Do you have any insight for me, Elias?

ELIAS: (Chuckling) It is quite amusing, the interaction with individuals within physical focus, as you lean very often in the direction of what you are ‘supposed’ to be doing. I express to you that there is no element of your experience that you are ‘supposed’ to be accomplishing or that you ‘must’ be doing or that you ‘should’ be accomplishing! These are all aspects of your own belief systems, which push you in directions that many times create conflict and an uncomfortableness for you, for you hold very strong expectations of self that move you in the direction of pushing your own energy.

In this, many individuals view these expectations of self as their motivating force. You need not hold expectations of yourself any more than you need hold expectations of other individuals, and this shall not deplete your motivation or your desires.

I am quite advocating to you to be allowing yourself natural time, not cultural time, and to be incorporating an acceptance of what you choose and what you want, not what you view you need, for needs are an illusion.

LEN: ... I don’t know whether I can really use you as an oracle of prophecy about very concrete things?

ELIAS: Ah, the crystal ball! (Laughter)

LEN: The crystal ball, yes! We have several crystal balls, and I’ve tried them all!

Will I remain in my present physical environment, doing my job in its present physical environment, or must I move on to a new office?

ELIAS: Ah, once again! ‘Must I? Should I?’ Ah! Tsk, tsk, tsk. And I shall inquire of you, what is your want?

LEN: Oh, I want my own office!

ELIAS: I express to you to be creating your wants and not to be allowing the duplicity of obstacles, for you are quite efficient at creating many, many obstacles for yourselves and expressing discouragement, and subsequently expressing to yourselves that you cannot be accomplishing, for you have placed too many obstacles before you. Very incorrect!

All of the obstacles that appear within your path, so to speak, are your own creations of your own obstacles! Therefore, you may remove them also, as efficiently as you place them within your path.

In this, each obstacle that you view, visualize this obstacle, regardless of its size, and measure, and be creating within your visual a pillar, a column. Each time you view an obstacle, create this pillar or this column within your visual, and move it!

LEN: Move it! (Laughter)

ELIAS: Create your own object that you may physically move, and express to this pillar or this column, ‘You have been placed in my way. Now you shall move, and I shall place you here and I shall continue upon my sojourn, and you shall be to the side, and I shall create without the obstacles.’

There is no element within your physical focus, if you are trusting of yourself, that you may not create!

LEN: I agree with you.

VAL: That’s absolutely true.

LEN: Yeah, that’s absolutely true.

ELIAS: You may create ANY object, behavior, event, occurrence that you desire.

Now; I shall express to you that at times you may be wanting of certain elements which may not necessarily be in alignment with your intent and may not necessarily be beneficial to you, and may also not necessarily lend energy in this shift in consciousness. Therefore, you shall not necessarily create those wants.

Many individuals WANT to be acquiring winnings within your lottery, (laughter) but this may not necessarily be beneficial to them within their individual focus and it may not necessarily be in alignment with their individual intent.

Now; let me express to you also that individuals many times DO create physical, viewable possessions and movements that appear frivolous, but within their individual intents, they are great expressions of accomplishment in the area of trusting self!

In this, you may view an individual that is creating of a new element within their focus and expressing to you, ‘I shall acquire this.’ And you express to them, ‘This is not possible, for you to be acquiring this object within your means of your physical focus.’

And lo and behold, they are creating of this, and they are expressing to you, ‘I created this!’ For they have trusted themselves and not held doubt, and in not doubting and questioning the direction that they are creating, they are accomplishing!” [session 344, December 05, 1999]

JOANNE: “You know what I was thinking, Aileen [Carole] and I have been talking for quite some time now about ... in our efforts to be seeking more pleasure, we decided that we would like to engage in our own business activities instead of participating in the businesses of others. So, we were trying to look at our assets and decide what would be something we could do that would be successful, that we felt we had talents in these areas, and maybe you could give us a little advice, as far as ... we were considering doing some type of seminars because we find that people like to seek out information. So, we were trying to think of, what could we ... what would be the subject for these seminars? What would draw people, that they would want to come and hear about?

ELIAS: Ah, and this be the area that you divert yourselves!

Let me express, recently within several of our sessions, I have been offering information to individuals, that you magnate so very often to the REVERSE of the direction that shall be creating in your most efficient manner. And once again, (laughter) we are presented with the REVERSE viewing to be your most efficient direction! For you express, ‘What shall other individuals be drawn to? What shall we offer to individuals that they shall be drawn to?’ REVERSE! What shall YOU be drawn to and offer to other individuals?

CAROLE: Well, I’m drawn to Elias’ material!

JOANNE: I know! (Laughter)

ELIAS: Offer to other individuals what YOU are drawn to. Offer to other individuals your OWN creativity, what holds YOUR attention and interest, what fulfills YOUR desire. THIS is your most efficient direction, not to be fulfilling OTHER individuals’ desires but to be fulfilling YOURS, and other individuals shall draw themselves to this.

JOANNE: Like the book: Do what you love, and the money will follow!

ELIAS: Quite!

CAROLE: If you build it, they will come!

JOANNE: Yes! (Cracking up)

NANCY: But you have to know what to build, and that’s what she’s directly asking you. She wants to know what to build.

ELIAS: Whatever you choose! What YOU are drawn to, what ...

JOANNE: What we feel passionate about!

ELIAS: ... YOUR creation is. Yes! What YOUR desire is, not what another individual’s desire is!

You are wondrous creatures! You are extremely creative individuals! WHY shall you look to any other individual or essence and inquire, ‘What shall I do?’ WHY shall any other individual or essence dictate your direction? Direct yourselves!

This is also the action of this shift in consciousness. You have created for centuries a reality that you look to other individuals, to essences, to projections of yourselves in gods, and you inquire of all of these, ‘Offer me my direction,’ and you follow. And you move now into a time framework and an area of consciousness that you hold the freedom to be creating for yourselves and NOT be dictated to!” [session 347, December 11, 1998]

MARCOS: “I guess the thing I wanted to discuss with you is, this is very much with my intent, I believe, which is again movement, which is getting dissatisfied after a period of time in one location and wanting to come across new places, new people, new information ... and a willingness to move. I mean, it’s very clear. I guess I don’t even have a question, Elias. You’ve been extremely ... this has been extremely helpful and very clarifying.

ELIAS: Let me also express to you, Marta [Marcos], that you lean in the direction of not merely creating certain irritations within your focus as you become dissatisfied with your physical location, but you also move yourself into the area of boredom, and begin seeking out new elements of excitement within your focus.

Now; as you allow yourself to move into these types of expressions, you also incorporate more of an imbalance within your intuition and intellect, for you become restless, and in this restlessness, you are not allowing yourself the quietness to be paying attention to your own communications, and in a manner of speaking, you begin to be stirring your own pot, so to speak.

In this, you distract yourself, and at times are creating confusion and conflict within yourself, for you are not listening to your own directedness. Therefore, I caution you in this area of allowing yourself to be entering into this state of boredom and restlessness.

Be paying attention to what you are creating presently and be responsive to the information that you are offering to yourself within imagery and communication of essence, that you may efficiently be creating of new directions without incorporating conflict and trauma as you have chosen to be creating previously.

The point of offering this information to you is that you may be viewing yourself and allowing yourself to be creating of your reality more efficiently, widening your awareness and opening to your own communications, which shall be eliminating of your conflict and of any creations of trauma.

As you move more into the momentum of this shift in consciousness, these elements may present themselves more intensely than they have presented themselves previously.

There are many waves in consciousness that are occurring, and individuals as yourself may find this quite easy, to be allowing your own energy to move WITH the energy of these waves. But this may be creating of conflict at times if you are accessing these energy waves within the direction of your own dissatisfactions and frustrations and boredom, and your own restlessness.

In this, you are assimilating and assuming the energy which is lent en masse, but as you are not allowing yourself a balance and a quietness, this influx of energy may be quite disruptive to your focus.

Now; if you are recognizing the growing intensity of these energy waves within consciousness as this shift gains momentum, you may be accessing this energy and you may be using this energy in benefit to yourself, to be creating of your reality much more easily and efficiently, to be attaining more of your wants and your desires, rather than creating of confusion and conflict.” [session 360, February 09, 1999]

TOM: “One thing I’d really like to learn about today – and I know you’ve spoken on this matter many times – is the whole concept of creating our reality, and understanding the difference between creating things that we believe we must create because of some belief system and creating what we truly want to create. Does that question make sense?

ELIAS: You are inquiring as to the difference of these two elements?

TOM: Right.

ELIAS: First of all, let me express to you that you are aware that you hold belief systems and that these belief systems are very influencing of your perception, and your perception is that element which is creating of your reality in its entirety.

Now; in movement outside of the mass belief systems in the creation of your reality, initially you must be noticing the mass belief system and identifying this belief and noticing that you may hold a difference in your belief.

Now; in addressing to deliberately or intentionally creating your reality outside of the mass belief systems, you may notice and identify the mass belief. In this, you may also choose not to be compliant with this mass belief, but in your movement within your choice to be creating outside of the mass belief systems, there is required your own trust and acceptance of self, that you may be creating of your own reality regardless of the dictates of the mass beliefs.

Now; this presents the pitfall, so to speak, for many individuals may be identifying of mass belief systems, and subsequently may also identify that they wish to be choosing a different type of creation and situation. They also may not necessarily be actualizing their want in their creation, for they continue to hold alignments with these mass belief systems, and underlyingly they do not trust themselves to be actually creating their want.

Also in this process, in a manner of speaking, there is another element which involves intent, for this may be creating of a conflicting situation also. Your wants do not always follow your desire. Your desire is that movement which follows your intent, and many times your desire is a subjective element. Your want is always an objective element. Your want may not necessarily follow your desire, and therefore you may not necessarily be creating of your want. But if you are creating within your intent, following your desire and not creating a conflict in this area, you may be actualizing any of your wants within your objective awareness.

The only key in this situation is that you be accepting and trusting of yourself, knowing your own ability and knowing that you may be creating of any element in your reality that you want.

This be the reason that it is important to identify not merely the mass belief system, but also to identify your own beliefs in these areas, therefore identifying how you may be aligning and lending energy to the mass belief systems and therefore also creating your reality within the mass expressions. Are you understanding?

TOM: Could you help me with the difference in definition between desire and want?

ELIAS: Your desire is your direction which is created in conjunction with your intent. Your want is an objective thought process of elements that you wish to be drawing to yourself or creating.

Now; let us express that an individual may hold an intent in aligning with the Tumold family. Their intent moves in the direction of healing. Now; they may be creating a myriad of expressions that are in alignment with their desire, for their desire is the action of movement that shall be directing the creation or the actualization of their intent. Their intent is their direction – their focus of attention, so to speak – within a particular manifestation. Their desire follows the intent by creating a specific direction of energy in movement to be actualizing the expression of the intent.

Now; you may also, within your objective want, be holding thought processes of certain wants that are also in compliance with your desire.

Example: You may want what you may consider to be a large object objectively within your focus. You may want to be creating the actualization of a vehicle.

This creation, in objective terms, may seem contradictory to the intent of healing, but if you are moving efficiently in harmony with your subjective desire and your objective want, and you are creating – or wanting to be creating – this vehicle as an expression of your ability to be creating whatever you so choose to be creating, this may be an expression of lending energy to other individuals to view the possibilities of your own ability to be creating within your physical focus. Therefore, your motivation is moving in harmony with your desire, and you may be actualizing your creation of your objective want and therefore materialize this vehicle.

Now; if you are not moving in harmony with your desire, which is movement of your intent, and you are holding the thought process that you wish to be creating of this vehicle merely to be creating of this vehicle – in a manner of speaking – as a parlor trick to yourself, you may not necessarily be creating of this vehicle, this objective want, for it may not be following your desire within your intent. It may not necessarily be beneficial to you, and also within the whole of consciousness.

Also what is entering into involvement in this in your objective creation, as I have stated, is your alignment with beliefs and your trust and acceptance of self.

Now; let us return to the individual aligning with the Tumold and the intent of healing and the objective creation of this vehicle.

In this want of the vehicle, the individual may be creating of this vehicle in their expression of trust and acceptance of self, knowing that they hold the ability to be creating in this manner. Therefore, they shall be actualizing their want and also their desire, for they are trusting in their ability and not doubting their own creation. In this, they are actualizing not merely their objective expectation, but their subjective or underlying expectation.

Conversely, another individual may want to be actualizing this vehicle, but may not be trusting of their own ability to be creating this vehicle. Therefore, they concentrate their thought process upon their want and their expectation objectively, but underlyingly they also hold the expectation that they shall not be creating of this actualization, for they do not trust their own ability in their creative expression. THIS is what shall be created – not necessarily the objective expectation, but the underlying expectation, for this expectation is stronger than the objective expectation.” [session 375, March 20, 1999]

DONNALIE: “Is there a difference in just wanting something and creating it? I mean, if you want something I guess you can go in the direction of not creating it, but doesn’t that in itself kind of create it, or no?

ELIAS: Let me express to you first of all, any direction that you move into and choose any particular choice in any subject matter, each moment that you create any choice all probabilities are thusly created, but not all probabilities are inserted into this physical reality that you recognize. You choose one and you manifest that one in a particular moment, but all other probabilities in association with that subject are also manifest in probable realities which, in a manner of speaking, parallel this physical reality that you recognize.

Now; in association with your question concerning wants, you may engage your thought process, you may express a thought in association with a want, and you may not necessarily create that want. For you create what you concentrate upon, and you create expressions or manifestations in association with whatever direction you are moving in in a particular time framework or moment.

Now; let me explain. Your concentration is the expression of your attention. Your attention is NOT your thoughts. Therefore, what you think is not necessarily what you are concentrating upon.

Thoughts are designed in your physical reality to be translating and interpreting information that you offer to yourself. You offer yourself information in many, many manners. Thought in itself is not a communication; it is a translating mechanism. Therefore, at times you create a thought that expresses to you an identification of a want, but it may not necessarily be an accurate translation, for it is dependent upon where you are directing your attention as to whether the translation of the thought shall be accurate or precise or not. It may be partially correct.

You may express to yourself a want through thought, and indirectly it may be correct; but the identification of the want may be distorted for your attention may be scattered, and if your attention is scattered, the mechanism of thought moves to be assessing all of the directions of your attention in a particular moment, which may confuse the thought process. Therefore it gathers all available information, and in its compilation of all of the different expressions of information that it is being offered, it may express to you an identification of a want, but in actuality the genuine want may be disguised. (Pause) Let me offer you an example.

DONNALIE: That would be good. I have a hard time understanding you when you talk. (Elias chuckles) I’m concentrating so hard I’m going cross-eyed!

ELIAS: HA HA! It is unnecessary to be engaging thoughts to this extreme! (Donnalie laughs)

You may, in a particular moment, express a thought to yourself that in that moment you want to be consuming ice cream.

Now; in response to this thought identifying a want, you acquire a container of ice cream and you begin to consume this ice cream physically, and within a few moments you express another thought in questioning and you express to yourself, ‘Hmm, this ice cream is not satisfying, but I thought I wanted this ice cream. Presently I am confused, for I am not satisfied with this ice cream.’ And you discard the ice cream, and you ponder in confusion why you have not been satisfied by the consumption of this ice cream, for you have clearly identified within yourself that you WANT the ice cream.

Now; this is an example of the creation of an identification through thought of a want which is unclear. It is a distortion. You are attempting to identify a desire which is being expressed inwardly. The translation objectively within your thoughts of the desire has been expressed to you in the form of a want, but it is an unclear want – although it appears to you to be quite clear and quite definite, for you have turned your attention to your thoughts.

In turning your attention entirely to your thoughts and not paying attention to communications – remember, thought is not a communication, it is a translator – therefore, in not paying attention to the communications and focusing your attention intensely upon your thought mechanism, you automatically trust the thought and you automatically respond to the thought as an absolute.

Now; once responding to the thought and recognizing that the want was expressed inaccurately, you become confused and you question yourself, expressing to yourself, ‘If the ice cream is not what I want, what DO I want?’

Now; once identifying that the thought has been inaccurate and questioning yourself in the identification of the genuine want, you may turn your attention to the actual communications – your impressions, your senses, your intuition, your emotions – paying attention inwardly to what you are actually DOING. The want of the ice cream has been a translation of the thoughts in response to a subtle emotion of longing. The feeling of longing is the signal. You identify quickly signals objectively, but you also automatically stop with the signal. Your attention moves to the signal, and you respond merely in the identification of it, the feeling of longing. Most individuals do not allow themselves to pay attention to the message which is being offered with the signal.

Emotion is not a reaction. It is never a reaction. It is a communication, and in the moment the emotion is expressing a communication identifying precisely what you are doing inwardly in that moment. But if you are not receiving the message, you merely continue the signal and confuse yourself.

Now; in signals that you deem to be uncomfortable, your automatic response is to be overriding the signal through thought, attempting to change the feeling through thought, or to be pushing the emotion, the signal, away, distracting yourself that you shall not feel the feeling any longer.

Therefore, in relation to wants, many times your thoughts are accurately translating your communications and many times your thoughts ARE expressing to you a genuine translation accurately in the expression of wants, and therefore you trust the translation of your thoughts. But many times the translation is not accurate, and this creates confusion and frustration.

The manner in which you may recognize whether your thoughts are translating accurately or not is that you do create a quite efficient system in your reality of offering yourself many avenues of communication. In the moments that your thoughts are inaccurately translating, the communication systems move into expression and they begin expressing to you the identification that there is a misunderstanding of thought. You shall present yourself with imagery physically, or you shall present yourself with an emotion, [or] you shall present yourself with impressions; but the snare is that you have all become quite familiar with trusting and paying attention to thought in extreme, and you allow yourselves to move in the direction of altering your choices based upon the translation of your thoughts, and subsequent to these types of actions you create conflict or disappointment or frustration. This is the reason that I express to you all repeatedly to allow yourselves to become familiar with you, pay attention to you and your communications to yourself.

I may express to you, Mallory [Donnalie], you express within yourself a desire to practice paying attention to what you identify as your instinct. This that you identify as your instinct is synonymous with what I may express to you as your intuition, that voice that speaks to you in genuineness, that voice which may be trusted, which shall not betray you. But you struggle with this voice and challenge yourself with thought. You override that small voice with your thinking.

DONNALIE: So that is the voice to listen to.

ELIAS: Yes, rather than creating your continuous duel between the thoughts and the voice of your intuition.

DONNALIE: Because I use it a lot.

ELIAS: I am aware.

DONNALIE: Do you know why we ask these questions indirectly? Do you know what we’re really talking about when we do, sometimes? (Laughs)

ELIAS: Through your energy expression, yes. I may also express to you that you may ponder – pay attention – when you are expressing indirectly. What are you not trusting? What is the nature of your concern and your fear in the moments that you choose to be moving around your country to cross your street? And what are you avoiding? (6)

For I may express to you quite genuinely, as I have many times with other individuals, in the moments that you allow yourself to clearly express a question, you also shall understand the answer more clearly, and I may express to you also, which I have offered many times throughout this phenomenon, although you all believe that there are secrets within your reality, this is an illusion, for in actuality within consciousness there are no secrets. (Chuckles)

LYNDA: You laugh!

ELIAS: It matters not; there also is no judgment. As you speak with this essence, I may express to you in truth there are no judgments. It matters not – your choices are merely your choices. Your experiences are merely an exploration. There are no good or bad or better or worse choices. They merely are choices for experience within a particular moment. They are not a reflection of your worth or your value, for that may not be affected in actuality by any of your choices.

DONNALIE: Well, that was crazy – not in a bad way! (Laughing, and Elias chuckles) I’ll have to ponder. I don’t know what to say to any of that!

ELIAS: Ha ha ha ha! Very well!” [session 896, September 06, 2001]

LISA: “... when I kind of look lately on my life and my purpose here and that type of thing, I always kind of feel like when I die if I were to look back on my life, for me to have great fulfillment, to do what I was here to do, I would have to accomplish something great, and that to me would be something like volunteering to help orphan children to make a difference in their life, or doing something that contributes to society in some way. If I can do this, I will fulfill what I’m here to do.

But does it really matter what you accomplish in your life in reference to those things versus the knowledge or lessons that you learn through everyday experiences? Meaning, if I just stayed married, had kids, worked my regular job and I really didn’t do anything more than that to contribute to society, would I still be able to fulfill what I need to fulfill by the lessons that I learn on a daily basis, or is there something else out there that one needs to do to get greater accomplishment at the end of their particular focus?

ELIAS: This is an interesting question, for this also is dependent upon the individual and the individual’s choices and their desire.

Now; I may express to you, generally it is not necessary to express what you term to be tremendous outward offerings or involvements to be generating your value fulfillment or to be offering a contribution, so to speak, to your world, for your mere manifestation is what you would term to be a contribution. For you are not attempting to be creating alterations of your world, so to speak; but you manifest within this physical dimension merely to explore and to experience the exploration of self in a physical manifestation. But I may also say to you that each individual chooses their unique manner in which they shall explore their travels, so to speak, within this physical dimension.

Now; some individuals do generate tremendous desire to be outwardly expressing their travel and their direction in interaction with other individuals, and in this, there is a strong movement of energy in these individuals that expresses that desire objectively.

Now; in recognition of these types of desires, in denying that type of expression, the individual shall continue to express their value fulfillment but may also generate a knowing within themselves of a type of incompleteness. In actuality, it matters not, but what holds significance is that the individual does not allow themselves a fullness of their expression within their exploration.

Therefore, it is not necessarily what you are destined to be accomplishing or that this may be your mission, so to speak, or your purpose within a particular focus, but it is significant that you listen to your communications to yourself and allow yourself to be expressing your desire, that you generate a balance within your focus, and you allow yourself the fullness of your exploration.

This is not to say that an individual that chooses to be expressing their travel and their exploration without generating what you recognize as a tremendous contribution, so to speak, that their expression is any less than an individual that participates within their societies in a more expressive manner, for no individual’s expression and exploration is any less than any other’s. It is merely a difference in choices which is generated by each individual’s desire.

LISA: Say before I entered this particular focus, I kind of had an agreement with the things that I wanted to learn or fulfill, and say one of those things was to have this big contribution to society, and say I don’t actualize it in this focus. When I complete this focus, is it something that I will just go on to maybe actualize in another focus or...? I mean, I assume you’re saying it’s not really a bad thing, but you probably would have a more full experience if you do fully experience those desires that are pushing you into that arena.

ELIAS: Correct. But I shall also express to you, all of your focuses are occurring simultaneously, therefore once you disengage from this physical manifestation, you do not generate re-manifesting to be fulfilling what you have not expressed in this focus.

What I am expressing to you is that within this focus if you choose not to be realizing your desires, you continue to generate your value fulfillment but you may not be expressing that value fulfillment to its fullest extent, and you shall incorporate an awareness of this for the desire shall continue to be expressed throughout your focus. This is your communication to yourself, that this is what you want to be generating and you are not allowing yourself to generate that.

This is not to say that you shall move into another expression of consciousness and express a need to fulfill what you have not allowed yourself to fulfill in this particular focus. Once you choose to be disengaging from this particular focus, what you have not allowed yourself to express shall matter not, for you are moving into another direction of exploration and there is no expression of this focus that needs be repeated or continued or fulfilled in any other manner.” [session 1031, March 10, 2002]

WILL: “... I was reflecting on how do I generate opposition in my life, which was the question I heard you ask us earlier. The thing I’m thinking about is, it seems that when I don’t fully understand or embrace my preference, I generate opposition. So ... if I’m not clear about what I want, then I generate opposition. That’s one of the sources of opposition.

In particular, an example I have is at work, and the organization and where it’s going. I was working on creating a new position, but the organization has not done that. I have been feeling, over the last four to five months, frustrated with the organization, blaming the organization for not creating this position. This is a position I could potentially take, but I realize in myself that I’m ambivalent about whether I want that position or if the position should even be there. I’m running in opposition and that’s the frustration. Anyway, I’m experiencing that as I’m creating that.

ELIAS: Yes, that is a fine example. It is a manner of your wants and being aware of yourself and what you are generating and the direction you are choosing. In that, it is not a matter of shoulds or should nots. It is a matter of defining what you want in clarity and allowing yourself the freedom to create that and to create that in a manner of cooperation rather than in an expression of opposition, which generates a thickness and creates much more difficulty for any of you to be creating what you want.

But many times the challenge is the want itself and generating a clarity as to what it is you want. Many individuals attempt to arrive at the definition of what they want by eliminating what they do not want, the process of elimination, and that shall express to them what they do want. Many times they are unsuccessful in that process. They merely are successful in defining precisely what they do not want.

It may be somewhat helpful to you in your discovery of what you actually want to be evaluating what you have, what it is that you perceive that you do not have that you need to acquire. In that, as you begin evaluating what you already have and what you are already doing or generating, you may express more of a clarity as to what it is that you actually want. For those expressions that you think you want, in inquiring of yourself what you already have and what you are already doing, you may discover that what you think you want, you already possess or you are already generating, and in that, you offer yourself more clarity.

It also may offer you more clarity in evaluating what you want not necessarily in terms of things. For the most part, individuals do not necessarily actually want things. They merely want certain things for they perceive that if they incorporate certain things, that shall afford them the ability to create what they actually want.

One of the most common things that individuals think they want is money, for money is the answer to all that you want. For if you incorporate money, you may incorporate power, you may incorporate time, you may express freedom, you may allow yourself to move as you wish, you may begin to direct yourself, you may incorporate knowledge and status and the appreciation of others and your own appreciation.

Interesting how these coins and pieces of paper are so powerful and generate such a magical action that they may offer all of these expressions to you merely in their existence! I may assure all of you that you may incorporate vaults of these pieces of paper and coins and not necessarily express any of those wants – or you may express the riches of those wants with none of those coins and papers.” [session 1695, January 15, 2005]

RODNEY: “I have a question from Drew/Matthew, and I think it’s in line with what you’re discussing. May I read it?

ELIAS: You may.

RODNEY: Do we always manifest our desires? In other words, can we look at what we’re creating to see what we truly desire, or do our beliefs distort our creation so that what we create isn’t a true reflection of our desires? If there is a distortion, how can we know what our desires really are?

ELIAS: There is not a distortion. Desire is different from want, and yes, you are always creating in conjunction with your desire. Your desire is what moves your intent. Without your desire, you would not be creating your value fulfillment, and without your value fulfillment, you would not continue to be within this reality. You would cease to be within this reality, for there would be no point.

RODNEY: So whatever we do create...

ELIAS: Is in alignment with your desire. Once again, in conjunction with that leprechaun, it does not distinguish between good and bad. It merely attracts, as the magnet, whatever matches it.

RODNEY: Well then, the word ‘want,’ does that represent what we think we desire?

ELIAS: Yes, it can be translated in that manner, that it is what you think you desire.

Desire is much broader than want. Wants are specific. Wants are associated with particular or specific manifestations or actions or interactions. Desire is a broader expression. It incorporates your exploration, what you are choosing to explore and offer to yourself in information to generate your individual expansion.

RODNEY: Thank you.

ELIAS: You are quite welcome.” [session 2227, March 17, 2007]

ELIAS: “Yes?

DREW: I’ve got another question. It’s a little change-up; is that okay?

ELIAS: very well.

DREW: If it’s true that our desires are in alignment with our intent, and if it’s true that we can tell what we desire by what we manifest, if we are manifesting a lifetime of difficulty and struggle and hardship and discomfort, does that mean that difficulty and hardship and struggle and discomfort are most in alignment with our intent?

ELIAS: Yes, but that may not be what the intent is.

DREW: And those who would say you’re having difficulty and struggle and hardship because you have beliefs that are blocking what your natural intent is, that would actually be an incorrect suggestion to give to someone.

ELIAS: Yes, you are correct.

DREW: There are those who manifest for the purpose of an experience that’s difficult and...

ELIAS: Yes, you are correct. As I expressed previously, it is a matter of energy, and energy does not distinguish between comfortable or uncomfortable. It will move in the direction of your intent, of your desire, but it will not distinguish between comfortable or uncomfortable. It will match the energy that you project.

DREW: If the purpose of a particular focus is to have the experience of an impoverished life, let’s say... The intent doesn’t change over a focus, does it?

ELIAS: Generally speaking, no.

DREW: So in that case, it’s not a matter of trying to change your experience, it’s a matter of accepting your experience. Would that be a more efficient approach to...?

ELIAS: Intents are general themes of exploration, and within those general themes, there are many, many, many specific avenues that you can incorporate to express that intent. There are countless, in actuality.

An intent would not be expressed as an individual has the intent of being impoverished within a focus. It may be that the individual chooses the intent to be exploring challenges or challenges with difficulties. The individual may create more specific avenues of that and may create being impoverished, but that is not to say that that cannot change. The choices can change, and the manner in which the exploration is expressed can change.

There are individuals that do express intents in which their exploration may be difficulty or may be intensity or may be themes that you would assess to be negative. An individual may even incorporate an intent to explore all of the avenues that they can incorporate that are associated with being a victim.

Now; even with an intent such as that, that is not to say that the individual will create avenues that are only being a victim. Their exploration may incorporate many avenues that would be expressed as being the victim, but some may also be exploring how other individuals express being a victim, or how to explore altering that and not be a victim.

The subject is broad, the subject is general, and there are many, many, many avenues in which individual can explore the subject. But this also moves in conjunction with what we have been discussing in relation to differences.

You all incorporate this ideal that, as you expressed, you should be happy, or you should strive to be happy, or this is the wellspring of your existence, to be joyful, to be happy. In actuality, that is merely an ideal. In actuality, what you genuinely all incorporate in common is that you all incorporate a desire to be comfortable, but comfort is expressed in many, many, many different manners. Some individuals are comfortable in what you would view as uncomfortable. Some individuals are comfortable in misery. Therefore, comfort also is a diverse expression.

In this, any individual would be expressing in conjunction with their intent, regardless of whether they are generating experiences of discomfort, of misery, of distress, of depression, for value is not always expressed in what you view to be positive. Value is not always expressed in comfort.

DREW: So here’s the dilemma: if I look at what I’m creating or have created all my life – and it could be anything, disease, poverty; I say poverty, because that’s where I am most of my life – the dilemma is do I accept that in the belief that if that’s what I’m manifesting, that’s what I desire, and therefore is most in alignment with what I chose to experience while I’m here? Or do I look for ways to address belief systems or change my perception or to alter that? Don’t you run the risk, if you do that, of actually being duplicitous about why you’re here in the first place?

ELIAS: No.

DREW: Isn’t there the possibility of creating conflict with what’s most in alignment with your intent by doing that?

ELIAS: You will know when you are moving contrary to your intent. For if you are moving contrary to your intent, you will also not be generating your value fulfillment. In not generating your value fulfillment, you will incorporate no interest in this reality, and you will disengage. For when you are not generating your value fulfillment, there is no motivation to continue in that particular reality, and you will simply disengage in some manner. You will not generate lengthy time frameworks in which you are not generating your value fulfillment. When you stop generating value fulfillment, you will also stop participating in what you are doing. You will remove yourself.

Therefore, in relation to your desire and your intent, as I have expressed, this also is associated with energy, and no, it is not always necessary to evaluate your beliefs and your associations, although associations can be very telling and can be very helpful in aiding you to evaluating how you can change your energy. But it is not necessary to complicate. What is somewhat required is to pay attention to what you are doing.

Paying attention to what you are doing allows you to be clearer in relation to what type of energy you are projecting – not merely what you are physically doing, although that is a factor, but also what you are doing inwardly, what associations are you generating, what are you DOING to yourself that continuously creates this manifestation of poverty, and remembering that all that you do is interconnected. It is not merely one avenue.

Therefore, when you speak of being impoverished, it is not merely a matter of money. It is how you perceive you are impoverished in ANY manner, in all of the small, so to speak, expressions within your mundane daily actions. Which I have expressed previously, you can be impoverished with time, you can be impoverished with friendship, you can be impoverished with relationships, you can be impoverished with your home, you can view your manifestations within your home as being impoverished, as not enough. All of the associations that you generate as not enough contribute to that expression of energy, that projection of energy of being impoverished, and that is what you will attract to you.

DREW: My confusion comes with this idea of wanting more is saying that the lack you have is wrong.

ELIAS: Not necessarily. It may be a preference.

DREW: At what point do you recognize that I’ve chosen this for the experience of this focus?

ELIAS: Yes, precisely. It is not a matter of expressing to yourself that you want more and therefore what you have been creating is wrong. It is a matter of acknowledging yes, I have created this, and it is not necessarily wrong. I have created that for the experience, and it has been beneficial. It has offered me experiences, it has offered me information, and perhaps now I choose to explore a different avenue.

It is a matter of what you place importance on. When you place importance upon what you do not like and what you do not want, you reinforce it and you continue to create it, for you pay attention to what is important. When you shift what is important, that does not invalidate your desire.

Your desire is not necessarily to be impoverished; your desire is to be exploring certain experiences. That may be one expression of that desire. There are countless expressions and experiences of any desire. Therefore, it is a matter of evaluating, acknowledging this is what I have created and perhaps this is no longer my preference, or I do not like this experience and I want to change this experience, acknowledging that what you have experienced was not wrong, was not bad in itself and it did have benefit, and also acknowledging that you choose to be engaging a different avenue of exploration, and that is acceptable also.

DREW: Identifying the desire and then finding other ways to express it...

ELIAS: Yes.

DREW: ...instead of being locked into one particular expression of that desire.

ELIAS: Yes. For there are countless avenues of expression with any desire.

DREW: And there is no possibility of conflict...? I have this perception, and I’ll be quick about this, but I have this perception that when we choose to manifest, we choose with a particular life experience that we want to have. This where I’m confused. If we make that choice before manifesting that we want to experience a lifetime of poverty, then would this go against that? This is where I’m confused. At what point...

ELIAS: What you are expressing is an association with destiny. There is no destiny; there is no fate; there is no preset direction. You do incorporate a pool of probabilities when you choose to enter into this physical focus, but those are very general also, and they are not absolute. They are potentials, and in that, you may or may not express those potentials.

In this, as I have expressed, an intent is very general. It is very simple and very general, which allows you an incredible berth for exploration. You have a very wide berth for exploration in any intent, and moving in one direction and entirely changing that direction to which you would associate as an opposite is not necessarily in opposition to the intent. It is not preordained. Your path, so to speak, is not set. It is what you create it to be in the moment.

That pool of probabilities is merely a pool of potentials. Probabilities do not lie before you; they are created in each moment. There is not an enormous pond of probabilities that lies before you, and you gaze into the pond and choose one. They do not exist until you create them. They are created in every breath, in every moment that you exist, for every moment incorporates a choice, even when you are not aware that you are generating a choice. Every moment you move a foot, it is a choice. You bend a finger; it is a choice. You blink your eyes; it is a choice. You are generating choices in every moment. Every breath is a choice. In that, none are predestined. Every one is created in the moment. In this moment, you could create the probability to stop the breath and not exist in this reality. That is a choice. But you choose to draw another breath. In this, there is no destiny. There IS choice.” [session 2482, April 04, 2008]


End Notes:

(1) Vic’s note: following is Elias’ first explanation of the shift, taken from Session 11 dated May 31, 1995.

ELIAS: “You all notice a change in consciousness of your world. Even those who are unaware notice a changing shift in consciousness. This is a new emergence into a wonderful awareness that you have all agreed and decided to accomplish. You are moving in an age not unlike that of your beginnings of your Christian church; a tremendous conscious effort in creativity and motion which changed the focus of your world for a great duration of time, in your terms, of this planet. Another great shift is happening. This is because you are ready and anxious. Some are more ready than others. This focus is not one that you are familiar with. This is why we choose to help in avoiding trauma. This is not a religious-focus, as you may be used to. This is a new emergence of your consciousness, in union with its own essence; a widening of your awareness and vision.”

Digests: find out more about the shift in consciousness.

(2) Paul’s note: a reference to the “straight little sapling” allegory that Elias often refers to when he discusses our need to trust, accept, take full responsibility for only ourselves.

Digests: find out more about the sapling story.

(3) Paul’s note: Vicki refers to an Elias exercise that deals with more efficient ways to use our energy fields – allowing energy to penetrate or be buffered according to our choices (after all, we do create our own reality).

Exercises: find out more about the energy fields; allowance, penetration, buffer exercise.

(4) Paul’s note: Elias presented a stick and ball analogy in session 331, October 16, 1998 to help describe the relationship between belief systems – the stick – and our perception – the ball. The point is that the stick is neutral, but the action of our perception in relation to our beliefs is a whole other story.

Transcripts: find out more about the stick and ball analogy.

Digests: find out more about perception.

(5) Paul’s note: Elias uses the analogy of birds in a cage to represent the relationship between individual beliefs and belief systems.

ELIAS: “... I shall reiterate, in my analogy of belief systems in comparison, that the belief system itself is as that of a bird cage, and the aspects of the belief system are all of the birds that the cage holds. These cages, the belief systems, hold many, many, many birds. There are hundreds of aspects to each given belief system.” [session 301, July 25, 1998]

ELIAS: “The bird cage is neutral. It is merely a cage. It CONTAINS something; it contains the birds. The birds are that which flutter and fly and peck at each other and at you, and hold much energy and are very affecting and are at times quite fascinating also, and quite colorful! But once the cage is empty, the cage remains; but it holds no affectingness, for it is empty. It then becomes ornamental. You may place the cage wherever you choose. You may look within your home and you may express, ‘I am pleased with this cage upon my mantel. I view that I shall move the cage to a table.’ It matters not. The cage remains the same. It is merely a cage. The birds may be quite messy, and you may be quite careful where you shall place the cage with all the birds contained inside!” [session 307, August 14, 1998]

Digests: find out more about belief systems; an overview.

(6) Bobbi’s note: Originally expressed as “And what you are avoiding.”

Digests – see also: | absolutes | accepting self | alternate selves | attention (doing and choosing) | avenues of communication | being in the now | belief systems; an overview | camouflage | choices/agreements | counterpart action; group | cultural/natural time | dimension | duplicity | effortlessness | energy fields | essence; an overview | essence families; an overview (Tumold) | fear | focus of essence; an overview | forum | fun/pleasure | hamster wheel | imagery | impressions | impulses | information | intents | links of consciousness | mass events | mergence | mirror action | noticing self | objective/subjective awareness | perception | engaging periphery | probabilities | relationships | science | sexuality and emotion | shift in consciousness | time frameworks | trauma of the shift in consciousness | trusting self | truth | value fulfillment | vicitms/perpetrators | waves in consciousness | widening awareness | you create your reality |

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