Beliefs, Affirmations, and Reality

An Outline

(adapted from the writings of
Ernest Holmes and Jane Roberts)

Reading Number Four


    1. We've been conditioned to believe in what we call an "objective reality," a reality independent of our individual thoughts or feelings.

    2. We don't examine beliefs as beliefs, believing them to be a part of "objective reality."

    3. You are an artist. Your inner images become models for reality. These images draw to themselves all the proper emotional energy and power needed to fill them out as physical events.

    4. Every person is an individualized expression of God.

    5. We experience:

      • what we expect to experience

      • what we understand to experience

      • what we believe we experience

    6. We ARE actually--at the hightest point of expectation, understanding, and belief--experiencing perfection at all times.

    7. Time and space are not ultimately real--only filters through which we organize our experience. We are actually experiencing a timeless, eternal, space-less, unobstructed Reality.

    8. We experience the level of a person's reality we expect to experience. By expecting to experience a person at the highest level possible, we actually do experience her/his highest reality. For example, if I expect a person to be an advanced spiritual being , then I experience the person as an advanced spiritual being, because the person is an advanced spiritual being.


    1. I am learning to identify with the inner portion of myself and regaining abilities that are a part of me.

    2. The "inner ego" correlates information that is perceived not through the physical senses, but through other inner channels.

    3. All necessary information is given to me through these inner channels.

    4. Without the delicate inner perceptions my physical existence could not be maintained.

    5. The self that I know, the outer ego, is but one fragment of my entire identity.

    6. My fragment selves grow out into various realities while springing from the same source.

    7. My physical form is one of the camouflages that reality adopts.

    8. To sense the reality within the form requires a different sort of attention, and more delicate manipulations than my physical senses provide.

    9. My external ego was meant to be an aid but it was conditioned not to admit the reality of any dimension except those within which it feels comfortable and can understand.

    10. Even so, my external ego is much more resilient and eager to learn than is generally supposed and I can change by beliefs.

    11. I was encouraged to believe that objects exist independently of me, but now I am realizing that they are instead the manifestations of my own psychological and psychic selves.

    12. My physical body is created by me at each moment with each breath as a result of my inner conception of what I am.

    13. In deep meditation and in the dream state my personality is aware to some extent of the true freedom that belongs to my own inner consciousness.

    14. I am constantly changing the form, the shape, the contour, and the meaning of my physical body and most intimate environment, and I am learning to be aware of these constant alterations.

    15. I can learn to change my physical environment by learning to change and manipulate my beliefs, expectations, and dream environment. I can form specific beliefs and expectations and suggest specific dreams in which a desired change is seen, and these will then appear in my physical reality.

    16. I can, If I choose, condense my consciousness until it is small enough to travel through a single molecule, and from the molecule's own world look out and survey the gigantic galaxy.

    17. Using my inner senses, I become a conscious co-creator. I am an unconscious co-creator whether I am aware of it or not.

    18. My physical senses create the reality that I seem to only perceive. My physical senses are like lenses over my natural inner perceptions that force me to "see" an available field of activity as physical matter. A tree is something far different to a microbe, a bird, an insect, and a man who stands beneath it.

    19. My perception of physical reality is one of an infinite number of ways of perceiving the various guises through which ultimate consciousness expresses itself.

    20. My inner senses open my range of perception, allowing me to interpret experience in a far freer manner and to create new forms and new channels through which I can know myself.

    21. I am learning now, in a three-dimensional context, the ways in which my emotional and psychic existence can create varieties of physical form.

    22. I manipulate my beliefs and expectations within the psychic environment, and these manipulations are then automatically impressed upon the physical mold.

    23. I am becoming aware that all of my attention is usually focused in a highly specialized way upon one shining, bright point that I call reality. There are other realities all about me, and I am learning not to ignore these realities and blot out stimuli that come from them.

    24. As a multidimensional personality, I have my own purposes, missions, and creative endeavors that are basic parts of myself and determine those qualities that create my eternal essence.

    25. In working for my purposes, I realize I am blazing trails that can be used by others.

    26. When one has been born and has died many times, expecting extinction with each death, and when this experience is followed by the realization that being still continues, then a sense of the divine comedy enters in.

    27. All creativity and consciousness are born in the quality of play, as opposed to work, in the quickened intuitional spontaneity that is a constant throughout my own existence.

    28. If physical reality is in a larger sense an illusion, it is an illusion caused by a greater reality. The illusion itself has a purpose and a meaning.

    29. I create my larger environment and the physical world as I know it by propelling my thoughts and emotions into matter--a breakthrough into three-dimensional life.

    30. Each of my thoughts and emotions spontaneously exists as a simple or complex electro-magnetic unit.

    31. The intensity of my thoughts and emotions determines both the strength and the permanency of the physical image into which my thoughts and emotions will be materialized.

    32. The world as I know it is the reflection of my inner reality.

    33. Whenever I think emotionally of another person, I send out a counterpart of myself, beneath the intensity of matter, but a definite form.

    34. I am learning to recognize the root assumptions that we are conditioned into:

      • Time is a series of moments one after another.

      • An objective world exists quite independent of my own creation and perception of it.

      • I am bound within the physical body that I have donned.

      • I am limited by time and space.

      • All perception comes through my physical senses. All information comes from without and no information can come from within.

    35. I am participating in created plays which I experience as reality.

      • In some plays the actors are each working on a seemingly minute portion of a larger problem that the play itself is to resolve.

      • In each play, different problems are set up, parts of an overall theme.

      • Progress can be measured in terms of the particular ways in which these problems are solved or not solved.

      • Great advances have been made in certain periods of human existence.

      • There are no rehearsals.

      • There are observers.

      • Periods of renaissance--spiritual, artistic, or psychic--arise because the intense inner forms of those involved in the drama are directed toward those ends.

      • I am the multidimensional self who has many existences, who creates and takes part in these cosmic passion plays, so to speak.

      • It is only because I focus on this particular role during my earthly existence that I identify my entire being with it.

      • I learn through my actions within this play I see as reality.

      • I am learning the art of actualization, having within myself infinite sources of creativity, unlimited possibilities of development.

      • This does not mean that the play is not real, or that it should not be taken seriously.

      • As an actor I must realize the nature of the production and my part in it.

      • The meaning of the play is within myself; I can know the purpose of this particular life.

      • To the extent that I allow the intuitions and knowledge of the multi- dimensional self to flow through my conscious self, to that extent not only do I perform my role in the play more effectively, but also I add new energy, insights, and creativity to the specific metaphysical world I'm involved in.

      • There are those who appear within these plays fully aware. These personalities willingly take roles, knowing that they are roles, in order to lead the others toward the necessary realization and development. They lead the actors to see beyond the selves and settings they have created. These personalities from other levels of existence oversee the play, so to speak. Their purpose is to open up within the three- dimensional selves those psychological doorways that will release the three-dimensional self for further development in another system of reality.

    36. In order to see the extra dimensions of ultimate reality I must turn my attention away from the constant activity that is taking place--turn off the physical senses, as it were--and switch my attention to those inner or higher events that have escaped me earlier.

    37. The inner or higher senses can be used consciously.

    38. Exercise: Imagine as vividly as you can the existence of inner senses. For now, conceive of them as corresponding to your physical senses: sight, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting, location. Clear from your mind all thoughts and worries. Be receptive. Very gently listen, not to physical sounds but to sounds that come through the inner senses. Images may begin to appear. Accept them as sights quite as valid as those you see physically. Become aware of the inner world and realize that it will be revealed to you as you learn to perceive it with your inner senses. Recognize that you have been blind to this world all your life and are now slowly gaining sight and hearing and the other senses within it. Do not judge the inner world by the disjointed images that your fledging inner eyes and ears may at first perceive. Realize that you must learn to use your inner senses through practice and that soon the inner world will become as real as the outer world.

    39. Anything of which you are aware in three-dimensional existence is only a projection of a greater reality into that dimension.

    40. Any successes in this life, any abilities, have been worked out through past experience. They are yours by right. You worked to develop them.

    41. I can learn to check the exterior environment to learn my inner condition.

    42. The perfectly happy life for example, on the surface, may appear splendid, but it may also be basically shallow and do little to develop the personality. The truly happy existence, however, is a deeply satisfying one that would include spontaneous wisdom and spiritual joy.

    43. There are teachers here in my existence now.

    44. There are no facts that can be given that can portray with any faithfulness the attributes of All That Is.

    45. The inner experience with the multidimensional God can come in two main areas. One is through the realization that this prime moving force is within everything that you can perceive with your senses. The other method is to realize that this primary motive force has a reality independent of its connection with the world of appearances.

    46. All personal contact with the multidimensional God, all legitimate moments of mystic consciousness, will always have a unifying effect. They will not, therefore, isolate the individual involved, but instead will enlarge his perceptions until he will experience the reality and uniqueness of as many other aspects of reality of which he is capable.

    47. A knowledge of one state of consciousness can help me in other states. I can keep track of the way symbols appear to me in both the waking life and the dream state, and learn to connect them with the feelings they represent and the states of consciousness in which they usually occur.

    48. All symbols stand for inner realities. Symbols are highly charged psychic particles, including physical objects, that have strong characteristics of attraction and expansion, that stand for inner realizations and realities that have not been perceived through ordinary perception.

    49. The minute my eyes are closed, my thoughts and feelings express themselves through this symbolism.

    50. The dreaming self manufactures dreams in which the solution to my problems is stated within a symbolic dream situation.

      Life always becomes to us the particular thing we need when we believe that It becomes to us that particular thing.

    Person A What Happens Because of A's Belief Person B
    A believes the highest about Person B. Person B becomes his highest. Highest Reality
    A believes less than the highest about Person B. Person B becomes less than his highest. Lower Level of Reality
    A believes what Person B is affirming. Person B becomes what Person B is affirming. What Person B affirms

    Highest Reality: the spiritual reality of a person, perfection

    Lower level of Reality: less than the spiritual reality of perfection

    Becomes: exists in physical reality for Person A (not necessarily for Person B)

    Realizes: brings into physical being through belief and embodiment


    • Person B can have two different realities:

      1. what he (Person B) realizes through his affirmations

      2. what Person A brings into being through his belief

    • Person B could be his highest for Person A (because of Person A's belief about Person B) and less than his highest for himself (because of what he realizes through his belief and embodiment)

    • We should try to believe that we and other persons are our highest reality, perfection.