Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do in your life? Have you ever considered that the creation of your experiences, like the creation of everything else, is governed by the law of cause and effect? In this case, the nonphysical law of cause and effect. The physical law of cause and effect governs physical causes and physical effects, such as launching a rocket and landing it on the moon. The physical law of cause and effect is a limited version of the nonphysical law of cause and effect. The nonphysical law allows you to use nonphysical causes to create nonphysical effects and also physical effects. This does not mean that you are not in control of what you create. On the contrary! It means that you are entirely free to create what you want, provided you are aware of how the nonphysical law of cause and effect works. If you are not aware of this law and how it works, you will create, as you continually do, but you will not want what you create.

The nonphysical causes that you use continually to create effects in your life are your intentions! This is (literally) nonsense to five-sensory (empirical) science, because your five senses cannot detect intentions, but intentions are as real as any physical cause and the effects that it creates are as real.

Your intentions are your nonphysical causes that set energy into motion. They create a multitude of effects and, therefore, determine the experiences of your life. This is one of the most important things that you can know. It is also something that you can see for yourself is true. Experimenting with your life frees you to create differently, but you need to choose new causes (intentions) consciously. If you don’t choose different intentions consciously, unconscious parts of your personality (the frightened parts) will choose them for you, along with the consequences they will create for you.

To change the experiences of your life (for example, from angry to appreciative, or from fearful to joyful) requires becoming aware of the intentions you are choosing moment to moment, and the experiences you encounter, and then making the connections between your intentions and your experiences. The more aware of your intentions and your experiences you become, the more you will be able to connect the two, and the more you will be able to create the experiences of your life consciously. This is the development of mastery. It is the creation of authentic power.


  • Published: October 29, 2013
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4 comments on “THE BIG CHOICE”

  1. Mjewell says:

    I’m working on this by myself. Now this isn’t a bad thing at all, as a matter of fact it actually is a good thing, an independent thing and for me this is a sign of maturity. I say this as I haven’t always been in a mental place where working independently was a willing thought.
    I’m posting here because I’m not yet able to afford to take the course and I certainly don’t mind. I want to do this!
    When first reading SOTS, I strongly identified with Oprah in feeling alone as she was the only one reading. I’m no longer identifying with her. Because I’d like to experience change in my thoughts, my physical, and my life, I’m more than willing to use this site to share who I am and what I’m experiencing behind the reading. I’m in a great position to do so while at work. I can use my time to look deeper at who I am and hopefully be of better service to my job.
    Anyway, I recently had a not so nice situation with a co-worker. She has made it her business in a cocky manner to display her not speaking to me. I have no idea what caused this except I don’t give her the attention she seeks making me the bad guy. I can take that to avoid the extra. After all of the action, she came to me asking for a favor. It surprised me in some quiet manner, but what happened was I was quickly reminded of my childhood where I fought to hold onto associations I termed as friendships. I saw the mistreatment and still wanted to hold on. When my choice to move on arrived, the fights began as I shouldn’t have had the nerve to remove myself or feel strong enough, or see what was taking place. I remember how strange it felt to feel good about what I’d done but could find my strength via my actions in taking care of me yet held on anyway. Based on the reading of the intro and of karma, I responded from the 5 sensory personality because I know now my spirit was blocked by fear and anger set in yesteryear. Then I became annoyed that I set another karmic debt into motion and I felt like this would be a revolving door. Oh gosh, I said to myself. How am I going to clean this up?
    Tonight, we did have small chat which was nicer than all the chat we’ve had the entire time we’ve worked together.
    I’ve always known there was more than what meets the eye in life, especially coming from the household I lived in and having personal experiences. To now understand there are laws which govern those debts, the motion and energy which continues long after I think I’ve stopped in the physical arena, the thoughts which play themselves out like a child acting out due to not getting it’s way – this places a twist on life completely.
    I’m not sure I fully comprehend all that I’ve read thus far, but my thought is to continue reading the intro, do as much work as I can on the study guide, and when I’m financially charged to join the course, I will. Until then, I will use this venue to help myself. I think that’s cool! That might be sensory, not multi, just sensory…

  2. Mjewell says:

    I recently purchased SOTS and have begun to give more attention to my actions and thoughts. I’d been engaged in this type of activity prior, coming from a place of doing step work, but I don’t think it took me to the depths even one of SOTS questions has taken me.

    When I came across this blog piece, I was taken away to some quiet space to take a deeper look. Yes, I have wondered why my life has taken some of the twists and turns it has. Yes, I knew about cause and effect but didn’t think it ever applied to my thinking or actions at all. I heard years ago that we find out what we need to when we need to and so my travel begin.

    I’m feeling like Oprah did when she first read the book and had no one to discuss it with…..I’m looking for more clear understanding and would like to be able to discuss my thoughts with someone……

  3. Kameti says:

    Hello, Linda and Gary:
    This morning I saw you on Super Soul Sunday, and the effect of that decision (smile) was that I reached into my bookshelf and pulled out “The Mind of the Soul”, which I bought at least 15 years ago.

    The book is extremely helpful, and thank you for writing it, but as years have passed, I’ve gained some insights that I think are worth sharing here. For example, while it is true that we become our most dominant thoughts, and that our experiences are a reflection of our psyche and the choices we make, there are limits to how you frame cause in effect in your book. For instance, it not always true that being kind will result in receiving kindness, or that being loving, will result in being loved. The danger in that line of reasoning, is that we can set up false expectations in others who may or may not be capable of reciprocating our kindness and love. We may also set ourselves up to be the objects of envy, jealousy, anger or disdain from others who are struggling with learning how to be compassionate, loving, or kind themselves. Meaning, there are certain dangers in being loving and compassionate, without be judicious in our application of those higher qualities of the spirit. This is my insight: while everyone deserves love, kindness and compassion, at the level of the individual, it is necessary to develop the gift of discernment when deciding to whom and under what circumstances those gifts would be shared.

    I have learned that there are those who are capable of receiving love or kindness without reacting in envy or resentment, and those who are simply not. I have learned that my next lesson in this area of Earth School, is to be able to determine HOW to apply my love, kindness, and compassion, and to whom.

    Looking back, there are myths that exist in many cultures (the story of Jesus is a good example; he taught love, compassion, and kindness but then was betrayed and crucified for it) about what I’m saying, and a lot of it is basic common sense, but we live in a world that has distanced itself so much of what was basic common sense, we are those boats without rudders:-) Thank you for providing the space to share thoughts.



  4. Col Vishwas Asolkar says:

    Dear Gary,
    Nice explanation of the cause and effect faculty of our psyche with that of the psyche of the cosmic existence of our creative potentials and dynamics of creativity is read over by me. In fact the physical anon physical entities of the cosmic existence lead to the same energy plain of cosmos. Thus as there exists a perceptive plain of cosmos, there exists a non perceptive plain within us . the struggle between the perceptive and non perceptive energy plains offers interference which perhaps may lead to perceptive and non perceptive causes and effects, leading thereby to something called as creativity. Such a state of existence, we may define as Conscious Dual-non dual unconsciousness. This is against the cosmic existence of we all. So there has to be a state which is unified with the cosmic existence all the perceptive objects including the living and non living things. yet we reach t6he state of equanimity, our existence gets beyond the perceptive and non perceptive creativity, which is one What one needs is to get beyond the realms of perceptive sensory existence.
    I hope you will please agree with me, in case not please do share your experience on this differentiation shared by me.

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