Monday, April 6, 2009

Just a coincidence?

A few weeks ago a very strange and briefly terrifying thing happened to me, and I've been thinking about it ever since. I was driving my girls to a friend's house, and as we passed a Taco Bell fast food restaurant I slipped into a guilty reverie about how much I love some of their food. Of course, Taco Bell embodies everything I don't like about business, food, and health all wrapped up in a delicious, perfect-sized seven-layer burrito, so we didn't stop there for lunch.

Minutes later, after I'd parked the car outside our friend's house and was unbuckling the girls from their seats, I heard a scream from behind me and then felt something wet on my leg. I froze, literally and figuratively, as liquid seeped through my clothes and the chilling thought that I must have just been shot flashed across my mind. Then, looking down, I saw a clue as to what really happened. A Taco Bell soft drink cup, its lid and straw laying nearby and the last few chunks of ice splaying out of it, rested at my feet. Someone had hit me with a drink!

As I finished helping the girls out of the car, I realized that perhaps my thoughts of Taco Bell had brought about this weird happening. It's my belief that we do this sort of thing all the time, perhaps not always as dramatically as this, but that our thoughts and preoccupations really do bring about our realities. It made me think of a book that our own Mr. Marsh wrote -- The Mentalist's Handbook. In it, Mr. Marsh characterizes all of our thoughts and feelings as making up a landscape called the aetheric plane. If we learn how to dwell in this place, move around, notice things, and create changes there, then our "real" lives can change too. It's an old idea in philosophy, and I think he's truly updated it to be relevant and accessible today.

Obviously, no one would want to focus their willpower to bring an ice-cold beverage hurtling toward their leg. That's why I'm going to give The Mentalist's Handbook a closer read and see how I can better use my evidently strong power of manifestation for better ends.

5 comments:

The Joy of Nesting said...

Karima,

Perhaps there will be an updated chapter on when thrown a glass of Pesi and iceyou could manifest it into a seven layer burrito?? You know kinda like lemons manifested into lemonade :)

Pattie ;) Mazatlan Mx.

Anna said...

Creepy-I'm going to look for this book. Sounds intriguing!

Shelley Noble said...

Interesting book! How odd that attack was. Who would throw a drink at you?! Someone's child in mid-tantrum?

:::Julia Lundman::: said...

that is also what Kant believed too, that our world is the end result of our perceptions.

i wonder if you would like some of deepak chopra's books, specifically "the book of secrets". it contains a lot of these ideas, too.

or, perhaps, alice waters has special "anti commercial food" powers we don't know about. :)

Ulla said...

Hmmm, need to think about this one... Karima and Taco Bell seem as far apart as fire and ice - guess I don't know you well enough... I just hope that this doesn't somehow make a McD show up on 4th street... That is something I really can't visualize!