Today is Friday, July 12, 2013.
YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE... This is the Universe speaking. Today I will be recording your EVERY thought and emotion... no matter how "good" or "bad", no matter how generous or stingy, and no matter how helpful or hurtful they may be. AND EVERYTHING I record will be played back FOR YOU as soon as possible, as some type of physical manifestation in time and space. Thank you. That is all.
This is one of the best ways I've ever seen to describe and to some extent explain how the universe works. We really do live in a giant feedback loop that acts like a tape recorder or video recorder. These days, many of us are familiar with the fact that our words and actions have consequences, but we forget that our thoughts and emotions have consequences, as well. It's hard, sometimes, to get our minds around how this works, so the imagery of a giant recorder is a useful one.
When the Creator fashioned this physical universe of ours, all IT had to do was establish this feedback loop as a learning device for Soul. Once human beings had the luxury of being able to sit down and do some thinking, they began to wonder why the world wasn't "perfect," why God would allow pain and suffering in the world, why all God's children weren't beautiful and healthy, happy and carefree.
It's the feedback loop, pure and simple.
When we project fear and anger into the universe, Creation responds exactly as it was programmed to, replaying our thoughts and emotions back to us in some form or other. We're supposed to learn from this experience, but the trick is that it takes many, many lifetimes for Soul to get to the point where It will wake up and realize what is going on. Until we wake up, we think we are being tested and punished by an angry God, or that we are experiencing our "fate." We imagine that we "deserve" whatever suffering we are currently experiencing because we are unworthy, somehow.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. This feedback loop we live in is completely mechanical in nature, and it works ceaselessly and flawlessly, by design. There is no intent to punish. The feedback loop exists in order to allow us to learn to be who we truly are as Soul, creators in our own right. We are, after all, children of God, and God is a Creator.
When things go wrong, we must simply realize that we made a recording at some time in our past (in this lifetime or an earlier one), and it is now being played back to us. We are being given the opportunity to experience our thoughts and emotions from the past in the form of physical experience. In the process of dealing with all our problems, we acquire all kinds of qualities. We become stronger and more resilient, more patient, more sensitive to the needs of others, more humble and less arrogant. We learn to discriminate and to keep our promises. We learn to work cooperatively with others. We learn to appreciate and value altruistic behavior above self-serving behavior. We learn to take responsibility for ourselves and others. We become more capable problem-solvers. It's worth noting that we think more about asking for help from God when we are having problems than when everything is humming along perfectly.
How can we get the recording to stop? We can't. But we can accept our responsibility for making negative recordings with our thoughts and emotions, and we can learn to create beautiful and harmonious recordings. :-)