An architect is “a person who designs and guides a plan or undertaking.” An architect doesn’t build anything. He designs it. Yes, he or she might advise on the construction, and might know what will withstand the elements of time and space where the building lies, but the architect is not picking up the hammer and getting involved in the construction. An architect does not tell the builder how to hold his hammer or where to get his supplies. He guides his design.
In the Science of Mind teaching, we define a spiritual protype as a blueprint in mind of what it is we desire. We envision our life the way we want to live. We design the feelings and experiences that we wish to have. We see the finished product, but we do not go out and control how it is built. We merely keep our mind poised on the design we have created in mind.
Our blueprint is our keen vision and our ability to vibrate at the level of the demonstration before it appears. Another name for this is the “Mental Equivalent.” Ernest Holmes, Founder of the Science of Mind and Spirit writes, “The Law is Infinite and perfect but in order to make a demonstration. WE MUST HAVE A MENTAL EQUIVALENT OF THE THING WE DESIRE. …Having a strong picture or mental concept and holding to that equivalent regardless of circumstances or conditions, we must sooner or later manifest according to the concept.”
For everything that occurs in our life, there is a spiritual prototype or a mental equivalent. We are literally designing our life all the time. I’m sure many of us could argue this and say that we did not create this or that in our lives. That’s true; we do not create anything. We merely create an avenue of vibration that magnetizes experiences to us. There is nothing in our life that isn’t here for our highest good. Every journey, even suffering is part of our plan to bring us closer to our highest self. It is always a call home. I believe this even though at times it might be hard to accept. If something is not going the way I envision it, I shift my thought, bring myself to the present and find gratitude in the moment.
The other important part of being a master architect of our lives is being able to let go of how our demonstration is going to be constructed. We merely envision it, draw up the blueprint in mind. The Power of our vibration working within the Law brings about the path that leads to our demonstration. It tells us what to do in each moment, as we open up to our intuition.
I have two examples: one not so happy and the other simple and sweet. We needed a dining room table in our new home. I would sit on the lanai and imagine it where the blank space was. I actually saw it there. I saw the blueprint. A friend was helping me look and then one night she said, “I stopped looking. I think we just need to let go.” She was right; we were too fixated on finding it. The very next day, the dining table appeared in a very unusual way and not one I could have created myself; however, it was the exact table I envisioned. Now it sits where the empty space was.
My other story happened a while ago. I was very unhappy in my job. I remember getting up and feeling a lot of angst about going. I just didn’t want to go. However, with all that angst, I got into the car and drove off. I ended up in a fender bender that made me miss a whole day of work. I didn’t create that accident, but there was an avenue of awareness within me that was going to keep me from getting to my job. After that, I had to do some serious thinking about what I was doing with my life. I knew I had to make a change.
There is something in quantum physics that is now proven through experimentation. It is the Observer Effect. What is the Observer Effect? “The term observer effect in quantum physics means that the act of observing something will influence the thing being observed and by the observation, waves turn into particles. The observer effect was validated with the double-slit experiment which revealed that particles are in the state of potential until they are observed.“
In a spiritual sense we would translate this to mean “what we focus on expands.” Our perception of any experience brings it into form exactly as we perceive it. This is why we can all be in the same experience and have different experiences. Remember Wayne Dyer’s famous quote, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”?
We are individuals intrinsically connect to each other and the Field of Energy that is constantly creating forms and leaving the form it takes. We are both particle and wave. When I meditate, I know I become more wave. When I Spiritually Mind Treat within a meditation, I am in a Field of Energy where I can more easily visualize my life in the best way. Then, being able to come out of my meditation and act as if my design is already here and vibrate as if it were, allows me to more easily attract its fulfillment.
I am currently taking more and more responsibility for being the architect of my life. My husband said this and I am taking it in. “When I think I’m thinking big, think bigger!” How grand of a design can I envision today, not just for my life but for the world?
Love and Aloha,
Rita Andriello-Feren, Co-Founding Director CSL Kaua`i and the Institute of Magnificence and Author of “What Do I Need to KNOW? 101 Thoughts That Changed My Life” and “This Thing Called Treatment,” both available on Amazon.