As the term implies, Conscious Creation is simply giving definite direction to an agency that is ever present and, so-to-say, perpetually in operation - that agency being the creative power of thought. This is actually of greater significance than the average person, who has never considered this subject may realize, because, by virtue of the facts which can be established via much - if not all - that has been previously mentioned; namely (1) that Thinking is a perpetual process, and (2) that Thought possess Creative Power, then it logically follows that Creation is also a perpetual process. Expressed another way, Man - whether individually, or collectively - is always setting some sequence of causation into motion, either consciously or unconsciously, which, if left to run its course, will inevitably lead to the manifestation in physical form of the object which, so-to-say, lies at the back of the thought or idea, which is its root, or point of origin.
Notwithstanding whether it has been mentioned prior to now, it is well worth re-iterating; Man therefore has a choice that is always before him - once again, both individually and collectively - either to give some definite direction to the creative power of his thought, i.e., to engage in conscious creation, or to let his creative faculty run "whither it will", which will inevitably lead to the realization of "whatever it will". The phrase: "giving definite direction" is itself very significant, as it clearly and concisely indicates the individual's place in the creative series - the reasons for which shall be addressed in more detail, a little further on - but for now, it will be emphasized that the phrase means exactly what it says; the individual, so-to-say, tells Universal Mind what they wants to see realized in their individual world, while at the same time, they refrain from dictating how Universal Mind is to go about making it happen, and the sooner anyone (Author included) accepts that proposition and co-operates with it, the sooner they exercise more and more control over what transpires in their life.
While it can be observed that there are numerous ways and means to define and describe various practical steps by and through which Man can actively engage in conscious creation - all of which are correct in their particular aspects - this Author chooses to lay particular emphasis of at least three points, Said points have been similarly described and discussed by numerous authorities, both past and present - each laying emphasis on them to a certain degree. The three points which shall be touched upon here are, in no specific order:
(A) DESIRE (B) THE WILL and (C) BELIEF
If one were to trace out the many explanations and expositions regarding the subject of conscious creation, these three points will be found present, in one form of expression or another. We shall now proceed to consider each one, in turn.
The English word: Desire, can be traced back to the Latin word: desiderare, and has as one of its many interpretations: a longing or craving. This is meant to imply or describe a feeling or emotional state that actually impels a person to take some form of action towards obtaining the object which is desired - whether it be a state of consciousness, a condition or a physical thing. From what might be considered a more philosophical standpoint, at least one past authority defined Desire as "an unexpressed possibility, seeking expression". And a little consideration would show, that the Principle-of-Life (call it Universal Spirit or any other name) must have this as its one and only motive or impelling force - the longing or craving to express that which it is - namely Life. And since, as has already been mentioned, the possibilities and potentialities that subsist in Universal Spirit are infinite, then the progression of Spirit towards expression of greater, higher and wider manifestations of Life, over and above any that have gone before, is likewise, an infinite progression. But, as has also been mentioned in a previous section, this infinite progression does not transpire automatically, but requires the conscious and deliberate participation of the individual human being, in order to bring into being those greater, higher and wider manifestations.
Now, we are likewise familiar with the scenario where a marksman is seeking to hit a target, but the marksman is either blindfolded or otherwise inhibited from actually seeing the desired target. This leads to the obvious question - in the absence of physical vision, how is the marksman to direct his shot towards the desired target? He may well fire a succession of shots in any direction he chooses, and only the laws of probability can accurately predict the possibility of successfully hitting the target. Once again, Desire may be likened unto the marksman knowing where the target is, and therefore being able to direct his aim towards it. Desire affords the establishment of some definite direction in which to channel one's energies - whether mental or physical - and thereby, to engage in more effective work. Without it, one's energies are, more often than not, merely dissipated, with little guarantee of a desired result being produced.
Another faculty that has its particular relation to the issue of conscious creation is the Will. One noted authority described the Will as the ability to "hold" a particular Thought or Idea in one's mind, to the exclusion of any or all distracting influences. In similar manner as Desire giving us some definite direction in which to go, the Will, when properly employed, keeps us "on course" to the completion of the intended task.
Now, most of us can also be assumed to be familiar with the phenomenon of focusing sunlight with a magnifying glass onto a single point, so that an object can - literally - be set alight. The Will is often likened to the focusing ability of a magnifying glass, in that, just as the magnifying glass concentrates the energy of the sun and brings it to bear upon a particular point, so that ignition may occur, exercise of the Will likewise focuses or concentrates a person's mental energies towards a particular objective. Without such focus of energy, substantially more energy would be required to be directed towards an objective, to compensate for any energy that is dissipated or lost without doing actual work. It is also worth noting that, the magnifying glass does not add any more power to the point where the sunlight is focused. In like manner, the Will, when properly employed, does not add any more power to the intended task, but instead focuses the power already present. This reflects an important point regarding the Will, which is not always initially grasped by persons seeking to employ it, and more often than not has to be learned, which is that the proper use of the Will does not imply or result in the imposition of any strain or stress upon the user.
It is relatively easy to find examples displayed in popular media of persons supposedly concentrating upon a subject or task, but in many cases, said examples demonstrate an un-natural action, that, when understood, does little except exhaust the person, and, in actuality, tends to restrict the creative action of which Thought is capable. There is more that has already been said by various authorities - and some of which will be raised in more detail elsewhere - but for now, this Author will suffice to say that, anyone seeking to employ their mental faculties to support them in any endeavour of conscious creation (the Will is one such faculty), would do themselves a great favour to learn and understand the proper use of the Will; the better to apply it.
Last, but certainly by no means least, the final essential component required to be employed in conscious creation, is the emotion or feeling called Belief or Faith. One very simple definition of Belief is the acceptance of some proposition as the truth. A subsequent page on this website is set aside to cover the subject of Belief in more detail (specifically, under its synonym, Faith), so that all that shall be mentioned here, is that Belief may be considered the vital element that lies behind the creative power of thought, without which, no conscious creation, or manifestation of any desired object can ever take place.
Can this be proven? In a word: yes. However, this Author will put it to the visitor that he cannot produce satisfactory proof to any other person other than himself. Any evidence regarding the subject of Belief - or anything else for that matter - presented to the visitor might offer hope that there is something worthwhile in the subject matter, but the only evidence that, so-to-say, "closes the deal", i.e., that translates into Belief on the part of the visitor, is that which they uncover on their own. Or, as a modern-day authority put it well, people will generally not believe something, unless we actually discover it for ourselves.
And a final point shall be mentioned here - one that has been touched on before, in the discussion on Anima Mundi, and which shall be re-iterated again at some other time. While this page and its contents are primarily dedicated to the subject of conscious creation, it must always be apprehended that, from the metaphysical standpoint, conscious creation has essentially only one purpose - namely, the production of particular conditions in a person's individual world. Except in (literally) a handful of instances - the relative size of that handful being so small as to almost be considered negligible, creation by itself - whether conscious creation or unconscious creation - is never enough to complete the overall process of manifestation, by and through which (as one authority put it) "thoughts become things". Simply put, the conditions created by any person via the exercise of their power of thought must be acted upon by that same person whose mental action brought them into being (i.e., he or she must also engage in a constructive process), in order to ultimately bring into objective existence the physical object which corresponds to that initial thought or idea.
The following external links are provided for reference and research purposes, with reference to the subject of Conscious Creation, as per the information contained in this page. The pages located at these external links and their contents address the subjects of Desire and the Will - similar pages which address the subject of Belief shall be available on another page. Unless stated otherwise, all contents on these external pages are copyright their respective holders:
Desire, as explained by the Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and as maybe related to Conscious Creation
Wikipedia entry of the Will, as covered in Philosophy, and as may be
related to Conscious Creation