Heres a good 'follow-up' quote, Sam - also worth a long think or two..
Now: Good evening
("Good evening, Seth.")
and we will begin with dictation. (Quietly.)
You also communicate your beliefs to others, of course. When visitors
enter your home, they do not see it exactly as you do because they
also view it through the screen of their beliefs. In your own environment
however your personal beliefs will usually predominate.
(Pause.) People with like ideas reinforce each other's beliefs. You
may meet with some misunderstanding when you suddenly decide to
change your reality by changing your beliefs according to the circum-
stances, you may be going in a completely different direction than
the group to which you belong. The others may feel it necessary to
defend ideas that all of you previously took for granted. In such cases
your beliefs merged. Each individual has his or her own ideas about reality
for reasons that seem valid. Needs are met. When you abruptly
change your beliefs, then in the group you no longer have the same
position you are not playing that game any longer.
In the group, you may suddenly cease to provide for the others a
need that you satisfied earlier. This affects both intimate behavior and,
say, social interactions.
Rob: (Interestingly enough, we're already beginning to hear about such
frictions developing, especially from members of ESP class as they work
with the ideas in this book. Other people we see regularly have similar
episodes to relate.)
For a time then you may experience a feeling of loss as you move
from one group of beliefs to another. However, others, sharing your new
beliefs, will gravitate toward you and you to them. I will say more about
this later in the book, but it explains for example why a diet-watcher,
suddenly determined to lose weight, may meet with veiled or even open
resistance from family or friends; why the person who makes new resolutions
may find himself baffled by associates' ridicule; why the alcoholic trying
not to drink finds others tempting him quite openly, or teasing him into
indulgence by hidden tactics.
When someone who has been ill starts on the road to recovery
through changing his beliefs, he may be quite surprised to find even
his dearest allies suddenly upset, reminding him of the "reality" of his
dire state for the same reasons.
New paragraph: Because beliefs form reality the structure of
experience any change in beliefs altering that structure initiates
change to some extent, of course. The status quo which served a certain
purpose is gone, new elements are introduced, another creative
process begins. Because your private beliefs are shared with others,
because there is interaction, then any determined change of direction
on your part is felt by others, and they will react in their own fashion.
You are setting out to experience the most fulfilled reality that you
can. To do this you have, hopefully, begun to examine your beliefs. You
may want others to change. In doing so you begin with yourself. I told
you (in the 619th session) to imagine a game in which you see yourself
acting in line with the new desired belief. As you do so, see yourself
affecting others in the new fashion.
(10:01.) See them reacting to you in the new way. This is highly
important because telepathically you are sending them interior messages.
You are telling them that you are changing the conditions and behavior
of your relationship. You are broadcasting your altered position.
Some will be quite able to understand you at that level. There may
be those who need the old framework, and someone, if not you, to play
the part you played before. Those people will either drop out of your
experience or you must drop them from yours."
The Nature of Personal Reality, session 622, by Jane Roberts (C) L.Butts