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The Difference Between “Predreaming” and “Manifesting”

Created March 29, 2024
Welcome to this week’s Bill Harvey Blog.


A recent article in The New York Times by Tara Isabella Burton, a fine writer of both non-fiction and fiction with a doctorate in theology from Oxford’s Trinity College, puts down a specific spiritual belief she refers to as “manifesting”. She writes:

“Today’s culture of wellness — predicted to be an $8.5 trillion industry by 2027 — is suffused with the pseudoscientific language of positive thinking, manifesting, useful and toxic “energy” and, above all things, the power and the potential of the self to create its own reality. If we can dream it, much of contemporary wellness language tells us, we can have it — so long as we focus our energy hard enough.”

She also associates “manifesting” with some other huge things, including besides the wellness culture: spirituality, capitalist individualism, positive thinking, denying aid to the poor on the grounds that they are not using their God-given powers of manifesting, and even Trumpism. She cites Google evidence that searching for the word “manifesting” spiked 6X when the pandemic began.

Burton traces how a faith healer’s book in the late 19th Century triggered a spate of similar books which became so powerful that they inspired Mary Baker Eddy to found the Christian Scientist movement, and transformed Capitalism into a religion:

“In this way, the capitalist pursuit of profit was swiftly recast as a religion whose only tenet was desire… New Thought offered a convenient economic theodicy: a way of explaining and justifying wealth inequality as a kind of spiritual hierarchy, with the wealthy at the top and the suffering at the bottom. And it’s notable that manifesting, New Thought’s modern descendant, should rise to prominence at a moment when economic inequality is once again at an all-time high.”

In her description of “manifesting” she consistently communicates the idea that it is simply wanting X (generally, money) and focusing all our energies on it.

I rarely use the term “manifesting” but until now have never thought of it in a bad light, so I’m grateful for Burton’s very readable and intelligent article. I see now that “manifesting” has taken on a more narrow meaning that I thought it had.

I have always used my own term, Predreaming, which came to me in a moment of inspiration, as if from “upstairs”.

My definition of Predreaming is rather lengthy but I will quote it here from Chapter Seventeen of You Are The Universe:

Chapter 17

Just a reminder: all of this is theory, largely based on my own experiences. For readability the scenario is described as I imagine the details, and is intended to be the most parsimonious, plausible explanation that accounts for all phenomena.

Whatever repeatedly appears on the screen of your mind will eventually appear in your external experience on the Universal Computer Screen we call material reality.

You are tuning in these material experiences, ordering them, attracting them to you, by dwelling on them.

It makes no difference if your dwelling on them consists of prayer to get them (your desires), or dread of getting them (your fears).

The “dwelling-on” places the order, in either case.

Oblivious to our inherited “ordering power”, almost all of us are using it against ourselves.

One of the ways we have been (under-)using our “ordering power” in a constructive way is called “prayer”.

Prayer tends to be a heightened (i.e. more effective) form of predreaming to the extent that all four aspects of consciousness tend to be involved: thinking, feeling, perception (in this case, vivid visualization of the target situation), and intuition.

Intuition will tend to be present in prayer to the extent that the evolving mini-personality who is praying feels the target situation being prayed for would be good for other attention nodes, not just for him or her. Then the praying node has the intuition that “God has no reason not to answer the prayer”.

Now this is not synonymous with the Butler definition of “manifesting” where all you need is desire and focusing. There are a few differences.

    1. Scientific support – it has been proven that previsualization improves performance.
    2. A Theory of Everything including Consciousness and "God" by Bill HarveyTheoretical support – as documented in A Theory of Everything including Consciousness and “God” , John Wheeler, Einstein and Hawking are the Newtons of our day, and they have left the doors open for consciousness to be a far more important component in reality than most present-day scientists – with Wheeler creating the Participatory Anthropic Concept which comes very close to supporting “manifesting” but especially “predreaming”.
    3. With predreaming comes the concept of considering not just oneself, but how the desired state is a win/win from an enlightened point of view to a reality which is a single Consciousness.
    4. The other vital side of predreaming is to avoid projecting negative situations, which appears from her argument that is not a component of “manifesting” under her definition. This comes with a battery of methods for truncating negativity at all times. Expressing woe, past a certain point, extends woe into the future, with an accelerating curve as you dwell on it.
    5. The connections Butler draws between “manifesting” in social media and religious groups that have embraced Trumpism is another difference. The students of predreaming that I know are not affiliated with any of that.
    6. Predreaming is only one aspect of adopting a lens of the world as a single Consciousness. Another is Noia, the science and art of looking for helpful clues from the Universe – The One Self. There are many aspects helpful to Observer state and Flow state.

My experiential learning in testing and developing predreaming, the way I do it, has led to the strong conviction that it is working.

Seemingly being challenged sparks new thinking, it is wonderful to be challenged politely!

Butler has convinced me that the misunderstanding and misuse of one’s ability to “contribute mentally and physically to the happenings of reality, with positive emotion and functioning intuition” (shorter definition of predreaming), lead to unfortunate outcomes that spill over onto the rest of us evolving mini-personalities. Ego is the main reason this occurs, which is exacerbated by  Acceleritis. Too many “manifesters” are focused on money and act exclusionary, and justify this on religious grounds so they feel righteous and unable to waver or consider any polite logical challenges, because no one is better or smarter than God, and “God is in my hand.”

In reality, God – The Original Consciousness that acts though each of us and everything – wants us all to enjoy learning how to find our way back inside his POV. “Manifesters” will not get the results they want no matter how much they focus, because it would harm more of us than help. God doesn’t use free will that way, and doesn’t want us to, either. God has no reason not to love us, God IS us.

Wheeler et al explain the mechanics, by which these Consciousness-driven actions manifest.

Manifesters beware of “using the dark side of the Force”. Make sure the types of simplified thinking*  Dr. Butler describes don’t describe you. You will appreciate how much your manifestation rate increases.

I’ll close with this superb closer of Tara Isabella Burton’s article:

“After all, if reality is only ever what we make it, then those who possess the fewest scruples about conforming to the truth are the ones who will have the most power to shape the future.”

There is “a Darth Vader”. That’s the powerful people hypnotizing those follower folks, who deserve better, who have put themselves into magical superstitious thinking they think is spiritually driven, but it’s drawing down upon their spirituality account, to fool them like the metaphorical Devil, the ego.

Try predreaming and let me know if it works. Make sure to hold down the ego. Thanks!

*I refer to it as Emergency Oversimplification Procedure (EOP). Here’s how my AI [https://app.soopra.ai/bill/chat] explains it:
“Emergency Oversimplification Procedure (EOP) is a term I coined to describe a state of mind where, due to sensory overload or stress, we simplify our thinking process. In EOP, we tend to see things in black and white, make immediate decisions based on precedent, and have little foresight. It’s like an emergency mode our minds go into when overwhelmed, but the challenge is that it can limit our ability to fully process information and make optimal decisions. It’s a state we want to avoid or minimize for more effective thinking and decision making.”

Love to all,


Accomplishing your 2012 Objectives

A highly incomplete checklist

The year has just started and already you are creatively adapting to the unexpected, steering around unexpected resistances, and still feeling cocky about taking the hill you’ve assigned yourself for this year. Good.

This cursory reminder list of methods is passed along to keep handy if and when you run up against a boulder that frustrates you, casting a dim light over achievability of the year’s target. The list can also be used proactively even during times of smooth sailing to notch the game up a bit.

I.  Creativity

  1. Doodle a schematic of the situation and its players. These could be business or personal relationships that you are navigating. Engaging spatial mind centers in the right brain is a prime directive in terms of overcoming the bias of the time i.e. Acceleritis.

    1. What would be the ideal “win” for each player in the diagram? Getting down to the human motivational level immediately is a typical mensch method. This engages your own feelings, rebalancing you out of leftbrain dominance.
    2. What action might each player take in the situation, and how would other players react? “Consequence thinking” engages the prefrontal lobes. The more your brain is fully engaged the closer you get to Holosentience.
    3. Have you left anyone out of the diagram so far? Who?
    4. What would be the ideal outcome of the depicted situation from the standpoint of a hypothetical Universal Consciousness?
  2. Get out in Nature alone. Even when it’s freezing cold.

    1. Pay attention to nature all around you, up and down, above and below you.
    2. In the streets of big cities this works too although not as powerfully, so nearby parks are a plus, the less city-like the better.
  3. Blocked. This is for when you’ve run up against a challenge that worries you and brings you down.

    1. Imagine that you can feel the muscles in your head relaxing while you go blank and stop gnawing whatever bone has your mind obsessed at the moment. Don’t let yourself revive that conversation in your head for a while, force yourself to think or feel about some different subject, for at least several minutes, preferably up to three days if timing permits.
    2. Turning away from a problem allows the subconscious mind with its far greater resources to attack the problem from new directions. Fearing that you must stick with it, if you persist in trying the ingrained approach you are stuck in and can’t see beyond, it will just take longer to get to a solution, making you miserable, and less effective in everything else you do in the meantime.
    3. Like trying to remember a word that’s on the tip of your tongue. You have to stop trying to remember it. You are going into the wrong file drawers, which blocks you from relaxing into the right file drawer where suddenly the word just pops into your mind in the midst of some completely different conversation.
  4. Right Objectives? Have you set the right goals for 2012?

    1. Are you following goals set for you by someone else?
    2. Were you arm-twisted into these goals by persons or situations?
    3. If you’re stuck with such goals, what would be the twist that would make each goal more important to you personally?
    4. How will you know if an objective is “right”? It will be a combination of a strong hunch feeling that it’s right, plus you could defend it logically if challenged by a naysayer.
    5. In the context of the whole-brain “enlightened” thinking espoused in this blog, right objectives will be outcomes that benefit people widely as well as benefiting you.
  5. Right Metrics?

    1. Is there a way of re-stating each goal so that its most valuable effects can be better ascertained and appreciated at the end of the year?
    2. Perhaps evaluate not just economic outcomes but also social ones? How will people be affected, people close to you and those far away?

II.  In Preparation

  1. Predreaming. This is what you do on weekends in looking at the week ahead, and evenings looking at the next day.

    1. For each scheduled meeting/phone call, whether business, nonprofit, governmental, military, personal, or spiritual, what’s the outcome targeted? What might each party, including you, say that would get you in hot water and move you away from the targeted outcome?
    2. Actually hear and visualize the dialog back and forth in your mind.
    3. What’s the ideal “win” for each player?
  2. Postdreaming. The after-action report to your Self at the end of each day, at stolen moments e.g. when everyone thinks you’re already asleep.

    1. What could you have done or said better.          
    2. What to do next time in a similar situation — what worked and what didn’t.
    3. What will be the warning sign next time to remind you of this improved approach?

III.  In Action

  1. Check for fun.

    1. Okay, if fun is not the right word for you, and neither is play, just make sure you’re enjoying what you’re doing at the moment.
    2. If there’s no sense of enjoyment, forget about getting flow state performance out of yourself. It’s not going to happen.
    3. Take a one-minute meditation break to get into the headspace of loving what you are doing.
    4. Take notes on specific diagnostic ideas you get as to what’s really bugging you so you can focus on them later.
  2.  What’s the outcome focus now?

    1. You want to be singlepointed not multitasking: what is it you’re trying to achieve right now?
    2. Everything else gets put aside — out of distraction range, hidden from eye movements — and every great new idea that pops into your head gets tucked into a one-word note instantly and then ignored until later.
    3. Even if it has to do with the present meeting, it goes into a note, one that you will pay attention to during the course of the meeting, just not right now. Again, “meeting” includes any encounter with others, not just business meetings.
    4. Stay in the moment. Be 100% present with the others. Absolutely turn off email and all forms of electronic interruption. Do not interrupt the speaker.
  3. All of you in the Now.

    1. Your estimable resources are not being frittered away by excessive dispersal, though all your armies are on the line, at the ready. Your attention is one. You are focused with everyone on the common immediate objective. Your orientation is a win for all.
    2. As impulses rise up continuously from within, you merely observe them without acting on them, except for the rare impulse that you feel to be perfect for the moment.
    3. Therefore you do not allow yourself to be rushed, you take your time.
    4. Each impulse to do something you allow to float downstream into the past without acting on it, except for those tagged with the mysterious sense of perfection. These perfect impulses will be those that you feel have no negativity hidden in them, and which go to the core of the matter.
    5. In lulls, look over your notes, determine action items and schedule them, file notes in folders based on the relationships you are involved in this year, for easy findability. If necessary start a new 2012 filing system that does not tackle the massive job of re-filing the past right now. Keep the 2012 refined objectives in sight at all times.

Let 2012 be the year of the fresh start for all of us.

Best to all,