Reality Creation – Before the Law of Attraction

Based on Thomas Troward’s THE CREATIVE PROCESS IN THE INDIVIDUAL copyright, 1915

Thomas Troward was the Founder of New Thought, and reality creation.

Troward was a major influence on the works of Ernest Holmes, Frederick Bailes, Joseph Murphy and Emmett Fox, and has been quoted by numerous other writers. His writing is both a little archaic and very, very tight with each sentence building logically on the previous idea. We will do our best to make his thinking on reality creation more palatable for the modern reader.

Reality Creation is exciting because it pushes the limits of spiritual beliefs and quantum physics. This is where the Law of Attraction becomes heart blood and heartbeat. This is why Ho’oponopono is able to teach that we all have 100% responsibility and why one person’s prayer of cleansing can change another’s life forever.

Reality Creation

Thomas Troward teaches that in the beginning the Spirit has a Thought which created matter for self expression and self recognition. This was the original reality creation. At first there was only one intelligent spirit, no time, no motion, no consciousness of self and no matter. This original creation set up an original polarity between Universal Substance and Universal Spirit. Spirit supplies Selection and Motion, the energy, and Substance supplies matter, the material from which everything, all reality is created.

There are four steps in evolution since the Law of Tendency indicates that the Cosmic Mind tends to be active rather than absorbed in an awareness of being. This activity includes the Law of Polarity which maintains a current flow, a motion, and the Law of Reciprocity which demands a similar motion as a balance, so as the stars maintain their circular motion, so do our atoms. Yet, the Cosmic Mind, the Source, wanted more than circles and so evolution produces ever progressive steps:

Step One: Mineral Life in rotation

Step Two: Plant Life

Step Three: Animal Life

Step Four: Human Life. Selection and initiative are the first principles. The third is for an ever increasing Enjoyment of Life.

Step Five: ?

Troward believed there was a Cosmic Mind that insures that the Universal Laws are upheld. Euclid’s theorem that two things that are equal to another are equal to each other is what explains the ability of the Cosmic Mind to insure that what we see is what our neighbor sees. Otherwise, he explains, wooden boards would arbitrarily change length, and it would not be possible to build anything. So, once created, matter tends to remain stable. Beyond these laws that maintain the stability of the Universe, we are all free in all other respects to pursue reality creation.

Reality Creation begins with the Spirit’s conception or statement of something, which necessarily makes it exist! The Law of the Whole, and the Law of the Part insures that we humans are as able to manifest as the original Spirit of which we are a part. We do this every day. Everything in our lives is a creation of our Spirit mind.

Some argue that abuse and disease is not a creation of the victim.

This is the sticking point for many, we understand. Troward allows that there is the possibility of negativity in the spiritual world, which he calls inversions. “An inversion of the Life-principle will transform the energy stream into something poisonous and deadly. The essential condition for receiving the Perfect Fullness of Life is to present ourselves before the Eternal Spirit free from every trace of inversion. Prior to reality creation we must present our selves in the likeness of the Eternal Ideal. Project into the Eternal Mind the conception of yourself as identical with the Eternal Ideal.”

The qualities of the Substantive Being are Love, Light, Power, Beauty and Joy. The Qualities of Active Power are Initiative and Selection. When we are clear of inversions, we will not select or initiate any manifestation that does not come from Love, Light, Power, Beauty and Joy. The Buddha said, “To end suffering completely, one must remove desire, ill will and ignorance.” This is the way to clear ourselves of inversions to prepare for healthy reality creation.

Some say that Force is the ego’s perceptual interpretation — it’s inversion — of Love.

In Conversations with God, God says that we choose the circumstances of out lives. If that sometimes seems harsh, imagine that we are only partly in this physical world, because we are also always connected to source. If that is so, then we can step out of this consciousness at any time, as Jesus could have. We don’t speak of His suffering as victimization, but as sacrifice. Try to imagine that we all have this strength and choice, to choose love over force.


Ho’oponopono is an Hawaiian method of clearing and problem solving and is taught by The Foundation of I, Inc.. “I” come forth from the void into light…The undefinable atom of creation. “I” am the “I”.

As taught by Dr. Hew Len,

The Void is the foundation of Self Identity, of Mind, of the cosmos. It is the precursor state to the infusion of Inspirations from Divine Intelligence into the Subconscious Mind.

All that scientists know is the cosmos was spawned from nothing, and will return to the nothing from whence it came. The universe begins and ends with zero. (Charles Seife, ZERO: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea.)

Memories replaying displace the Void of Self Identity, precluding the manifestation of Inspirations. To remedy this displacement, to reestablish Self Identity, memories need to be transformed to void through transmutation by Divine Intelligence.

To clear the unconscious of memories that prevent clarity and connection to Spirit, (or Substantive Being and Active Power in Troward’s language) we can consciously petition Divine Intelligence to transmute our memories to void. We do this by praying. As Dr. Hew Len explained to Joe Vitale, we start with telling our memories that we love them. We say we’re sorry to Divinity, ask for forgiveness and then finish with “thank you.”

Troward argues for Spirit versus Matter, and does not discuss levels of consciousness or awareness. Ho’oponopono, or The Foundation of “I”, describes the higher mind, which communicates directly with Divine Spirit and receives information or delivers our petitions. The lower or unconscious mind stores the memories and feelings associated with those memories, and runs our day to day bodily functions. The conscious mind is where we reside in awareness.


This is a little odd, because awareness is the movie we produce. Awareness is the game we are playing with our friends. Awareness is the book we get “lost” in, yet our higher mind is never separate from Spirit. Our lower mind is continually monitoring our body and our location in space so that we don’t have to worry. If, in the movie theatre, someone kicks our chair, our lower mind is attentive and may notify our conscious mind if it continues. If, on the highway, someone swerves into our lane, our lower mind will alert our conscious mind which might be “lost” in some thoughts about an upcoming meeting we are running.

Our conscious mind is full of thoughts, and our unconscious mind is full of our sensory “reality”, and our memories, and only our higher mind is free to access Divine intelligence.

In a video of Jill Bolte Taylor for TED (, she explains how she experienced the right side of her brain without the left hemisphere due to a massive stroke in the left hemisphere. The right side was aware of all the energy exterior to her body and was unclear about the limits of her body. She was aware of being one with all other beings in the Universe. She took in all the sensory data of touch, sound and sight and was in the moment without a thought of past or future. She was connected and ecstatic while in her right brain.

What she lost when she lost her left brain, was language. She was not aware of that until she tried to converse with a colleague and realized that he sounded “like a golden retriever” and that she did as well when she tried to respond. She lost her ability to decipher numbers and letters in a meaningful way. She lost her sense of past and future. It was her left brain, clicking in and out like a light with a loose wire, that alerted her to seek help.

She did not talk about this, but we suspect that she lost her reality creation. The Active Power that selects and initiates seems to be a function of the part of the brain that sees time and progress in a linear, horizontal fashion. This was gone. The right hemisphere seemed connected to Substantive Being and all Love, Light, Power, Beauty and Joy. This was intact, but the polarity was gone.

And so, without polarity, there is no Reality Creation.

Nancy J. Stremmel is the co-owner and developer of: the compendium of information on the Law of Attraction. She is a writer, licensed Social Worker, educator, artist and therapist. She believes that everyone can make the Law of Attraction work for them.