intent

[My Big TOE Definition]

Intent is the expression of active will within consciousness to achieve the desired goal through purposeful choice.

Will answers the question “what?” and provides the goal. Intent answers “how?” and provides the idea (plan, process, vision, or conceptualization) of how a specific choice might move the system closer to the goal. Thus, intent contains the driver, motivation or reason behind the choice. Morality is attached to the being-level intent, not the choice: from a moral perspective, it’s not so important what you do but why you do it.

Making the choice executes change in the system, hopefully moving it toward its goal. The system’s purpose defines its most general overall goal: decreasing system entropy. However, there are many specific sub-goals that must be dealt with by will and intent in the process of moving a system, one small step (dynamic iteration) at a time, toward satisfying its purpose.

Will and intent are an expression of consciousness – they are rooted in the whole Individuated Unit of Consciousness (IUOC), not just the intellectual part. Because common usage often assumes that intent is the result of an intellectual process there is room for some confusion here. The intellectual level and the being level, within a typical individual, work together to produce goals, intents, and choices – however, either level may be dominant in directing the choice.

Intent expresses individual quality

Intent, as used in My Big TOE, then, is how one interfaces, communicates, and interacts with other individuals or with the Larger Consciousness System (LCS). It is the vehicle or mechanism for expression of a consciousness at the being level – thus, it is the most fundamental expression of the ability, capacity and quality of an individual consciousness in its interaction with others. It expresses an individual’s attitude, will and motivation (relative to interaction with others) at the being level.

You, at the dynamic interactive being level, are your intent. Your intent is the dynamic expression of you (your consciousness) that connects and interacts with whatever is beyond or outside of you (the LCS). In other words, your intent is the essence of you that interacts with all that is not you.

It is your intent that “moves data” in the LCS – i.e., that interacts, exchanges, and modifies information within the larger information system. A free-will intent generated within consciousness is the only active ingredient – it is the “motive force” that moves or changes the data of consciousness.

This has profound implications, which are largely ignored or discounted by today’s mainstream materialistic science.

Intent can modify future probability

According to My Big TOE, every virtual reality (VR) frame within the LCS relies on a database in which past events are stored and probabilities of future events are calculated. To emphasize one or the other aspect, this database is sometimes discussed as if it were two different things – the past database and the probable-future database. Whatever we call it, its function is to ensure logical consistency between past, present and future, and to help The Big Computer (TBC) know what it likely must render to the players next.

In our Physical Matter Reality (PMR), the past as experienced by one or several players is a done deal and can’t be changed anymore – it is saved in the database as the actual, unalterable PMR history.

In contrast, the future is not yet determined – it only exists in probability. This is for two reasons. First, the physical world, as quantum mechanics tells us, is at the root probabilistic. Second, we, the conscious players, have free will. This means that TBC, even though it knows all our preferences, habits and addictions, can’t predict our future behavior with absolute certainty, only to a certain degree of probability.

The probable-future database, then, contains the possibilities of all the things that could happen as well as all the probabilities associated with each possibility. This data represents a probability distribution of all the possible things that could happen in PMR in the foreseeable future.

The key insight of MBT in this context is this: Intent can modify the probabilities within the probable-future database. This means that using our intent, we can make a potential event more or less likely to be manifested in the present or in the future. Modifying probabilities, however, is no absolute guarantee that what we want to happen actually will happen: when actualizing an event, the system makes a random draw from all the possibilities. Most of the time, the most probable possibility will be manifested, but in some cases a less probable event may be actualized.

How do we actualize a possible event in physical reality? By making choices using our intent. For example, through the simple choice of looking at the forest floor, we request data from TBC. In doing so, we force TBC to render to us a mix of soil, stones, twigs, leaves, mushrooms and whatever else might be found in that place. To respond to that request, TBC makes a random draw from the probability distribution associated with all the possibilities of things we might find which are logically consistent with what happened in that patch of forest in the past. If no conscious being has been there in a while, the uncertainty of what might have happened in the meantime may be big enough to allow for a wide range of possibilities.

All this is neatly explained by – and itself neatly explains – how quantum mechanics works. Describing the process of requesting data from TBC, a quantum physicist might say we “make a measurement” of the forest floor, which “collapses the probability wave” of the possible things that we might find. If we put our intent to it before looking, we may be able to increase the probability of finding mushrooms, for instance, before the wave function collapses and a random draw actualizes one of the possible events.

Modifying future probability, however, doesn’t mean we can manifest anything we want. If a possible event is extremely unlikely to begin with (say, one in a million), then even increasing the odds by three orders of magnitude – which few individuals may be able to do – would still mean the chances of it happening would remain vanishingly small (one in a thousand).

Healing oneself or others with one’s mind is another area in which we can modify future probability. Since there’s a lot of uncertainty around people’s health (because we can’t directly look into their bodies except when using sophisticated medical machinery), there’s lots of wiggle room for altering the probabilities of what might be going on.

Most people may disbelieve that they can heal others with their mind, yet they regularly heal themselves through what medicine calls the placebo effect. The reality of this effect has been demonstrated beyond doubt and the MBT model provides a logical explanation for it. In fact, MBT not only explains how we can heal ourselves by having a positive intent. It also explains how fear, worry and negative thinking can raise the probability of psychosomatic illness.

Intent is key to accessing the databases

In a VR such as PMR, we can use our intent not only to tamper with the probabilities but also to access the content of the past and probable-future databases. This is the rational explanation for all sorts of paranormal (psi) phenomena:

Remote viewing, for example, represents an active query of the past database (which contains all information up until a fraction of a second before the present moment).
• In a similar way, we can query the probable-future database to obtain premonitions about the probable future – some highly intuitive people are particularly good at that.
• Still others are able to induce out-of-body experiences in which they can “move around in” and explore PMR. By applying our intent, we can let go of the data stream representing our physical body’s perspective on PMR and instead get a data stream containing other data on other places in PMR from the past database.

But why can’t everybody seem to access the databases and change probabilities as they please?

Required: a high-quality intent

Besides the placebo effect, which seems to work naturally for most people, any modification of probabilities or specific queries of the databases requires a high-quality intent.

Intent has the qualities of:
magnitude (intensity),
frequency (can be tuned/focused)
clarity (signal-to-noise ratio – for instance, how steadily one can focus one’s mind vs how easily one’s mind is distracted).

Thus, in order to purposely and effectively use one’s intent to modify probabilities or access the databases for other purposes, the intent must be strong, focused, and stable. To a certain extent, this can be trained through concentration and meditation techniques that quiet the mind, perhaps supported by tools such as binaural beats.

Even more importantly, though, it helps to have evolved a high quality of consciousness (low entropy), which usually is accompanied by having greater awareness, a more developed intuition and a naturally clear and quiet mind.

A high quality of consciousness makes it more likely that one’s intent supports the overall goal of consciousness evolution, that is, doing something helpful for others or trying to understand the nature of reality. This means that when trying to access the database it doesn’t suffice merely to make an intellectual-level wish to have an exciting experience or tweak reality to your advantage. You have to have a high-quality being-level intent.

Because a less-than-good intent can, to a certain degree, be compensated for by lots of practice, the LCS applies a policy called the psi uncertainty principle: the system will limit your ability to access or tamper with the databases for ego-driven purposes. It will prevent you, for instance, from getting a glimpse of next week’s winning lottery numbers. Nor will it allow you to show off paranormal skills too publicly – there always has to be enough “plausible deniability” around psi effects. For other players, PMR must remain a reliable learning environment where physical cause-and-effect reigns supreme. The system doesn’t allow anyone to use its possibilities against its own purpose of lowering its entropy.

Intent can also modify probabilities of past actualization

Although the “experienced” or “observed” past is done and unalterable, as we said above, the past database also contains the possibilities and associated probabilities of many things that could have happened in the past (to the extent that they might still be relevant to the present and the future). These include things that could have happened but didn’t, and things that could still turn out to be a logical “cause” for events observed in the present (that is, “potential histories”).

This allows for the strange situation, difficult to grasp for us of materialistic conditioning: in a virtual reality, things can manifest in the present even if their past is uncertain – that is, if there’s no single one history thread associated with them in the past database, but only a range of potential history threads.

For instance, if you discover one day a swelling on your neck, it can turn out to be harmless cyst or a malignant tumor. Both are possible, and each possibility has a certain probability associated with it. Viewed from our habitual material-reality perspective, we would expect the swelling to have one – and only one – clearly determined cause that existed in objective reality before we even began to notice the swelling. Any future medical examination, we would reason, would merely detect that pre-existing cause which had been there all along (benign cyst or malignant tumor).

Not so in a probabilistic virtual reality (VR). In such a VR, a swelling on your neck can develop according to the combined probabilities of all possible causes. This doesn’t make it more likely – it just means that the “cause” (cyst or cancer) is still uncertain until somebody decides to examine it. Strange as it may seem, the “cause” can still be actualized only after the observed “effect”. Which one it is, is still uncertain until the actual examination – when the system is forced to make a random draw from among the various threads of future probability, which, of course depend on the probability of past possibilities.

Again, this is in full accordance with the way quantum mechanics works: particles take on specific properties only at the moment they are “measured”. Thus, in the measurement process these properties are not disclosed or discovered, but decided on the spot. It is one of the falsifiable predictions of MBT that quantum mechanics doesn’t only apply to the world of subatomic particles but to large-scale reality as well, wherever there is sufficient uncertainty. This view has been corroborated by scientific research: the famous double-slit experiment, for example, has been shown to work with molecules comprising 2,000 atoms. The only limit encountered so far seems to be the difficulty of performing the experiment, that is, keeping a molecule of such size in an undetermined quantum state until the actual measurement.

How, then, is all this linked to intent?

If there are multiple possible “past causes” to a present event, this means that we can modify the probabilities associated with these potential histories using our intent. This is the same as modifying future probability, because the measurement of the result of those “past causes” will be made in the present. However, since a future measurement will determine what we habitually call the past (the freshly determined, actual history thread to be saved as the unalterable past in the database) we can speak of “actualizing the past” even though we are actualizing the present which instantly becomes “the past”.

This carries important implications as to how to deal with events that have an uncertain history: until the moment we examine their past conclusively (for instance, through rigorous medical diagnosis), we can apply our positive intent to increase the probability of actualizing a positive history. Conversely, if we react to a present event with worry and fear, we may increase the likelihood of actualizing a negative history. Nowhere is this more important than when it comes to one’s health.

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