Upon Which I See The Magic Box
Written By: Jeff Behnke
I'm not sure how many people have experienced this, but I doubt I'm the only one. If you accept the fact that you can receive messages from the universe in the form of 'meaning' which doesn't seem to be too difficult of a proposition when you take into account 'coincidence' and take into account things actually do have meaning and aren't entirely random, then it isn't a stretch of the imagination to assume that you can spend some days in a state where just about everything that happens to you is a coincidence and everything has meaning. This has happened to me numerous times and I can't help but give it a name: Magic Box Syndrome.
I suppose the best way to describe it is to give a few examples. When, for instance, you're entertaining a certain belief such as 'I am not very attractive', you will begin to notice television commercials that are all about beauty products and covering up blemishes. When you then switch your belief to 'I am starving', you will begin to see food references everywhere. If you believe your entire day is rotten, all these things will happen to you to make it worse and worse. You've heard the expression "When it rains, it pours", and it could be that this is a prime indicator that you're observing reality at its core--it is you observing a reflection of your beliefs--reality being nothing more than a feedback loop. You look around and notice precisely what is in your mind. Not the false beliefs, the real beliefs. Sometimes, however, this can be taken to extremes where you begin to entertain an idea which to some people would be considered absurd such as 'someone broke into my house last night' and you will still manage to find references around you, pointing to the rightness of your belief. Are you making it happen yourself?
I've had incidents of my own in which I've entertained some exceptionally far-fetched beliefs which has gotten me into trouble and now I am relatively embarrassed by them, but maybe someone can learn something from it. One day, for instance, I managed to convince myself that the CIA was screwing with me as a direct result of me having a paranormal and conspiracy-oriented website. I developed the notion that there was a camera behind a picture frame in my living room. As soon as this thought entered my head, the cat jumped up on the television, stared at the same picture frame as me and started meowing. At the time, I panicked because I saw it as evidence, so I scared the hell out of myself. I thought that perhaps the camera was in motion and the cat was picking up on it. Now, when I look back at the incident, I see it another way: I was in The Magic Box, and my absurd beliefs overwhelmed me to the point where it was all I could see--the truth in an otherwise 'fictional' proposition. The microcosm being drawn inside of me was being externalized into the macrocosm.
The question I have is whether or not this is a 'psychosis', or if the universe is sort of designed to respond to you in jest in as many ways as you desire. For instance,there could be no such thing as a coincidence because we are in direct communication with the universe at all times that is mirroring back what is taking place inside of us. Belief is thus a very powerful force, and when you truly believe something, everything around you will reflect it. This makes it extremely challenging to have an objective view because you can never tell if the universe is messing with you, or if you are actually seeing something that is 'correct' outside of your own head. It could be that there is no objectivity, and we are all inside of our own magic boxes.
Furthermore, there's been numerous 'channeled' stories of people who have died and moved on, where their information relayed points to the fact that afterlife itself is designed as a reflection of what people believed the afterlife to be. If you believe you will meet Jesus and live in a large church singing praises, then that will be your experience until you decide to move on. If you believe you'll be sent to hell, then that's where you'll end up until you manage to pull yourself out. And it could be that this afterlife astral world is actually no different than physical reality itself.
In addition, there's been loads of scientific studies, such as whether or not a certain drug is effective in treating a disorder, and in the initial trials, the studies seem to indicate that the drug really does work because it is expected to work by the researchers. But as more time goes on, you sort of run in to this law of diminishing returns as more and more trials seem to indicate the drug really doesn't work at all, and the belief fades. The initial enthusiasm by the researchers dies off, as do the effects of the drugs in tandem. Same with diets, same with working out. You'll even find references to this if you look in to quantum physics which seems to be the hobby of quite a few New Agers, where they point out that researchers' expectations affect the results. If a researcher tries to measure whether or not light is a particle or a wave, depending on how the experiment is set up, it will reflect results based on which property the research is trying to measure.
This has created a relatively challenging problem in the world of the paranormal. If you believe in Bigfoot and set up all types of measuring and recording devices in a forest, it is quite possible then that your belief will lead to an untold number of coincidences which will attempt to point to the rightness of your assumption. "Bigfoot exists!" The universe will say. And this extends into anything else that is classified as paranormal. If you believe your house is haunted, you will find evidence it is so. If you believe a UFO is in communication with you at night, you will find evidence that this is so as well. On top of that, you can record it, and you will get evidence for other people to prove the case--even if they don't quite see your 'evidence' as evidence enough for them. Why? Because you recorded the evidence in your 'magic box.' Besides, people may be afraid to believe the same things as you, so their own mental blocks will appear, stopping them for 'seeing' what you see in your evidence.
Belief, they say, is a powerful force that, if you had enough of it, could allow you to move mountains with your mind. I always thought this was simply an exaggeration as no one can really move mountains, but uh, maybe I'm wrong?
When you experience the Magic Box yourself, it will take everything you have to not end up completely insane, though. You'll feel trapped, so to speak, where reality seems to act like a Chinese finger torture toy. You look out at the world, trying to find objective answers, but in jest, whatever runs through your head as a true belief, you'll see what you expect to see, and you can't pull yourself out of it. It is possible that's just the way the universe is designed, and we have developed filters over the years to mask our own power. We thus 'ignore' coincidence to the point where we think none happens to us, when in reality, they happen constantly and we just choose not to see them.
I don't know whether or not this is just some trick our minds play on us, or whether or not we're all trapped inside some simulation that is measuring what's in our head just as much as we're measuring what's out there. If the macrocosm/microcosm is a true description of reality and the universe is within us all, Magic Box Syndrome could contain more of a truth than we might otherwise imagine.