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Setting Intention, Divine Manifestation and Navigating the Quantum Soup


Humanity has discovered an important phenomenon about reality - that it is not fixed and solid, but more a moving flow of ever-adapting consciousness - the "Quantum Soup". And most importantly, that the observer affects reality by what you focus on. So it's become a common theme then to 'set intention' and 'manifest what you desire' to happen. Or else there's the view that some destined, synchronistic, event line - 'your destiny' - is supposed to land, but only by applying such focus. I think there's truth in these viewpoints, but not the whole truth. So how do you successfully navigate the inner landscape? How do you create authentic miracles and magic?...

The Quantum Soup of Reality

The first 'trick' is to fundamentally understand the nature of the universe and to explore how it works where you're at, within your life, right now. I put it to you, that life is a never-ending flow of consciousness, which temporarily takes form. Some of this form appears rigid or solid, sometimes immovable and permanent. Yet quantum science tells us it's all interconnected strings of energy, each with a 'shelf-life', that come and go, sinking back into the Quantum Soup of reality, before re-emerging once more to take on form.

What causes that form to take shape?

What science also postulates, is that you cannot separate the observer from the observed. So when something is observing, it focuses this Quantum Soup, and voila - dinner 'appears on your plate' (metaphorically speaking and a few billion years on from the big bang!).

Did the 'Creator' intend the Universe?

In this evolutionary process, streams of consciousness have formed, which we may call 'souls'. What is their purpose? By their actions, when you've delved deeply into the layers of reality, they are here to have experience: to self-actualise an expression - a manifested form - of the One.

So far so good. But where does 'setting ones intention' figure in this flow?

I put it to you that the universe was not created by intention. That would presuppose a creator, and if there was such, where did it come from and who created it? (it's a fundamental question of reality, and therefore worth plenty of inner inquiry).

We could consider the One as infinite potential - that which precedes all arising. This is such an important point to dwell on. I believe it's what many describe when they've truly had an enlightened experience - it feels like "there's no one here" (inside).

But in this emptiness, there's an aliveness of infinite possibility...
You feel like the creator.

Look, you are 'the One', you know that, and there is just one moment of now, therefore the condition of emptiness that 'created' the universe through the bigbang is still there and never went away. At your core, you are that. So if you created the universe without setting intention, why do you need set intention now? You'd only be creating something lesser, something smaller.

    Imagine it this way: you're a surfer yearning for a peak experience. Do you pick a little pond, blow up a ripple or two and try to ride them? Or do you set off into the ocean and feel the biggest one rising? And when you've found that wave, do you try to steer its direction? Or do you feel into every nuance of the flow and ride it for all its worth?

Your unbridled Soul, is the miracle!

When you explore reality very deeply, inside your own experience of consciousness, I believe you come to the conclusion, that this infinite potential from where the universe came, is still there, in the background of experience. It's what people call 'presence' and it's infinitely creative - crucially, without intention.

It just happens. It's like the big bang - the big wave - is happening inside you all the time.

But then something else profound and phenomenal happens: the big bang has spread out into multiplicity of form - the separation consciousness has condensed. And here's the miraculous part:

    Within the Quantum Soup of Separation Consciousness are streams of energy pulling back to the source - these are 'souls' with the 'memory of the original condition of oneness'. Their yearning to be reunited with the source, is so compelling, so purposeful, that when allowed to, they create incredible miracles and magic as a way of being. Your unbridled Soul is the miracle!

So what's actually going on, in reality, is a divine paradox: you are being the infinite presence of the background, AND, SIMULTANEOUSLY, a streaming soul of experience flowing back to the source.

What can "I" do with this state? What can "I" create?

I believe many have touched this state at times and found it so incredible, so amazing, so magically profound, there often comes a wondering "What can 'I' do with it? What can 'I" create?"

There's then a contemplation, and with that, a focusing. In the focusing, if the soul is not yet self-realised (realising of the One Self), it will attach to particular outcomes, feeling it needs such and such to define itself. I believe this mirrors the light getting lost in the darkness - the light getting stuck in the Quantum Soup so to speak.

Let's be clear, the One doesn't need anything, because it already has everything.
And the soul is there to animate the One - a living expression of it.

    That's why a true visionary dreams, not of anything goes or what the ego might want, but actually sees future landing now. A true visionary is able to feel and pick up the flow of the Quantum Soup, as an integral part of their inner landscape. They're not intending anything. How can you see 'future landing now' if your mind is already full? How can you ride the wave of interconnectivity if you're trying to make it go a certain way? Also a true visionary is not afraid to call what they see, even though it might be against what the mainstream thinks. And they're not afraid to act on their visions. At heart, we're all true visionaries.

When there is no stuckness - of the soul - I observe there's an endless flow of manifestation, and without any intention, it creates experiences from which greater self-realisation can happen - you realise ever finer and higher aspects of the One.

Furthermore, 'setting intention' actually cuts across this flow and diminishes it. It will create something from the Quantum Soup yes, but it will be a lesser meal, not at all of the divine recipe.

    It's like in my surfing analogy earlier, blowing up a ripple on some small pond somewhere and shouting "oh look, there's a synchronicity". Rather than riding a wave on the ocean where you become a part of constant streaming synchronicity.

The constant conscious question

Humanity has imagined and created quite a nightmare - in our current reality which tries to control outcomes - thus having a disastrous effect on the balance of our eco-system - it is bringing the planet to destruction (in terms of the 3D eco-systems). In my knowing, Gaia is already moving to 5D reality, within which, there is no intention to create something in particular...

    Can you imagine for one moment, being Gaia, with all the weather systems and zillions of interrelating inhabitants, trying to control the outcome by 'setting her intention'? How do you possibly hold an intention, which would serve all? That would be like trying to successfully manipulate a rubic's cube with zillions of variables, rearranging it every moment, and getting it aligned every moment - an impossibility. Which is why this 3D reality is now breaking down - some of the most brilliant minds in business, science and politics have tried to orchestrate it, and look at the general mess that's been created.

Perhaps then, from this, we can learn an invaluable lesson about authentic creating and where intention fits in? (or doesn't!).

In my knowing, in creating the 5D, Gaia has no intention. Rather she has a "constant conscious question". Something like this: "How can a reality come together, which has the interests of all inhabitants of that (5D) level of consciousness, at heart?"

I've noticed personally, that if I hold the question, rather than an intention, then reality takes shape in the most exquisite of ways. All manner of situations and synchronicities converge together to provide me the learning experiences I need.

When I hold the right question, which my consciousness is now being engaged with, what happens, is form takes shape from the Quantum Soup, which I start to witness by feeling it, inside of myself.

The multidimensional landscape

In working without intention, I find myself not limited. Possibility is endless. And I don't coagulate the Quantum Soup into some lumpy mess, which also means other sentient life doesn't go without (remember we are living in a mostly closed system of finite resources).

I start to have visions, intuitions and knowings of a forming multidimensional landscape - which is perceived inside of myself. But I work not to hold these too solidly. Or else I tend to manifest a lesser creation. That may be okay for the 3D reality we've been living in - humanity creates all manner of disharmony this way, from the excesses of obesity, to poverty and mass starvation. Such stark polarity - such dense duality - tends to be the cause of many, if not all, war. Some have plenty of soup, others don't, who then fight to get their share.

Are we ready yet to move beyond such limitation?

For those who are, I put it to you, there's a more evolved way of creating. It's by going within and beginning to witness what's going on as you reflect on the outer mirror you're ALREADY creating. And to work toward a place, where you're doing this ALL THE TIME.

"Soul Retrieval" - reclaiming lost fragments of soul

I believe what you'll discover, step by step, is the flow of your soul. Which flows within the Quantum Soup. Form takes shape, and your soul sticks in the soup, creating lumps. These might be attachments in relationships for example - generating 'tightness', which you can feel as hotspots, inside yourself. In the head perhaps, tightness in the chest, the solar plexus or sacrum. These are telltale signs.

But rather than simply trying to dump them, by "dropping the hot coals" (which is only a temporary illusionists 'trick' anyway), get into the heat, feel it wash over you - where does it tighten you, where's the density? Why is it doing that? What's your attachment?

If it's in the sacrum, maybe it's attachment in relationships for example?
(in the book 5GATEWAYS I provide a detailed synopsis of the attachments which cause the chakras to contract and close).

The important thing, is not to simply dump or deny this pain by immediately trying to heal or cure it. Because that is also to dump the fragment of soul that broke off from the soul's mainstream and created it. It's like dumping the baby with the bathwater.

To truly heal, is to self-realise - to be realising of the One Self within every expression - throughout the Quantum Soup.

The way to do this, is to express the contractive pain (be it emotional, psychological, physical or karmic) until you become 'as-one with it'. In other words, you become so awesomely okay in it, that you don't need it to go away. That's when you become "The One" in it. That's when you reclaim the lost fragment of soul that created the 'hotspot' and with that, the distorted reality - the lumps in the Quantum Soup - unwind (shamans call this process "soul retrieval" - you're literally retrieving lost fragments of soul).

Now you don't get caught by that obstacle again -
you don't have to ever remanifest it from the Quantum Soup.

Authentic Reality arises from the Question, not the answer

Once you get to a point where you've removed most of these 'lumps' in the 'soup' within you, everything begins to flow more smoothly inside. Your soul creates authentic manifestations - but crucially - these arise from the question, not the answer.

In other words you don't begin with the answer - the intention - you want.

There is an authentic and aligned role for your soul. There is something it is meant to 'do' - actually more meant to 'be'. And there's a place where all souls naturally interrelate - it's the natural configuration of the Quantum Soup. A natural arising that, by it's own nature, considers all in it. When such universal alignment occurs - this looks and feels like nirvana. I believe its the fully mature state the universe is coming to.

You can be a part of that harmony right now.
You can become a point source for it to unfold all around you.

When you're in this space, it feels just like heaven. How do you 'do' this?

Authentic Manifestation

  1. First take 'doing' out of the equation ('setting one's intention' is doing).
  2. Start to work moment by moment on how to be. Beingness is totally inherent in you. There's a totally natural alignment. When you find authentic beingness, this brings you into alignment with the flow of the One. Begin by asking: "How would you have me Be now?"
  3. From authentic beingness, you'll explore questions about reality (rather than intentions). The questions themselves will begin to manifest from the Quantum Soup, in alignment with all. Ask: "What would you have me Do now?"
  4. This brings groups of souls together - by the Law of Attraction - and creates wonderful, flowing synchronicity (not just to odd one or two, which happens with intention setting). Right Action simply happens.
  5. In the early stages, what will get in the way, are the distortions where your soul gets stuck. No matter. Turn to face them. Work into them, then you learn to quickly release them. Ask: "What is this blockage revealing to me now?" (see this 9 step Spiritual Healing Process.

The flow unleashes once more. Authentic questions create authentic reality from the Quantum Soup.

Ready to create magic!

So, are you ready to dump the intention, and instead, allow the natural arising of inquisitive exploration? Are you ready to feel the arising of soul, and follow it as an expression of being? Why not give it a chance and see how lovely and refreshing such surrender can be?
Once you do, you unleash flowing divine magic within you. At times it will cause blockages in the Quantum Soup - within you - felt as tightness, as 'hotspots'. No matter, this is all simply the process of self-realisation at work. Turn into them, express them, become as one with them, and then unravel them.

Open the door to the soul once more. Expand out, unleash the flow. Create a magical landscape. It's exactly what we're doing on the 5GATEWAYS work around the world. Come join us.


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Trinity's picture

When I first saw your title 'quantum soup' I thought perhaps you'd been creating some extra high density creations in the conscious kitchen Dance 4 - Or perhaps it was the name for my next book.

Absolutely LOVE your article. I feel that the whole concept of 'intention' can often find people in a bit of a tangle. Inspiration is awesome, but when we become fixed on a set goal, we can so easily miss what the moment is truly inviting; or the path of light as it unfolds from within us. The shifts that we are invited to make can be so subtle, that unless we truly listen to the moment with our soul, we miss the call. Sometimes we are drawn to a vision to offer us inspiration or motivation; to get us off the ground; or to set our sails in motion; and then everything changes and we find ourselves in exactly the right place at the right time to see exactly what we need to see next.

You've offered some real gems for the spiritual journey above. My favourite is to take 'doing' out of the equation... to simple 'be'. One big resounding YES from me!

divinespark's picture


You said:

"To truly heal, is to self-realise - to be realising of the One Self within every expression - throughout the Quantum Soup.

The way to do this, is to express the contractive pain (be it emotional, psychological, physical or karmic) until you become 'as-one with it'. In other words, you become so awesomely okay in it, that you don't need it to go away. That's when you become "The One" in it. That's when you reclaim the lost fragment of soul that created the 'hotspot' and with that, the distorted reality - the lumps in the Quantum Soup - unwind (shamans call this process "soul retrieval" - you're literally retrieving lost fragments of soul)."

I had the sense recently that I was caught up in expressing a distortion, but I didn't check myself and hold back. It felt like, "I gotta be me," as the song goes, no matter what, even it meant that I was unpopular and going against the majority. In that sense, it felt like I was accepting myself even though I knew at some level that I was off kilter. It felt okay to be ornery and pissed off. In the process of expressing that to others, I was able to let it go and find and express a higher truth. Here's the thing that confuses me, though. When I read some of the articles and comments on the Openhand forum including this article, I feel confused about the self-realization/9-step process i.e. does one hold back, feel into the tightness, release, and express the higher truth or does one express the distortion as a step to realizing and expressing the higher truth? My sense is that there is no hard and fast rule to this and that either might be called for depending on the circumstances. I get that to become aligned with the divine flow, one must become one with the distortion to let it go. It's been my experience this past while that when I express the distortion, it takes me deeper into it, into my feelings, into my pain, and that it's a gradual process of fully accepting the pain and distortion and letting it go. At other times, I'm able to keep to myself, aware that I'm caught up in some messy emotions, and need to find a quiet space to go inwards. I'm not always able to do this, however. So I'm feeling a bit confused. For a good part of my life, I wouldn't express because I felt that I wasn't being "spiritual" enough. I somehow felt that I would magically reach a place of higher consciousness that I could express more lovingly from if I prayed enough and worked hard to become a "better" person. That so did not work. Thank you for this wonderful article, Open. Any further insights you or anyone else can provide would be most appreciated.

x Catherine

erica r's picture

Fantastic exploration Open.
Trinity your gentle loving response warms my heart.

Catherine... Thank you for finding words for that internal conflict as I have felt that as well. For me it occurs when I zoom in to 3d and a more primitive (reptilian) emotionally charged response is expressed when I am identifying with the larger coagulated bits in the Quantum soup. Often it's when I would chose to feel offended, hurt, or angry within a situation. Back to the battle... Ray1. While it's effective in that moment the ripples sent out then back in feel disruptive to my soul. Its just a short term fix. It's definitely a cycle I had to break. That's where the softening Ray2 comes in or Ray4 the diplomat. It feels that once I allow that initial response to ripple through me it breaks down the coagulated bits that become gelatinous where I then did not identify with. Zooming out and seeing it from a cosmic or soul perspective allows soul to flow through where humor of it all brings me to a more open place. Then I can see the situation with more clarity Ray5 shines with universal truths as I become aware of the co creation occurring. and thus find the aspect of my soul that was being concealed within the Quantum soup. For quite awhile I was just the spoon stirring it all up, identifying, relating or being a master at rationalizing intellectually.
I would get a taste of Ray 7 when the synchronic experiences illuminated. So divine... Then I allowed the initial energetic response to spike in moments. It happened over and over going through this process and each time I would accelerate through it faster until I was able to just feel it all. No expectation no intention more aware with attention. Why would I allow anything less became an illuminating question.. Ray 6 shining and reflecting with inspiration to allow light to shine out.

Divine forgiveness as I see this 3d world as a playground for souls. Here to learn, to grow, to experience the restraints of the physicality which all are predisposed to in this human form. It's all part of the Quantum soup recipe/ equation.

Open's picture

Hi Catherine,

You asked with regards working through distortions...

    does one hold back, feel into the tightness, release, and express the higher truth or does one express the distortion as a step to realizing and expressing the higher truth? My sense is that there is no hard and fast rule to this and that either might be called for depending on the circumstances.

I believe it's really important not to stifle the feeling and repress it. I see this goes on so much - it's like people have been trained not to express themselves fully - especially the negative feelings, when you don't feel so good.

But there will be times when this is not appropriate - when others wouldn't understand. That's where inner containment of the feelings is important. But only for so long as you can find your own space to work with it. Of course I'm not advocating long time suppression.

It's also important to really get to know the energy you're working with. If you just blow your top as soon as you feel something, the risk is you actually distract from going deeper - the expression can become a distraction. Like an emotional 'fizz'.

    Be aware if you're simply projecting outwards. I think this is what happened in the Bowie exploration. I'd say the attention has to be focused on the inner, but allowing that to bubble up and release. Remember, it's never about anyone out there. They may be the catalyst, but they're your own feelings you're dealing with.

    If there's the tendency to judge another, always but always it's because there's something inside that you're judging or denying about yourself. If there's a tendency to angry with others, you're really getting angry about that repressed aspect in you. Or else you'd just happily witness and accept what's going on in the outer.

As you get more skilled at working deep into the layers of inner consciousness, you become much more able to work with it without too much external expression or reaction. This is pretty advanced.

In the enlightened state, you're constantly processing this way - constantly opening out through compressions in the field, inside yourself. You're constantly balancing the emotional playing field.

I trust this brings a little light to how you're working.


Open's picture

Erica - it's truly wonderful how you're mastering the rays within your process. When you're witnessing at this level, energetic expression into the field takes off!

Open Ok

For anyone tuning in: The Soul's Purpose and the Seven Rays

divinespark's picture


Thank you for the rays of sunshine!


Thank you for the clarity. Very helpful.

It's time to book another coaching session. I recognize I need help in going deeper still.

x Catherine

divinespark's picture

As I've gone deeper into what I was projecting re my judgment of David Bowie having sex with an underage teenage girl, I recently had an aha moment of what I was denying/judging about myself. And that was around the question you posed, Open, asking if there is any difference between the rape of an animal and the rape of a human. I admit that when you posed this question, I was shocked. I recoiled as in asking, "How can you POSSIBLY compare the two?" However, I held an open space to explore further. This past week I was drawn to watch the new documentary "Unity" which I recently posted on the Openhand forum. I felt physically sick watching it and cried throughout. The pain I felt was excruciating. Excruciating enough to break through my conditioning and feel the truth of what you said: There is no difference between raping an animal and raping a human. Hence, the title of the documentary, "Unity." We are, indeed, One. I could feel this.

Over the holiday season, I decided to eat fish on a few occasions. I was feeling totally fed up denying myself foods I had enjoyed eating before I transitioned to becoming vegan these past few years. I became obsessed with eating fish 'n chips. And so I did. But I couldn't accept my feelings and at some level judged myself as weak, inhumane, lacking resolve and discipline. So I projected those feelings outwards re my reaction to Bowie. While watching "Unity", I was horrified by the scenes which show people eating fish while they're still alive. I could feel the pain of the fish so acutely. Now I feel truly aligned with compassionate, vegan eating.

In relation to all of this, the outer mirror is inviting me to go deeper into the difference between judgment and discernment. In other words, embracing more fully non-judgmental discernment. I'm feeling into the various ways I respond to living in this effed up matrix full of injustice, violence, and exploitation. I escape through a variety of distractions to numb the pain. I also feel the allurement of wrapping myself up in a false bubble of love and light, ignoring the outer mirror. And I indulge in separating myself from all that is heartbreaking by absolving myself of collective and individual responsibility through finger pointing. I'm beginning to feel into how to witness and feel the pain without judging it and without turning a blind eye to it. Nothing is out there. Everything is in here. I have a ways to go with this.

Thank you for the safe and loving space to explore and unwind.

With Love,