I just saw the movie Men Who Stare At Goats, about a bunch of soldiers involved in a hush-hush military operative that tried to create "super" soldiers. Well, anyway, the point is, some of these people believe a person could create circumstances, or change things, or control other people's mind, or walk through walls, etc. etc. simply by expanding their minds.
We've all heard of the term "mind over matters." Not to mention phenomena such as telekinetic, telepathy, levitation, etc. Needless to say, most people are skeptical, if not outright laughing at all that.
Personally, I don't know. I do think that our brains can achieve so much more, and that we do, indeed, only use a very small portion of our brain's functions. 5%? 10%? 20%? So what's the rest? I do wonder.
What I do know, is that I've had some very strange experiences that either a) they're pure coincidences, or b) they prove that the mind is more powerful than we want to believe. Throughout my life, I've had many of these "psychic" moments (or whatever you want to call it). Or mental manifestation. I can't really explain them, just that when I put my mind to, things happened the way I wanted. For example, some of the things that happened in my novel has come true -- were these bizarre coincidences? Or was it because I thought about them so much that I manifested their possibilities? (I may detail some of these "bizarre" occurrences later).
So what does it have to writing? Personally, I think the writer's mind is very powerful. We're not just telling stories; we could actually affect change, either personally or on a grander scale. And I'm not just talking about changing minds. I'm talking about actually, physically affecting change and manifesting reality -- call it collective thoughts or will power, if you will. Or divine intervention, or whatever. Most people probably don't know what the heck I'm talking about, but I think for those who have experienced similar situations as I did, it's something to think about.