A lot of people ask me how we can create a life we desire as opposed to being pushed around by it. My answer is always the same: we’re all doing it each and every day. It’s just that for most of us we don’t realize how powerful the mind is, so we don’t know we are doing it! Here is an example.
A few years ago the Massachusetts Institute of Technology did a series of tests that prove beyond doubt we can all heal ourselves when we create the right mental environment. They also prove that we can create symptoms of illness even when there’s no need. Here’s what happened:
A group of young men and women were given a series of fortnightly injections. Into the right arm went a red fluid containing a small dose of the TB virus. Into the left arm went a saline solution that was dyed green.
Where the TB virus was injected a bloom (red patch) appeared on the right arm afterwards. This is normal. It shows the body is reacting to the virus. Where the green fluid was injected, no visible reaction occurred. Again, this is normal. Saline would not be expected to create any response.
This was repeated three times, each time with exactly the same results: red fluid, right arm, bloom: green fluid, left arm, nothing. Then came the twist in the tale.
On the fourth test, as before, the researches injected red fluid into the right arm and green into the left. This time, however, they switched the contents. The TB virus went into the green fluid and the red fluid was now “harmless” saline. The results were amazing.
More than 90% of those tested still produced a TB-bloom on their right arm and nothing on their left.
What does this mean for us? It means that not only can we create a symptom when there is no need for us to do so: we can also IGNORE, or override, a stimulus if our minds are trained to do so. This is great news for all those who are interested in manifesting.
Why? Because if we can train our minds to expect certain outcomes; those outcomes will come to pass. It is as simple as that.
There’s a catch to this, however, which is that if we don’t train our minds, we will manifest all sorts of random, unwanted things as our brains fire off in all directions.
One important factor here is the repetition of something three times. Do something three times and the conscious mind assumes that when we do it a fourth, fifth or 100th time, the result will be the same. So, it switches off and allows the subconscious mind to take over. Three times is all it takes. That’s why three is such a “magic” number.
This is a real key for us. It means our brains pick up habits really quickly. It also means that once a belief has settled into the subconscious, it doesn’t really matter what your conscious mind is doing: your subconscious will win the day. (See my last post for more on why imagination always beats willpower).
This is because our subconscious minds are way, way more powerful than our conscious minds. So powerful in fact that they can create damage, or block us from our dreams if they are not managed.
Look at the power of the subconscious mind like fire. Let loose, fire can cause devastating destruction, ripping its way through forests, killing animals, burning all vegetation. But take care of it, control it and it can become a crucial ingredient to our well being. Tend fire, watch over it (train it) – and we can then use it for cooking, for keeping our house warm, and for sitting around as we tell stories to one another (perhaps toasting marshmallows!) with the orange glow lighting up our faces.
The tick is to know that we’re all creating life each and every moment. We’re all masters at manifesting. We simply create whatever is going on inside our subconscious minds at any time. If we don’t train the subconscious, this can be damaging for us. For instance: if we believe we’ll get ill, or stay poor, or never find our perfect partner….that’s exactly what we’ll get.
So, how do we train the subconscious mind? We take care with our words. We use our imagination like a web-designer, choosing what goes into the website of our life. We put our attention to things that make us feel good. Do this over and over and our habits become those of manifesting what we desire.
I’ll come back to this another time, because it seems to me to be important right now, as we look around us and wonder which way the world is going to turn. We DO have the power to change things, each and every one of us. And we can do it right now. We just have to start paying attention to what we are paying attention to!
We have to get into the habit of imagining perfect outcomes. Imagine them, expect them – and they are already there.
Love and Best Wishes,
“There is no such thing as separation. We do not end where our bodies end. We do not stop when we die. We are timeless, multi-dimensional beings walking around in temporary physical form and we are capable of far, far more than we have been led to believe.” (from the Natural Wealth Course.)
What we focus on expands. I’ve found this to be so true not just in my life, but working with clients too.
For instance: a little while ago I had a client who, although very successful was very unsettled. He didn’t have any big trauma going on in his life, nor did he have something “deeply buried” from his past that was causing him pain. But he was sleeping badly, not able to focus and generally anxious and on edge for much of the time. In other words he was stressed.
This is a common thing for many of us right now. The pace of life is hectic and the world moves with ever-increasing speed. Pebbles (our feelings, thoughts and actions) are dropped into the pond each nano-second (by us and by others) and their ripples meet each other so often that interference-patterns can be created.
With this particular client I simply suggested that he stop watching television for a week. “Put your focus onto pretty much anything else. Give your mind and body time to relax.” I then explained how television ratchets up tension in the body rather than relaxing us as so many people think it does.
About a month later I heard from my him. “Thanks so much, Richard,” he said. “I stopped watching TV like you suggested and the transformation is just amazing. I’ve started walking in nature again, I spend time in my garden, I read books…and my wife and I are talking like we haven’t talked in years. It’s like I suddenly have my life back!” Bingo!
Over the past five years or so I’ve seen a huge rise in the number of people who are coming to me suffering from intense stress. It’s a big problem and is now the commonest cause of heart disease (the biggest killer) in the West. Here’s one theory on why this might be.
We live in an age of over-stimulation. Teen-age years have become screen-age years, with our kids spending several hours per day on gaming consoles or squinting at their portable devices. Screens seem to greet us everywhere we go with messages of terrible things happening all across the globe. The virtual world is fast encroaching on the real one. You only have to get off a plane to see what 90% of people do as soon as possible: turn on the cell phone!
Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and emails bombard us each and every second of the day. If we’re not careful we can get subtly drawn into returning to the screen more and more often. We just can’t seem to help ourselves. We feel we just have to send out another tweet, rush to reply to our Facebook comments or check the stats on our blogs etc.
It’s addictive. And the more we pay attention to it, the more stressed we become. And the more stressed we become, the more agitated are the ripples we that send out on the pond, which means we spread stress to others.
One of the prime side-effects of this addiction is loneliness. People spend increasing amounts of time on their own. And even if they are taking part in an online community activity, this is no substitute for real relationships in the three-dimensional world. Loneliness and isolation are racing up the charts when it comes to causes of stress-related illness. The results are plain for all to see. A few years back I predicted that one of the fastest-growing businesses in the coming decade will be “Screen-Disorder Rehab Units”. It’s happening as we speak.
So how do we deal with the bombardment? One way is to take time each day to ourselves. Give ourselves a platform firmly based in something that rests heart, body and mind. If we can find time in nature so much the better. It’s a known fact that simply thinking about a plant lowers the heart rate and reduces stress.
But getting into nature is not possible for many of us. So what else can we do? Well, we can learn to put our attention to things that feed and nurture us. I don’t just mean going out and playing sport or visiting the gym here. I mean shifting focus so that new areas of life expand. How do we do this? By using our imagination.
Imagination is a real power within us. And its effects are very real. That’s because our subconscious minds cannot tell the difference between real and imagined input. And our subconscious minds are far, far more powerful than our conscious minds.
For example: I have a fear of heights. It’s totally irrational, but try as I might I haven’t been able to fix it. Put me in a car driving along a narrow country lane (something that happens often!) and I’m just fine. Put me in the same car on a lane equally narrow on the side of a mountain with a sheer fall to one side and I’m a gibbering wreck. What makes the difference between the two situations? My imagination. Pure and simple.
I imagine the car falling away down the side of the mountain, I start sweating, my muscles tense up and I feel sick. Logic might shout at me that there’s no reason for this, but that doesn’t matter. My imagination wins the day, every time.
The great thing about this is that we all have imagination. And it’s free! So, we can use it to take us to places where we can relax. We can put our attention onto simple things that help us relax, refresh and heal. If we do this each day it builds up (like going to the gym to workout) and pretty soon we find ourselves able to cope with the daily stressors much better. We’re literally creating our own reality, rather than being pushed around by life.
We are what we put our attention to. Or, as you say: “What we focus on
expands…” And the fun part of that is that, so long as we are not totally addicted to the adrenalin-pumping world of the screen, we can choose where we put that focus.
Imagination is the key. It beats willpower every time.
Where is your attention going? What life are you imagining for yourself, right now?
Love and best wishes,
Richard’s Sanctuary Creation MP3 is available as a totally free download at www.ignitewealthnow.com Taking you on an inner journey to create and maintain a place of true tranquility within, this 28 minute audio-recording is a must for anyone suffering from anxiety, stress or confusion.
Also available at www.ignitewealthnow.com is Richard’s full 17-part course Natural Wealth, the Instruction Manual to the Great Game of Life.