The truth itself is so simple that the mind habitually keeps overlooking it by looking elsewhere. – Joan Tollifson
Have you ever had that feeling of knowing there’s something in life you have to do and you’re not sure what that something is? Or maybe you are stuck and not sure how to move out of it. Usually when we are stuck, we seek answers from external sources, like our friends, family, coworkers, and sometimes strangers. Reading, internet searches are also ways to seek information. You’re seeking solutions, yet nothing seems to help. It’s when that never-ending cycle, that constant repetition and drain of our mental and physical prowess slowly diminishes hope. And a loss of hope creates suffering.
Here’s a story of what being stuck must be like. Air Force Colonel, George Hall, was captured and held as a POW during the Vietnam War. He endured 7 years locked in solitude in a North Vietnamese prison where many didn’t survive. How do you do that?
The Colonel loved to play golf. Every day in his mind, he would imagine playing a full round of golf. He watched for every detail and let his imagination flow. Each and every day he played a perfect 18 holes of golf, all in his mind.
One week after his release, he entered the Greater New Orleans Open and shot a 76. This was the best game he had ever played! He had not played for 7 years except for his persistent imagination of playing golf with all of its detail.
Imagination is powerful in influencing change. Einstein said “Imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions. Programming your subconscious mind to influence your hopes and dreams is critical. As Earle Nightingale said, “We become what we think about.”
If it’s true that our conscious mind processes about 7 bits of data at a time, while our unconscious mind is aware of 2.3 million bits of information. What a difference to think we possess that kind of information that can make a significant difference in overcoming undesirable behaviors. Until now, you probably are not aware of how your clothes feel on your body. It is only because I brought it to your attention that you become consciously aware. All along, the sensory perception was processed in your subconscious that is aware of constantly aware of information at all times. The role of the conscious mind is to program the subconscious mind. All your thoughts are stored.
Since our subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined, the key to achievement is visualizing ourselves accomplishing our goals. Visualizing success is important for two reasons. First, the mind thinks in terms of pictures. Second, the subconscious mind drives much of our behavior. The subconscious does not know the difference between something that is real and something that is vividly imagined, so whatever picture you consistently think about will drive you to create that exact reality.
Your subconscious holds your answer. Your conscious mind programs the subconscious for the kinds of outcomes you wish. Have you ever wondered about the psychological conflicts you experience? Well, that means that the conscious mind and subconscious mind are in conflict. It is the subconscious mind that always wins.
Still not sure that you have the answer within? Try this exercise:
If you don’t have a pendulum, cut a string about 12 inches long. Tie a ½ inch washer to it.
Think of a yes answer moving up and down the axle and a no answer moving left to right or right to left. A diagonal movement to the left means “I don’t know”, and a diagonal movement to the right means “I don’t want to say.” Either place your elbow beside the axle or you can point the pendulum in a stillness directly in the middle of the axle.
Now, ask a question, that would give you a yes, no, I don’t know or I don’t want to say. Imagine the question. The more you focus, the more direct of an answer you’ll receive. WATCH what happens.
One thing you may question is whether you really have the answer. If you had the answer, why wouldn’t you already be in a position to affect the change you seek?
Imagination comes from within!
Find ways to hear the voice within. Quiet places provide a space to hear that voice. Meditation, prayer, yoga and a multitude of activities can stimulate the process of going within. This is where you hear the whispers on how to seek wisdom and joy for our well-being. At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want. Lao Tzu