Modern science is finally catching up with what the ancients have been teaching since time immemorial, for example, the impact our thoughts have on our experience of physical reality. One thing researchers are coming to terms with is that, if performed in the correct state, there’s literally no difference in mental visualisation and actual physical experiences─both affect the brain in the same way. The benefits of mental rehearsal then, are countless!
Recently, there was a study done on people who’d never played the piano. The subjects were split into two groups. One were taught one-handed chords for five days by a professional musician─the other meditated for an hour for five days, mentally rehearsing themselves playing the same chords. The results were substansial and amazed the scientists─those who visualised playing the chords could play them as well as those taught by the musician! The experiment, and many like it, confirm the fact that the act of mentally rehearsing in our imagination rewires the circuitry in our brains, priming it ahead of the actual experience.
This process can help one acquire new skill sets at an accelerated rate!
Are there new abilities you wish you had but lack the confidence or motivation to practice? Are there experiences you want to have? Do you desire to make changes to your perception but struggle shaking off the old self? The good news is that if you visualise being the version of yourself, you prefer consistently─you eventually become them.
For example, if you’re an author, get into a meditative state and visualise yourself at a book signing, being congratulated for writing a best-seller. If you desire to start drawing manga or cartoons, visualise yourself drawing and colouring masterpieces. Are there any bad habits you want to drop? Imagine yourself overcoming the temptations whenever they arise in your reality, as temptation never goes away─you can only change the way you respond to them. Do you wish to embody divine qualities like kindness, joy, understanding and compassion? Imagine yourself treating others in such a manner!
“The imagination is just like any other muscle in the body, the more you use it, the stronger it gets.”
─Bob Ross, The Joy of Painting
Utilising the imagination consciously and lovingly is the key to manifesting your dreams. Too many people’s minds are allowed to run on autopilot for the majority of their day─they’re living unconsciously. According to neuroscience, the average person lives in the hormones of stress for around 70% of their day! That’s 70% of your life under the stress response unless you train the imaging faculty.
“Your mind can be your best friend or your worst enemy; it depends on how you use it. In Catholic churches, it is not uncommon to see depictions of the Virgin Mary standing on a serpent in many of the paintings and statues. The serpent is our creative power, and it must be tamed. We must train ourselves to be more disciplined on the mental level; otherwise, we can harm ourselves by creating experiences we don’t want, which is what many in our society individually, and collectively are doing. The unconscious use of the imagination is the reason the world is in the state it is today. We must become masters of our inner world. Indeed, it’s mastery of the word that leads us to emancipation.”
─ The Labyrinth: Rewiring the Nodes in the Maze of your Mind
During the visualisation process, it’s essential to hold onto the feelings the practice generates. When your dreams crystalise as a tangible reality, you’ll no doubt feel appreciation for life. This is why it’s crucial to feel gratitude in advance for the experiences that have yet to come─linearly speaking. It’s also wise to drop the image you’ve created in your imagination after locking into the state, as the vision of your physical mind pales in comparison to the manifesting power of the higher self.
The visualisation process helps you lock into the state of your fulfilled desire so the universe can bend to that reality. The fruits of your labours are reflected back unto you if you do it consistently─you’ll pull the synchronicities and opportunities to you. Consistency is the key. Make this creative process routine!
“The hardest part about change is not waking up and doing the same thing you did the day before.”
─Dr Joe Dispenza
A morning and evening practice of meditation, gratitude and visualisation, if done consistently, manifests positive changes in your reality. In this day and age, the moment a person opens their eyes, they grab their phone, check their e-mails, Facebook, Instagram─they check into the world while checking out of their dreams. Taking the time to nurture yourself, to set your intentions at the start of each day is essential to realising your dreams.
The only question is; how much do you really want them? Many say they’re passionate about manifesting their dreams, starting a new business, creating a website or writing a book yet their actions don’t match that passion. Life is a lot shorter than you think. Many die without realising their dreams.
Don’t be one of them!
“The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering.”
If you’re reading this blog, then it’s time to start pursuing those dreams you’ve been holding back on. The universe is telling you to get off your ass and start taking charge of your life. Only you can do it; no one can do it for you. You’ve been given the go-ahead in this very moment. The universe WILL support you in your endeavours if you act with passion and integrity.
Now, go and create the life you know you deserve.
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