Imagination is everything, it’s the preview of life’s coming attractions – Einstein
My friends and I have had numerous mini symposiums surrounding being in the spirit of now, also known famously as ‘The Power of Now’, ‘The Sedona Method’ or ‘The Secret’. But what does it mean and how easy is it to change your mind, your thinking. Here are my thoughts about being in the ‘Now’, how it relates to energy, and also harnessing the creative energy of the mind.
How often do you find yourself reviewing a movie in your head of past events, things that happened recently or in the distant past. We all do it, constantly analysing and thinking about things that didn’t turn out the way we expected, or things did occur the way we saw it. We are constantly living reactively about the past and the future, instead of being happy with what or where we are right now. We rush ahead wishing for all the things we don’t have, or dwelling on the past of what we could have had, constantly judging, criticising, worrying or getting angry. Often we end up being disappointed, because we get into this reactive state, because we had expectations or ideals. The Buddha also taught that the root of suffering is to be found in our constant wanting and craving.
But we need to realise that each moment has the potential to transpose or transition, each choice we make, and coupled with timing or circumstance, can change the path in an instant. We must realise that it’s the moment right now that counts, and you could be potentially missing opportunities, because you are stuck in a pattern of thinking. I’m not saying being consciously aware in the ‘Now’ is all there is to it either, because I also believe in creative visualisation, and what we think we attract. I believe that we all have great potential, and we have the ability to re-program ourselves.
In essence change your thinking, and re-program to start living in the moment, believe in your abilities and dreams and go forth without worrying about the outcomes. Eckhardt Tolle states ”To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time: the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation. This creates an endless preoccupation with past and future and an unwillingness to honor and acknowledge the present moment and allow it to be.”
As long as you are in your mind, you cannot find the present moment. To our ego, the present moment hardly exists, it’s concerned with keeping the past alive, because we think it defines us, and it projects the future as a survival mechanism or fulfilment saying ‘one day when this happens, or if I get this, I will be ok, or happy etc’.
Having spent the last three years personally dealing with the end of relationship and at the same time acquiring a rare autoimmune condition, I can attest to the struggle of my mind on a daily basis. The reviewing of the past, the what ifs, the whys? or limiting thoughts of how things will be based on events of my past. It’s been my biggest struggle and biggest lesson. Prior to this, I lived in a state of anticipation, living in my head of wants, desires, and also waiting. I was putting myself on hold because of someone else, assuming that they too wanted the same, and that in time it would magically it would all happen. I was wrong, and I wasn’t being true to myself, I was shifting the responsibility away from what my inner compass was saying.
But I have learned that I cannot control what has now passed, nor should I get into a state of worrying of what my mind conceives may happen in future scenarios. Life can change in an instant, everything changes, life is a cycle. For my own well being I am learning to be in the ‘Now’ and what I am discovering from this is ‘Peace’.
So let’s look at changing your thinking NOW, because you control the way you think, feel and act in life instead of viewing it as ‘circumstances’. You can choose to react in fear, hurt, anger or react in courage, forgiveness, and release. The Law of Attraction says that “whatever you put your focused intention on, you will attract to your reality”.
Everything is made up of energy, including us, and it operates at different frequencies. We have the ability to change frequency of energy with positive thoughts. Gratitude is always linked with the law of attraction and being in the Now, because by being grateful, having positive thoughts and feelings, and by focusing on our dreams (rather than our frustrations), we can change the frequency of our energy, by bringing more things of those frequencies into our lives, and be open to seeing opportunities that we might otherwise be blinkered to. What we attract depends on where and how we focus our attention, but we must believe that it’s already ours, or soon will be.
So think about your life right NOW and consider the following….
- What does your life look like in this moment? Are you living the way you want to live? What is holding you back?
- What do you want to change.
- Take control of what you attract by how you think and feel
- Focus on positive things, be grateful and you will attract positive events
- Allow yourself to feel good NOW, in this moment, whatever happens
- Think about what you know really want and make a vision of this. You must learn to Become this.
Tools for doing this:
Spell Map/Visionboard – this is a collage of goals put into words and images that you can see regularly and keep you focused and positive. It brings you into a state of awareness of feelings, and what you are attracting, it will keep yourself in check. I have done this many times over the years and it does work! The important thing is to be realistic, and you must believe in what you want to create.
Creative Visualization – this is the ability to see what you want to accomplish in advance using your imagination – or I call it daydreaming. To practice creative visualization, set up a goal, daydream or desire about what you want to achieve in order to enhance your life. Sit back, relax, close your eyes and daydream about the goal you just set up. Don’t put any limitation on it. Be realistic and certain about your goal. Keep in mind that there is no one who is going to interfere with the goal or fantasy you have just created and there is no one who is going to prevent it from happening. Only you, but no one else, have the power either to accomplish or deter its manifestation.
Examples of visualisation:
Albert Einstein once said in his autobiography that he came up with the theory of relativity by imagining what would happen if he could travel through space on the tip of a light beam.
At an early age Nikola Tesla trained his visualization process. In his autobiography entitled “My Inventions,” Tesla described: ‘Every night and sometimes during the day, when alone, I would start out on my journeys through mind visualization, see new places, cities and countries, live there, meet with people, make friendships and acquaintances and, however unbelievably it is a fact that they were just as dear to me as those in actual life and not a bit less intense in their manifestations’. He used to practice this kind of mental visualization constantly until he was about seventeen, at which age he began creating inventions for the modern world. He described that he needed no models, drawings or experiments in a physical place. He could picture them all as if they were real in his imaginary mind, conduct experiments and collect data.
The Russians used the power of imagination in the 1980 Olympics. They split their athletes into four groups: Groups A through D. Group A used 100% traditional physical practice; Group B: 75% physical 25% mental; Group C: 50% physical 50% mental and Group D: 25% physical 75% mental practice. After the Moscow Olympics and the Lake Placid Olympics, the scores of these world-class athletes were tallied and those in Group D had won the most medals.
Be focused, and attract your dream life now by flying into your imagination…
What’s your view on life at this very moment?