Visualizing is one of the most powerful ways to achieve our goals and fulfill our dreams. Engaging the subconscious mind in the visualization process is a very powerful approach to further advance our goals toward achievement.
My interest in this concept was piqued in the movie, The Secret. Over the past couple of years I have become fascinated with the subconscious mind and have become an avid student.
Click here to read John Assaraf's article on understanding the brain and why visualization works.
The following story is an example of one huge thing I have manifested using the power of my subconscious mind along with visualization. I could share accounts of many, many smaller tjhings I manifest on a daily basis, but this story is one of my most profound ... and it is literally changing my life!
In August, 2010, while sitting in the audience on the last day of the 7 day Breakthrough to Success event with transformational leader Jack Canfield, I set a goal to become one of his trainers. I was inspired by his Success Principles and had witnessed, first hand, major transformation as the result of incorporating the them into my life.
I love teaching, coaching and inspiring others to be the best they can be and especially love working with teens and young adults. I knew in my heart of hearts that the Success Principles was an amazing system that needed to be brought to teen and young adult audiences across the country and I knew that I wanted to be instrumental in doing just that.
In order to accomplish this goal, I would need to complete Jack's Train the Trainer program. This would require me to come up with the tuition, travel and related expenses (approximately $25,000) as well as apply and be accepted into the program. My financial status was pretty bleak due to budget cuts and having just started a new business, but I didn't let that get in my way!
On Jack's suggestion, I have become an inverse paranoid. I believe that the Universe is always conspiring on my behalf according to what my subconscious mind is putting out there. I have come to believe that anything is possible and the only thing standing in my way is old limiting beliefs that serve as blocks.
I decided that nothing was going to stop me from reaching this goal. It felt important and I knew way down deep that it was connected to my life purpose.
I incorporated visualization into my daily life. I developed a Mind Movie which is a fun way to add pictures, affirmations and emotion to your vision.
I watched my movie twice a day, in the morning when I woke up and at night just before falling asleep. As I watched the two and a half minute movie, I allowed myself to experience the end result as if it were already completed. I felt the feelings of being on stage in front of the audience, microphone in hand, teaching what I had learned from one of the best teachers, coaches and mentors in the world of personal and professional transformation.
I booked the training dates in my calendar, as if I had already been accepted into the program. I filled out the application so it would be ready to send out when I had raised the money. I started to develop a concept proposal for the curriculum I had envisioned and put together a group of teens, young adults and professionals to help me accomplish my goal. I set up a file for the project and develooped an implementation timeline.
I refused to let my less than stable financial status have any impact on my "knowing" that I would be in Jack's 2012 Train the Trainer class and that my project would come to fruition.
I had no idea how it would all come together. I was just barely paying my bills ... but I kept visualizing and feeling and acting as if the goal were already completed.
I even started a fundraising effort and succeeded in raising about $5000 which provided me with some seed money so I could begin to develop my plan to bring this work to teens and young adults. I began to pilot it locally in the classrooms I was already teaching in.
A year later, in August 2011, a friend contacted me and asked me to take a road trip with her. She had just lost both her parents and needed a mental health break and change of scenery. She wanted to come to New England, travel up the coast of Maine, spend a few days in Acadia National Park and eat as much lobster as possible along the way. Acadia is one of my favorite places on the planet, and although money was tight, something made me say yes to the trip.
Call it inspired action, but I "knew" I needed to go ... and so I did. We had a great time. She got what she needed, as did I. Acadia is always good for the soul!
At breakfast one day, my friend told me that there was something she wanted to tell me. I listened as she told me that she had inherited a significant amount of money from her parents. She told me that she had been following my work with teens, that she knew Jack's work and had heard me share my vision of bringing his work to teens across the country. Over coffee and Belgian waffles, told me that she wanted to help me realize my vision.
She then gifted me the entire cost of the year long program!
I was in shock and couldn't speak through my tears of gratitude. I accepted the gift immediately. When I got home, I emailed the Train the Trainer application I had already completed several months before. Two days later I received a call from the Canfield Training Group to set up an admission interview and I was accepted into the program.
I start the training in February 2012. Ironically (or not) Jack has publicly announced his interest in bringing his Success Principles work to teens. Although it is not quite clear yet exactly how, I have no doubt we will be working together toward this end in some capacity.
I am totally convinced that the subconscious mind is incredibly powerful in creating the life of our dreams. I am now in the process of exploring the power of the heart combined with the subconscious mind using tools and techniques from the Heart Math Institute. The combination of the two is profoundly powerful! More on that later ...
“Your net worth will seldom exceed your self worth.” ~Jim Rohn
Hmmmm ... over the past couple of years, I've been working hard to determine why ... although I am clear about my life purpose, fully understand the Law of Attraction and have manifested extraordinary abundance in most aspects of my life, and am pretty happy ... I still struggle with money.
I am fascinated by the subconscious mind along and am finally beginning to clearly see and clear the limiting beliefs that have held me back from financial abundance. My financial goals have little to do with material things and much more to do with the realization of my dream to serve others to the best of my ability. Also, I would like to open a respite house for teens who have little support in their lives and help them overcome their own limiting beliefs, discover their purpose and realize their dreams!
The respite goal is immense, however I can visualize the end result, complete in living color, right down to the Adirondak chairs and the hammock on the waterfront. The vision has given me a new drive to be financially successful and has helped me to shift from my old "lack" mentality to one of abundance and success. I am open to new ways of thinking, feeling and acting and big shifts are evident!
I came across this article Money, Money, Money in Success Magazine. Stay tuned for two more in the series that will help your financial mindset as I continue to work on shifting my own!
I connected with John Assaraf the moment I saw him in the movie, The Secret.
As a pharmacist and as an expert in teen brain development, I have a pretty solid foundation in the brain biology, chemistry and function and how it translates into behavior. As a hypnotherapist, I am fascinated by the subconscious mind ... it's function, it's potential and how to access it to support behavioral change.
John takes all we know about the brain scientifically, incorporates quantum physics and connects it all to spirituality in a way that's simple and easy for anyone to understand, with the goal of helping people create the life of their dreams.
I follow John on Facebook. Today his post is
"Albert Einstein once said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. What will you do differently this week to create change in your life or business?"
The post led me to his youtube channel and the next thing I knew, he was explaining the concepts of visualization, goal setting and creating action plans using his personal example of turning 50, wanting to release 25 pounds and curb his sugar addiction.
Funny that! It seems that, if I am truly open and go with my gut, I am always led to exacty what I need to produce the results I want in my life.
Yesterday, on a hike with a good friend, I had a similar conversation about acknowleging my recently escalated sugar issue, not feeling physically well because of it and wanting to release a few pounds.
I know what I'll be doing differently this week to end procrastination around my sugar issue!
Here's a short video to give you an idea of John's approach to reaching any goal you want to reach in your life and creating whatever you want! Feel free to share your comments below about what you're going to do this week to make the changes you want to make. Enjoy!
As a Man Thinketh ...
John Assaraf posted a couple of quotes yesterday on his Facebook page that really struck me.
"What luck for rulers that men don't think"
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it” ~ Adolf Hitler
My first thought is how powerful Hitler was, how much influence he had and, of course, about the devastation he caused.
My next thought was about the power of the media to create fear, spread propaganda and instill it in the subconscious minds of so many. Perhaps that is why I've choosen to turn off the television and refrain from listening to or reading most of what's out there.
I rather enjoy thinking for myself and choosing what I want to fill my head with,, thank you.
Now that my world is more quiet, I find myself reflecting on the people around me. I'm curious to discover what makes them tick. Why they think the way they think and feel the way they feel. Why they make the choices they make. What they hope for and dream of.
Fascinating ... and as I learn more about them, I better understand myself.
Science tells us that we downloaded the majority of our subconscious programming by the the age of 7. I've noticed that many of us have patterns in our lives that originate from beliefs developed from these old programs. I've had the opportunity to explore this concept with siblings recently. So interesting!
We know that the Reticular Activating System of the brain strives to match our unconscious programming with our experience of external reality. We also know that our conscious behavior can be determined by our subconscious beliefs and that repetition can literally build new neuronal pathways in the brain and create new.
Science now indicates that we have the ability to reprogram our subconscious mind. That's one of the reasons I am so fascinated by hypnosis and the many other ways to reprogram the subconscious mind.
As we can delete, upgrade and intstall new software on our computer, we can literally rewire our brain and eliminate old beliefs and patterns that hold us back from reaching our goals and realizing our full potential.
Wayne Dyer says that the most important time of the day to reprogram limiting subconscious beliefs is the 5 or 10 minutes just before we fall asleep. During sleep is the time the subconscious mind is most active.
What do you give your subconscious mind to process before you go to sleep?
Do you fall asleep worrying, fearful, perhaps with the television playing in the background? Or do you intentionally give you subconscious mind something positive to process during your 6-8 hours of sleep?
Consider the followng:
Unleash the Power of Goal Setting with Affirmations & Visualization
For every goal you have, you ideally want to have an affirmation that declares it as if it’s already completed (even though it’s not). This creates and maintains a dynamic tension in the brain and inspires motivation.
Affirmations (ideally with emotion and emphasized with visualization) causes the Reticular Activating System of the brain to look for ways to match your thoughts and feelings with your reality, thus helping you reach your goals, recognize opportunity, take both deliberate and inspired action and create your new reality.
Precision affirmations used on a consistent connect the conscious mind with the subconscious mind. They help reprogram the subconscious mind and eliminate limiting beliefs that keep us stuck.
Guidelines for Writing Effective Precision Affirmations
1. Start with the words “I am …”
2. Use the present tense
3. State it in the positive i.e. What you want versus what you don’t want
4. Keep it brief
5. Make it specific
6. Include an action word ending in “ing”
7. Include at least on emotion or feeling word
8. At the end, add the words “or something better”
9. Remember that you are doing this for yourself NOT for others
For example, "I want to lose 20 pounds." becomes "I am feeling great at 148!"
Punctuate your affirmation with a vision of what your goal looks and feels like. Remember that repetition key!
To learn more about how hypnocoaching can help reframe old beliefs and set you on a new course to success, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-452-7350.
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