More Thoughts About Thinking

December 9, 2008

In the last few posts we have looked at a few ideas about our thought processes.  We have looked at visualization and how all creation starts with our thoughts.  Today we will look more closely at how to shape our thoughts.

 

Be specific but not stifling

Today I will share a few of the tools I have employed to shape my thoughts.  These have helped me and I hope they will help you.  One of the ways that I have gotten in my own way has been not knowing how to be appropriately specific.

 

The best way to illustrate this is a painting of a farm scene.  Let’s say I decide to paint a picture of a farm.  I know I want to show a barn, the sky, some clouds, a hill in the background, and some animals.  There are some obvious ways that these items will be placed in my painting.  The sky and the clouds will be at the top, the crops will be in the middle or bottom.

 

What about the barn and the animals?  My initial visualization of the barn may be that it is painted red and is on the left.  The animals are in the barnyard on the right.  As I paint my picture this becomes the wrong placement for these items.  I realize that the barn needs to be on the right side of the picture and that it needs to be weathered, not painted red.  To balance my barn I put the animals on the left.

 

Knowing when to be flexible

Let’s look at how specificity worked here.  I was specific in that I wanted certain elements in the painting.  I also had a specific initial visualization of where those items were going to be placed.

 

As I painted my picture I realized that I needed a bit of flexibility in a few of the aspects of my visualization.  The items were still there, but it did not matter where they were placed or what color they were.  By maintaining my initial visualization and keeping a certain flexibility I was able to produce a much more successful painting.

 

Many times when we visualize the changes we want to make in our life we forget to be flexible.  We do not realize that it does not matter if the barn is on the left or the right.  It just needs to be in the picture.

 

How flexible?

Learning this flexibility is a skill.  Each one of us will have a different tolerance for the actual amount of flexibility we can accept.  Also, many of us learn to be more flexible as we gain the skill.  In the end, it becomes a matter for each of us to determine for ourselves.

 

I may have a degree of flexibility that another person may not understand.  They might lose their vision if they were to be as flexible as I am.  Another person might be too flexible for me.  The important point is that we learn to visualize, and we learn to allow the vision to be adjusted as we work towards our goal.  As long as we know that we will get there we can take some unusual paths to achieve that goal.

 

That is all for today.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.

 

Until tomorrow –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

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It Starts With a Thought

December 8, 2008

Today we will expand on Friday’s post about visualization.  All visualization starts with a thought.  We will look at examples of that concept.

 

Welcome back

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Winter moved into this part of the northeast US this weekend.  We had a bit of snow, cold, and wind on Sunday.  We may have a white Christmas around here this year.

 

Look around for examples

On Friday we spent a lot of time on the idea of visualization.  Today we will see how everything starts with visualization.  To prove this point all you have to do is look around you.

 

Pause for a minute as you read this.  Look around you.  Everything that you see was made by someone.  If you are able to look outside and see the natural environment, someone made all that also.  Today we will concentrate on the man made items that you see.

 

If you are reading this on a computer screen, someone had the idea of that screen before it was ever manufactured.  Someone visualized that screen, drew some plans, received approval, and then manufactured it.  In fact, there were a lot of people who visualized their part of making that screen.

 

The same thing goes for every part of your computer.  Someone visualized the mouse, the keyboard, and the boards inside the computer.  Someone had a vision of the chair you are sitting on, the clothes that you are wearing, the building that you are in as you read this.

 

These thoughts of visualization are what we use to create the physical world around us.  We think about the objects that we want to create.  Then we go about the process of creating them.

 

Think about your life

Whether we realize it or not, we have used the same process to create our own lives.  We have visualized the things that are in our life.  We discussed this idea in earlier posts.  Our thoughts create the life we are thinking about.  The trick becomes how to harness that power of thought.

 

The first step to harnessing the power of thought is to concentrate on a clear vision.  When someone thought of our computer screen before they built it they did not have a fuzzy vision.  They had a clear vision that they could translate into a drawing for others to look at.

We must have the same clear vision for our life.  We must be able to explain our vision of what we want to change in our life in a few sentences.  We have to see ourselves living the change that we want to make in our life.

 

We must also have the confidence that we can make the change in our life.  Just like the engineer who thought of our computer screen had the confidence that it could be manufactured, we must have the same confidence that we can make the changes we want in our life.

 

That is all for today.  We will continue looking at the power of our thoughts tomorrow.

 

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Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

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Visualize, Visualize, Visualize

December 5, 2008

Today we will look at the importance of visualization.  I have found this to be a very powerful tool for improving my life.  Let’s take a look at it to see if it can help you as well.

 

Thankful Friday

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If you see it you can achieve it

Many years ago this was a concept that I could not grasp.  I had little confidence in any of my abilities.  It seemed like some self help happy talk.  It took me many years to understand the power of this simple idea.

 

I gradually came to understand the power of this idea. I was fortunate enough to have a teacher who accepted and supported me unconditionally.  I received positive feedback for any advancement that I made in mastering myself.

 

Don’t get me wrong – there was plenty of very direct and pointed “instruction” whenever I got in my own way.  This was balanced with positive feedback when I managed to get myself untangled and advance a few steps on my path.  Over time I began to understand the importance of having both types of feedback.

 

At first, it was difficult for me to accept that I was making any progress.  My confidence was so low that I had to be convinced that I was moving down my path.  Over the course of many years I gradually saw that I was becoming more confident and much more happy.

 

Slowly I turn, step by step

Gradually I realized that I was looking at my shortcomings much more than I was looking at my strengths.  I guess this was one of my earliest visualizations.  I saw that when I concentrated on my strengths I had little room for my shortcomings.  Not that I ignored the shortcomings, I just concentrated on my strengths.  By doing this I began to master my weaknesses.

 

Slowly I turned from looking backwards at what I couldn’t do and what I saw as failures.  Slowly I turned towards a future of what I saw I could do.  Step by step I began to travel that path into the future, and quit looking backwards with recrimination.

 

I realized that I was visualizing

As I began to travel my path I began to look more closely at my “successes”.  I started to analyze those successes from start to finish.  I wanted to know why I was more successful with some endeavors than others.

 

One of the differences that I saw was that I was visualizing my success.  When I looked at the efforts that failed I realized that I had not been able to visualize their success.  These efforts seemed like a good idea at the time, but I started on them without a clear vision of how they would be accomplished.  I floundered around with a half thought out plan and wasted my time and effort.

 

I noticed that the efforts that were successful always began with my having a clear vision of the end result.  The intermediate steps were not important.  I saw that once I had a clear vision I would find a way to take the steps necessary to achieve the vision.

 

This was an important lesson for me.  I did not have to see the steps.  I just needed a clear vision of the outcome and the confidence to get there.  Between these two things I knew I would get there.

 

I realized that I had been visualizing for a long time

As I realized the importance of visualization to my spiritual path, I realized how much visualization I had already done.  Unfortunately, too much of that was visualizing failure, so that is what I achieved.  However, it did explain to me something that I had done in high school that I had never understood before.

 

I used to play high school football.  That was a long time ago in a galaxy far far away.  I was a starter on both the offense and defense.  I had a strange habit of arriving at the locker room several hours before the game.  I would be the first one there and get mostly dressed for the game.

 

Then I would lie down on a bench in a quiet corner of the locker room.  I would go into an almost trancelike state and start to visualize all the different plays.  I would visualize myself blocking my opponent and our half back gaining ten yards.  On defense I would visualize myself tackling the quarterback in the backfield.

 

After an hour or so of this I was ready for the game.  And I usually played a very good game.  It was not until thirty years later that I realized the power my visualization had on the way I played.  When I started the game I had confidence.  That confidence came from my visualization of success on every play.

 

From there I began to look at other accomplishments in my life.  These were from the time before I began to knowingly travel my spiritual path.  I saw that each of those accomplishments was also preceded by a visualization of success and then taking the necessary steps to achieve that success.

 

We all visualize

Through this thought process I realized that all of us visualize.  We do it all the time.  Frequently we are unaware of that visualization.  I urge you to observe your method for achieving success.  Bring the power of visualization into use as the powerful tool that it is.  I assure you that you will begin to lead a more successful and happy life.

 

Do you have any success stories or anecdotes about visualization that you would like to share?  Please leave a comment and share them with all of our readers.

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Until Monday –

 

Es kava turen hai

We work towards an identical goal.

 

 

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