Have you ever heard how the need to visualize success or victory precedes the actual set of acts necessary to carry out the same? Why is it so important for a businessman to believe that his/her strategy will work before it actually comes to pass? Or for a student to imagine a question paper which is easy to crack? Yes, we’ve all heard, repeated, and emphasized these points, but what does it really mean? How can one achieve success by simply wishing it? Also, isn’t an outcome contingent on the quality of actions that have been taken and not the other way around? In my experience the mind plays the most important role in determining how we approach solving a problem. Once the issue has been identified—be it the inability or the fear of speaking in public or choosing the same toxic partner again and again—the next important thing is to envision a positive outcome and then work towards its realization.
The Conscious versus the Subconscious Mind
It is an oft-repeated fact that ninety per cent of our mind, split in to the conscious and the subconscious, is the domain of the subconscious mind. Unlike the conscious mind which is constantly working with the five senses, perceiving and responding in accordance with the norms and limitations of those senses, the subconscious mind is that storehouse of emotions, thoughts, and perceptions which neither discriminates nor censors. It will produce success or failure depending on what is projected on to it. How many times have you heard success being attributed to chance factors captured by the phrase, ‘at the right place at the right time’? Those who know about the power of the subconscious will understand how time and place have been willed to come together to make it seem like a lucky coincidence. In other words visualizing success is what eventually leads to its physical manifestation.
The Power of Envisioning
Modern physics believes that everything connects with everything in the universe, that we are not isolated entities living on our own, and that our thoughts and actions are dependent on one another. Thisstudy brings to light the fact that everything is made up of energy and that it is this force that gives shape to our life.To understand this better, think of a time when you got that dream job offer after you’d spent a considerable time day dreaming about it. Is it really a coincidence that an offer came to you when you needed it the most, or did you will it to come to you by impressing up on your subconscious the urgency of the situation? In this case, the fact that you repeated the need of a job change to yourself set into motion a series of events that culminated in the actual offer. However, as most things are this too is easier said than done. Many a time we get bogged down by failure and refuse to exude the necessary positivity needed to envision the desired outcome. We restrict ourselves and refuse to take that or a similar risk again. In this scenario the trauma of failure settles in to our subconscious as a belief or phobia which thenholds us back in many different ways. With my clients who suffer from these anxieties, it is my aim to work with them in regaining their balance so that the energy that leaves them is positive.
Coping With Failure
In my practice I often find how little we know about this and how willing we are to surrender to our failures.Of course we’ve all experienced failure, but the idea is to remain positive and carry forward the lesson learnt from it instead of allowing the trauma of the failure to manifest itself in to a belief that may prevent us from taking similar risks. Just the way an athlete after losing a game ought not to feel like leaving sports, we too must not let the fear of losing limit our capacities in any way. In Serenity Surrender (SS), we (re)learn to look at ourselves as parts of a larger whole wherein whatever we do, feel, or think has a long-lasting impact. Based on this belief we also attract people and situations (karma), and needless to say a positive mind attracts similar, positive minds.
Is Karma External To Us?
Before I became a healer, I too believed that karma was something external to our being, that it was the outcome of a deed, good or bad. It was only after I started my work with SS that I realized how karma is that which we internalize; it is also our thoughts, emotions, and feelings. Simply stated, it is the energy that we take in or exude and it is this that we carry with us in our journey through lives.
How to Be Incharge Of Your Mind
While many remain sceptical of the ability of the mind to envision and bring about that which we desire, few can quarrel over the fact that everything in the universe is interlinked through the energy that is vested in us, our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Given this, it is only natural for us replicate and affirm the positive. Everything that leaves us in the form of energy will resonate in an equal capacity within the larger scheme of the universe. The following are ways in which affirmations can be said:
- Affirmations must be formulated and repeated twice a day: once in the morning and once before sleeping—a state which is closest to being under hypnosis.
- Affirmations must reflect three to five attributes that you would like to impress, for example, ‘I am confident, fearless, and capable; I am here to do good work and there is no reason for me to fail’.
- Affirmations, because they will take root in the subconscious, must not be too long or convoluted else they run the risk of being ineffective.
Practice as they say makes a man perfect and rightfully so. Why should things be any different? By channelizing all our positive energy in visualizing the changes that we need we can be incharge of our lives and become the person we were meant to be.