"The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time." -George Bernard Shaw
I was reading a book the other day that I thought was very fascinating and would like to share some points with you. Remember, that everything within you is tied together. You must allow yourself to be mentally and emotionally strong in order to be strong physically. You must imagine yourself being successful, visualize yourself being the best that you can be, and finding the place within that holds YOUR TRUTH. Many of you have had a chance to experience what I mean by this through my training...for instance, I LOVE TO CHALLENGE EVERYONE MENTALLY THROUGH TRAINING. When you are exercising and your body begins to fatigue physically it is up to your mind to push you pass that fatigue (making the exercise mentally challenging). You must imagine and visualize yourself pushing through that challenge...beating the odds and overcoming. You must also go to your happy place (YOUR SANCTUARY) in order to put all the pieces together and complete the challenging exercise. BUT, the most important point I want to make is that this process doesn't apply only to exercise but to life experiences.
The power of the imagination is being able to return to the past, rehearse the future, and zoom off on flights of fancy-all within seconds. Imaginations can come in different forms, some people primarily see, others primarily hear, and others primarily feel. Our comfort zone (our arena of thoughts and actions within which we feel comfortable--all the things we have done often enough to feel comfortable doing again.) may try to control our imagination, it is vigorously and creatively used AGAINST us. For example, we may relive the horrors of the past-fears that were justified, unworthiness at their worst. The comfort zone may also use the imagination to create a future of not just failure, but MONUMENTAL failure, EMBARRASSING failure, PUBLIC AND UNCONDITIONAL failure. Our comfort zone may also use news stories and other accounts of disaster to show us why we had better not do anything new.
YOUR COMFORT ZONE MAY CLAIM TO HAVE COMPLETE OWNERSHIP, BUT, IN FACT, IT DOESN'T HAVE ANY RIGHTS! Your imagination is YOURS. YOU remember the past you choose, rehearse the future you want, identify with the heroes you hold dear. All of our pasts are filled with good and bad, but YOU have the control to remember the good things from your past and this is what builds an image of ourselves as doers and achievers.
When YOU project your dreams into a positive future, you will see that you can have what you want. You must have a positive image of the future, this not only shows us how to get there; it DRAWS us to it, attracting us toward our dreams like a magnet.
Use your imagination to put yourself in the center of an action (when you hear some good news or read an inspirational story). This allows you to IDENTIFY with all the good, happy, and wonderful aspects of our culture. The positive use of imagination is called VISUALIZATION. Visual is used in a general sense, "See what I mean?" As stated above, some people see while others primarily hear and others feel. There is no wrong way to visualize.
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."-John Ruskin
You must build on your imagination...build a SANCTUARY. Your sanctuary is an inner retreat you build with visualization in your imagination. It is here that you will discover the truth about yourself...you must work to affirm it....MAKE IT FIRM. This is YOUR place-a place you can go to learn your lessons in peace and harmony, or just take a rest and get away from it all. You can make it any size, shape, or dimension...large or small....located anywhere (floating in space, on a mountain top, or by an ocean). BELIEVE IN IT...TREASURE IT...IT IS YOURS TO KEEP!
McWilliams, Peter. DO IT! Ppgs. 123-130.