In 1954 Roger Banister proved his belief the he could break the 4 minute mile record. He knew and believed that he could in spite of the dominate belief at the time that no human being could run a mile in less than four minutes. Within one year of his achievement 37 runners broke their belief barrier. The collective belief changed – 600 other runners did the same thing within 5 years. Today the current men’s record holder has a time of 3:43.13. This examples illustrate the way in which our beliefs limit us. There is a power within us that creates in our life–imagination. Even the great scientist Einstein said, “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
The great poet John Keats wrote to his school friend Benjamin Bailey, “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.”
Current neuroscience tells us that when the imagination holds a picture, with feeling, the brain reaction is the same as a real experience. For example, the body will physically begin to contract either to a real fear, or imagined (thought to be real) fear. By utilizing this power correctly we can create our life our way.
I use a technique in my workshops to show how the mind/brain can assume reality. If you can imagine an event and associate a strong feeling to that event, your body will change in numerous ways. First, the nervous system will, with a positive thought, relax. With a negative one it will contract. With a imagined negative experience the body will armor up. This means the muscle system will contract to protect the vital organs. Through this exercise students discover how the imagination works.
Quantum physics tells us that consciousness (the field) is all potential. It is our beliefs and assumptions about life that determine how this potential will manifest.
What are your beliefs? Some you know consciously. The vast majority are in the subconscious mind and not readily available for scrutiny. The best way to know these beliefs is to look at your life, and see the various patterns. Perhaps you attract the same kind of relationship partner over and over. On the other hand, you might find that you end up with a boss who is just like the others you have had.
Write a list of the patterns in your life and you will have a list of your beliefs.
When you find one you want to change begin imagining with feeling the circumstances and the players differently.
Be sure you aren’t judging yourself for your beliefs. Most of these come from an age when you didn’t have a choice as to what to accept. They also come from people you trusted; mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, teacher, pastor, etc. But many of them are living out of the beliefs they adopted from earlier peers.
The power is in your hands to change what isn’t working. That power is your mind. A trained mind is more powerful than an untrained mind!
Every day when you wake up imagine that the day will be fulfilling. Set the intention the night before that every moment is part of your vast experiment called life. Make your choices wisely and find a positive shift in your life.