Saturday, January 23, 2010
"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.".......Demsthenes
Yesterday you started to approach the powerful mind states of persistence and consistency. Most of us would certainly welcome these mind states, but few of us have any idea how to do so. On the surface whatever doing might be necessary seems far too big to tackle and so most simply put the general equation aside. You are not going to do that.
This work begins in the same way as your other tools. This is not a complicated process, but one that takes diligence. You will become aware of the little moments when you can effect a change of some sort. You might remember your earlier subconscious mind change work when I asked you to notice small changes that you had made and told you of their importance. Here they are again.
There are many opportunities to build persistence and consistency. These opportunities are in the moments, but before anything can change, you must be aware and then you can acknowledge the power state of choice. What you are learning here could be called the anatomy and physiology of change. Just as your body has an anatomy and a physiology, so do many things and change is one of those things. As you begin to look into change and into the moments, you will become a creative thinker and one who runs the race to perfection.
Take a moment to prepare yourself for inner work. Always be certain you will not be disturbed and have your journal handy. Remember that writing ideas that may float up will etch them further into both your conscious and subconscious mind. Once you are ready continue to read along.
Some people have trouble with persisting, because they don't have sufficient desire. If you find yourself weak in the persistence department, look with your trusty magnifying glass at what it is you are having difficulty with and then ask yourself,
• "Do I really desire this?"
• "How much to I desire this?"
• "Do all parts of me really desire this?"
• "Can I feel the desire in my gut?"
Many times you think you want something, when the reality is that you don't really care that much. Once you know that you really want whatever it is, you can utilize organized planning and the power of visualization and suggestion to motivate ourselves, even through tremendous difficulties. More about this later.
Look into your mind memory bank and retrieve instances when you truly desired something, those times when NO ONE could possibly stop you. While you are looking, be sure to notice the "little desires." They can be utilized to fire other desires. Make notes of those now:___________________________________________________________
This is a powerful time to add some affirmation plants. Notice if any emotional visitor arrives telling you not to stop to do this, perhaps telling you that you can do this later, or it is better to read ahead and then come back. Keep an eye out for these emotional states. They are usually related to procrastination and immediate gratification. You want to learn to catch and diminish these. Go ahead now and tilt up your eyes locating your inner movie screen.
• I recognize persistence and congratulate myself on practicing this skill.
• I am aware of many times when I persisted.
• I review my memory bank and applaud my pictures of consistency and persistence.
• I recognize desire.
• I can feel desire in my mind/body whenever I choose to!
Earlier in the book you learned about keeping food logs. I would like you to review your food logs every day. At that time go back and look at previous ones. Can you begin to see changes emerging?
In the beginning many of you thought you could never make changes. You were actually prisoners of your food choices and could not imagine that you could change. As you began to follow your personalized food plans and incorporated small daily changes, everything started to fall into place. Perhaps if you were having difficulty getting to sleep, or sleeping through the night, you have noticed a change in the quality of sleep, maybe even your dream quality. In the near future I will show you how to utilize your dream states to access information, as well as to place information aimed at your personalized goals.
While you have gone back and noticed your changes in the food logs, it would be helpful to etch these further into your subconscious mind programs. Go ahead and make notes about what you found in the food logs. _____________________________
You have learned to view your emotions as children wearing tee shirts. You know that some work in your behalf and others get in the way of goals. Enter your alpha state and notice that all of your emotions are sitting down and understanding the importance of your daily work. The emotions will pick up tools and help to plant the following affirmations. Notice that the unhelpful emotions are helping as well as they learn to change towards the goals.
• I care for myself at high levels.
• I am aware of my food and drink intake.
• I enjoy keeping my food logs.
• My awareness is expanding....
Today you are going to explore some mind expansion techniques that will help you to develop persistence. This is a deep exercise so wait for a quiet time. In the future, once your mind is trained, you will be able to do exercises such as this anywhere even while in the process of talking. However, while you are learning and reprogramming your mind bank, it is a good idea to do this quietly.
Focus on your breath and work with your fingertips on your lower abdomen. Allow the breath to become regular and rhythmic. Once your breath is in place allow your movie screen to position itself behind your closed eyes. Place the rhythm of your breath at the bottom of the screen, like peaceful waves. Above the waves place your desired goal picture. Make it full colored and see the goal as completed. Encircle the goal picture in white. Go into your mind bank , taking out one of the desire memories you found earlier on and remove the feelings of desire from that memory. While focusing on the circled desire, infuse it with the feelings you have just removed. Really feel it, as you continue to focus on the circle of desire. Say to yourself, or out loud, "This is what I want, or this is what I need." Practice this exercise with this goal desire frequently. You will soon begin to notice your ability to persist has greatly improved.
It's a good idea to work with one desire at a time. Once you become more proficient at this exercise, you will be able to work with additional goals. The mind works best when the goal is very clear and concise. That is one reason why you circle it in white. This white circle is saying to our brain, "Pay strict attention to this as it is very important.,"
Take this moment a bit further and plant the following affirmations, or ones that choose to arise in your own mind at this time.
• I see my desires clearly.
• I work with my desires frequently.
• I practice infusing my desires throughout the day.
• I can feel my ability to persist improving.
• I'm on my way!
NOTE TO NEW READERS:
This experiential blog/workshop is based on my new book, "How Many Cookies Will It Take to Make Me Happy?" This book is not published as yet, but you have the opportunity to read it in it's unpublished state. If you are new to my writing, you might want to read the earlier mini-chapters. They are available on FaceBook, The PublishersMarketPlace & at the following link. Remember to scan down to find the earliest chapters & work your way up. http://beyonddisorderlyeating.blogspot.com/
A bit of background.... we are working with creative Interactive Self-Hypnosis imagery, planting suggestions directly into the creative subconscious mind as you read along. What appears like a story is a series of self-hypnotic sessions, designed to bring about desired lifestyle changes. The inner mind is creative & rather child-like, loving to play with images, especially when they are emotionalized. Just like the saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words", well-planted mind images, can be worth hours of therapy. We can actually change or motivate in 1/200th of a second. So come along & look forward to some lifestyle-changing events.
Copyright 2009 Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
May not be copied or reproduced without permission of the author.
Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht is author of Sugar...the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It. She is also the writer/producer of over 350 mp3/CD programs in the areas of medicine, health, prevention, addictions, self-development & sports for adults & children.