Sunday, December 19, 2010

Take Action to Condition Your Brain

We all tend to think there's a magic pill just around the corner, the next teacher, the next audio program, the next workshop or the next book. But the truth is, no matter how good the information may be... it will do you absolutely no good as long as it stays only in your conscious mind. You have to apply it, put it into action, and put it into action in such a way that it gets into your non-conscious brain. That is the only way any information can consistently serve you and support you in changing the path of your life.

If you are like most people, you already have much more information than you are able to use. But the key to making affirmations and visualizations work is not the information; it's the application of the information. It's the Law of Action. Here are some best practices and insights to put your affirmations and visualizations to work for you.

Natural laws work. Even when natural laws appear not to be working, they are working. The only question is how are they working? Are you clear about your vision? Are you consistent in your neural programming? Do you consistently take steps toward progress? Take, for example, the Law of Gestation. If you want to lose 10 pounds, you can have it surgically removed in a matter of minutes or you can begin to exercise a little every day, watch how you are eating and steadily move toward your ideal weight. It may take weeks or months, but you're a lot more likely to keep it off that way. Finances work the same way. You can win a lottery or you can plant the vision and the beliefs you need to support those financial goals. You have to want for the seed to grow, and you have to water it and weed it every day, but if you do, it will come to fruition.

Determine what works for you. Do you like affirmations that are short statements and easy to remember or do you like full paragraphs with room for descriptions? Don't think in terms of right or wrong, just find a way that works for you. What evokes your senses and makes things vivid for you? Whether you choose one way or both, it all works.

Use various types of vision boards. You can create one vision board that represents the life you want or you can have multiple vision boards that focus on different areas. I have a health board where I display photos of the physique I want to maintain, and agreements I have made with myself concerning my health. Another vision board represents things I want to acquire. I also have my "achieved board," where I remind myself of the things I have accomplished. Use one or several types.

Gauge your progress. If you want to know if you are headed in the right direction, try asking yourself, Am I moving toward what I want? Am I headed toward something that is genuinely fulfilling? Is this goal worthy of my life? If you find yourself heading in the wrong direction, you have to adjust and change course. Anytime we stretch ourselves, we are uncomfortable. There is a deep part of us that loves growth and seeks self expression. That's our creative side. But our smaller self loves comfort and opts for status quo. Just remember change is the very essence of everything. There is actually no such thing as status quo. It's an illusion. We are always changing. The question is, in what direction are we heading?

So, yes, seeing results sometimes takes time, but you probably will be surprised by just how quickly it happens. At first you may feel like it takes a lot of effort without much result, but soon the momentum process takes over. It's like pushing a stalled car downhill to get started. It takes the most effort to get it rolling those few inches. After a foot or two, you can feel the weight of the car itself working for you. Before you know it, the car accelerates through sheer momentum, and now the engine sparks into life. The muscular effort that it takes to start the process is the focused power of your frontal lobe, the car's engine is the nonconscious part of your brain. Hop in and you are off and running.

John Assaraf is a spiritual entrepreneur and teacher with an insatiable passion for brain research, quantum physics and helping others. He has authored New York Times bestselling books on the topic including "The Answer," "Having it All," and The Vision Board kit. He was also a featured teacher in the movie and book "The Secret".

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