Thursday, April 07, 2005

The Value of Visualization for Modern Society

I wanted to just make a point here briefly that was brought to my attention by a friend and mentor.

In the realm of spiritual discipline one has to weigh the benefits of your chosen practice against the effort exerted to go through the process. I think that this should be a real concern for people in today's reality. We don't have to much time on our hands, or simply don't know how to make the extra time we need.

When I sit down to meditate my mind is always racing with dozens of thoughts every few seconds. So considering all the stuff up there that doesn't so easily subside, it's necessary for me to invest some time in getting my mind to quiet. In all honesty, if I sit down for 30 min, then i'm most of the way through my allotted time before I can actually rest in the moment.

Now I know that with time it would become easier, but when I don't make enough time for myself to meditate anyway, and I spend most of that time struggling against my own barriers, it's discouraging. So my next question should be: what can I do to make it easier on myself?

And this is the best answer i've come across. If a person has a slow pace of life, say they live in the country and spend most of their free time on the porch listening to cicadas then they obviously don't have quite as busy a mind as someone who spends all day reading, and talking, and receiving vast amounts of unwanted stimuli from the people around them and running to and fro trying to get all their s**t done in a timely fashion.

So naturally it's going to be easier for the person in the country to slow down there mind, and they probably would take quite well to mindfulness meditations where one sits and watches moment to moment experience come and go. Now someone who is used to putting their mind to use constantly would take quite naturally to a mental task. I think that would be because it gives the mind something more "tangible" to grab hold of. Of course you're thinking that defeats the purpose, but that's not entirely true. One can bring about many states of consciousness through visualization.

So perhaps if you're like me and have trouble slowing down your mind then you can put it to good use instead. Though i'm not experienced enough to really judge for myself the value and difference of those variant approaches, it is something that has thus far seemed beneficial.

1 comment:

vkk1_hypno said...

When we are born our brains are like empty computers waiting to be fed information. As we grow our peers act as our programmers, they supply us with the knowledge which we channel through the conscious mind into the subconscious (our hard drive). The subconscious mind is the biggest hard drive ever developed - it stores everything we come in contact with and by no means is all of this information of a positive nature.
All that we have heard, touched, smelt, tasted and seen are stored in the recesses of our minds. The subconscious mind holds on to this information until we need to recall it. For example when you were young your curiosity lead you to investigate your surroundings. When you approached a substance that was dangerous, such as fire, your parents or guardians would most likely have rebuked or scolded you if you ventured too near the flame. Perhaps you may even recall an incident when you were physically burned. Your subconscious mind then began to relate scolding (or pain) with the intense heat of the fire and would therefore feed the feelings of the scolding incident back to you whenever you got too close to fire again, thus acting as an early warning system.
This is the mechanism used by our brains to learn. It is also the same method employed by the mind in every situation. The subconscious mind has a tendency to emulate what it sees - it tends to replicate its environment. This is why so many people find themselves in similar relationships and situations that they saw their parents in while they were growing up. Most people also hold very strongly or similar views of their parents.
Think of a time when you gave yourself praise. What words did you use? Do you use the same words that your parents or peers used when they were praising you? The same is applicable when you scold yourself.

Watch your internal dialogue. Look at it closely. It takes diligence to change the way you think. When you notice yourself thinking a negative chose to think the opposite. This way you neutralise the negative thought. Now the think the positive thought again! You have just reversed the negative thinking in that moment and remember you only have this moment. No other time exists!
Daydream about what might be. Imagine things they way you wish them to be. If you catch yourself thinking "this is just a daydream - a fantasy" then stop! Think the opposite. It is not a daydream it is your reality. Now think it again.

By doing this simple procedure you will begin to retrain your subconscious mind to think positively and you will ultimately begin to consciously create a life that dreams are made of! personal development plan