Many people are suffering right now due to the market volatility, unemployment and apparent lack of stability. This suffering manifests in mind patters of worry and anxiety that builds deep grooves in the brain until a new pathway is built into the brain that has you repeating thoughts of doom and gloom. The more you focus on the problems the more real you make them and the more you trigger toxic chemicals that flow into your blood stream harming your physical health some three months or three years later. If you want to stop the MIND DRAMA here are three steps.
1. Get control of your body
2. Get control of the mind
Get control of the body
Until you can make yourself become still you cannot learn to control your mind. Therefore it is imperative that you create a discipline for yourself so you start to understand that you are in charge. This is the most difficult step for most people because they want a quick fix. They want to “do” something and just getting control of the body is not only boring, it seems like a waste of time. This tip comes from the book, “The Master Key System,” and I quote the exact paragraph for instruction of taking charge of the mind.
“Now make the application: Select a room where you can be alone and undisturbed; sit erect, comfortably but do not lounge; let your thoughts roam where they will but be perfectly still for from fifteen minutes to half an hour; continue this for three or four days or a for a week until you secure full control of your physical being. Many will find this difficult; others will conquer with ease, but it is absolutely essential to secure complete control of the body before you are ready to progress.”
I started this process and have had amazing results. Just the discipline of getting quiet and knowing that I can trust myself to take charge has created a new confidence in my abilities. Instead of feeling like a victim of circumstances you begin to feel empowered and in charge.
Get Control of Your Mind
One of my favorite quotes in the Master Key System is “Therefore to control thought is to control circumstances, conditions, environment and destiny.” Most of us know nothing about controlling our thoughts. Our thoughts are habitual patterns that we repeat over and over. Scientists tell us that we think about 60,000 thoughts per day and over 85 % of those thoughts are repetitive. This is because most of our thinking is due to our subconscious mind that never questions anything but will believe anything we feed it. The way we create habits is by repeating something over and over; therefore the subconscious mind is the seat of habit. If you want to change a habit, you have to “reprogram” the thought in the subconscious mind.
Once you have good habits programmed, your life becomes so much easier because your thinking supports you rather than keeps you in fear and anxiety.
Let’s look at how creating good habits free you from having to think consciously. When you first learned to drive you had to think consciously about how to accelerate, how to focus and how to make a turn. After practicing for several months, driving became automatic and ruled by your subconscious. If you created good driving habits you automatically drive safely. If you developed bad habits such as running red lights when no one is looking, talking on the cell phone etc. what you do is set yourself up for a problem later on.
The point here is that what ever thoughts are running in the background of your mind are habits that have been developed over time until they became unconscious and habitual. For example your parents told you to believe certain things and since you didn’t question these beliefs, mind pathways were “grooved” into your brain and became habitual and unconscious. In order to get control of your mind you must use your conscious mind to make the change until your new thought is ingrained and habitual.
Now you know why you must first get control of the body and get still. When you are on automatic pilot you aren’t able to use the energy of your conscious mind to make the needed change. When you master your mind, you are using your conscious mind to create new mind patters that will replace the old patterns.
The Master Key System explains this second part in detail. “Always take the same room, the same chair and the same position if possible. Now be perfectly still as before, but inhibit all thought; this will give you control over all thoughts of care, worry and fear, and will enable you to entertain only the kind of thoughts you desire. Continue this exercise until you gain complete mastery. You will not be able to do this for more than a few moments at a time, but the exercise is valuable, because it will be a very practical demonstration of the great number of thoughts which are constantly trying to gain access to your mental world.
When you were a kid you used visualization all the time. You pretended to be a pirate or a fairy or you dreamed of the bike you wanted for Christmas. As adults we visualize all the time too but most of the pictures we visualize are of unwanted outcomes or fear of failure. Again, most of our visualization is habitual and from the subconscious mind rather than a conscious effort. There is a difference though in mindless daydreaming and focused visualization.
Focused visualization is where you become the “captain of your ship” as you head to the island of your dreams. You consciously think about an intended outcome and focus consciously on the object of your desire until that picture creates a groove in your brain…that vision becomes habitual. What you want to do here is change your negative habits that were created unconsciously, with a positive outcome that you have consciously created.
The Master Key system gives some instruction on how to master the art of visualization. “For your exercise this week, visualize your friend, see him exactly as you last saw him, see the room, the furniture, recall the conversation now see his face. See it distinctly. Now talk to him about some subject of mutual interest; see his expression change, watch hi smile. Can you do this? All right, you can; then arouse his interest. Tell him a story of an adventure, see his eyes light up with the spirit of fun or excitement. Can you do this? If so your imagination is good and you are making excellent progress.
Once you are able to do these three steps you have the foundation to start changing any circumstance in your life. When you are ready to stop the drama and take full responsibility you will make the time and the effort necessary to stop shoveling coal in the boiler room and become the captain of your ship.
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