Now that we know how important it is to get our mind on board –
how exactly do we do that?!
As a creative person, I think you’ll enjoy our approach…
We get creative!
In Your Creative Dharma, we get our minds on board with a fun combination of words and pictures.
(And feeling good.)
“Your life follows the grooves
that you yourself have created
in the brain.”
This has been quite a complex module so far, so let’s have a quick recap.
We’ve embarked on a new collaboration with our most powerful creative ally – our mind.
We’ve explored how our beliefs play a vital and often unconscious role in our lives, our results and our enjoyment of the journey.
And we’ve played some games to help reveal just how receptive our minds are to simple directions – and how powerfully they can respond.
If you were to take away only one insight from this week’s material, I would suggest the following summary as the most valuable:
Our beliefs shape our reality.
We have the power to direct and craft our beliefs.
Therefore, we have the power to shape our reality.
Once you begin to see the evidence of this in your own life, with your own eyes, it can be truly life-transforming.
It certainly has been for me.
Because if we can craft the beliefs that shape our lives – we can be more proactive in choosing, directing and creating the lives we want!
This is such an empowering idea, yet it’s so far removed from mainstream thinking that is may seem too good and fanciful to be true.
But to the degree that you believe it, you can become an empowered cocreator, designing and then creating your vision for your life and Your Creative Dharma.
As Wallace Wattles says his classic work on cocreation, The Science of Getting Rich;
“When we realise this, we lose all doubt and fear,
for we know that we can create what we want to create;
we can get what we want to have
and can become what we want to be.”
Not a bad incentive to do a little mindset work!
I admit, it does take some getting used to, especially integrating this concept at a core level where you truly accept and trust it.
But I promise it is worth the trial and error in discovering how it works, and what works best for you.
So, now that we know just how powerful our beliefs can be in supporting (or sabotaging) our vision of success, here’s a selection of my favourite techniques for Getting Your Mind On Board.
Once you know what you want to believe, these tools and techniques will help you install these Next Level ideas into your mind – where it can work its magic and help you begin to see them manifesting in your life.
These are the nuts and bolts tactics for collaborating with your mind in the pursuit of Your Creative Dharma.
“First you make your beliefs,
then your beliefs make you.”
GETTING YOUR MIND ON BOARD : TECHNIQUES
The commonly accepted way of reprogramming your mind to incorporate a new belief is simply repetition.
And there’s no doubt that this works.
Ever heard the phrase, “Repeat a lie often enough and eventually you’ll believe it.”?
Repetition is powerful.
So you could simply adopt this technique to install your New Lines or mindset upgrades.
But the following techniques include subtle nuances and tweaks that can accelerate the process.
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IMAGES & VISUAL AIDES
The subconscious mind responds well to imagery.
And one of the laws of mind is that we receive, create or attract more of what we already have or what we focus our attention on.
So simply seeing certain images on a regular basis conditions your mind to look for and see more of those kinds of images.
Sometimes the mind is so amazing that it brings the exact replica of your image into your life. (For the mechanics of how the mind does this I highly recommend The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr Joseph Murphy.)
This technique is the theory behind vision boards and though they can work for many, I have had mixed results.
So my recommendation is to simply surround yourself with images and visual reminders of Your Creative Dharma – not just on a board that you review daily, but all over your home, your office or studio.
How can you reflect your goal or dream with an image?
How can you place this in your life where you will see it often?
Maybe keep a biography of your role model on your coffee table.
Or pin a picture of the award or recognition you’d love onto your fridge.
Or frame an image that represents your Why and keep it by your bed.
Repeated imagery reprogrammes your mind to not only accept this as normal, but also to be on the lookout for more.
So, if this technique appeals to you, give it some thought and see what inspired nudges you receive to harness the creative forces of visual reinforcements.
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Playing an imaginary scene in your mind reconfigures the connections in your brain.
Over time, the mind begins to accept the imagined scene as a valid experience and adjusts your belief system accordingly.
Can you see how this might upgrade your self-image, one of the most powerful determinants of behaviour and expectation?
When you repeatedly visualise a version of yourself or your life, your mind will integrate this version into your identity, leading to new actions and thoughts and emotions that align with this New You.
Incorporating strong positive emotions and all your senses will turbocharge the effects.
So, if you’re ready to install the version of you who believes in your vision, who expects it and knows you deserve it, visualisation is a powerful technique to support your journey and results.
It may take practice and a little time but once you begin to see the magic of this technique in action, you’ll enjoy a new level of confidence in the power of your mind.
If you’d like to dive deeper into this technique, I recommend The Theatre of Your Mind by Matt Furey.
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This is one of my favourites!
I’ve long been a fan of journalling for it’s therapeutic and clarifying effects.
Recently though, I was introduced to the idea of ‘journalling your reality’.
This involves writing down the thoughts, questions, emotions, delights etc… that you imagine you’d experience if your goal or vision had already happened.
It’s like fast-forwarding to the future and writing imagined journal entries from that perspective.
If you prefer the written word to mental picturing, this is a powerful alternative to visualisation.
You write as if – as if you are living Your Creative Dharma in the present moment.
This is another way of harnessing the power of imagination and has the same effect in reprogramming your mind.
Plus, it’s fun! You get to live for a few moments inside your vision.
You get to try on your new beliefs, to see how they feel and if they need tweaking or adjusting.
You get to ‘feel the joy of the answered prayer’ – an emotional and psychological state that metaphysicians cite as being magnetic to miracles.
It can even help you envisage your next steps, or help you leapfrog current problems and see life from the perspective of the solution.
If you’d like to understand how this ‘looking back from the future’ affects your mindset, I recommend Quantum NLP by Christiane Turner.
But you don’t need to understand the science behind it to begin to see its effects – you can just give it a go and see if it’s fun for you.
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ASKING BETTER QUESTIONS
Did you know that the mind can’t resist a question?
For proof – did you just silently answer the previous question?!
The human mind loves to resolve quandaries and find solutions, and we can use this aspect of our psychology to our benefit.
We can begin asking questions we actually want the answer to.
For example, if you’re in the habit of asking, Why isn’t this working…?, you are directing your mind to seek and find evidence of why it’s not working.
So, simply by asking better questions, you can get your solution-seeking mind on board and looking for answers that support your vision.
How can I do this?
What would it take to be successful with this?
How would it feel to spend all day doing the work I love?
And of course; what’s working for me?!
You are probably asking your mind questions all day long, so this technique is simply to begin a new mental habit of reframing those inner questions to pose more beneficial puzzles for your mind to ponder over.
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Affirmations are generally defined as statements that you repeat with an intention to believe them.
But really everything you say is an affirmation.
So if you enjoy using affirmations or would like to begin playing with them, know that they are powerful and they do make a difference. (As long as you craft them to ensure you aren’t subconsciously resisting them. More on this coming up…)
But in addition, I recommend adopting the mental awareness that speech is powerful and all your words and statements are affirming some version of your perspective.
Set the intention to speak more about what you do want to believe as true, and give less vocal support to ideas that don’t support you, eg complaints, tired old tales of woe, insecurities, fears and doubts.
This takes practice!
It seems to be human nature to want to focus on the negative – so this can be a lifelong habit to break.
But it can be done.
And it gets easier with practice.
Your mind soon gets the idea and begins to support your efforts.
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Experts tell us that many of our beliefs are ‘set’ in childhood, often before the age of five.
But these are not irreversibly set – we can and do grow out of old ideas and behaviours.
One of the strong factors in our developing belief system is the people we surround ourselves with, the people we listen to.
You’ve no doubt heard the saying that we are a product of the five people we spend the most time with.
But this influence can take many forms.
It may not be as simplistic as the people close to you, but the books you read, the heroes you follow, the places you visit, the media you see and hear on a regular basis.
All of these voices can influence your beliefs about yourself and the world – for good or for bad – and they can affect you both in the short and long term.
So, who are you listening to?
Which voices get access to your precious attention?
Whose life view and lifestyle do you accept as the norm?
If you’re keen to create a belief system that supports your vision and goals, it’s worth paying attention to these external influences.
One aspect of your creative power is your power to choose the voices you allow into your world.
You have the power to curate these influences.
Obviously, you can’t always dictate who is in your life, but you can choose how much influence they have and how often.
And you can tip the scales in your favour by balancing out any negative voices with more of the people who will support your blossoming self-image and intentions.
You can be proactive in seeking out more voices of success, creativity, purpose and joy.
You can choose the TV shows you watch, the books you read and you can choose the gossips you avoid, the sensationalist media you ignore.
You can be discerning with your attention.
You can question whether these voices support the new world view and mindset you want to create.
Or do they reinforce the common patterns of mediocrity, dissatisfaction and lack?
Then you can decide how much time, attention and influence you will allow them.
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Another one of my all-time favourites.
You’ve probably heard about the power of acting as if.
And in the Creative Journalling, we looked at the idea of writing as if.
This technique is essentially the practice of praying as if – with a good dose of gratitude and faith thrown in for their miracle-magnet superpowers.
We’ll be exploring the power of prayer a little later on, but I find this technique of Affirmative Prayer to be so powerful that it deserves a place here too.
Here’s how it works:
Instead of the conventional approach of asking for spiritual support, with affirmative prayer, we give thanks in advance that our prayer has been answered.
For example, Thank you for guiding me to my Creative Dharma!
We pray as if the answer is yes and our blessings are on their way.
Whatever the mechanics behind the power of prayer, this technique conditions your mind.
It instills a faith in your prayer being answered – and that’s a powerful mindset upgrade that will reap dividends for your confidence, self-image and belief in your goal.
I learned this practice from Kyle Gray – the ‘Angel Guy’ – and having used it myself I can vouch that it works like absolute magic.
I believe that it’s the ultimate combo of gratitude, joy and faith – three powerful ingredients for cocreating and crafting a strong self-image.
Plus, believing your prayers are answered is such a lovely way to live!
You can also use this technique to install any belief:
For example, thank you for helping me believe my Creative Dharma is possible for me.
Or, thank you for helping me feel and know this IS happening now.
If you’d like to dive deeper into the power of prayer, I recommend The Lost Mode of Prayer or An Ancient Magical Prayer, both by Gregg Braden.
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THE POWER OF FOCUS
There is a mental power in simply paying attention to a certain topic or goal.
Focused attention to anything will gather its own momentum, after a while.
So, if some of these techniques feel complicated or arduous, just know that if you simply pay attention to the beliefs and ideas that you want to integrate, this act of focus will work its magic for you – all by itself.
Also, by recognising that attention and focus alone will help your mind accept your new ideas, you can more readily trust that any of the other techniques can and will work for you.
And when you believe that this work is working – you are well on your way to Getting Your Mind On Board.
This is an easy one – it’s as simple as making a decision.
After you set in motion your new ideas, techniques and mindset upgrades, it’s time to master the fine art of Glimmer Spotting.
This is simply the intention to be alert, on the look-out, open and receptive to any new evidence that your belief system has shifted.
These are the subtle Glimmers of Success that reveal, this IS working!
And they are a joy to behold.
They also reinforce your belief in this process and in your power to cocreate your life with your mind.
The more you look for these, the more you will find them.
All you need to do is intend to notice.
Intention is another powerful mental tool and one that will work behind the scenes on your behalf, seeking evidence of your shiny new beliefs.
These may be feint or small at first – that’s OK, new beliefs are like new seeds, they can take a while to become established before they blossom fully.
Gradually, though, you will begin to notice that those Next Level beliefs begin to feel natural, inevitable – normal.
And getting into the habit of spotting these subtle glimmers of success will boost your faith, your confidence and your expectations for even more powerful results.
Now that you have a selection of techniques to play with, I’m sure you’re keen to get busy Getting Your Mind On Board in a way that best suits you.
But before diving into the homework, I just have a few suggestions and tips for doing this work in the most effective and enjoyable way possible…
Photo Credit : Ståle Grut