When dealing with the mind, imagination is more powerful than knowledge. The unconscious mind does not work on logic. It is the domain of feelings, images and imaginations. This law of success says that to influence the subconscious, it is necessary to use the tools that the mind naturally responds to. For most people that language is visualization and guided imagery.
How does this happen? Here’s the answer: the subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between something vividly imagined and something real. Therefore; visualizing an outcome will be more effective than saying it or wishing it. As you learned in the previous laws of healing and positive change & mental effect, physiological studies have shown that stress does indeed cause illness, and that visualizing a sunny day can improve your mood and decrease your stress levels.
Images are the property of the subconscious (the huge 97% of your mind). Those images will always overpower what you know, consciously think or decide (3%). Reason is easily overruled by man’s imagination. In fact, an idea accompanied by a strong emotion usually cannot be modified through the use of reason. However, by subconscious re-programming, one can easily and effortlessly remove, alter, or amend any old idea.
Many of my clients become so surprised when I tell them that vision is in the mind, not the eyes. The way I teach my clients about this natural law of the mind is by saying:
”Look at me right now. I am wearing a blue shirt and beige skirt, right? Okay, now close your eyes and picture me in a green shirt, purple skirt and a red hat. Now open your eyes and tell me which one feels real to you.”
Your mind won’t know, as it has seen both and cannot tell the difference
Allow me to go deeper just for a moment. When we can imagine a goal, visualize taking the steps necessary to achieve that goal, a part of the limbic system of the brain called the Reticular Activating system takes over and guides us to do what it takes to achieve the desired result. The Reticular Activating System is a fancy scientific name for the attention centre of the brain. It is the key to “turning on your brain,” and seems to be the centre of motivation.
The Reticular Activating System is connected at its base to the spinal cord where it receives information projected directly from the ascending sensory tracts. The brain stem reticular formation runs all the way up to the mid-brain. The Reticular Activating System is a very complex network of neurons, which serve as a point of convergence for signals from your external and internal worlds. In other words, it is the part of your brain where the world outside of you, and your thoughts and feelings from “inside” of you, meet. Professional athletes have always known this and have been practicing it for years!
We attract conditions and situations that are in harmony with our thinking. It is important that what is NOT wanted be avoided in our thinking. What our minds can imagine, our bodies can produce or attract. This applies to both the positive AND negative.
Have you considered the images you keep in your mind? What is the content of your mental imagery? Take time to examine your self-talk, is it filled with negative words such as “try”, “should” “can’t”? If so, consider changing your inner language patterns to develop a positive outlook, imagine the results and watch yourself take the required steps to achieve them. Do yourself a favour; take a daily moment and “Reprogram Your RETICULAR”