Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER. As you read this, think about a goal or something you want to overcome. Do your images and thoughts support what you want to accomplish?
You learned in the last chapter that it is important be responsible when forming your quality purpose and determination, the fourth principle of mental conduct. Visualization is the first step in bringing forth your quality purpose, and you must exercise responsibility in what you imagine. The mental images you form must absolutely support what you want to create, and you should visualize them with as much detail and clarity as possible. If you give equal time to images contrary to your objective, it would be like trying to dig a hole and fill it at the same time - you'll make no progress.
Unfortunately, when we have idle time, many of us have a habit of running all sorts of negative pictures through our minds. Knowing that your thinking will take form in one way or the other, you can see that if you hold in mind an image that stems from fear, for instance, you are energizing what you fear. You are letting your fear put you in a prison of your own making. Knowing also that visualization is a powerful part of the creative process, you can use this wonderful tool to lend positive momentum to achieving your goals. Allow your mind to dwell only on those images that support you and others, and see how quickly things change. And again, when negative thoughts and emotions arise, let them flow away from you as quickly as they come.
Keep in mind, too, that if your ideas are different from what everyone else around you seems to be thinking, it doesn't mean that you're wrong or that your ideas are not valuable. Most flowers bloom in the sun and close at night. But not all of them. The moon flower is an exception. We certainly cannot consider the moon flower to be "wrong" for blooming in the moonlight. Each of us has our own purpose, our own unique contribution and exceptional beauty to express. With balance as your armor, awareness as your shield, and visualization as your sword, you have three powerful tools to help you break through limitations and access your inner power to make your goals a reality.
Here is an excerpt from my book, SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER, where I discuss visualization:
A Powerful Tool for Turning Ideas into Form
As I sat in the fields and watched the moon flowers gently open at night, I was also amazed that, even in the moonlight, their color was beautiful. I remember having the thought that surely our ideas of color come from nature. I thought about how often people look at flowers or a beautiful sunset and want to imitate those colors somehow - in art, in clothing, in many ways. Isn't it interesting that the purity of nature, its original natural beauty, inspires us to capture it or duplicate it? Certainly, that is one form of visualization - reproducing in representative ways what we see in the world around us.
Although ideas seem quite invisible compare to moon flowers or sunsets, they are as real and inspiring. Aren't you just as excited by a wonderful new idea as you are to experience something rare and beautiful in nature? In the same way that the world of nature inspires us to imitate its beauty, so we are naturally impelled to capture the beauty of true ideas in material form.
Remember that the true ideas that come to you are coming from your Silent Master: "Your Silent Master is your real self, your original self. It expresses itself through your thinking, through true ideas and thoughts in your mind." Those ideas are the primal, original source of everything that manifests in visible form. In fact, the word idea is derived from the Greek root word that means "to see." So an idea automatically carries with it the concept of visibility. Haven't you noticed that when you understand an idea, you usually say, "I see." In our universe, we turn ideas into material form. Visualization is a powerful tool for doing so.
Visualization is the process of forming a mental image. The process of forming images in our mind is also called imagining, something most of us do with relative ease. The word image comes from the same Latin root as the word imitate. This means that when we form an image, we are imitating, or creating a likeness of, something else. That something else is an idea. All images, whether those you see outside yourself or those you see in your mind's eye, are visible duplications of some idea.
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