The art and science behind creating a life you love
I’m sure everybody’s heard of the book, The Secret and, if you haven’t, it’s a good book and movie to check out. The Secret is a documentary that is based around the idea or philosophy that you can create whatever you want in your life through thinking about it and manifesting it into reality.
Sounds simple doesn’t it; just a thought—here’s the explanation behind the power of thought!
I love this idea and I have done a lot research to find out about how manifestation actually works, how the science of it really occurs.
When it comes to manifestation, there is the art side of it. This is the creative part where you come up with the things that you would like in your life. Some of these are really easy, like the time I wanted to upgrade my car to a Honda CRV, I want to own a new microscope, I want to climb Machu Picchu in Peru, and I want to travel to see the Taj Mahal. As soon as you say those words, the majority of us can see it in our mind’s eye.
But, there’s an art to doing this part which is the secret to manifesting, let me share it with you…
The other side to manifesting is the science. The science behind it all comes down to the way your brain works and the main part of this is pattern recognition. Basically, what happens when you manifest something into your life is that you first have to: think up what you would like and set an intention, and then begin to create action to register that with your mind and body.
Sitting around just thinking about it going, yes, I wish I had such and such then not actually taking any action on it, isn’t going to create the response that you want.
You have to think about it, visualise it, feel it, believe it will happen and then take action and step towards it.
What our brain is designed to do is answer questions and recognise patterns. If I was to say to you one plus one and then I continued talking, you’d still wonder when I was going to get back to the number two. Or, if I said purple cow and you try to think of anything but the purple cow, it becomes very difficult because your brain is set up to find patterns, and to visualise and answer questions.
One of the easiest ways to use this to your advantage is to create a vision board. A vision board is a series of pictures and we use this tool because our brain actually works in a visual format. You’ll notice this when you’re having a dream. It’s not like it spells it all out for you in the written language, it’s in pictures and symbols too. This is why most signs and instructions have symbols on them. There’s a quick pattern recognition for our brain to deal with and receive the information that it requires. What we need to be doing when it comes to creating something in our lives, is to create the feeling of having it already, craft the experiences we want and create that pattern in our lives for our brains to recognise them.
Make it happen, let’s manifest with visualisation and creating a vision board, for anyone who hasn’t done it before, it is gathering pictures and images and phrases that invoke the feeling or the emotion or give us a clear picture of the things we actually want.
Once we’ve done that, our brains see those images in our mind’s eye and then attempts to match that in our life. Our subconscious now has a clear picture of the things that it’s trying to match.
Our brain is hardwired to recognise a pattern. Our subconscious has found something that is important to us at that time and it tries to seek things to match it with. The exact same thing happens when you create a vision board; you set up those pictures and you look at them in the morning and at night before you go to bed. Then, during the next day, your brain will be hardwired to try and find things that will get you closer to those pictures.
Let’s get manifesting:
Get a board – large cardboard or a pin board works best.
Collect your inspiration; for this you will need photos, magazines, newspapers, Pinterest or the Internet.
Cut our any images or words that stand out to you that you want to bring into your life. If you are on the computer you could print these out or pop them on a Pinterest page.
Add the final touches, you may want to colour the background, add glitter, sparkle, or write your own affirmations or quotes.
Place your board somewhere you will see it daily.
The next step is visualisation – an absolutely incredible tool. Visualisation or seeing in your mind’s eye, the outcome to an event before it happens has been long known in the elite sporting community as a psychological tool to enhance performance outcomes.
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