Life Transformation Tools
Are you serious about making the Law of Attraction work for you? Then this is the book for you. Just suppose you had all the tools and powerful techniques that you need to use the law to your advantage.
Wouldn’t your life improve tremendously?
This book includes leading edge tools, such as visualization, affirmations, prayer, story writing, Journalizing, mental movies, hypnosis, sanctuary building, meditation, list making, emotional therapy technique, plus many others.
Employing these practical tools can help you to transform your life, your finances, your relationships, and your health, as you work with the natural laws instead of against them.
These techniques will take you to the next level of action to create the life you want.
LIFE TRANSFORMATION TOOLS
by Christine Sherborne
There are natural laws of the universe, which govern the way that everything behaves. One law which is very powerful, is The Law of Attraction, which says that “we attract to ourselves that which we most focus upon and feel deeply about, whether positive or negative”.
This book will introduce you to practical tools which are designed to work with the law of attraction and other natural laws, to enable you to take advantage of them, aligning your life with them, instead of trying to fight against them.
If used as suggested these tools will help you to manage your life, dealing with and rising above obstacles and problems, and enabling you to work towards the life you desire, bringing peace, balance and success in every area of your life.
The Law of Attraction works whether you believe it or not, attracting into your life the things you hold in your thoughts. If you constantly expect bad things to happen to you, and are always worrying about them, your thoughts are always full of those negative things. Your thoughts then become a self fulfilling prophesy. Whereas if you can keep your thoughts focused on your goals and where you want to go, then the Law of Attraction works with your subconscious mind to bring that about.
It is not always easy to control your thoughts and emotions, keeping them focused on your dreams and desires rather than on your problems and fears. This book will give you techniques which are designed to help you learn to focus your thoughts, dwelling on your desires and goals, in order to activate the law of attraction in your favor.
They gradually help you to learn to align your feelings and emotions with the life you want, strongly imagining that life and all the steps towards achieving it, dismissing from your thoughts the negative and destructive ideas which lead you towards the life you don’t want.
These tools really work if used as described, and if you persist. It isn’t necessary for me to explain in depth why these tools work, but you can prove them to yourself by accepting that they will work, start to use them, and monitor the results over time. Put them into practice and marvel as your desires start to appear into your life.
Everything that has been created by man started with a thought. Before Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, he first created the design in his mind, together with the steps necessary to create it. He planned it out, producing sketches of various parts beforehand, changing them till he was satisfied with them, so that by the time he was actually working, he was following the path he had already created in his mind, bringing it into reality. Therefore, the Sistine Chapel ceiling began as thought, strongly imagined in detail, planned out and brought to reality.
Thoughts are very powerful, and control the way we understand the world around us. They are particularly powerful if aligned with strong emotion. If you don’t believe this is so, think about someone you know who is always ‘up tight’ and tense. People around that person sense the negativity being put out by them, and interact with them accordingly. How many times have you heard “be careful around so-and-so, because they are very prickly today”?
Thoughts are the precursor and filter for all your actions, coloring the way you react to outside influences, and the way that the world interacts with you. Everyone, to some extent, creates their own reality, by reason of the way they see the world, filtered through their own understanding and past experiences. This affects the way you react to the world and people about you, and thus the way they interact with you.
Your subconscious mind is very powerful. It works with whatever is fed into it, processing it and feeding back the results to your conscious mind. Your reality is whatever your subconscious mind thinks it should be, and it constantly works towards changing the outside world to align it with your imagination. Whatever you focus on strongly with emotion, you eventually bring about, because your subconscious mind is working to align the outside world with the feelings and emotions you have internally, bringing it to reality.
The total sum of your lives up until this point is made up of every single thought and emotion that you have allowed into your mind, the way it has influenced your reactions to other people and situations, and thus the impact those situations have had on you.
William Shakespeare said:
“Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
If you don’t like your life as it is, then you have to change your thinking. Your thoughts influence your own perception of the world and other people. If you are constantly telling yourself that you are worthless and cannot do anything worthwhile, your subconscious mind works to make that a reality, affecting your behavior to balance your actions to bring about what you expect.
Conversely, if your perception of yourself is that you are capable and well able to deal with any circumstances, then your subconscious mind will work to bring that about also, affecting your reactions to outside influences, ensuring that your expectations are fulfilled.
You may not be aware of the way you normally think. Your self perception is built up over time, and becomes so much a part of your personality, unless you actually examine it objectively or with the help of someone close, it doesn’t occur to you that it could be changed. You may even believe that you have no control over the thoughts that come into your mind, but if you spent a day concentrating on your thoughts, noting them down and deciding whether they are positive or negative, you would begin to see the subjects that you mostly focus on. Those subjects often consist of our daily worries and concerns and are very negative.
The law of attraction states that “we attract to ourselves that which we most focus upon and feel deeply about, whether positive or negative”, so that what ever you strongly think about most, what ever you focus on with emotion, eventually becomes your reality. If most of your thoughts are negative and based upon your problems, then that is the type of life that you are creating for yourself. This means that if your life is full of problems, it is entirely within your power to change it.
You may say to me, how can I control my thoughts? This book will provide you with tools which with practice will enable you to direct your thoughts, helping you to focus positively. When you take control of your thoughts you can create for yourself a successful and exciting life.
THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF THOUGHT
The most important tools you need are the ones which control your thinking and emotions. Whatever you hold in your mind and believe strongly, with passion, will be manifested in your life.
As a matter of fact, the more emotion that you put into your thinking, the greater effect it has. Your mind is very powerful. Your conscious and sub-conscious minds work together, the conscious mind feeds the sub-conscious with information, which it then works on before feeding it back to the conscious mind. Strong emotion makes those thoughts more powerful, producing the energy or vibration that transmits your desires to the world around you. These vibrations are detected by outside influences, attracting similar energy which is then drawn back to you.
When you hold something strongly in your conscious mind, your sub-conscious mind works on that thought, to produce a result. It is like programming a computer – your thought is the data input and your sub-conscious is the computer program which works on that data. It doesn’t know what the data is, but processes it as it has been programmed to do.
Similarly, your sub-conscious doesn’t question the input, it just uses it and tries to make sense of it, trying to produce a balance between the inner perception and reality. Like an auto pilot, you place a request with your thought, and your mind goes to work to deliver that which you have requested.
Be specific with your requests. If you are looking for a new relationship, for instance, consider carefully the attributes that you would like that person to have. Make a list, repeatedly look at it and speak out your request.
If it’s a new home that you would like, study the market and type of homes that attract you. Cut out pictures of your perfect house. Visualize the images and imagine living in that house. Go and visit those types of houses. Pray as you walk around the building and claim that house or something better, as your own.
It may be that you would like to get rid of conflict in your family or workplace. Imagine that place and the people involved having harmony and peace. Speak out words of calm and peace.
Don’t give up too easily. These processes can take time. Remember that in order for your desires to come to fruition it may mean lots of circumstances in other peoples’ lives have to change as well. You must practice the tools provided many times a day.
This is not as difficult as it sounds. Get into the habit of examining your thoughts, and bring them back to the matter or situation that you are working on. Write down affirmations and look at them often during the day and last thing at night before you go to sleep.
Lao-Tse said: “Knowing others is intelligence, knowing yourself is true wisdom. mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
THE POWER OF EMOTIONS
As we said before, the power of thought is amplified by using strong emotions when you think. . The law of attraction states that whatever you focus on with strong emotion will manifest itself into your life. Therefore, it is important to control not only your thoughts but also your emotions.
Again you may be asking yourself “how on earth do I control my emotions?” Controlling your emotions is easy when you have the right tools to do so. The first step in controlling your strong feelings is to learn to control your thoughts. The thought is directed into your mind by using the tools, and then the emotion follows.
Can you imagine your life, if you could create your own success, and feel fulfilled, excited and happy? By learning these tools you will be able to achieve exactly the life you want. When you consciously direct your thoughts and emotions you can choose your future and control exactly the things that you wish to be in your life.
You want to feel good about yourself – it’s human nature. Unfortunately, very often you don’t, because you allow negative thoughts into your mind. These thoughts feed upon themselves, spiral out of control and produce even more unhappy thoughts. When you find this happening you need to recognize it, and stop the process.
For instance, you may wave to a friend across the street, and it seems to you that they completely ignore you. You start to feel upset, what is wrong with them? Before you know it your thoughts have continued downwards until you think that they no longer like you, or you have done something to offend them. However, the truth of the matter is that they simply didn’t see you.
Do you find yourself acting in this way? It is human nature to fill in the gaps when we haven’t got the full picture. Nevertheless, very often the scenario that you imagine is inaccurate, and you find yourself going down the negative route. If you assume that you know the truth of a situation, then as with the word assume, you make an ass out of you and me.
Your perception of yourself is colored by self-talk. If you can control your self-talk, making it positive and complimentary instead of negative and derogatory, you will improve your own self-image. Always imagine the best, and although it may not always be correct, your emotional state will be much healthier at the end.
In all situations try to find the positive. Always look for the good in the situation, and you will feel better and be more able to deal with it successfully. Then you will have moved yourself towards the future you want, instead of falling back into the bad old habits.
What is the point of thinking in a way that is depressing and makes you feel worse? Think of situations where you have assumed the worst, and you have been completely wrong. You may have spent days or even weeks being upset, only to find that you have the wrong end of the stick.
So one of the first things to learn is to monitor your thoughts and choose the ones which make you feel good. You can only feel good emotions to the extent that you allow uplifting thoughts to stay in your mind, and get rid of the negative. To do this, acknowledge the negative idea, then gently let it go. You can even thank it for its input but then say “no thank you” and immediately replace it with a more uplifting thought.
Next, you must understand that you have no control over other people’s actions. If you take on other people’s problems and try to solve them, you are allowing them to control you. You are responsible for your own happiness, and they are responsible for theirs. By taking on their problems you make yourself unhappy, a negative emotion which then affects you in other areas of your life.
Others would love you to take their burdens on your shoulders as it relieves them of their responsibility, improving their emotional state. Even if you spend a lot of time and emotional energy trying to solve their problems, you have no control over what they eventually decide to do. Therefore, why expend the energy? Remember, you are responsible for your own journey.
Remember also, that the problems other people have are ones that they have attracted to themselves.
This doesn’t mean that you don’t assist others where and when you can, but that you help them to help themselves. That is similar to teaching some-one how to fish, instead of just giving them a fish. The law of giving is vital for you to receive.
William James, the American psychologist and philosopher, said: “If an unusual necessity forces us onward, a surprising thing occurs. The fatigue gets worse up to a certain point, when, gradually or suddenly, it passes away and we are fresher than before! We have evidently tapped a new level of energy. There may be layer after layer of this experience, a third and fourth wind. We find amounts of ease and power that we never dreamed ourselves to own, sources of strength habitually not taxed, because habitually we never push through the obstruction of fatigue”
Each time you strongly imagine having or being something, it is the same as placing an order on the Universe. You set up a vibration that moves out into the world and draws that desire to you. Your subconscious mind is very much like a computer. By placing your order with confidence, you believe, so your subconscious mind has no doubts, and works to produce that order for you. Therefore you can see it is of the highest importance what orders you are placing by the thoughts you are thinking.
Someone once said, Take time to think…it is the source of power. Take time to play…it is the secret of perpetual youth. Take time to read…it is the fountain of wisdom. Take time to pray….it is the greatest power on earth. Take time to laugh…it is the music of the soul. Take time to give…it is too short a day to be selfish.
Make sure your thoughts are the ones that you want to come into your reality. If you are thinking: “I hate doing this job, but I’ll never get a better one”, “I hate being over weight but I’ve tried dieting, and it never works”, then by focusing on those thoughts, you are concentrating on the things you don’t want, so that is exactly what you will get and perpetuate.
However, if you are believing: “I am a lucky person, everything goes right for me”, or “I’m always successful”, then that will be your reality. Carefully choose the orders that you place on the universe, by monitoring and choosing positive thoughts.
It is not just a new way of thinking that you want to achieve, but a way of reaching your goals, planning, and bringing to fruition all of your dreams.
Emerson said, “Great men, are those who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world”.
Some tools which will help you to achieve your dreams are listed as follows:
CREATING A BOOK OF GOALS
WRITING A STORY
DIRECTING YOUR DREAMS
THE POWER OF APPRECIATION
UHE POWER OF PRAYER
SPEAK IT INTO BEING
THE POWER OF MEDITATION
GAIN MORE TIME
PROGRAMMING WITH VISUALIZATION
LETTING GO OF YOUR PAST
CREATING A FEEL GOOD BOX
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
USING THOUGHT ANCHORS
CREATING A SANCTUARY
EFFECTIVE LIST MAKING
THE MOVIE STUDIO TECHNIQUE
GETTING RID OF CLUTTER
GETTING ON TOP OF PROCRASTINATION
ACQUIRING FORE KNOWLEDGE
LIFTING UP YOUR EMOTIONS
LET ME EXPAND ON EACH ONE:
CREATING A BOOK OF GOALS
Before you can start moving towards the goals that you would like to achieve, you need to know what those goals are. A fun way help you to discover your goals is to make a goal book. First of all, look through magazines and find pictures of things that you would like. It may be a beautiful house, a red sports car, an exciting relationship, or a piece of jewelry that you have always dreamt of owning.
When you cut out the pictures, paste them to a larger piece of paper and put them in your goal book. On the bottom of each page write a sentence “this or something better”
You can have lots of fun with this, don’t limit yourself, the sky is the limit. There may be other things that you can add into your goal book, such as pictures of people or places that you would like to visit some day.
WRITING A STORY
You can write an essay about your life, not as it is now but how you would like it to be in the future. In this story where the hero is you, you can be and do anything you like. For instance, write about an imaginary journey, consider a place that you have always longed to visit, and write about every step of the journey.
You may like to write that you travel first class, you choose the best hotels in which to stay, and you pack your Gucci suitcases with exquisite clothes.
Be the hero in your story. Write down exactly what you would to have, own, or be. Think about who you would like to share your life with. You can even write out what the perfect day would be for you. Maybe you would start your day off with a swim in a warm blue ocean, then taking breakfast overlooking the beach.
Let your imagination run wild and remember that which you most think about with emotion, comes to fruition eventually.
DIRECTING YOUR DREAMS
Before you go to sleep at night you can program your subconscious mind to dream the dream that you wish. Many of us do this unconsciously, by thinking of our worries as we fall asleep, resulting in a restless night, and sometimes nightmares.
But if you direct your dreams, you can make them a powerful tool to solve problems or to reinforce the future that you want. Simply tell your subconscious mind that you’re looking for an answer to a particular problem, or about that you would like to dream.
As you are falling to sleep, direct your mind to think of a question or situation for which you require an answer or direction, something pleasant, or something you desire. Start the dream off consciously, putting yourself in the place, with the people and feeling the emotions that you want to experience. Even as you begin to fall asleep you will find that you can focus on the picture you have chosen, gently bringing your mind back towards that picture as it starts to wander. The more you practice this the easier it gets.
When dreaming, whilst expecting an answer to a problem, be patient. The answer may take several days to arrive. When dreaming about the future that you would like to create, be as specific as possible.
Always remember to have a pad and pen by your bed to record your first thoughts and impressions as you wake.
A word of caution here. Really think about all aspects of the life scenario that you are creating. Is it really for your good? Think about how it will affect your family and friends, will it change your relationships with them? It is always a good idea when programming your mind to dream to add the words “This or something better” and “For the good of all concerned”
Woodrow Wilson said: “All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of the spring day, or in the red fire of the long winter’s evening. Some of us let great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them, nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the Sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that they dreams will come true.”
THE POWER OF APPRECIATION
It is difficult to draw better things to you if you do not appreciate the good things you already have. You may be so used to thinking about what you don’t have that you have forgotten the many blessings that you do have. I know that some of you will be saying ‘what do I have to be appreciative about?’ Even so, every one of us has lots to appreciate in our lives. Firstly, you woke up this morning, some people didn’t. You have a roof over your head, and food in your stomach, many people do not.
Think about each area of your life, your environment, your relationships, your work, and your health. Mentally make a list of all the things that you appreciate in each of these areas. There will be many more than you first thought. When you show appreciation for the life you have at this point, you raise your vibration, and this will attract more to you that you can appreciate.
Start an appreciation journal and each day write down three things that you really value. As time goes on you will find more and more to appreciate. When you appreciate what you have you naturally draw more of the same to you.
Don’t get so caught up in your destination that you forget to appreciate the journey, especially the goodness of the people you meet on the way. Appreciation is a wonderful feeling, don’t overlook it.
USING AFFIRMATIONS TO RE-PROGRAM YOUR MIND
Affirmations are statements spoken aloud with passion and conviction. They should be in the present tense and should be said using the, “I” statement. Carefully word the phrases that you use, to make them effective. There are free affirmations on our website for examples, and you can make up new ones to suit your situation, and what you are trying to draw into your life.
They should be realistic, but not limiting. For instance, you would be foolish to use a phrase such as: ‘I will become a brain surgeon within six months’ but one such as ‘my perfect occupation is opening up to me now’ The secret to moving the energy of the universe is to say each affirmation strongly, with emotion and faith.
The spoken word is very powerful. Be careful what you say, and think before you speak, as you could be unleashing forces for both good and bad by those words. Make sure the words you use are positive, and will move you closer to your dreams. Don’t forget that words spoken out cannot be taken back. Words spoken in anger can harm another person, and whether they were meant or not, will affect that person greatly. When talking to or about other people, be sure to use uplifting and encouraging words. Have a spirit of blessings and peace towards them.
When you meet people who you don’t like or who upset you, silently send them harmonious thoughts and wish them a good life. You will often be surprised how this turns the situation around as they subconsciously pick up on the thought vibrations that you send them.
Use the power of affirmations, start today, and be amazed at the results!
THE POWER OF PRAYER
Prayer is conversing with a higher power. I call that power God. Prayer has been tested and proven to work over the years, in many scientific studies.
One study was done on heart patients. Some of the patients were prayed for by people outside the hospital and the others were not. Even though the patients who received prayer had no idea they were being prayed for, they showed a marked improvement and survival rate over the patients who received no prayer.
Only prayer that results in good for you will be answered. Sometimes you may pray for something that unknown to you could be detrimental in the future. You may then assume that your prayer has not been answered, but when you look back in hind-sight, you often find that it was answered in a different way than you thought. Usually with far better results than the ones you originally prayed about.
You must believe and have faith that your prayers will be heard and answered. You can have this faith, because prayer has been proven to work, and even if you don’t believe in a Higher power, it can work in the same way as affirmations, by impressing those desires on your sub-conscious mind, which then goes into action to bring the desired results.
You will be amazed at the situations and circumstances that can be turned around miraculously.
Lord Tennyson said: “more things are bought by prayer than this world dreams of”
SPEAK IT INTO BEING
Words have creative power. They are energy and vibrate throughout the universe, through the power of our minds. Curses and Blessings are brought into existence by the spoken word, and you can bring curses on yourself when you say things, like ‘I don’t succeed at anything’. You can bring blessings on yourself when you use positive words and sayings, and speak out affirmations.
Become aware of the words that come out of your mouth and learn to control them. Speak good things into your life and build yourself up.
Eileen Caddy said: “The secret of making something work in your lives is first of all, the deep desire to make it work; and then the faith and belief that it can work; then to hold back clear and definite position in your consciousness and see it working out step-by-step, without one thought of doubt or disbelief.”
Meditation is sometimes feared and not fully understood, but it merely means pondering, thinking deeply, concentrating the mind on one thing, or serious study of one subject. Meditation takes practice in focusing your mind so that all the interference of outside thoughts are thrust out, enabling you to concentrate on one thing.
Meditation assists you to centre and quiet your mind. It can help you to find answers and direction for your life, by allowing your mind to utilize more of its immense power, without the constant interference of normal ‘background noise’. The sub-conscious and super-conscious mind is allowed peace to do what they do best, working in the background.
Meditation offers you serenity and relaxation, a time out from the stresses of modern day life, allowing your body and mind a chance to repair the damage caused by normal living.
There are many simple methods of meditation. I have found that the best way is to close my eyes and imagine a flame. I watch this flame and repeat in my mind or out loud a word, such as peace or love. As the clutter of the outside world becomes quiet, I often receive a special insight or direction to take.
WORDS TO MEDITATE ON
The following statements can help bring changes into many areas of your life. They will give you an idea of the way that you can phrase your own creative words to manifest the changes you wish for.
I flow with the stream of life. I accept the good the flows to me. I am never in lack as the blessings of the Universe flow in an endless stream as I expect and accept them.
In every area of my life, I achieve success and happiness. I am a magnet for the blessings of the universe. Good fortune is attracted to me in a constant stream.
Peace and comfort settle within me. They are my constant companions. I can be peaceful in every situation as I know all the goodness of the universe is flowing to me.
In every moment my life is complete. God’s love is constantly streaming towards me and through me. I lack nothing.
Through the power of my words, I can prosper and reach the dreams of my heart. My words and thoughts draw all that I need, in an endless flow.
I am protected completely. Nothing and no-one can hurt me as I bathe in the security of the universe. All that happens is for my good and the good of others around me.
THE VALUE OF TIME
An unknown author wrote an important message for you to understand the value of time. It goes like this:
Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400.
It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day.
What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!
Each of us has such a bank. It’s name is TIME.
Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to good purpose.
It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.”
You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success! The clock is running. Make the most of today.
To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE-SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time.
Remember that time waits for no one. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present!
GAIN MORE TIME
To move forward in life, you need to spend more time on what matters and reduce a lot of time wasting activities. Use your time to learn more about subjects which are useful to you. If you improve your knowledge, you will advance in your career, or if you don’t work, you may study subjects which can be useful to you in other ways, such as cooking. The important thing is not to waste time, but use it to the best advantage.
There are lots of ways that you can gain more time to help you move forward in life. Firstly, reduce or stop completely the time you spend watching television. Try to live without TV for a week and see how much more you can achieve. Another great time waster is reading magazines. Most of the content is not very useful and consists of gossip about people that have nothing to do with your life. Instead, increase your knowledge with books that will move you forward to realizing your dreams.
PROGRAMMING WITH VISUALIZATION
Your subconscious mind can’t distinguish between reality and what you imagine with feeling. This fact makes visualization a fantastic tool to program yourself to perform well in areas you want to improve. You can even use this tool to reprogram past events that have left hurtful memories, and change the way you feel and react to them now.
For instance, if you are still suffering from a past hurt you can find healing by visualizing the past situation, but in your mind change the ending to one that you can accept and be happy about.
The secret for this tool to be effective is to be in a state of relaxation and try to really experience the emotions, colors, smells and sounds of the situation you are creating or changing.
Most successful athletes use this method to improve their future performances. They visualize performing their sport in the optimum way, right through every detail. A runner will see themselves running the race, right from the start, through every step to the winning post. Jumpers, swimmers, gymnasts, all use visualization in their training, to achieve their best results, so that when they actually perform, they are repeating exactly what they have planned.
LETTING GO OF YOUR PAST
It is essential to live in the now. The only reality is this present moment, and if you don’t live your life in the here and now, you lose, because you are wasting time which you cannot recoup. You must learn to let go of your past, in order to recover from it. If you are reliving all your old mistakes, you are wasting your life, for no reason. You have to make the decision to let go of all your past errors, learn from them, but live now.
If this is hard for you to do, use the movie technique to re-live the event and then change the ending to one that you can feel comfortable with. Remember that the sub-conscious mind cannot tell reality from the new powerfully imagined ending that you choose to give that situation now. Use this technique until the event is comfortable for you, and you feel able to let it go and move on with your life. Every day is the first day of your future. Every day can be a new start for you and a fresh beginning to the rest of your life.
CREATING A FEEL GOOD BOX
This tool is something you need to have prepared in advance, and perhaps changed and modified over the years as you have matured.
Take a special container such as a decorative box or chest and begin to fill it with items that are uplifting and special to you. Items that you may like to place in the box would be a special book that really spoke to your spirit in the past. It could be a special CD to listen to, a poem or photographs of loved ones. You could include birthday cards or uplifting notes that you have received during the years. A small plaque with your favorite affirmation printed on, or a DVD that really changes your energy beneficially. You may have letters that show you how much someone cares for you to re-read.
You will know what the special contents of the box will be as they will be special to you. Choose that distinctive container and start your special feel good collection today!
There are times when even though you have tried to keep your thoughts positive and focused on what you want to attract into your life, you just get down and find it very hard to keep your spirits up and focused positively. When you are feeling low you can open this box and use the contents to lift up your spirits and give you a new and positive focus on life.
Writing a personal journal can be helpful in many ways. You can use it as a way of clarifying your thoughts, or releasing the past and negative emotions. It can be a source of inspiration when you use it to record answers to prayer, goals achieved and to list things that you are grateful for.
Using it to record your prayer requests and answers to prayer can be particularly uplifting. When you are feeling low you simply look at your past entries to see how your prayers have been answered, how they have uplifted you and blessed you. When you know that your prayers have been answered in the past, you will believe they will in the future.
When you record troubling thoughts of the past you can use your journal to re frame the events and put past events into prospective for you. Listing each emotion you have daily enables you to slowly change your negative attitudes to positive ones, by showing you the attitudes that you consistently hold. You can read them and release them to the Universe, letting them go.
Decisions become easier for you when you write down challenges that need to be solved and directions that you could take. As you write them ask for them to be resolved, and within a short time the decision that is best for you will be manifest.
USING THE EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
Emotional Freedom Technique is another tool you can use to get rid of negative and destructive thoughts and emotions in a very easy way. The technique can also be used to build up a new way of thinking with a very little effort.
This simple technique consists of tapping areas of your face and body (Acupuncture points) whilst you reprogram your thoughts, by concentrating on the words that you use whilst tapping. This technique is excellent for any emotional problem and also for physical healing.
This system has many, many uses. It can be used for physical or emotional healing, removing blockages you may have from years ago which may be stopping you making progress, and it is the best tool to eliminate any negative barriers which could be holding you back.
If you have had some bad experiences in your past which still cause you problems, then this technique is ideal for you. You can visit EFT practitioners, who are trained to heal many conditions, or you can learn the technique easily and use it on yourself.
I really encourage you to try it. This technique has been extremely successful for so many people, and even if you are a bit skeptical to start with, give it a go, and I believe that you will be pleasantly surprised!
HYPNOSIS CHANGES YOUR THINKING
Hypnosis has been used for many years as a tool for reprogramming your subconscious mind. There are many good tapes or CDs available on the market for a variety of subjects. If you can’t find the right one that addresses your problem, we would encourage you to make your own, so that you receive exactly the information that would be best for you. Furthermore, the sound of your own voice can make the recording more effective for you.
It is like self talk, after all, that you use constantly day and night. If the self talk is carefully worded and listened to via a recording it will help change your thinking so much quicker.
Colourstory produces a collection of very effective hypnosis CDs called the Quantum Factor Life Enhancement Series. A full description can be found at www.colourstory.com.
It is easier than you may suppose to hypnotize yourself. After all, hypnosis is only allowing your subconscious mind to receive suggestions by quieting down your conscious mind. This is done through a process of relaxation and letting go of the present input from your surroundings.
It doesn’t have to be a complicated process and can be likened to the state of mind that you find yourself in just before you fall to sleep. In the half awakening state your subconscious mind is open to accepting new suggestions.
Begin by making yourself really comfortable. Lying down, supported by soft pillows in a dimly lit room is ideal. Focus your eyes on a spot across the room until you feel your eye lids begin to close. Repeat this several times, whilst breathing deeply and regularly. Your breath should last longer on the out breath than when breathing in. This allows your chest area and arms to naturally relax. If your mind seems active, overcome this by slowing repeating to yourself – r-e-l-a-x
Don’t worry about whether you believe you are in a state of hypnosis or not, it really doesn’t matter. Just the fact of acting as if you are, is enough for your subconscious mind to accept that fact.
After a few minutes of relaxation begin to say to yourself out loud in a soft gentle voice the messages that you wish to impart to your subconscious mind. Say words along the lines of the affirmations you would normally use. Make the words in the present and first person, worded in such a way that your conscious mind isn’t tempted to argue with them.
A similar state can be achieved by using the progressive relaxation technique of fixing your mind upon each muscle group and tightening and relaxing each muscle until you have completed them all, again using the long out breath to accelerate the process.
For an even quicker technique use the time just before you fall to sleep or when you are in a half wakening state to repeat your suggestions to yourself.
Practice these self hypnosis techniques often, using short affirmations on one subject at a time. Preferably decide on one area of your life that you are trying to improve and use the appropriate affirmations for perhaps a few weeks before moving on to a different subject. This will give your subconscious mind time to assimilate the message and act upon it.
USING THOUGHT ANCHORS TO CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOR
Thought anchors are a physical way of reminding yourself to think in a particular way. For instance, if you have to give a public talk, you may want to have an anchor to help you to relax and have confidence.
You do this by putting together the middle fingertip and thumb on both hands, pressing them together. As you press the fingertips together firmly, you say out loud and with feeling “I am relaxed and speak out confidently and with passion”, at the same time imagining yourself standing in front of your audience and giving an excellent presentation.
You need to do this quite a few times in a relaxed posture until your brain has anchored these thoughts and feelings to the physical action of pressing the fingertips together. When it is time for your speech, merely press the fingers together, and your brain will bring back the feeling, and you will be able to speak out with confidence.
Thought anchors could also be used in many other situations. For instance, if you are addicted to chocolate and trying to lose weight, you could imagine yourself as slim, and use words such, as ‘I don’t need to eat right away’ and ‘I always choose food that nourishes my body’. The possibilities are endless.
Use your imagination when deciding upon a thought anchor. The anchor could be an imaginary bracelet on your wrist or an actual object like the fridge door. Each time you touch your wrist or the fridge door you will bring to mind the thought that you embedded into that object originally.
Choose the real or imagined object. Relax. Choose the thought that you wish to be reminded of and repeat it slowly, with feeling, until your brain begins to associate that thought to that object.
Christopher Morley said: “there is only one success —- to be able to spend your life in your own way.”
CREATING SAFE HAVENS – SANCTUARIES
Sanctuaries are quiet, peaceful and comfortable places where you can completely relax, get away from the noise of everyday living, and allow your mind to work quietly on positive information.
Ideally, a sanctuary should be in your own home, a place where you can feel safe and secure, and where you can control access. When you are decorating your home and buying furniture, consider the effect they will have. Is your house itself in a quiet area, is it light and uplifting? Are the colors peaceful and the items you surround yourself with giving a positive message? It may be that you are only able to create one corner of your home where you can sit peacefully and quietly. If this is the case you should take special care that this area is reflective of your inner spirit.
If you are unable to physically create a sanctuary, it is possible, with practice, to create a sanctuary in your own mind, which can give you an instant place of peace which allows you to retreat to it at any time.
Using your imagination, you can create the sanctuary in stages until the whole place is built. Firstly, relax, close your eyes and begin to build in your imagination. Create an entrance to your sanctuary, a doorway or maybe a marble stairway. The place could be a house, a room, or a forest glade. Then you furnish it with a couch to recline on or maybe a soft bed of feathers. I believe you get the idea! This may take many sessions to build your sanctuary exactly as you want it. But remember you can always make changes or a new one. The only limitation is your imagination. Happy building!
WAYS TO USE YOUR SANCTUARY
Your sanctuary is not just a place to rest, it is a place where you can create, heal, and find solutions to problems.
In your sanctuary, you can have special rooms, as many or as few as you would like. Remember this is your special place, and you can build it exactly as you wish. To use your sanctuary as a place of creation, you can have a room that is your movie theater, as explained a little further on.
For instance, you can have a room that you may call “the healing room.” In this room, you can place a bed and chair. To use this room, you imagine that you are lying on the bed, and you invite a special healer to enter the room. The healer sits in the chair beside you, and you tell him your symptoms. He may then place his hands upon you to affect healing, or he may tell you what you must do to improve your condition. Always remember that self-healing isn’t meant to replace the medical profession. Visit the doctor or hospital when you need to, using the healing power of your thoughts to support their medical advice.
This is only a suggestion, as you can direct the theater of your mind in any way you wish.
Another room could be an office, in which you may place a desk and chair and a filing cabinet. The filing cabinet is a very special one, for in this cabinet is contained all the information that is available in the world. In order to access this information you only have to consider your problem and trust that the answer lies within the cabinet. Then see yourself taking out a file, opening the file, and trust that the answer can be read within. This may take a little practice, but if you believe the process as you carry it out, you are accessing your subconscious mind, to release the answers that already lie within, and you will quickly learn it.
You could create a costume room. This room has a large wardrobe, which is full of costumes that represent different areas of your life. The idea of this room is to try out ideas to see if you’d like them. For instance, you may be considering taking on a new job, say as a fire officer. You could then access the wardrobe and put on the fireman’s outfit and see how it feels. You could then go into your movie room and watch relevant scenes to see if you should take the job or not, depending on how you feel.
These examples only give you a few ideas of what you can do. There is no limit to your imagination, and you can have lots of fun with this.
THE MOVIE STUDIO OF YOUR MIND
Mental movies are fun and give you the opportunity to experience life in ways that you wouldn’t or couldn’t do in the physical realm. Remember that because your sub-conscious mind cannot tell the difference, everything that you think about, meditate on or dream about, utilizing your emotions, sense of smell, hearing and colours, appears to be as real as if you were actually experiencing them.
Begin by relaxing in a deep armchair, with your eyes closed. Make sure you are comfortable, steady your breathing, and relax your muscles one by one. When you are quite relaxed, imagine that you are sitting in a cinema, looking at the large screen in front of you. Now you are free to begin your own personal movie. Just as you can lose yourself in a good film at the cinema, so it is possible to do the same in your own imaginary movie.
One of my favorite imaginary movies features me as an ice-skating star. In my mind I see myself up on the screen, dressed in a beautiful skating dress, with my favorite music playing. I can effortlessly perform axles and pirouettes, and glide over the ice as if I am flying. After ten minutes in my own private world, I feel a sense of joy and freedom, and feel refreshed, all from my armchair at home.
This technique can also be used for solving problems and for focusing your mind on your goals and desires. Use this method to try out different situations that may arise in the future. For example, if you were going for a job interview, see the entire interview unfold on the imaginary screen before you. Of course you will be directing this movie and the entire interview will go exactly as you wish and the outcome will be the one you desire it to be.
We learn in many ways, but the best learning techniques use multiple reinforcement. We learn visually, by doing, by adding to what we already know, and we learn things easily which are relevant to us at this time in our lives. This tool and the following one use both visual and action techniques to assist you to concentrate the mind, whilst working on something which is relevant and of interest to you at this time.
Visual stimulation is the most powerful memory tool. One way to use visual stimulation to program your subconscious mind is to create a chart to illustrate visually the area that you are working on.
This technique can be used for solving problems, making decisions, and even programming your sub-conscious mind to work on your goals and aspirations. For instance, you may wish for a lovely home, new job, car or new relationship. Search magazines, newspapers or books for pictures that show your ideal requirements and paste these onto a large chart that is positioned where you will see it often. Each time you pass the chart look at the pictures closely and bring them to life in your imagination. In your mind brighten the colors, smell the new leather and hear sounds or voices that bring the item or situation vividly to mind.
For solving problems, use the chart to detail all the information you have about the problem, and then put all the potential solutions you can think of on the chart. In the same way, use the chart over a period, and your sub-conscious mind will work for you to produce a solution.
EFFECTIVE LIST MAKING
This is also an action, and to a lesser degree a visual tool, working on currently relevant information in your life. Lists can be used in the same way as the chart, using columns instead of charts.
For finding answers to problems or challenges, use one column for all known details of the problem. Then start new columns for the steps required for each of the solutions you know about at this moment. Writing it down frees your mind so that it doesn’t have to keep remembering the problem, but is freed up to consider different solutions. As with the chart, leave it in some prominent place where you can see it easily, and ensure that you look at it several times each day.
As your sub-conscious mind absorbs the information in the lists, it will gradually work on it to produce other solutions, and you will find that in a very short time you will have at least one, possibly several, solutions which were not available to you at the time of writing the list.
Lists can also be used for working on your goals and desires. Write down as much information as you have at the time, making sure it is as detailed as possible. As you think of further information, add it to the list, again freeing your mind to come up with solutions rather than the desire.
Lists can be used as a basis for prayer, using affirmations and visualizations. When you have created the list, read it through several times a day and always last thing at night before you fall to sleep, directing your sub-conscious mind to process the information whilst you are asleep, and come up with an answer.
All of us have experienced at some time a hunch, an inner sense, a flash of knowledge or inner knowing. This is intuition. It can be triggered by your natural senses, some of which may have developed more than others.
These senses can detect minute changes in air pressure, aromas which are so diluted as to be almost non-existent, tiny changes in light etc. As a result, your hunch can be initiated by your physical senses picking up on something in your surroundings, memories of a past experience, or maybe a fleeting expression that crosses the face of a stranger that you have just met.
You may decide that you don’t like some-one, or that they are lying to you, by unconsciously picking up on something which is showing their true nature. Paying attention to this quick insight, developing and honing this gift, can serve you in many situations in the future.
Intuition is also spiritual. Your inner essence, your immortal soul, is sensitive to atmospheres which you may not detect physically. Other people’s spirits can be sensed by your spirit, connecting to the real nature of the person, not the outer veneer which they project. This information can be felt in the form of a deep internal perception, or inner knowing, or ideas which come into your mind independently.
The information may be in the form of symbols or images, it may be straight forward, such as an inner voice that says to you don’t go there or do that. You can even have dreams, in which revelations are made to you, which you find out are relevant to the situation you are presently involved in. You know that it is your intuition, instinct or sixth sense when you know things that intellectually you couldn’t know otherwise, especially fore knowledge.
The way to develop and use your natural intuitive ability is to begin with noticing the feelings and hunches that come to you throughout the day. Try them out in small ways and as you see the help that the intuitive messages give you, then begin to trust them for more important decisions or knowledge.
Ask yourself questions, which your sub-conscious mind will work on, and wait expectantly for an answer. If you are unsure ask for confirmation in the form of further questions. Be aware of your feelings and thoughts when you meet new people or are put in a new situation. Ask for direction and then note when you receive an inexplicable knowing that feels right to you.
Try keeping notes of the guidance you receive and see if a theme or general direction arises. In your journal make notes when you have followed your intuition and how the situation turned out. In these ways you will gain confidence and be able to use this useful gift. Intuition is all about feelings. If you feel peaceful, go ahead, but if you feel doubts and unease it is the wrong choice.
Someone once said that, intuition is a truth that arrives in the mind unbidden.
Too often you can look to other people to tell you how you should think and feel, because of lack of confidence. Why give your power away to others? Develop an inner trust by knowing that you are the author of your own life. You can decide to be happy, and outside circumstances only have power over your happiness if you allow them. You already are a complete and competent person, and you must learn to trust yourself. You already are capable of following your intuition and instincts, and choosing the rights paths for your future.
In order for you to take this truth to heart you need to remember that you have the power within you to choose your optimum life. Whatever has happened in the past is completely gone, and today is a new day. When you nurture yourself, love yourself and take care of your needs, you then have the strength and courage to trust your inner self.
When you have knowledge of who you are, when you know your strengths and weaknesses then you can trust your decisions. Take time to repeatedly observe your impact on others and adapt your interaction accordingly. Take time to know what is important to you, and build up your confidence in yourself.
GET RID OF CLUTTER
The law of vacuum states, that you cannot draw anything new into your life, unless you create a vacuum or space for it. A simple example would be, to clean out your wardrobe of all the clothes that are old or don’t fit and then a new wardrobe of clothes will be drawn to you.
A cluttered home or office will stop you from being creative and moving forward, make creativity difficult. Make a plan to clean up your environment. Tidy one room or even one drawer at a time until your home and workplace are completely organized. Then you will feel happier in your environment, and have room for creative flow, allowing good ideas to arrive easily.
GETTING ON TOP OF PROCRASTINATION
Is procrastination one of your problems? Do you put off jobs when they seem just too big and impossible to complete, so that they fester and become more and more of a problem?
When a project looks overwhelming, break it down into smaller tasks, by writing one page per day, make five phone calls from your list each day, or start saving for your dream trip one day at a time. Divide your tasks into ten minute time blocks. Most people can work on something for ten minutes.
Prioritize! Do the important or unpleasant jobs before the ones that are more appealing. This will make you feel good about yourself and stop you being in a constant state of anxiety. Again, disagreeable jobs can often be broken down into smaller segments. If for instance you decide to clean up the garage you can work on that task for ten minutes a day, and before long it will be done, and you will feel proud of yourself. If the job is something unpleasant like writing a letter of complaint, then just do it and get it out of the way. You will be glad that you did.
Here are some pointers for you..
Prepare your plan of action.
The night before, make a to-do list, putting the important actions at the top of the list, rather than the urgent ones.
Make a plan for tasks you have to do.
Go out and buy the cleaning products or items you need to complete the task.
Just take some action that moves you in the right direction.
List out for yourself all the advantages of completing a task.
Think of ways that you can reward yourself for a task completed.
Each night resolve to accomplish two tasks the next day. Imagine how good it will feel when those tasks are out of the way, not nagging at you all the time. Ask yourself often during the day, “what is the best use of my time today?” Above all, be courageous and make up your mind to tackle your most pressing problem or go after your best opportunity today.
Minimize your time on the phone to friends and family, and that applies to text messages and emails. On a normal day, you can be bombarded with all types of messages and information, and most of it irrelevant or negative. Just by cutting down the time you spend interacting with media in all its forms, you can double your amount of available time.
It is difficult for you to move forward when you have projects unfinished and jobs not completed which have been hanging around for a time. If you tend to lose interest in a project and quickly become bored and start looking for the next interesting thing to do, then this is for you. It is only when you complete projects that you gain the advantage and satisfaction of the finished work. There is no satisfaction in leaving bits and pieces of half-done jobs here and there.
Sometimes the cause of creating messes like this is the inability to say no to people or even no to yourself. Learn to discipline yourself, and take stock of your current situation before you take on new responsibilities. Before you start a project make sure that you have the intention and the tools to complete it. Train yourself to plan the entire project through first, before you start, ensuring that you will be able to complete the work. If you have projects already part finished, before starting any new ones plan how you will complete the outstanding ones.
If necessary, make a realistic plan to complete it over a period of time, but write out the plan, with entries for each day, stick to it and mark off the actions or as they are completed. Even marking off successfully completed parts of the plan will give you an incentive to carry on to the end. One project completed wipes out the majority of the frustration caused by many uncompleted ones.
There are lots of areas where you may have uncompleted tasks, even If only small ones. For example, have you balanced your cheque book lately? Is your car due for a service? Have you kept a promise given weeks ago?
Take time to consider the areas in your life that need some kind of completion. Not taking time to do this will leave you feeling unfulfilled, frustrated and drain your energy. Now you are watching less television you have the time to complete all the out-standing tasks and projects and release new energy to enjoy your life much more.
Foreknowledge is a tenuous thing. Don’t expect to be able to predict the future, or know what numbers will come up in the lottery, but foreknowledge is a reality. You sometimes receive fore-knowledge from the Universe, without realizing it. It can work with you to aid, guide and teach you. Not only can it give you knowledge of future events, but in some circumstances it will also give you knowledge of present and past events that would otherwise remain unknown, when they are important to you. It can also save you when you are in a dangerous situation, giving you an insight into what is about to happen, allowing you to escape.
You access this knowledge through prayer and meditation, reflecting upon the areas that are troubling you. You can receive the information in several ways, the still, small voice that you hear in our mind and have an inner knowing that it is not your voice or thoughts that you hear, you may have a waking or sleeping vision, or it could come to you in a flash of thought at just the right time. Be sensitive to this leading and revelation in whatever form it may take, and learn to refine it so that it comes to you more easily.
LIFTING UP YOUR EMOTIONS
The law of Attraction or Magnetism works by keeping your feelings and emotion at a high frequency. It’s not always easy to keep your thoughts uplifted as situations and circumstances in your day to day living can often cause you to go into a downward spiral of negative thoughts. It is essential to leave this state as soon as possible and raise those vibration patterns quickly.
When you start to go down into that negative spiral of worry say to yourself “Stop!” Take a deep breath and start to argue yourself out of it. For example, you may have a job interview to attend. You start to feel that your qualifications won’t stack up, the other applicants are bound to be more experienced than you, and that you haven’t anything to wear etc.
Turn these thoughts around by bolstering yourself up with new thoughts, such as, I am more than qualified for this job, and they will be lucky to have me. I always look good and well presented in my navy suit, and I can get a good haircut to finish off a competent look.
Find a better feeling thought and build upon that thought until you have reversed the negative spiral into an uplifting positive spiral.
One way of stopping stressful and unhelpful thoughts is to ask yourself if this is a situation where you may lose your life. If it is not, then it is not worth worrying about. This question will deal with the majority of your concerns.
These practical tools can start to transform your life, your finances, your relationships, and your health, by assisting to align your life with the flow of the Universe. They will enable you to start experiencing the joy, happiness and prosperity that is your birthright, and eliminate the energy you waste trying to fight against that flow.
Start today to learn the tools and begin to use them!
No one has looked back sadly on a life full of experiences, but many look back wishing they had had the courage to do more.
Thank you for reading and may all your dreams come true.