Blog entry by Michael Finney
William James, psychologist, author and founder of the first American psychology laboratory said: "There is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and hold that picture there for long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking."
Mr. James was referencing what we today call creative visualization; the practice of seeking to affect the outer world by changing one's thoughts or images in their mind.
Now, although this may not be news to you, what you may find interesting is how creative visualization combined with meditation can help you increase the effectiveness towards steering your life in a direction more suitable to your liking.
Meditation AdvancementsRepeating affirmations and declarations on a daily basis often produce very poor results in the quest for having a more joyful life and manifesting the material things you want. It can be very hard for you to remain "positive" and focused when day after day you're following the same mundane routine of reading your list of affirmations out loud.
However, meditation changes the playing field and magnifies the impact of affirmations because it's done at the level where the conscious mind has taken a backseat to the subconscious mind. This enhanced state of wellbeing promotes greater concentration allowing one to focus more intently on the goal at hand.
Add creative visualization to the mix, along with focusing closely on the end result of what seeking, and you'll find meditation is an amazing way to consistently bring the things, conditions and circumstances you want into your life; whether it be health, wealth, happiness or all of them.
Desire, Belief and ExpectancyAnother key to the advancement of meditation is having a clear understanding that your belief, desire and expectancy play an important role in achieving your goals. Without them, you might as well be heading upstream without a paddle.
As in the conscious state of mind, while meditating you must exhibit the desire to obtain your goal, believe you deserve to receive it and expect you will get it with unwavering intent. Anything less is a good sign that you'll come up short and be headed for disappointment.
In addition, it's important to recognize that although meditation can help you strengthen your immune system, reduce stress and relieve anxiety all its own, things like manifesting physical items, mending relationships and improving your health and environment, will require some action on your part.
Scientific Research Leads the Way
Meditation is the natural evolution for mankind and scientific research is slowly helping us understand what's behind it.
For most of us, the mind is an untapped resource which we carelessly disregard. We do this because almost from birth we are taught to rely only on our physical senses. What we don't realize is everybody has the same ability to harness the non-physical power of their mind and use it in a more creative and genius-like way to better them self.
Extensive scientific research from Harvard Medical School, the Brain Imaging Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology repeatedly show us the wonderful physical effects meditation has on the body.
It thickens and enhances areas of the brain which make us more alert, shows clear signs of significantly lowering blood pressure and can reduce the amount of fatty deposits in arteries, just to name a few.
In addition to the wonderful things we see through the scientific community, there are countless numbers of life changing events, healings and manifestations which frequently occur to people who meditate on a regular basis.
Advanced Techniques Equal Advanced Results
Simple mindfulness meditation, where the mind is quieted by focusing on the breath, does wonders for bringing serenity and wholeness to the participant, as well helping to relieve the external pressures induced by our fast-paced society.
Advancements made as little as 10 years ago in the area of Dynamic Meditation, a unique form of meditation which allows the participant to actively take part in achieving their goals from a non-physical standpoint, combines creative visualization with scientifically developed techniques to augment the manifestation process.
These advancements have swung open the door for the use of meditation in all areas of everyday life, making it more commonplace to focus within first to achieve what we want in the physical world.
It was thousands of years ago when Buddha said: "Meditation brings wisdom; lack of mediation leaves ignorance." As mankind begins to grasp the unlimited power of the mind it will become more and more clear that using it in a creative and genius-like manner is our natural evolution.