Drifting aimlessly. Meandering here and there. Wandering up and down, back and forth, left and right. Not traveling in any discernable direction. Seemingly without aimÂ or purpose. Reacting, rather than acting. Reacting automatically to an environment that is as unpredictable as the earth is old. These are your thoughts. And unless you learn to control your thoughts, your thoughts will control you.
UnfortunatelyÂ if you allow that to happen, which all too many people do, you place yourself under the control of a infinitely complex feedback loop to which you have no optionÂ other thanÂ follow blindly, and hope everything works out.Â You know too well that it rarely does.
And the worse part is that those times when it doesn’t work out, although it seems like the responsibility lies outside your wonderfully developed mind-body biological system, in truth, the responsibility lies with you. And only you. I believe it was Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin that said it best.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be that way. God, Mother Nature, the wonderfully random process of Darwinian Natural Selection, whoever or whatever it was that created you, didn’t create such a magnificent collectionÂ of cells and bones and muscles, and your fantastically powerful brain to just wander aimlesslyÂ through life.
You were created for a purpose, a reason, a destination. You are a missile with a highly sophisticated guidance system that scientiestsÂ are just now startingÂ to understand.Â And known to only a few people, and put into practice by even fewer, is one of the easiest ways to harness the awesome power of your mind.Â To develop the power of concentration.
Remember when you were a kid, and you or some of your friends would play with a magnifying glass? You could take a veryÂ inexpensive magnifying glass, even one made of cheap plastic, and use it to focus the passive rays of the sun into incredible power. Power to burn, power to start fires. That power was harnessed by taking only a minuscule sliver of the suns total power and focusing it. The sun is a giant ball of fire, much bigger than the EarthÂ fueled by the process of nuclear fusion, changing hydrogen atoms into helium atoms. One substance, one process, and enough energy to power an entire planet through eon after eon.
Your brain is infinitely more complex and intricate than that. Infinitely more rich. Infinitely more resourceful. The sun produces heat, and fire, and radiation.Â Your brain can produce ideas, which can turn into cities, art, cathedrals, poems, songs, equations. Whatever you can imagine, you can create. And you have the power to focus yourself.Â Strengthen your mind so you focus your thoughts only on what supports and enlightens you. Focus your thoughts only on ideas that canÂ increase happiness and abundance for you and those you love.
How to do that? How to gain that elusive power that through simple practice will give youÂ an edge almost unheard of in today’s world?
Consistent practice. Opposite of the practice of meditation, in which you practice the emptying of your mind. To practice focus, think of an object.Â An apple. A bright red apple. Hold the thought in your mind of only an apple. Hold it for as long as you can. If you can hold it for five seconds, you’re doing pretty good. Practice whenever you get a chance. Red lights. In the bathroom. On the elevator. Decide to choose a thought, and hold only that thought for as long as you can.
When you can hold a simple thought, of a simple picture, move on to more complicated pictures. Ones containing a small amount of motion. A hummingbird floating next to a feeder. A clownÂ juggling three bowling balls. A seal with a phone book balanced on its nose.
When you get good at that, you can move on to the next step. You’ll need to prepare yourself with five fantastic memories.Â If you everÂ notice your thoughts drifting to unhappyÂ imaginations about the future, you can pull up your five happy memories, and force out the bad guys.
Start by remembering a happy memory from childhood. Really get into it. Close your eyes and easily allow yourself to float back into that memory. Really relive it. Relive it several times. Every time you relive this, put the memory into your left thumb. That’s right, put that wonderful memory into your left thumb. Use what you learnedÂ aboutÂ pegging inÂ the articlesÂ onÂ memory and associate that memory with your left thumb.
Do the same with your forefinger, middle finger, ring finger and pinky. Take your time. They don’t have to be childhood memories. Any good memory will do. Make sure it’s a strong, powerful memory. Sex, money, sports, anything that causes you to automatically remember good feelings will work.
You might need to practice a few times before it really sets. ButÂ after you take the time to really attach those good memories to your left hand, you will have a powerful source to instantly and powerfully re direct your brain should you ever find yourself thinking less than supportive thoughts. Just open your left hand, and take a moment with your thumb and your fingers recalling all those good memories you’ve programmed in. Once you cycle through all five, make a fistÂ andÂ hold it up to sybolicallyÂ chase the bad thoughts that have crept into your brain.
After you do this consciously a few times you won’t even have to recall the memories. By training your brain in this manner, simply by clenching your left hand into a fist will immediately flood your brain with good thoughts.
In future articles, I will teach you how install resources, goals, and other skillsÂ so you canÂ automatically direct your brain,Â giving you the power toÂ accomplish great things in your life.