For some readers, the last post about putting our minds into the mode of creating circumstance might have been difficult to accept.
There is another mental state into which we must be in order to springboard our intentions to life. That is to say that we must control how we think in order to have our intentions come true.
Let me just say that our attitude determines our altitude. Little can come to us if we are of suspicious mind or of negative mind. That is to say that our power of intention can only work if we are fully and completely open to and accepting of our wishes actually materializing.
There are no secret gospels or mysterious states of hypnosis in which one must be order to bring our desires to life. There is, however, a very specific state of mind, which must be in complete existence, before that can happen. My article of a week ago . . .”Not Interrupting the Process” alludes to this.
That is to pout about a painting outcome, or to curse one’s lack of talent, or wish for a different birthright is the absolute opposite of how one’s mental position must be if one is to learn and grow as each ‘lesson’ presents itself. (In the world of painting, a ‘lesson’ is some accidental appearance of some odd shape, color, size or value of something in your painting which doesn’t give you satisfaction.)
Okay! So you want to become a much better painter. What are you doing in your mind to make that happen? How are you going to create that outcome? Are you disappointed at the result of every painting and blaming some personal shortfall for it? Are you being impatient to get the results you are after? Are you saying something like this, “Okay, I “set my mind” for this to happen, but let’s see if it works?”
You may think that Mike Bailey is slightly around the bend with this far out thinking. Let me say that there is nothing new about this stuff. It is NOT the latest version of new age thinking. It DOES apply to all circumstances of life! The power of intention has been spoken about and written about for many decades. Norman Vincent Peale wrote about it in his book “The Power of Positive Thinking.” Napolean Hill, in his book, “Think and Grow Rich” said, ‘If you can conceive and believe it, you can achieve it.” Robert Schuler said it in his book, “You Get What You Expect.” This ‘attitude’ idea is nothing new. Obviously, these authors have experienced the results of focused intention, or they would not have written about it.
The fact of the matter is that we, as human beings, have HUGE power to create very specific outcomes in everything we do.
If you follow sports at all, you know that the coaches of the most accomplished Olympic athletes train their athletes to “Visualize” their routines or actions over and over again. And they are trained to play those visualizations of successful outcomes over and over in their minds. The athletes are training their minds to follow that which they have rehearsed over and over again. . . . so that when the moment to perform comes, that athlete will be performing out of habit instead of improvising in real time.
In other words, dear reader, this stuff works !!!!!!
But it only works if we are in the right frame of mind. Once our intention or goal or desire is set in our thoughts, we must place our thinking patterns as though it is actually materializing. For example, while I was developing my art course, I was rehearsing some of the lectures and mentally anticipating questions that might come up. I was imagining (visualizing) the actual events of teaching my material as though it was actually happening. In fact, I was believing it was already happening.
That is to say, to be in the frame of mind of accepting and allowing the flow of circumstances and processes to occur in their natural stream . . . . and not to reject or fight them off with a pattern of suspicion or negativity. It is all about being open and accepting to possibility. What ever is to come, will come.
When we are open and willing to accept all forms of outcome . . . .even the bitter tasting ones . . . .the “coincidences” will start to happen . . . .and your intended circumstance will be realized.
In summary, our intentions, or goal, or desires form our future . . .even though we may not be aware of it. AND, interrupting the flow of lessons and circumstances, which show up, halts the flow and actually prevents the formation of the reality of our intended purpose. Moreover, we need to visualize and mentally experience that which we intend . . .be open and accepting. (and be in a state of joy that it IS happening, before it happens.)
There is one last little part to this. As artists, new or experienced, we have to put ourselves into the creative mode while at the end of our brushes. Musicians have a name for it: Practice!
Take a deep breath and focus on how, what, when and where you want to become.
In that state, you are in the very act of creating it!