10 Tips for Manifesting

What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create. – Buddha

Manifesting is a recent trend for harnessing the power of positive thinking. Manifestations of desires do happen. Focusing on a having a more positive outlook can manifest positive outcomes. The real power of positive energy is not simply the manifestation of some dream or desire, but the positive transformation which is manifested within the spirit. The following ten tips can help you start manifesting a more positive future.

1. Centering your Thoughts. To manifest the required positive, relax your mind and center your thoughts. Do not focus on the manifestation goal at first. Free the body of negativity through focused breathing. Breathe in through your nose, and bring the air up to the top of your head. Hold it. Now exhale slowly through your mouth. Do this three or four times, and when you are ready, as you exhale allow your vocal chords to vibrate, making a sustained note as your exhale. Let the muscles relax and negative thoughts flow down through your feet and into the ground.

2. Summon the Prize. With your thoughts cleared of negativity and your mind positively attuned focus on the prize your desire. What do you wish to manifest? The goal should be a positive outcome. Do not try to manifest something negative against others. This will only boomerang back and harm you. Picture the prize you wish for. Hold it in your mind as completely as you possibly can.

3. Imagine yourself with the Treasure. Take the image of your prize and imagine yourself holding the treasure or experiencing the positive manifestation of your dream. Use your senses to describe the reality your imagine: how does it: look, sound, feel, taste, and smell? Try to create as complete a scene as you can possibly imagine.

4. Create a Dream/Vision Board. Now that you have a goal in mind, create a dream board of it manifested in your life. Use images, text, whatever helps you shape a snapshot of what it is you want. Get creative and be as vibrant as you want. While you are creating, reflect on the exactly why you want to manifest this in your life? Put that board where you can easily focus on it from time to time throughout the day.

5. Start a Journal. Documenting your intentions on paper is a powerful tool for manifesting your goals. Express gratitude in your journal to build positive energy around you. The universe responds with blessings of abundance for those who are sincerely grateful for their life.

6. Self-Affirmation. You have to not only believe in your dreams, but first you must believe in yourself. Take an inventory of your positive attributes. Reflect on those which will assist you in manifesting what you feel is missing in your life. Sum up your positives and your goal in a declarative present tense statement such as: I am (positive attribute) and I deserve/am worthy of/ will aim my life towards (goal). Repeat statement for a few minutes several times a day.

7. Program your Unconscious. We pass through a powerful mental state at bedtime as we transition from being awake to being a sleep, and again from sleep to awake. This temporary fugue state between awake and asleep gives us access to our unconscious minds. Our unconscious mind drives most of our brain activity. The fugue state when we are half-asleep lets us tap into the positive creativity we used as small children. As you are falling asleep, imagine your treasure, repeat your self-affirmation, and if possible meditate for a minute on your dream board. In the morning, write in your journal the positive manifestations in your dreams. The more you right them down, the more often you will remember your dreams when you first wake up.

8. Think Differently. You cannot expect to manifest your hopes without changing your thoughts. Try something different. Step away from what is familiar and explore new paths. Whatever it is that you positively desire move towards that goal.

9. Allow Yourself to Dream. One reason we don’t manifest our positive desires is because we restrict our thinking to focus on rational thinking. Yes, it is true you cannot dream love into existence, you can however permit yourself to dream it is possible. Release the chains on your heart and dream of the possibilities for finding your heart’s desire.

10. Self-Actualization. Meeting lower level needs can lead to self-actualization through effort. Self-reflection and empathy creates a positive aspect towards life. This beneficial energy amplifies the soul. Being expressive and spontaneous leads to increased actualization through self expression. Believe in the brilliant energy of your self-actualized creativity. Release your spirit and manifest the positive energy of your dreams fulfilled.

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Dante’s Fire Escape: the passing of a great poet/publisher/artist/man

Poetry is a flower of an instant in eternity… Poetry can be heard at manhole covers, echoing up Dante’s fire escape. Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti passed away this week at the age of 101 years old. Ferlinghetti was a poet, publisher, painter, and co-founder of the very famous City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. He was a very influential force in publishing, especially with the Beats. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg used to hang out there, along with other Beat greats like Gregory Corso and Gary Snyder.

In 1955, Ferlinghetti heard Allen Ginsburg read his famous controversial epic poem Howl, and offered him a publishing deal the next day. The poem was banned by the American government. It was at the center of a obscenity case and trial that got Ginsberg and Ferlinghetti arrested. Howl is a pretty good movie about Ginsberg and his writing.

Ferlinghetti’s most famous collection of poetry is A Coney Island of the Mind. Here he is reading his Loud Prayer – a riff on the Lord’s Prayer, as part of the movie “The Last Waltz” which documented the final concert of The Band.

Ferlinghetti was involved in the first day of landing at Normandy on D-Day June 6, 1944. After the war, in his duties in the Navy he visited Nagasaki, where the second atomic bomb was dropped. The experience changed him forever and he became an advocate for world peace and justice.

I am awaiting perpetually and forever a renaissance of wonder. Ferlinghetti

In addition to Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti was a major influence in getting the Beat icon Jack Kerouac’s work published, as well as loaning him money and the use of his cabin in Big Sur. On the Road had just been published and Kerouac needed a place to re-energize. He produced Big Sur his first novel after On the Road – This episode in the great writer’s life was made into movies and documentaries. One Fast Move or I’m Gone

Kerouac influenced thousands of writers / poets/ artists/ cosmic vagabonds, including me. He was the first writer that spoke to me directly, and his spirit accompanied me on many adventures. He rode shotgun beside me, as a friend and I, stoned on sensemilla, barreled through a grass fire at midnight – blazing across the Painted Desert between walls of fire and a heaven ablaze with stars and sparks and the promise of tomorrow….our souls soared up Dante’s Fire Escape and into Eternity.

One very amazing thing about Ferlinghetti is you could wander into City Lights, and if he was around he’d be happy to chat with you a while. How many people’s lives did he change in this way? I know one.

So here’s to the great man of letters, the man of peace, the man of this world. May his poems be read a thousand years from now. Amen.

I leave you with a touch of inspiration from Lawrence Ferlinghetti Poetry is the shortest distance between two people.

Art and Artifice

Art blazes from the soul. You are an artist. You express your art within your life. Your life’s work flows from the art of balancing creative, passionate anxiety. Art is not exclusive to artists, rather art is the creative expression of life. Living is an art. Art is life. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. – Pablo Picasso. In this quote, Picasso is challenging the very nature of art. It is untrue to call social media, filter-enhanced, meticulously posed fluff – Art. It is simply artifice – trickery.

If I were called upon to define briefly the word Art, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul.Paul Cezanne

To create one’s own world takes courage.Georgia O’Keeffe You live each day in an artful way. When you wake you immediately get a sense of what the day may be like. Some days just feel like they should be slept through, others need to be endured, while there are those wonderful days when it seems you ride a sunbeam through the day. The world you create begins and ends in your heart and soul. You must find a way to believe in yourself, to understand the truth about the life you are living. I am sure you have had times when the air felt joyfully alive. And your hear danced with delight. Your spirit artfully created that enchantment. You are the artist of your life.

To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist. – Schumann When you create the opportunity for a positive world to form around you, you generate a positive light for others to follow. Humans are social creatures. Our societies are built around the interactions between us. Although we do not control all the events in a day, we can control our responses and reactions during the day. The digital, instant communication world is founded upon clever deception. There is an old saying in IT, if you don’t pay for a product – you are the product. Your preferences, choices, path through the information stream are collected, sorted, cross-referenced and used to construct behavioral models which predict and manipulate your next moves.

The interfaces are artfully designed to shape your self-perception. There is nothing wrong with living an artificially enhanced life. We all do in one way or another. But do not create a world upon the artifice. If you, the artist of your life, cover your eyes with these veils of deception, your life will be shallow and unfulfilling. You will become trapped in a never-ending search for the next shiny trinket, the next “latest thing”. When you abandon your art – your real life – you lose yourself to the illusions.

Reality is the richest thing there is, the most important thing there is. Our imagination allows us to live an artificial life that is wonderful, extremely rich, but I don’t believe any artist would dare to say that artifice is better than real life. – Mario Vargas Llosa

Set aside time during the day to create. Create a new recipe, a funny face, a painting, a repurposed piece of furniture, a different way to wash your back. Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. Use the kindling of your imagination to light the fires of creative art in your life. Strip away those veils of Maya which conceal the true reality. The reality of the divine artist within you.

Reality is in the Eye of the Beholder

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration. – Nikola Tesla

If a door opened into another dimension, would you walk through it? The other day I was mesmerized by one of nature’s most dazzling displays. For the first time in my life, I stood before the rainbow’s end. The iridescent rainbow descended from the heavens to the ground just ahead of me. Many storms blow along the Pacific coast this time of year creating rainbows when the light is right. But this particular morning the sun aligned perfectly along my line of sight to create a stunning rainbow that shimmered and dance across the earth and sky like a portal into another realm. My spirit, bathed in sparkling energy, rejoiced as my soul flew through that doorway of vibrating energy.

Light is vibrations of energy. We, and the world around us, are vibrating energy. The molecules and atoms in your body are vibrating energy, and so physical matter is constructed from vibrating energy. The reality you experience is woven from pulsating threads of energy in your brain. As you read this, various types of brainwaves are oscillating at frequencies between 0.5Hz (sleep/dreaming) to 42Hz (intense concentration). Everyone’s brainwave patterns are unique. This is all according to scientific research. But everyday reality is just a sliver of the infinite timeless eternity all around you. Just as visible light is a tiny fraction of the electromagnetic spectrum. Each day, our unique minds resonate with our unique experiences. Metaphorically, in this way, the rainbow I see is different from the rainbow you will see. But we must calm our pulsating minds and look before we can see.

Rainbows are featured throughout world mythology. The Bitfrost rainbow bridge in Norse mythology is a passageway between heaven and earth for the gods and virtuous warriors and nobles. In many Native American beliefs the rainbow is the path of holy spirits. In Hindu beliefs, Lord Indra wields the rainbow to fire arrows of lightning. In Australian aboriginal mythology the rainbow snake is the Creator during the Dreaming. In the Bible, a rainbow appeared after the Great Flood. And in Buddhism the Rainbow Body is one of the highest levels of enlightenment before reaching Nirvana. And to the believers, these explanations for the appearance of a rainbow are just as valid as any scientific discussion. Reality is in the eye of the beholder.

Language plays a large part in how we define the world. In grade school science, we learn the parts of the eye. And we all know the colored part of the eye is called the “iris”. But why is it called that? Iris was the messenger of the ancient Greek gods who was visibly represented by a rainbow. The rainbow itself was thought to be formed by the descent of a messenger from the heavens. In the oldest versions of the Iliad, Iris was both the name for the messenger and the rainbow. That morning the shimmering rainbow I experienced, standing beside the ocean, was the goddess Iris incarnate. Her father Thaumus was an old sea god who represented the wonders of the sea. Her mother was Electra the goddess of storm clouds at sea. The word electricity is derived from her name. And the rainbow’s vibrating electromagnetic energy resonated deep inside me and opened a gateway where part of me still wanders.

We all are seekers of truth and seers of paths along the ever-changing arc of time. We also know that some experiences alter time or suspend time altogether. Time is a measurement of energy in motion. Time is change. To measure time-energy it has to vibrate back and forth within the boundaries of the past and the future. Without the perceived limitations of this past-present-future line, our consciousness reaches into other dimensions all around you – right now. That sense of timelessness is available to us all. Immersed in a feeling of energized focus, Artists/lovers/athletes/… experience the flow. We just have to remove a few of the limitations in how we see the worlds around us. Do this and you truly will find, reality is in the eye of the beholder.

Set Your Imagination Free

Stay firmly in your path and dare. Be wild two hours a day!Paul Gauguin

Human beings have been around for hundreds of thousands of years. Even the most ancient cultures can only be traced back a few thousand years, less than one percent of human existence. The impacts of the Industrial Revolution have only been felt for a small fraction of human history, maybe a couple hundreds years. But our bodies and our brains are nearly identical to those of our ancestors from 300,000 years ago. Deep within the most ancient recesses of our minds, we are still wild. And through the human imagination we can free our minds from their “modern” chains and just be human.

The imagination is the quicksilver of the mind. Try to define it and it breaks into a hundred pieces and scatters everywhere. Many definitions of imagination include phrases about summoning mental imagery, but there is so much more. The ability to summon the sensations of the senses when not experiencing them directly is a tap root of reality. Take a moment and think of an animal, any animal. Does your imaginary animal have a color, a smell, a sound? Where do these imagined qualities come from? We all summon any number of imagined experiences all day long. This is humanity’s greatest survival skill.

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things. – Ray Bradbury. This quote reminded me of Yoda in Star Wars when he said, “Do or do not. There is no try.”. There are tens of thousands of self-help courses, books, and videos explaining how to become less self-conscious and overcome various forms of anxiety. But one fantastic way to be less anxious is to create. Create anything. Pour off all the scummy buildup of the day and enjoy the clarity of mind that comes with using your imagination. The title of this post asks you to be wild two hours a day. That does not mean get crazy and act like an animal, but to release the constraints on your mind that come with modern life, and do the things you love to do.

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.Neil Gaiman This ongoing pandemic continues to impact humanity in so many ways. One of the positive effects of our collective struggle has been the increase in creativity. All of us have had to adapt our daily lives to face down this deadly threat. Whether it is pandemic beards and haircuts, or making odd tik-tok videos and Zoom meetings, the human imagination has been one of our greatest saviors. To brighten the day, millions have returned to: old hobbies, arts, crafts, music, dance. Self-expression has eased the mental anguish of hundreds of millions of people.

Scientists say that human language did not evolve until 50-70,000 years ago. Perhaps that is why when people are in the zone; experiencing flow states; meditating or improvising – there are no words. Great moments of the imagination come when the inner voice is silent. Logic, reason, and analysis are left behind, when we roam the wild lands of the imagination. Be wild and set your imagination free – Today. Peace

Luminous Lotus of Love: a Poem

Floating in my lotus boat

Drifting on the cosmic sea

Upon my soul I wrote

This vow of love to thee

Sail into the sparkling light

Guided by my compass heart

I find there my lovely sprite

And a loving world does start

We two are one forever

Nothing can break us apart

Together we endeavor

To cherish each other’s heart

Healing our wounded spirits

Our inner selves we revealed

Trust eternally permits

Loving truths lived unconcealed

Lotus risen from shadows

Tender dreams shared in the dark

Souls dancing in sweet love’s throes

Warmed by an eternal spark

Happy Chinese New Year

I made a Lunar New Year card from one of my paintings. The painting is of the Winter Blooming Plum, and the Chinese phrases are various ways to wish people a happy New Year.

Today is Chinese New Year’s Eve or Lunar New Year’s Eve. It is the year 4719 according to the ancient Chinese calendar. 2021 is the year of the Ox. More accurately it is the year of the metal ox. The year 2021 is supposed to be a lucky year – much luckier than 2020. The year 2020 was predicted by the ancient calendar to be a very unlucky year – a Gengzi Year. These years if disaster happen every sixty years. 1960 – famines; 1900 Boxer Rebellion; 1840 First Opium War. My wife tells me these things. Sometimes it is too difficult to translate because they are based on obscure, ancient beliefs. But I am curious and researched the origins of this prediction for a bad-luck year. It is not a good thing to do during the bad luck year, because it might attract the bad luck.

My first year living in China I was shocked by how many fireworks people shoot. I lived in the prosperous city of Hangzhou and they LOVE FIREWORKS. My wife (then my fiance) went home to be with her family. I was amazed by how much of the sky was filled with fireworks. This was taken from the window of my foreign teachers’ apartment.

My wife and I first met face-to-face during a Chinese New Year. It was a glorious time in my life. Today, I got up early to chat with my wife and her family as there is a sixteen hour difference between us. This is the first year we have been so far away from each other on the New Years since we first met. And my wife’s family is without either parent for the first time in their life. When I chatted with them, I noticed her older brother has taken over their father’s seat. Every year he would sit there, drink tea and enjoy the boisterous conversation. My mother-in-law, just like my mom, was the heart and soul of the family though. When she was alive, she made sure I had the candy I enjoyed, and we shared a love of Kou Rou – braised pork belly with taro – 芋头扣肉. She was a thin person who loved to eat this fatty pork dish and when I joined the meal, she would sweetly use her chopsticks to pass me a choice piece of meat, or two. One year I ate so much my boobs began to grow – it is not a dish to eat every day.

Traditional Celestial Lion Dance in my wife’s family home

Celestial Lion in my wife’s home village

There are so many traditions around the Lunar New Year, and many are local variations. One year I asked my students about their local customs, and one boy was from a small mountain village where they made a special kind of Nian gao (new year’s cake). His village’s version used a Chinese character none of my students had ever seen before. The character for “Gao” 糕 is translated as cake but it is not a cake you would not recognize unless you are Asian. It is made with sticky rice and served to bring good luck before the New Year. Legend has it the cake was created as an offering to the Kitchen God. The kitchen god has a special place in every Chinese home. He watches over the family and reports to the Jade Emperor. So people use sticky rice as an offering so that the Kitchen God’s mouth will be stuck closed and he can’t badmouth you to the Jade Emperor.

One of my very best students was from the city of BinYang in Guangxi Province. On the 11th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year they hold a Firecracker Dragon Festival. The city has a Firecracker Dragon Temple. There is an insane amount of firecrackers thrown by competing teams. He goal is to burn the other’s dragon, and be the last dragon standing. They are hurling huge packs of ten thousand firecrackers. You don’t want to walk into the middle of a dragon battle – believe me.

At the same time the women of the area hold a dancing dragon contest. It is beautiful and they practice for months and teams work together for years.

One year I visited my wife’s hometown before the Spring Festival – the only time actually. They don’t like going to the hometown because it is not convenient and every year it becomes more and more crowded. Traditionally, my wife’s older brother writes the three panels of poetry for the front door. That year I was given the honor of placing the Men Shen Door Guardians on the front door. These gods watch over the house and keep out evil spirits. You will see them guarding the entrance in temples throughout Asia. I hope the spirit of the door guardians guards your home and keeps you safe from evil spirits, the New Years monster and the awful covid-19 demon. Xin Nian Kuai Le – Happy New Year. My wife’s family is Cantonese, and the first thing I ever said to my mother-in-law was over the phone our first New Year’s together – Gung Hay Fat Choi – Cantonese for Wishing you great happiness and prosperity. She laughed when I said it, and that laugh brought me great luck over the years, as has her daughter.

To Tell the Truth

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive. – Sir Walter Scott

As a boy, I was lucky to live next door to my grandfather. He called me Buddy, and I called him Buddy. Everyone in my extended family called him Buddy after that. If I had to sum up my beloved grandfather in one word it would be – Honest. My granddad was born in the backwoods of Kentucky. He was a farmer, drank whiskey, chewed tobacco, and spoke plainly with the honesty of a hardworking man who lived truthfully. That was the lesson I learned from him – be honest and people will respect you as a person with integrity. Integrity is supposed to be an important element of society. But sadly, that is not always so.

For most of my adult life there has been an assault on basic truths. Modern education is founded upon the search for truth. The earliest usage of Truth comes from Old English and is related to “good faith”. Faith is related to trust, and is an even more ancient word. The origins of trust are rooted in protection and comfort. To feel comfortable we have to feel our lives are being protected by trusted people and institutions. And unfortunately the fabric of my adult life has repeatedly been torn at by greedy people grasping for power for far too many years.

These days, the assault on truth has increased exponentially, but this has been going on for decades. In the 1980s President Reagan’s Chief of Staff was known as a Spin Doctor. Reagan, who was a Hollywood actor, said many outlandish things and gave rise to an entire industry of spin doctors who produced tidbits of half-truths call sound bites. The first use in print of spin doctors came in an October 21, 1984 New York Times editorial:

“A dozen men in good suits and women in silk dresses will circulate smoothly among the reporters, spouting confident opinions. They won’t be just press agents trying to impart a favorable spin to a routine release. They’ll be the Spin Doctors, senior advisers to the candidates.”

A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies. – Mark Twain We all feel in our bones that some things are indisputably true. Truth exists. It must exist. Integrity and honesty should matter. It is one thing to present something in the best light possible, but it’s an assault on reality to use: BS doublespeak, weasel-words, non-denial denials. These are lies plain and simple. Even the word lie has been replaced with words intended to hide the lie, such as disingenuous – not honorable. A person is not called a liar – but weasel-words phrases are used like he’s being disingenuous. We all know a lie, and we all know the sting of calling out a liar. The goal of doublespeak and propaganda is to obscure, disguise and distort reality. To hide the truth. But that does not change the fact that some things are TRUE or FALSE.

We are being assaulted daily by sellers of alternative realities. This distortion of truth wears down our collective faith in our shared reality. That is the goal of liars – to try and alter reality. But Truth matters. And the ultimate expression of Truth is being true to yourself. And that is the very definition of Integrity. First, look inward to guard against being deceived by falsehoods. Know the truth. Tell the truth. Let truth be your guiding light. Day and night the Truth is there for you to see. In the words of the Buddha, Three things can not hide for long: the Moon, the Sun and the Truth.

Matters of Perspective

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.W.B. Yeats

Where you stand and how you see changes your perspective. Your perception of your life, essentially, is your life. Do you remember the first time you heard your recorded voice? Did you think who is that, is that how I sound to others? Have you ever walked around with your fly down, shirt button wrong, or had a bit of vegetable stuck in your front teeth. When you realized this, you probably thought, how did others see me? What did they think of me? These are all matters of perspective. Sometimes our perspective Open your perceptions of the world to instincts – the inner-vision, and experience the world full of magic right before your eyes.

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.Rumi

Take a few minutes and listen to your world. Enjoy three cleansing breaths and relax. Turn off the judgmental voice in your head and simply be in the sound-space of your daily life. What do you hear? When the sounds float in, one by one, experience them – identify their source and let them drift away. Are the sounds more pleasant than unpleasant? Close your eyes and reach out with your thoughts. What sounds are in the distance? Extend your mind further, beyond the most distant sound you can identify. Imagine what sounds are filling the sky, ten miles away, one hundred miles away. Do you sense a presence with you, as your perspective changes? That is the real world, your natural world calling to your instincts. That is the voice of your ancestors from across Creation.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

Viewpoint – perspective from which something is considered or evaluated. We all struggle with our viewpoint of the world around us. The viewpoint is critical to writers and artists. Before beginning a painting, you have to decide upon the perspective. Whenever I draw a human face, I begin with the eyes. A drawing is “successful” if I can get the eyes to express the emotions I want to convey. As a writer, establishing the viewpoint of the characters is a schizophrenic process. To create a believable story, you have to create room in your head for multiple viewpoints. To do this successfully, a writer has to be observant, and look with new eyes from the perspective of other’s. In real life, this seeing with the world through another’s eyes is called empathy.

Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another. Alfred Adler

We share our world with billions of other people. Think for a moment of the mindset of selfish people who think the world is theirs, or that they can take from the world whatever they want. This selfish mindset must change. In 2018 the 26 richest people in the world held as much wealth as half the human population. The number of billionaires have doubled since the global financial crisis of the last decade. But money is not life. Recently I read that these billionaires increased their wealth by over 27% , just from April to July during the pandemic we all are suffering. The number of billionaires also increased, and they are collectively worth well over $10,000,000,000,000 (ten trillion dollars). For example the world’s richest man Jeff Bezos increased his fortune by 74 billion dollars in 2020 to $190,000,000,000 (190 billion). Do think most of these super-rich individuals even have the ability to see with the eyes of another, or look upon the world with empathy? Clearly the answer is NO.

Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothingOscar Wilde

We all live in this world. This world of ours does not belong to one special class of people. Do not be envious of the wealthy, for all they have are things money can buy. Maybe we don’t have billions of dollars, but we do have billions of hearts, minds and souls. Our billions of eyes can see the magic in this world, if we change our perspectives once in a while. Let’s begin this voyage of discovery by truly seeing the value of one another’s perspectives. You are in fact – PRICELESS. A person’s worth is measured by the worth of what he values. Marcus Aurelius

Positive Visualization

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.Mark Twain

Google the phrase “the human mind has the power to shape reality” and you will find my writing.

This is not just my personal philosophy. I believe this because I have experienced it. I know it is true. I live it every day.

Want to live longer? The importance of watching your diet and getting enough exercise are powerful ways to extend your life. But you have another powerful way to shape your future – visualization. Visualization is the mental creation of future situations and experiences. Your mind is constantly doing this as part of everyday life. Visualizing good health for your future self increases can extend your life. This is according to a scientific study just published in the International Journal of Aging and Human Development. Want to know one of the secrets to longevity? Some of it is in your mind.

The world feels a little brighter when scientific knowledge catches up with spiritual knowledge. People of faith, believers in divine energies have practiced visualization for millennia. You cannot think yourself to ripe old age. You must take steps, like dieting and exercise. But seeing your future self as happy and healthy, is a key step to being happy and healthy. There is a psychological concept called self-efficacy which is a person’s belief in their ability to succeed in a particular situation. In other words, visualize the person one wants to be and work towards becoming that person.

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. Gandalf

People build up their self-efficacy in four basic ways: Mastery – being successful at a new challenge; Vicariously – observing the success of others; Social Persuasion – encouragement influence belief in ones abilities; Personal well-being – increased positive well-being increases success.

One incredible finding from the above study was: participants who were optimistic about aging around the the age of 50 lived an average of seven and a half years longer than pessimists. Think about it – mature optimists increased their lives by positively visualizing their future self. And another key factor in extending a healthy life is to set aside stereotypes about aging – live the way you want, not how others believe you should live. Believing in aging stereotypes makes them more likely to become ones reality. The origins of some health issues are not biological. Believing bad things are going to happen to your possible future self stops you from being proactive and continuing healthy habits.

People with positive view of aging live longer

Aging well’ greatly affected by hopes and fears for later life, OSU study finds

According to one of the co-authors of the study Shelbie Turner: “How we think about who we will be in old age is very predictive of exactly how we will be.”

Dealing with mortality is a fundamental issue of human existence. No one gets out alive. Everyone passes through the gates of eternity. Where the path leads is a matter of faith. But each of us impacts the quality of our life every day. Optimism, Positive thinking and Hopefulness are choices. Like all of life, the way you see the future can help determine the future. Remember this fact: The human mind has the power to shape reality.

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.Mahatma Gandhi