When I was a young boy my mother would always talk to me about visualization. We would get into the car to travel somewhere and after putting on my seat belt she would say..”now picture the car in a pink bubble and us arriving at our destination safely.” At that age I always thought of it a fun way for us to say a quick prayer to have GOD look over us in our journey. As I have gotten older I started to realize that it was more than just a prayer, but a mental picture of what we wanted. We were painting the picture!
My mother instilled the foundation for this principle and I have noticed glimpses of it my entire life. From my teachers having us picture getting a perfect paper or an “A” on the test. To my coaches talking about hitting the game winning hit or scoring the touchdown that won the game. Even when I was in college pledging the fraternity they would always tell us that…”pledging is the greatest thing you never want to do again, but just think how great it’s going to be once you are a brother.” These are examples looking back were painting a mental image had huge impacts with unconsciously knowing how powerful the thought was. I have seen these thoughts work in the negative as well. Such as one teammate walked to the plate and said…”I hope I don’t strikeout” well sure enough he did. I see know that he already pictured this before it even happened. I can clearly remember a time were I knew that I wasn’t going to get an “A” on the test and bam I got a “B+.” I was so close and the “A” was clearly in reach. Haanel talks about the “Law of Attraction” and how what we think about grows and brings us “our own” the things we created through the thought process. Haanel…“Unfortunately, many of us are creating these things unconsciously.” I personally found this to be so true once I read this line from the Master Keys…Part 5…line 8. I now apply the Law of substitution and the Law of growth whenever I think about something I don’t like. Law of substitution talks about how we can not think of two things at the same time, so we must mental stop thinking of a negative substitute it for a positive, such as GOD or your spiritual figurehead. Law of growth states whatever we think about grows, therefor focusing on the positive thought you can grow that pleasant feeling. Then if we apply the Law of practice we can achieve our desired thoughts and feelings. The law of practice is just that practice we can not get good at something if we do not practice.
Part 5 of the Master Keys…Haanel talks about about how when some on thinks about building home they are very detail orientated and invest a lot of mental and physical time into the construction of it. I think most people would agree with that statement…right? Now think about this…What if we were that detail orientated and invested that much energy into the home we spend the most time in…would that be okay? The home I am referring to is our own “mind or head.” This is were we create goals, vision of our life, and develop mental strength to achieve GREATNESS! PAINT YOUR PICTURE…SEE IT CLEARLY!
The previous weeks post touch on how to start the journey to mental clarity. It is sad, but true that most people will never experience this clarity.