Why Is Your Imagination a Power Tool?
Daydreaming is important, not just a waste of time. More than that, it is a skill, which can and should be developed. If you are serious about manifesting your desires, you must be able to create detailed, realistic internal sensory experience of the thing or state you want. What you are imagining must feel real and possible, and it should feel good to generate these imaginings.
Your Own World Between Your Ears
Your imagination is your domain. Nobody can tell you what to do there. In the world of your imagination, anything is possible. You can dream freely, uninhibited by the hard “facts” of the world outside your own head. Through the medium of your imagination, it is also possible to make those dreams into realities. But first you have to make the dreams as vivid as possible. “Vivid” means alive or full of life. Infuse your dreams with life.
Using Your Inner Senses
It helps if you use as many sensory modes (sight, sound, touch, etc.) as possible. This comes with practice. If you imagine what you desire on a daily basis, you will become more and more able to easily generate full-bodied, waking dreams, bursting with sensory experience. Most people come to this practice with natural ability with one or two sense modes. Then you will want to fill in your skills by developing the sense modes that are missing.
Learn to see clear, vivid images of what you are creating. What will your life look like when you have what you want? See it, in living color, larger-than-life. Make the colors brighter, get out of black and white. Practice by looking at a bright, easy-to-perceive color with your open eyes. Then close your eyes and try to reproduce the color in your mind’s eye. At first you may succeed for just a second or two. Practice holding it for longer time periods, until you can imagine scenes in color for minutes on end. If you get distracted, let your mind wander a bit, then bring your attention gently back to what you are doing and focus again on seeing color and shape. When you are not meditating but are simply out enjoying life, notice color and shape. This will give you something to play with next time you are meditating.
If sound is an unfamiliar sense mode, try imagining sounds. Let music run in your head. See if you can run through your favorite song, start to finish. Find out how many of the musical details of it you can remember and replicate in your inner ear. Then listen to it and hear how close your approximation was.
Another aspect of the sound mode is inner self-talk. Do you have a voice inside your head that tells you what is possible and what is not? Try adjusting the volume on that voice. Is it a male or a female voice? Is it a literal recording in the voice of one of your parents? Suppose it’s your father saying, “You’ll never amount to anything!” Suppose then that you speed it up so it sounds like Alvin the Chipmunk. It’s a little hard to take that kind of message seriously when it sounds like a chipmunk. Suppose it’s a teacher saying, “What a good student you are!” Turn up the volume. Play the recording over and over. Let it drown out other, more negative, recordings. It may take years to play positive messages as many times as you’ve heard the inner negative messages, but eventually that old stuff will fade.
Now go back to your dream. Ask yourself: What sounds, noises or inner self-talk are associated with what I am creating? Replay them in your head. Talk to yourself, internally or aloud. Encourage yourself, as if you were a beloved child and the voice is that of a loving, supportive adult who believes in you. Talk yourself into the dream, and don’t tolerate voices that speak fear to you, whether they are inside your head or outside of it.
The bodily sense mode has two parts: one is kinesthetic, or inner-body and the other is touch, or outer-body.
Touch is easy. How would the world feel to someone who had the life you are creating for yourself? Would you wear silk? Can you imagine running your hands through piles of money? Have you test-driven that car you want—do you know the feeling of its steering wheel in your hands? These are the building blocks of manifestation. Become familiar with these sorts of sensations, run them over in your mind frequently.
The kinesthetic mode is a little more complex. It covers internal body sensations like balance, weight, gravity and “intuitive hits.” The feeling of swallowing is kinesthetic. So is a stomach-ache. Menstrual cramps are kinesthetic. The feeling of satiation after a good meal is kinesthetic. So is the sensation of balancing on a bicycle. And the feeling of the hair standing up on the back of your neck is kinesthetic.
Ask yourself how having the life you want will feel to your inner body. Will you be more balanced? More grounded? Will it feel solid in the tummy, instead of like the butterflies you feel when you are imagining something scary or something beyond your reach?
Smell and Taste It
If you like, and if it’s pertinent, add in the other sense modes: smell and taste. Does having what you want mean gourmet dining? Fine chocolates? Is there a food, a taste or a scent that symbolizes for you this thing you are creating? What is the “richest” scent you can think of? Lavender? Roses? Cheesecake? Try weaving that into the dream so as to create a tapestry of experience in which you are surrounded with congruent, enriching sense data.
Create a Signature Moment
After you have gotten some practice with all of the sense modes, try creating a signature moment around something you want to manifest. In the future, I am wealthy. How do I know I am wealthy? I look out the window of the bedroom of my fabulous home and see a beautiful sunset over the bay. I hear the sounds of my children playing. I feel a sense of strength and groundedness in my belly. I feel that I am wearing silk pajamas and look up to see that it is six in the evening, but I am still in pajamas because I am retired, yet the sounds of my children tell me I am still young. I feel my leg-muscles pleasurably burning because in the dream I have the leisure to run every morning. It is all happening in one sense-moment and all my senses conspire to tell the same story and point to the same reality.
A signature moment can be brief but also contain lots of meaning and back-story, all compressed into that moment. And you can draw on it anytime you have a few minutes free. Just a few minutes at a time, several times a day over weeks and months can move you powerfully along the road to what you want.
What Advertising Does That You Should Do
The main purpose of all advertising is to hijack the imagination of the viewer. Notice how ads use attractive models with warm, fond tones of voice. Everything is larger than life. Colors are bright. Objects are large. Faces are in close-up. The camera pans in quickly on the object being advertised. You may not be able to smell things on TV, but look how the steam rises! That burger must taste good.
The advertiser is trying to create your dream for you, on his own behalf. He knows that it is a very short trip from imagination to action and thus to reality and so he pumps up your imagination in hopes that it will lead to action, i.e. you buying the product. And preferably as quickly and as often as possible. Your imagination is yours—take back control of it! Why should McDonald’s get better use of your imagination than you do?
Put Yourself Inside the Dream
It’s best to place yourself inside your vision. When you imagine a thing or a lifestyle, see-feel-hear the aspects of that. Make it big, bold, beautiful, colorful, like advertising. Then get into the picture. Don’t just see scads of cash—see them in your hands, see numbers in your bank account, touch them with your own fingers, look at the dead presidents on the bills. If you find yourself slipping out of the picture, climb back inside.
Your Lizard Brain Doesn’t Know The Difference
Why is it important to do all this? Why do sense modes matter? Because your hind brain, your lizard brain, does not know the difference between imagination and reality. And your lizard brain is what will create the thing you are manifesting. Once your hind brain gets used to the idea of you having what you want, it won’t be long before it happens.
Your hind brain also does not comprehend time. All times are now to the lizard brain. Therefore, place yourself in your dream and tell its story as if it’s happening now. Your hind brain will get busy manifesting it, especially if it starts to feel more real than the negative things in your life that you’re hoping to let go of.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
These skills may seem elusive and hard to measure, but really all that you need to do is practice. Just try it. Then try it again. Then keep trying it until you find suddenly that you are now dreaming in color when previously you only dreamt in black and white. Suddenly you are hearing symphonies in your head where previously you could barely hold a tune. And then—voila! Suddenly your external life responds to the internal shift: it becomes sweeter, richer, brighter than it was. And you are the one who made it that way.
It is an ancient theory in astrology that the signs of the zodiac parallel the parts of the body. They do so in sign order, from head to toe, from the spring equinox sign of Aries which launches the solar year through the tail-end-of-winter sign of Pisces which ends the solar year.
Additionally, while the zodiac rules general body areas and external body parts, the planets of the solar system (which rule and are of parallel natures with the signs) rule the various internal organs and systems. As we come to better medical understanding in the modern era of how our bodies work, we are gradually coming to see why some of the ancient attributions of planet-to-part exist, and we become able to understand which parts not heretofore attributed to a planet might go with a particular one.
In traditional astrology, which has techniques and theories dating back to ancient Greece, the concept of the homunculus, or “little man,” describes this parallelism. The homunculus is a little man envisioned as stretched over the circle of the zodiac as if doing acrobatics in mid-air, feet touching his head. The image of the homunculus illustrates the parallels between body parts and the zodiac. Astrology is not the only discipline that uses the concept of homunculus—in modern conventional medicine, the human brain has been similarly mapped by placing a “little man” over it to show brain regions which parallel parts of the body.
In alternative medicine, the homunculus concept is called reflexology and acupuncturists are well aware of the parallels among parts of the body. They have discovered a “little man” in the human foot, ears, hands and even the tongue. When an organ or other body part is in need of healing but is too damaged or in too much pain or discomfort to be treated directly, often an approach to its corollary on the foot, hand, ear or some combination of these will help the healing speed along.
The Zodiac, Head to Toe
What follows is a very brief description of the zodiacal associations for parts of the body.
Have you ever watched a film of two rams fighting? It’s the very epitome of head-banging. You may have heard that Aries rules the head (which it does) and since rams are so head-oriented, this comes as no surprise. Human rams like a little head-banging too—life just isn’t as interesting without a little conflict. Aries rules the head and all of its contents (brain, skull, etc).
Taurus rules the throat; this is said to be connected with the Taurean tendency toward musicianship and a love of music. Taureans love not only music’s sound, but also the feel of music in the throat when one is singing, and the vibrations of music when they hit the whole body. Inside the body, Taurus also rules the thyroid gland.
Gemini rules shoulders, arms and hands. Gemini is the Twins and shoulders are the first place the body splits into two when you are proceeding from the head downwards. The hands in particular are twins of each other, a matched set, even to having a “good” (dominant) and “evil” (nondominant) twin. You probably already know that the word dextrous comes from the Latin word “dexter” which means right, while “sinister” was left. Being left-handed has been highly discouraged at frequent times and places in human civilized history. Gemini also rules the nervous system; people with strong Gemini influence tend to be jumpy. And Gemini is associated with the lungs and breathing (it is the first air sign in the zodiac).
Cancer rules the breasts, which is appropriate for the sign most associated with mothering, feeding and nurturing. Large-breasted women are generally assumed to be both more motherly and more fertile. Cancer rules the stomach and alimentary canal–the feeding theme continues here. Cancer is also the first water sign to appear in the zodiacal order, linking it with the realm of emotions and intuition.
Leo rules the back and the spine, appropriate because Leo is the lion and is thus associated with a certain sense of royalty. What better part than the spine to convey this sign’s sense of dignity and noblesse oblige? Leo’s “planet,” the Sun, rules the heart, appropriate for the sign that is also associated with love, romance and a sunny disposition.
Virgo rules the belly and the digestive tract, which is appropriate because Virgo is all about sorting and separating. The stomach belongs to Cancer, but Virgo gets the small and large intestines, colon and rectum. Virgos are highly conscious of dirt and disorder.
Libra rules the hips and, through the ruler it shares with Taurus (Venus), the kidneys. The hips are like a scale inside our body from which right and left legs dangle, balancing us as we walk.
Scorpio rules the genitals, whether male or female and also, paradoxically, the nose. That these would be connected through the sign of Scorpio makes sense because the nose detects pheromones, allowing attraction and reproduction to happen. I am of the opinion that Scorpio rules all the mucus membranes of the body, because these areas allow intimate connection which joins one human to another into a single biological system. Since Scorpio itself rules the function of sex as intimate connection and bonding between two, this makes sense—humans bond at the genitals and mouth. The sense organs are given to Taurus, which is a sign that represents the age of life (babyhood) in which we are exploring the world through our senses, but the mucus membranes of them (nose, eyes, etc) should belong to Scorpio.
Sagittarius rules the buttocks and thighs. These are the major muscle groups of the body, which makes sense because these are the parts most involved in locomotion, and Sagittarius is the sign of travel and exploration. Through its ruler Jupiter, Sagittarius also rules the liver.
Capricorn is all about structure and thus rules the skeleton with all its bones, including the teeth. The skeleton is the framework on which the rest of our body is built. If we were exoskeletal creatures, our exoskeleton would be ruled by Capricorn. The skin is ruled by Capricorn too—you see the theme here of boundaries and structure. This sign also governs the knees, as is appropriate for a sign associated with the theme of hierarchy.
Aquarius rules the ankles, which seemed to me for many years like an afterthought until I learned that Aquarius rules all the joints. This makes much more sense, because Aquarius is all about networking and connecting things to each other into systems. Also, when you crack your joints, you are actually popping a bubble inside your body. Joints build up small amounts of gasses inside their tiny spaces, and when you crack your knuckles, you are releasing gas, like popping bubble wrap. That this air-filled area would be ruled by an air sign is appropriate.
Pisces rules the feet, a body part which is both humble and sensitive. It makes sense that the feet themselves would be a homunculus, because Pisces is generally regarded as a repository for the qualities of all the signs that came before (thus the Piscean tendency towards confusion and dispersion of identity).
In the last few hundred years, new planets have been discovered (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) and astrologers are still figuring out their attributions. Also medical science has advanced tremendously in understanding of the parts of the body and their functions. This leads to such interesting questions as: what rules the lymph system? What qualities in the physical function of the spleen parallel the medieval concept of “venting your spleen?” Why are some body parts venerated while others are reviled? It is an ongoing study and a fascinating one.
The Moon Sign and Body Sensitivity
One useful application of the connection between zodiac and body parts is to be aware of one’s Moon sign, because the Moon confers sensitivity to that part of the body belonging to the sign it is in. So, for example, I have the Moon in Taurus and had many sore throats as a child. A person with Moon in Virgo should take good care of their digestive tract and a Moon in Sagittarius person, already attracted to and prone to excess, should avoid drinking too much because of stress to the liver.
Find out your Moon sign and protect that part of the body. It may well be extra-sensitive.
Another application involving the Moon is around surgery. Medical astrology is a large and detailed branch of the field unto itself, and shouldn’t be practiced by anyone who isn’t also medically trained, but there is a thing that most astrologers know, even without special training. That is that you should avoid having surgery on a body part when the Moon is moving through that part’s sign. This means you should avoid having heart surgery when the Moon is in Leo and reschedule that boob job for a time when the Moon is not in Cancer. Dental surgery involves two signs to avoid: don’t have root canal work when the Moon is moving through Aries (because the teeth are inside the head), but also avoid it when the Moon is in Capricorn, because the teeth are bones.
Why would the Moon affect surgery, of all things? This is because a body part is sensitized by the passage of the Moon through its sign, making it more vulnerable to infection. Another reason is that the risk of hemorrhage during surgery is higher because the Moon pulls the tides of the Earth—and also of our bodies. The Moon moves our blood, hormones, neurochemicals, etc. and creates stronger flow (higher tides) in any particular body part when it moves through that part’s sign. To open up that part surgically is more risky than to wait until the Moon moves on. The Moon only spends 2 and a half days per month in a given sign, so it’s often not difficult to avoid an inauspicious surgery date, if you have any control over the date at all.
In most metaphysical bookstores you can find a pocket calendar, which will tell you the daily Moon sign, along with a bunch of other astrological and astronomical data. Also, most metaphysical bookstores can recommend an astrologer who may be willing to simply tell you dates to avoid over the phone for free. It is easy to look up and takes just a minute.
Naturally, this article has only scratched the surface of medical astrology, which is a fascinating field all its own, but the bit of information I’ve given you today is enough for anyone to use to their benefit and without harm.
For today’s entry I just want to point you to the Pages section on the right and the forecast for May, 2007 which I have just posted there. I’m finding it’s pretty hard to get these forecasts up on time (by the first of the month) because there’s so much I want to say, but I will continue trying to finish them by that deadline.
As always, your comments on the forecasts are appreciated. Send them directly to me at email@example.com.
In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill calls this “burning desire” and he’s right when he says it’s absolutely essential.
When you are out to create something, the thing you desire must feel thoroughly good to you, on every level. It has to feel good all through your body. If any part of your body disagrees with you having this thing, it will be harder to create.
If you have ambivalence, your desire will be thwarted. You need to desire it enough right from the start to be certain you will overcome all obstacles, before you even know what they are. Your desire must be strong enough to burn away anything that tries to stop you.
How’s Your Havingness?
“Havingness” is your ability to have. It includes your ability to receive and hold in your life things that you want. Havingness takes on the appearance of external circumstances, but often those are just a symptom of what’s going on inside a person. Someone who drinks away all their money has a low havingness for money and has not learned how to keep money around them. A person who spends profligately when they get a little surplus will not be able to hold onto the money they get. They also don’t currently have the resources to know how to turn some money into more money and ultimately into lots of money. Instead it bleeds through their fingers because they don’t understand leverage.
People have high havingness in some areas and low havingness in others. A person may have a low havingness for money, but a high havingness for books. Where do you have low and high havingness?
Can You Let Yourself Have It?
If you’re having the experience that what you are focused on manifesting is not coming to you, it may be because you are fending it off. Possibly you can’t let yourself have it. (This is why a manifestation practice is so valuable for personal growth—if it was just easy all the time, there would be no growth and one would never exceed oneself.) You may have habits of thought and action that drive away the very things that you are attempting to create. Do you make it unappealing for the thing to come to you? Do you prefer the satisfaction of being right about not getting the thing to the satisfaction of actually getting it? Take a look at the ways this might be true—what you uncover might empower you.
If you think you can’t have a thing, you will be quickly stopped when obstacles come up along the way, which of course they will. You will grasp at obstacles as reasons why you can’t have the thing, and the obstacles will cement your reluctance. More and more obstacles will appear and finally you will give up in disgust, thinking “maybe the thing wasn’t for me after all.” If you are willing to give up instead of being galvanized by obstacles, then yes, perhaps the thing wasn’t for you. Your desire has to outlive all obstacles.
Everyone has self-sabotage in some area—it is an entirely human preoccupation. Don’t get caught up in blaming yourself once you find the area in which you sabotage yourself. To blame yourself is to continue with, and pour energy into, the sabotage. It’s impractical and unnecessary. Just let any self-blame go, realize that you are human like the rest of us, and move on to eliminating the habit.
Ask yourself some questions about the thing you desire to create.
Can you allow yourself to have this thing?
Do you think you don’t deserve it?
Do you think perhaps no one should have it?
Do you think it’s impossible to have it?
Do you think it’s not possible for someone like you to have it?
Perhaps you need to start smaller so your body and being can tolerate having the thing. Really, the universe is happy to throw anything at you that you can imagine. It’s not limited by what you’ll allow yourself to have. So go ahead and daydream—the universe will give you things too big for your arms to hold. Take what you can and let the rest go. You can create it again tomorrow. Let yourself get used to holding onto what you have created. Let your body get used to it.
Your Senses Will Tell You
Your body will let you know if it’s uncomfortable with what you are created. Your senses will let you know.
Have you ever had something so good happen that it caused an adrenaline panic in your gut? It’s very hard not to act on such a sensation by pulling back and retreating from success. Fear elicits animal responses in us: panic, run, freeze. This may be your gut’s way of telling you that something better than you are familiar with is on the way.
Have you ever listened to the litany of reasons why “this can’t happen” that goes on in your head in such a moment? If you listen closely, some of them will amaze you. Some will be very familiar, recorded and played back by your brain in your parents’ voices. Other will utterly surprise you, so that you may wonder where that notion came from. Argue back, or just shut off the sound and tune back in to your desire. Don’t let the inner voices stop you.
Have you ever watched the disaster-movie of negative pictures your mind sometimes creates when you are on the verge of having something you have been creating for a long while? Don’t give these negative images any room. Go back to your desire. It is your touchstone—return to it when you get lost in the obstacles.
Expand Your Havingness Gradually
Try successive approximations to your goal. Create a small, immediate version of the big thing you are really wanting. Every time a small thing comes to you it confirms your belief that such things are possible and it stokes your ability to desire more. Run through the cycle of imagine-manifest-receive over and over again to build up your faith in the process itself. This will make the feeling of desire more comfortable for you.
To have what you want, start by wanting what you have. “Love the one you’re with.” If there is someone/something in your life that you don’t want there, plan to graduate from it, rather than kicking it out forcibly (as people usually do). The more force you use to push something you don’t want away, the more gravity that thing will have for you in the future and the more likely you are to create it again in a new form, as a seemingly new obstacle on the way to getting what you do want.
Hope Helps and Disappointment Denies
Voice of Desire: I want this!
Voice of Disappointment: Getting “this” is impossible. Just give up. It’s not worth hoping for. You’ll only be disappointed. Why not put your attention on something you can actually have instead?
You (caught between the two): Gee, that sounds so reasonable. . .
Fear of disappointment is one of the most insidious energy-stealers there is. And unfortunately, humans pass it to each other like a virus. Do not let fear of disappointment stop you. Do not let the fear of disappointment in others around you stop you either. Keep your plans to yourself if you have to.
Accustom yourself to disappointment. Hope for the impossible on a daily basis and experience small disappointments. Small disappointments are a sign you are playing big in your life. You’ll never get anywhere playing small and never feeling disappointed. Get used to feeling let down and then moving on. There’s no reason to let a feeling like this stop you.
No human being has died of disappointment (at least, not without other factors involved too!). The fear of disappointment will keep you mediocre. When others attempt to remind you that you may experience disappointment on the way to your goal, take a hard look at their lives and ask yourself, “is this person extraordinary enough, powerful enough to offer me advice about creating?” If they are, then listen. If not, smile to the person and ignore the advice.
The most powerful way to learn to create the “impossible” is to learn to ignore what other people say is impossible. “Impossible” is just other people’s word for obstacles they can’t see how to get around. You can be the one to see how, and hope and desire can propel you to that epiphany.
Hope is what leads to desire—cultivate it. Miracles happen everyday. People cure their own certain-death cancer, lives are saved that doctors believed lost, babies born to people diagnosed infertile, lifespans increased, money made that wasn’t there to make, jobs attained that “didn’t exist.” If not for our capacity for the extraordinary, we wouldn’t have longing for excellence in our human souls. But we do. Not only is the “impossible” possible, with burning desire it becomes downright probable. Certainly such miracles do not happen by accident.
Why Affirmations Alone Are Not Enough
Affirmations are not enough by themselves. Affirmations are statements of what you want. You write them out and then read them over to yourself before sleep or when you awake every day. Affirmations can be embedded into a self-hypnosis cd. Affirmations are intended to be delivered in a time when the mind is pliable and receptive, so that core beliefs may be changed. This is good, but there’s no emotion, no passion in the technique of affirmations. Affirmations are all content with no form; they are like packing your car with everything you want on your trip, and then not bothering to put gas in the tank of your car. Without the gas (passion, desire), your affirmations can be the best stuff in the world but they will go nowhere. If you’ve been using affirmations and wondering why they don’t seem to have a lot of power, you’d best go fill up your engine. Fuel your desires and then you and your affirmations can get somewhere.
What is a “burning desire?” It is a desire so strong that it burns in your heart and soul. It tolerates no argument, brooks no obstacle, and carries such force that it refuses to be stopped. A burning desire will always find a way.
Desiring is powerful because it naturally leads you to fantasize about the thing or condition in question and inject positive feelings into it. When you are longing for something deeply, don’t you daydream about it all the time? Don’t you rehearse all its possible scenarios? Don’t you hypnotize yourself into a bliss-state every time you think about it? There is tremendous power in desire’s ability to shut out every evidence of its failure. Harness all these qualities of desire: the bliss, the sheer emotional force, the purposeful ignoring of “hard reality” and you’ve got a real power-tool for manifestation. (Remember, if you hold a powerful desire and pour it into what you are manifesting for only five minutes a day, even that small bit should make a difference.)
Desire is what you come back to when everything else has failed. When people say what you want is impossible, desire is the thing that can overcome that. Desire is inexplicable and unreasonable. It cannot be explained. It responds poorly to logic and brilliantly to passion. Desire is the only motivation left when you shout to the universe: “to hell with the reasons why not! I just want it!”