The addict and the priest have one thing in common, both are motivated and strive toward a goal based on concepts swirling about in the subconscious. Each crystallizes a reality based on the impulses of a profound imagery.
Our ability to create an imaginary life then act on it can be a blessing or a curse. It is a blessing to the priest who blesses others with thoughtful words and wisdom, but evil to the addict who becomes the affliction. The subconscious mechanism itself is impersonal. It doesn't think, see, or feel. It merely keeps information and returns anything we put into it. With enough material stored in it, it runs a person's life.
What people don't realize is that the mechanism energizes everything they do, and it operates on autopilot. In many respects, the quality of life we experience is due to the autopilot programming running in the background. The mental imagery you subconsciously hold makes split-second decisions for you without forethought and puts you in a situation according to your imagery.
Individuals who overcome insurmountable adversity and poverty, and rise to the pinnacle of success and power are witness to this phenomena. They follow a vision encapsulated in mind. All decision, action, and expenditure are executed based on the reality that exists in their mind.
The same truth binds countless numbers of lotto winners, who end up broke in a few years. What you hold in your mind dictates who you are and the result of your life. Without internal change, external change is impossible.
Sow a seed of faith and belief, cultivate it with positive imagery, while aligning it deep beliefs and nothing is impossible. Everything is possible for him who believes, the Bible tells us. (Mark 9:23)
The ideas that make up our subconscious fosters a reality through which we think, speak, and act. It alone is responsible for the materialization of your present life situation.
Here's the good news. Not only do you have the capacity to change your thought dynamics that run your life, but you can use it for the greater good.
Now look at an old wise saying of the Bible, "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." ~ Ephesians 4:22-24
The lesson taught by this verse is similar to what Jesus taught His followers about adopting a new ideology. To make great strides in life, we must cast off the old thought-mechanisms that hold us back and replace them with fresh visions.
Notice that the Bible also tells us how to create that new image. God wants us to build it in His image with truth, love, purity, and holiness.
Another essential element in building an extraordinary life from within is free will. This little verse also teaches that it's up to you to make the decision and move forward.
The ability to imagine ourselves any way we want, and to be automatically supported with a life-sustaining force is probably the most significant discovery in our history.
I believe our ability and the power that supports it can account for all unexplained miracles. It can also explain how Jesus performed many miracles like walking on water, healing the sick and feeding thousands of people with a few loaves of bread.
Once Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by Himself. He does only what He sees the Father doing." (John 5:19)
This statement tells us that Jesus' inner vision is wholly one with God. In other words, there is no subconscious thought to either impede or negate God's power in His mind.
Every human being is blessed with the faculties and capabilities to achieve. We just need to build thought structures that are in alignment with God to bring blessings into our lives.
Our brain is a remarkable, complex, and highly sophisticated organ that is organized and cultivated by what we want in life. If you train your mind to think at both the inner and outer levels habitually, nothing will be impossible for you.
Not only can we create thought-patterns at will, but we are capable of developing them any way we want. Present your brain with high lofty ideas, and it will go to work. Do the same with negative ideology, and it will also go to work.
Here's a quick test. For the next few seconds think of a highly stressful situation. How do you feel? Chances are you feel the tension. Now think of a quiet, serene moment. How do you feel? You probably feel calm and relaxed.
The body takes orders from the invisible mind. Whether you have a goal or not, your brain continually seeks to fulfill your ideology. Your conscious and subconscious thought life is the single most powerful determinant of your future and life.
The winning formula to overcoming defeat is having a clearly identified vision. Referring back to the old book of wise sayings, the Bible, it states that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Our vision must be evidenced by the substance of thought, in other words, we must be able to identify every aspect of the image as real. Without the reality of a vision driving everything, we become victims of circumstantial thought tossed by the highs and lows of life.
Deeply held mental imagery triggers our conscious and subconscious mind to work. What's astounding about the process is that is back by divine power for those who believe.
After days, week, maybe months of hearing about the miracles of Jesus, a woman who bled for years and given no hope of recovery, worked her mind into such an ecstatic state that it propelled her out her death bed and into the crowds.
With just one touch of Jesus, her healing was manifest. Jesus then says this, "Be of good cheer. Your faith has made you well." Jesus applauds her tenacity, creativity, determination, and vision. The story illustrates how God helps when help is needed, and it happens when an idea consumes us.
What you hold in mind will either limit you or free you from limit. If you conceive images in negativity like, "that's impossible, I can't do that," then your mind will automatically go to work on that. It will even present visions of the impossibilities and reasons why you shouldn't believe. This does not take away from sound logically thinking needed in achieving any goal.
Your brain responds according to your beliefs, stored information, and self-image. If you think and feel you can't, then you can't. But if you're like the woman, who sounds like wild horses couldn't stop her from receiving the impossible dream held in her mind, you will probably achieve the impossible.
Your first step to living a great life is learning about the system and how to use it. Then, as with all things you need to practice, learn, and be persistent. The practice will stimulate new habits, new ways of thinking, and creativity. On your journey, you will encounter thoughts that oppose your newly held beliefs. The confrontation is an opportunity for growth if you approach the resistance with thoughtfulness and care.
Addressing ingrained thought habits like, "I can't because..." will develop a new self-image in you, one that supports your vision and its attainment. It just takes practice. All you have to remember is that your subconscious, the mechanism that quietly runs your life, needs to be exercised in a particular way you want, so it's going to take time.
Rest assured the process is easy and becomes natural. Just like you check the fuel in your car and get gas when you need it on virtual autopilot, you can replace resistant thoughts with thoughts that support your goal. After replacing thoughts for a while, it becomes a reactionary mental habit that results in new profoundly ingrained thought patterns.
Envisioning a potential future while cultivating your mind is extremely powerful, but to significantly magnify that power you must experiencing your vision with emotion. All you need is one memory of victory to heighten the experience.
You don't need a huge victory or tremendous success, you just need that, "yes!" moment. Remember what it was like to learn something new and you got it. That's all you need to move forward in a new direction. Apply that feeling of happiness to your vision and watch it come alive.