Your best self is in you. As you can imagine, I get emails from all corners of the world, and one of the most requested pleads for help is the change of personality.
After a decade in my position, I've learned that people want higher self-esteem, confidence, and a peaceful sense of self. My people who write me say that if they could only change themselves the problems of life would be more manageable, even bearable.
It's interesting to note that despite how grim the mind becomes, a spark of inner knowledge of can spring up and brighten everything. Our best self is locked inside and can come out to change everything. As creatures created in God's image, our mind is capable of accepting and realizing our best self in every way. But riddled with neutralizing subconscious thought it becomes difficult to grasp the transformation. Deep seeded emotions of fear, doubt, and defeat can hamper any possibility of the new self from emerging.
I frequently advise people who aren't in need of professional help, that all they need to do is to see beyond the neutralizing thought patterns and that God designed them with the ability to it. All they have to do is use it to experience change. I often get notes of surprise and unbelief at the simplicity of the concept. But it's true. Even the Bible advises us not to conform to negative thinking but to change the pattern of thought. (Romans 12:2)
Here's something you may not have heard which is also presented by the Bible. The pursuit of our best-self starts and ends with a compatible alignment between our subconscious and conscious mind. We can consciously think, and even tell ourselves that we will change, or that we will achieve a specific goal, but if in our subconscious mind we hold thoughts of doubt, fear, or defeat that cause insecurity and anxiousness, we will never see the change we want.
If on the other hand, we work on our subconscious and replace the neutralizing thought with deeply held beliefs of faith, power, and confidence in God, then our conscious mind will not conceive of new a self but beautifully execute the vision.
The relinquishment of the entire mind to good, noble, pure, and admirable thoughts is how we become more capable of changing life and its circumstances.
The concept was also emphasized by Paul the apostle, who once advised to discard all thought that causes anxiousness. He counsels the reader to meditate deeply or ponder, on the superior qualities of God so anxiety can be transformed to peace. (Philippians 4:6-9)
A 2017 study conducted by the Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and authored by Svetla Velikova, Haldor Sjaaheim, and Bente Nordtug proved Paul's concept true. They demonstrated that disciplining oneself with mental imagery can reduce mental health issues like clinical depression and anxiety.
The study investigated twenty-four females and six males between the ages of 20 to 55, with the average age being 35.
Every individual underwent psychological analysis and an electroencephalogram (EEG) brain scan before the study. Participants had no formal mental health diagnoses of any kind and did not take any medication. During the initial review, doctors discovered that some participants had subclinical symptoms of depression and anxiety. The study also had a strict policy on meditation. Participants did not have any experience with meditation techniques.
For two days doctors trained volunteers to visualize a goal and the steps associated with achieving it. Participants continued with home training for an additional twelve weeks. At the end of the twelve-week period, researchers performed the final psychological assessment and EEG brain scans.
The results showed that participants had less depression and anxiety symptoms, and displayed better overall mental health than at the beginning of the test.
EEG data showed significant changes in the right medial prefrontal cortex of the brain. This region of the brain is associated with life satisfaction and thoughts linked to positive emotions.
Post brain scans also revealed increased connectivity in the temporal lobe of both left and right hemispheres. The results suggest that the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), a naturally occurring compound that reduces anxiety and depression, may increase when a person practices positive imagery as the Bible suggests.
Today, we are proving with psychological tests and EEG brain scans that there is a miraculous power within us. Imagine changing the chemistry of your brain and who you are fundamentally by merely visualizing it.
Your best self already exists in you. You just have to see it and deeply believe. When you can mentally see and believe the change, miracles will happen.