“You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.” – Deepak Chopra
Questioning our concept of time and reality is enough to boggle the mind. Like a “Magic 8 ball” that is shaken and it’s only response is “ask again later” bouncing in a dark pool of bubbles.
Researchers have found that “changes in the brain in those who imaged playing piano are the same as in those who actually played piano. Really, your brain doesn’t distinguish real from imaginary!”
(http://drdavidhamilton.com/does-your-brain-distinguish-real-from-imaginary/). This conclusion is drawn by taking a snap shot of the areas of the brain that light up when you are visually seeing something in front of you or imagining it. Yes that snap shot lights up the same exact areas.
In digging even deeper during another study, it was discovered that “reality and imagination aren’t just two opposite ends of what’s going on in our minds. Instead, they’re quite literally going through our heads in the opposite direction.” (https://knowledgenuts.com/2015/11/21/how-the-brain-processes-imagination-and-reality-differently/)
So how does all of this help us master time and access infinite possibilities? “You have been conditioned to believe that the Past, Present, and Future are all separate, sequential experiences. Yet this is simply a useful illusion. Linear time (as we know it) does not exist.”
This quick video below lays it all out in a way that makes it possible to wrap you mind around it.
This image is how I came to think of time and imagine it as a concept I can wrap my mind around.
HOW IS ALL THIS USEFUL?
Brain studies now reveal that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions. Mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain: motor control, attention, perception, planning, and memory. So the brain is getting trained for actual performance during visualization. It’s been found that mental practices can enhance motivation, increase confidence and self-efficacy, improve motor performance, prime your brain for success, and increase states of flow – all relevant to achieving your best life!
This practice is used by athletes, surgeons, SWAT teams, pilots, musicians, actors, teachers and successful businessmen and women.
Begin by establishing a highly specific goal. Imagine the future; you have already achieved your goal. Hold a mental ‘picture’ of it as if it were occurring to you right at that moment. Imagine the scene in as much detail as possible. Engage as many of the five senses as you can in your visualization. Who are you with? Which emotions are you feeling right now? What are you wearing? Is there a smell in the air? What do you hear? What is your environment? Sit with a straight spine when you do this. Practice at night or in the morning (just before/after sleep). Eliminate any doubts, if they come to you. Repeat this practice often. Combine with meditation or an affirmation (e.g. “I am courageous; I am strong”, or to borrow from Ali, “I am the greatest!”).
Reach out to your best self and create your reality from within.
For more on the different perceptions of time: