Master of Time – Field of Infinite Possibilities

“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.

~Nameste

For more on the different perceptions of time:
http://awakenedwarriors.com/illusion-of-time/

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There is no spoon

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This is a mind blowing concept and one that I continually come back to and reflect on. Someone recently asked me if I have ever “bent the spoon”? I really had to think on it before responding. Like the boy says, you are not bending the spoon. That’s impossible. When you realize the truth, that there is no spoon, then you will see it’s not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

Our thoughts control our reality. As adults we hear people say to “visualize”. Visualize this and that to create your own reality. This can be a struggle. We are held back by our concepts of what is possible or impossible. What we forget is the power of “IMAGINATION”. It is our imagination that gives our visualizations power to manifest the world around us.

As a child my sister and I often got into all kinds of shenanigans around the house with our wild imaginations. Pillow forts, alligator and the high action game of “the floor is lava” were some of our favorites.  One hot summer day my mother sent us off to play in the basement so she could get some work done. My sister and I came up with the idea that instead of just playing regular “house” we would pretend to be Eskimos. Seemed like a great plan since it was so hot out that day.

We created a domed fort with a small front opening. Collected firewood and covered ourselves with clothing we imagined to be warm furs. We sat in the little home we created imagining the cold snow and wind blowing just outside the shelter. Together our visualization became so strong that WE WERE THERE. I could see it! I could feel it! It was our reality. It scared the crap out of us!

We could feel the cold air. See the snow blowing against our hut and the landscape was of a snowy mountain side on a winter evening. On seeing this we both jumped out of our skins. I grabbed her arm not wanting to leave her behind and we ran frantically upstairs to hide in our room.  We looked at each other in disbelief. “Did you see that?” We both described the same vision. The same feeling. We didn’t know what to make of it. Soon we were outside playing in the hot summer sun forgetting about what just happened.

What did we do?  by being able to visualize unbound by our ego and logical consciousness we did, what I now realize as,  “bent the spoon” by bending ourselves.

To hold on to that is even more tricky.  In the movie “The Matrix”,  Neo jumps off the building but halfway through the leap he looses that state of consciousness and is consumed with fear that he is falling – and he fell.  This is a lesson I continue to practice. holding that state of mind is easier to do when you don’t look down.

How do you get there: Morpheus would say “FREE YOUR MIND”

I can only speak for me and I am absolutely no master. What works, when I can get it to work (that’s the trick eh?) is letting go, free your mind, empty your mind, stop willing, stop desiring, stop hating. No fear, no expectation, no desire. Picture an empty cup filled with light heartedness &  love for all that is, what has been and what could be. Free your imagination.