IMAGINATION: THE TECHNOLOGY TO CREATE YOUR FUTURE
Written by Ron Williams and Jason Irvine 2015
Albert Einstein once said, “Your imagination is a metaphor for your future.”
Our imagination is our personal power, it is our creative force to direct, predict and create our own future. We become what we think about, most of the time; our focus is what creates our behavior on a moment-by-moment basis.
NLP COMMUNICATION MODEL: HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) began as a model of how we communicate to ourselves and others.
Why is it that so many people achieve the results and success they want, and so many others do not? It’s a matter of focus. The distinction here is that our focus is made up of very specific information or communication within us based on the internal pictures, sounds, feelings, tastes, smells, and self-talk which altogether forms an internal representation (IR) in our mind, coupled with our state and physiology, produces our behavior and therefore our results (See Figure 1). Results always tell the truth, and there is no such thing as failure, only feedback.
Focus on this statement for a moment, “Don’t think of a blue tree”. Now. What did you think about? A blue tree right? You may or may not be consciously aware of the fact that you can’t think about what you don’t want to think about, without thinking about it. The unconscious mind cannot process a negative directly. This is important due to the influence that your imagination and your thoughts have on your body and your behavior. This concept has been coined “the mind body connection.”
THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
Consistent with Dr. Deepak Chopra, in his book Quantum Healing (1989), he stated that “neurotransmitter bathes every single cell in the body”, and that “our immune system is eves-dropping on our internal dialog.” Every thought you think has an influence on your body. This is proof of the mind body connection! Did you know on average we think around 90,000 thoughts a day? How many of your thoughts are aligned with what you want, and how many thoughts are aligned with what you don’t want? Because if your focusing on what you don’t want, then what you are doing is translating those thoughts into chemical messages and transmitting them to every cell in the body.
HOW OUR THOUGHTS AFFECT OUR CELLS
According to Dr. Bruce H. Lipton, one of the founders of the new scientific field of Epigenetics (Epi means “above” the genes), there are specialized receptors on every cell’s membrane that pick up on neurochemicals, and some receptors are even triggered by vibrational frequencies, like a tuning fork, and not chemicals at all! All our 50 Trillion cells literally have radio antennas that are listening to the vibration of our thoughts. Dr. Lipton also states in his books (Honeymoon Effect and The Biology of Belief) from his groundbreaking research on stem cells, that the fate of each and every cell is NOT determined by our genes, but by the culture medium.
The specifics of this research is beyond the scope of this chapter; however, the implication here is that our thoughts plus our nutrition and environmental factors influence the culture medium that is our blood and bathes every cell in our body. If a cells environment is healthy, then the cell is healthy. If a cells environment is unhealthy, the cell is unhealthy and may die. The mind-blowing conclusions from Dr. Lipton’s research is that the thoughts we think (vibrations) and the chemicals produced by the mind-body-brain have the most significant effect on all 50 Trillion cells and can do so instantaneously. Why is this important?
Consider this for example, and hold on for a little bit of the latest research in neuro-biology! In Dr. Lipton’s book Honeymoon Effect, he explains that when our mind perceives the state of love, the body releases neurochemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin, and growth hormone (and others) in the blood. When these same chemicals are added to the culture of cells in a plastic petri dish, they, “react by exhibiting robust, healthy growth. The same occurs for cells in the body’s skin-covered dish—yes, you are generally healthier when you are in love.” Conversely if the same brain were to perceive (or imagine) a threatening world, the chemicals of love are not released, and instead is a release of stress hormones and inflammatory agents such as cortisol, Norepinephrine, and cytokines. When these same chemicals are added to cells in a petri dish, the cells stop growing and may die. The point being, we can either be in love (growth process) or fear (protection process) but not both at the same time!
This is the enormous power of our thoughts and beliefs (imagination), we can either focus on what we want, or what we don’t want, and either way it will produce a result consistent with your focus. To further explain the latest research findings, is to say there is scientific proof that based on the way that we perceive our environment, being love-based or fear-based, has a direct influence on the activity of our genes. (Honeymoon Effect, pg.52). Yes, you read the last sentence correctly, read it a few times and just take that in for a second or two and really feel the what impact that does have in your life. You can tell your genes what to do, and they will respond accordingly.
THE POWER OF THE MIND’S IMAGINATION
Our highly evolved mind-body is the most exquisite and powerful bio-computer known to modern science. It is more powerful than any supercomputer built by man. It also has the ability, according to Dr. Paul Goodwin to create (10)(10)11 neurological connections. That is an astronomical amount of possible neural networks we can form. The more neural connections, and more neural-elasticity (the speed at which you form new connections) the more information can flow and be available to create your behavior and outcomes you imagine for yourself. Your neurological system is your unconscious mind and is specifically designed to create that which you focus on. Conversely, we also have the ability to create mental constructs of what we don’t want (negative imagination) and would rather not experience.
This capacity was eloquently touched on in the movie Contact (1997) when an advanced extra-terrestrial entity stated to Dr. Arroway: “You’re an interesting species. An interesting Mix. Your capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares.” We have the capacity to create what we love or what we fear, and learning how the mind works, and how it processes information is how to get in charge of your mind. Who is driving the bus? It is about being at cause verses being at effect for your life.
Wouldn’t you want to know specifically how you create your behavior? This would be extremely powerful to you, would it not? Realizing this unlimited ability to create what you want in your life, through the power of imagination, now that is self-empowering!
What we are implying here is that we are asking you to start thinking about your thinking.
This is about your personal empowerment. When we do not actively use our imagination (thinking) we can begin to allow our circumstances, situations and other people to dictate our thinking and our life.
Therefore, it brings much responsibility on our part to get ourselves to the level of personal development where we not only understand how this works, but to actively and consciously begin to shift our mental focus and creative imagination toward what we desire.
In conclusion, let me leave you with this one thought: Many people never take the time to imagine their dreams, and focus on making it a reality. Will you?
If you would like to learn more about our trainings and how we can assist you in creating your future with this powerful technology, please contact us. Focus on your Success!
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Lipton, Bruce. H. (2005). The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter & Miracles. Carlsbad: Hay House, Inc.
Chopra, Deepak (1989). Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine. New York: Bantam Books
Tad James, Accelerated NLP Practitioner Certification Training Manual