Picture a Pink Elephant

The Power of Visualisation

You may have heard about the wonders of visualisation, yet if it is so powerful then why can so few of us effectively visualise? I feel it may be a mix of the impatient urge to run before we can even crawl combined with the fact that we each operate in our own unique way. Even though I haven't personally experienced the power of visualisation, nor have I spent much time trying to cultivate this power, I can see the logic to how it would work because its foundation is built around focused attention and clear specific goals.

The Reality I live in is a Reflection of my thinking

In order to perceive my reality I need to think, or as the French philosopher René Decartes so succinctly put it in the 16th century:

I think, therefore I am

I don't expect you to take my word for it. I would encourage you to reflect on your life, with as open a mind as is possible, and think of a situation where your thinking had nothing at all to do with your experience.

I'll let you in on a little secret, a couple of years ago the world appeared very random to me. In hindsight, I have begun to see that it was more a reflection of my level of thinking. I had little to no understanding of how thinking worked so my random thinking created a perception of a random reality. In fact this website started off with the name dideaboard about two years ago, because my felt experience of life was that I was living in an organised world with random ideas floating around inside my head. In fact that was originally the tagline for this website.

Picture a Pink Elephant

If you are reading my posts then chances are you have heard of the do not picture a pink elephant 'jedi mind trick'. I want to inverse this statement to give you a glimpse at a much more powerful aspect of the mind. Picture a pink elephant for the next minute. If you somehow managed to get passed a few seconds, lets up it to five minutes, now ten, now thirty, one hour and so forth. This is a demonstration of the power of attention.

Attention Cultivation

Attention can be cultivated with clear personal goals along with a decrease in personal contaminated thinking.

The good news is that it can happen naturally once you are aware of its power. A neat attention trick is to see your attention and clear goals as your center. Whenever you become aware of random trails of thoughts floating around inside your head bring yourself back to your center with your key goals. You can think of your goals as a door stop for the mind. They serve to stop the doors you want to go through from closing in your face. You will find that over time you will naturally get better at this, especially when you can approach it with a light heart and an open mind.

Here is an example of my current 'door stops' that bring me back to my center when I get lost in my contaminated thinking:

  1. Become a Python Programmer
  2. Become a Mindset Coach

Would you like to have clear personal goals or do you have some already? Would you like to have a clearer head? If you have any insights, questions or recommendations feel free to leave a comment or drop me an e-mail.