Embracing the Infinite Power of Your Mind

The infinite power of your mind - People Development Network
The infinite power of your mind - People Development Network

The infinite power of your mind is real

Your mind is infinitely powerful.    Quantum science is now showing us how we perceive the world through our mindset determines our human experiences.  The famous double split experiment shows reality is changed depending on who is observing it.  Even more astonishingly, science is now showing the molecular structure of our very DNA can be changed by our thoughts. This new thinking is a completely new paradigm.  It’s a similar revelation like discovering the world is not flat, but round.  When you actually grasp and believe the infinite power of your mind is creating your reality. It completely changes the game.  No longer can what the world throws at us be separate. You realise the world is not apart and out of our ultimate control.  A big stretch I know. One which when you really perceive it, is amazingly empowering.

Becoming aware of your unconscious mind

the power of the mind

Picture courtesy of Simple Psychology

Who is in the driving seat?  The reason growing self-awareness is vital is that the majority of our mind is buried in our unconscious.  It is the unconscious parts of yourself you are challenged to uncover if anything substantial is to change and you awaken to the infinite power of your mind.

Dream awareness

About 12 months before my house was repossessed,  I had a dream. In the dream, I hosted a party and the neighbours in my street were there. They were friendly and partaking of my hospitality.  But in the dream, I felt as if they were looking at me with pity.  At the end of the party, the neighbours left and I locked up the house and walked away knowing the house wasn’t mine.  If only I’d known then about the work of Carl Jung and his pioneering work on dream analysis.   I would have realised my dream was a clue about what was going on in my unconscious mind.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing

I would have known I needed to pay attention.  The reality was I just thought it was a bad dream.  Now I know it was my intuition giving me a heads up my unconscious beliefs were headed me in a direction I was completely unaware of, demonstrating the infinite power of the mind.

Hindsight is always a wonderful thing and often when we look back we are able to have a much better view of the big picture.  The truth is many of the ideas,  beliefs,  thoughts and assumptions we hold in our minds are buried in our unconscious.  It is the stuff held in our unconscious mind which can cause us to act in ways which can baffle us on a conscious level.

Our unconscious beliefs can determine our behaviour

As a child my parents were beautiful people who did the best they could, knowing what they knew. Unfortunately what they knew was hardship, struggle, loss and poverty.  Like almost every parent they wanted to give their kids a better hand than they themselves had been dealt. So it was a loving environment.  What they couldn’t shake off was a poverty consciousness. It was this consciousness I lived and breathed all of my childhood and teenage years.  We rarely had holidays or treats, we lived in tied accommodation. My brother and I were bought new clothes only when the others couldn’t be fixed up.

Things improved when I got married.  My husband and I had good jobs,  a nice house, holidays etc.  I sincerely thought I was taking my childhood experiences and making a better life for myself. I said goodbye to being poor and out of control of my financial destiny.  Little did I realise the poverty consciousness was well and truly alive.  It was lurking in my unconscious just waiting for a chance to take me back to my early experience and my comfort zone.

In denial

Of course, I had never left poverty consciousness. I wasn’t even aware of it.  But the signs were there.  My husband and I never bought anything outright.  We borrowed money for items we struggled to afford.  Christmas and holidays meant a hefty assault on the credit card. Pulling our belts in and living with poverty consciousness for months at a time, while we paid loan and credit card companies thousands in interest and late payment charges.  Living above our means and consciously thinking “that’s how everyone lives”. Simply being in denial about the precarious tight financial rope we were walking on, was just another version of “poor”.

We filter information through our beliefs, ideas and thoughts to create our reality

I lived my life in poverty consciousness for years. I increasingly ignored the signs all around me until life had no alternative but to show me in full Technicolor the reality I was creating. Unless you realise the infinite power of your mind, you are likely living your life unaware that you are filtering information through your beliefs, ideas and thoughts.

I was a single mum with 3 small children when the crash came.  Importantly, I didn’t realise I was in denial.  I felt helpless against the repossession and subsequent re-housing in social housing.  For months I felt so angry with myself.  I did nothing but rage inwardly.

Surrendering

Once I became aware of my anger against myself, I realised I had to give it up.  Surrender is such a powerful tool when your experiences are overwhelming.  Slowly over many weeks and months, I realised my behaviour leading up to the repossession was because I had unconsciously believed every message my childhood had given me.  Every time I went to school with broken shoes, or clothes that were too small, I made it mean  I was a “poor kid”.  I was just destined to be poor because being poor was my experience.

Waking up not only to my poverty-stricken unconscious beliefs, but many others too, completely turned my life around.  I realised the whole experience was showing me I had it wrong.

Once I woke up and shone a torch on my limiting and disempowering beliefs, I realised I didn’t have to be poor. I need not feel so guilty about life to the extent I had to be poor.  My whole life changed.  Don’t get me wrong. I’m not super wealthy by any means. But I know the power to change is also in me if I chose to do so. For anyone who has had a similar experience: Once you realise your beliefs, ideas and thoughts are creating your reality, you are on your way to understanding the infinite power of your mind.

You are creating your reality

A client’s son was going through the 6th form at school, and his results were far from amazing.  Attending a parent evening, my client braced herself for having a “talk” with the head of the year about whether or not this was the right path for her son.

Prior to the meeting, her son confirmed he wanted to stay at 6th form and to achieve the grades to become nearer to getting his dream job.  A very bright lad, his apparent intention was a gross contradiction to the poor results he was getting,

At the school, she met several of his teachers.  It was nothing like she thought it would be at all.  They weren’t shaking their heads in despair about her son.  On the contrary, they were his biggest cheerleaders, in a really enthusiastic and heartfelt way.  He “was a great lad”, “was so bright”, “could easily pass”.  If only he did the work.

Reflecting on unconscious beliefs

In the car on the way home, she said to him, ok what is it?  He said for the millionth time “I don’t know”.  When they got home, he disappeared upstairs.  Some time passed, and he eventually came downstairs and told her, “I’ve thought about it and I’m just not motivated”.   She asked him “Why aren’t you motivated if it’s what you really want to do?”   “I don’t know”, he replied.

Instead of concentrating on feeling bad because he just didn’t do the work, or feeling depressed for lagging behind, he actually asked himself a good question.  “Why am I not motivated to do the work?  Too often we don’t ask ourselves these questions because we already think we know the answer.  For example, “I’m just lazy”, I don’t know how to do it”  “It’s too hard”.

The next day, my client’s son reported to her that he realised he wasn’t motivated because he didn’t think he would be able to have the job he wanted.  When she asked him why, he said, “I just can’t figure out how it’s going to happen.”    What emerged was he had set his heart on wanting things in the past and he hadn’t been successful.  So his unconscious was busy at work this time saying, “don’t get enthusiastic or motivated, it’s probably not going to happen”, but naturally he didn’t realise this until things were about to get too painful, and he turned within.

The role of doubt

Doubt is one of the biggest creators of your reality and shows how the infinite power of your mind is true to instructions from you.  Whether those instructions are positive or negative.   How often does doubt make you abandon your project, or even not get started?  How often does doubt stop you from imagining a business which exceeds customer expectations and creating an “A” team?   The truth is, if something isn’t working, it’s because you either consciously or unconsciously doubt it can be done.  Nothing can be more frustrating than badly wanting something to happen, fearing it won’t happen, and your fears winning the race.

Consciousness

You might pooh-pooh books such as “The Secret” which describe how our thoughts and awareness can actually “attract” circumstances and “things” in our lives.  As you become more conscious of what is in your unconscious mind or aware of what you don’t know, these concepts don’t seem as outlandish. The findings of quantum science if you understand them can bring you a step nearer to acknowledging the infinite power of your mind.

For me, becoming conscious is becoming aware.  Becoming conscious can be on a physical level in small ways. For example, we suddenly become aware of a beautiful part of the coastline we had visited many times before, We hadn’t looked beyond the main beach.  Then we discovered a lovely small beach just tucked around the corner.  Before we stumbled upon it, the small beach didn’t exist to us.  We can become physically conscious in much bigger ways when we stretch our line of vision or our perceptions. For example, discovering a new planet, or finding out the earth is round and not flat.

Quantum Science

Quantum science is introducing the concept of metaphysical consciousness or becoming aware of information beyond our five senses.  Dr Deepak Chopra contends becoming conscious to a field which is pure potential, where what we cannot see, can be determined by the observer when they bring their attention to it.  For those of us with not so scientific minds, this can be a difficult concept to grasp. Chopra’s theory corresponds with the famous “Schrodinger’s cat” experiment, which demonstrated” that which we cannot see”, cannot be determined until it is observed.

Whether we understand it or not, the bottom line is science is showing us there are unlimited possibilities, and there is so much we cannot see.  Our brains mostly use recall to determine our future, relying on historical evidence,  As a result, we can experience our own personalised groundhog day. Where every day is like yesterday and we always think we know what’s going to happen because of past experience. If we want to move past creating our future based on our past, then the most empowering statement we can make at any given choice point is “I don’t know”.

How we can grow in consciousness and thus open up to new possibilities

I wanted customer service to be the number one skill in our toolkit at work.  Setting my aspirations high, I received tenders from a number of providers with a range of customer service methodologies. All of which would have delivered a set number of criteria I wanted.  The prices were varied, but all were in 5 figures, and given my budget, the possibility was a big fat zero,  I knew I had to raise the cash from somewhere.  I submitted a business case to the Finance Director, demonstrating how improved customer service would benefit us financially.  He was sympathetic, admired what I was setting out to do, but couldn’t offer me more than about 5% of the budget I needed.

At the next meeting, I explained to the senior managers the position, and we brainstormed ways of raising the additional funds without much success.  We did agree, however, not to shelve the possibility and to keep an open mind.

Being open to the impossible becoming possible

Some weeks later, I was asked if I was still looking for customer service training by a colleague. They had been contacted by a training company in the area.  Of course, I said yes.  It turned out this company had sourced rare funding to deliver customer service training, This meant I was able to not only buy 12 months’ worth of training within my 5% budget. As a result, all my employees held a nationally recognised qualification.

If I hadn’t stayed with the idea and possibility of being able to source quality customer service training for my employees.  Given the weighty evidence which seemed to show I was asking for the impossible, I would never have stayed open to the possibility of my idea becoming reality.  Additionally, I would never have followed up on the final call.  The team’s response to overwhelming evidence to the contrary of our being able to source the finance for the training kept the possibility alive.

The creative power of imagination

Imagination is the creative seat which fuels the infinite power of your mind.  The famous quote made by Napoleon Hill “What the mind can believe, it can achieve” is acknowledged as science is beginning to support the use of imagination as a means of creating a better future.

We often think of using our imagination as a futuristic activity.  A pastime of fantasists like the Walter Mitty character, who waste time dreaming as an escape from the world.  Or we think of creative artists or performers.  The truth is, we are all using our imagination, at all times. Even if it is too look at the images of the world we see on a day to day basis and recreate them.

To actively use our imagination to consciously create a future reality is one which isn’t always done positively.  Quite often we use our fearful imagination to create a future we do not want.

Consciously using imagination to create a vision for your future is like setting your personal SAT NAV.  While the voice giving the directions is your intuition.    If you put in the postcode, your vehicle will automatically take you to your destination.  It might take you down a few scary country roads. You might doubt the efficiency of the route. But if you don’t interfere, and listen if you take a wrong turn, then you will get to your destination. You will be in complete accord with the infinite power of your mind.

Beliefs, Ideas, perception and thoughts

If imagination is the creative seat of the infinite power of your mind.  Your beliefs, ideas, perceptions and thoughts are the filters which sort out which information you will accept and reject.  While I am a deeply spiritual person.  I fully understand and respect other people’s beliefs can be different to mine.  Some people think that to believe in something you can’t “prove” or something you can’t perceive with your senses is nonsense. I respect their beliefs.

Your belief system is your own personal prerogative,  We should all respect each other’s beliefs.  As long as we aren’t harming others.  Understanding beliefs aren’t fixed is extremely empowering information. No matter how deep-rooted those beliefs might be, they can be changed if they are not serving you any longer.

When you realise your mind is like a computer. It is open to new information, Creating new possibilities and filtering through all this information to create your reality. The world truly is in your hands.

How to put this concept into practice

There is often no quick fix to becoming aware of the infinite power of the mind.  Often we are closed to the possibility for a number of reasons. Not least the sentiment Marianne Williamson quoted, which is we are scared of it.  There is, of course, nothing to be scared of, except our own fearful imagination!  Here are some practices which can help you to be open to the infinite power of your mind.

Become an observer

Just for a short time at first, and then increase slowly: Become an observer.  Just watch yourself going about your business.  Once you do this for a little while you come to realise you can observe yourself in a detached way quite easily. This is the beginning of self-awareness and tapping into the infinite power of your mind

Reflect on your day

Take some time out to reflect on your day.  What went well and what didn’t go so well? Write down the elements which created the outcomes. When things went well, think about some of the behaviours you displayed which supported a good outcome. Alternatively, when things haven’t gone so well, without blame or judgement. Think about some of the behaviours, thoughts or feelings you experienced. Compare them to those experienced when things went well. This uses the infinite power of your mind to reflect and bring out blindspots or unconscious awareness.

Monitor your reactions

When experiencing problems, become aware of your reaction.  Are you feeling negative and predicting a negative outcome? Or are you managing to stay open-minded, optimistic about the possibility of a favourable outcome?

Ask yourself questions

Become aware of when you make decisions or act in ways which don’t serve you or others.  Ask yourself what drives this behaviour.

Create a vision or imagine an outcome

The gap between vision and actually achieving the vision; is only as wide as the disbelief or doubt you have about whether it works or not.   Try creating a small vision, the common one is imagining you get a parking space easily when you need one.  Alternatively, Imagine you get a small windfall, gift or present you can easily believe.  For example, imagine unexpectedly receiving a small believable sum of money, and how pleased you will feel when you receive it. E-Squared by Pam Grout, sets out some useful experiments which will test out and prove the infinite power of your mind to create your reality.

Once you become open up to the idea of the infinite power of your mind, you will come across many resources which demonstrate the truth of this idea.  What follows are some additional resources which may help you.

The Story of Walt Disney-Square

Creating Your Reality – All You Need is Your Mind

Power of Imagination is more than just metaphor

What is the unconscious mind?

Sir Ken Robinson on “The Power Of Imagination

The Rules for Being Human

Christina Lattimer
I help leaders develop self- mastery, helping them to become confident in their own inner guidance. I collaborate with leadership experts, managers and HR professionals to help them get their own message and unique services and products to a wide audience.
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