I have found my new bible. The Game of Life and How To Play it. Or maybe it’s not the bible but just a new testament that’s been unearthed, revealed itself, and I am taking the words as the gospel.
As is always the way, this book has come at the perfect time. I’ve quit my job you see and I have no plans of looking for another one. I am keeping the faith. I finish work at the end of June and am then going on a month long holiday to the South of France. I trust there will be opportunities for me on the horizon.
But this goes against other’s beliefs. They want to worry for me because I am not worried.
People want me to look for a job and to make plans to downsize if I don’t find one. But I don’t want to entertain those thoughts – not even for afternoon tea.
You see, I have been studying something for the past ten years called manifesting. It may sound pretty out there but actually has less to do with a stick of incense in a crystal shop, and more to do with the mainstream concept of sports psychology. It is pretty much sports psychology, but can be applied to all facets of our lives.
Perhaps you are familiar with The Secret. I never read the book, but what criticism I’ve heard of it is that it goes too much into the metaphysical side without the practical to build real beliefs. You can go around chanting affirmations for weeks but with only this you may soon lose faith. Affirmations are only one step in manifesting and they are neither the departure point nor the destination.
In sports psychology the athlete puts in thousands of hours of training and then visualises winning and what it would feel like and then still keeps training, perfecting and improving their technique and getting outside encouragement along the way. So it is with manifesting your heart’s desires.
Years before I knew about any of this, as a twelve-year-old girl, something totally amazing happened. I had always been quite average at sport but around age eleven I took myself and everyone by surprise by doing really well in the cross country. Maybe I came second out of the girls, so the following year I was determined to win it. I tried hard in the training and at night I went to sleep praying that I’d win and imagining myself at the finish line celebrating and being congratulated. I clearly remember the feeling of elation I experienced as I went to sleep and in the morning walking to the bus-stop lost in these thoughts. Still, I knew my biggest competitor was quite capable of beating me and was ahead in the training but I was asking for a miracle, expecting it even.
On the day of the race, my friend and rival shot off, and perhaps I did doubt my chances then, but half way through she suffered from a crippling stitch and I sailed through to the finish line, the clear winner. Of course, winning like that did detract a little from the glory and so I was again determined to win the 800m on sports day and prove that I really was the long distance champion. Again I prayed for a miracle. Again it was delivered – this time as a burst of energy just before the end of the race which sent me metres ahead of the others. I collapsed once I’d got over the finish line.
All this to say that I believe in miracles and I believe in this formula for success. It is my religion and I am its disciple.
In The Game of Life and How To Play It, Florence Shovel Shinn, explains that the imagination is “the Scissors of the Mind” and is “ever cutting, cutting, day by day, the pictures man sees there and sooner or later he meets his own creations in the outside world.”
Growing up in suburbia is a great for the imagination. I spent a lot of time imagining I was in Europe – and now look!
“To play successfully the game of life, we must train the imaging faculty. A person with an imaging faculty trained to image only good, brings into his life every righteous desire of his heart.”
This really hit home because lately I have been dwelling in the land of negativity (perhaps you’ve noticed) and this was a reminder to “cheer up sister!”
If you let yourself languish in negativity you will never prosper. You have to believe that you can. This reminds me of people who do well in tests. M is one of them. On the day, he shows up with confidence. Why? Because he has been successful before and no matter what the circumstances are, he has faith in himself that he can bring the goods on the day of delivery.
It also reminds me of people who succeed in the field that their parents have. Of course we like to think it’s ‘who you know’ and what not, but I do think there is largely the case of believing that you can. Why? Because you have seen it happen and you know what is possible. There were some guys in high-school who set up businesses straight out of university or even before. They were not at the very top academically but they studied commerce and had that entrepreneurial mind-set. They had their fathers as role-models and the audacity to try.
Ms Shinn explains that there are three departments of the mind. The conscious mind is the “human or carnal mind” that sees the world as it appears to be, with poverty, death, disaster, sickness and limitations. What you see with this mind is imprinted onto the subconscious.
The subconscious is “simply power without direction”. Whatever you feel deeply or see clearly is brought into being by this part of the mind. Shinn gives many examples of this in her book, but this particular point reminded me of how I used to ‘play teacher’ all the time as a kid with the ever accommodating and well-behaved class of my favourite toys. Then as a teenager and young adult there was only one thing I knew for sure – I would not be a teacher. Still, I ended up one.
The third department of the mind is the “realm of perfect ideas”. You may experience a flash across the conscious mind as the perfect picture of your life, yet you see it as “the unattainable ideal”. But in fact it is your true destiny, “flashed… from the infinite intelligence which is within” each one of us.
How can you not love this?
Gina DeVee encourages us to let yourself want what you want and don’t make yourself wrong.
And how can you know what you want? Shinn advises to “follow intuition”. The hunch that you have but can’t explain – this is your inner knowing guiding you home. Home is the place of perfect contentment and peace. If you think you might like to do something, start following the trail. And “never violate a hunch”.
Once you start digging into the material that’s out there, you are pretty much being told the same message in many different forms and each one may resonate in its own way and different teachings will stick at different times.
There is so much more to learn about this than I could possibly express in one blog post (well, I am actually expressing it in most posts and is to be continued) but maybe this is enough to ignite your curiosity or to remind you of something you learned before or just reinforce what you already know and do. Hopefully I do not sound too much like a born-again in spreading the word but yeah, I am risking looking uncool. Oops!
Anyway, I wish you well on your journey home. Bon voyage mes amies!
Tell me…what do you make of all this?