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In the The Millionaire Fastlane there was something about visualization . I wanted to know that do you guys believe in visualization. I totaly hate it and i don't believe in it . But my father follow a so called "guru" who always promote visualization. so I was curious is that really work because it didn't work with me.
I'm a great believer.

When I was young, I constantly had kidney infections, internal bleeding, and organ failure. I ended up with very serious kidney damage and I was in my late teens and early 20s. I took tons of antibodies -- they didn't work. My body was too weak. At one point the doctors at a world-class hospital told me that I had 2 weeks to 2 months to live. Since there was nothing they could do besides dialysis, and I was too weak to walk or do anything, I had to make a plan.

Packman was a very popular new game at the time. So I spent all my time flat on my back playing Packman in my head. My white blood cells were the Packmen hunting down and consuming the bad bacteria. I mentally hunted down all the bacteria by targeting the different areas of my body. Then I sent my imaginary handyman crew to fix the damage. I imagined my kidneys and other damaged parts to be whole and healthy pink rather than scared and damaged.

In a short time, I gave the pain pills cold turkey, against my doctor's advice. I took hypnosis lessons to learn how to make powerful self-suggestions and do natural pain control. By then, the doctors said I'd never make it to 30 and sure not to 40. I just laughed at them and carried on.

I worked in real estate so I could control my activities and work as I was able. When I was out door-knocking and got too tired, I'd sit on the curb and rest for a while. I became very successful regardless of the health issues.

I'm now in my late 60s and I'm still here. I still must watch everything that I eat and how many activities I can do. I can't run, but I can walk. Sometimes I still have the terrible kidney pain, but most days I am just about pain-free. My blood work still shows that I have kidney issues, but they are not immediately life-threatening. Most people around me don't know about my kidney problem. And yes, I'm still working...
 
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I used to be in the camp that visualization was dumb.

Then I started using it in my workouts.

Then I started lifting massive amounts of weight, so much more than my small frame could handle, to the point the beefy bodybuilders were like, "Huh?"

After 3 expensive orthopedic surgeries on various body parts due to an extremely heavy lifting routine, I'm now a believer in visualization.

As a human, you can believe, or disbelieve, whatever you want.

Some people still believe the Earth is flat and everything related to space is conspiratorial theater.
 

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I think this is what can break the average person. Being told by doctors in a top hospital that you're a goner.

I have a similar story to yours and I know what it's like. Almost to the T. Except with my intestines. Also happened in my late teens and early 20s, approaching mid 20s now.

Being healthy, for me, is a matter of mentality. If I feel sick, depressed, weak, vulnerable - the inflammation seems to increase and the symptoms start. If I feel empowered, determined, lucky, and optimistic - I'm as healthy or healthier than anyone.

It's almost like our perception shapes our reality.. who would've thought?

@WJK and anyone interested - check out the greek centenarian Stamatis Moraitis!
Ditto.

I just get up every morning and I keep on getting along -- no matter how I feel. You're right. Keeping an upbeat attitude is imperative. These situations change a person. It makes the simple things in life more important -- especially the people.

It also makes me very grateful and a lot more tolerant in some situations. In others, I walk away a lot more quickly. I just see things a lot clearer.

Edit: If I die today, I have lived more than almost everyone around me. I have lived every day and every moment with great passion!
 

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What's a crazy thing that you did that people wouldn't believe?
I'll give you a few examples. For starters, this one is documented here in the forum.


- Then there was the time when I was 14 that a couple of drama student buddies and I wanted to see if we could stage a kidnapping and have people believe it.

One was my girlfriend at the time. She walked through the park while I followed her (I wore no shirt, had waist length hair, and a great gatsby hat on). One guy with a built chevy malibu came sliding up in front of her and opened the door. I ran forward, grabbed her and threw her into the car. We fish-tailed out of the park and took off.

The police pulled us over a couple hours later by surrounding us in a parking lot. Guns drawn. I was laughing like a fool as they drug us out of the car. I had the pleasure of riding to the station with the chief of police.

- Then there was the time that I whooped a football player in high school. He thought he was a bad a$$. I was a 128 pound cross country runner and this guy was over 6 foot and had about 100 pounds on me. He had the locker above mine and decided the best way for him to get access was to push me out of the way, which he did. I began to work my way back in when he put his hand on my shoulder. I elbowed him in the stomach and doubled him over.

I began hearing shit talk from other people that he was going to kick my a$$. So I waited for him after school and beat his a$$.

The next day he told his football buddies that I ambushed him with 3 people and knives. Now the quarterback was going to beat me up. I found him, the quarterback and 3 other football players standing in the quad at lunchtime. Walked right into the middle of them and stated "you want to kick my a$$, do it here in front of everyone". Needless to say, they walked away. I got suspended.

- Had a 3 male and 4 female orgy on a whim.

- Had 2 guys kick my apartment door open with a gun pointed at me. I was only wearing a towel and headed to the shower. Lucky I was able to hold on to it. They were looking for a girl that wasn't there.

- With a group of friends walking down the beach in San Diego. They were getting bashed into the cliff by large waves at high tide. I decided to climb the cliff a bit and avoid the beating. I kept looking for a way back down but kept going up. Ended up high on the cliff and stuck at a point that I felt I could not go in any direction.

So I sat. Nobody below could really see me because they had to navigate too close to the edge and did not have an angle. My friends thought I had turned and gone back. Finally some snorkelers saw me. I waved both arms. They waved back and went back out into the water.

Couple hours later the sun was beginning to set. I was shivering from the cold. A lifeguard came climbing up. He asked me how in the hell I got to that point. They threw ropes over the side and drug me up the cliff bashing me all the way. Turns out the snorkelers did report that I was up there.

- While on an lsd trip at the age of 16, my friend came over to see me. He pulled up his shirt and said "Look, I have a police wire on. We are going to bust this guy." Well, my friend was 17 and in the Navy. A couple weeks back we had gone to a pimp's house after he was invited over. When I showed up with him, the guy pulled a gun on us and threatened that I was not welcome there and was not invited. So we left. My friend told his brother that was a cop. So they set up a sting.

Three hours later, I was tripping the entire time. My friend took him to meet the undercover cops at a 7/11 and told him that they worked civil service at the base and were interested in action. The guy said to us after we left them that we were in trouble for taking him to the cops. He had seen the gun tucked in to one of their pants. My friend convinced him that the guy always carries one. For some odd reason my friend finally got him to say a price which the cops were waiting for.

We left and I practically collapsed. This one may be hard to believe because the cops used me without consent from my parents! They sent me in with my friend.

- Left a job with HP after 19 years and was working my way up the management ranks. My family was "blown away".

- Trained to run marathons in my late 40's. At the age of 49, I came in 17th place overall out of thousands of runners. This qualified me to run the Boston Marathon. They stage people in corrals and let one corral go at a time. Out of 60 corrals, I qualified to be in the 1st one.

- Coached all of my children's sports teams while they were growing up. Won most of the time while typically playing everyone more than the minimum time.

Won our league of girls 11 and 12 year olds and the league offered to sponsor us for a couple of tournaments. I could only find one so we signed up for one girls and one boys tournament. We won both. Some of the boys cried when we beat them in the finals.

- Had an incredible run with softball tournaments. Played until I was 56 years old. Mostly on very competitive teams. We were typically playing in the highest level. In Phoenix, we were told that we were too good and could only play again if we changed out half the team on the roster. We did and won the season again. Then we were removed from the entire city softball program.

We played a lot of tournaments and worked our way into the highest of four divisions. We played and won about half the tournaments. This was slowpitch and I was a pitcher. Had the ability to curve the ball both directions which pissed off a lot of the young studs. I was frequently hit intentionally by the other teams trying to shake me up.

We were allowed to invoke a rule if either team decided to help protect the pitcher. The upper division never requested this rule. One day I had been hit a few times and made the request. Any ball coming close to the pitcher by either team would be an out. The other team complained loudly. First batter slammed the ball straight back at my face. I caught the ball and fell over backwards. We ended up beating them and I retired the game after that.

- Married 3 times. Nuff said about that.

- Climbed Mt Whitney, over 14,000 feet, in a day. Ran the last 2 miles in an effort to speed it up. Got altitude sickness so bad that I could not put together a sentence. Was falling all over the place while trying to get down the hill. Lost my ability to think straight but knew enough to get down. At some point I regained my senses and laughed at my antics. Made it back to the car by dark.

- Climbed San Jacinto mountain out of palm springs on a warm day. 100 degrees at the bottom but cooler as you climb. The issue was that it was all on the side of a mountain very exposed to the sun. The plan was to catch the tram back down but we found that it was closed when we finally reached it. Did not have any water left. We hiked for hours back to the bottom with body cramps and extreme thirst. We were not sure that we would make it. Finally did and headed straight to a bar where we downed an incredible amount of water and beer.

- In general, I love business. But, I also do constant adventure trips hiking, 4-wheeling, softball, golf, camping, beach, etc. Have more stories but have wasted enough time on these. Some things can't be discussed as there may be a bit of respect lost. :)
 
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I think it works sometimes, in some stuff, it depends on the stuff! Gurus oversell/overhype it I think. Works great for athletes/performers I would guess. Generally it may boost motivation and maybe you stumble upon some new ideas/strategies! But what do you mean work? If referring to metaphysical LoA stuff, I think that's delusional.
Disclaimer: no experience with this stuff, just my theories.
I use a fair amount of metaphysical stuff in life and business. It works incredibly well.
 

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wow, didn't expect to hear this here! I am glad you had success it! I know about magick, but I (currently) refrain from using it or advocating from its use due to the training of mind and training in morality that it requires (for best results)... doesn't that include all metaphysical/supernatural phenomena?
I believe we are all spiritual beings living a physical life that we choose. Probably in the minority on this forum but that is what I believe.

Why call it visualization? Confusing. Just call it focus. As you think, so you do, and as so you become.
I'm sure that we all see this differently. I agree with the focus but the focus is not with the mind. It is with the part of you that is your being. The mind is a constant source of noise. :)
 

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Why call it visualization? Confusing. Just call it focus. As you think, so you do, and as so you become.

not quite the same thing in my opinion.

Goal setting is focus. Studying, learning, training - all of that is focus.

but visualizing is more like dreaming to me. By choice. I imagine important meetings going well before they start. In my mind’s eye, the story unfolds a particular way way.

It may all be just self confidence after the visualization, but I don’t need to know the mechanics. I just know it seems to work for me. Very often. Too often to ignore.

Call me nuts, but there is some energy out there that’s beyond my comprehension. If I can tap into it, it’s like a shortcut to better performance. Mentally and physically.

Don’t hang your hat exclusively on visualizations, that’s naive. Use it in addition to everything else - like focused effort towards your goal and objective.
 
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If I die today, I have lived more than almost everyone around me. I have lived every day and every moment with great passion!
I feel the same exact way. Can't imagine many people have done the crazy things that I have done. In fact, I don't think people always believe me when I tell them stories. :)
 
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I'm a great believer.

When I was young, I constantly had kidney infections, internal bleeding, and organ failure. I ended up with very serious kidney damage and I was in my late teens and early 20s. I took tons of antibodies -- they didn't work. My body was too weak. At one point the doctors at a world-class hospital told me that I had 2 weeks to 2 months to live. Since there was nothing they could do besides dialysis, and I was too weak to walk or do anything, I had to make a plan.

Packman was a very popular new game at the time. So I spent all my time flat on my back playing Packman in my head. My white blood cells were the Packmen hunting down and consuming the bad bacteria. I mentally hunted down all the bacteria by targeting the different areas of my body. Then I sent my imaginary handyman crew to fix the damage. I imagined my kidneys and other damaged parts to be whole and healthy pink rather than scared and damaged.

In a short time, I gave the pain pills cold turkey, against my doctor's advice. I took hypnosis lessons to learn how to make powerful self-suggestions and do natural pain control. By then, the doctors said I'd never make it to 30 and sure not to 40. I just laughed at them and carried on.

I worked in real estate so I could control my activities and work as I was able. When I was out door-knocking and got too tired, I'd sit on the curb and rest for a while. I became very successful regardless of the health issues.

I'm now in my late 60s and I'm still here. I still must watch everything that I eat and how many activities I can do. I can't run, but I can walk. Sometimes I still have the terrible kidney pain, but most days I am just about pain-free. My blood work still shows that I have kidney issues, but they are not immediately life-threatening. Most people around me don't know about my kidney problem. And yes, I'm still working...

I have also used a similar technique for healing myself. 30 years ago I was diagnosed with a rare virus and was given 6 months to live. I refused to believe the prognosis. I would do intense visualization that a vacuum cleaner was sucking the virus out of my bloodstream, organs etc and a scoreboard that would run down to zero when all the virus particles were sucked up. I would do this several times a day and I believe it helped me recover. I have used visualization to manifest new jobs, money etc. I practice it and it works.
 
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I'm a great believer.

When I was young, I constantly had kidney infections, internal bleeding, and organ failure. I ended up with very serious kidney damage and I was in my late teens and early 20s. I took tons of antibodies -- they didn't work. My body was too weak. At one point the doctors at a world-class hospital told me that I had 2 weeks to 2 months to live. Since there was nothing they could do besides dialysis, and I was too weak to walk or do anything, I had to make a plan.

Packman was a very popular new game at the time. So I spent all my time flat on my back playing Packman in my head. My white blood cells were the Packmen hunting down and consuming the bad bacteria. I mentally hunted down all the bacteria by targeting the different areas of my body. Then I sent my imaginary handyman crew to fix the damage. I imagined my kidneys and other damaged parts to be whole and healthy pink rather than scared and damaged.

In a short time, I gave the pain pills cold turkey, against my doctor's advice. I took hypnosis lessons to learn how to make powerful self-suggestions and do natural pain control. By then, the doctors said I'd never make it to 30 and sure not to 40. I just laughed at them and carried on.

I worked in real estate so I could control my activities and work as I was able. When I was out door-knocking and got too tired, I'd sit on the curb and rest for a while. I became very successful regardless of the health issues.

I'm now in my late 60s and I'm still here. I still must watch everything that I eat and how many activities I can do. I can't run, but I can walk. Sometimes I still have the terrible kidney pain, but most days I am just about pain-free. My blood work still shows that I have kidney issues, but they are not immediately life-threatening. Most people around me don't know about my kidney problem. And yes, I'm still working...

I think this is what can break the average person. Being told by doctors in a top hospital that you're a goner.

I have a similar story to yours and I know what it's like. Almost to the T. Except with my intestines. Also happened in my late teens and early 20s, approaching mid 20s now.

Being healthy, for me, is a matter of mentality. If I feel sick, depressed, weak, vulnerable - the inflammation seems to increase and the symptoms start. If I feel empowered, determined, lucky, and optimistic - I'm as healthy or healthier than anyone.

It's almost like our perception shapes our reality.. who would've thought?

@WJK and anyone interested - check out the greek centenarian Stamatis Moraitis!
 

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Dear reader from the future.

The forum is full of hidden gems like this.

There’s no reason you shouldn’t be the best version of yourself.

Start here and now.


Awesome thread !
 

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@WJK what a great story! Really demonstrates the power of a strong will to live and the positive effect of fighting the battle with the right weapons, so to speak.

I'm also a strong believer in hypnosis. When I was a kid I got warts on my feet (always wear flipflops to the pool, folks). After a long unsuccessful series of freezing treatments, my family tried hypnosis. I had an in-office session where they recorded a track for me, which I would listen to before bed every night. In it I was to visualize myself on a beach, feel myself channeling the "healing warmth of the sun" to my feet, and to imagine the blood supply to the warts being cut off and them shriveling away. I think my parents though it was dumb at first but as a kid I didn't have any preconceptions. And it actually worked - over the course of a couple weeks the warts visibly shrunk for the first time. I ended up getting them lasered off but I'm pretty sure if I had kept up the sessions long enough they would have disappeared completely.

When considering external events though, I think it's important to realize that visualization ≠ attraction. We aren't telepathic.
 

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@WJK what a great story! Really demonstrates the power of a strong will to live and the positive effect of fighting the battle with the right weapons, so to speak.

I'm also a strong believer in hypnosis. When I was a kid I got warts on my feet (always wear flipflops to the pool, folks). After a long unsuccessful series of freezing treatments, my family tried hypnosis. I had an in-office session where they recorded a track for me, which I would listen to before bed every night. In it I was to visualize myself on a beach, feel myself channeling the "healing warmth of the sun" to my feet, and to imagine the blood supply to the warts being cut off and them shriveling away. I think my parents though it was dumb at first but as a kid I didn't have any preconceptions. And it actually worked - over the course of a couple weeks the warts visibly shrunk for the first time. I ended up getting them lasered off but I'm pretty sure if I had kept up the sessions long enough they would have disappeared completely.

When considering external events though, I think it's important to realize that visualization ≠ attraction. We aren't telepathic.
I had a whole series of recordings that I listened to constantly. Along with mentally visualizing the message on the tapes, I used them to make a come-back. Yes, I took a class in hypnosis, and then I hired the teacher to help me create the recordings and hone the self-suggestions. Since the doctors couldn't help me, I had to find another way to get better. I wanted to live. I did learn a lot about crafting self-suggestions and how our brains work. And that has been very helpful in business marketing.
 

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I'm a great believer.

When I was young, I constantly had kidney infections, internal bleeding, and organ failure. I ended up with very serious kidney damage and I was in my late teens and early 20s. I took tons of antibodies -- they didn't work. My body was too weak. At one point the doctors at a world-class hospital told me that I had 2 weeks to 2 months to live. Since there was nothing they could do besides dialysis, and I was too weak to walk or do anything, I had to make a plan.

Packman was a very popular new game at the time. So I spent all my time flat on my back playing Packman in my head. My white blood cells were the Packmen hunting down and consuming the bad bacteria. I mentally hunted down all the bacteria by targeting the different areas of my body. Then I sent my imaginary handyman crew to fix the damage. I imagined my kidneys and other damaged parts to be whole and healthy pink rather than scared and damaged.

In a short time, I gave the pain pills cold turkey, against my doctor's advice. I took hypnosis lessons to learn how to make powerful self-suggestions and do natural pain control. By then, the doctors said I'd never make it to 30 and sure not to 40. I just laughed at them and carried on.

I worked in real estate so I could control my activities and work as I was able. When I was out door-knocking and got too tired, I'd sit on the curb and rest for a while. I became very successful regardless of the health issues.

I'm now in my late 60s and I'm still here. I still must watch everything that I eat and how many activities I can do. I can't run, but I can walk. Sometimes I still have the terrible kidney pain, but most days I am just about pain-free. My blood work still shows that I have kidney issues, but they are not immediately life-threatening. Most people around me don't know about my kidney problem. And yes, I'm still working...
Amazing, its prove that human can do anything if they have strong will.
 

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Very interesting MJ. How do you practice visualization? And any prticular source for learning the technique you use?

I wrote about it in Unscripted (book 2).

Basically, for new weight achievements, I pictured myself lifting the weight easily and effortlessly.

There's an experiment you can do with visualization that I've done for years to prove its effectiveness. Folks who went to the last Fastlane Summit should remember it as I demonstrated. Perhaps someone can explain.
 

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Visualization does really work. The most talented humans will entirely take over a space once its been proven it can be done.

Probably one of the most famous examples of successful visualization is the 4 minute mile. Most people thought it was impossible and that any human that would get close or under 4 minutes would die! Roger Bannister used visualization techniques every day for an entire year in combination with his training before he broke the record. Since then, over 1,400 athletes have broken the same mark.

There have been studies on other factors such as diet, running shoes, and the running surface, but none of those studies were able to explain the difference in performance between runners before and after 1954. Here is a great video that explains it!
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8COaMKbNrX0
 

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I used to be in the camp that visualization was dumb.

Then I started using it in my workouts.

Then I started lifting massive amounts of weight, so much more than my small frame could handle, to the point the beefy bodybuilders were like, "Huh?"

After 3 expensive orthopedic surgeries on various body parts due to an extremely heavy lifting routine, I'm now a believer in visualization.

As a human, you can believe, or disbelieve, whatever you want.

Some people still believe the Earth is flat and everything related to space is conspiratorial theater.
Very interesting MJ. How do you practice visualization? And any prticular source for learning the technique you use?
 
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If you like UFC, Connor Mcgregor sometimes talks about it.
A fighter wins already in mind BEFORE the fight enters the ring.
 

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I think it works sometimes, in some stuff, it depends on the stuff! Gurus oversell/overhype it I think. Works great for athletes/performers I would guess. Generally it may boost motivation and maybe you stumble upon some new ideas/strategies! But what do you mean work? If referring to metaphysical LoA stuff, I think that's delusional.
Disclaimer: no experience with this stuff, just my theories.
 
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Amazing ,It really work .Today i do as you say and it really work. Thanks
I should have also told you that I have been doing visualizations when I wake up for many years. I try to do it at night, too, but I end up falling asleep! That's the best time though as the subconscious has an "outcropping" where instruction can be given and received easily. Similar to the morning.

My results? I found that while I haven't yet lived the exact life I visualize it has given me an equivalent and I have had numerous amazing experiences where some of the visualizations have come true. It is more than amazing. The really difficult thing is absolute belief that it will happen and maybe that's why I have not gotten full results. I often find myself with a little bit of doubt when doing do it. Still going through the motions sets me up nicely for the day.
 

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If you're curious on the science behind visualization:

From Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals: Halvorson Ph.D., Heidi Grant, Dweck, Carol S.: 9780452297715: Amazon.com: Books (p 206)
What about "visualizing success"?...if they just picture what they want in their minds, it will somehow happen. That would be great if it were true, but scientifically speaking, there really isn't much evidence for it. On the other hand, visualization can be very helpful, if you imagine the steps you will take in order to succeed, rather than the success itself. Mentally stimulating the process of achieving the goal, rather than the hoped-for outcome, not only results in a more optimistic outlook, but in greater planning and preparation. Picture yourself doing what it takes to succeed, and you will soon find yourself believing that you can. The best part is, you'll be absolutely right.
 
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Why call it visualization? Confusing. Just call it focus. As you think, so you do, and as so you become.
I completely agree with this take! As someone with aphantasia, I technically can't "visualise" anything. Ask me to close my eyes and visualise an apple and it'll be all black, I won't see anything. I've tried to believe in it and force it, but I just can't do it. So I don't think that belief is the only factor, there is a biological aspect that enables you to visualise. If you can that's great, if you can't that's fine too.

For me, focus, analysing and planning work better.
 

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In the The Millionaire Fastlane there was something about visualization . I wanted to know that do you guys believe in visualization. I totaly hate it and i don't believe in it . But my father follow a so called "guru" who always promote visualization. so I was curious is that really work because it didn't work with me.
Another name for Visualization is Mental rehearsal. I have no problem with visualization. In fact, I always have to pay attention to what I'm focused on because it's the way you interact with other people, the choices you make, the actions you take. The outcome of what your focused on.

If your focused on becoming a "Victim" they you will create a situation with your anger, revenge, and get even with someone and create the crisis for you to figure out why you needed to get in fist fight with your neighbor over a bag of chips. Then was it worth it to have stitches in your forehead for a bag of chips? When you could have chosen a more mature way to deal with the situations where no one got hurt by staying calm.

With all the technology of A.I. in the future it's where you have to be focused and if you don't know how to visualize, focus, and concentrate, it might be hard to change your television channel for example, or record your dreams, or different technology coming out where you have a band.

 

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I use a fair amount of metaphysical stuff in life and business. It works incredibly well.
wow, didn't expect to hear this here! I am glad you had success it! I know about magick, but I (currently) refrain from using it or advocating from its use due to the training of mind and training in morality that it requires (for best results)... doesn't that include all metaphysical/supernatural phenomena?
 
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Ok, i will do as you say.
I'm glad you are taking it seriously. Many professional athletes, musicians and others use visualization. It's been proven in respects to "practicing in your mind", i.e., musician plays instrument in their head and when they actually play the instrument they are better. BUT WHAT'S REALLY INTERESTING is the fact it has been known for over 100 years as a way to get into a part of the mind call the "subconscious". If you want to know more look up Napoleon Hill + autosuggestion and read his instructions. That was written at the tiem when visualization was very popular, particularly in France.

Belief, absolute faith, that it works is the key. Repetition is also vital. You need to give it time. But as Napoleon Hill stated, it will cause miracles. Not magic. Miracles in things that do not violate the laws of science. The world knows like .000001 of the actual science that exists! We know next to nothing.
 

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Y’all might find an anecdote interesting.

Back in college I was lifting weights with a friend. We were doing skullcrushers, essentially laying on a bench, lowering a bar down to our forehead, and lifting it back up.

By the third set, I was struggling. My right arm was literally shaking and it was dipping far down, so the bar was uneven. There was no way to get it further up. I figured I had hit my limit and would have to call it.

My friend simply says, “Imagine the weight further out and the bar is even.” Easy enough, so I did.

It was like magic. The bar IMMEDIATELY stabilized and went even, and I got it back up and even managed a couple of extra reps. I could have done another set entirely.

It was scary how quickly that set changed from literally just engaging my imagination.
 

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