Mind Power Issue #87

Forget Enlightenment: Become AWARE. Here’s how...

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Issue #87 – Monday, November 13, 2017

Are you hoping, praying and meditating for a moment of enlightenment? Or an epiphany when everything falls magically into place and you finally “understand” or are “one” with everything?

Well, forget it.

The Zen Buddhists say, “Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.”

Aiming for enlightenment in your spiritual practice is, ironically, not “Zen” at all, because you have an attachment to the outcome.

Rather, you can become more conscious by increasing your ability to watch little, moment-by-moment, everyday events.

In the article below, You Get What You Focus On, I’ll show you how––and why this is so important to your happiness and well-being.

Every moment is an opportunity to be more aware of who you are and how you’re creating everything that’s happening.

So please keep reading. Plus, I’ve shared a really powerful Self Discovery Exercise with you that will help you on your journey to “enlightenment”...

...or at least to awareness, which is actually better in many ways!

Be well.

Bill Harris, Founder/CEO

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You Get What You Focus On

By Bill Harris

What we experience in life is a direct result of where we focus our minds.

When we are not feeling stress or anxiety, we are generally focusing on what we want. Consciously or unconsciously, we all think about and make pictures of what we want.

When we do this, things go well and we feel good.

Once you’re over your “stress threshold,” however, you begin to focus on what you don’t want. You begin to think about and make pictures of what you want to avoid, what you’re worried about, what you’re afraid of. Two things happen when you focus on what you don’t want:

  • You tend to create what you’re focusing on—the very thing you don’t want
  • You feel bad

Your stress threshold is the point at which you switch from focusing on what you have to focusing on what you don’t want.

Feeling angry, sad, anxious, fearful, confused, depressed, and so on tells you something very significant: you have gone over your threshold because of something you are doing.

Negative feelings are not caused by something that happens to you or is thrust upon you.

If it’s something you do, it can also be something you can decide not to do.

You can be conscious of how you focus your mind. Even if you are over your threshold, you can still focus on what you want. You don’t have to feel bad or become dysfunctional as long as you stay conscious.

There are two solutions to the threshold problem:

  • Be conscious enough to focus on what you want even though the tendency is to want to focus on what you don’t want when you are over
    your threshold
  • Raise your threshold, which you can do through deep meditation with Holosync® brainwave technology (See more about this technology in the “Are You Using Holosync? Section below.)

NEWSFLASH: No matter what happens, you can feel good, if you think and act consciously and choose what you focus on.

You can do this. You can choose what to focus on.

Let’s look at your stress threshold in terms in “intensity.” Intensity can be positive, negative, or neutral.

When you’re over your threshold, it’s intense. This intensity is negative if you begin to focus on what you don’t want. It can be neutral or even positive intensity, if you focus on what you do want.

However, being over your threshold, one way or another, it’s going to be intense. It’s up to you.

You determine the kind of intensity by choosing how you focus your mind.

When you operate unconsciously and automatically, you focus on what you don’t want. As you go over your threshold, you begin to have dysfunctional feelings and behaviors.

Treating the dysfunction may help you feel better temporarily, but this doesn’t solve the underlying problem, which means it will keep returning in your life, over and over.

The two responses that really work are raising your threshold and learning to deal with being over your threshold consciously, by focusing on what you want.

The best choices are:

  1. Raise your threshold using Holosync or some other meditative technique
  2. If you go over your threshold, focus on the positive, focus on what you want

Intentionally Focusing Your Mind

Do you remember when you learned to drive a car? There were so many things happening all at once!

You had to steer, and look in the rearview mirror periodically, and maybe even shift the gears, and remember when to start slowing down, and which was the gas and which was the brake, and when to change lanes, and how to turn the steering wheel the right amount to turn the corner and stay in your lane.

What a lot of work! When you have to do each thing consciously, as you do when you’re first learning something, it’s a lot of work. Once learned, you eventually can drive your car while accomplishing several of these tasks:

  • Eat a hamburger
  • Put on makeup
  • Fiddle with the radio
  • Talk to a friend
  • Operate your navigation system
  • Steer with your knees

It’s automatic. When you begin learning how to focus your mind intentionally, it takes a lot of effort at first because operating your mind consciously is new.

Once it gets to be second nature, you’ll be able to do it without a lot of effort. It becomes automatic.

As you begin to master this idea of your stress threshold, it’s important to notice how your body feels as you approach your threshold:

  • You begin to feel a bit of internal chaos
  • You begin to feel a little bit stressed
  • You begin to focus a little bit more on what you don’t want

What thoughts do you think? Become an expert at perceiving what you do in these different stages of the threshold experience.

Once you are aware of what is happening, you can intentionally decide to focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want.

You can make pictures and have thoughts of what you want. You can change your feelings to more positive feelings. Play with this, and see what happens.

Then, find out what happens when you step out of the whole process, and just watch, without intervening. Be a scientist. Experiment with your mind and with your conscious awareness and see what happens.

You can tap into your higher consciousness.

The Zen Buddhists say, “Before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.”

You can become more conscious by increasing your ability to watch these little, moment-by-moment, everyday events.

Instead of waiting for profound spiritual visions, look at the day-to-day events around you, because this is where you find higher consciousness.

Every moment is an opportunity to be more aware of who you are and how you’re creating everything that’s happening.

Self Discovery Exercise

Use the following exercise to discover more about your stress threshold.

1. For the next few days, carry a 3x5 card with you and note the following:

  • When you’re approaching your threshold
  • When you’re at your threshold
  • When you’re over your threshold

2. Jot down answers to these questions:

  • What kind of pictures are you making in your head?
  • What are you saying to yourself?
  • Ask yourself, “What do I want here?” and make a picture of what you want in your head.
  • How does that affect how you feel?

Describe what happens when you zoom out to watch the whole process from outside of yourself.

I think you will be very surprised – and pleased – at how this can change your life for the better!

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