In talking to a good friend of mine who is also a quantum physics researcher, he was telling me, in his upcoming book he describes original sin as the acceptance of what we perceieve as reality as being real. He says that our ego mind accepts that a table is solid and that we are not creators or our universe but meer participants. This, he says is the sin because we accept the fact that we are not in control and cannot manifest anything. It is our limitation.
This conversation brought me back to a common idea that we are so much better at what we do when we do not know much about what we are doing. Example - If we are just starting out in a sales job we may approach it with so much enthusiasm and excitement. We may not know a lot about the product or service but we are willing to find out and solve any problem a prospect may have. Essentially, we don't know what we don't know, like a child, we don't have any pre-conceived limitations. We often have chances to find success, evenwhere seasoned pros may think there is none (Sometimes reffered to as beginners luck.)
It's this innocence of not knowing limitations. No one has told us "we can't". We haven't experienced enough 'failure' to harden us against it. Wouldn't it be nice to go back to that state again?
Success and innovations come about by people who don't have the "I can't" or "It can't be done" thinking. Roger Bannister did not buy into what was thought to scientifically be a limitation of the human body, which was a human could not run a mile in less than 4 minutes. He was ignorant to the 'fact' that everyone else in the world knew. That ignorance led him to break the record and allowed others to drop their limitations soon after.
We all have limits which were put onto us at various times during our lives. Many of them were adopted in our childhood. Either by personal experience but moreso by what we are told by others or hear about. These limitations keep us safe (in our mind). The define our comfort zone. Ie. I couldn't be in management - I couldn't handle the stress. Money is evil. (A good crutch to use to explain why you don't have a lot of it). I couldn't present in front a big crowd. No one in my family has that talent. I can't do well in school so I couldn't get a college degree.
Keeping within these limitations is comfortable. No risk. Also, no gain. For most of us, it's only when the 'no gain' part get's more painful than the risk of breaking our limitations, that we do something like speaking in front of a crowd or go for a promotion in work.
If only we could find that innocence or ignorance we used to have that said, "What's the big deal of trying this?" That innocence that did not block but allowed infinite possibilities to flow in. That is what we need.
In talking to my cousin last night, he mentioned that once and a while he goes back to that nostalgic feeling of being a kid. - The fun feelings. I asked myself, "Why is that nastolgic and not present?" Maybe we have to get in touch with those childish feelings again, when life was so much simpler (few limitations were known). Bring those feelings into the present and then define your future. You will be planning your future with fewer limitations in mind. More possibilities.
Search inwardly for those feelings, They are there. Find the youthful exuberance that was not inhibited by the adult limitations you picked up along the way.
The saying, "Ignorance is Bliss" now has a new meaning. Start living it.
My dealings with hypnosis has been an incredible journey for me. I first learned hypnosis when I learned NLP - Neuro Linguistic Programming. NLP made sense to me and seemed to be scientifically or at least psycholigically sound. Hypnosis though, it scared me to death.
I have a deep faith, and it something seems wild but is logically explained, I'm OK with that. But if something seems wild and I cannot find an explanation, it scares me, and I believe it could be in the realm of a place I don't want to go. At least I felt that way with hypnosis at first.
The more I learned how this powerful tool actually takes advantage of being able to bypass the critical faculty - lets call it the logical mind since faculties in most schools are supposed to be logical. The critical faculty is what says, "I'm not at the beach. I'm sitting right here in a chair in the hypnotist's office."
Once that is bypassed, the subconscious mind comes to the forfront and allows for some great imagination. "I'm at the beach and it's warm. The sand feels great under my feet. I can hear the gulls in the background and smell the salt air, as the waves slowly move in." That's imagination. When the imagination is allowed to create fantasy, the hypnotist can use it as a metaphor for what change is desired by the client. The hypnotist can also talk to the subconscious mind and make suggestion, without the critical faculty saying, "I can't do that. I don't believe that." The subconscious mind is free to take in suggestions and metaphors, allowing to hypnotist to help the client.
I do run into people who think what I do is mystical, new age, or even evil. I now have a much better understanding of the amazing mind that God has given us and am no longer fearul of the wonderful tool I call hypnosis.
Kevin Martin, CHt