Visualization In Yama

Make a practice of thinking and picturing yourself as being that which you want to be in relation to the personal characteristic you are developing in yourself. This may be done in two basic ways: (1) in formal sessions of concentrate visualization employing the crystal ball as your focus of concentration; and (2) by holding informal thoughts and visualizations within yourself whenever possible during the day and night by means of holding in "the mind's eye" the mental-picture from time to time. The first constitutes the way of the regular psychic self-development treatment; the second constitutes the associated treatment.

In both of these "self-development treatments" you will find it helpful in holding the definite ideal and mental-picture, if you will fix in your mind the characteristic physical actions and general behavior of a person manifesting the desire quality, and then picture yourself as acting out the part in general physical demeanor. There is a close correlation between physical actions and mental states. Each act and react upon the other, and are really the two poles of the same thing. Accordingly, always mentally-picture yourself as "acting out" the physical part expressing the mental attitude you are seeking to develop by Yama visualization. The better you "play the part" in such visualization, the better will be the result.

Several well-know/i psychologists speak of this matter: Professor R. P. Halleck says, "By inducing an expression we can often cause its allied emotion. Actors have frequently testified to the fact that emotion will arise if they go through the appropriate muscular movements. In talking to a character on the stage, if they clench the fist and frown, they often find themselves becoming really angry; if they start with counterfeit laughter, they find themselves growing cheerful."

Professor William James says , "Whistling to keep up courage is no mere figure of speech. On the other hand, sit ail day in a moping posture, sigh, and reply to everything with a dismal voice, and your melancholy lingers. If we wish to conquer undesirable tenencies in ourselves, we must assiduously, and in the first instance coldbloodedly, go through the outward movements of those contrary dispositions, which we wish to cultivate. Smooth the brow, brighten the eye, contract the dorsal back rather than the ventral front aspect of the frame, and speak in a major key, pass the genial compliment, and your heart must indeed be frigid if it does not gradually thaw.

William James further says, "Can one fancy the state of rage and picture no ebullition in the chest, no flushing of the face, no dilation of the nostrils, no clenching of the teeth, no impulse to vigorous action, but in their stead limp muscles, calm breathing, and a placid face." The Yogis even go so far as to claim that if one deliberately counterfeits the rate and rhythm of breathing manifested in any particular emotion state, or mental state, he will find that emotional or mental state becoming reproduced and represented in his own thoughts and feelings."

Professor Maudsley says, "The specific muscular action is not merely an exponent of passion, but truly an essential part of it. If, while the features are fixed in the expression of one passion, we try to call up in the mind a different passion, we shall find it impossible to do so."

These authorities have shown sound psychology behind "acting a part" in your visualizing. In other words, not merely visualizing yourself as having the desired quality or qualities, but, also, as manifesting them in action. See yourself as acting out the part, as going through the motions, as expressing in outward form the desired personal quality. Visualize first one desired characteristic, and then another, and so on, until you have acted out in mental vision the whole list of desired characteristics.

Furthermore, whenever you think of yourself in connection with anything associated with or related to the characteristic in question, be sure to think of and visualize yourself as possessed of and manifesting that characteristic. Get into the way of thinking and seeing yourself manifesting in outer form that inner state. In this way, you will establish a psychic path over which your will can freely travel when it goes outward into action; you are establishing the new trait as part of your being.

Equally true, you should never allow yourself to think of, or to picture yourself, as manifesting the undesirable characteristic which you are seeking to repress. This, because such acts of attention tends to strengthen these undesirable characteristics; you must not "feed" them by attention, instead you must "starve" them by inattention. And, while thus "starving" an undesirable negative quality, you must be at work "feeding" the desirable positive characteristic which you wish to establish in your being.

In a nutshell, forget the negatives and develop the positives.

Using Hypnosis To Achieve Mental Mastery

Using Hypnosis To Achieve Mental Mastery

Hypnosis is a capital instrument for relaxation and alleviating stress. It helps calm down both the brain and body, giving a useful rest. All the same it can be rather costly to hire a clinical hypnotherapist, and we might not always want one around when we would like to destress.

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