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How Do You Do Fantastical Thinking?

'Being is seeing...we can't...change our seeing without simultaneously changing our being, and vice versa'.
Steven Covey

To do Fantastical Thinking effectively you need get yourself into a calm balanced centered state, preferably in meditation, and allow yourself to dream big about what would be the most fantastic scenario you can imagine, free of any limiting mind-talk, fear or doubt.

You allow yourself to experience the thoughts, emotions and sensations that go with that scenario. In that moment you are held in a real experience which you consciously register through all aspects of your Self. As you do this, you are changing the information (energy) that is present in every cell of your body. You physically change your reality.

As you do this on a regular and continuous basis, you use your conscious choice to move yourself towards the reality that you want AND make the reality you have the reality that you want in that moment.

There are a few things that will help you do Fantastical Thinking most successfully:

  • You need to understand how you work and the potential of
    what you can do.(see the WHAT section)
  • You need to consider the constraints and mechanisms that are
    in operation and how to use these to your advantage. (see the WHY section)
  • You need to know what you LOVE.(see this HOW section)

The purpose of this section is to give you an introduction to the nature and potential of your being and encourage you to develop your own Self-awareness and Self-empowerment. The more power you realise you have, the more responsibility you own, the more you can get involved in creating your world through the choices you make rather than feeling frustrated that you are living a life that has been created by choices made for you by others.

You don't need any equipment to get yourself in a state to do Fantastical Thinking. You are already the most complex instrument we know of to conduct, transform and measure energy. To do Fantastical Thinking most effectively it is not just about using the tools or following the rules, it is about being in the right state when you do it. To get into that state you need to be:

  • aware of your SELF in the form of the thoughts, emotions and sensations you experience;
  • exercising your choice over what you allow to manifest through you;
  • operating with integrity (which means working towards the solution for the good of all - not just yourself).

This section will look at:

  • SELF AWARENESS How to combine and ground imagination, intellect and intuition.
  • BREATHING How to interrupt and control your thoughts.
  • RELAXATION How emotion is related to thought and how to choose emotion.
  • CENTERING How sensation is related to thought and emotion and how choose sensation.
  • GROUNDING How to recognise the difference between intuition and fear.
  • PROTECTION What we mean by detachment and how to achieve it.
  • VISUALISATION How unchecked freedom from normal limitations and constraints affects the state of our being.
  • AFFIRMATION How conscious 'dreaming' can give us a realistic experience of what we want life to be like.
  • MEDITATION How to consciously ground fantasy with integrity.

Self Awareness

Self-awareness is where all Fantastical Thinking starts. We need to recognise what is going on in our lives. Knowing what we want comes out of knowing what we have. Knowing who we want to be comes out of knowing who we are.

We need to develop the ability to monitor what is happening to us on a physical, mental and emotional level. we need to know what motivates us and what gets in the way.

Each day we generate thoughts and emotions from our own consciousness and take actions which generate more thoughts and emotions within ourselves and within others. These collective experiences, thoughts and emotions make up something which Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) and Carl Jung (1875-1961) called the 'Collective Consiousness'.

Roberto Assagioli (1888-1974) developed this concept further and came up with a model of the 'SELF' and an approach to working with the 'Self' called 'Psychosynthesis'.

The more we become aware of what we need, the more we need to look after ourselves to the best of our ability.

Breathing

Breathing is the tool that is always with us. It slows the heart rate and increases oxygenation in the cells.

When the mind is busy the breathing is shallow. When we are worrying, we are not breathing well. If we make the mind focus on gentle, nourishing breath, it cannot focus on its fears.

With the breath we build a relationship between the infinite abundance of universal energy on the in-breath, and the support and nourishment of the planet we live on with the out-breath.

Yoga has been promoting the benefits of consciously using the breath for very many years. Research into breath work continues. Here are some other breathing techniques you may want to consider:

Buteyko breathing

Holographic Breathing

Relaxation

Relaxation is to become less rigid, to become less tense and less intense, to let go, to be open. Relaxation is an activity of the mind. If the mind is focusing on safety, the body will become relaxed.

Relaxation is essential for health and well-being. Mental and emotional stress can lead to tension and break-down. Mind, emotions, body and vitality are linked, so the entire system will be affected.

Although it is one of our natural abilities, relaxation is a learned process. It requires practice and time and may necessitate some re-adjustment in lifestyle. There are different techniques we can use to achieve relaxation, but the key tools are breath and intention.

Your main exercise to achieve relaxation is in the thought section of this site.

Centering

When we are in the centred, balanced, calm Self we are usually in an 'alpha', 'theta' or 'delta' brainwave pattern. Centering is to have one’s focus at the centre of one’s own being. It is to let go of anxieties and fears. It is to be in a state of balance and harmony. It is to disassociate ourselves from our ‘stuff’.

The more we know what our ‘stuff’ is, the more we can disassociate from it. It is more an intention than a state we ever actually achieve. It is an intention to remind ourselves to keep a perspective - to not get too caught up in any one aspect of the Self or the world - but instead to keep choosing to move towards a centred, balanced, calm Self.

A simple example of something that pulls us out of our centre would be the demands of other people. Another example would be the various aspects of the personality.

Centering enables us to experience life in a focused and balanced way. We focus on our own experience of a situation rather than focusing on what other people might be thinking or saying about us. It helps increase our receptivity and awareness of what is really happening around us and helps us avoid making assumptions and jumping to conclusions.

The more we stay in our centre, the less we behave in an out of balance way. The more we stay in our centre, the more we can intuitively connect with what is right for us, what brings us balance, love and abundance.

Grounding

Being grounded means being able to deal with the 'real' world. To ground our great ideas they need to be workable in the 'real' world. We exist in relationships, families and communities. When we change, we have an impact on everything and everyone around. If something is going to be fantastic for us it will be easier to put in place if it is fantastic for everyone else around us. Operating with integrity helps us to make our fantastic ideas real in a way that fits in with our core values

Grounding is a state of mind and a relationship with the world in which we live. It is literally to have one’s feet on the ground and to face up to our challenges and fears. We can use fantasy to help us fire the imagination and build a realistic experience of what our imagined reality would actually feel like to experience. We ground that Fantastical Thinking by reviewing how appropriate our ideas are in the real world and designing something similar.

Often, we are in situations where we do not feel safe. The more we create a safe life for ourselves here on earth, the more we will want to be here, the more grounded we will be, the more love and abundance can flow through us. We can create a state of being grounded for ourselves by affirming it through our thoughts and actions.

In extreme situations, for example, during high trauma, anxiety or panic attacks, it is important to interrupt the fear based mind talk and focus on the breath to build the relationship between the abundance of energy available to us from the universe and the support and safety provided for us by the planet's gravity (we can't fall off the planet). Sometimes this has to be done moment to moment to replace intense fear.

Exercise

Create a safe space to work.

Go through the relaxation exercise in the thought section of the site, then affirm:

  • I am an energy being in human form on earth.
  • The earth is my home.
  • I am safe and supported here.

Protection

Energy flows from the strongest to the weakest source. Other people can intend to get energy from us or they can do it by accident. We need to make sure we are holding on to the energy we need and keeping our energy field vibrant and strong.

Our protection is the quality of energy we surround ourselves with. It is an intention to hold ourselves safe. If we allow others to invade our safe space and drain energy from us, they will. Our strongest protection is saying NO to anything which would take us out of balance.

You can be as creative as you like when you are imaginging your protection around yourself. You may feel like imagining different protection depending on what circumstances you are in. Remember, the intention of your protection is to keep you surrounded by and bathed in the quality of energy that is Love without Judgement. You can also protect your Self by being KIND to your Self.

Visualisation

Visualisation is the formation of images or symbols in the mind. Visualisation is something we use all the time in thinking, dreaming, day-dreaming, fantasy and Fantastical Thinking. Visualisation is a tool that is available to all of us. It is one of our natural abilities. We can use visualisation as a tool to achieve outcomes that can benefit us and change our experience of the world around us.

We can use a visual symbols as anchors to remind us of states of being. For example, we can think of a symbol when we are in a calm, balanced, centred state and when we think of this symbol, even if we become stressed, it can get us back to that feeling of being centred.

Visualisation can be used in simple or complex ways. As you practice, you will get more proficient at using visualisation in Fantastical Thinking.

Affirmation

Affirmation is one of the main ways of giving thought direction. The Queen of Affirmation is Louise Hay and her book 'You Can Heal Your Body' (which originally appeared as the central section of her ground-breaking book 'You Can Heal Your Life') is full of ready-made affirmations that you can experiment with.

When you start to work with affirmation you may feel your own resistance to the affirmations you try to work with. You can reduce this by creating affirmations for yourself.

Even affirmations you create for yourself can sometimes seem too challenging. If this happens you can step them back a little with prefixes such as ‘my intention is to' or ‘I am aware that I would prefer it if’.

Apply yourself to affirmation. It is a key tool for changing consciousness.

This is how to create an affirmation:

  • Describe the situation as it exists for you now.
  • Imagine the exact opposite. Make it fantastic.
  • Make it into a statement as if it is happening to you now.
  • Repeat it often.

Louise Hay on affirmations:

Meditation

One of the main aims of meditation is to exercise the mind. Out of exercise comes strength. We realise that physical exercise is important to keep the body tuned and strong. The mind also needs exercise to be able to be focused and clear. From that strength and focus comes the ability to command the mind to a task. With that ability, it is easier to achieve a state of meditation. In Meditation we aim for a still and calm mind that is capable of quietening thoughts that come into consciousness and creating space into which we can focus awareness.

Meditation is a natural ability of every one of us and can be defined simply as attention without tension. It does not belong to any religion or spiritual discipline. It belongs to YOU.

You CAN meditate. Everyone can. You just have to stop your mind getting distracted.

The mind is like a puppy. It is in its nature to scamper off and obsess over things. Think of yourself as the puppy trainer. Gently and firmly command the mind back to the nominated task. You may need to do it once. You may need to do it 1000 times.

How often you get distracted is not important. What is important is that each time you do it, you do it with Love - without anger or frustration or fear or judgement. You just keep re-directing the attention of the mind to the task you nominate, which ideally is to create Love and safety.

Exercise

Always practise meditation safely by creating a safe space for yourself where you will not be disturbed, and use breathing, relaxation, centering, grounding and protection before you start and when you finish.

  • Make yourself comfortable wherever you are, whether you are sitting or lying down.
  • Start to notice any sounds you can hear. Notice, accept without judging and let them be.
  • Bring your attention back to yourself and start to notice the body
  • Ask yourself Q Am I as comfortable as I can be at the moment?
  • Notice your response. Accept without judging.
  • Make any adjustments you need to make to become even more comfortable.
  • Ask yourself: Q Is the breath that I am taking the breath that I need?
  • Notice your response. Accept without judging.
  • Make any adjustments you need to make to let the breath settle.
  • Using the body as your focus, start to command your mind to a task:
  • Now, start to ask yourself: What does it feel like in the bones in my toes?
  • Practice noticing. Whatever you notice, accept without judging.
  • Return your attention to your relationship with the core of the earth.
  • Affirm to yourself: 'I am safe, I am supported'.
  • Let the weight of the body be supported by gravity and the core of the earth.
  • Now ask: Q What does it feel like in the tissues surrounding the bones?
  • Practice noticing. Whatever you notice, accept without judging.
  • Return your attention to your relationship with the core of the earth.
  • Affirm to yourself: 'I am safe, I am supported'.
  • Now ask: Q What does it feel like in the fluids serving the tissues and bones?
  • Practice noticing. Whatever you notice, accept without judging.
  • Return your attention to your relationship with the core of the earth.
  • Affirm to yourself: 'I am safe, I am supported'.
  • Now repeat this, moving through the different areas of the body.
  • When you have gone through the body bring your attention back to your centre.
  • Imagine a layer of protection around you. Let it be fantastic.
  • Just allow yourself to stay in that place for a few minutes and notice what you notice.
  • Whatever you notice, accept it without judging it.
  • When you are ready, bring your attention back to your centre again.
  • Ground yourself by affirming your intention to be grounded as:
  • 'I am an energy being in human form on earth. I am safe here'.
  • Remember your layer of protection around you.
  • Feel your feet firmly on the ground. Keep pushing your intention down to the core of the earth.
  • Start to gently move your fingers and toes, limbs and torso, neck, head and face.
  • When you feel ready, open your eyes and be ready to engage in the world around you.