To the degree that you are self-persuaded that you have done it in your imagination, will the outer world reflect its harmony.Neville Goddard
Greetings, Dear Readers!
Before I jump back into doing Meditation Mondays again, I’d like to share some insights I’ve gained about the visualization process in the time I’ve been away. To start, here are some words from Neville that I think you’ll find helpful (emphasis mine).
“Peter asked the question: ‘Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him, seven times?’ and the Lord answered: ‘I did not say seven, but seventy times seven.’ This does not mean four hundred and ninety times. Seventy is the numerical value of the Hebrew letter ayin, whose symbol is an eye. Seven is the numerical value of the Hebrew letter zayin, whose symbol is a sword.”
“Here we are being told to imagine until the eye is fixed as though nailed with a sword. It may happen the first time or it may take a thousand times to persuade yourself that things are as you desire them to be, and not as they appear to be. But, to the degree that you are self-persuaded that you have done it in your imagination, will the outer world reflect its harmony.”
“William James, a professor of psychology at Harvard, is one of our great educators. He said: ‘The greatest revelation in my generation is the discovery that human beings, by a change of inner attitude can produce outer changes in harmony with their inner convictions.’” – Neville Goddard
Over the past few weeks, I had the opportunity to really grasp what Neville is saying above. The most important is that a change of inner attitude will definitely produce outer changes — so it is vital that you strive to maintain a state of mind in harmony with what you actually want. If you fail to do so, you can always re-commit to your desired state. Yes, there will still be dust flying around from previous unwanted manifestions. However, the sooner you get back to your desired state, the sooner the dust will settle, and you’ll quickly be back on the path of conscious creation.
The question is, how do you create and maintain a state in which you can clearly visualize the change you want to see in your life, or for others? That can be very difficult to do when everything around you seems to be in chaos. I had that experience recently. Dust everywhere! It turns out this was a good thing, though, because it gave me the chance to discover and try out a visualization technique to share with you! It helped me find my center again, and I think it will help you, too.
THE PRAYER BEAD METHOD
1 Find, purchase or make a string of prayer beads. You are going to work your way around the strand in meditation, so there should be enough beads to keep you focused for awhile, but not so many that it feels like a chore. Prayer beads work best because one bead will be larger or shaped differently, to help you know when to start and stop your visualization session. If you’re making your own strand of beads, make one bead larger or a distinctly different shape than the others. It’s also great if your beads are personally meaningful. That will help you feel great about what you’re doing, which is hugely important. In my case, while wandering around trying to find a better way to focus, I came across a rosary that once belonged to my dad, who passed away in 2012. That rosary is the one featured in this post. It felt like a gift directly from Dad, as if he was saying, “Here, Honey, try these.” Thanks Dad.
2 Once you have your prayer beads in hand, decide on something you want to manifest or change in your life. This can be anything at all: An improved or new relationship, the healing of an illness, home improvements/new home. There really are no limits when it comes to conscious creation, so as Neville says, know definitely what you want, and feel good about it!
3 Create a short scene in your imagination that implies what you want has already occurred. For example, if you want to heal a romantic relationship, you might create a scene in which you’re holding hands with your beloved. Maybe they take your hand to their lips and gently kiss it, saying, “I love you.” This scene implies that your relationship is already healed, that whatever was wrong is now in the past. It’s much easier to manifest what you want when you imagine it already having happened. This way, you move beyond the state of trying to influence others, and into the state of enjoying the good that is NOW.
4 Find a place where you can be alone for 20-30 minutes. Get comfortable. Close your eyes. Take a few long, slow breaths. Bring your attention to the space between your eyebrows. This is your third eye. You’ll be using this space to visualize what you want, so try to keep your focus on this area for the duration of the session. Hold the starting bead between your fingers, and affirm that you already have what you want, and that what you want is good for you and others.
5 Taking a long slow breath, put the next bead between your fingers, and imagine the scene you created taking place. Using the example of the relationship healing above, through your third eye, see your hand in your beloved’s hand. Feel the warmth of their hand, and if you can, take in their scent. See them raise your hand to their lips, and feel the kiss on your skin. See their mouth moving, and the loving look in their eyes and hear the words “I love you”.
6 Take another deep breath, and move on to the next bead. Repeat all of the above with each bead. The further you get along the strand, the more real and now your visualization will feel. You’ll find yourself moving into a state of trance, in which whatever you’re visualizing will imprint into your subconscious mind. This is called an impress.
7 When you arrive back at your starting bead, take a few long breaths, and re-affirm that you already have what you want, and that what you want is good for you and others. Open your eyes, have a good stretch, and smile!
I have found this method to be very powerful and fast-acting. Perhaps it’s the tactile nature of the act, as touching each bead helps me stay very focused. In any case, it’s the ability to “forgive” what you don’t want “seventy times seven”, to “imagine until the eye is fixed as though nailed with a sword”. If you can accomplish these things, you can manifest most anything into your life. You’ve already done it without knowing it countless times, for good and bad things alike. Why not do it consciously for something good?
As always, I wish you happiness and peace!