At one point in my life I realized that thoughts can have tangible effect and it revolutionized my outlook on life and the world. It took me six months to eventually manifest this discovery in real life, thanks to abundant examples that prove it works (according to personal experience): contracts were closed; people appeared in my life. But there was always a niggling doubt, and it took me five years to figure out what it was. If my experience can help somebody advance on their path and “see the light” a little sooner, I will consider my mission accomplished.
The nature of this doubt was the following: many techniques of fortifying and focusing thoughts worked, on the whole. At least, within the framework of my day-to-day reality at the time. When things needed to be “helped along”, circumstances unfolded, as if by magic, in my favor, but when it came to aiming a little higher, more often than not there was no overall progress at all.
Imagine you have just redecorated your house. Painted the walls, hung new pictures, thrown some things away, added some new things. The essence of the house is the same – the space hasn’t changed to suit you. When it comes down to it, your limitations remain unchanged.
It is impossible to recreate the layout of a two-storey house in a one-bed apartment, no matter how hard you try. But you could always build a new house.
From the article Where to begin creating your new life?
A couple of years ago I remember observing with curiosity that wherever I went, my income remained at the same level for several years, whether I was a department head in Kamchatka in 2006, or sales manager in a Bali hotel in 2011. To be precise between 2,000 and 3,000 dollars. Whether in Kamchatka, Thailand or Bali. Doesn’t that seem strange? The same boundaries travelled with me throughout the world.
Russian optimists in Bali like to advertise it as a place with lower prices and greater opportunities. For 2,000 – 3,000 dollars a month you can get a private house, a cleaner, a brand new rental car, expensive restaurants, marijuana, and the respect of the people around you, not to mention, of course, the ocean. Basically, everything you could want. Whereas in Russia, especially in Moscow, and especially as a foreign visitor, that is the minimum amount of money you need to survive.
I can’t go on with this. It is self-deception. It’s not like you can go and buy property anywhere you want in the world. Or get away from it all and travel to the ends of the earth, like Antarctica. And so on and so forth. Nothing has really changed, it’s still just a little internal rearrangement within the same four walls. My financial status remained constant, meaning my career did not progress.
Money is a convenient example because numbers are concretely understood, as opposed to emotions or inner states. But I must add that this “rearrangement” I speak of, when changes only touch the surface and do not come from a deeper level, is common in all spheres of life.
Relationships. You dive into a new romance (or even marriage), and it feels like things will be different this time (because this time you’re thinking straight), but six months down the line it all starts going wrong just like it always has – something isn’t right. Or work: it seems you have finally found your calling, but a niggling feeling of “this isn’t for me” starts to gnaw away at you. Sound familiar? It certainly does to me! And that’s despite all my knowledge, wise books and techniques I’ve been practising, to varying degrees of success, for about 12 years.
I began with affirmations when I was 16, and continued to “rearrange the furniture” of my life in all possible different ways until I was 28, just over a year ago, when I finally began to make radical changes.
The first thing I had to admit to myself was:
Nothing was working on a larger scale
Not the affirmations, nor the visualisations, nor the energy working techniques, nor the knowledge that it does all in fact work.
The occasional breakthrough is not enough for a direct flight to an entirely new level.
I was faced with two obvious questions:
- Why doesn’t this (everything that I know and apply) work when it comes to dreaming on a grand scale?
It is essential that we find out. Otherwise “rebooting” is ineffective and creates nothing more than a perpetual déjà vu of superficial changes.
- What needs to be done for this (everything that I know and apply) to work on a grand scale?
Today we are focusing on question №1:
Why doesn’t it work when dreaming on a grand scale?
1 Lack of regularity and inability to keep up a rhythm of positive changes.
I’m 16 years old. I first discover techniques of working with my subconscious (and my thoughts) – affirmations. I literally dig out of the cupboard a scuffed old copy of a book by Vladimir Levy (my mother said she bought it when she was 16 years old, too). Everything about the book is announcing that it can teach me about life, no matter how much “flip-flopping” I’ve done. As I remember it now, I found the book quite boring and difficult to understand until I got to the part about affirmations and techniques to eliminate internal blockages. And off I went. Every evening I started to work on myself and my body. To cut a long story short: I soon managed to rid myself of my teenage complexes, I became more attractive, finished my studies, began new studies, established my private life, and found work (I worked while studying). The result? I quit all the techniques at about age 19. Of course. Why bother carrying on? Everything was already working out so well.
I’m 26 years old. I am in the Nepalese forest doing a course of Visapanna meditation and it is the third day of total silence and relentless practice. A niggling hunch arises in my consciousness but I can’t figure out its source. It is as though a discovery is right in front of me but I can’t recognize it. The thought of it is swirling around my mind but will not surface. “Where, where have I seen this before?”
On the third day we started the real Visapanna meditation techniques (the first days are preparatory), when it hit me: it was the same as the technique for ridding yourself of blockages that I practised on my own when I was 16. Almost exactly the same: observing the body, relaxation. I had totally forgotten about it, and here it was again – it came into my life like a balm for my inner turmoil. At 16 it was about coming of age, so what was it about at 26? But there was another more serious question plaguing me.
– What happens if I stop these practices that are helping me so much and eventually forget them again?
And, believe it or not, I heard a voice distinctly answer inside me. Call it a hallucination or the voice of my inner spirit, it makes little difference. I heard a clear, unemotional and, I would said, loud answer:
“See you in another 10 years.”
Do you want to suffer for another 10 years? Do you want to spend another 10 years “searching for yourself”? Do you want to spend another 10 years unfulfilled? Do you want to wait another 10 years to “discover” yet again that thoughts are tangible and that techniques for ridding blockages are ideal for bringing your inner states into balance? And why not? Because you’ve already spent 10 years like this! These were my thoughts at the time.
“If you don’t start on your path now, see you in another 10 years” – repeated something inside. I would like to believe that it was my own mind, and not God. How ashamed I would be of my own inner laxity before God. We are given tools – and we squander them.
Flounder for another 10 years? Or begin practices right now and NEVER STOP? Not when it’s going badly. Not when it’s going well. Not when everything is working out. Practice working on my own thoughts and states REGULARLY.
Thoughts are tangible but you need to work with them regularly, every day. The same goes for all other practices and activities.
I very often meet people who are totally convinced by their favourite books and films on the power of the mind, but when I tell them that I personally practise visualisations every day, they are very surprised and repeat: “Every day?”
– Yes, my friends, every day. And this, quite literally, is written in all of your books.
Once I too only did my practices when I felt the urge to, but on a grand scale this just doesn’t work. I came to my 10 year anniversary. And though monotonous, through sharpening your reality, day in, day out, you can create artistic masterpieces, and, most importantly, do it within any framework and scope that you choose. This is no longer just “rearranging furniture”.
2 Signal interference
- If you want a lot of money, but meanwhile meanly save every penny (and don’t invest it into business, just save it);
- If you want a lot of money but meanwhile judge those who have it (suspecting that they may have made it dishonorably);
- If you want to meet someone special, but meanwhile envy your friends who are in a relationship;
- If you want a husband but can “see” that there are no single men left;
- If you want a wife, but surround yourself with nothing but selfish women;
- If you want to try, but don’t believe you can succeed;
- If you want more out of life, but don’t think it is realistic;
- If you want to do visualisations, but don’t think it will work;
- If you want to create yourself, but meanwhile don’t believe you can do it on your own;
- If you want change, but think that you already know everything,
then you have interference in your signal. Your connection is faulty. Adjust your settings.
Beliefs are the puppet masters of our lives. They are the ones who are running the show, and not your daily visualizations. You can adjust the picture in your head as much as you like, but while you carry contradictions deep down, it will not work. In order to go to the next level, you need to “re-stitch” your beliefs on a profound level. Only then can your positive daily thoughts carry you on the breeze.
How do you “re-stitch” your beliefs?
Cut yourself off from everything except real examples that have worked (in whatever sphere you are interested in). Find people, whether face to face, on the internet, or in books, who touch you, and borrow their techniques (“how did they do it?”) and, ignoring everything else, do it – do it – do it (whatever they say, and not just what you think of or feel like), until you succeed; until your former beliefs that say “I can’t do it” or “that’s unrealistic” disappear.
This is an effective method. And it is plain for all to see.
Imagine a man goes to Russia and eats traditional borscht for the first time. How can he learn to make it himself, considering he usually make good soups at home?
Option 1. He buys roughly the same ingredients, glances quickly at the recipe (he’s a busy man, after all), mixes it all together, but uses avocado instead of beetroot (because he likes avocado, and he’s bold and willing to experiment, plus he fancies himself as a good cook), and adds a carrot instead of cabbage. It’s ready. How does it taste? Disgusting. Who is to blame? The writer of the recipe, of course!
Sound absurd? No – this is reality. People take the “top and tail” of advice, then chop and change it to suit their tastes, then when it doesn’t turn out as they hoped, they blame themselves for being talentless (even though talent had nothing to do with it, it was just laziness and inconsistency), or they blame the writer, or the idea itself.
There is another method of learning to prepare a traditional dish in a new country. Swallow your pride and trust a good local chef. For example, Thai Tom Yum. Imagine you’ve gone to a restaurant, eaten some delicious Tom Yum, and now you want to learn to make it. Are you ready to do it properly?
Trust the instructions you are given and carry them out to the letter. If you do everything the chef tells you it will come out well and you will be able to make a passable version on your own. If it doesn’t come out great the first time, try again. And when you have really nailed it, then comes the time when you can experiment on your own. Obviously you can’t put beetroot into Tom Yum, but you can play around with the spices.
Quality improvisation can only be done by professionals.
This also applies to music, sport etc.
3 Skewed towards thoughts. We think more than we act.
There are stories of things that “come to me on their own” if I do enough visualisations. Well, why don’t you try it and see.
There are reasons this doesn’t work: lack of regularity working on thoughts, signal interference in personal beliefs and a lack of fully systematized activities. While searching for the exit to a qualitatively new level, you need to be precise and direct as an arrow; you need all of your beliefs, intentions, daily words, states and actions to be focused on your one well-chosen intention. And you need to hold your flight steady towards your goal for as long as necessary, without changing course. Thoughts fulfil an important navigational function in this process, and also serve as acceleration, while actions are responsible for the operations of the flight.
And grand-scale changes will come about!