“Pure Heart, Simple Mind”® vol. 2, no. 20, November 15, 2004
Official Newsletter of Seishindo™—Life Coaching. Self Hypnosis and Mindfulness.
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IN THIS ISSUE
1. A Story
5. Suggested Book
6. Suggested Music
7. Our subscribers’ section
9. Un|subscribe & Delivery
1. A Story
Have you ever thought about how your orientation to time profoundly affects the way you are in the world? Each culture has its own unique way of relating to the concept of “time”. Some cultures perceive time as a room that is lived in. The “room” of time is a constant that stays the same, as we change during the course of our lives. American culture seems to more and more think of time as a commodity there is never enough of. When time is “wasted” a person misses out on an opportunity that may never present itself again. Still other cultures experience time as being circular, without a beginning or an end, and with no clear markers as to past, present, and future. No matter how we think about it, our relationship to time has a profound impact on what we believe is possible. Here is a story to illustrate what I mean.
Years ago I belonged to a healing community in the States. A women who was a member of the group had an infant who was born with a serious condition which was meant to limit the young child’s life span to only three or four years maximum. The woman was totally committed to the health and well being of her infant, and she spent every waking moment praying for her baby. Her prayer went something like this: “Dear Lord, please heal my baby and help him to be fully healthy.” She offered up this prayer countless times a day.
After some months of praying, and with the child’s condition not improving, the mother spontaneously had an important “truth” present itself to her. She realized that in praying for her child to be healed, in a deeper sense she was acknowledging the “fact” that indeed her child was not well at this time. In effect she was saying/praying “Lord, my child is currently ill, and I am asking that you heal him and make him healthy in the future.” She realized that if she was praying a similar prayer for herself, it would be difficult for her to feel good about her chances of being healed if she was continually reminding herself that she was currently not healthy. She realized that even though her child was way too young to understand the words of her prayer, that somehow her words would not be fully supporting her child in feeling and being healthy now as well as in the future. With her new understanding of how her concept of time was deeply affecting her prayer, she revised her concept and began praying the following: “Lord thank you for the health and well being of my child. I am eternally grateful.” Rather than praying for how she wanted her child to be different in the future, she prayed “from the future” and brought her prayer into the present. She prayed from an understanding that her child was “already” healthy, and that he was simply in a rebalancing stage that if allowed to run its course, would naturally bring about a continuation of his healthy state as time went on.
After many months of praying her new prayer the condition of her child slowly began to change. The doctors were surprised and confounded. Little by little the child blossomed into full health, like a flower that is awakened to life by the warm inviting rays of spring sunlight. He eventually entered school along with all of his buddies, and wound up being a shining example of the power of love, gratitude, and an empowering understanding of time.
In Seishindo we give a great deal of importance to the model of time that I first learned from my friend in the above story. In actuality, her model of time very much matches what current day physicists tell us. That time can be better understood by describing the past, present, and future, as all existing at the same time, rather than conceiving of time as being linear.
Time is a primary system that organizes our culture, and our social, business, and personal relationships. Our concept of time determines how we experience the world, our values, and the rhythm and tempo that moves us through life.
In Seishindo we realize how the common Western model of time severely limits us as we look to continue to evolve, change, and be healthy. So many things we say when wanting to undertake a new plan of action, or a new way of being, lead to the communication of negatively oriented thoughts and images. The moment we say “I want to” we acknowledge what we currently do not have, or a way that we are not currently acting. Embedded in the message of what we want, is the deeper message of what we currently do not have. This is one of the important lessons my friend learned while praying for her child. If she kept on asking for the health of her child to be restored, she would be constantly reaffirming that her child currently was not healthy. If we come to the realization that in some important sense all of time exists right now, we can begin to understand how being healthy in the future, spawns vital life energy that travels in all directions, healing us in the present. How we believe we are at any one moment in time, affects us in the past, the present, and the future. At every moment, the energy that we emanate radiates throughout time, and throughout the universe.
In Seishindo, a lot of our Practices are built around the concept of all time existing right now, in the present. We suggest to people that rather than talking about and working towards how they want to be in the future, that they tune into how they are in a present that includes the future, already having achieved their goals. In this regard we teach people to make “I am” statements that signify that their goals are already accomplished. Statements such as:
“I am healthy.” “I am in a supportive loving relationship.” “I am living a well balanced lifestyle.” “I am financially successful.”
The first thing we notice when we ask people to make such statements, is they have a bodily reaction that suggests they do not believe what they are saying. This in itself turns out to be an important learning for people. They come to realize that if they do not currently believe they are “X” then they are not supporting the further possibility of being “X” with their entire being. If we were to say “I am sick today, but I will be healthy starting tomorrow,” chances are we will not fully believe what we are saying, because people rarely know how to jump across the chasm that their thinking creates. Health and disease are not two separately occurring states. Every healthy person also has disease, and every unhealthy person is also healthy in some respects. There is no clear boundary between health and disease, and neither one of these concepts is static in nature. Every moment of health, at some point in time leads to disease. Every moment of disease, at some moment in time leads to health.
I would like to offer you the possibility of an early Christmas gift. Please give yourself the gift of believing that you are already everything that you always wanted to be. Breathe into this radical concept, and then simply allow and encourage yourself to grow into your new sense of self.
Today’s Practice will give you the opportunity to do just this!
The Future is Now
This Practice is designed to help you achieve your current goals, from the perspective of the future. Once you can experience the present from the perspective of the future, you will realize that you already have everything you want and need.
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Simultaneous Colour Contrast And Complementary Afterimages
Check this site out, and you will look at the world somewhat differently afterwards. Let me offer here a great thing to do if you are working with self hypnosis Practices like the one presented in today’s newsletter.
Click on the link shown above and stare at either the blue box with the grey box inside of it, OR the yellow box with the grey box inside of it.
Stare until such time that you see two grey boxes where there is initially only one. Once you reach this state chances are the images you see will move around a bit, and change back and forth.
When you are in this state of relaxed vision, repeat the words that come to you based on the specific self hypnosis process you are following at the time.
This kind of visual process can really help you to maintain the kind of state that leads to pleasing results.
Have fun with this and let me know what you discover.
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5. Suggested Books
“The Dance of Life – The Other Dimension of Time.” Edward T. Hall
This is Charlie chiming back in with a book review this time, because Edward Hall’s book is a perfect compliment to today’s newsletter, and I wanted to let you know about his work.
Hall is a renaissance man who shares the wisdom he has come across in his years of studying people of various cultures. He describes to us the many ways that our concept of time plays a major role in determining how it is we experience ourselves, and the world we live in. His style is conversational and easy to read. I highly recommend this book to anyone that considers themselves a student of life. Mr. Hall has much to teach us.
6. Suggested Music
“Talking Timbuktu” Ry Cooder, Ali Farka Toure
A wonderful album that brings together in a wonderful way, the confluence of African music and American Blues. Ali Farka Toure is one of Mali’s leading singer-guitarists, and if you allow yourself the freedom to listen without thinking, you might think you were hearing John Lee Hooker. Ry Cooder on the other hand has been on the American scene for years. He is a clever driving musician that likes to explore the edges, and loves to sing the blues. This whole album rocks!
7. Our subscribers letters, recommendations, and introductions
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