Open your mind
Find a place to relax.
Be very honest with yourself, this exercise is just for you.
Choose a person in your life that you don‘t like and that is provoking a strong emotion in you, like anger or irritation.
Now imagine you go to a nice restaurant where a table is already prepared. Imagine your enemy is already sitting at this table, looking at you.
Look at your enemy.
Find the specific emotion that you don’t like. You can even exaggerate this emotion.
I.e. “I am angry at you because you were passing over my emotions like a catarpillar.”
Now look back at your life if you can find a situation in which you did the same to yourself or someone else.
F.e. “I was walking over my emotions without listening to them”, “Yesterday I just went straight for what I wanted without considering my partner’s opinion and feelings.”
To end this exercise, thank the person and imagine to leave the restaurant.
Best is to do this exercise when you have a fresh emotion for someone. By doing this, after a few times you will notice that often :
- what you see is also what you are
- the person is a mirror
But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you. (Jesus Christ, Mat 5:44)
What Jesus ultimately means is not only to forgive our enemies – but to see in every enemy ourself. He wants us to radically see and understand. Thats why he is asking us for forgiveness.
Ultimately you are not this emotion towards your enemy. What you really are can embrace everything. People and experiences in life can be seen as a way to learn about yourself.
Imagine a sacred, strong fire on an altar. Now throw everything you believe it’s you in this fire: your possessions, your knowledge, your status, your ideas, your beliefs – until you can’t find anything more to burn. Imagine your body on that altar.
This exercise was the final awakening point for Samarpan – he finally realized during this visualization, that there isn’t anybody to burn.
Speak out loud where in your career the boundaries lie, eg:
“I know I could earn more money, if (insert) …
– I would put in more overtime
– I would take a course
– I would be more active in the group
– I could sell myself better to the boss
“I know I could use my real talents better if (insert) …
– I could conquer my fear of being on stage.
– I could overcome my fear of the beginning of …
“I could earn my money in a more creative way, if (insert) …
– I would be disciplined and wouldn’t sit so often would in front of the television
– I would use the potential of my friends and acquaintances
– I could muster the courage to radically change.
Often spontaneously impetus for action arise from the answers already. Follow and post them on your next week schedule!
Background & Impact:
Most people go their whole lives without ever getting to their true limits. They rather prefer the safety of a boring life than to face their fears and live their true calling. Know and respect your limits and decisions, and expand it continually. A person becomes more free and confidence inspiring, the more he knows about his fears and limitations.
(by David Deida: The Way of the Superior Man)
In your life you always fill out a variety of roles: as a child of your parents, father / mother of children, a member of any church or community, as an employee or employer, friend, husband / wife, athlete, consultant, etc.
Write all your roles on a sheet of paper.
Then consider each of these roles, which 1-2 measures would have the greatest positive impact.
These measures can be both simple and short things like “buying women flowers”, “attend a football game with Tom,” or long-term things like “going for tango course”. In most cases, those things that you recognize as truly important to you, have something to do with the maintenance of relationships or training.
Now, get your diary for next week and just write down those things that you have identified as essential for your roles, as a first and most important dates. You can move them if necessary, but they should be done within that week that you planned them in.
Do this exercise every week, best on your day off.
Background & Impact:
All important measures related to our various roles are like large rocks that have to be filled first into our time-glass of life, so that the small unplanned things come around, too. The weekly framework to plan has been proven in years of work by Stephen Covey as a management consultant for thousands of people to be the most effective.
(According to Steven Covey: 7 habits of highly effective people)
– “I can not afford”
– “This will not work”
– “The customers will not like it”
– “I cannot do this”
– “I will not have enough customers”
– “I’m going to be cheated”
– “What will my parents / my partner say?”
– “Everyone will laugh at me”
– “I’m not good enough”
– “I do not deserve it”
just realize as you did in Exercise 3 of the base with the promissory note. Be aware that you are dealing with an old belief that acts like an old debt in you. Feel every feeling of the situation, draw the scene in your mind like on a sheet of paper. Honor, affirm and accept the feeling. Then, mentally burn or rip the debt written on paper.
Now think back to your heart’s desire. Describe it with the most beautiful colors, let it shine in your hearts and go through the anxiety!
Do this every time a new negative thought comes up.
Background & Impact:
Our negative beliefs (see chapter “Things the power of money can constrain”) we see best when we come in contact with our heart’s desires. If we were to make these beautiful things come true this would contradict what we unconsciously think negatively about us! It is therefore perfectly natural that all the old patterns come up immediately. The more you can fall in love with the new image in spite of your fears, the faster it will manifest itself.
Write a story about yourself in which you live your ideal life already.
Write about yourself in the 3rd Person and use positive phrases (eg “Andrew loves it …”). Allow yourself to play through in your mind all the things you want to be happy and do describe the details and quiet, little details, funny episodes, etc.
Background & Impact:
The story seems like a self fulfilling script. Especially the positive descriptions of details help to anchor the positive unconscious life image.
Roland is a strange bird. He lives quietly in a little small, rented house in Dahab on the Red Sea. A beautifully furnished house with lovely energy and a small front garden, in which are a few palm trees and a small tree streching its branches upward. The rooms are bright and high and in one corner he is working on a laptop. Roland loves a good healthy breakfast of fruit with yogurt, soft egg and a cup of hot water with honey and mountain herbs of Bedouin in the morning.
In the morning he starts to work on the computer – for his various internet platforms, and other clients. He is a Professional Web and is formed continuously in various projects and with the help of specialized media and friends. He can organize his time freely, and often works out of the restaurants at the beach. He has many acquaintances in the world, and many people are turning to him for advice – sometimes for internet marketing, partly for visionary lifestyle. Thus, he travels occasionally around the world and can get to know new countries and cultures.
His passion are various energy and vision exercises from different systems, for which he wrote a book and created an Internet platform has.
He maintains a good connection to his family and his many friends who keep coming back to visit him every now and again.
Roland loves sports, especially football, is often run and does his almost daily push-ups and pull-ups. Thus he has a trained, good-looking body. He dresses sporty, elegant or rural.
Roland loves it to sit on a bench in his little garden and look into the branches of the tree. He believes in life, a good leadership and that everything that he has experienced is good and a gift. He asks every day so that the will of God might be done.
He likes colorful sunsets, and sometimes rides a bike along the coast and makesat a small fire under the open sky. He also likes chatting and joking with his Egyptian friends.
He likes women and has often sex – usually it is only with the one woman that he loves and that he likes to take care for. He loves to cook, to read and to play guitar. (…)
Sit upright in a quiet place. Dedicate the following time to God and direct your attention, for example, to the center of the palms. Whatever thoughts and images come to you, you take with a feeling of joyful anticipation but let it go immediately and return to the center of your palms. During the Jesus prayer this contemplation is extended by thinking of the name of Jesus (exhaling) – Christ (inhale) or visualize his image. Stay unintentionally – you don’t have to achieve anything and take at least 2 hours a day. Relax, just look and try to perceive the presence, in all its diversity: breath, body, odors, noises, colors, shapes.
We usually meet the black shield that surrounds our mind after an initial quiet period. Unpleasant feelings filled with memories from the past come up. It is good to notice this, tolerant and yield to watch until we can say: “Yes, they are just there – they may continue to do so” There shouldn’t be a feeling of resentment towards them! Feelings must be able to stay there while taking in the present.
Background & Impact
Hardly an exercise promotes the spiritual growth of man as much as the unintentional awareness. This exercise trains the ability to concentrate to a high degree. We become aware of how much we are constantly flooded with thoughts and pulled away from inner silence – thoughts full of worries, desires, hopes and much more. From this we learn to keep our thoughts and feelings in deep focus on one thing to be able to increase and the power of the moment. Meditation is the development of alertness and attention.
When you come closer to contemplation, we understand that we can exist without having to change.
When we meditate, it is an advantage to develop a willingness to suffer: to accept every suffering, knowing that it was given to us for our purification, so that we come closer to the essence. Before the clear “yes” can come from our core, we have to look at the dark, “No” in us. Just like you have to let passengers from a tram exit before you can let new ones enter. If we look at our “no” unintentionally and wait for what is coming – then the “yes” will come by itself. Pain is like a wound. We devote all necessary attention to it. We wash, disinfect and bandage them. But then we can go back to work and let God do the healing. It will hurt a little, but we no longer need to deal with it. It heals by itself. It is the same with our spiritual wounds. Once we have looked at them honestly and without judgment, they heal by themselves. When we remain in the present and in perception, healing comes to us naturally. Like this you can always quickly assess whether you are at the right thing: Ask yourself whether you’re at your highest self or your at ego with its problems, desires, thoughts and feelings.
Father Franz Jalics has written an excellent textbook on the subject of contemplative meditation. Most of the thoughts abut this exercise come from this book.
Move your arms. What are you doing?
I move my arms.
Move your legs. What are you doing?
I move my legs.
Move all of your limbs. What are you doing?
I move my body.
What is moving? The body.
Are you the body? No.
Who moved the body? I did.
I AM the one who moved. The body is moved.
Think of a car. What are you doing?
I think of a car.
Who is the one who thinks? I think.
Think of an apple. What are you doing?
I think of an apple.
Who is the one who thinks? I think.
Who created the idea of the apple? I created it.
What was created? The thought of the apple.
Are you the idea? No.
Dissolve the thought. What is left? I am.
I am the creator of the idea. The idea is created.
Feel the feeling of sadness. What are you doing?
I feel, or create a feeling of sadness.
Who created this feeling? I’ve created it.
What feeling was created? The mourning.
Are you yourself this feeling of sadness? No.
Solve the feeling of grief. What is left? I am.
I am the creator of the feeling of sadness. The feeling is created.
Feel your senses. What are you doing?
I feel the air and things around me, I hear noises around me, I see things, smell odors, …
Who feels, hears, sees, tastes, smells? I do. Is that you what your senses perceive? No.
What are you? Me.
What are you at night when you dream? Me.
Are you your dreams? No.
What are you?
I am not the body.
I am not my thoughts.
I am not my feelings.
I am not my mind.
I am not my dreams.
I AM WHO I AM.
I am the soul.
I am immortal.
Background & Impact
This is an essential exercise of self-realization and it has a very strong awakening power.
It demonstrates that we are not the picture in our passport, our bodies, our history, our thoughts or feelings, but the inner observer who follows the game of life. Note also the following Bible quote that might be better understood through this.
God said to Moses: “I AM WHO I AM. Thus you shall say to the Israelites: He sent me to you. ”
(2 Moses, 3, 14)
Once a day for 1 hour, or – even better – 5 minutes every hour, we should turn our thoughts away from us entirely and onto the highest power by which we are connected with all beings and things. We dedicate this time to the innermost and highest core. We pay attention to our breathing, our thoughts and feelings, and we appreciate the perfection of life. (Ferrini) Bless ourselves and others and pray for peace and forgiveness, for understanding, love, truth and humility. Let us be grateful for everything. Let’s talk about God in our own words, with a childlike open heart.
Background and Effect:
Everything we carry within us is reflected in the outside world. When we live from the inside to the outside, so that we are looking for silence, peace, joy and love as often as possible, all our wishes will come to us from the outside, without having to work hard for it.
Whenever an unpleasant event happens to you, whether through people, things or illness: remind yourself that you yourself have caused it. Purify yourself by saying internally: “Whatever has caused you: I’m sorry, I forgive you, I love you, I thank you.”
Background & Impact:
Everything that happens to us in life is a mirror of our inner thoughts, feelings and memories. Each experience is caused by us, and we are responsible for our own lives. Healers are responsible for the clients they attract, as lovers, work colleagues, etc. Through internal cleansing, we can clarify and transform old memories, thoughts and feelings, and connect with the divine again. This brings us back to inner peace. (Look on Amazon) In his book “Zero Limits” Joe Vitale describes in detail the technique and how it came about.