Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The cure for unwillingness:

An emailer writes his cure for unwillingness:

Whenever i am disturbed by resistance, no matter what the cause,
there is something wrong with me. This idea is like a
scapel to discect the ego's demands, projections, judgements, etc.

So I pray:

Please God take away from me this X
Make my life as you would have it be.
Show me thy will.
Thankyou for your guidance. Give me the awareness of the power to carry it out."

This response works for me to overcome all the
resistance and I encounter on a daily basis.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Visualize Your Best Self


"Your imagination is the preview to life's coming attractions."
Albert Einstein

Our minds can’t easily distinguish between what we visualize and what we actually experience. Many experiments support this. One well-known experiment by psychologists involved a number of men divided into three groups. One group practiced basketball every day, the second mentally visualized themselves practicing, and the third—the control group—did neither. The study found that the men who physically practiced and those who mentally practiced were equally good on the court. The control group lost to both groups.

Other experiments have shown that when people visualize themselves performing an action—running, for example—the muscles associated with that action contract in small but definite amounts. You can prove this to yourself by closing your eyes and imagining yourself sucking on a lemon. Your mouth will pucker and start to water.

Optimal visualization enables you to convey to your subconscious mind exactly what you want by using the best pictures and symbols and all of your senses. By giving yourself the Optimal preview, the desired result becomes real and concrete and you prepare yourself to experience the best. You start to adjust yourself toward having what you want by incorporating it physically, emotionally, and mentally. Optimal visualization prepares you to reach your most desired goals. You deserve the best life has to offer!

Monday, March 21, 2005

AA Meditation and Inventory

Dick in has some interesting insights on early AA meditation:

1. Read sacred text.
2. Pray for guidance, especially with gratitude (which is acknowledgement of the truth), praise (which is a desire to know the truth), love (which is a desire to make yourself and other's happy) or compassion, (which is a desire to relieve your or other's suffering).
3. Listen for luminous thoughts.
4. Write them down and listen some more.

Interestingly, the fourth step inventory was historically given standards of measurement. It was not merely an accounting record of good and bad qualities, but rather a comparison between your present nature and the Divine Nature. Accordingly, Divine Nature had four qualities which you compared yourself to:

1. Absolute love.
2. Absolute purity.
3. Absolute unselfishness.
4. Absolute honesty.

So a 4th step inventory (or tenth step daily inventory for that matter) was guided by these principles.
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