Life is not simple. It changes constantly and keeping your eye on numerous important matters takes a lot of attention, energy and organizing ability.
This one reason why many people don't design the exact life they want, or have a set of values that guides them with clarity. But you can acquire all the skills that enable you to have your full potential right at your fingertips. Happiness does not have to be put off until circumstances allow.
In this life-changing book, Dr Adrian Harrison begins by explaining how the human mind works, immediately helping you to manage your thoughts and feelings more effectively. You will also learn how to
• have more clarity, creativity, purpose, and precision;
• solve problems without stress;
• create your ideal life;
• appreciate qualities in yourself and others; and
• move easily toward lasting peace and happiness.
Begin now. Now is the time to be fully empowered and contributing amazingly to the people in your life. It all starts when you read Creating Now.
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Your Guide to Creative Thinking, Insightful Living and Comprehensive Success
By Adrian Colin Harrison
Balboa PressCopyright © 2016 Adrian Colin Harrison
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YOU ARE CREATING NOW
Everyone's conception of reality is capable of infinite expansion.
— Ann Davies
In the introduction, the point was made that you and I are always creating. The present moment, then, is an opportunity. You can be intentional, aiming to achieve what you want, or you can allow the opposite — creating in this moment without any specific intention. What you are thinking, feeling, and doing now — either on purpose or without purpose — influences the creation of future "now" moments. As you continue reading this book, you are accepting the opportunity to learn, grow, and create future "nows" that directly and accurately reflect what you want.
Our wants and desires don't occur by chance. They arise from the complex interaction between the world around us and the mechanics of the mind — how we interpret what is present before us and perceive ways it could be improved. Our perceptions and interpretations are greatly influenced by the meaning we give to life. This, then, is where we should start to examine how we create.
The Meaning of Life
Many people struggle and eventually give up making an effort because they cannot find anything worthwhile in their lives. In effect, they cannot find the answer to the question that has been asked in every generation: What is the meaning of life? To many people, life seems so chaotic, so random, so purposeless.
There is an answer to this important question, and it is very revealing to those who are open to its significance:
Life has no particular meaning. You bring meaning to life!
There is a corollary to this. The source of satisfaction and happiness is not what life gives you; it's what you give to life. So the real question is, How do I bring meaning to my life? And the answer to that is this:
You bring meaning, satisfaction, and happiness to your life by living a life of purpose — by living each day, deliberately.
This is the exact opposite of living "in reaction," which is the automatic-pilot way in which many people exist. To some extent, all of us tend to react to circumstances. Take, for instance, the international economic downturn that started in 2008 and turned particularly nasty when subprime mortgages and other malpractices led to financial disasters in Greece, Spain, and Cyprus. This threatened the European community and the United States. Flow-on effects occurred all around the world. Governments, large corporations, private companies, and individuals all over the planet found themselves in financial difficulty. At times like these, it may feel like circumstances have a life of their own — circumstances dominate our lives. At times like these, people suffer, and the quality of their lives changes enormously, sometimes forever. Not surprisingly, sadness can be a prominent response. Yet there are others whose lives are equally affected by these same circumstances but who remain cheerful and positive and continue to believe that life is good.
Why do the same circumstances result in completely different realities for different people? Before I answer that, I want to ask another question: What is the source of reality?
What Is the Source of Reality?
The short answer to this question is that reality is always an interpretation of circumstances. The reality we perceive depends entirely on how we interpret circumstances, or expressed slightly differently, the reality we experience depends on the meaning we give to circumstances. Beliefs are important here because they are the yardsticks with which we make judgements or interpretations. These, in turn, lead to the meaning we give to the circumstances we experience.
However, both interpretations and beliefs are thoughts. Through repetition or through their acceptance by notable people, communities, or even nations, beliefs become deeply embedded in personal consciousness. Most of our beliefs are held in the memory of the subconscious mind.
Beliefs shape our realities. As an oversimplified example, the person who believes that something will always go wrong will experience this phenomenon repeatedly; it is a feature of the reality they keep creating. Have you noticed people who always have drama in progress? Then there are those whose lives are drama free. A couple I know always has a new drama to report. Because of their unspoken (and probably unrecognized) belief that something is always wrong, their main focus is on exactly that. They never seem happy or excited about life, which is very sad. It isn't my job to change them or the reality they have created, but I'm committed to modelling something different. I don't join in to discuss the dramas, except to help them find positives in those situations. I change the conversation to things I find inspiring or uplifting.
We create our own realities, and the realities we create are based on our beliefs. Our beliefs operate in the background, usually without us being aware of it. Whether we are relaxing, observing, or performing an activity, our system of beliefs is working silently out of sight — outside the awareness of our conscious mind.
A belief can be defined as "the acceptance that something exists or is true, especially ... without proof." Thus, beliefs are more like closely held opinions than truths. It is important to distinguish the difference between beliefs and truths. Truths are absolute; they do not permit reinterpretation or change with circumstances. There are relatively few absolute truths.
Beliefs, on the other hand, are more flexible. They can be modified by new knowledge or deeper comprehension. Beliefs can be created.
Creating the Reality of Your Now
Beliefs can be created. This is great news! It means we are never stuck. We never need be frustrated. We never need be victims of circumstances. All we need to do is create a more positive belief than the automatic one that arrives uninvited and causes the unwanted feeling of being stuck or frustrated. Focusing on positives is how to create nows in which you enjoy living the life you actually want.
This is such an important principle to follow. I'll expand on it as we go through this book. However, it appears again in point 6 of the summary that follows next, and it is the subject of the final exercise in the practice section of this chapter. Please be sure to do it.
1. We are always creating — now ... now ... and now.
2. Beliefs are deeply held thoughts we consider to be true.
3. Change the thought, and you change your reality.
4. Practise changing disempowering thoughts consistently, and life changes enormously!
5. Don't tolerate negative thoughts!
6. From now on, be the guardian — the absolute guardian — of your thoughts. Say to yourself, "I am the master and commander of my thought police."
7. What you experience as reality is a combination of circumstances and how you interpret and therefore respond to them. Mostly, you cannot control the circumstances, but you are always in charge of your interpretations of and responses to them.CHAPTER 2
THE MECHANICS OF THE MIND
The mind is everything. What you think, you become.
At the end of the last chapter was the statement "I am the master and commander of my thought police." Perhaps I should explain that the I referred to here is your conscious mind. We can think of the human mind as having two parts, each with different functions — self-consciousness and subconsciousness. We will look at them in some detail now. This will give us a good understanding of the mechanics of the mind and how we can train it to work to our best advantage. In a subsequent chapter, we will look in more detail at how our creating ability works.
Self-Consciousness: The Conscious Mind
Human beings differ from other species of animals in many ways. The most important is our ability to direct our attention. We are able to focus on a particular subject, perceive or discriminate between its different components, learn about it, discover useful ways of relating to it, and put all this to use. Education depends on the ability to focus. Self-consciousness is the part of the mind that has this focusing ability. It is the aspect of the mind that makes active choices.
For various reasons, we can't stay focused all the time. During your first days at a new job, I imagine you focused pretty intently and probably went home feeling exhausted, your head spinning with all the information that came at you. Similarly, having a new baby at home requires focused attention, so this can also result in exhaustion. People vary in their abilities to stay focused. However, like any other skill, we can train ourselves to focus longer and more effectively. We focus best on things that really interest us. If there's a life-threatening situation presented to us, we focus intensely on the person showing us how to survive. If we love music, art, mathematics, or a sport, staying focused is no problem while we are engaged in that activity.
Switching Off Our Attention
When our focusing power becomes exhausted, it switches off. I remember occasions, years ago, when I would arrive home after spending long days as a junior doctor sorting out patients' problems, and my wife would start asking me questions or wanting decisions made. My focusing ability was all used up, and I simply couldn't contribute. I couldn't make decisions that, at another time, I would have handled with ease.
This is similar to our muscles — when we exercise, our muscles get tired. But the more we exercise, the more we can do and the longer we can do it. In the same way, we can train our powers of attention for specific subjects and activities. In particular, we can increase our awareness of what we are thinking, saying, and doing. After a certain amount of time, with frequent, consistent repetition, we learn how to do this automatically. At that point, it becomes effortless and easy.
When we don't engage the focusing ability of the conscious mind, it switches off. I'm sure you can recognize people who use their power of attention very little. They drift through their days, not getting much done. They are operating with the subconscious mind in charge, because when the conscious mind switches off, the subconscious mind — our mental autopilot — takes over.
Subconsciousness: The Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind is just as important to us as the conscious mind. It has absolutely extraordinary abilities, many of which we can only tap into when our conscious mind becomes aware of and uses them. It is more sophisticated and cleverer than any computer.
Subconsciousness manages all our bodily functions. It beats our hearts, digests the food we eat, repairs injuries, and manages every aspect of our bodies, both while we are awake and when we are asleep.
Basic human instinctual drives are also located in and accessed from the subconscious mind.
Another key function of subconsciousness is its ability to store and retrieve information. Subconsciousness is the storehouse for memories of all kinds. It records everything we have ever done, experienced, said, and learned. When we learn, we are transferring information into subconscious memory in such a way that it is accessible. The ability to retrieve stored information is very important. Different techniques exist for improving both learning and remembering. Unfortunately, this is such a big subject that I will have to leave it you to investigate it elsewhere. Spending time on developing your memory and capacity to learn is really worthwhile. If you are interested in learning about memory and the role of the brain you may like to Google the article "How Memory Works" by Richard Mohs.
Because it knows how to associate related ideas, the subconscious mind is the location of personal imagination. The use of imagination has resulted in enormous changes in every century, particularly the last hundred years. Fully engaging your imagination will transform your projects and enrich your whole life.
Subconsciousness is the realm of our habits, both good and bad. We know from experience how much effort is needed to change them. Why this is the case will become evident in a moment.
Many of our thoughts and feelings (emotions) also come from the subconscious mind. The same is true of beliefs.
Another property of the subconscious mind is that it is interested in things staying the same — homeostasis is one of the operating principles of subconsciousness. We all experience mental inertia — the feeling that what we want to do or are doing is hard work. Inner resistance to doing what, to the conscious mind, is the "right thing to do" can sometimes be overwhelming. This subconscious tendency to keep things as they are works against conscious choices we make to change habits that have probably been locked into our subconscious mind for long periods.
The sense of self-hood and the automatic aspects of personality reside in the subconscious mind. It is fortunate that our perceptions of ourselves are handled by the subconscious, automatic part of our mind. Otherwise, we wouldn't know what to expect from day to day about things like our level of confidence, our usual range of mood, or our likes and dislikes — for example. Our conscious mind may know the sort of person we want to be, but the subconscious mind holds powerful patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours that have been built up over time in response to our experiences. Many authors call this aspect of ourselves "the ego." However, I think this term can be confusing and inaccurate. We will discuss it and some alternative terms that I prefer in the next chapter.
Two Important Properties of the Subconscious Mind
There are two things that are important to know about subconsciousness because they affect our ability to influence this part of our mind.
Subconsciousness responds to subtle instruction. It responds as we want to expectations, to repeated behaviour, and to repeated activities. It doesn't supply what we want in response to direct instruction or demands.
Subconsciousness does not distinguish between "I want" and "I do not want." It responds to the subject of your attention and supplies that. For example, if you want more money, focus on the feeling of having lots of money (i.e. what you want). If you allow your attention to dwell on being unhappy because you don't have enough money (i.e. what you do not want), what you will attract is more of not having enough money.
Please take note of this paragraph; it is a most important key to success.
The Relationship between Self-Consciousness and Subconsciousness
The ideal nature of this relationship is like the one between a conductor and an orchestra. Self-conscious — the conscious mind — is the conductor, and subconsciousness is represented by the players of the various instruments. When the conductor treats the members of the orchestra with respect and provides great leadership and wisdom, the relationship between the two parts is highly productive. The more creative and enthusiastic the conductor is in his role, the more the orchestra pays attention and learns.
An orchestra can play together without a conductor — for a time. But eventually, without good leadership, the rhythm and the correct emphasis on particular notes and phrases — the quality of the music — will suffer, and the performance will deteriorate. The same is true for us when we allow the conscious mind to switch off at inappropriate times. The potential for mistakes and for old habits to emerge is very high without the focused attention of the conscious mind. We can see this if we look at what we say and do when we are tired or stressed — for example, people are more likely to eat junk food than they are to prepare a nutritious meal when they are tired.
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Table of Contents
Part I. The Creating Phenomenon, 1,
Chapter 1 You Are Creating Now, 3,
Chapter 2 The Mechanics of the Mind, 9,
Chapter 3 Living in the Now, 19,
Chapter 4 The Creating Process, 29,
Part II. Upskilling Your Creative Powers, 41,
Chapter 5 Being Intentional, 43,
Chapter 6 Freedom to Feel, 57,
Chapter 7 Engaging Imagination, 71,
Chapter 8 Empowering Beliefs, 85,
Chapter 9 Creating Momentum, 99,
Chapter 10 Beyond Your Comfort Zone, Beyond the Familiar, 107,
Chapter 11 Effective Communication, 117,
Chapter 12 Sidestepping Suffering, 131,
Part III. Organized for Success, 147,
Chapter 13 Systems That Work, 149,
Chapter 14 Your Ideal Life — The Life of Your Dreams, 163,
Chapter 15 Target What You Most Want, 173,
Part IV. Creating Alignment with Your Desires, 191,
Chapter 16 Activate Your Mind–Body Connection, 193,
Chapter 17 Honing the Power of Your Mind, 205,
Chapter 18 Be Your Best, 223,
Chapter 19 Don't Let Upsets Hold You Back, 239,
Chapter 20 Free Yourself From Inner Resistances, 251,
Chapter 21 Lasting Happiness and Love, 271,
Chapter 22 The Gift of Compassion, 281,
Chapter 23 Quality of Service, 291,
About The Author, 317,