So … I kind of, sort of, actually wrote an on-line program for those who are struggling with putting all the pieces of success into place. It’s not like anything I’ve ever seen, which isn’t really saying much because as much as I’ve seen in my life, there’s more out there that I haven’t seen than I have seen.
It’s really is a big world out there, ya know?
Any who ….
One of the things I did in this program was to start each of the five main sections with a realistic fiction story. (I like to make up words so let’s call this “realiction”, a hybrid term for realistic fiction specifically used as a teaching tool.)
Why did I use this “realiction”? Because reading fiction is the single best way to get our visualization juices flowing. Just try and read this story without “seeing” some of it in your mind’s eye, I dare you.
The five main sections we deep dive into are: health, money, success, happiness and relationships. The “big 5”, as I like to call them. This course is for you if you’re struggling with making things happen in your life and you’re sick of just working harder. You’re ready to try another approach, but you’d also like to make sure you get happier along the way. (You’d really like to feel better more often than not.)
What I love about this program is that it’s perfect for students who enjoy learning at their own pace, want a bazillion, gazillion real life examples in their courses so they can truly “get it” and who also want access to the instructor in a private FB group where people don’t take each other down at the knees with their angry posts and a place to get their questions answered with a smile.
This selection below is from the section on health. In it, we’re introduced to the main character: the sculptor. After this part (in the actual course), we go on to learn how to use visualization in real life as a tool for healing.
What is totally radical about this type of teaching technique is that everything in this story is REAL and can be applied by the students right now to get their own results. It’s also a sneaky way to squeeze in more teaching time on my part. (Once a teacher, always a teacher.)
This is not your typical teaching technique. Instead, it’s a leading edge one in which I predict you’ll see more of in the future. And … it’s also the most effective way to teach kindergartners: through stories. And I used to teach Kindergarten so there you have my reasoning and proof of its efficacy.
Learning through stories is, frankly, just way more fun than studying facts, figures, and theories. We need more ways to see, to feel on a soluble level, how we can get results, faster, in personal development. I’m always looking to find new ways to stream line the student learning experience, making it more fun. When you’re smiling, you’re more relaxed. When you’re more relaxed you’re going to “take is all in” quicker.
I don’t like wasting my time or my students … so every sentence in this course is on-purpose and intentional to help students get their hug it, squeeze it, taste it, touch it, smell it, see it, listen to it … results.
Enjoy your story time.
You comfortable enough? Cup of tea? Another pillow for your feet perhaps?
The Sculptor: Health
The sculptor stared at his hands. The pain had been getting worse since August. He tried to ignore it but every time he sat down to create, it got worse. He’d always preferred natural cures over pills in trying to feel better. It was no different this time.
At the first sign of an ache or pain, he now knew what to do. He fully understood that the symptom of pain meant that he’d been ignoring something emotionally—offering resistance to something. He also knew spending time hunting down the source of his emotional discomfort would only make it get worse. “What we focus on expands,” he murmured. It didn’t really matter why he was feeling bad (the problem) only that he start to feel better (the solution).
Turning to face his favorite window, he could feel the sun beating down on his face. He loved the feeling of ease the sun produced for him. It relaxed him immediately. Now, he could begin.
He took easy, deep, rhythmic breaths. He allowed the chatter in his mind to continue until it had nothing more to say. This usually took about five minutes, but he was patient. The reward was worth the wait.
Just then a small bird landed on the windowsill. It was a small, crow-black and very aerodynamic looking, sort of like a hummingbird. It had bright red strips down the middle of both wings. He’d tried to find out what kind of bird it was on-line last week but nothing came up. The bird looked at him as if to say, “You can do this. Just focus and relax.”
He continued to allow total relaxation to envelope him. First, he relaxed the follicles of his hair, his eyebrows, and his eyes. The sensation of ease gently flowed to his nose, ears, mouth, and chin. Without much effort, he could soon feels his shoulders drops, his ribcage soften and his back muscles willingly gave up any tension they’d been holding on to. A few more moments and he’d be totally relaxed all the way down to his toes.
The bird looked at him again, twisting his head back and force. This wasn’t the first time this beautiful bird had revealed itself just as he started his visualization practice. Coincidence? He thought not.
The sculptor had been working with a local practitioner who’d suggested he practice visualizing what he wanted for fifteen minutes every day. This was no ordinary visualization prescription, however. No ordinary healing protocol. The doctor had been very specific in his instructions that it was about feeling good first, allowing images to flow from there, then taking inspired actions.
At first it was hard and felt like a waste of time but he decided to stick with it. He wanted to feel better, the pain to ease up.
He felt totally relaxed now and ready to begin. He imagined himself working with the clay completely free of pain. He could feel the clay moving through his fingers, applying pressure only when he needed to create a curve here or there. It was pure joy for him to move without pain in his vision.
He could feel the ease not just in his fingers, but in his torso and legs, too. It felt so good, so visceral, to be in this pain-free place. His practitioner had taught him that even when the body felt pain, the mind could be happy. Dr. Marion had said something like, “Physicality and emotionality can be separated with practice, over time. People can feel joy and gratitude even in the midst of pain. Joy is health; fear is illness. It will take you some time to get to this point of greater awareness, but it’s where we’re all headed.”
Dr. Marion seemed so sure of himself. How was this possible, to be so sure? It was almost as if Dr. Marion couldn’t see illness, only health.
The sculptor thought Dr. Marion a bit strange, but he liked him overall.
At first, none of what Dr. Marion was telling him made sense. But the sculptor was open-minded, willing, and really wanted his results. Some days the pain in his fingers tended to demand his complete attention. It was all he could think about at times.
His focus felt intense today. He’d been practicing fifteen minutes daily, as advised, and had even added thirty extra minutes on most days. On the twentieth day, something shifted. He started to become aware that he was, in deed, directing his thinking.
“Wow! What a rush,” he thought. “This must be what it feels like to be an intentional creator. It felt so … purpose-full.”
As the images in his mind became more and more real, he felt his way to the place where he could attach positive emotions to his visions. It felt like he’d connected the first two pieces of a one million piece puzzle.
The sculptor opened his eyes just a crack. The bird was still on the windowsill. It had never stayed this long before. He mindfully pulled his focus of attention away from the bird and back to his vision. He liked the word “dreams” better than the word “visualizations” but knew others used the word vision, or visualization. The more single-mindedly he focused, the more the images seemed real.
The more he practiced, the more time seemed irrelevant in pulling this stuff from the quantum of this thoughts into reality. In fact, most days when he meditated fifteen minutes it felt like an hour.
He’d been reading about the science behind the power of focus and how we actually can, with the power of attention and focus, turn thoughts to things. It was surprising to him that more people didn’t realize this.
He’d been relaxing and imagining what he wanted for thirty-seven minutes when the bird flew away, skimming its wing against the windowpane. That small movement was all it took to snap the sculptor back into the now.
As he lifted his hands and placed them on the clay that sat before him on the table, his fingers felt more nimble, more willing to move in ways they had known before the pain started.
Suddenly, he realized that this was a “manifestation”, proof that his practice was working to increase the mobility in his hands and decrease the pain. How had he not noticed this before?
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