Greetings fellow HEthens,
My name’s Josh and I’ve been a visitor to HE for a few years now and I’ve never posted nor replied to the discussion board before. So here’s to my first discussion post!
I am a BIG thinker.
I find it entertaining to analyze and observe the random, complex thoughts that go on through my imagination. One of them is this: what if you could close your eyes, enter your own mind, and send your own consciousness to a different universe? A different reality?
Let me explain. I’ve been going through a bit of a rough patch with college. I’m in my third year now and it’s scary because I still have no idea what the f*ck I want to do with my life. But I guess it’s normal — that early 20s crisis, the phase where you’re suddenly thinking
“Sh*t, why am I always broke“, which dominoes to
“I need to get a good-paying job” and then the classic Alan Watts example
“But you can’t make any money (or at least it’s super hard to) being a writer, a poet, a philosopher, a philanthropist/humanitarian“, then you’re left with the stoned-deep and enlightening
“What even is my purpose in life? Why was I born?”
It was through this panic and fear that I came up with a mental exercise/trick that got me out of that slump and eased my anxiety.
What I did is I would:
1. Close my eyes whenever I was feeling stressed and imagined a big, big room. Kind of like Professor X’s Cerebro Room or whatever it’s called (don’t know too much about X-Men). And…
2. Imagined that across the entire wall, there were different realities of my own life, parallel universes maybe. And I would know that it was a safe place and even though at that moment I was feeling stressed or confused, I knew that I could choose to enter one of those realities in which I was less stressed. Or a place where I was the opposite – perhaps where I was ecstatic, euphoric. Or a place where I knew I was going to become a(n) (insert dream career here). Or a place where I knew just plainly, I would be successful. Across the wall there would lie bubbles or some sort of television screen that would depict those realities to me and I myself could choose to venture into any one of them, like switching the channel on the television and stepping into the screen.
I could DECIDE where I was going to end up and how I was going to feel at that moment.
Upon opening my eyes, of course I would still be stuck where I physically was at that moment, but my state of thinking had changed. It’s sort of similar to counselors or psychiatrists using the whole “think of a happy place” technique when you’re feeling stressed out. But I feel this method (and of course with no offense intended) is a way better technique than that. And even more so than hyperventilating into a paper bag.
I feel this method not only uses our imagination of what could become of our lives, but it’s therapeutic effect is based on self-empowerment — we can control where we go in life as long as we KNOW and HAVE FAITH that where we’re going is somewhere good, safe, and fulfilling. Jim Carrey once said in his Commencement Speech, “Why not take a chance on faith? Not religion but faith. Not hope, but faith.” And what he’s getting at, I believe, is that when we have faith that our future is bright, when we have faith that everything will work out, the likelier our subconscious is to make sure it happens — producing action, making sure we work hard to make it a reality.
And although this method doesn’t exactly answer those big, bolded questions at the top and we remain in the same place physically at the end, our minds may end up somewhere completely different, new, and bright. For me, I was stressed out on one occasion and when using this technique, I “sent myself” to a place where everything was going to work out just fine. Even though the problem still needed to be dealt with, I was much more confident in my decisions and problem-solving. I knew that even though some hurt may have tagged along with me on the journey to a solution, it would eventually dissipate, and I’d live in the reality I chose and created for myself. And if that one didn’t end up working out for me, I could always go back to the Cerebro-like chamber, and choose another to travel through.
What do you guys think? I love doing these kinds of mental exercises. Would you consider its use for therapeutic purposes? Meditative purposes? And if you actually made it this far into the post, thanks so much for taking the time to read through it all. Hope to hear from you guys!
Your intention will manifest as you take the steps to imagine the reality you desire for yourself. You are quite intuitive to utilize these exercises. It is a form of astral projection. When you dont care for the moment you are in…create one in your mind. Follow the consciousness of your heart and let go of all that does not serve unity. In this way you, your whold world will open up. I admire your courage to post this and have the utmost faith for your journey. You are inspirational and i love your energy. Namaste. <3