our minds operate in this way. we see pictures in our mind that are snapshots and little movies. the soundtrack we hear is made up of voices and sounds that go with the images. when we watch these images and hear the sounds it makes us feel different things. apart from the odd smell and taste sensation that accompanies these images and sounds, that`s our entire universe right there.
would you say that it`s important to understand the mechanics of this process, given that it is how our world is shaped?
o.k. now, choose an image that you know will make you feel a certain way. it doesn`t matter what emotion you choose to move toward for this practice but realise as you do it that the feelings will get stronger.
when you have got the image or memory of an experience in your mind then find yourself focussing on what you see, hear and feel as a result of looking.
hear the sounds in the image getting louder. how does that make you feel? does the feeling diminish if the sound becomes quieter?
see the colours of the image or memory getting brighter, more vivid and rich. make the image brighter, as if a floodlight has been switched on, bathing the scene in bright light......or conversely make the image dimmer and darker and soften the colours, blurring them together. now, recognise how these changes make you feel different things as a result.
do textures at your finger tips and against your skin make you feel differently too?
i want you to realise something in all of this. it is you that is doing this. by manipulating the image environment in your head you feel differently. precisely in response to you choosing to mix up the stuff in your head.
the more you choose the way you want to feel by using this method as an artist on a canvas or a sculptor with clay, the more you will be incontrol of your moods. whenever you need to most.
when you get good at this you can do the work in an instant to amplify whatever mood you need.
or whichever one is most important for you to have in your consciousness. right now.