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Imagine knowing that you are 100% in control to manifest anything you desire in your life. Kind of crazy when we really think about it! Most of us have been told “we can’t,” “it’s too expensive,” or “one day.” What if we all understood that scientifically we do actually have the power to shape our destinies?

Many of our world’s great thinkers, from neuroscientists to philosophers and spiritual leaders, have provided valuable insights into how we might harness the full power of our minds for higher purposes—to create better lives, truer selves, and happier societies. For me, many of these insights have been totally transformational, and create the foundation for what I teach in The Academy. Today I’m sharing some of those ideas so we can all remind ourselves that a greater level of spiritual and personal power to manifest the lives we desire is available now.

 
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The Layers of the Mind

Finding Awareness for the Woman Entrepreneur

mind1Once upon a time, I worked as a clinical psychologist. In my education and training I learned all about the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious.

The conscious mind is where your focus
and awareness is,

 

 
and the part you typically use to interact with the world. Sometimes, you’ll use this part to direct your physical actions, whereas other times, your subconscious takes over your body and your conscious mind goes elsewhere—like when you’re driving a car, but actually thinking about what you’ll be making for dinner.

The subconscious mind is the layer beneath the conscious, where you store readily-accessible memories like how to drive a car or your phone number. It also absorbs information from your conscious mind and from your senses, translating it into emotions, feelings, images, and energy.

Your unconscious mind is the deeper reservoir where your suppressed memories and beliefs about the world are held, influenced by the events of your past. This space can be harder to get to, and harder to change.

Psychotherapy has been focused on probing the patient’s unconscious, and getting them to talk about their darkest, suppressed experiences. The idea being that if they could become aware of why they behave certain ways, perhaps they could change.

Actually giving a person methods or practices by which to actively change their unconscious self for the better is a much newer wave in therapy that has really found legs in the world of transformational coaching.

Part of my work as a coach is to teach women to harness the power of the conscious mind to shape the subconscious and unconscious. What I’ve learned through using these practices myself and with others is that our minds are extremely powerful, and that by living consciously we can influence not only our internal worlds, but the external as well.

Thoughts Are Things

How the Inside Effects the Outside

So we’ve established that the patterns that run in your unconscious mind—your regular habits, impulse behaviors, and deep seated beliefs—can be changed. The key is to apply your conscious focus to what you truly desire: who you want to be in the world, the positive impact you want to have, the life that will allow you to reach your highest potential.

Many people walk through life on auto-pilot, without actually

 

 
thinking about what’s going on in their own heads. They react to feelings, emotions, and events in whatever ways are most familiar to them.

If you’ve ever been heartbroken, disappointed, depressed, or stuck in a rut, maybe you’ve experienced an inner monologue that sounds like: “I’m not good enough, I’m not worthy of happiness. No one will ever love me. Success isn’t possible for me. I’m nobody.” Some of these might be echoes of beliefs held in your unconscious, piping up at any sign of disappointment, rejection, or things not going your way.

These thoughts have tremendous power over you. They not only drain your energy and fill you with painful emotions, they actually limit what is possible for you to manifest in the real world. They trap you in a negative cycle, producing a similar effect to whatever caused them in the first place!

If you want to change your life, this is where you start. You don’t need to allow negative ideas in your mind—they serve no one, least of all you! This is the crux of conscious living, of self-mastery, and of creating your fullest life.
It takes mental effort to keep yourself aligned with a higher vibration—but the good news is that the forces of the Universe are always available to help you. Soon enough, staying positive will be second nature to you, and the world around you will begin to change.

Refocusing Your Vision

Seeing Who You Wish to Be in the World

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Now I want to talk about the power of visualization. If you’ve ever day-dreamed about something good, like becoming a best selling author, making a certain amount of money, landing an ideal client, or experiencing a luxurious vacation, then you probably felt joyful energy coarse through you for a moment, until you snapped back to reality.

That’s your conscious mind influencing
your subconscious

 

 
—which doesn’t actually know the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined. So your subconscious actually believed this was happening to you, and you FELT it.

It is possible to focus that visionary power over your subconscious to produce not just feelings but actual results! When you consciously choose your thoughts, you also influence your creative energy and your ability to access Divine power and bring those thoughts to life.

One fascinating study on the power of visualization tested three groups of people on their ability to make free-throws. At the start of the experiment, they were all tested. Then for 20 days, one group practiced daily, the other did nothing, and the third spent 20 minutes a day visualizing the free-throws. By the end of the three weeks, the practice group improved by 24%, the group that did nothing showed no results and the visualization group improved by 23%—almost as much as the practice group!

So the pictures you hold in your mind influence how you interact with the world and what you call into being. If you begin to practice the power you have over directing your thoughts, you’ll start to manifest people, places, opportunities, and events to match those thoughts. If you exude a high-vibrational energy, you will be a magnet for a high-vibrational experience.

Calling in Spirit

How to Manifest Your Dreams

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The clearer and more specific your vision, the clearer the signal you send to the Universe.

A lot of times people fail to manifest
 
what they desire because

 

 
they aren’t clear on their desires or they think they aren’t getting results quickly enough, so they get discouraged and quit. It takes faith, practice, and trust to hold onto your vision in the face of adversity or disappointment, but if you develop a strong spiritual practice, you will find it that much easier to stay rooted in your deepest desires.

As I divulged in last week’s Q&A about my personal spirituality, I pray before every radio show and speaking event so that I can become a channel for a miraculous message. Being open to receiving creative energy and wisdom at any given moment is something I practice daily.

If you don’t know what it is you really want out of life, ask for wisdom, and it will come to you. Create a clear vision based around how you want to feel, the kind of impact you want to have, and ask Spirit to guide you in how to manifest it. Build up the resilience of your mind by visualizing daily your exact desires, and when the time comes for you to manifest your heart’s delight, you’ll be ready.

The Layers of the Mind

Finding Awareness for the Woman Entrepreneur

mind1

Once upon a time, I worked as a clinical psychologist. In my education and training I learned all about the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious.

The conscious mind is where your focus
and awareness is,

 
and the part you typically use to interact with the world. Sometimes, you’ll use this part to direct your physical actions, whereas other times, your subconscious takes over your body and your conscious mind goes elsewhere—like when you’re driving a car, but actually thinking about what you’ll be making for dinner.
The subconscious mind is the layer beneath the conscious, where you store readily-accessible memories like how to drive a car or your phone number. It also absorbs information from your conscious mind and from your senses, translating it into emotions, feelings, images, and energy.

Your unconscious mind is the deeper reservoir where your suppressed memories and beliefs about the world are held, influenced by the events of your past. This space can be harder to get to, and harder to change.
Psychotherapy has been focused on probing the patient’s unconscious, and getting them to talk about their darkest, suppressed experiences. The idea being that if they could become aware of why they behaved certain ways, perhaps they could change.

Actually giving a person methods or practices by which to actively change their unconscious self for the better is a much newer wave in therapy that has really found legs in the world of transformational coaching.

Part of my work as a coach is to teach women to harness the power of the conscious mind to shape the subconscious and unconscious. What I’ve learned through using these practices myself and with others is that our minds are extremely powerful, and that by living consciously we can influence not only our internal worlds, but the external as well.

Thoughts Are Things

How the Inside Effects the Outside

So we’ve established that the patterns that run in your unconscious mind—your regular habits, impulse behaviors, and deep seated beliefs—can be changed. The key is to apply your conscious focus to what you truly desire: who you want to be in the world, the positive impact you want to have, the life that will allow you to reach your highest potential.

Many people walk through life on auto-pilot, without actually

 
thinking about what’s going on in their own heads. They react to feelings, emotions, and events in whatever ways are most familiar to them.

If you’ve ever been heartbroken, disappointed, depressed, or stuck in a rut, maybe you’ve experienced an inner monologue that sounds like: “I’m not good enough, I’m not worthy of happiness. No one will ever love me. Success isn’t possible for me. I’m nobody.” Some of these might be echoes of beliefs held in your unconscious, piping up at any sign of disappointment, rejection, or things not going your way.

These thoughts have tremendous power over you. They not only drain your energy and fill you with painful emotions, they actually limit what is possible for you to manifest in the real world. They trap you in a negative cycle, producing a similar effect to whatever caused them in the first place!

If you want to change your life, this is where you start. You don’t need to allow negative ideas in your mind—they serve no one, least of all you! This is the crux of conscious living, of self-mastery, and of creating your fullest life.
It takes mental effort to keep yourself aligned with a higher vibration—but the good news is that the forces of the Universe are always available to help you. Soon enough, staying positive will be second nature to you, and the world around you will begin to change.

Calling in Spirit:

How to Manifest Your Dreams

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The clearer and more specific your vision, the clearer the signal you send to the Universe.

A lot of times people fail to manifest
what they desire because

 
they aren’t clear on their desires or they think they aren’t getting results quickly enough, so they get discouraged and quit. It takes faith, practice, and trust to hold onto your vision in the face of adversity or disappointment, but if you develop a strong spiritual practice, you will find it that much easier to stay rooted in your deepest desires.

As I divulged in last week’s Q&A about my personal spirituality, I pray before every radio show and speaking event so that I can become a channel for a miraculous message. Being open to receiving creative energy and wisdom at any given moment is something I practice daily.

If you don’t know what it is you really want out of life, ask for wisdom, and it will come to you. Create a clear vision based around how you want to feel, the kind of impact you want to have, and ask Spirit to guide you in how to manifest it. Build up the resilience of your mind by visualizing daily your exact desires, and when the time comes for you to manifest your heart’s delight, you’ll be ready.

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