Here's a fun experiment with symbols.

Just imagine, if you went deep into the core inner recesses of your mind, that there's a door to another dimension.

Beyond this door, you'll find marvelous wonders that will surprise and delight you.

And all of this is reserved just for you.

No one else.

Now, sit back and relax as completely as you can.

If you wish, you can record the following script so you can follow along without having to read it.

Take a deep breath, and allow yourself to release all unnecessary tension and energy.

Just let it all go.

As you calmly and gently breath in and breath out, take a moment now to think of some small indulgence that makes you feel so very good.

Focus on this feeling of enjoyment.  Make it real.

Allow yourself to get lost in the feeling of pleasure as it cascades throughout your entire body and mind, rejuvenating every cell of your body as it takes you deeper into yourself.

As you drift deeper into yourself, maybe you see lights and colors and shapes.

Maybe you recall the good times of your life, as you travel through your deeper mind to get to the core of your own Divine Essence.

Just let everything that happens, both inside and outside, to take you deeper into yourself.

Pretty soon, you come to a door.

What color is your door?

What type of material is it made of?

Is it wood, metal, stone, glass, plastic, or some other material?

Is it painted, carved, embossed, or is it plain?

Is it solid, or does it have a window or other cutout?

What type of key unlocks this door?

Where is this door located?  Is it in a hallway, a basement, a cathedral, the outside of a building, or standing all by itself in the middle of a field?

Remember all this, because the nature of your door represents the condition of your inner self.

Now, before you open the door, know that beyond this door will be a scene that represents something vitally important to you right now.

You may see the realization of a dream you've always wanted, or maybe you'll see the solution to a problem that has been bugging you.

Maybe you'll meet someone who will give you information you need, or perhaps you'll have an opportunity to let loose and play like a child.

Whatever it is, it's something incredibly important to you.

And when you're done exploring the world beyond this door, feel free to bring yourself out of this experience back into the world of your everyday life.

But only when you're ready.

Okay, go ahead and open the door, and ENJOY!

As you might guess, the above is just a small sample of the recordings contained in the new Symbolic Solutions 2.0 package.

These recordings guide you to relax to the deepest levels within yourself, using both traditional and modern hypnotic principles, including the use of pleasure and indulgence to take you deeper.

I've been told many times that I have a perfect voice for this sort of thing, and that it relaxes folks all on it's own.

But that's just the beginning, because the Symbolic Solutions 2.0 program is designed to train your deeper mind to help you manifest whatever you may want, and to respond to your conscious mind even when you're not in a hypnotic trance.

Imagine what life would be like if your deeper mind was working FOR you instead of AGAINST you.

The first 3 sessions focus on helping you develop the skills to relax deeply any time you choose, to have full confidence and trust in yourself and what you're doing, and to imagine things inside your mind just as real, just as vivid, and just as intense as a physical experience.

And if you've been following me for any length of time, you know that these are the 3 steps to manifesting.

Once you've mastered these 3 skills, manifesting is as easy as making a choice.

No more hours of repeating affirmations or visualizing.  No more making treasure maps, writing out wishlists, or tapping yourself silly.

And there's more to the program.

Session 4 helps you activate your natural genius, able to learn at an accelerated pace, and recall details at will.

Session 5 gives you the willpower to accomplish any goal you may want to achieve, and to feel as if the most strenuous work is nothing more than a walk in the park.

And Session 6 gives you the final tools for true life mastery, where you are not only in control of yourself, but the world around you as well.

And for the time being, all of this can be yours for a tiny one-time payment of just $97. (Soon to be $197)

I know, it sounds too good to be true.

That's why I stand behind my promise with a full 100% lifetime "love it or leave it" money-back guarantee.

If at any time you feel this package hasn't lived up to my promises, just ask for a refund, and I'll take care of it right away.

You've got nothing to lose except your problems.

Go ahead, check it out now:

Most experts say we only use about 10% of our mental capacity.

Have you ever wondered what you could accomplish if you were able to use 100% of your mind?

You certainly wouldn't have any trouble remembering names and faces, and you could probably be a winner at everything you do.

And if some experts are right, when you access the full capacity of your mind, you could perform what many folks call miracles.

Things like money, love, joy, vibrant health, and personal fulfillment would come naturally to you, as easy as breathing.

The trick is to get your subconscious mind to respond when your conscious mind decides to act.

For most of us, we may decide to do something, but our subconscious mind has other ideas.

That's why it's so hard change a habit and keep those New Year's Resolutions.

It's also why some folks buy multi-thousand dollar business courses and let them collect dust, because for whatever reason, they "just don't feel like" getting started.

If you're ready to change all this, I have something for you.

I've put up a webpage that describes the problem and outlines a simple 3-step process to get your subconscious mind to work WITH you instead of working AGAINST you.

You'll find it here:

Not only do I outline a simple 3-step process to access the full potential of your mind, I also show you HOW to accomplish each of the 3 steps.

This is truly valuable information!

Go read it now.  You'll thank me for it.

Anyone who wants or needs to release stress or anxiety, or just wants to learn to relax more will find that hypnotic processes can be the quickest and most long-lasting solutions available.

Most hypnotists tend to use a handful of simple induction methods, with progressive muscle relaxation and basic countdowns being the more popular ones.

The Silva Method (a hugely popular course) focuses on using a basic countdown.

Other common methods include shock and confusion (popular with the "instant induction" crowd), guided visualization, and a rather lengthy discussion on the automatic nature of the subconscious mind.

This last one tends to be associated with Milton Erickson, one of the most famous hypnotists of all time, and the model for modern hypnosis.

Less popular, but still effective, are the covert, conversational hypnosis techniques of redirecting attention to non-physical topics, which also tends to make a person more suggestible.

While all these do work, I've found a better way.

In the last week, I've searched through about 20 different books on hypnotism, and haven't found any one directly mention the relaxation process that works best.

So, what is this most effective technique to induce relaxation and hypnosis?

Indulging in a powerfully-enjoyable memory.

For me, one of the quickest ways to get to a light hypnotic trance state is to allow myself to get lost in a memory of a passionate hug.

This is why I wrote in "Harmonic Prayer" that I often prepare myself for prayer by imagining myself giving God a great big hug.

Prayer, creative visualization, hypnosis -- they're all based on the same process.

  1. Relax deeply.
  2. Imagine what you want.
  3. Trust that it will happen.

This is the same 3-step process I've been talking about for quite a while.

It's the core process behind Harmonic Prayer, Symbolic Solutions, and the Awaken the Avatar Within program.

It's the same core process behind the Silva Method and any other system that actually gets results.

I recently created a few new recordings for the Symbolic Solutions package, which feature a segment guiding you to focus on an intensely enjoyable experience.

I'll be adding them to the package soon.

However, I'm also working on a few other things, and hope to have something really nice to announce next week.

As mentioned previously, anyone who purchases the Symbolic Solutions package gets a full year of updates, so you'll get all the new materials as I add them.

If you'd rather invest in a "tried and true" system, there's always the Silva Method, which was originally developed in the 60's and 70's.

It's as fully developed as it's going to get.

The day after I did the Symbolic Solutions workshop last month, I used the core process to help myself reach higher levels of financial abundance.

In this variation of the process, I relaxed into a light alpha level, and asked my subconscious mind to show me a memory which was preventing me from attracting greater financial abundance.

To my surprise, I saw a picture of the house I grew up in.  Now, I knew that I had grown up in humble surroundings, but I never associated the house itself with any issues.  Apparently, my subconscious did.

So, I made a conscious choice to change that.  Within my mind, I set an intention to alter the memories stored there.

Instead of a humble home, I decided to repaint the scene as if I had grown up in a mansion, complete with in-ground pool, fancy cars, and all the money that is generally associated with that lifestyle.

For a few minutes (no more than 10 minutes), I imagined what my life would have been like had I grown up in that type of house, with that type of lifestyle, and the self-image I would expect to come out of it.

Right away, I noticed that I felt different.

(Remember, I'm the guy who has been teaching how to change your beliefs about yourself, your life, and what you can expect.)

As I searched for a key difference, I noticed that I saw life from a different perspective.  While I had suspected before that Life could be viewed as a game, I also felt that in many ways, Life was a school in which we were to learn how to master our belief systems.

After going through this process, I came out of it with a firm conviction that Life really is nothing more than a game, and our objective here is simply to have the experience.

Closely related to this, I also found that I understood a few things that had eluded me before.

For instance, there are quite a few folks online who claim what I would have called ridiculous values for the things they offer.  The classic example (for me) was a series of 4 brief emails that John Assaraf claimed was worth $97.  Before, I compared them to any $15 book, which contains much more information, and would help a lot more people.

I completely understand that now.

Did you ever play "Store" as a child?  The game is simple.  You collect a bunch of items around the house, and you sell them to the other kids, for whatever price you want to claim.  A can of beans might sell for $1000, or a t-shirt might be priced at $10,000.

The prices don't matter, because it's just a game.

If the other kids want to play with you, they'll pay the price, because after all, the money isn't real either.

"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" author, Robert Kiyosaki, talks about this idea in his books, that rich folks see money differently than poor folks.

This is why purses can be sold for $500 or more, when they aren't much different from the $50 purses sold at "normal" department stores.

It's why certain brands are worth paying extra for, because they are the kids folks with money want to play with.

To be a brand that attracts folks with money, do whatever you can to create a fun experience for your customers, and feel free to claim whatever price you want for what you sell.

If they want to play with you, they'll pay your prices.

If you're still looking for a plan to start and run an online business, where it's easy to set your own prices for products that are easily made, grab a copy of Terry Dean's Internet Lifestyle System.

Terry has included over 14 HOURS of video instruction, showing you how to pick a niche where folks love to spend money, how to create products they love to buy, and how to use your customers' language so they respond to your ads.

It's like hiring a top-notch coach for $15/hour.  You also get a variety of cheat-sheets and other resources to help you get to profit quickly.

This is literally the BEST place to start.

I'd love to have you come play with me in Egypt this November.

For years, I've talked about how our beliefs create our experiences.

The quote that comes up most often is: According to your faith is it done to you.

Of course, even on a purely physical level, our beliefs lead to our decisions, which leads to our actions, which leads to our results.

You decided to do something because you believed it was the right thing to do in the circumstances.

In some cases, our beliefs hold us back.  We know logically that we should do X or Y, but we "just don't feel like it" or "that's not me."

Maybe you want to speak up more often, or ask someone out on a date, or say 'no' when you have other plans.  Maybe you want to be more organized, but find yourself setting things 'anywhere' because you don't have the time to file them where they should go.

I struggled a lot with self-confidence.

I always put other people first, waiting for my turn to get what I deserved, and found that if I wanted to get what I deserved, I had to stand up for it.  But I didn't want to hurt anyone's feelings, so I sat back and settled for whatever came my way.

While I had made tremendous progress in this area, last year I discovered that I was still holding myself back, and the responsible belief was based on a memory from kindergarten.  One day, after school, a friend and I were playing in the schoolyard, and I did something which caused us to lose one of his toy cars.

I felt so guilty losing his toy, I spent a long, LONG time looking for that car.  I even missed the bus going home because I was still looking for that toy.

One of the first results I got from the new Symbolic Solutions process was when I decided to change the memory itself.

I relaxed as deeply as I could, which at that time was quite deep.

I took myself back in time to that day, and changed the memory to include my friend telling me that he didn't really care about that toy anyways, and that it really didn't matter.

I made sure to take time to imagine us playing together and having fun, regardless of what happened with the toy.

When I came out of it, I could tell the feelings caused by that memory were different.  It felt as if a heavy weight was gone, and I was free again.

Immediately, I went back in to rewrite other memories from my childhood.  Times when I thought other kids were teasing me and making fun of me.  I changed those memories so I could look at it as a game we were all playing together, and I was having fun in the experience.  I only spent a few minutes on the whole process. No more than 30 minutes for everything.

Yet the change it made in me was tremendous!  I consider it one of the most profound results I've received from anything I've ever done.

Most personal development systems suggest that the best way to reach success is to bite the bullet and use your willpower to force yourself to do the things necessary for success.

They promise that the more you do it, the easier it will get.  You just have to get over the initial hump.

One of the main reasons so many people fail to follow through with their New Year's Resolutions past January is because getting over that initial hump feels more like climbing Mt. Everest.

It's HARD!  Especially if you have a long history of giving in and giving up on your dreams.

There are 2 simple things that can change this.

First, forget about willpower. It just sets you up for failure.  Instead, take time to indulge your senses.

You heard me right.  Indulge your senses.  Hear me out.

Most of us have little difficulty doing the things we WANT to do.  No willpower is required to get ourselves to eat, sleep, or make love.

Sure, we could promise ourselves a reward for doing what needs to be done, but that doesn't work as well because we have to go through the awkward, frustrating, or even painful part first.

What if we got the SAME PLEASURE from doing the "have to" stuff as we did the "get to" stuff?

We can.

The first step is to indulge your senses, and pay close attention to the details of the experience.

The next step is to relax as deeply as you can and replay the experience in your imagination.

Now, I shared with you in an earlier post how to make imagined experiences just as vivid and satisfying as real ones.  Here is where you really want to put that into practice.

Go deep into your mind and vividly imagined an enjoyable experience.  Allow it to fill your mind, and imagine it filling your entire body.  This will help you make a POWERFUL connection with your deeper mind.

Now, once you've done that, anchor it in place.

Ask your deeper mind to give you a symbol to represent this enjoyable feeling.  Imagine this symbol multiplying many times over and being inserted into every cell of your body, showing up in every part of your mind, and being placed in every location you go in your normal life.

This instructs your deeper mind to give you pleasure on a regular basis.

Now, specifically imagine this pleasure symbol connected with the things you know you should be doing to reach your goals.

In fact, if you want to kick this up a notch, ask your deeper mind to give you a symbol to represent the work required to be successful in whatever you're trying to accomplish.  Doesn't matter if it's making more money, improving relationships, breaking old habits, or anything else you're working on.

Get a symbol to represent the work involved.

Now, see both this work-symbol and the pleasure-symbol, and mentally merge the two together.  See them becoming one symbol. A work-pleasure symbol.

If you've relaxed deeply enough, and have visualized this with enough detail, you will now find that you get much more enjoyment from the work required to accomplish your goals.

And since it's more fun to do, you won't have to push yourself to do it.  It'll just come naturally.

Have you ever wondered if you were doing the right thing?  Or if you were really prepared for an upcoming event?  Ever feel the butterflies churning in your gut?

Of course.  We all have.  We've all experienced that type of fear.

In fact, when I was getting ready for this last workshop, the night before, I knew that I hadn't prepared for it as much as I would have liked, and experienced those same feelings.

So I decided to use my own process to turn it around.

Here's what I did.

First, I relaxed as much as I could.

And here, I have to admit that I didn't go all the way down into a semi-hypnotic trance like I talk about.  That's the ideal, and I would have gotten better results if I had.

Of course, this was a minor case of nervousness. I didn't need the full power of a deep trance.

Anyway, once I had relaxed, I asked my subconscious mind to give me a symbol to represent the nervousness I felt.

Very quickly, I got an image of a black sludge oozing out of me.

I then told my deeper mind that I wanted to turn this into a confident feeling, and asked for help.

The next thing I see, I'm standing in front of the stove, pouring the black sludge into a pot, and starting to cook it.  I pull a spice off the shelf, and when I sprinkled it into the pot, the black sludge started to turn into a rich, golden liquid.  When it was done, I let it cool, and drank it in.

Right away, I felt my energy shift.  The nervousness was pretty much gone, and I felt a whole lot better.

The next day, I still felt confident, and while there was a little bit of nervousness left, it was maybe 5% of what it was originally.  Not bad for a quick 5-minute process.

Now, if I had to deal with a more intense fear, I would have needed to go into a much deeper trance to make a significant change, but the process would have been the same.

  1. Relax as much as you can.
  2. Ask your deeper mind to give you a symbol to represent what you want to change.
  3. Ask your deeper mind to help you change it to what you want.
  4. Imagine the process in as much detail as you can.

The reason for asking your deeper mind to give you a symbol, and then to guide the conversion process is that when you do, the process works MUCH better than if you were to choose these consciously.

This is because these sort of changes happen in your deeper mind, and using the symbols your deeper mind already associates with them simply gives you better results.

What I've shared with you in this post is just one way to use the Symbolic Solution process.

Whether you set New Year's Resolutions or not, chances are that you have at least ONE goal you want to achieve.

If you're like most folks, you probably have quite a few.

One of the objectives I have for this blog is to help you achieve as many of your goals as possible, and to do so with the least amount of effort possible.

One of the most common misconceptions around goal setting is that it takes willpower, and that you have to force yourself to do things you probably don't want to do.

Here's where you can eliminate a LOT of wasted effort.

Let's say that one of your goals is to lose some weight.

Sure, you could try to use willpower to avoid all of the foods you know contribute to an unhealthy weight and shift your diet to include healthier alternatives.

Or you could shift your inner state so that you truly PREFER the healthier foods.

Which do you think is easier, eating what you WANT to eat, or forcing yourself to choke down the low-calorie stuff?

Try this.  It only takes a minute or two.

Close your eyes, and remember the last time you truly enjoyed a good meal.

See the food on your plate. Imagine putting a morsel into your mouth. Imagine yourself chewing it. Taste the exquisite flavor on your tongue. Feel it filling your belly.

Allow yourself to get lost in the experience.

Didn't that feel good?

(HINT: The better you get at visualizing, the more enjoyment you get from this exercise.)

And absolutely no calories have to be counted.  😉

Your imagination is a powerful ally when it comes to reaching your goals.

If you wanted to extend this experience, you could imagine yourself getting just as much pleasure from eating those healthy foods you used to avoid.

You could also imagine yourself getting intense pleasure from exercising and burning off the unnecessary layers of "stored energy" called 'fat'.

Do this once a day, and pretty soon your body will "somehow" just look better, and you'll feel so much more alive.

Whatever your goal is, you can use this simple exercise to imagine yourself getting incredible pleasure from any task that has to be done to reach your goal.

Do you want to be a more confident, outgoing person? Do you want to get more work done so you can get promoted?

Or do you want to finally get past some negative experience from your past and be a happier, more positive person?

It's all possible with the help of your imagination.

In a moment of desperation, I stumbled onto the 3 keys to making prayers work.  They're the core elements of my Harmonic Prayer system.

I had found myself homeless in a city where I didn't know anyone, and had a desperate need for some quick cash so I could rent a place to stay and get some food.

One morning, after walking the streets all night, I stumbled into a bookstore to get warm and hopefully find an answer.  That's when I discovered the incredible power of prayer.

Flipping through a book by Joseph Murphy, I found a simple 4-step process to getting real results from prayers.

As I followed the steps in my mind, I felt myself relax, as if a heavy weight were dropped from my shoulders.  I also felt an incredible sensation of joy spring up from within me, as if a fountain had been turned on.  Although nothing actually happened in the space around me, it was like the clouds parted and angels started singing.

Later that same day, I found $70 on the sidewalk, which allowed me to rent a room for a week and fill my belly.

When prayers work, they work quickly.

The problem I ran into was that I couldn't repeat the experience any time I wanted.  Some times it worked, and other times it didn't.  It took me YEARS of study, experimentation, and a lot of trial and error to finally map out what happened in that bookstore.

The basic process is simple, but depends on several factors.  Factors that just happened to be in place when I had my first real experience of prayers actually working.

Faith, focus, and a feeling.

Although most folks believe in a God who answers prayers, the process of prayer I describe in my book, Harmonic Prayer, works on multiple levels, including a basic psychological level.  Because of this, Harmonic Prayer works even if there is no God, and if there's nothing beyond the physical level of reality.

While the first step is labeled "Get in Harmony With God", the actual process is one of relaxing and focusing on positive emotions.

My experience in the bookstore felt like a feeling of a weight falling from my shoulders and a sensation of joy welling up within me.  That's the feeling we're going after in the Harmonic Prayer process.

On a psychological level, what this does is to relax the barrier between the conscious and subconscious mind, allowing them to communicate with each other more easily.  From the atheist point of view, prayer is a form of self-hypnosis, during which you program your subconscious mind to resonate with a goal.

When you program your inner mind this way, it goes to work to call your attention to things that will help, and gives you the inner motivation to do the right things to make it happen.

Sometimes, it's amazing how much of an impact something as simple as phrasing a question a little differently can have on the people around us.  Say it one way, and they ignore you. Say it a different way, and they want to help.

Here's a little trick that will help.

Whenever you find yourself indulging, such as with a delicious desert, bit of candy, or even sitting by a fire with a loved one, allow yourself to get lost in the feeling.  Really soak it in, and pay attention to the natural joy that wells up within you.

If you can, lose yourself in that feeling, and see if you can imagine it growing more and more intense, to the point where the sensations completely overtake you.  If you do it right, any small indulgence can be just as enjoyable as sex.

The more you can relax and lose yourself in feelings of joy and satisfaction, the more you get your subconscious mind ready to work for you instead of against you.

And if you want to slip in a request for help in reaching your goals, go right ahead, because this is when your subconscious mind will be most agreeable to helping the outer you.

And, of course, if you believe in prayer, extend your request for help to whatever Divine Being you believe is capable of helping you.

This is interesting.

I'm already getting positive feedback on the new Wealth Symbolic Change Process meditation, which has been released to a private test group.

Here's an example of what has come in.

This is from Cindy, who has had access to other, more in-depth recordings, which could have helped with her results.

Hi Alan

I just got back from a fun day of shopping with a good friend, had an unexpected and welcomed day off. This morning I listened to this meditation, I think it was the 2nd set, haven't tried them all yet. I really like it.

My imagined sensation of pleasure was a reproduced scene of swimming last summer with my grandson in the river, I felt then and in my imagination like a kid again. Just enjoying the feel of the water, the sun, the laughter of Troy and his grandpa. Just focusing on that joyous feeling.

I was brought into my deeper mind quickly.

The colour I saw was green, the wealth symbol was a lotus flower.

The night before we had planned to go an hour to the north for our shopping trip but this morning I had an strong urge to go the other way because I wanted to go to a certain store. Well sure enough there was a big sale with 50% off of ladies clothing, had a great day and saved a lot of money.

Even won a few bucks playing keno during lunch.

After the meditation this morning I searched for the picture of a lotus flower that I took last summer in the pond and set it as my desktop. I didn't see any lotus flowers on my trip today but when we got back into town, I dropped Pam off at her car, she said there is Angel's (her sister) sign for her restaurant. Pam said she placed it there because that flower, the daffodil is some kind of symbol to her.

Wow, well I don't think you should tweak a thing of this meditation. It certainly works for me. Maybe it is working for you too.


I can also report that in my own life, I'm seeing positive results. Not only did a lot more folks grab a copy of this meditation than I expected, but I've had a number of other sales come in as well, from folks who aren't even a part of this new venture.

In addition, I was called in to do some headshots for a local group, so that was some unexpected money as well.

I sense some other things coming together, but it's too early to report any results there.

As I write this, I just finished the first draft of a script for a new type of meditation.

It's actually a cross between a guided meditation and a hypnosis script, using a unique concept for incorporating change.  I call it a symbolic change process.

I originally got the idea while reading some Kindle ebooks written by someone who calls himself the "Rogue Hypnotist".  (BTW - they're great ebooks, and well worth the 99 cent price tag. There are 7 so far.)

After testing the idea on myself for a couple of months, I know it works.

The great thing about this process is that it's neutral enough to work for anyone for any purpose.  And yet, it works on the core of an issue, deeper than anything else I've ever seen, and WITHOUT having to go into deep, deep theta levels.

Here's the principle behind the process.

First, as always, you relax as much as you can. In the script, we spend about 4 minutes on this, which is what was done with the 15-Minute Vacation meditation I gave away earlier this year.  The more you work with these meditations, the deeper you can get in those 4 minutes.

Next, you imagine what you want, as clearly and as vividly as you can.  Don't worry if your imagination isn't the greatest. Whatever you can do will be fine.

This is where the process goes in new directions. the next step is to ask your deeper mind to give you a symbol that represents your desire.

The reason for asking your deeper mind to supply the symbol is because your deeper mind will make the changes, and using its symbol will cause it to respond better than using anything else.

There are a few things we do with this symbol, which shifts your energy and helps you identify with the essence of what you want.

Once this is done--which only takes a minute or two--we cement it in by imagining how your life will be different.  NLP-ers call this "future pacing", and it's a well-known process for locking in changes, especially when you're deeply relaxed.

And that's pretty much it.

The whole process takes less than 15 minutes, and yet produces results that are far and away better than anything else I've ever tried.

Feel free to play with this idea yourself.

One of the most common issues that comes up for many folks when considering how they may improve their lives tends to be expressed in the phrase,

"But that's not who I am!"

Here's an example.

For most of my life, I've always been the "behind the scenes" guy supporting others out in the spotlight.

In fact, I was very uncomfortable being the center of attention.

I even justified it with the idea that I was less driven by ego and "flash", and more concerned with "substance".

It's one of the reasons I've never really pushed to get my materials out in the public eye, where they could help the most folks.

It's also one of the reasons why I felt that maybe I should spend more time pursuing my photography business.

But when I sat down and really looked at what I was doing, as if I were coaching a client, I realized that the core of the issue was a belief that being in the spotlight wasn't something I associated with "who I was".

As is often the case with coaching clients, my mind produced one excuse after another to justify its position.

In the end, I had to admit that if I could change my beliefs about who I was, and what I enjoyed doing, I could actually ENJOY being in the spotlight and taking center stage.

Especially when I knew how much doing so would help those in my online community.

What about you?  What are you avoiding because you feel it just isn't you?  What could you change about yourself that would lead to more success, more freedom, more fun, and more love?

If you're not sure, take a few minutes, relax, and ask your inner mind what possibilities await in your future.

Then patiently, lovingly, wait for an answer.  Ask what steps you could take today to bring yourself closer to those marvelous possibilities.  And even allow yourself to indulge in the experience of being in that glorious future situation, complete with all the sights, sounds, feelings, and other sensations that you would expect to be there.

That alone will help you motivate yourself to take action.

Now, if you're one of those who doesn't seem to get a response when talking to your deeper mind, give it time.  It can take time to relax deeply enough to make contact with your inner mind, and it can also take time to gain its trust, especially if you've habitually ignored it.

The last time I wrote, I described a way to make it so you ENJOY sticking to your resolutions.

It's amazing how much easier it is to reach your goals when your deeper mind gives you pleasure whenever you do the things that will get you there.  It's like the stories you hear of people reprogramming their minds so that the pain of having a tooth drilled leads to orgasm.

The process I described then was one of imagining the feelings of pleasure, then imagining the work you wanted to stick with, and then going back and forth between them to mentally link pleasure with the necessary activity.

This works great when you know what type of activity you want to stick to.  But what do you do when you know you need to do SOMETHING to change the conditions of your life, but you're not sure what?

Believe it or not, your deeper mind already knows EXACTLY what you need to do.  You see, you have a direct connection to the Divine Mind, or as some folks call it, the collective unconscious.

This collective intelligence contains every piece of information available anywhere, and that includes the most precious wisdom that anyone has ever discovered.  It also includes more mundane information, such as the appropriate steps that will help you increase your income, attract a loving partner, and experience profound levels of health and vitality.

Now, while it's possible to make contact with this level of mind and receive into your conscious mind the information you seek, it's not necessary.

That's because you can program your subconscious mind to keep you focused on the things that will produce the desired results, and make sure you to stick with them by making them a pleasure to do.

Try this.

Relax as much as you can. Again, you want to go into a trance-state where your conscious mind is quiet and won't put up any resistance.  If you use a recording, especially one with BWE tones in the alpha-theta range, this will help.

Once you're as relaxed as you can be, talk to your subconscious mind as if it's another person. If you want, you can think of this as talking to your "higher self", or even to the Divine Presence of the Universe.

It all works the same way.

Tell your inner mind that you appreciate all the work it is doing for you, and would like its help in reaching your goals. Mention that you know that it has access to all the information it needs, and you trust that it will keep you focused on the things that will help you reach your goals.

If you feel it necessary, describe how much fun you'll have once the goal is reached, and how much better your life will be having done it. (BTW, it's usually better to entice the subconscious mind than to threaten it.)

When you feel that your inner mind is "on board" with your instructions, return to normal waking consciousness.

If you made a solid contact and communicated clearly what you want, you'll find that you start to do things somewhat differently, and that your actions are much more effective in reaching your goals.  And without making any extra effort.

As an example, in preparing a new test recording for the "Awaken the Avatar Within" test group, one of the statements revolved around making healthier choices.

Even though I wasn't actually programming this into my inner mind, the next day I found myself pulling a bag of carrots out of the fridge for a snack, which is something I hadn't done for a very long time.

(Yes, I could probably stand to lose about 20 pounds.)

I couple of weeks ago, as a test, I specifically went in to ask my inner mind to keep me focused on "profitable activities". Again, the very next day, I found myself responding to an email that I would usually ignore.

This and a few other things have resulted in my pursuing a new line of activity for my online business, including a whole new plan for managing my mailing list.  As a result, you can expect to get a lot more useful information in the weeks and months ahead.

I've also purchased new software to manage the mailing list, and you'll most likely notice some format changes soon.

I'm really excited about all this.

Give the process above a try, and let me know how it works for you.

Did you know that the vast majority of folks who set New Year's Resolutions give up on them before the end of January?

What about you? Do you find the pressure of past habits too much to overcome?

If so, I have a suggestion for you that can eliminate all of the effort of sticking with your resolutions.

Here's the core of the idea.

Think about this. How much willpower do you need to follow through with things you ENJOY doing?

None, right?

I mean, when you ENJOY something, like eating, sleeping in late, watching TV, or having sex, it doesn't take ANY willpower to do it. You just find yourself gravitating in that direction.

What if the activities involved with your resolutions were that enjoyable?

It would be pretty easy to stick with them, would it not?

If you got a thrill from exercise, it would be easy to keep going to the gym. And if putting a small amount of food on your plate and losing yourself in the process of chewing your food thoroughly before swallowing gave you as much satisfaction as stuffing your face mindlessly, losing weight would "just happen".

Remember when I wrote to tell you of a simple process of manifesting that involved the 3 steps of relax, imagine, and trust?  Here's how you can use that process to manifest persistent motivation to stick with your goals.

First, get comfortable and relax as much as you can.  Again, this is more important than many people realize.  You want to put your body to sleep and get your mind into a deep alpha or light theta level. Or at least as near to this as possible. BWE helps if you have access to it.

The reason for this is so you can access the deeper levels of mind with as little resistance from your conscious mind as possible.

Next, you want to elicit a strong feeling of enjoyment. Daydream about something intensely enjoyable. Keep at it until you can FEEL it as if it were happening RIGHT NOW.  This daydream is now the SOURCE of good feelings.

Now, quickly shift your mind to the activity that leads to your goal. Whether that's exercising, eating smaller portions, meeting new people, or whatever, imagine yourself doing the activity while still feeling good.  This daydream is the TARGET, where you want the good feelings to go.

Go back and forth between the source and target daydreams a few times. As you do this, your deeper mind will start to associate good feelings with your target activity.  In NLP, this is referred to as creating a resource anchor.

In this case, the desired activity becomes an anchor which triggers good feelings to arise.

Spend as much time with this as you'd like. I'd recommend at least 5 to 10 minutes, but there's nothing wrong with spending 30 minutes or more retraining your mind to associate pleasure with the activities that will lead you to the success you desire.

Here's wishing you a fabulous new year!

I'm currently working on a script for the next recording to be posted to the new test group member area.

A segment just came together, which is so incredibly powerful, I wanted to share it with everyone right away.

Here it is:

"If there are any additional beliefs that would make your life easier, you now find them sprouting up, taking root in the fertile soil of your mind, and becoming a permanent part of you. The entire landscape of your mind shifts and changes easily to accommodate that which is needed for you to experience life as your conscious self would like it to be."

Over the holidays, I took some time to refresh my memory of hypnosis and one of the key ideas that came up over and over again was that your deeper mind knows what is needed to correct any problem, and only needs to be directed to solve the problem in a way that's suitable for the conscious self.

Statements like the one above (which are used after you've reached a significant depth of relaxation, and thus a degree of freedom from the limitations of your conscious mind) help your inner mind to access Infinite Intelligence so you can grow in your own unique ways, independent of any specific statements made in other parts of the recording.

The script I'm working on will lead to 2 different recordings. One version is intended to be used while you're sleeping, and could potentially eliminate the need to schedule time out of your day.

A few folks in our test group have already been playing the original recording while they slept, and while it wasn't intended for this, and therefore isn't ideal, it has produced some positive benefits for those using it this way.

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