I used to be scared of dying. I guess this is not uncommon but the reason it scared me ruled my life for a long time. It caused anxiety, panic attacks and I believe the OCD I experienced for many years.
I was scared because I wondered what happened when we die, and in wondering that I activated my imagination. I had heard that if I was good, I would go to heaven. But then what? No one really knew beyond that.
Besides being terrified of going to hell (after all, was I good enough), going to heaven FOREVER didn’t really appeal either. Unlike others who may ave imagined fields full of baby bunnies, chocolate flowers and rainbows, I imagined FOREVER and could not comprehend it at all. I imagined wandering aimlessly. Nothing seemed to have any meaning if it was forever.
The Universe goes forever, right? How does that work? I remember lying on the grass in my backyard aged 8, imagining there was a little man standing on a ladder (not sure why he needed a ladder) painting the universe wherever it was up to. This was all I could come up with and even it didn’t make sense. I mean what was on the other side where he hadn’t got to yet? It was all too much for my little mind and instilled such a fear in me that went on to rule my life for the next 15 years.
What we imagine has such a big impact on the way we feel and this is what was happening to me. I was feeling the way I would if nothing had meaning and if I was aimless and lonely.
This all changed for me in 1996 after years of self help and exploration. I realised what I was imagining had changed too. New images included me meeting the “other side”, suddenly understanding and seeing there was nothing to worry about. I imagined myself lighting up (literally) with new knowledge that was beyond the human mind. It created vastly different imagery to what I had been seeing.
I know now the change in me came first AND THEN I imagined something different. I know now that a much faster path would have been to imagine something different FROM THE START. What if someone had told me; “You know what Cindy? What you are imagining is making you feel scared and panicked, what if you imagine something else instead?” Would I have got to this place sooner? Bloody oath I would have. Would it have saved me YEARS of trauma? I believe so!
How can you put this into practice today? Think of something that scares you – or that makes you feel a way you don’t want to – and notice what you are imagining about that situation. What could you imagine instead? There are some things you need to make this work.
- The unconscious cannot tell the difference between real and imagined. When you imagine something, you will have the physiological response as though it is true (I will be writing more about this in another post soon).
- You don’t have to believe what you imagine for it to have an impact, just imagine it anyway.
- What you pay attention to grows, so focussing on the new imagery you come up with is as important as coming up with it.
I would love for you to share with me what old imagery you are getting rid of and what you will replace it with in a comment below.
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