In the early 1970’s my interest in self-help, spirituality, and metaphysics was profoundly influenced by three very inspiring books. The first one, given to me by a dear friend, was The Magic of Believing, by Claude M. Bristol. The second book, given to me by another friend, was The Science of Mind, by Earnest Holmes. The third book, which I recently started reading again, is Psycho-Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz, MD, FI.C.S.
All of these books played a major role in shaping my beliefs at the time, and I was a different person after reading them, especially The Science of Mind and Psycho-Cybernetics.
The Science Mind influenced me by expelling the belief that I was presented with as a child, that God was a man with a long white beard who would punish me if I didn’t “toe the line,” and that never resonated with me. I clearly remember reading it over 30 years ago and having a major revelation when I realized that God is an all-encompassing consciousness that includes everything, and thinking, “Now that makes sense!”
Psycho-Cybernetics, provided me with practical tools, that when used consistently, enabled me to create what I wanted in life–tools that change ones beliefs and self-image — without trying to force it with will-power.
As I was recently reading the latest version of Psycho-Cybernetics, titled The New Psycho-Cybernetics, I regretted not doing so sooner, as it is such a practical book with scientifically proven methods to manifest our dreams. This book contains story after story of people who have successfully used the techniques developed by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, as well as studies substantiating them.
The most well-known story (study) is of three different basketball teams shooting free throws. The three groups were scored on the first and last days of the experiment. The first team practiced shooting free throws for 20 days just like they normally would. Another team did not perform any sort of practice. The third team spent 20 minutes a day practicing mentally, by visualizing; shooting successful free throws.
The results were remarkable! The group that practiced by actually making free throws, improved by 24% after 20 days. The second team, which did not practice at all, showed no improvement. The third group, which only practiced in their minds, improved by 23%!
In his book, Psycho-Cybernetics, Dr. Maltz tells us that our mind and nervous system cannot tell the difference between actually doing something, and seeing it vividly in our imagination. He goes on to say that we have a servomechanism i.e. “an automatic device that uses error-sensing negative feedback to correct the performance of a mechanism” similar to a guided missile.
The full definition from Wikipedia is: “A servomechanism, sometimes shortened to servo, is an automatic device that uses error-sensing negative feedback to correct the performance of a mechanism and is defined by its function. It usually includes an in-built encoder.”
”You do not need to be a computer genius or a neurophysicist to operate your own servo-mechanism, anymore than you have to be able to engineer an automobile in order to drive one or become an electrical engineer in order to turn on the light in your room.” – Maxwell Maltz, M.D, F.I.C.S.
When we follow the practice of consciously employing our Servo-mechanism we do not need to use will power, instead we change our beliefs and self-image.
I highly recommend that you read The New Psycho-Cybernetics, meanwhile, here is Dr. Maltz’ method in a nutshell:
- It is helpful to write a description of what you want to create.
- Set aside 30 minutes a day for 21 days when you will not be disturbed, preferably the same time each day.
- Relax and make yourself comfortable.
- Close your eyes and use your imagination.
- Like an actual experience, make the images as vivid and detailed as possible, employing your senses – notice objects, sounds, colors, scents, etc.
- By making it a vivid and detailed experience, employing your senses your unconscious mind will consider it an actual experience.
- Imagine yourself doing exactly what you want; feeling and acting appropriately.
- Picture this as if you are the main character in a movie playing the role exactly as you desire.
- Allow the movie to change and develop for the first 10 days, then play the exact same movie over and over again for the remaining 11 days.
Emotion is a necessary ingredient – imagine how this experience would feel!
We were made to be successful; all we have to do is create a target via visualization, for our own personal servo-mechanism to seek out.
It has been proven over and over again that this method is powerful and will transformation one’s life in a positive way, if we put it to practice.
I have found that after completing 21 days of visualization with feeling I am moving toward my goal; however, I normally continue to visualize 5 to 15 minutes a day until I have reached my objective.
Most of us are picturing future events unconsciously, often creating what we do not want rather than what we want. When we worry, focusing on an undesired outcome, we are creating unconsciously. We have the ability to consciously choose what we create, by visualizing what we want; thereby producing what we desire.
If you can’t spend 30 minutes a day spend 15 minutes visualizing what you want. Alternatively spend 5 minutes in the morning, 5 minutes at noon and 5 minutes in the evening. Consistently employing this practice in your life will make a positive difference!
Be joyful, embrace life and thrive!
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The Science of Mind, by Ernest Holmes
The New Psycho-Cybernetics, by Maxwell Maltz, M.D., F.I.C.S.