If you want to change or improve your life, the first thing you must do is to MAKE A DECISION TO CHANGE. CHANGE includes changing how you think and what you are committed to do. Without that decision and commitment to it, you cannot experience lasting change.
Without a DECISION about who you want to become, you will not be able to align your thoughts to guide you towards that goal. No decision and no commitment is a sign that you have NO GOAL TO AIM FOR. In fact, I will tell you if you have not made a committed decision, you will find it hard to even imagine yourself as the person you want to be. You simply cannot do it because you will be plagued with doubts. Therefore, we often hear people saying, “You must BE, DO and THINK like the person you wish to become”.
“Let not that man think he can receive anything from the Lord. The double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8).
But once you have made a COMMITTED DECISION, one that you will not back out from, magical things will happen. It may not happen immediately, although sometimes it does. Once you stick with a committed decision, you will see things start to fall into the right places in your life. Opportunities will start to emerge out of the blue. You will meet people who will help you to succeed. You may be introduced or have a chance meeting with someone new. Whatever is needed for you to achieve your aim, even if it requires the complex organization and synchronization of many people, right timing, and events, it will be done. And it will be done at a level that you do not consciously control.
Readers of my articles will be familiar with how I decided and imagined myself into my ideal apartment,and how everything was mysteriously synchronized to turn by imagination into reality within a month. The existing tenants decided to break their lease and return to their home country, giving me the opportunity to have the apartment. And the landlord who kept the rent below market rent to entice me to stay – and it’s the exact rental price ceiling that I set in my imagination. I didn’t ask the ex tenants to let go of their apartment. I didn’t ask the landlord to keep the rent below market rate, eventhough the agent repeatedly asked the landlord to raise the rent, and the landlord refused to just because he made up his mind that I am the perfect tenant for him. I didn’t consciously put those thoughts into their minds, the thoughts originated in their own minds.
Another example, when I wanted to own my dream car, a Mercedes C Class, once I made a clear decision that I will have it, things happened within a week for me to own it. I had been wishing to own such a car since 2005, but because I had not been firm in my decision, I was not able to image it clearly.
But one day in 2010, I decided to have it and I started imagining it vividly. I wanted a silver coloured Mercedes C Class at below market price.
Within a week, I was driving back from lunch with my mum and sister and I suddenly had this idea to check out the Mercedes showroom when we drove past. Coincidentally they were having a huge markdown sale for their C Class. I was told the only one left were black in colour. Well I didn’t want a black Mercedes car, but I booked one anyway , thinking it was better than nothing. One day before delivery of the car, I imagined that I was driving a silver one, not a black one.
The next morning, I was awaken by a call from the sales team. I was informed that they now have someone letting go of their booking of a silver one and it’s now available. The salesperson had remembered that I originally wanted a silver car. So the next day, I was driving a silver Mercedes just like I had imagined weeks earlier!
So what do you want to have? Who do you want to become? Start making a decision and start imagining. Magic happens after that.
One of life’s biggest tragedy is this thing called Loss. There are many who lament the loss of certain things in the past. Those who understand the Law Of Mind will logically come to the realization that the idea of Loss must be eliminated from our minds. The belief in Loss held in the subconscious mind creates more situations of loss in our reality. This applies to finances, people in our life, relationships, opportunities and things. In fact, most of our fears center around the fear of loss of somethings in our life.
Loss can be neutralized by invoking the power of Divine Restoration. It is the power to reverse loss. Divine Restoration decrees that even if a thing was lost, it can be regained or replaced by something even better.
“I will restore you the years that the locusts have eaten” Joel 2:25
“Those that thou gavest me I kept, none of them is lost, but the son of perdition. That the scripture may be fulfilled”. (John 17:12)
In the Divine Mind, whatever was given you by Divine right is yours. It can never be lost. The only thing that should be lost is the “son of perdition”, which means the Idea Of Loss. In the end, only the Idea of Loss must be lost or given up. In ancient writings, “son” is used as a metaphor of an idea. You are the Father, who gave life to your ideas (your sons). “Scripture may be fulfilled” means your aim be achieved and fulfilled.
Therefore, lose your son of perdition (idea of loss), and “those that thou gavest me I kept, none of them is lost, but the son of perdition” and your aim will be fulfilled.
Let us awake to the truth that once our concepts of loss are eliminated from our subconscious, we shall have possession of the things that we desire.
If you are interested in reading more about how to neutralize Loss, please refer to my book Creating Your Personal Reality.
There are many people who have had direct and conscious experience in creating something or achieving a goal by using the power of imagination. But as time passes, they start to think back and they start to question whether could be just merely coincidental, or something that would have had happened anyway. We must regularly exercise our power of imagination in our daily lives. The reason is this, if you neglect to use it, over time you will find your faith diminish. And as your faith diminish, you will find your will power to apply it to be reduced as well.
Recently, I was at the bookstore browsing at some photography magazines. In one of the magazines there was a section where they invite people to submit photos they have taken about a particular subject. They would select the top 10 and publish it. While I have never submitted my photos for any competition before, but standing there, I imagined my photo was published in that magazine. I made a mental note to send in a photo. One day, I remembered a photo of seagulls by the beach that I had taken in Bondi Beach in Sydney, and I had a strong hunch to send in that particular picture. Before the end of the month, I emailed that photo to them, and in a hurry too, before I left for a trip. And due to my busy schedule, I completely released it and forgot about it.
After a few weeks when I came back from a trip to Hong Kong, I went to the bookstore again. By this time I had given up hope of my photo being published. I picked up a copy of the latest issue of that magazine, and flipping to a page, I recognized one of the photo to be my seagulls photo! Now I am not a professional photographer by any means, but that demonstration is truly assuring to me about the power of imagination and following one’s hunch.
I must remind my readers and students that if you do not practise your power of imagination regularly, you will tend to drift in your imagination. By drifting, I mean not using your imagination for any particular goal or any definite purpose. We often sidetrack and use our imagination to recall past events,assume unpleasant events, remind ourselves of current facts – instead of using our Creative Imagination to CREATE and MANIFEST the things we want. Remind yourself so that you will not fall into that trap of drifting. Exercise your power of imagination today. What do you want?
We have uploaded more Neville Goddard lecture videos on our Youtube Channel. Please take some time and listen to Apple Of His Eye, where Neville talks about our relationship to the Divine and how we can solve our problems by manifesting what we imagine. He describes how a businessman(his brother) who was poor, and using his imagination he managed to buy a large commercial building without using any money. After he learned of his power of imagination, he became the most successful businessman on the island.
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We have just uploaded another Neville Goddard lecture titled “Apple Of His Eye”. In this lecture, Neville talks about how his brother bought a large and expensive commercial building without using any money. All he used was his imagination. Check out the video here APPLE OF HIS EYE
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Neville was one of the teachers that has influenced and changed my life. His talks and writings about the power of imagination are electrifying and practical instead of just theoretical.
In this lecture(Power), Neville talks about imagination in a spiritual sense at the start of the lecture. Then he gives examples of how imagination manifested amazing results, from personal stories that his students shared with him. One example, he tells how his friend imagined on the behalf of a barber for him to own his own barber shop. It came true! How an employee imagined a bonus and payrise, and he was given it by his boss. And many more examples.
Neville even teaches unmarried ladies how they can get married by using their imagination!
At the end of the lecture, Neville took various questions from the audience and answered them.
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Do you have a lovely desire in your heart? Put your imagination to the extreme test and bring it to reality!
Always imagine the best!
Many of us doubt that imagination can change our life. Even those who have experience in manifesting successfully in the past will sometimes forget the true cause of conditions. A few months or years after a manifestation, we start to think perhaps it was luck, or coincidence, or fate. We become the Doubting Thomas, we wish to analyse with logic, we need proof. But those who doubt will see no proof until he puts his imagination to the trial in their daily life. This is because the First Cause is imaginal, the unseen. It only seemed like fate or coincidence because imagination creates events to manifest the outcome you wanted.
We must not underestimate the power of what imagination can do. Just a little imagination can open doors to great wonders in your life. It can bring you to new experiences, new conditions and better ‘circumstances’. If you would just dedicate some time each day to think positively and imagine the best, it can open up new possibilities.
Just do this exercise if you would. Take 10 to 15 minutes each day, sit or lie down, quiet your mind of all thoughts. When you have entered a state of quietness and stillness, then you can start imagining. You should imagine the best of every area of your life. Don’t think of how you are going to achieve it, instead just think of it as already achieved. Forget the ‘how’. Just imagine ‘what you want’. Think of that outcome and enjoy the positive emotions that you would feel.
This is exactly how I have achieved a lot of my goals in the past. This included manifesting my dream car, my ideal apartment, moving to a new city, and new jobs with higher pay. After you imagine the outcome, you are free to go on in your daily life. Certain events and people will come into your life. You have started the power of attraction to draw to you what is needed to create the outcome you desired. You are a point in the Universal Mind. When you change, you influence changes to take place in the the Universal Mind.
If you read my ebook ‘Secret Techniques Of Manifesting With Imagination’(STOMWI), you will learn about how this works. It all comes down to States. We jump from one emotional/mental states to another. How you got to that state doesn’t really matter. Right now you can enter any emotional/mental state that you choose. If you remain there you shall draw more conditions that matches the state to you. But at any time you can jump out from the state and choose another state. Once you are out, conditions will change to match the new state. That is a law of mind. That is how consciousness works.
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“Whenever you review your past, you are creating into the future. Therefore it is wise to erase and edit your personal history. Creating the future is to release the past.” – Charles Koh
Erasing your personal history is a way of letting go of past stories, past events, past conditions as a way of releasing its burden on your mind and energy. Most people link their self identity and self concept to what they have experienced in the past. We tell people who we are by telling them about our past. The problem with this is, the more you tell others about your past, the harder it is for you to be free from it. Once you are identified with a story, you are judged by self and others, you set their beliefs and expectations about you, and you are limited by it. If the past is limited, identifying with it can only limit you.
To free yourself from limitation, it is wise to erase your personal history. That includes stories you tell others. But more importantly, it includes the stories we tell ourselves.
Have you ever caught yourself thinking “this situation always happens to me!” when some negative event happens, and you recall past events that match the current situation?
Have you ever caught yourself in an animated conversation with your friend about limiting events or bad experiences from the past? Perhaps you tell your friend how you always get a certain type of employer or partner who treats you in a certain way.
Or you may enjoy telling others all the details about experiences from the past, or things that you have done in the past.
The more you tell others, the more you are convincing yourself and others, and reconditioning your concept of self to others. And more than often we are inclined to tell others the humiliating and negative stories from the past (since it is usually more socially acceptable to brag about bad things than to brag about the good things about yourself).
More important than what you tell others is what you are telling yourself every moment of the day.Whenever you review your past, you are creating into the future. Therefore it is wise to erase and edit your personal history. Creating the future is to release the past.
We are not encouraging you to lie about your past, but even if you just stop telling everyone about ‘how bad you had it in the past’ would be a good starting point.
Stop restating the past. Be mysterious. Be fluid and free as a changing cloud ready to change its form.
Start erasing your personal history right now. Let the past be buried without remorse. It is time to be free. You can be who you want to be if you would stop hanging on to the past.
Just a quick update today. Recently I saw a few wise quotes that deserve to be shared.
The first is a beautiful quote by Calvin Dillard: “Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore”. This is such a beautiful example of what I teach here at MIND IS LIFE. For those who understand how consciousness and the law of attraction works, you will soon realize that the best way to deal with certain negative event and people is to “ignore”, or I would often say “change focus”. We need to shift our focus away from the problems, and start focusing on WHAT WE WANT. This is the core lesson of using your mind and imagination to create.
The next quote is by Mandy Hale, and she shares with us when it is useful to be silent. Don’t argue with stubborn people who would not listen. Too many people are stuck in their own little self made world in their minds to listen to any logic or advise. Save your breath, save your time and energy, ignore them! In that case, Silence truly golden. When the student isn’t ready, the best teacher in the world can’t do anything! Besides, we are only here on earth for about 70 to 80+ years or so, why waste time on people who will not listen? The more important question we should care about is “WHAT DO I WANT? AM I ALIGNING MY THOUGHTS TO MOVE ME CLOSER TO IT TODAY? AM I IMAGINING THE THINGS THAT I WANT TO ACHIEVE?” That is the real question.
Sometimes, our minds receive intuitive insights that feels like a lightbulb lighting up in our mind. It’s like a sudden Eureka moment. The moment of realization. Well just a few days ago, a new spiritual understanding came to me, and I would like to share it with my readers.
I wasn’t having a good day, I had the flu, slight headache, feeling tired after several meetings, and my friend asked me to go to the casino with him.
After a few hands at the table games, I was left with $200, from a starting capital in hand of $500. I was on the downside by $300. I noticed the thoughts running in my head were negative ones. Blaming, complaining, irritation, not at the game, but on other areas and events in my life. Thoughts of how others had treated me, how someone criticized me unfairly and the things that someone had said about me. As these thoughts played in my mind, my game suffered. I could not recover my game, no matter how careful I played.
Then at one point, I realized that my negative thoughts were putting me in a negative frequency, which reflected in my table game. I started to make an effort to neutralize the negative thoughts. The thoughts of how someone had criticized me unfairly was replaced by thoughts of sending him love. I realized that person in mind hadn’t always criticized me, in fact there were times he was very kind to me. I chose to focus on those times that he treated me well. Immediately I started to feel better. I started to disregard what others said or think about me. “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and opinions are not necessarily facts. I can choose to ignore the negative comments, who cares what they think.” As I continued this positive thinking exercise, my emotions begin to lift. Soon, my mind was filled with thoughts of goodwill, appreciation, thankfulness, hope and joy. My heart was singing again. Then out of the blue, this phrase came into my mind “Blessed are the pure at heart”. And suddenly, intuitively I knew its true meaning.
This was the new meaning: When we think thoughts that are pure in our hearts, when we feel good emotions towards ourselves and others, we are blessing ourselves. Note it doesn’t just mean “doing good” to others, but THINKING GOOD. As the Buddha taught, we should be pure, not only in action, but also in mind.
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
As I immerse my consciousness in these thoughts, I suddenly realized that my flu symptoms had improved, my headache was gone, and within 30 minutes I was winning by $1200 in my game! My friend expressed surprised how fast my game recovered. So did I. Maybe less so. That night, I kept repeating the phrase “Blessed are the pure at heart”. Such a beautiful phrase indeed.
Oh dear, another year has passed and Christmas is here again. This brings us to ask “Are you the same person last Christmas?” I hope you are not. What improvements and achievements have you made in the past 12 months? If you have achieved something, now is the time to appreciate the changes you made.
If you are still the same person last year, it’s time to take inventory of yourself. Dig into your consciousness and get rid of those negative beliefs you are holding. If you want to learn how to get rid of your negative mindsets, you can check out my book Creating Your Personal Reality, available from Amazon. In the book, we discuss about the 10 most general negative mindsets that create the hundreds and thousands of negative beliefs that you have. The book teaches you the 10 positive mindsets and affirmations to neutralize the negative mindsets. It is a systematic way for you to categorize your negative beliefs and use the right positive mindset to neutralize it. And once the negative is neutralized, you will start to attract positive experiences in that area of your life.
From Christmas till New Year, we have 1 week to ponder on our past 12 months. It is also a good time to think about what we want to achieve next year, and what commitments we are going to make. Remember, a small change in your daily routine can manifest great changes in just a few weeks. If you want a fitter body or get rid of some extra weight, it’s time to set yourself a daily exercise routine. Start with 5 minutes of sit ups or push ups. Start with a walk around the block. Once you get used to it, then do 15, 30, 45 minutes. If you start with a goal of doing 30 minute exercise from day 1, you may overwhelm yourself and your body.
Perhaps you should start a routine of meditating or doing visualization everyday. It’s the same thing. Start with 5 minutes first few days. You will feel good because you have pushed yourself to finish it daily, and you will feel great about yourself. This will make you want to do more of it in the days to come.
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Lastly, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Have a great time with your family!
The Law of Attraction is always fair and never fails. It makes us what we are in consciousness, in other words, who we are in being. You can change your consciousness, or how you identify and think of yourself, and your outer life will slowly change to reflect who you are inside. It will because the entire universe as we know it works on this Law of Attraction. It is an Infinite Intelligence that shapes our lives based on our inner consciousness. It takes into account what we think about most, what we feel, what we believe in, our mental concepts and also how we think of others. It cannot fail because this is not a law that is outside of you. Your thoughts are part of this Law of Attraction.
Do not retaliate with unkind thoughts and action towards those who have wronged, tricked, cheated, abused or mistreated you. The Infinite Intelligence of the Universe is fair and will deal with them in due time. Do not drag your emotional and mental atmosphere down with negative thoughts such as anger, revenge, despair, disappointment etc. Do not for a moment move lower in your vibration. The motto of the world is “move on to newer heights from where you are, with what you have”. Disregard the rest which are unimportant.
If you are driving down the highway to an important meeting, and someone enters your lane right in front of you in a sudden, do you want to stop their vehicle and get into a verbal or physical fight with them? To do that would mean you are going to be late for your meeting or perhaps miss it altogether. And there are always a hundred and one reasons for you to stop on your way to sort these people out in whatever journey you are in. Disregard the unimportant and move on with what you have. You have to decide on your priorities.
And if what you have is your unlimited imagination and thoughts, backed all the time by Infinite Intelligence and the Law of Attraction, what then can be your obstacle? We often have assumed obstacles before we even start. We think we lack the money, looks, connection with influential people, opportunity, luck, and many other reasons we can think of. Yet the more we think of these as obstacles, the more we are creating events to verify to us that these are indeed the obstacles because we are creating them as we think of them! I know of someone having learned this important principle, achieve many goals because he refused to contemplate on any of these obstacles or excuses that stop most people before they even begin.
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We exist in many versions of realities. Creation is done in the form of Infinite Probabilities. All things are possible in the mind of God because all things already exist (or “co-exist” in another probable reality).
In this infinite universe there co-exist many versions of probable realities, therefore each “new decision” is not really new- it already exist in a probable world and needless to say along with its own probable consequences.
We are shifting between realities all the time. With each thought, decision, intention, word and action, we are travelling in this vast system of infinite possibilities. The freedom and choice is limitless. Our “I am” is truly an unlimited Being that can occupy limitless states that it desires to experience.
What then, is the tool or method that we use unconsciously to shift between realities? That ‘thing’ is none other than our consciousness. Think about it for a moment. What holds you in your current reality? It is your mind. Your mind is made up of your thoughts.
Your beliefs about yourself, about people, about money, about health, about the world, these beliefs that you hold in your mind are determining the conditions you experience. A person who always think thoughts of success will attract success. A person who always think about lost opportunities, lost of wealth, bad luck, will keep on attracting what he continues to think. In short, in your mind, what kind of world do you belief that you live in? That is your mental dwelling place. Your mental dwelling place is aligning you to a probable reality that matches what you believe in.
Yet we are all beings with free will. Spiritually asleep to our limitless freedom, we think in limitation and thus enter into a world of limitation. To be spiritually awake to our limitless freedom, we can choose any mental state to live in and then shift our “I” into an alternate reality(conditions) that we desire.
Bear in mind that we do not get teleported into another reality. But from our personal own point of view, when we shift into another probable reality, our conditions around us change naturally. Sometimes gradually, sometimes suddenly.
When I wanted to attract to me an ideal apartment for rent in 2005, I put myself in an ideal apartment that I desired. And I did it all in my mind. I was changing my mental dwelling place. In my imagination, I put myself in an apartment in the city centre, high up above the city, with city views and water views. I told myself that the rent was really affordable. At that time, in my reality I was co-leasing an apartment with a French student. My share of the rent was $215 per week for my room. Well, I changed my mental dwelling place while physically living in that room. I didn’t even start looking for a new apartment, but it found me.
About 1 month later, one day I was walking in the city and right beside me was a notice stuck to the traffic light for a 2 bedroom apartment in the city center for $400 per week. I figured I could live in one bedroom for $200 per week (cheaper than my current rent) and rent out the other room to another student. I called for an inspection, and the person said she just put up the notice 5 minutes ago. She showed me her apartment – it was in the city centre, on the 34th floor, had views of the city below, had water views, and even mountain views. She said she was renting but decided to break her lease to go back to her country, and she was helping the leasing agent to find new applicants. I was the first to view it, but after a few days, she told me several other people were also applying. Well, I did more specific mental work to secure the apartment. Within 3 weeks, I was living in that apartment.
The Owner of the apartment decided himself not to raise my rent of $400 per week for 3 years. When the market rate was $520 per week, he still refused to increase my rent. One day I asked the Owner why he rented the apartment below market rate to me, he simply said “Well, I like you. I figured you are the type of tenant that I want, you are clean and you don’t throw wild parties. Not like some previous tenants who threw parties and trashed the place and cost me thousands of dollars to fix up. That’s why I refused to raise your rent even when the agent kept recommending me to do so.”
I did not try to put that thought into his mind. I merely lived in my ideal dwelling place in my imagination, and then things happened naturally. The current tenant decided she wanted to break the lease to return to her own country, and when I got the apartment, the Owner had this idea that I was his ideal tenant and refused to raise the rent.
So which reality do you want to live in? In one probable reality you are already there.
You can choose the conditions that you want, and then imagine it. Do it consistently and regularly, and very soon your vibrations will match up to your ideal reality and bring that reality to you.
One night during a stressful period of his life, he found himself trying to go to sleep but his mind was filled with activities and fantasies. One of the reveries he imagined was a colleague of his got mad at him and they got into a physical fist fight.
Then about 1 week later, one evening while walking home from work, a young lad asked him for a cigarette. He said “no”, because he didn’t smoke. Then the young lad started swearing at him with all kinds of vulgar words. They exchanged insults while walking further away from each other, then the young lad decided to run to my friend and started pushing him. A fist fight started as my friend had to defend himself. Unfortunately, the young lad’s friend came and my friend found himself outnumbered. Luckily, an older gentleman who was passing by with his wife, quickly went between them to dissolve the fight. The older gentleman then pulled my friend away from the youths, and the youths ran away happily thinking they’ve taught my friend a lesson. But my friend called the police and followed them. The police came, and the young lad that assaulted my friend was taken in to the station for questioning.
My friend recalled later that the young lad had facial features and hairstyle that resembled his colleague, which he had imagined getting into a fight with a week ago during his reverie. I told him this was proof that the mood and imagination had attracted the event to him. The police said the young lad had many past offences in their records. So he is not innocent. But my friend by using his imagination unwisely had attracted to himself that young lad who is a troublemaker and the experience was one that reflected what my friend imagined a week before it happened.
You may ask, why wasn’t it my friend’s colleague that got into the real fight with him? Well, if the colleague is a gentleman who doesn’t fight and doesn’t have a violent temperament, then the Universe had to find someone else who had the temperament to fulfill what my friend imagined. And surely they attracted each other.
The lesson of the story? Beware what you imagine when you are in a physically relaxed state. Your mood and imagination are creative and they have a power of attraction to put things together to create an experience that will meet you further down your timeline. This is the Law of Attraction.
More importantly, what can you imagine tonight that is good and lovely that you wish to create further down the road you’re travelling?
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
At the same time, most of us are slaves to our own daily routines. We wake up everyday at a certain hour, do the same things over and over everyday and keep on repeating it.
Yet, have we ever stopped and think for a moment – who gave us our personal daily routine? Who designed it? Most of the time, our daily routine is something we create unconsciously from repetition and habit. Yet we follow this routine as if it was something fixed or “how it is supposed to be”. It only feels that way because it has become a habit.
There is a very simple way we can consciously do everyday to experience new opportunities. We can start by a process that is called “Disrupting The Routines Of Life”. For example, if you always wake up at 8am everyday, try disrupting that. Sleep earlier and wake up at 5am to be able to experience the dawn of day and watch the sun rise. If you always eat at a certain cafe for lunch at work, try eating at a new place. Try taking a different route to and back from work. Try doing your grocery shopping somewhere else. Open yourself up to be flexible. It will make you feel different, your day will be more interesting and you will change the energy pattern of your daily life.
Someone once remarked online that disrupting our routine will mess up our life and our health. He said he tried sleeping at 5am in the morning, and that made him feel tired and sleepy the whole day from inadequate sleep. My response to him was “Change your routine intelligently“. You wouldn’t want to stuff 3 meals into your stomach all in 1 go just to prove that you’re disrupting your routine. Even if you did, what would that achieve? If you want to sleep at 5am, consider if you have work to do the next day first. If you want to wake up earlier, then sleep earlier. If you sleep late, you have to plan to make up for lost sleep.
Freeing yourself from the routines of life is an exercise where you deliberately disrupt or change your routine in a conscious and intelligent way without compromising or messing up your daily life. Just a few small changes such as what time you have lunch, where you have lunch, using a new route to somewhere you often go, change where you do your normal shopping, etc. It is an exercise to make you flexible and the ability to be unpredictable.
Now let’s think about this for a second. For example, if you always have your lunch at 1pm at the same place, you have set your routine. Your path will never intersect with someone whose routine is to have their lunch at 12 noon or 1pm at a different place. Thus you have limited your experience and therefore opportunities. Because most people are on their own routine like we do ours, unless our routines intersect we would not have opened up the opportunity to cross path with people who may be crucial in helping us achieve our goals. Opportunities are out there, but are you free and flexible enough to even see it?
In one of his books, Carlos Castaneda wrote: “A good hunter knows one thing above all–he knows the routines of his prey. That’s what makes him a good hunter. A hunter that is worth his salt does not catch game because he sets his traps, or because he knows the routines of his prey, but because he himself has no routines. He is free, fluid, unpredictable. In order to be a hunter you must disrupt the routines of your life. A good hunter changes his ways as often as he needs.”
The lesson here is that we should consciously live and be as flexible as possible. Once we blindly follow a routine, we are living an unconscious life, like a robot following a certain programming. This is a call to wake up and design your life. New experiences and opportunities await us at every moment, unless we are too busy with our routines to notice them. Break the energy of routine and unleash yourself to be free and fluid.