Shifting Paradigms by Aubri Wilson Ten feet under in the earth I hope to see stars Though I've never been In a cave of glowworms And nothing bright shines here Maybe I secretly dream Of tours in New Zealand And if I don't feel like myself As I think I should be Could I really be a doppelganger And not what's real? In the mirror My eyes are startled By the sight of Who I've become With my full control With you came the most Paradigm shifts I've ever grabbed hold of With hours of searching Inside my mind Leading to a reality Beginning with you I saw myself with joy Doing what gave me joy Returning to what gave me joy Fleeing from what gave no joy Giving you what gave you joy Living fully a life of true joy And when I actually saw it And trusted it And reached towards it And pulled you towards it With me, and got up again When slipping from Not noticing the wet floors There it was all along Waiting patiently for me Truly there joy was And light underground That you can rise to And touch without The burn, and if The poor beetle Mistaken for a worm Can glow wondrously Then so can I
Have you ever tried visualization? You can find a few tips thanks to Forbes here. I first read about visualization, without knowing the term, from stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul books. In one, a woman spoke of thinking of her goals and desires and then finding pictures in a magazine to represent each. She cut out a handsome man, a cute house, and even a dollar sign. She would look at the pictures every day and think of what they represented for her. In a year she was married happily, living in the home of her dreams, and without financial stress.
So if I make a picture book of my desires, they’ll come true? Yeah, right, I thought. There’s a bit more to it I think. Knowing what you want is important, sure. Later in life, though, I began to think of times I’d used visualization with real results.
For example, in high school when I spent an hour or more a day practicing the piano, I also spent a significant amount of time thinking of the pieces I wanted to learn in my mind and seeing myself play them like a virtuoso. Eventually, with practice, I could make those runs with my fingers that were impossible at first. I kept seeing myself do it, trying, and then I did. I saw what it looked like, I could feel invisible keys, and the subtle smile on my face.
Or, when I first dreamed of going abroad, I narrowed down to China and getting there through TEFLing. While a good number of people around me doubted, I visualized myself walking the streets of China, teaching in classrooms and eating in amazing hole in the wall restaurants with real Chinese noodles. I read books and looked at countless images of China, the food there, the people there and I began daydreaming about being there. And somehow, through what seemed like uncommon luck and maybe foolish pluck, I found myself on a long plane ride to Shanghai and living there for nearly a year.
If it worked when I wasn’t fully conscious of what I was doing, what are the possibilities if I use visualization intentionally? Do you use visualization? What have you found it can do for you? Have you ever had a paradigm shift through practicing this and doing and gaining what you used to believe wasn’t possible?
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