As if there aren’t enough good reasons to quit smoking, here’s something more to think about; the effects of diminished oxygen in the red corpuscles of your blood. If you’re a smoker, you may have become so acclimated to this effect that you’re not even aware of its occurrence. But the effects are there whether you’re aware or not.
Anyone that’s experienced chemotherapy will tell you about their energy slump after a chemo treatment. It’s partially due to the drop in their blood’s oxygen level. Just one cigarette causes a similar drop. Accompanying that drop of oxygen includes a drop in your total body energy. So, that “relaxing” cigarette break is also putting a damper on your energy. You’re relaxing alright, so much so that you’re actually slowing down whether you’re aware of it or not.
Your well anticipated relaxing break is really trimming off your cutting “edge”. So when you go without smoking a cigarette for a spell, you may think that’s making you edgy, but it’s really you just getting your edge back.
And do they really relax you? Not really! The nicotine is a stimulant. You’re providing the relaxation yourself when you deeply inhale and then deeply exhale. Exhalation is the body and mind’s way of naturally relaxing you – you were born with it as a natural relaxation response. How’s that for a great business model? The tobacco companies sell you the relaxation you were born with.
And think about this! You stimulate yourself with the nicotine, override that by relaxing yourself, and then reduce your energy by depleting the oxygen in your blood. Doesn’t that seem a lot like stepping on the gas and the brake in your car at the same time?
FUTURE PACING – A better way to visualize the future and make challenging decisions.
Ever hesitate in making a decision because you simply just didn’t know how it would turn out? Do you fear possible failure, or even success? Well, future pacing can bring you comfort and enhance your self-confidence.
Here’s the procedure:
Select a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. My favorite place is in my car while parked, overlooking the river near my home.
Take a deep breath, and as you exhale, close your eyes and let go of all the busy thoughts on your mind. Know that you won’t forget anything you need to do, and that it all can wait for you for a little while until you’re finished.
Consider your issue and determine which choices you are struggling between (I suggest you only work with two, initially.)
Take your first choice and allow your mind to meander through what it would most likely be like once that choice was put into action. Consider all the people, places and things. Visualize how it would appear to others involved or observing the situation. Experience, as best you can, the way you will feel once that decision is put in place and the results begin developing. Experience yourself explaining your decision to whomever is affected. Once you’ve completed this exercise, immediately write yourself about your experience and how you feel about that decision.
Then take your second choice and allow your mind to meander through what it would most likely be like once that choice was put into action. Consider all the people, places and things. Visualize how it would appear to others involved or observing the situation. Experience, as best you can, the way you will feel once that decision is put in place and the results begin developing. Consider how you would explain your decision to others. Experience yourself explaining your decision to whomever is affected.
Once you’ve completed this final part of your exercise, immediately write yourself about your experience and how you feel about that decision.
Initially, only visualize or imagine for five years into the future. After you’ve become familiar and comfortable with the process, first do five years with each scenario, and then follow immediately with another five years.
As you become comfortable with the process and it’s becoming more and more beneficial for you, you can move ahead further into the future.
Each time you want to participate in future pacing, you should start from that day and not from the last session. Reason: New information and observations can enhance your visualization or imaginings, therefore beneficially altering your decision.
In Part 1 and 2 of manifesting abundance and success, we mentioned a script for you to follow to affirm your subconscious mind to open and allow you to build your own abundance and success. Following is the script that you can record in your own voice. Play it regularly to continue to allow your subconscious mind to be aware of opportunities. This script was copyrighted in 1997 by Arthur A. Leidecker, BCH, but in the spirit of sharing my abundance, I am sharing this opportunity with you.
I can believe that there is a form of Universal Good. It is not really important how I understand this force, whether this Universal Good is my higher-self or inner-self or whether it is the force and power of a Universal Consciousness. I may find this source of Universal Good in my religion or I may find it in a particular person, past or present, that I admire.
Even agnostics and atheists cannot deny the powerful forces of nature or the effectiveness of positive thinking and attitudes. Is this not Universal Good?
Throughout the world there are no truly bad people, only some people that don’t know any better.
I may not quite remember when, but I am aware that at some deep inner level I began to realize that I am an integral part of the Universal Good; that I am gradually becoming more and more open to it and affirm prosperity and abundance as my own, but no quicker than I become ever-increasingly ready for it.
I probably already know that I have always been connected to the source of all good, of all harmony, of all power, and of all prosperity. Because I am connected to the source, I have access to all that it has to offer me.
Sooner or later I will open my inner and outer consciousness to receive the good, receive the success, and receive the abundance that is available to me. I might not have noticed that the necessary changes in my inner mind have already begun taking place.
I may be wondering if I’ll suddenly become powerfully aware of these changes or if I will notice the feelings of abundance and success softly and quietly begin to stir in a place deep inside of me. Because I am now open to success and abundance, I might notice how good it makes me feel when I remind myself that I’m on my way. Will I believe in the perfect Universal Law of cause and effect? Or will I wait until I begin seeing it happen in my life. I can believe because many people have said how much belief has worked in their lives.
People can, you know, change their lives entirely and suddenly begin living an abundant, successful life. Can I imagine how it would be to live an abundant life?
I can prosper because now I know that in keeping with the perfect law of cause and effect, for every negative action there exists a positive counteraction. Knowing the positive counteraction exists is half the battle. I can, can I not, search and find a positive counteraction each and every time a seemingly negative action occurs?
People can, I know, test this perfect law by simply keeping a journal and writing down each negative action as it occurs, and then they can search for the positive counteraction. When they find it, they can enter that action in their journal. One could easily prove that the perfect law works because they would have it documented exactly as it happens.
People that follow these instructions say this works so well that it’s hard to believe. Of course, those that don’t believe never experience success because they don’t look for the positive counteractions and they miss it.
You may be wondering if you’ll believe, and if you’ll practice looking for the positive counteractions. I could tell myself that it would be foolish to not believe and that I must do it. But I might not work as sincerely at it if I make it a hard and strict rule.
It’s easy to believe, is it not? I can believe because it costs me nothing and because I see many successful people that are truly no smarter than I am. Something made them successful. . . . And now, with my new understanding of the perfect Universal Law of cause and effect the process of success has begun.
I might notice how wonderful my entire being feels when I practice applying positivity to everything I say and do.
I remember to say only positive things and think only positive thoughts.
I may be wondering if I’ll make this a new habit. Sooner or later I’ll think positively much more than I did yesterday. Eventually I’ll shut the negative part of my brain down to a harmless whisper.
How would it feel if I lived positively every day? How would it feel if everyone I came in contact with likes me because of my positive personality?
What happens when I feel positive all over?
I may be wondering if I’ll just let go and believe or will I struggle and become a believer more slowly. Sooner or later I will let go completely and believe in the Universal Good and what I am learning. The more I believe the better it will be.
My intuitive powers are increased because of my openness and positivity. The little whispers of shadows of thoughts are becoming clearer and clearer. As I listen to them more and more, they become stronger and stronger directing me towards success, prosperity, abundance, and personal fulfillment.
I probably already know that basically everyone is good. That is the natural human condition. It also is part of the natural human condition to be easily led astray by bad thinking, other persons, or bad environment.
The Universal Power gives me the right of free will.
What happens when I exercise my right to free choice in all matters?
I am responsible for managing my mind.
I am responsible for directing my thinking and making positive changes in my life.
I am responsible for saying yes.
I am responsible for saying no.
I am responsible for selecting the experiences I want to have in my life.
Eventually I will realize that I am only responsible for my efforts. The power of the Universal Good is responsible for the results. I completely trust the power of the universe and can place my trust in its power for good.
Whenever problems occur, I immediately look for the counteracting positive while turning responsibility for the results over to the power of the universe, knowing Universal Good will prevail even if I don’t initially understand it . . . ultimately good will prevail. Then I will make a decision even if I decide to do nothing until the picture gets clearer and a path opens up to me. A decision to wait and do nothing can still be a decision. When the path opens, I proceed with confidence knowing that good will prevail. Even if I mistakenly head the wrong way, something will occur that will force me to detour if my heart is good and my intentions proper.
I accept the things I cannot change, and I have the courage to change the things I can.
I wouldn’t tell myself to get rid of any old resentments because I may think I’m not ready. But sooner or later I will want to let them go when I realize that I’m giving someone “free rent” in my head. Occupying my mind with resentments only wastes time that could be spent on positive, profitable things.
I no longer internally accept negative input from anyone, and I cancel any past negative input that does not serve me well in any way.
I allow no one to persuade me to not follow this new life strategy. I shut off the inner critic in my mind that tries to put me off course to look for an “easier, softer way.” This IS the easier, softer way and I know it deep inside me at my inner deepest subconscious level. My inner critic may try to alter my course but I know it is only an excuse to become lazy and accept less than I deserve.
Nothing really stands in my way as the Universal Truth is perfect and flawless . . . . Obstacles are merely detours that correct my course through the perfect law of cause and effect. As I learn the law better and better every day, I am getting better and better in every way.
The Universal Good is ever flowing positive energy. It is light, it is love, it is truth, it is reliable, it is trustworthy, it is perfect, and it is forever.
Every day in every way I’m getting better and better because what I have learned is manifesting in my life more and more.
I am every day becoming more and more conscious of the power of the Universal Good and the perfect way that it works in my life, because I am open to it in my mind, in what I say, and in my actions. I am to receive the Universal Good in my life and I become more open each day through increasingly positive living. Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.
I am now aware that my mind is unlimited in its ability to tune in to the Universal Power. In learning how to do this, it is only natural for me to experience success, harmony, abundance, and fulfillment because this is truly the perfect functioning of the Universal Good.
I am perfectly guided by the Universal Power and now I know how to see and hear this guidance. Now I know how to be open to receive the guidance.
The Universal Good is powerful and constant— never changing. It is always available to me. Even if I resist the law of cause and effect and try to force results and make things to go my way, the Power will still be there for me when I surrender and I am ready to accept responsibility for my effort but turn the results over to the Universal Good.
I am ready for opportunities for success, for wealth, for abundance, and for self-fulfillment.
I am spiritually ready.
I am physically ready.
I am emotionally ready.
I am READY for opportunities.
I am a success and I am becoming even more successful.
Opportunities appear before me more rapidly and in greater frequency than ever before because I now see them more clearly as my subconscious brings them to my attention.
I am now aware that what may appear as my imperfections are really in perfect harmony with the universe. Human imperfection is part of the perfect harmony. I am unique and growing. There is no other me. I am a composite of all that I have lived and all that I have experienced. There is great value in what I have learned. Even the bad experiences have ultimately taught me much, and I am now aware that they can be turned into good if I look for and find the counteracting positives. I will not deny any of life’s past hurts or problems. Because I am a survivor, my past will serve me well. And because I have survived . . . I am now the master of my past, and I will wear it well. I now believe, more than I ever did before. I now understand that the old saying, “Seeing is believing” is non-productive. The productive statement is: “Believing is seeing.” The power of the Universal Good is only experienced by those who believe. Now that I am ready to believe, I will be able to see. Everyone cannot receive this power because everyone does not believe.
By opening myself to this Universal Good, I can feel it moving throughout my mind and my body causing me to become more intensely alive to fully savor and enjoy every experience and every moment to its absolute fullest, getting more and more out of this positive new life.
As I now am one with the Universal Good, I realize that money is not evil. Money is good. I can do good things for myself and others with money. I do good for others with my money. Success, prosperity, abundance, and personal fulfillment is what I desire. Accumulation of wealth is a good way of determining how well I am managing the strategy of my life.
Because of what I have just learned and now practice, I realize I have earned a new, greater confidence in myself and all my abilities. I can, can I not, now realize that I have new, very effective tools and have greatly expanded my abilities with these tools. I might notice how good my spirit feels when I think, speak, and act positively and apply all these things in my life. The simplicity of this strategy is part of the perfection. I don’t have to believe. Not everyone will simply believe. I believe it’s true, I live the principles of its truth, and it is already becoming true in my life.
Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.
If you do not want to read this into a recorder to listen to your own voice, this link is for a version that you can download or book mark to return to this page often.
In part 1 of our blog series on manifesting abundance and success, we discussed a few reasons why you need to hear the message often.
The embedded suggestions we mentioned in Part 1, are all positive affirmations to manifest abundance and wealth at both the conscious and subconscious levels. Shortly after I began using affirmations I came up with an idea that enabled me to retire early at a young age and pursue other interests – affirmations definitely work!
For this to work, however, you must rely on the Universal Good. The only way you’re entitled to rely on this Universal Good is to become a part of it. Not later – not after you’ve gotten what you want -but NOW. You can do this by disciplining yourself to be positive in all that you do and say, to the best of your ability.
Wealth and abundance may begin coming to you in a variety of ways; and some of them may seem small at first.
Watch for small and good things beginning to happen to you, because they will. The more you listen to the recording, the more results you can expect. Abundance is not limited to just money. It can be improved relations at work, at home, or with friends.
It can be comfort or satisfaction in some of the things you already have. It can also be a new appreciation of the good things in your life.
You must be ready for wealth. If you can’t manage a small amount of money, you will not be given the opportunity to manage a larger amount of money. So if you’re not yet ready for money, you can prepare yourself for it by carefully managing what you already have.
Your intention must be to share some of what you begin gaining with others that are less fortunate. And, as good things begin coming your way, and they surely will, you must begin to do that sharing immediately. If you do not, no matter how small or how large the flow has begun it will stop or diminish in size. The good that will come to you will not only be for you, it is entrusted to you to do good and positive things with it.
Are you ready to manifest abundance and success in your life? Read the script in Part 3.
How can you begin manifesting your own abundance and success?
Manifesting has something to do with this – Have you ever noticed that until you bought your newest vehicle, you never realized how many makes of the same car in the same color were around?
That is because your subconscious mind didn’t know you were interested in that particular car, in that particular color. Once you bought that model and color car, your subconscious mind became alerted to your interest in it, and began bringing every one you subconsciously saw into your conscious attention. At the end of this series of articles, you will find a “Manifesting Script” that you will be able to use.
You can easily read this script into your cellphone recording app. You don’t even need to hold your phone near your mouth. Then whenever you have a little quiet time, you can close your eyes, relax, play the recording, and allow your subconscious mind to absorb the powerful suggestions putting you on the path to abundance. (If you don’t have a recording app, I recommend “Smart Recorder.” You can easily find it via Google Play – It’s free! If you have an iPhone, look for the “Utilities” folder on the iPhone’s home screen, then tap the “Voice Memos” icon to launch the application.)
The more frequently you hear your recording, the greater the impact it will have on your
subconscious mind. This may seem like only a very small effort to make towards wealth and success, but remember: the small mosquito halted the construction of the Panama Canal for years and the snowflake defeated Napoleon.
Your small effort in consistent listening will create success. Your subconscious mind will start bringing to your conscious attention more and more opportunities for gain and fulfillment every day. And your intuition will become sharpened, enabling you to see positive directions to take.
This is not a hypnotic tape, although an especially good time to play it is while relaxing. You should play it throughout the day. Play it in the car, while exercising, working, and as a background as often as you can. The more you play it the sooner it will start working for you. Some of the phrases may seem peculiar or awkward to you, but that’s because they contain embedded suggestions that your subconscious will recognize and understand.
Read Manifesting Abundance and Success Part 2 if you are interested in finding out more about creating your own manifestations about abundance and success.
Due to the tremendous successes I’ve experienced with his book, I felt a strong need to bring attention to Emile Coué’s method of auto-suggestion. It is, in my opinion, incredibly brilliant in its simplicity.
Having heard the phrase, “Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better,” many people have sought to improve on it. However if they had read his book, they would truly understand Coué’s method and realize why it is important to not attempt to improve it by adding specifics wants or needs.
Even Josè Sylva of the world famous Sylva Method, in his attempt to personalize the phrase, only added an extra “better” to it.
The subconscious mind, or our higher self if you prefer, knows what we need. There is no need, in fact it is inadvisable, to add specifics to our auto-suggestion. The awesome power of the subconscious mind enables it to know far better than we consciously do, exactly what our needs are. Why then should we get in its way? There may very well be needs that must first be met, before we can even begin to work on the needs that we’re aware of.
During a particularly troubling period in my life I kept a journal, faithfully entering my thoughts into it every night. I entered the bad occurrences as well as the good things. I got into the habit of every now and then, reading back into the pages of my prior week’s entries. Soon it became very evident to me that many of the “bad” events I wrote about, had triggered “good” things. In fact, many of the good things I wrote about could never have happened if the bad event hadn’t occurred first. In no time at all, I became convinced that I didn’t really know what was good for me, or what was bad for me.
What then should I meditate about – or pray for? If I don’t really know what’s good for me, what then should my goals be? Someone much smarter than me advised, “Just ask for knowledge of what is best for you, and as that knowledge becomes apparent or available, try to act accordingly.” Then they said, “Just keep doing the next right thing.”
In that light, Coué’s statement makes all the sense in the world. Even though we may not know exactly what we need most, our subconscious, or higher self knows, and we can use that knowledge by keeping the statement simple, and trusting our subconscious for the results.
Some hypnotists say that our subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between a real or an imagined experience. I don’t even begin to buy that theory. I think our subconscious mind can operate in dimensions that we haven’t yet been able to wrap our minds around. We don’t know exactly how it works, but we have begun to know a little about how to use it. Some have even said that it doesn’t respond to negative suggestions – then turn around and do “regression to cause” therapy to remove the effects of past negative impressions, in direct contradiction of themselves.
Well then, what is your subconscious mind? Smart – or dumb? I believe it’s powerful and awesome, and a long time ago Coué found a good way to use it.
Emile Coue’s book is available for free. Just click on the download link on the front page of my website. It’s a quick, fun, and easy read.
Read it, practice it, and watch your dreams begin to happen; it costs you nothing.