What is the phrase again?
The longest journey begins with a single step?
Or perhaps today it might be more apt to say keystroke.
But really, a single thought. Because everything can be traced back to a single idea, a single thought. The mind is the source of our ideas and our ideas are the foundation of our actions, and consequently influences how we play our part in life around us.
This blog, for me, is the first step. The first physical action in a long line of thoughts. And my taking that first step prompts the question, why now? Why this? Why do some thoughts stay in the world of fantasy and daydreams and yet others blossom into action? What motivates action? A simple answer might be, emotion. Emotion is what prompts us to do anything beyond basic life support or procreation. We might do things out of fear, or out of excitement and joy. I'm pretty excited about writing this blog because I enjoy the process of gaining clarity when having to put my sometimes scattered thoughts down in within the limits of language. Reducing the vast possibility of a thought into neatly defined words and phrases forces me to be clear about what it is that I'm turning over in my mind. I'm also excited about sharing that excitement with others. Or perhaps hearing a different perspective that might alter and enrich my own views.
So why now? And there are a great many ideas and thoughts swirling around in my head. Why this one? And why today and not last week? Why do people do the things they do, when they do them? Obviously a series of thoughts occurred. Somewhere in those thoughts there was a future scene where I was writing my blog, and obviously some part of the process felt good to me. Neurotransmitters were released and suddenly the whole idea seemed like a good idea. Not because it is a good idea, but because it felt good to me. This isn't about logic. Logically I have many other demands on my time that would serve me better. They just don't excite me as much. Obviously too, I play down the negative possibilities. I didn't, for example, visualize myself spending hour after hour staring desperately at a blank screen racking my brain for something worthy to write about. Nor did I imagine after an hour or writing watching in horror as my screen went dead and my work vanished into a digital dreamland. No, in fact I imagined that I'd spend a mere ten or fifteen minutes jotting down some thoughts that would magically form into a perfectly readable post. Truth be told, had I took a more realistic view and imagined a future version closer to reality then I likely wouldn't have even started. Those juicy neurotransmitters would have faded away rapidly and I would turned on the TV for more instant gratification instead.
So, what really got me here was a bit of mind magic. Sprinkle a few dreams here and there to get the brain juices flowing, omit some of the harsh realities and voila! We have action. This is why hypnosis is so very good at producing changes. In a trance state we have the opportunity to imagine a future scenario without the conscious brain stepping in to object on the basis of harsh reality or logical conclusion. The kind of thoughts that keep most people from achieving anything at all outside of plodding along day after day. Hypnosis produces the kind of hope, inspiration and excitement that one gets occasionally when waking from a really good dream. Just a little bit of freedom for the mind and who knows what wonderful creative ideas might start to flow.
Written by Stephen King
Stephen King is a practicing Hypnotherapist and Certified Health Coach
Find out more at https://kingtherapy.com/stephen-king-cht-chc
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