Preview – Pathway One – Discovery

‘Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life‘s coming attractions.’

Albert Einstein

Human beings are unique in the animal kingdom in their ability to imagine. When you close your eyes and imagine something your body and your senses will respond as if the event were really happening.

Even with your eyes open your imagination is powerful. Try this now:

Imagine you are in your kitchen. You walk over to your fridge, open the door and take out a lemon. You get a knife and cut a slice. Now take this slice of lemon and suck on it. Notice how your tongue tastes the bitter sensation.

Freud examined the idea of how imagination and reality can be blurred to such a degree that it may be difficult to identify the difference; he referred to this as ‘psychical-reality’ versus ‘factual reality’. He wrote, ‘What characterizes neurotics is that they prefer psychical to factual reality, and react just as seriously to thoughts as normal people do to realities.’ (Totem and Taboo).

When we allow ourselves, our imaginations can manufacture a world of fear as is commonly seen with people who suffer from anxiety. Fear is contagious and mass hysteria is an example of this: when one person panics, everyone else can pick up their fear. This is why airline staff are trained to remain calm in an emergency. The sad truth is that many people use the unique gift of imagination to conjure up all sorts of negative outcomes by catastrophizing. Many worries are simply imagined; this is not to say that people are without genuine and real concerns. Think of how often you may have worried about something that eventually was not as bad as you anticipated. For example, you had to deliver a speech at a wedding or public event and wasted many hours imagining that it would be a disaster. Ironically you performed much better than you had feared. Now imagine if you had invested those wasted hours and emotional energy into visualizing a positive outcome: the chances are that you would have delivered a brilliant performance and your physical and mental well-being would not have had to endure the strain of worry.

The only limit we have to contend with is our imagination, which is limitless. You can choose to use the power of your imagination to your full advantage and create your life the way you wish it to be. This is a skill that can be used on a daily basis. Many of us ruminate on things that did not go our way in the past or concern themselves with negative future projections. The subconscious soaks up these negative thoughts like a sponge and the negative neural pathways in our brains are constantly triggered. In neuroscience there is a phrase, ‘What wires together, fires together’.

We can go to bed at night and worry about how the next day will go badly or alternatively we can choose to imagine being calm, positive, patient and able to manage all of life‘s challenges. You will be amazed to see the results of this alternative world you have created in your mind slowly becoming a reality. Positive mental rehearsals work in the same way as negative ones, by repetition. This is not to suggest that using this technique is an overnight miracle cure but if you practise it persistently you will reap the rewards.

The question you need to ask yourself at this stage is what is the best image of yourself that you can imagine? What kind of personal world encapsulates your ideal? You create your own universe from the inside out and as Einstein suggested what you imagine now is what you will have in the future. If you start to imagine yourself and the world in a positive light when you can see yourself reaching your goals, feeling happy and loved, then slowly this will becomes your reality. You can develop the positive habit of imagining every day of your life playing out the way you desire. We shall look at this in more detail in Pathway Four, Happiness. For now, it is key to discover how you see yourself and your world.

Course Overview

Module 1 Understanding Your Subconscious Power+
Unit 1 Understanding Your Subconscious Power - Video
Unit 2 Course Instructions
Unit 3 What is the Positive Habit?
Unit 4 Your Full Positive Potential
Unit 5 Your Commitment
Unit 6 Positive Feelings Surveys
Unit 7 Putting Positivity into Perspective
Unit 8 Neuroplasticity - Your Flexible Brain
Unit 9 Your Positive Choice
Unit 10 Epigenetics
Unit 11 Your Subconscious Support System
Unit 12 Your Conscious Support System
Unit 13 Positive Feelings Survey - Understanding Your Subconscious Power
Module 2 Discovery+
Unit 1 Pathway One - Discovery - Video
Unit 2 What does it Mean to be a Positive Person?
Unit 3 Go with the Flow - The Positive Psychology Movement
Unit 4 Why do We Think Negatively?
Unit 5 Stress Kills
Unit 6 Programme Your Imagination for Positivity
Unit 7 Discovering a Positive Self-Concept
Unit 8 Creating a Positive Self-Concept
Unit 9 Learning to Pause for Positivity - The Positive Pause Technique
Unit 10 Controlled Breathing
Unit 11 Uncontrolled breathing
Unit 12 Identifying Your Three Core Positive Emotions
Unit 13 How to use the Positive Pause Technique in the Heat of a Stressful Moment
Unit 14 Linking Back to Positivity
Unit 15 Protective Mechanisms Learnt in Early Childhood
Unit 16 Negativity Makes You Appear Stupid
Unit 17 Junk for the Mind
Unit 18 Laura's Story
Unit 19 How to Apply Pathway One - Discovery to Your Life in a Practical Way
Unit 20 Positive Feelings Survey 2 - Discovery
Module 3 Love+
Unit 1 Pathway Two - Love - Video
Unit 2 Establishing the Positive Habit
Unit 3 Habits - Accentuate the Positive / Diminish the Negative
Unit 4 The Habit of Negative Thinking - Imagined Worries
Unit 5 The Habit of Positive Conscious Affirmations 1
Unit 6 The Habit of Positive Conscious Affirmations 2
Unit 7 Becoming a Positive Parent for Yourself
Unit 8 How do You Parent Yourself
Unit 9 Nurturing Compassion for Yourself
Unit 10 Your Coping Mechanisms 1
Unit 11 Your Coping Mechanisms 2
Unit 12 The Trigger Habit - How to Create Your Internal Map
Unit 13 The Habit of Self-Knowledge Lasts a Lifetime
Unit 14 Your Positive Default setting
Unit 15 Anna’s Story
Unit 16 How to Apply Pathway Two- Love, to Your Life in a Practical way
Unit 17 Positive Feelings Survey - Pathway Two- Love
Module 4 Care+
Unit 1 Pathway Three – Care – Video
Unit 2 Putting the Practical into Positivity
Unit 3 Identify Your Unique Needs (not Wants!)
Unit 4 Meeting Your Needs Consistently
Unit 5 Unintentional Negligence
Unit 6 How to Start Meeting Your Needs
Unit 7 The Time-Old “Time” Argument
Unit 8 Paddy's Story
Unit 9 How to Apply Pathway Three - “Care” to Your Life in a Practical Way
Unit 10 Positive Feelings Survey - Care
Module 5 Happiness+
Unit 1 Pathway Four - Happiness - Video
Unit 2 Trusting Your Ability to be Happy
Unit 3 The Unhappy Habit
Unit 4 The Happy Habit
Unit 5 The Imagination Habit
Unit 6 The Imagination Habit in Practice
Unit 7 You Attract What You Focus on
Unit 8 Trust is the Root of Happiness
Unit 9 Grace's Story
Unit 10 How to Apply Pathway Four - “Happiness” to Your Life in a Practical Way
Unit 11 Positive Feelings Survey - Happiness
Module 6 Compassion+
Unit 1 Pathway Five - Compassion - Video
Unit 2 Spiritual Compassion
Unit 3 Negative Energy is Dark and Positive Energy is Light
Unit 4 The Habit of Respect
Unit 5 Compassion in the Home
Unit 6 Pause Before Petty Conflict
Unit 7 Home is Your Sacred Space
Unit 8 The Compassion Habit
Unit 9 Helen's Story
Unit 10 How to Apply Pathway Five - “Compassion” to Your Life in a Practical Way
Unit 11 Positive Feelings Survey - Compassion
Module 7 Success+
Unit 1 Pathway Six - Success - Video
Unit 2 Dreams & Responsibility
Unit 3 Fear of Failure
Unit 4 Identifying Your Pathway to Success
Unit 5 The Confidence to Believe in Your Success
Unit 6 Making Your Dreams
Unit 7 Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness
Unit 8 Create a Vision Board for Success
Unit 9 Attachment to Outcomes
Unit 10 Jack's Story
Unit 11 How to Apply Pathway Six “Success” to Your Life in a Practical Way
Unit 12 Positive Feelings Survey - Success
Module 8 How to Maintain Your Positive Shift+
Unit 1 How to Maintain Your Positive Shift - Video
Unit 2 The Shift
Unit 3 Self-Hypnosis - The Dial Technique
Unit 4 Maintaining Your Positive Habit
Unit 5 The Obligation to be Happy
Unit 6 The Positive Habit Works

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Understanding Your Subconscious Power

by Fiona Brennan | The Positive Habit

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