Physical feats like Tibetan monks that walk through walls and Indian gurus like Swami Rama who can raise his own heartbeat from 70 to 300 beats in a minute (Ageless Body, Timeless Mind, p 37) always grab my imagination. The self-same Swami could also apparently raise the temperature of the one side of his hand, while lowering the temperature of the other side, up to a difference of 10o F! These feats speak of remarkable control over involuntary bodily processes, in other words, the body can allow these processes to be steered voluntarily as well. Rob Nairn, Cape Town based Buddhist teacher, says in some old walls in Tibet one will find the skeleton remains of human beings; proof that some monks, probably still apprentices, made it to the inside of the wall but then lost their awareness and got stuck there in between and died.
These remarkable feats are pointers to possibilities that we ordinary human beings can experience. Just as our behaviour conforms with our belief systems, so the visions that we set for ourselves steer our future into fulfilling the desired outcomes. As I mentioned in an earlier article desires come from the Father ("sire"); they are put into our heart with purpose. By following our desires, we are creating all the growth that we need in our lives: one meets the right people; one learns lesson by lesson how to progress in one's own growth. One's dreams are immensely important for the unfolding of one's own potential.
What we want, passionately and with all our heart, we get but we need to look deep within ourselves to find the right visions for our unique self. As a teacher of teenagers, I cannot stress enough the importance of stimulating our children's imaginations from a young age. Keep them away from TV as much as possible, let them read or even better read to them as small children. Let them create their own wings to fly with. If you don't have an adequately developed imagination you will never step into your real power! Andrew Murray says: "We have a God who delights in the doing of the impossible". Help your children to believe in such a deity; they are part of God, each one of them is a magnificent multi dimensional being and so are you. We are intimately connected to God, His/Her voice is constantly coming from within. We must just open the fountain gates of our hearts and listen.
To really connect with your inner power, you must work on visualising the outcome
that you want. That means: write down your goals and use your imagination to see how you can achieve them. Enjoy yourself and cut out pictures that stir your imagination and resemble your dreams. Arrange the pictures in a colourful collage, place it on your bedside table for you to see every morning and evening.
In 1999 I participated in the South African Ironman Championships in Van der Bijl Park. I was already 44 year of age, but entered the Elite (open) section. I was convinced that I could win the R10 000 prize money; it would pay for my island holiday to Reunion. I had a great swim (3.8 km in the Vaal River), the bicycle race was on a, largely, flat route (3 laps of 40 km each). Just before the end of the bicycle section, I passed my main opponent. She was in her twenties. I ran out of the changeover area before her. The run is a gruelling 32 km. I was lucky to have a wonderful second, a local athlete whom my cousin has organized for me. (Seconds are allowed to assist you with drinks or eats on the last part of the run.) Halfway into the run, a kombi drove past me, inside was my main opponent. She quitted the race or as our athletes call it, she bailed. The way was now open for me to grab the title; I must just stay ahead for the next 12 km.
At about 26 km my wheels were coming off badly, it was hot and my energy levels were really low; I was no longer running but rather shuffling, trying hard to keep going. In my mind's eye, I was already seeing the finish of the race, all the cameras on me. I was preparing what I would say to the TV man. I was going to thank my sister and brother- in -law for their continual support, dedicating the win to my admirable and respected father. My mother was in the last stages of the dreaded Alzheimer disease and my father was tending to her with the greatest love; a wonderful example to his children. These were my thoughts as I dragged my tired body forward towards the finishing line.
Suddenly , at 28 km, a young athlete Lorraine Barry, who was about 24, appeared out of nowhere and ran past me at a good pace. Her second was next to her on his bicycle. My head reared up and I asked her second if she was in the swim Ironman race. (At Van der Bijl Park they always run two races simultaneously, the swim triathlon and the row triathlon.) The second nodded, no doubt thinking that, judging by my dragging feet, I was already out of the race. Not a chance! With the vision in my mind of being the eventual winner and my whole prepared speech in my head, I was not going to allow this opportunity to pass by.
I shot away like an arrow, my body suddenly propelled forward by some extra adrenaline stored deep down in my reserve tank. The fear of losing the desired outcome had managed to shift my bodily resources to a higher gear. I was now running at about 4 minutes a km with my second following me in hot pursuit on his bicycle. I kept asking him: "Am I dropping them?" Within minutes I opened up a gap of about 150 m and maintained my lead. My body was running in automode; steered by a determined mind and a conscious heart to accomplish my mission. I flied down the last 600m downhill, turned the corner to see the big orange Game finish banner in front of me. I sprinted down the finish straight, shouting with joy and throwing my arms up in the air as I crossed the finish line, my winning time: 7 hours 58 minutes.
I collapsed on one of the massage tables at the finish. I was utterly spent, mentally and physically. After I had gone to the drug testing tent and passed urine for the compulsory drug test for the winners, I did my interview with the TV commentator of Mnet Supersport. I said exactly what I prepared in my mind's eye. Although physically exhausted, I was smiling inwardly and outwardly - I had achieved what I set out to do! The R10 000 plus R2 500 for also winning the veteran section, was mine; I was on my way to Johannesburg to fly out to Reunion for my island holiday the next day.
The lesson from this story is twofold:
- I had really wanted (desired) to win
- I had a clear vision in my mind's eye of the eventual finish. My body merely followed the desire of my heart and the clear picture in my mind. The power of the mind over the body is amazing. We need to utilise it in its best and most positive way to claim a joyful life.
I recently read a very interesting and inspiring article in Kindred Spirit about Louise Hay, the well known author of "You can heal your life". The article was written by Richard Beaumont, editor of this British Mind, Body and Spirit magazine. What impressed me was Hay's admittance that she steers clear of any critical or judgemental thoughts or actions. What a foolproof way of keeping negative thoughts or judgements out of your mind! She doesn't read the daily news; her attitude is that if anything is important for her to know that it will come her way along another route. In the same edition of the magazine, there was another wonderfully positive article on the power of our thoughts. The article was on the findings of the Japanese scientist, Dr Masaru Emoto, about the effect of thoughts, words and prayer on water. In an experiment, he asked 500 of his graduates all over Japan to send love and chi to a bottle of tap water on his desk at 2 pm on a specific date. They should wish that the water become clear. The after-picture of the water's crystal - clear form is a huge contrast to the disorganised murky form of the water earlier in the day. It is direct proof of the power of love and the power of thought. In another experiment this time undertaken by an elementary school teacher, the teacher made two of his school kids speak to a bottle of rice in water every afternoon for one month. The one child had to say "Thank you" to his rice in water, the other had to say "You fool". A month later the positive words had turned the rice into a beautiful yellow fermented form; the rice in the bottle which received the negative words turned completely black and ugly! The effect that our chosen thoughts and current consciousness have on our body, which are 70 % water, is obvious.
So speak with caution and let your minds be filled with constructive mental patterns. Your resulting behaviour will illustrate your positive thought patterns. Buddha himself was known for only saying things that were beneficial or helpful. Jesus was also very pithy with his words. He spoke simply and direct - simplicity has always been the virtue of all saints.
We must learn to be constantly aware of our thought patterns, of the words we utter. Always use the positive expression. If you want to encourage a child to learn; don't say: "You must not disappoint me." He/she will only remember the word "disappoint", a negative word. Rather speak positively: "I know you will surprise me!"
Dr Masaru Emoto says all thoughts and words create "hado" (waves). Beautiful words will create "positive waves" and result in beautiful nature around you. Ugly words will create "negative waves" and will make nature around you ugly.
IT IS ULTIMATELY IN OUR POWER TO CREATE A UNIVERSE OF LOVE, BEAUTY AND ABUNDANCE!
Chopra, Deepak. 1993. Ageless Body, Timeless Mind. p 37.
Kindred Spirit. 2003. Summer (June & August), Issue 63. p 12 - 14.
Photo 1: Running down to the changeover area after the 120km cycle
Photo 2: Coming down the final straight towards the finish line after 156 km, followed by the leader's motorcycle