Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Because we think in pictures, our thoughts can be likened to movies playing in our mind. Our brain being the movie theater and our mind a collection of movies constantly playing in the theater. Even though you may not be consciously aware of it, you are not only the actor in those movies; but also the producer, director, and editor.

The quality of your mind movies determines the quality of your life. Change the details, and you change; possibly even transform your moods, emotions, behaviors, and your life. We aren't usually consciously aware of how we make these movies or that through them we represent our world - but we do! We internally reproduce sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and sensations that somehow characterize our individual version of the world around us. How we represent every personal experience, and the meaning we give to those experiences influences how we respond. However we don't notice all this because we are caught up in the content of our lives.

To become consciously aware of how we make our internal movies requires mindfulness. To become mindful, we must first become aware of how we: display the images, sequence the events, create the sound tracks, and what we say when we talk to ourselves about them. When we understand that; then we can understand how we use them to impact our physiology and to create the mind-body states that empower us or limit us.

The power to change our internal images comes from our ability to alter perspective. We can choose to 'see' the images from an 'associated' state; in other words from the 'inside' as the actor. Or we can choose to see them from a 'disassociated' state; that is, from the 'outside' as the observer. We also have the ability to change the details, altering the visual images, with the choice of still pictures or moving pictures. Move from black and white to color and back again. We can change the tone, and the volume of the voices or auditory elements. We can change roles, stepping away from the role of actor and assuming the role of director or editor.

We can make any changes we want. Change visual and auditory details, speed the movie up, slow it down, or play it backwards. We can even change the meaning of the movie, if we want. And we can instruct our younger selves and teach them things they didn't know.

There are many options for using your mind movies. One is to program and play 'training' movies to assist in developing new competencies and skills. Whatever changes you make will change the meanings and associations you ascribe to them. Our internal images, our self talk, the moods and emotions we live in all impact on how well we navigate the seas of life. How we manage our movies determines our health, relationships, skills, experiences and successes. Happy viewing.

To Your Success!
Lloyd Dobson


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