Reinforcing Your Altered Statesam
by Leah J. Utas, C. Ht.
Are you using the relaxed state to make changes in your life?
Would you like to give them a bump while you’re doing even the most mundane of tasks?
Do you want to enjoy the fullness of each moment?
Home in on the mundane and find the richness in everyday tasks, and then put that richness to use by turning these tasks into a physical reinforcement of your visualization or other altered state work.
First, tune in to the moment. Experience the exquisite richness of life by taking a deep breath or two and focusing on what you are doing. Exciting or mundane, it’s what you’ve got right now.
Here’s a simple exercise to sharpen your focus. Right now you’re reading. Notice how your body feels. Are you in a comfortable position? Is the TV on? Are kids laughing outside? What can you hear? What else do you see? What fragrance is in the air? Can you still taste the flavor of the last thing you ate? Or have you blocked everything out? It’s okay to notice everything else. You’ve living in the now. Experience it.
Embracing the richness of right now offers contentment. It helps you forget about your troubles. And sometimes the solution to your most pressing problem presents itself when you’re occupied with something else.
Once you’re focused you can put that moment to a different use. It may seem like a contradiction to the above, but it’s really an augmentation. You are focused already. This next exercise will kick up the wattage of your altered state work.
Let’s use sweeping the floor as an example of a mindless chore. Instead of letting you mind out to roam, home in on the moment and the work you’re doing. Feel the broom in your hands. Feel your muscles work as you move it back and forth. Put your body and mind into it.
It’s a routine task, but routine has its comforts. We’ve lost sight of that as our attention spans shorten and we hurry from one external stimulus to another. We get so wrapped up in our world that we forget the simple joys. We ignore the moment in favor of the future. We’re eager to get at what’s around the corner.
Noticing the details adds an extra layer of richness to our daily experiences and reminds us of the endless supply from the Universe. It’s always with us and always available, right here and right now.
Now let’s flip this focusing over and tickle its tummy. Say you’ve been visualizing clearing away unwanted and unnecessary items from your life. Maybe it’s a toxic workmate, or a habit you’re trying to break, or you’ve got too many things to do or too much stuff in your life.
Sweep it all away as you clean and notice how much lighter and freer you’ve become.
Maybe you’ve wanted to quit smoking. The crumbs and dust become the tobacco products you’re giving up. Doing this helps you see the tobacco products being swept from your life.
Call the floor your lungs and see yourself clearing away tar and nicotine. Dump the refuse in the garbage and reinforce how tobacco is out of your life now.
Any work you do in cleaning or taking away items to the garbage or to recycling makes room in your life for what you want.
You can be in the moment and enjoy it for what it is, or focus on it even as you put it to use. Whichever you choose, it is the now we have been given; let’s use it for our highest good.
Leah J. Utas is a freelance writer and former newspaper reporter. She is a Transpersonal Hypnotherapist with additional training in Past-Life Regression and has training in trance channeling as well as First Degree Reiki and Beginner’s Level Therapeutic Touch. Utas was a newspaper reporter for 20 years and is currently writing a book about working with the Higher Self and is also working on her memoirs. Contact her at [email protected] or at her blog The Goat’s Lunch Pail.