One man Disney

Nick Pitera is a very, very talented guy. I’ll let him tell you a little bit about the video clip below:

Music from Disney films has made a huge impact on me, and has been the source of inspiration for many years. Since I was 5 I have dreamt of voicing a character myself, and this is me doing my best to pay homage to a few of my favorites. I had so much fun making this video and I hope you enjoy it!

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Let me know if you enjoy this Disney video 😉


Just imagine….

Try this. Imagine you are on a beach. Look up and see the clear blue skies. Listen to the waves rolling in. Feel the warm sand on your feet and the cool breeze on your skin. Smell the sea air. Taste the refreshing ice-cream or water melon. Relax. Let yourself go. Close your eyes and play all of this again, just for a few moments, then open your eyes. Are you feeling relaxed… Okay, break that state – think of something else, anything, then read on.

This opening paragraph ‘tested’ a couple of things – your imagination and ability to relax and let go. How ‘real’ was the beach for you? But it also helped you test out your ‘available’ acuities or representational systems – Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Olfactory and Gustatory (VAKOG – see, hear, feel/touch, smell and taste). More correctly, it may have helped identify your keenest sense(s). Maybe you could ‘see’ the blue skies but didn’t ‘hear’ the rolling waves as clearly.

No matter how well this worked for you (it can take some practice), there is also another concept at work here. Your subconscious mind can’t really distinguish whether you were on a beach or not, if you really get into the ‘movie’. And that is pretty important in a number of respects. For now, I’d like to share an experiment that Claudia Hammond outlines in her book, Emotional Rollercoaster that highlights this point further:

Try this. Stand up and then move your body as though you are laughing uncontrollably. Bend forward, clutching your sides, with your shoulders shaking. You could even introduce the occasional knee slap. Now try to remember exactly what this feels like physically within your body. Then stand up straight again and imagine that you’re doubled up with laughter, but this time don’t move, just think of these movements. Don’t think of a funny occasion or a joke. Simply imagine that your body is experiencing uncontrollable laughter and then see how you feel.

Go on, try it. You see, with practice you can feel happier just by imagining the movements of laughter.

Are you onboard?

You can think of your subconscious mind as the storage room of everything that is currently not in your conscious mind; it stores all your life experiences, your belief system, your memories and your skills. So pretty important really. In fact, it is probably at least 9 times more influential and powerful than your conscious mind.

You can also think of your subconscious in terms of:

Impulses/ emotions
Physiological control

that is, Your SHIP. You are in charge when you are on the SHIP and you can choose to take complete control. The SHIP, therefore, allows you to take complete control of your life. But let’s not get too carried away (like a SHIP without and Anchor 🙂 ) just yet.

You see before you can set out to sea on your voyage of discovery, you need to get to grips with the component parts.

Whether you are aware or not you play out strategies for everything including what to wear, have for breakfast, who to talk to, friends to keep and so on. You just can’t help it. These strategies, in turn, are likely to be built on your habits; favourite shirt, always have coffee and toast etc. But as we will explore in later posts you can change your habits and therefore live by new strategies.

Are you impulsive? Your emotions play a key role in defining who you are and how you respond and as you may know, I’m an advocate of the influence here of the heart-brain. Similarly, your gut-brain is responsible for physiological control, including on the one hand intuition and on the other the automated control of your life systems.

So having a sea-worthy SHIP is pretty important really. That way, when you head into strong winds and rough waters you have a far better chance of staying afloat.

But of course before you leave the harbour, it helps that you have plotted a course (your outcome), have up to date maps to help avoid rocks or shallow water and taken on all the necessary provisions or resources.

So, are you onboard and ready to set sail? Or maybe it’s a case of ‘any port in a storm’?

Mind Alchemy Final Day (aka the end of the beginning)

‘And now the end is near and so I face….’ well, actually a very bright future. Final day on the Mind Alchemy course but the consensus is that this is really only the ‘end of the beginning’. The Group, through Facebook and Steven Aitchison’s CYT blog will stay and grow together.

This has been an intensive but fabulous and very inspiring month’s journey. I’ve commented before about Steven’s gritty and down-to-earth approach and this has been a big part of the success of this course.

I was familiar with a lot of the content but I undoubtedly now have a refreshed focus and desire to advance. Writing everyday has been challenging, and I’d like to thank everyone who has visited (including the silent majority), especially my regular commenters. 😉

We have looked at outcomes, values, emotions, guided visualisations, relaxation, gratitude and, of course the need to take action. There has been none of that guru mumbo-jumbo here.

I practice stilling my mind together with relaxation (good going for a guy known as ‘road-runner or ‘Tasmanian devil’!) and feel a calmness and control as I move forward on my outcomes every day. More importantly, I have made some very good friends along the way. And for me, that’s what this life is all about; caring, sharing, helping each other out.

Imagine all the people living fulfilled lives, overflowing with contentment, their dreams a reality, and no more fear or anxiety, or low-confidence and lack of self-belief… I can, what about you?

Mind Alchemy Day 25 – Your Three Selves

Today we are using another Guided Visualistion to think about Your Three Selves.

I suggest that you listen to the Guided Visualisation before reading on.

The key lesson for me is that it may be helpful to live by the Eastern timeline, known as ‘in-time’ rather than the more customary Western version, ‘through-time’ (stay with me on this…). In the West, we usually think of time as looking at the past on one side and the future on the other and both are visible in front of you. In the Eastern or Arabic time, the timeline stretches from front to back so that one part (the past) is invisible. You have to turn your head to see it. The diagram below (borrowed from ‘The Basis of Personality’ by Tad James), should help explain this.

So, with ‘In-Time’ you are always in the present moment (Now), associated with your timeline and your memories or experiences are more likely to be associated. ‘Through-time’ people are more likely to store their past as dissociated pictures and will have a good sequential, linear idea of time (and therefore expect to make and keep appointments exactly). ‘In-Timers’ are more flexible with appointments – their lives are a series of ‘nows’ and there are always more ‘nows’ available 🙂 if appointments are missed. ‘In-timers’ also therefore merge the three selves into one through the Power of Now.

So are you ‘through-time’ or ‘in-time’?

Mind Alchemy Day 24 – Reciprocity

Day 24 – Reciprocity. Well, actually we are looking beyond the Law of Reciprocity at the act of Giving without the expectation of response or anything in return. I am a big fan of this and believe it sits at the very heart of our intended humanity.

Giving or letting go is the first of Six Keys to Buddhist Living. The Buddha taught that generously giving (ie without expecting reward) would bring you abundant joys and benefits. Your giving can extend to time, money and material goods. It can include giving reassurance, support and protection, or giving or imparting your spiritual and practical knowledge.

And don’t get caught in a trap where you say, ‘I would give, but only to the deserving’. The Buddha taught that you ‘should give to 10 different kinds of people: enemies, friends and those you haven’t made up your mind about; the ethical and the unethical; your equals, inferiors and superiors; those who are helpful and happy, and those who are harmful and angry’. So pretty well everyone. Are you able to do that?

I give without expectation as often as I can. Perhaps the cynic in me says that’s because we live in a world that only reluctantly shows gratitude. But that’s not really the point, is it?

You see, the reciprocal of me giving freely, is also allowing a certain vulnerability that I am also ready to receive because there are others like me. And of course if you appreciate what it’s like to be on ‘the receiving end of generosity’, you’re likely to be much better at giving.

What do you think?