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Three keys to developing Acceptance- Part 4

As you affirm, you could spend some time seeing the reality you desire, in your own mind. Spend some quiet moments where you visualize your life revolving around your desired goal. Many sports coaches encourage their protégés to visualize the game in their mind. A good tennis player imagines her serves, volleys and smashes to gain an inner sense of control before she seeks to play the game outside.

The first reality is within and that later manifests on the outside, often even without our conscious awareness.

Maxwell Maltz in his epoch-breaking work, Psycho-Cybernetics, narrates the case of a World Chess championship match finals. Jose Capablanca, a prodigy with exceptional skill, was sure to win. The young and inexperienced Russian boy, Alekhine, stood no chance. In their past encounters, Alekhine had not won even a single game against the Cuban legend. Yet, the entire chess world and Alekhine himself were surprised by his stunning victory in a gruelling final, which lasted two and a half months. It was like an amateur boxer defeating a world heavyweight champion. A lot of analysis has been done on that match, yet a little-known fact is that Alekhine trained for the game differently. He retired to the countryside, quit smoking and drinking, did exercises daily to remain agile, played chess ‘ in his mind’ and visualized his success. By the age of 22, he was already amongst the most influential chess players in the world.  Alekhine remained the world champion for 17 years and is widely considered as one of the greatest chess players of all time.

Kamlesh did something similar. He imagined he was teaching kids, laughing and playing with them and sharing exciting stories from the Second World War which had his youngsters in rapt attention. Even if this seemed a distant and vague reality, he found it helpful because it filled his heart with an innocent kind of happiness, the joy of giving what he had.

Many serve selflessly, but are unhappy because they are disconnected from themselves. This may be because they are trying to give back to the world that which they themselves don’t really have! Like Oza, you may claim to serve selflessly but if you are trying to fix a square peg in a round hole, you’ll be miserable. However, when you do things that truly represent your inner self, you’ll be ecstatic even when your actions are a mere internal visualization.

The happiness of doing what you really want to do is real; it helps you contribute meaningfully to others’ well-being. As Kamlesh began his visualizations, he added strong positive energy to his subconscious mind. It was a robust expression of his real inner aspirations.

Kamlesh Oza was positive and hopeful as he also began to supplement Affirmations and Visualizations with baby steps.To be continued…

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