Several years ago, I was a contributor to an online Acadamy that was called Entheos. I’ve decided to recycle these now as blog posts because the content is really good, and I wanted to share it with you.
I love the word “entheos” because interestingly that is the Greek root of the word “enthusiasm.” Entheos means the creator within, and when we activate the state of enthusiasm, we’re activating all forms of creative genius.
I hope you find this content useful and enjoyable, as always, CREATE MIRACLES!
Developing Mental Toughness is largely about training yourself to elevate your psychological states (or moods). There are tons of techniques that serve that function, and I cover so many of them in my other courses here in The Academy.
We’re going to explore one more of them here today.
Research clearly indicates that when we are operating from elevated states, like enthusiasm, awe, appreciation, gratitude, joy, rapture, love, competence, for example, then we are activating chemicals in the brain that serve as the “on switches” for creative genius and mastery. In short, we are at our best when we feel our best. Thus we have great incentive to become Emotional Masters.
In this class, I want to share with you one specific tool that is a powerful state elevator: Mantras. Simply put, a mantra is a brief phrase that contains encyclopedic volumes of meaning. It’s like taking a room full of wisdom and truth and condensing it into a lentil bean. Which, of course, you then consume!
Whenever I am feeling anything unpleasant, it is because in that moment I am believing a thought that’s simply not true. So if I am able to catch myself feeling down, then I can simply recall one of these mantras, reflect upon it for a mere moment and voila! I’m instantly elevated.
In this class, I discuss ten of my favorite mantras, what they mean and how you can utilize them throughout your days in order to put yourself into a peak performance mentality prior to an important event, or simply to put yourself into the state of bliss in which we are meant to exist.
For fun (which by the way, is a highly intelligent state to exist in!), I’ve separated these mantras into two categories: “DEEP” and “DUMB”. None of them are actually dumb, but some use intentionally complex or trance-inducing language and others don’t. I like the complex ones from time to time, but I also love the “dumbed down”, simplistic version. So here they are: “DEEP”
Like pre-packaged software on your desktop or free apps on your smartphone, the mechanics for how your desires unfold is already contained within the desires themselves!
Choose is the operative word there. We CHOOSE our states, on purpose or not. Our states originate with our thoughts. Simple as that. In every moment of my life, I have total and instantaneous access (free of charge) to every possible psychological state.
When I’m feeling disturbed or chaotic, I use this mantra to remind myself that I have a better option at that moment.
Note that it doesn’t say I am “capable” of infinite possibilities. It’s way deeper than that! I AM infinite possibilities. This one (like a few others here) delve in the quantum world to find the truth!
That one’s pretty self-explanatory.
We exist in a universe that is characterized by uncertainty. Period. Two options: (a) struggle against that, or, (b) be cool with it.
It’s true. Nothing is “good” or “bad” until we interpret it that way. So the worst-case scenario is that this circumstance just IS. I want that to be my lowest interpretation of reality. This one is perfect for upgrading a complaint.
Which state? Well, whatever state you damn please! We have been conditioned to wait for things to go well before we allow ourselves to feel great. Stop waiting. Causeless joy is intelligent.
This mantra reminds me that I have the authority to write my own stories about everything in my life, including history. In the effort to elevate state and get things done, I’ll create a fictitious history that has me be amazing, or I’ll selectively attend to only the parts of history that have me feel like a stud.
This one’s all about taking full ownership of your life and the circumstances in it. We co-create our lives. We are not victims. This mantra reminds me of that powerful truth: if there’s something in my life that I don’t like, I have the power to alter it by altering the way I’m using my mind.
A “problem” is an interpretation of a situation. So nothing in the world is actually “problematic” until I think of it that way. Paradoxically, my ability to affect change in the world is compromised by this low grade interpretation. Conversely, when I can see all as opportunity, then I activate intelligence and make it a million times easier for me to have, be, do and get what I want.