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Mental Time Travel: Use your Future Vision to Sway the Direction of Thought Towards your Next Action

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Mental Space | Where Thoughts Connect and Future Ideas Appear

What surrounds us started in the interior world of another creation and developed with time. Considering how minds have shaped the world so far, a lot is possible. New thoughts attach to existing ones in a way that is disorderly, but can be perceptually controlled through the process of mental design.

Using the mind's eye to construct a future scenario may seem unfeasible when harsh realities of the present shadow over your imagined future. Aligned action is the heat that will cause the structure of your desired future vision to loosen up enough to seep into your current space.

With consistent and thoughtful behavior, ideas will happen like clock work.

Time is measured by the mind it's in. Past, present and future thoughts interact simultaneously in mental space. The mind has the ability to be constantly aware of the past and the future via a speculative brain capacity called mental time travel. Beep... When the time is right, unique thought combinations will cause innovation to spark.

Find New Possibilities Using the Timeless Beauty of Independent Thought

A thought cannot be caged unless you allow it to. Ideas can be boundless when they are not confined by data fed to us through outside sources or by the information we don't know. Learn more, to build the world as you see. Enhance the interior of your mental space by focusing on thought details and how they can be used to conceive new ideas.

Mentally construct a future vision and lay it out in front of you. This could be done by drawing a detailed picture of your ideal situation on paper. This physical imitation gives your eyes an image to focus on which will be placed in the mind using, retinotopic organization. This is the brain's way of storing an external image on it's cortical surface. that previously landed on the retina.

Surrounding objects captured by the human eye can be processed in many ways based on the existing information in the mind as well as the mental goals carried by that individual. In a world that is always changing, future vision is subject to the unexpected. It is important to tweak ideas according to changes in your atmosphere, society, resources and physical capacity.

"Draw the way life is and then draw the way you would like life to be." Keachia Bowers, MSW.

Trouble Shooting an Internal Storm

Your vision could be clear, you could have everything that it takes to get there and boom...

an obstacle happens. Having the right tool kit to approach a variety of undesirable conditions will serve you in some way. Break your vision down bit by bit and then fine-tune every detail of each piece attached to it.

Test the clarity of new ideas by performing a mind's eye exam to look into any threats around your vision. Document issues that arise and continue to move forward. Identify where the storm is coming from by paying attention to what your body is telling you. Tracing these thoughts can be a tedious process but there is a high chance that you will feel better once it's done.

Tornados of Perceived Defeat

Having negative insight towards problems that occur could send your thoughts into a downward spiral. This spinning column of negative thoughts have the potential to suck up any planted ideas and mesh them together with limiting beliefs. The larger it grows the more costly it is to your vision.

Don't let the less desirable outcome become so prominent in your mind that it spins through your new vision. Make your ideas so concrete to the point where, the moment a negative thought appears it would have a minimal effect on your optimism. For the sake of time, test your vulnerabilities as you are exposed to them. Find a therapist to assist if needed.

Mental Clouds Form and Dissolve Over Time

Mental clouds block certain communication networks in the brain, causing barriers in portions of the mind which prevent helpful ideas from taking place. A cloud could be a problem that you haven't dealt with. Effort put towards solving the problem will help the mind to clear doubt.

Once cleared, these mental clouds actually show you what you're capable of moving through.

Each cloud forms in it's own unique way and each has it's own amount of time that it holds space in the mind. If you know risks are ahead of you, don't put them off. Gather resources to help you remove proactive interferences so you can focus on developing the skills to take the next step. Clouds that continue to build up in mental space could lead to prolonged stress.

Brain Weather Modification

As you travel through the climate of the mind, barriers will be revealed. What happens in the mind can sometimes be unpredictable, preparation is key. With a solution based mindset, think about what can go wrong and what information you could use to prepare. Keep distance between your emotional state and the problem, to calmly create a solution.

Use your mind to move negative and positive thoughts exactly where you want them. Do this in the way you see fit. Troubleshooting an internal storm strengthens the inner sight, so you could physically move closer to your vision. Modifying unhelpful thought patterns will assist you in keeping a steady emotional state no matter how much external events fluctuate.

"Every human being has a wide range of choice in both his thoughts and his deeds. Every human being can use his brain for the reception and the expression of positive thoughts or he can use it for the expression of negative thoughts. His choice in this important matter shapes his entire life." Napoleon Hill.

A Continuous Roundtrip From Mental Space to Physical Space

Think about all the lessons life taught you and how you can apply that information to new experiences. Go through it again and again. It becomes a continuous roundtrip from your mental space to the external. Create thought paths, that lead to actions which are conducive to making your vision realistic. The timing of these trips will vary, depending on the pace of the mind.

Practice connecting specific events that take place in the mind with the events that happen on Earth. A diagram to map out external surroundings and their relationships to specific thoughts might help. The round trip is an opportunity to gather resources from your physical environment and bring them into your mental space to help strengthen your vision.

Environmental Contents and Their Subtle Entrance into the Mind

Every mental space is shaped by the personal experiences of an individual. When intentionally designing the interior, you get to chose how every thing in the environment contributes to the finishing touches of your vision. Pay attention to how this information flows from the external world into your mind and the types of thoughts this data creates.

A single cue from the environment can be the driving force behind multiple actions so try setting up your physical space in a way that supports your vision. How you perceive a thing, will travel through separate channels at the entry point of the mind. The way certain thoughts connect with one another, could cause you to make an inference on how to act.

Solidifying a Thoughtfully Designed Vision

Travel to the future one step at a time and express your thoughts into external space on your way. It takes practice to prioritize the right moves. Projecting an idea out that you came up with in your head may or may not turn out exactly how you pictured it. The good thing about ideas is they can be modified. Imagine a time lapse of your vision improvements unfolding in front of you.

Small task that lead up to the completion of a project can be lighter on the mind instead of tackling the entire project all at once. Find the resources in your geographical location to assist you in further actualizing your vision. Remember, any conception acted on takes shape in a certain amount of time.

Take a second to think

How can you prepare for the moments after your future vision comes into fruition?


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