Friday, May 4, 2012

Imagine Yourself Strong

I've been reading a book called The Woman's Book of Courage by Sue Patton Thoele. I'm sharing the very first chapter titled, "Imagine Yourself Strong."

"We all face situations in which we feel powerless and afraid. I once had a client who was terrified of an upcoming child custody hearing. She felt intimidated by the legal system, her lawyer, and especially her ex-husband. I asked her what it would take for her to feel safe and strong in the court room.

'Nothing short of riding in on a Brahman bull!' she answered jokingly. It was a great idea, straight out of her inner wisdom. I had her work with the image. She had fun creating the scenario of herself galloping into the court on a huge, snorting bull that threatened to gore anyone who tried to frighten her. Her day in court was a success because each time she felt the least bit scared she visualized herself astride her bull. With the help of her amusing but effective mental imagery she felt strong and capable. As a result, she was treated as if she were powerful, someone not to be dismissed or manipulated.

As the story illustrates, we are all as strong as we imagine ourselves to be. When we act as if we are strong, we move towards becoming the powerful women we desire to be. Having the courage to see ourselves as strong, capable, and wise, able to do what we need and want helps make it so. But we need not do it alone. We can move creatively through our fears by accepting support and guidance from an unseen helper, whether that is a higher power or a Brahman bull. I am strong and capable. I can do whatever I set my mind to. I am filled with strength and confidence."

These types of visualizations aren't really a new concept. For example: Proverbs 28:1, Revelation 12:14, Deuteronomy 33:17, Proverbs 6:5, Isaiah 63:13

Has your week been tough? Maybe what you need is a perspective change? I remember a few weeks after the Matrix movie came out in 1999 I was walking down the hall by myself at work and suddenly I had the imagery of Jesus with a sword in front of me - like he was my own personal Neo. That changed my whole outlook for that day. Be creative!

Some ideas to get your mind racing: Picture all the apostles standing behind you when someone is persecuting you. Imagine God's angels surrounding your bed if you are having trouble sleeping. Visualize God in front of you smiling while you sing to Him at church. If you are having trouble feeling forgiven, close your eyes and picture yourself in all white with Jesus' arm around you for awhile. Read through the book of psalm and find some other ideas - your options are endless! Click here to read another post with examples :)

I can't draw exactly what I see in my mind but on my vacation recently, I pictured something like this.

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