When I was 5 years old, the Rogers and Hammerstein version of Cinderella played on my family's RCA color television. More than twenty years later, I remembered the words to many of the songs having only
seen it that one time. Clearly, it had a big impact on my 5 year-old mind.
In the beginning of the show, Cinderella sings a song, "...In my own little corner, in my own little chair, I can be whatever I want to be..." She then reviews a variety of fantasy scenarios, "I’m a
young Norwegian princess...I'm a thief in Calcutta...I’m a queen in Peru."
The reality of Cinderella's life was not so glamorous or happy. Her father had died leaving her with a "wicked" step mother and two step-sisters who treated her like a slave. Given her circumstances, her future looked
bleak, and yet, in the end, she marries the prince and lives happily ever after.
It is hard for the human mind to absorb truly awful circumstances, so one coping strategy of the brain is to create wonderful, exciting, pleasurable pictures in the mind as a distraction. For some people living
in traumatizing circumstances, fantasy is the only way they survive. In that scenario, fantasy could be considered to be a positive use of imagination. Worrying about possible negative outcomes, and "what iffing" is another way
people use their imagination but is considered a negative use of imagination.
The million dollar question is: How did Cinderella achieve a happy ending using fantasy after having lived in such horrible circumstances? Of course, Cinderella is a character in a fairy tale and fairy tales
always have happy endings. However, there is some helpful information to be extracted from her experience.
To effectively engage the Law of Attraction, to co-create the outcome you're hoping for, you have to do more than create pictures in your mind. You also need to generate the feeling and energy state those pictures would
create if they were your reality.
In my May 2018 newsletter:
Body Chemistry and the Law of Attraction I talked about how shifting your body chemistry supports this and in my April 2017 newsletter I discussed
Smile Therapy as another support for the shift of body chemistry to create a positive vibration. This is essential to support the outcome you desire.
As for the images, it is most powerful to focus on pictures of the completed outcome. In Cinderella's case, once she met the Prince, she was entirely focused on him. When asked what she would say to him, she said,"
Your highness, I would like to be your bride." Another less exaggerated example: I used to work in Santa Cruz until 10pm and then have to drive home to San Jose. It always made me nervous to drive Hiway 17 in the dark
because there are so many animals crossing the road at night. Because of my awareness of the power of images, I shifted my fearful, worry picture to the image of pulling into my driveway safe and sound. You may call it a
coincidence, but I fully believe that I created that outcome.
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