Understanding the Compass Framework (part 3)

Before a brain can register a thought, a mind must think it... every step of the way is mind over matter... We override our brains all the time.

—Deepak Chopra


The Complexity of the Mind

We are learning new things about the brain through the study of neuroscience, neuropsychology, neurobiology and neuroeconomics. From the simple fact that the brain is a lazy organ to the complexity of neuroplasticity, where the brain can actually learn and make new neural pathways that lead to better thinking and responses in behavior, we are constantly stretching the domain of what we know about the human brain and its function.

But really, you just want to get the body you want. How does that relate to the brain? It does in that you will learn through Compass Playbook creative exercises (Plays) exactly how to do that and have fun while you're drawing, writing, visualizing and conjuring the best body you could ever have.

Compass Distinction #3:

Anyone can train the mind to focus properly and create with deliberate intentionality.

Deliberate vs. Default

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Working in the Compass framework will help you become a more deliberate thinker. What goes through your mind will be focused toward achieving what you want, instead of what you're afraid of or don't want. How that translates into your physical well being is that you will learn how to look at your current body with appreciation instead of what's missing or what you don't like about it.

You will discover that you have so much more potential and become more hopeful, eager and adventurous. Instead of defaulting to thoughts that focus on frustration, disappointment, lack of appreciation or whatever you're noticing about your current body, you will learn to deliberately focus and your body will take on the exact appearance and state of well being that you desire.

Retraining the Mind

If you have desire, you have beliefs that surround, support and do battle with your desire. When you doubt getting the body of your dreams because of your beliefs ("I'm not worthy of a rockin' bod; I've tried every diet and exercise program out there; I'm not pretty enough, so why bother; I'm too old to get in any decent shape," etc.), you create expectancy of outcomes you don't want. What Compass does—and what you'll learn to do in this Course—is retrain your mind to focus on the aspects of your ideal body that you most desire. You'll learn to give up "stinkin' thinkin" that gets you reliving the same outcomes over and over.

You'll learn how to identify the beliefs that are holding you back and how to reframe them and adopt more productive beliefs. By paying attention to your emotions, deliberately and creatively getting your focus onto things that you enjoy and learning how to allow inspiration to come more readily to you, the ideal body—and many other wonderful things—will begin flowing into your life.

List Template (PDF)

List Template (PDF)

Course Practice

Thought Microscope Play

This clip is from the 2004 sleeper film What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?, and in it, Marlee Matlin is introduced to the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto and how positive thoughts/words/blessings effect the crystallization of water molecules.

After watching, make a list of the positive and negative thoughts you have throughout the day about your ideal body. In the left column, write positive thoughts, in the right, negative thoughts.

When finished, you will have already experienced a vibrational shift in your awareness of how much attention you're giving to thoughts that don't serve you or your ideal body coming to you. Those thoughts include those where you notice more that you're not experiencing your ideal body to thoughts of not deserving or being worthy of a youthful, healthy and vibrant state of physical well being (which you are, by the way, and so much more).

Make a deliberate effort to spend more time thinking positive thoughts around getting your ideal body. Think about loving yourself more, accepting that it is on it's way to you and that you do deserve it. Add new positive thoughts to your list and practice thinking those positive thoughts until you've retrained your brain (established new, permanent neural connections) to naturally think more positively about your situation.

You'll know if you're on the right track by how you feel.

Happy :-) = good, positive thoughts

Sad :-( = Notsomuch

What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?  Image courtesy IMDB.com

What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? Image courtesy IMDB.com


Recommended Reads on Brain Science and Creativity

Here are a few great reads about the brain, neuroscience, appreciative inquiry, creativity and confidence. These are just some of the books on our shelves at Compass Playbook. (Just look at the bookshelf behind Terry in her videos.)