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We are born with many sensory based gifts associated with heighten awareness, but none can rival our ability to think up visual depictions of the things that we desire most and hold a sincere appreciation for in our lives. 

No matter what our financial status, whether we are rich or poor, being able to see the unseen by simply putting our imaginations to work results in a treasure trove of assets which makes us wealthy beyond any monetary measure.

When we imagine, we dream, and when we dream, we create a unique world of our own making where anything and everything is a possibility if we will just bring it to life by forming the idea of such imaginings as being real in our consciousness.

It does not matter if we have experienced the smell, the taste or the feel of a live sensation or not, all we have to do is be resourceful enough to ingeniously conjure up the image in as much of its splendor as we can possibly master at the moment.  

How astounding it is to know that as our thoughts have the ability to wind their way through the halls and imaginary corridors of our complex and highly creative minds, that there is always the possibility that we will, by some remote chance, come across a full fledge panorama of a fantasy we arbitrarily envisioned as we mentally turn a make-believe corner and find ourselves jubilant by what we come upon. 

 Regardless, of the probability of our wish coming true, daydreaming will always shine a ray of hope on impossible pleasantries that we choose to picture in our minds.

 As children we were put to task for allowing ourselves to become inattentive and distracted, but as adults we are considered invaluable members of collaborative teams if asked to contribute our sharp minds and insights to inventive projects  and uniquely devised presentations. 

The gift of imagery is an endowment that keeps on giving because it continues to come to our rescue again and again, by rising up from inside of us like a geyser that propels a stream of gushing water high into the air, gaily triggered by some spontaneous interval in what would otherwise be regarded as another humdrum day. 

Imagery provides us with a temporary intermission, relieving us of a nerve-racking instant caused by an intruding predicament that interferes with what would be a more harmonic aspect of our daily existence.  

“I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.  ~Steven Wright”

Quotes about Daydreaming

http://www.quotegarden.com/daydream.html

 

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There are as many reasons for people to create things as there are inventions. I often wonder what is it that makes innovators want to innovate. For example, take Coronel Sanders; he became interested in cooking as a boy after his father passed on. His mother had to go out and work and he was left in charge of feeding his siblings. Cooking became an everyday way of life for Sanders. Later on, he ran a gas station and served up his famous fried chicken at a nearby local dining room. He did not create his famous recipe for his southern fried chicken until he was 50 years old and the rest of the story is history.

Elvis Presley quickly made a name for himself not just as a musician but as an ace stage performer because of his electrifying presence in front of his audiences. His body movements and the way he rotated his hips and his arms while maintaining his balance while singing was legendary. He was considered so racy that he was almost thrown off the Ed Sullivan’s television show by the program’s censors who labeled his performance obscene and only allowed him to be filmed from the waist up.

John Z. De Lorean a troubleshooter for car manufacturers became a maverick when he up and quit his position after turning around General Motor’s Pontiac and Chevrolet divisions to start his own company. His imagination and determination produced a one of a kind stainless steel sports car. Why did he do it? Because some little boys want to grow up and drive fancy race cars, while others just want to design, build and sell them.

Barbie was born after Ruth Handler noticed that her daughter was assigning her paper dolls adult roles. Up until that time (1955) most dolls were mainly infants. While traveling in Europe she came across a grown figured female doll which she acquired and named Barbie after her daughter Barbara. Handler brought the prototype back to the States and with the help of an engineer revamped the model. Over 350,000 dolls were sold the first year of production. Barbie’s official birthday is March 9th 1959.

Each and every pioneer has their individual reasons for wanting to contribute something new and innovative. Some are inspired with a sudden flash of insight whereas; others come up with ideas because of their background. One thing that is certain is that all of these innovators were interested in breaking ground by bringing something fresh and original to the forefront for others to enjoy.

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Colonel Sanders

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk4Eq8IcQMk

Elvis Presley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpzV_0l5ILI&feature=related 

DeLorean’s life

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_DeLorean

Barbie’s History

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie

Innovators

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innovation

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Good Morning,

So many of the technical procedures we constantly perform in a treatment room situation are routine and inspire us to perform in a robotic manner.  To be extraordinary skin care providers we need to keep ourselves stimulated and our spirits refreshed. The information that follows offers just a few new paradigms for therapeutic practice.  Just as with “Zen” Thinking – we can use some  of the same spiritual principles toward our aesthetic applications to give them more meaning –  observe, remain mindful, and stay genuine of calculating and thinking.  

Beautiful new skin arises from under epithelial cells

Spiritual translation: Everything changes and ends

Modifying the discomfort caused by the expression of impacted comedones  

Spiritual translation:  Pain is a part of life but can be lessened by empathetic approaches

Using cosmetics to emphasize and enhance the uniqueness of facial features

Spiritual Translation: The givens of life as works of art – imperfections are the raw materials that form a masterpiece

Image Development

Spiritual Translation: The law of physical transformation encourages personal breakthroughs in aesthetic consciousness

Camouflage therapy

Spiritual Translation: Hope is promise

Facial and Body Massage

Spiritual Translation: downtime is a forgotten art

Dialogue for working with acne patients

Spiritual Translation: compassionate communication

Aging – A Changing image in the mirror

Spiritual Translation:  with maturity comes a stable sense of one’s self

Copyright ©2010 All right reserved – Victoria L. Rayner

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Video Zen

http://www.visualthinkmedia.com/?page_id=82

Quiz: How Spiritual Are You?

http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101041025/quiz.html

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One of the best ways to regain a sense of ourselves and the world around us is to begin to envision the world in more simplistic terms.  A few years back this would not have been possible for me even though I have been in this wonderful mindset before. It is easy to get all spun around by trying to balance everything at once and when this happens it affects our awareness of simplicity. Control demands that we contend with everything we have brought into our lives or we lose our way. I hear a lot about how to better simplifying our lives through the process of elimination. Everyone has their own way of and scaling down and limiting the amount of possessions or projects we are involved in. I am aware of the philosophy that suggests we focus on better organization in an attempt to simplicity our way of being.   When I mention the awareness of simplicity what I am referring to are small modifications that could result in the liberation of our thinking. 

I am suggesting a mental and intellectual plan that would lead to the reduction of the excesses in our routines. Extravagances in the way we do things and perceive things that take up our energy and zap the life out of us. Pondering over and over unpleasant preoccupations that consume way too much of our attention prevents us from allowing ourselves greater awareness of our world.

Simplicity demands that we face these worn out patterns. So much of what we are engaged in daily serves no useful purpose in our lives other than to fill the need of familiarity.  All the distractions we create for ourselves prevent us from feeling the depth of the true richness of our lives.  For example: when we look at an object that contains color, how much of our attention is focused just on the color and how much do we allow ourselves to activate our imaginations in its magnificence.  When we are drawn to a color, do we explore its saturation? Do we question the combination of the pigments and the result of the mixture? Or, do we compare it to the colors of nature and remind ourselves of the restrictions of synthetic color imitations and think of what cannot be duplicated by man?

The awareness of simplicity to me is stopping and concentrating on one thing at a time – like the development of an interesting color. Allowing ourselves the luxury of the connection we feel to all that is a part of our sphere of existence when we make an effort to give the things that share our space with us, our undivided attention.  There is power in the awareness of simplicity. The power comes from breaking down the elements of things and people and conversations until we can appreciate each and every one of their components so that they can truly touch us.  When we allow ourselves to become more sensitized by the simplicity of what we have brought into our consciousness we can feel more in tune with ourselves and others because we establish a more basic balance to our universe.  Simplicity of awareness allows us to bring about the type of balance that exists deep within our core being – a centeredness that permeates every aspect of our current circumstances. Balance depends on simplicity and awareness without the combination of the two it is impossible to achieve.

By definition Simplicity is a more qualitative word connected to simple. It is a property, condition, or quality which things can be judged to have. It usually relates to the burden which a thing puts on someone trying to explain or understand it. Something which is easy to understand or explain is simple, in contrast to something complicated. In some uses, simplicity can be used to imply beauty, purity or clarity. Simplicity may also be used in a negative connotation to denote a deficit or insufficiency of nuance or complexity of a thing, relative to what is supposed to be required. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplicity

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I was thinking today about all the things I still have time to accomplish if I just put my energy and time into them.  I am at an age that I realize that most things can be achieved if I really want to see them happen. I firmly believe that the reservoir is likely to never run down if I keep replenishing it with loads of optimism, curiosity and tenacity of spirit.   Once I set my mind to a task and I take my desire seriously I move forward with actions that will lead to the attainment of my goal. The first stage is to separate the fantasy from the reality to cut through all the illusions and the pretense that has dominated my thoughts. This is the beginning of turning my daydreams into tangible steps that will ensure that my intention is transformed into goals that can be actualized.  The second stage is commitment. It is a silent and a sacred contract that I make with just myself and to my higher power. This is what truly transcends my vision into the world by bringing it into my consciousness and freeing up my creativity.  The third stage involves my inquisitiveness. I start to wonder and mentally picture what measures I must take to begin harnessing my energy and channeling it in the direction that will eventually take me down the road to where it is that I need to go to reach my desired destination.  The fourth stage calls on me to put to good use my intuitiveness. It demands that I tap into my ability to relinquish control and to open myself up to the presence of awareness.  Without participating in this hyper-alertness exercise I would not have the key to unlock my imagination.  The fifth stage involves compartmentalizing my idea. I do this slowly and meticulously. I want to capture all of the essential details that must be acknowledged and that need my attention. The best way I have found to do this is through a technique that was shared with me by one of my graduates. It is defined in a book entitled: “The Artist’s Way” A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity.  It was a present that my student gave me to whom she inscribed the words on the inside cover that read: “Victoria, this is a very special book for a very special friend. May this book open the gate to many new horizons” And, it has done just that in providing me with the how-to’s of spiritual recovery in addition to giving me a basic formula (a template) for drawing out a diagram that illustrates my intention and links all the factors related to it. It is this illustration that separates each and every aspect of my wish by placing my intention in a labeled, sacred circle and from the center of this circle, a starburst of offshoots that radiate outward.  The image is that of a sun – the type of simple representation of a sun that an innocent child in a pre-school might conjure up in a line drawing and then take home to have proudly displayed on the family refrigerator.  On each of the lines emulating from the center of the sun is a description that relates to some aspect of my intention.  When I have thought of every possible task and added it to my to-do diagram I know that it is complete and I can stand back and see what I will be responsible for if I do choose to move forward.  The final stage involves establishing a sensible plan.  This is where tenacity of spirit comes to play. Taking the time and exerting the effort signifies my total involvement, commitment and caring. This is when I really begin to roll up my sleeves and do the “real” work to see all that I have visualized comes to pass.  The plan is proof that I understand and I recognize the accountability required to bring forth my ideas and to see them come alive not just in my mind but in reality.

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Hi Everyone,

Parts of our creativity are so subtle that they can be missed unless we pay close enough attention to ourselves.  Other aspects of our creative mind are glaringly obvious.  Certain variables can influence our creativity.  Our backgrounds, our genders, ethnicity, and our responsiveness to our current culture all play a role in how we interpret the world and how we reflect it.  When we are feeling creative we can hear our environment speaking to us. It shares its diverse sights and distinctive sounds. Life just seems to have a natural rhythm and flow to it.  It sometimes pulsates initiating such an excitement that it makes us want to reach out and touch all the elements that are evoking our urge to give them greater clarity of expression.   Often the keenest and most useful insights are those that unexpectedly arise apparently, out of nowhere.  For example, while waiting for a bus we notice a butterfly whose wings are of a particular pleasing interest to us. Their color and design make the sight of them breathtaking.  Before we know it, without even being aware of it, our brain is activated by aspects of this vision that function beyond the awareness of our consciousness. The sight that has intrigued and caught our eye, has set off a mental process that we are not even aware of. It has been put in motion by our unconscious mind. In a sense it is like a software system that is capturing our interpretations and perceptions before we are fully conscious of the wide array of nuances we see.  This is all before conscious reasoning takes place and we can recognize these meaningful patterns to identify the intricately of the wings design. It’s as if we have installed in our brain a sensory switchboard that works out defining the fine details and the complexity of the overall design.  We accept what we see at face value but our brain is working overtime to permanently process its long-term version.  It immediately starts breaking down visual composition, compartmentalizing the image by creating subdivisions such as: the color (light and dark values), depth, line movement, space and the form of the butterfly’s wings.  It keeps working each of these divisions simultaneously to store the image we were inspired by and preserved its memory until it’s firmly lodged and it makes a lasting impression.  In the end the recollection of the butterfly’s wind becomes a faithful account of the visual experience, a mental treasure preserved in our intellectual storage system.  Let’s all experience today as a creative adventure!

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Hi Everyone,

Breakthroughs do not just happen we work for them by revisiting and questioning our current conclusions.  To develop ourselves and to progress as an industry we must learn to let go, relax and day-dream. Our dreams encourage our subconscious to speak to us. And, better yet, we are in the frame of mind to hear what it has to say – listening intensely to the implications of its messages by interpreting the visual imagery it creates to communicate with us.

In a lot of ways we develop a close-up view of our jobs and our enterprises. Taking in new information allows us to discover a wider perspective of possibilities for ourselves, our industry and beyond.  When we expand our professional vision we give ourselves freedom to dream and to create.  And we even look at what we are doing differently.  We begin to ask a series of questions of ourselves that relate to how we can improve our performance, increase our productivity and streamline our efficiency.  We start to investigate opportunities, searching for the new and the unique and we start to ask what knowledge and skills could we gain that would help us innovate, improve our work experience, bring us more inner satisfaction, increase our revenues or provide us with just the right platforms to propose promotions for ourselves.   

There is untold promise out there just waiting to be revealed.  But, we must envision it first before it can be fully realized and, then, actualized. Think for a moment what critical needs are still going unmet? Are there gaps in our current treatment applications we could close if we started to view our approaches with more critical eyes?  What about new cross-care giving alliances that we could form? What are the mutual possibilities we could suggest? Are there combinations of procedures that complement one another just waiting to be identified? And, if we were to create them, how could we cross-market these new service trios if we were to begin to offer them to our clients or our patients?  What about tools and implements that have yet, to be designed or manufactured by us?  What implements do we curse every time we use them but have grown accustomed to using? Do you ever become frustrated with a particular appliance you work with daily? Or, perhaps, find yourself cursing the design of a particular make-up applicator because it limits your technical capabilities. Do you find that its handle is too thick making it clumsy for you to grasp? And, when you use it, do you find that what you do is less than adequate?  What is interfering with the delivery of your cosmetic artistry? What flaws could you point out and work to change for the better.

 I say this not only because it is true, but because our development of new goods and services as well as educational strategies are paramount to the evolution of not only the field we practice in, but to the advancement of our careers overall. We need only to give day dreaming the priority it deserves to realize new and innovative insights.  All we have to do is to look up to get another point of view.   Day dreaming takes our time, yes, but the results it could bring might be worth millions to us. What new ways can we invent to retrain our brains so we could conjure up and evoke new interest that would get everyone excited again? What extraordinary things have we thought of but considered to outlandish to share with one another?  Are we so busy, round-the-clock with remedial tasks and laborious chores that we have lost our intellectual taste for a new focus? Let’s take some time today to just sit back and daydream.  Imagine all the things that we do or use that would not exist unless those responsible took a break from the mundane and traveled the path that lead to untold possibilities. Have a great and imaginative day!

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