Quantum physics theorizes that there are countless parallel universes that exist simultaneous to our own. Perhaps some alternate decision you made in one of those alternative realities led you to becoming a doctor or an attorney, rather than what you are doing now in your current profession. Perhaps in another of those alternate universes, you are a farmer or in the military. Maybe in another of them you are even a road warrior in a post-apocalyptic Mad Max kind of scenario, battling on the deserts of Australia for a few measly drops of petrol. The possibilities are inexhaustible.
Or maybe, in a parallel reality not far from our own, you are a fabulously successful author.
I have a theory about positive affirmations and visualizations, goal setting and vision boards. The typical explanation behind these activities is that they reprogram our thinking, changing our beliefs in such a way that we begin to subconsciously do things to bring about our new, desired reality. Kind of a self-fulfilling prophesy.
I see it in a slightly different way. I believe visualizing the future we want, now, as if it has already happened, is actually just our way of changing our spiritual frequency, bringing our conscious awareness into harmony with that parallel universe that already exists. In essence, we are redirecting our focus until we zero in on that version of our future selves.
There are all kinds of ways to visualize the reality we want to manifest, but for writers like us, perhaps the most powerful exercise toward manifesting our goals is to keep a vision journal. If you have never done this, it is one of the quickest, most fun ways to align your consciousness with the future reality you wish to experience.
Simply set aside five to ten minutes a day to write in your vision journal (although in reality you’ll end up taking more time, because the exercise is so fun). Put a date at the top of each entry. Including the year is optional. Now recount the experiences you want to have in your future, as if they just happened today. Put yourself in 2016 and explain how long the line was for your book signing and what that felt like. Recount attending the premiere of the movie version of one of your novels and what it was like to meet the actors who played your characters. Or imagine yourself writing in your ideal home in your ideal part of the world and what it was like to have that experience.
Do this daily and you’ll find yourself looking forward to the exercise in ways that will astound you. It will be the most fun you’ll have writing all day.
Two tips: Only write down circumstances you want to experience. Conflict is fine in your stories, but unless you really want to attract it, leave it out of your journal entries. Also, while you are describing future scenarios, do not recount how you actually got to the point you are in the journal. You pick the experiences you want to have and let The Universe figure out how to get you there.
Brian Mercer is the author of the supernatural YA novel, Aftersight (Astraea Press, 2013). He is also co-author with Robert Bruce of Mastering Astral Projection: 90-Day Guide to Out-of-body (Llewellyn, 2004) and The Mastering Astral Projection CD Companion (Llewellyn, 2007). A board member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and senior editor at Author Magazine, he lives in Seattle with his wife, Sara, and their three cats.