By Janeen Clark
This is one of the most fun exercises I have discovered in awhile. I originally got the idea from Paul Piotrowski from InspiredMoneyMaker.com. He writes that it was also a popular exercise of Napoleon Hill of Think and Grow Rich fame.
The idea is to mentally assemble your own Spiritual or Invisible Counsel to help offer you advice or direction when you have a question or difficult decision to make.
It can consist of anywhere between 5 to 10 people (living or dead) that most inspire you. For instance, Bills Gates, Warren Buffet or Donald Trump for money issues. Abraham-Hicks, the Dali Lama or even Jesus Christ for spiritual issues. A favorite athlete for advice on health, or a famous actor or actress if a specific talent or style question is on your mind.
Now close your eyes and mentally imagine that you are sitting in a board room where there is a large boardroom table surrounded by empty chairs. You are sitting at the head of this table and awaiting for each of “your” counsel members to appear. At times you might only want to invite the people who can help with a particular problem such as Mr. Buffet for money matters; but personally I found it more fun to invite a whole bunch of different characters so I could get each of their unique opinions on a subject.
For instance, Warren might be the perfect person to discuss money matters, but I have also found his truly down-to-earth personality has “spoken up” on unrelated topics and given some great advice as well.
Now mentally ask the question that is on your mind and silently wait for each of these people to answer. Pretend as if you were in a real meeting. Do not be discouraged if some do not respond at all. Also note that not every answer may be in verbal form. It might also come in the form of a gesture or a mental picture instead. Just wait patiently for the answer.
So let’s try some examples:
Let’s say you have two credit card bills and you are wondering which one you should pay off first. Your first natural instinct might be to pay off the creditor who is yelling the loudest, but now “ask” Donald Trump the same question and his advice might be “Are you crazy? Pay off the one with the highest rate so it will cost you less in the long run!” (Actually “Donald” is whispering in my ear right now and telling me “I wouldn’t do either of those things. I would call both companies and negotiate a better deal with each one of them!” — You gotta love The Donald.)
Say your question is spiritual in nature or about love, forgiveness, anger, etc. how do you think Jesus Christ would respond? (I’ve gotten some awesomely warm and enlightened answers from him when I have asked.)
What if your question is something as simple as having an occasion coming up and being unsure of what to wear. Dressy? Casual? Your old thought patterns might automatically go to “How will everyone else be dressed? I don’t want to stand out too much. Now imagine that Angelina Jolie or Katherine Hepburn (if you are a woman obviously) are sitting at your table and you ask them that question. One or both would probably respond “Who the he** cares what anyone else is wearing? Create your own style — be your own person!…” A thought that might have never entered your own “habitual” mind.
I have to admit I am having a lot more fun with this exercise than I originally thought I would.
I am getting some really creative and unique responses to questions that I would never have come up with on my “own”.
Is my focusing on these people somehow tapping into their actual energy for answers? I don’t know for sure. Then again, if we are all one and the same energy, maybe it is just the practice of allowing myself to be “open” to all answers that is letting my higher self or Universe come through with the unique answers that it does.
Sometimes we get so used to hearing our “own mental voice” with its habitual way of thinking and solving problems, that we forget that we are actually “allowed” to think outside of our own box.The best part of this exercise is that I have found that the advice I have gotten works!! Granted at times it has felt a little uncomfortable stretching outside my usual comfort zone, but afterwards I felt great! Like “Wow, I actually did that!” kind of great. And I learn and I grow just a little bit more; which is really what this is all about, isn’t it?
So give it a try today. Take at least 15 minutes of quiet time and “call a meeting.” Ask your question and then patiently wait for your answer. Take notes as you would in a real meeting. Don’t dismiss anything out of hand as not do-able, just take it all down and watch the unique answers you receive. Give yourself some time to get used to the possibility of the idea if it originally feels a little uncomfortable. Ask yourself “What the heck do I have to lose by giving this a shot?”
Not only do you get great advice and get to grow a little, but you get to have fun at the same time!
Janeen Clark is a Spiritual Life Coach who has been teaching, studying and applying the Law of Attraction for almost 20 years. If you would like to read more inspiring articles from this author, please visit her daily blog at The Very Happy Human