AS IF

OK, so I read this article on Face Book, maybe you did too. I think it was called Act Like It Is. Well not to plagiarize but I think further exploration is warranted.  I have always said “thoughts become things”, however that statement is misleading if you follow it faithfully. As a matter of fact it won’t do what you want it too at all. You have to do the walking behind the thought or it is all for naught.

I remember writing something to that affect in one of my posts. You must amplify the thought by “doing” whatever it is you had the thought about. Being “happy” is very subjective, but if you “fake it til you make it” you will discover that somewhere along the way you indeed have become happy. We are social beings. If I see you smiling and talking in an upbeat way it makes it very easy for me to do the same. When you see me up beat and happy, your fake happiness will turn into the real deal.

I have experimented with it in group telling the attendees exactly why we were doing this. I begin by asking participants to look at their neighbor and start laughing. Soon the whole room is laughing and you can feel the shift to authenticity. If you keep it going people will begin to laugh even harder, some holding their stomach which makes them and the others to point and laugh even harder. Once that monkey is out of the cage it becomes very hard to stop. People will try not to look and someone will see them trying not to look producing another round of gut holding peals of laughter.

So you can lead horse to water, and the horse actually drinks. The Homo Sapien loves to feel free and expressive instead of repressed and afraid they might be made fun of. When you realize everyone is laughing at everybody it is very freeing and emotionally rewarding.

The strange thing that happens afterwards though is when it stops people become embarrassed. They won’t look into each other’s eyes and really don’t know what to say. What’s even more interesting is when someone reverts back and chuckles, the others immediately start up again indicating that is where they would rather be. Sort of recognizing and bringing the soul to the surface if you will.

It all goes to prove one point, and that is go ahead and play the “AS IF” game and bring people out of the shadows behind their walls to express who they really are. Very simple, but then all miracles are simple .

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