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The Groundhog Day Tecnique

© 2002, Roger Haeske

I've found an interesting technique that is helping me recreate and improve my life. Part of this technique, I gleaned from the book, Awakened Imagination, by Neville. 

He has a chapter on forgiving yourself and recreating your day the way you would have liked it to go in your imagination. What I've discovered these past 16 years or so is that visualization and imagination are very powerful. By closing my eyes and viewing the day the way I want it to be, I am, in a sense, rewriting my reality. It's sort of like being in the movie Groundhog Day.

In that movie, the main character, Bill Murray, constantly relives Ground Hog Day. Every morning he wakes up at 6am to the same music, and it's Groundhog Day again. It is one of my favorite movies. He goes through many different experiences. He realizes he doesn't have to suffer any consequences because the next day he gets to start all over again.

So he indulges himself with all sorts of food and pastries. He finds out personal details about a woman so he can convince her they went to the same high school in order to get her to sleep with him. On later days he starts breaking the law and he ends up in jail, but in the morning he wakes up in the hotel and it's Groundhog Day all over again.

Later he tries to kill himself. He does it many times but the next day he wakes up in the same bed. After hundreds of days of the same day, he starts turning himself into a better man. He starts saving people, taking piano lessons, starts learning the names of all the people in the town. And eventually he is able to get his girl, but only when he's given up on that goal via manipulation and instead is just doing good deeds all day long. She ends up liking him because of the man he really became. Previously he tried to seduce her by knowing all her interests but she didn't fall for that.

It is a wonderful movie and even has a few funny moments in it. I don't understand why people call it a comedy. It is actually a drama and a deep spiritual story.

In essence, we have our own Groundhog Days every time we wake up. We can choose to live our lives and get the most out of them or be like Bill Murray was at first; very negative.

This has nothing to do with morals. We shouldn't do things just because they are right, but because that would give us the most enjoyment and fulfillment out of life. Try not to be enslaved by false morals. Determine your own morals. Morals are a man-made creation; sometimes they are right and other times all they do is limit your freedom unnecessarily.

Click on the link to learn more about this awesome book, How I found Freedom in an Unfree World.  I've given this book out to many of my friends -- it is quite liberating. There are many concepts in there that can totally change your life. I like to reread it at least a once a year.

In other words, you are not improving yourself for some moral reason, but because it would bring you greater happiness. Sometimes we think we are happy by watching TV or doing other things that have little consequence to our goals. However, you may find that you would actually enjoy your time much more and feel a tremendous sense of self-esteem if you get meaningful things in your life accomplished.

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