Vision Board Workshops
Future Perfect's 'flagship' “Vision your future - psychobiology in action” workshop is based on the science of psycho-cybernetics and connecting heart and mind.
This page will give you an understanding of the science behind our brain’s goal-steering mechanism and will answer the question, ‘why should I do one of these workshops.’
Psycho refers to the mind and cybernetics refers to the feedback mechanism we all have in our brains.
In evolutionary terms we have an inbuilt automatic goal achieving success mechanism hard-wired into our brains geared to helping us survive.
Unfortunately, the majority of us trigger or reinforce the wrong goals by continually overlaying thoughts to do with our past into our present or our futures.
What is familiar is easier for us to deal with – so if we are used to telling ourselves that “I’m inadequate. I’m not clever. I’m not sporty, not pretty etc.” our primitive brain sees this as safer and less scary than the unknown positive messages…….even if our conscious brain understands that we are choosing a negative.
The research into this originally began with a cosmetic surgeon called Dr Maxwell Maltz who noticed that patients after surgery continued to suffer from low self-esteem and an inaccurate self-image….the emotional scars of the past were affecting their now.
The experiments were geared towards exploring how to activate the positive automatic success mechanism and what they found out essentially was that in order to do that you needed to repeatedly and vividly visualise.
They found that thoughts produce the same neurological process as actually doing the action – the brain interprets imagery as equivalent to real action.
For example, one experiment involved 3 groups of players, one group had to practice free throws, one group sat on the bench and imagined themselves doing the free throws and the third group sat and did nothing. The results showed that the ones who practiced were the best, the ones who visualised were only less good by a tiny margin, and the ones who did nothing stayed the same or were worse.
Our brains are primarily wired for visual output, specifically imagery.
70% of all your sensory receptors are in your eyes.
50% of your brain is involved in visual processing.
We can process a visual scene in less than 1/10 of a second.
In the modern world, our brains suffer from major information overload.
We receive five times more information daily than we did 30 years ago.
By visualising you are priming, training and steering yourself actively towards your future as opposed to being passively carried by old beliefs.
I like the image of the difference between a raft floating down a river at the mercy of what it encounters vs the same raft outfitted with a rudder and a sail……...your choices are greater with the latter option without taking away the ‘just drift along’ option when you want it.
So, why take the time to complete a ‘Vision your future’ Workshop?
The science and research behind how the brain and the nervous system work as a team has been thoroughly researched over the last 60 years and shows that the sub conscious mind is a goal setting mechanism consisting of the brain and the vagus nervous system, governed by the conscious mind.
Most adults do not consciously connect to either the sub conscious mind or the vagus system and therefore lose access to an incredibly powerful set of tools that are part of our evolution and how we have survived.
A vision board workshop, crafted by Ali, combines the psychology, the biology and the science of psycho-cybernetics with a view to each individual ending up with a map going forwards that has been created from all parts of themselves.
It is so important to understand that you DO NOT need to know what you want or what you are striving for before you come. The process itself reveals your ingredients to you.
This is psychobiology in action.
Your consciousness and your thoughts create your reality.
The workshops are an opportunity to truly steer yourself to a future that your biology knows is good for you and is what you need to thrive.
Most of us have busy lives and busy brains and Ali will guide you through the workshop, gifting you the space to clarify and sift out habitual ‘past’ messages that might be running your systems.
Also, it’s fun and creative to be inspired by other people’s journeys and processes. The group dynamic works so well.
Psychologists generally agree that developmentally a child’s belief system with regards to the kind of person they identify as, their worth in life, what they believe the world is like, even when they are going to die, are all embedded by the age of 7. There are some developmental windows for tweaking during the adolescent years, but essentially our unconscious has for most of us, been left without new data or ‘updates’ for a long time.
A workshop is an opportunity to update and install exciting new programming that you have chosen.
I frequently get asked “what if I don’t know what I want?”.
It really doesn’t matter if you don’t have a clear handle on the specific content...your brain loves symbolism.
Your brain is capable of processing a symbol in 150 micro seconds and then taking 100 milliseconds to attach meaning to it.
Everyone knows what images evoke positive feelings for them, so all your brain needs is to have images that your eyes see every day and it will get on and do what is inbuilt far faster and more successfully than without them.
Once a symbolic image works its way through to your conscious brain you can replace the symbolic with actual if you like, but my experience is that usually by that time you already have whatever it was the symbolic image was representing!