Sometimes we all find it difficult to fall asleep when we want to, laying there staring at the ceiling, tossing and turning.
You may have too much on your mind or not much at all. You may be over-tired or you may not be. You may simply feel restless even though you seek restfulness. For whatever reason, we all find it difficult to fall asleep when we want to. Sometimes.
Some of us, more than others.
I play many games with my children. They keep evolving.
One particular game I play with my kids is one I call “I am”.
You see my son has had problems for a while now falling asleep in his bed. As a result my wife and I take multiple trips to and from his room to try and settle him to sleep at night. Most of the time we just let him sleep in our bed. Most of the time he gets away with it. Until not too long ago, I introduced the game to him.
“What’s the name of the game, daddy?” asked my son Zachary.
I said it was called “I am”.
“How do you play it?” asks Zach.
I told him that the objective of the game was for him to say “ I am” to every question I asked him. Only that phrase but with a few conditions for him to adhere to:
- Lay still
- Look me in the eyes
- Whisper the answer “I am”
It’s been successfully implemented on almost every night I put my son to sleep. He doses off to sleep as he repeats the answer of “I am” to every question I ask him, most of the time with a little smile on his face.
I thought up this game for two main reasons:
- To get him to fall asleep with improved regularity and with minimum resistance
- To condition his neuro-wiring as a foundation for his strength of mind
I know reason number 1 has been achieved so far. I will know if reason number 2 is achieved in about 10 years and probably for the rest of his life. Time will tell the fruitfulness of this game that will ultimately be for his benefit.
The questions I ask him are repeated and are quite similar to these:
- Who’s daddy’s smartest boy? …. And he would say … “I am”.
- Who’s daddy’s kindest boy?
- Who’s daddy’s strongest boy?
- Who’s daddy’s fastest boy?
- Who’s daddy’s caring boy?
- Who’s daddy’s happiest boy?
- Who’s daddy’s loving boy?
Zachary would fall asleep answering “ I am” to every question some of which I repeat. Olivia does not have problems falling asleep but I also play the game with her. She loves it. Calms her down even further.
Just like the many other universal principles in life like for example, water seeks its own level or that matter expands when heated. It is a universal truth that whatever you impress on your subconscious mind is expressed in the physical realm. It is akin to saying a prayer and your prayer is answered because your subconscious mind is principle. Like all principles, the facts are universal and unchangeable. It is just the way things operate.
Not sometimes. All of the time.
The subconscious mind works according to the law of belief. The Bible and probably most other religious texts is littered with examples of the power of belief.
I see my children’s minds as a bed of rich soil that will grow whatever types of seeds I plant and intend to grow. I believe in the power of prayer and the law of belief and why this game of “I am” aims to sow thoughts of happiness, goodwill, right action and success in my children’s minds. Hopefully, with time, these wonderful seeds of thought in the garden of their minds, will reap a generous harvest for them.
I have always believed that “the world within creates the world without”. This is a truth and there is a definite link between the subconscious and your conscious minds. As I have discovered in my life, and part of my line of work in helping others achieve their best and their goals – the subconscious mind is very sensitive to your conscious mind.
Having a deeper understanding of this link gives you the power to help accomplish your goals. It is effectively praying and communicating to God. Prayers always get answered but you have to be a believer. This unwavering belief happens to be the law of the mind.
You have to believe in belief itself!
I will assist in being the captain of their ship in their early years of life, helping them navigate their conscious mind with the understanding that their young subconscious minds will take and accept as true what they confirm in their ‘I am” answers before falling asleep.
“I am”: a very simple, yet powerful affirmation of nobody else but – ‘you’. An affirmation of the communication from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind.
A prayer. Repeated.
Try this game with your kids and see if it helps with their sleeping. The main benefit however, is in the strengthening of the mind. Just like building good quality muscles you have got to be persistent and consistent with daily application of the relevant principles.
You could even try it with older kids (adults) too. Maybe even you. Just change the affirmation questions and find a quiet time and place (preferably just before falling asleep) and create a better you.
Create a better life from within starting with “I am”.
Remember: you reap (your destiny) what your sow (your seeds of thought).
Until next time,
Below: Some ‘off-season’ photographs’