How Picking Your "Animal" Can Supercharge You with a Ferocious Tenacity
Using Imagery in a Specifically Creative Way Can Allow You to Tap into Resources that You Didn't Know You Have
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Now, the latest Jack Hopkins Now Newsletter.
I’m a wolverine. That’s right. The animal I long ago picked to “fuse” with, is one of the toughest and tenacious animals on the planet.
The Wolverine only weighs 40-50 pounds but has been known to take down a Caribou all by themselves and have been known to challenge Grizzly Bear’s for an Elk carcass. They are incredibly strong, can easily climb trees…and don’t have “retreat” in their vocabulary.
The reason for “fusing” with a given animal is simple. Our mind has created an assortment of inner limitations throughout our lifetime.
These inner limitations come in the form of beliefs that we have unconsciously created through the images, sounds and feelings we’ve had about certain experiences in life. We then unconsciously assign a certain label, as to what the collection of images, sounds and feelings “really” means.
For example, let’s say that someone-a teenaged girl-happened to be unfortunate enough to witness a woman being abducted and forced into a car.
The visual aspects of this event, the woman’s screams and pleas for help, the enraged grunts and sounds made by the abductor, and the feelings of fear and helplessness being felt by this young observer, all swirl through her nervous system as one big collection of nothingness…for but a nanosecond. And, then….
Our brain doesn’t do well with nothingness. So, it assigns a meaning. In human beings, the default meaning for any experiences we aren’t consciously and intentionally choosing, will almost always be assigned in the name of the highest priority for any human being: survival.
This could result in the belief of “Women are powerless to defend themselves against men!” being formed on the spot. I don’t think I have to tell you how devastating a belief like that could prove to be to a woman’s future and her ability to live freely.
Oh, sure. Over the years, well-meaning loved ones, friends, and family members could sit down with this young girl, and tell her things like, “Honey, you CAN defend yourself against men. You must learn how” or something along those lines.
However, remember the belief: It says, “Women are powerless to defend themselves against men!” Therefore, this young woman…knowing that she is, in fact, a woman…will likely find those arguments less than compelling, and they’ll have little impact as far as changing her mind/feelings. “What don’t they understand about this?! I…am a WOMAN!” she’ll react with, drawing upon her long ago established belief, that, “Women are powerless to defend themselves against men!”
This is where choosing an animal to “fuse’ with comes in.
See, while a thirteen-year-old girl who has witnessed a traumatic event, might not be able to see herself-a woman-as having the ability to defend herself against a man, but…a Wolverine doesn’t have those same self-imposed limitations.
When attacked-even by something almost ten times its own size-a Wolverine will fight, bit, slash, attack non-stop, and ultimately, strive to sever the throat and then disembowel its attacker. There have been documented cases of a Wolverine killing a Polar Bear. Make no mistake, the Wolverine is a fucking bad ass.
By “stepping into” the Wolverine, and seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and feeling the world as the Wolverine, any young girl with a similar limiting belief…can rise above their human beliefs, and think from an animal with no beliefs at all: an animal with instincts only.
This can be such an empowering and life changing experience. You aren’t “suddenly becoming an animal.” You’re simply having your own abilities revealed to you…by imagining the world through the eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin of your chosen animal, and then bring back the experience, and all of the new feelings and insights…into yourself.
So, now let’s get into the basics of how to “fuse” with your chosen animal.
Of course, you’ll first need to have selected your chosen animal. It can be any animal, as long as you choose an animal you see as having traits, abilities and qualities that you don’t believe yourself to have, or to be able to connect with.
Once you’ve chosen your animal, you’ll just need 2-5 minutes alone, uninterrupted and with no distractions. I say this, because I don’t know what environment you currently must have to be able to focus. Today, I can run through the process I’m about to give you, in a huge auditorium, with people all around me. Maybe you can do this as well. Maybe you can’t. I just don’t know. That’s why I suggest you have some quiet time alone.
Before you start, if you have the time, pull up some videos of your selected animal and watch a few minutes of the creature in its environment, doing its thing and displaying the attitude behind the behaviors that you would find useful in yourself.
Once you’ve done the video viewing preview, you’re ready to begin.
You can do this with your eyes open, or closed. Just do it the way that works best for you.
Just imagine this animal being about fifteen to twenty feet in front of you. Imagine it walking, breathing, looking around, or anything else you intuitively find useful to imagine watching it do.