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Dream a little dream and help success come true

A would-be certified public accountant came to psychologist Catherine Shainberg after failing the CPA qualifying exam nine times.

Shainberg, president of the School of Images Inc. in New York City, guided him through exercises to shift his attention from logical thinking (left brain) to dreams (right brain), which are more creative.

Visualization techniques enabled him “to see the grade that the dreaming said he could get,” she explains.

“That’s what he got,” she says.


This dramatic illustration of career propulsion presents a strong case for exploring new resources. Shainberg’s method, which involves teaching self-awareness through dream exercises of a minute or less, steers people to move past roadblocks to their true selves.

“If you put someone into the work of dreaming (an image will come up) and they’ll see it,” Shainberg says. “It leads to changing their mind (to) what really is.”

By accessing your subconscious and visualizing, you can almost touch what you want as you become optimistic and open. Shainberg says she helps clients “learn the tools they have inherent in their constitution (so) they can look inside and travel inside.”


Laurina Anderson, founder of The Energy Shifter in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is not a traditional social worker. She’s a coach who speaks on shifting energy and helps clients get in touch with their intuitions. First she has clients explore their self-limiting beliefs. Then she teaches the difference between a feeling of contraction and expansion’s feeling of possibility.

One professional she advised found a promotion he wanted in the city he wanted to move to.

“If you believe you can do something and start feeling it as done,” Anderson says, “it comes to fruition. It has no other choice. Like energy begets like. Put your energy on growth.”

In other words, she says, if you think negative thoughts, you’ll see confirmation of them around you.


Jim Donovan, author of “Happy@Work,” would concur. “Don’t set up a struggle,” he says.

“Happy@Work” is a joyful, unassuming book, filled with fresh ideas and directions for finding and taking inspired action. Donovan’s book discusses how to move away from self-limiting beliefs that hold you back and also rolls out (simply) how to shift your thoughts, discussions and visualization to what you want.

“By continuing to focus on what you want,” Donovan writes, “you will move more and more into alignment with the energy of what you want … working with the power of the law of attraction …”

A seminar Donovan conducts teaches job seekers to identify a specific goal beyond income based on “what would make you feel good and jump out of bed in the morning.”

Donovan, a motivational speaker in Upper Black Eddy, Pa., says not just to imagine or visualize what you want to do, but “ask what to do next (not how)” so you align your energy with the universe.

Although these methods might seem “out there,” consider them as possible arrows in your job-hunting quiver. Perhaps you shouldn’t wait until you feel desperate.

Dr. Mildred L. Culp of WorkWise® welcomes your questions at culp@workwise.net. © 2014 Passage Media.

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