You know of course how painful it is to suffer from bulimia.
In addition to the miserable physical and emotional symptoms, there’s perhaps regret over the life that you could have led and regret over the life right now, that you should be living and it’s slipping further away because your present reality is controlled and focused on food.
Now if you’re reading this article I’m guessing you’re keen to escape. In fact, you’re probably highly attracted by the idea of being “bulimia free”. But…
What strategies have you used so far to achieve this goal?
Mainstream solutions would have you focus on identifying the triggers that initiate the bingeing and purging and have you tackling those.
But in my experience, identifying triggers whilst sometimes useful, on it’s own doesn’t work – or if it does, it offers a long and painful road to recovery. I know because I’ve been there. Bulimia plagued my late teens and twenties and I tried everything to escape its grip. And surprisingly the key to my freedom was through my imagination!
Now I get that might sound crazy, ridiculous or impossible but if you’re just a little bit curious, please do read on to discover how this could work for you too…
Discover the healing power of your imagination
“Imagination is a gift that allows us to transcend our present reality, providing the power to open us up so that we may create new possibilities for ourselves. This resource— available within all of our own minds— approximates divine power in that its possibilities are unlimited”. Dennis Moorman.
Now you may respond to the idea of imagination as a healer by thinking, “What’s the use of imaging something that isn’t real?” But if you stick with that belief, you’ll undervalue THE POWER AND POTENTIAL OF YOUR CREATIVE THOUGHT.
You see your imagination offers entry into dreamland; the realm of possibility where what you see isn’t physically real – YET.
Your imagination is a realm of no limits.
It’s a place where you can be free to explore, express and discover a different life in total safety. The fact that nothing is ‘real’ is actually one of the powerful features of dreamland because the fears, reservations and addictive habits that currently plague your day-to-day reality are completely irrelevant.
What’s more, in the land of your imagination, you are safe to be anything you want to be.
Or put a different way:
“In the land of your imagination, you can create the life that you love. You are safe to manifest the goals and dreams you held for yourself before bulimia took its grip and ripped the hope from your heart”.
It’s time to reconnect, replenish and re-discover
Your imagination is an incredibly ‘healing power’ because it allows you to reconnect with and discover an alternative reality that’s not limited by the shackles of living with bulimia.
Imagination gives you hope by revealing the alternative reality that’s awaiting you.
And here’s the really cool thing.
Imagining a different life in “dreamland” isn’t a futile escape and waste of time. Instead, you’ll discover IT IS THE STARTING POINT to move beyond an identity that’s defined by bulimia because…
WHEN YOU IMAGINE YOURSELF doing something, having something or being someone you are far more likely to achieve it.
As Neville Goddhard says…
‘To attempt to change circumstances before you change your imaginal activity, is to struggle against the very nature of change. There can be no outer change until there is first an imaginal change’
Now this was exactly what I was doing, trying to change my circumstances but still imaging the same old things: Are you doing the same thing?
An Uncomfortable Truth.
Whilst this may seem an uncomfortable truth…
It’s highly likely that it was your imagination that indirectly and innocently led you down the path to developing bulimia in the first place. After all, you needed to imagine going on a diet, you imagine your desired weight and physical appearance, you even imagine bingeing and purging!
And it is also playing a part in maintaining it.
As difficult as this may be to believe, the truth of it will set you free!
The truth is you’ve been using your imagination your whole life to create. But because the process is so fast, you’re simply not aware of it. It means that what I’m revealing today is nothing new, it’s not something you can’t do! I’m simply suggesting you ACTIVELY EMBRACE IMAGINATION as the key to can help you change your destiny…
Awaken your subconscious to discover the truth
“What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve” Napoleon Hill
If you can imagine an alternative life where you are doing the things you love, your subconscious mind will be called into action. And that ‘imagined’ reality will gradually manifest itself into the physical reality that is your life, in direct correlation with the attention you give that ‘imagined’ reality .
Your subconscious mind is infinitely powerful and right now, through your bulimia, you’re misusing it.
That’s because your subconscious will seek to answer whatever question you ask. And right now your thoughts are occupied with questions such as:
- Why am I bingeing and purging?
- How can I stop the triggers that start the cycle?
- Tell me how to stop this obsession with my weight (or whatever it is for you).
And here’s what happens. Your entire focus becomes about the food, your weight and your perceived self-image
What’s more, your self-esteem will take another hit because the answers uncovered by your subconscious (based on your current beliefs) will remind you that you’re worthless, dirty, disgusting – and all those other harsh phrases you use to beat yourself up as punishment for being so weak.
As a result your subconscious is using your imagination to create a scary movie that’s filled with fear, desperation and despair. In short, your thinking and the persistent lies you tell yourself about who you are, keep you stuck.
And the worse thing is, none of it’s true. That’s because bulimia DOES NOT need to define you. In fact, the person struggling with bulimia is not the real you.
You’ve simply lost your way and you can rediscover yourself through your imagination.
It’s time to set yourself free…
Stop stressing about the bulimia. Please.
And I don’t say that to belittle the problem. But what I’ve discovered is if you shift your focus elsewhere, the noise in your head that compels you to binge and purge will gradually dissipate into a whisper.
Instead you need to shift your thoughts.
Climb into your imagination and get comfortable with an alternative reality. Let your thoughts wonder and take in what appears…
- See yourself doing what you love – what is it?
- Tap into your creativity – what’s evolving?
- Explore your unique strengths – what are they?
And just rest and revel in the bliss of your real essence that’s just waiting to reveal the answers – if you’ll just stop for long enough to hear it and believe it.
According to P.T. Barnum, “Imagination is the elixir of life.”
And I believe him.
Imagination doesn’t have to be an escape route from the horrors of your physical reality, but the starting point for creating a life that’s filled with the possibilities of your potential.
So why not go out there now and embrace the genius within.
And allow your imagination to reveal what your life could be like beyond bulimia.
What did you see?
Please share with me in the comments below 🙂
Bulimia Recovery Coach
Julie won a 15 year battle with bulimia over 20 years ago and now mentors and coaches others to bulimia freedom. She is a compassionate, caring bulimia recovery coach who brings a unique and powerful perspective on recovery that has helped people from all walks of life, not just stop bingeing and purging but learn how to love themselves and their bodies and create a life they love.