I’ve ran into a few people who have told me that they have a hard time with visualizations.
Either they can’t visualize well, or they simply don’t have a vision that they can put in their mind’s eyes.
At least, this is what we hear among adults that is.
Children, on the other hand, don’t seem to have any trouble with visualization at all. Children play, pretend and get into their characters in the blink of eye.
When a little boy is pretending to be a fireman, he is really that fireman, he’s taking on the role all the way. He becomes the visualization of what he pretends to be.
When a little girl pretends to be a princess, for the duration of that moment, she is that princess. She visualizes herself as a princess. Children’s gestures, voices, and behaviors play that pretending game to a tee. Children have no problem with visualization.
As we grow up, however, we are taught to get “real.” And things like day-dreaming, or dreaming big are looked down upon. We need to be “realistic”, we “shouldn’t bring our hopes up.” So, eventually we train ourselves not to visualize good things.
The worst part of this is that it’s a very subtle teaching that goes right into our subconscious mind, that’s why many people have such a hard time to visualize. Or do they?
How about Visualizing Bad Things?
Most people visualize bad things just fine.
Did you even noticed what’s going on into your mind’s eyes when you worry for someone running late or when you haven’t heard from them when they said they would call? The more minutes or even hours will go by the more you’ll start to “visualize” something bad.
Yes, when people worry, their visualization works just fine. They have no problem visualizing the worst. They see it and feel it all throughout their body, until they are full of anguish and fear.
Unfortunately, life at times tends to emphasis such unfortunate ability. I remember my mother being so good at imagining the worst when me or my brother were late and didn’t call. But yet, again, she told had told us that she wasn’t like that before my father died in a car accident.
So, believe me, I know that at times life can take care of things in such a way that you have every reason to be better at visualizing the bad than the good. However, this is the perfect proof that you CAN visualize. It’s just that you have to gear your visualization where you want it to be, because visualization is a powerful thing.
Why is Visualization Powerful?
Visualization is powerful because of the emotion that it brings. When you visualize something either good or bad it brings a ton of emotions with it.
Watch yourself when you’re thinking about something bad or scary, and you’ll realize how you feel. Try to go to sleep right after you’ve watched a scary movie! You’ll have a bunch of scary images going through your brain and you’ll feel scared. Thus, you won’t be able to sleep.
Try visualizing something that have hurt you physically in the past, and you’ll hurt all over again, or you may feel a pit in your stomach. Try to visualize how you would feel if you’d lose someone you love dearly and you’ll feel the pain in your guts just as bad if it you had already lost them.
I don’t need to prove this to you; we all have tons of examples that strong visualizations bring on strong emotions to the point that we may feel some physical reaction in our body. The emotions are so strong that they can create pain in our stomach, chills, and even produce tears.
All of that is based on a simple visualization. Do you need any more proof that visualization is powerful?
How to Use the Power of Visualization for Good Things
The good news is that the power of visualization don’t work only for bad things, it works just the same way for good ones. And it does, because it’s scientific.
Our brain is like an inner software program that creates images in our mind’s eyes. In turn, those images make the brain react a certain way, which it translates into emotions.
When this process is repeated over and over, we eventually create what we have visualized. You need to understand that our brain is always making sure that our outside world matches our inside world, and it does this by creating this a cycle.
Visualization – Emotion – Result
For the most part, when people think that they can’t visualize it’s because they visualize by habits, and it’s always kind of the same pattern over and over. They just haven’t opened their mind into being aware and controlling their visualizations. Instead it’s the visualization that controls them.
That’s what happens when our visualization is mostly subconscious. It’s much harder to control what’s already at the the subconscious mind level than what’s at the of the conscious mind level. When we want to create our own brand new visualizations we need to do it consciously. You need to decide what you want to visualize.
Your brain was created to visualize. If you don’t guide it, it will visualize what-ever. That’s the last thing you want to do.
Start Visualizing what you Want
I think that this is worth a repeat. Start visualizing what you want, not what you think you should have. Don’t’ start thinking things like; would this be possible? Will I ever be able to afford it? I’m I pushing it here?
Visualizing what you think you should have and what you want are two very different things.
A couple of years ago I started visualizing that I’m going to purchase the house I grew up in. I wrote down ALL the details of the transformations that I want to do to on that house, and how I want it to look like. I can clearly visualize each room, patio and garden, and how I want them to look like.
Even though I haven’t seen that house for 15 years I know it like the back of my hand, so I can visualize every square foot like I was there yesterday.
Isn’t our brain a wonderful machine? Some of the things that are in there will never come out! So that house is still there, intact in my brain, and with that same brain I can decide what renovations I want to do, and what I want it to look like.
I’ve never asked myself, will I ever will be able to afford it? No. I know I will. I’ve decided that I will go back to the source, when I have arrived to were I want to be.
Another thing that I’ve decided is that I want to go live in Italy for a year and come back speaking fluent Italian. I so know that I will.
When I was just a teenager I decided that I wanted to speak English and Spanish fluently one day. Today I do. At the time I didn’t know what I was doing, but I put the law of attraction in motion for me to learn those two languages. I had no idea where it was going to be or how. But again, that part wasn’t my job. My job was knowing what I wanted and visualize it.
Our job is to decide what we want, visualize it as if it was in the here and now, and let the Universe take care of the rest.
Where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years from now? If you don’t visualize where you want to be (and I’m not talking about a physical place here) you will probably be just about where you are now.
Remember that your brain is a visualization machine, and it does visualize for you anyway, if you don’t decide what you want it to visualize.
Become a kid again, and play pretend. Don’t judge yourself. You don’t have to tell your visualizations to anyone. I just tell mine most secret ones to my cat. Just decide what you truly want and start seeing it.
To help your visualization you can use lists, notes, physical or digital vision boards, etc. But whatever you decide to use, remember to see it in your mind’s eyes and feel the emotions as if you were there.
Watch the video below and see how his steps work. The guy is selling his product at the end of the video, but his free tips are great.
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