Visualisation

The Power of Visualization – your imagination

Your imagination is one of the most powerful gifts you own. You can stretch it, mould it and create it and it really is unlimited.  You can use it for anything you want to bring to fruition. A brilliant thing to remember is, When you visualize, you materialize.

Imagine yourself in any situation that you want to take place. Maybe you want to open a business, attract a new partner or generally just be happier. You may want to visualize yourself being healthy and slim, having a new car or even winning a race.

Visualisation

You can create a vision for your life in less than five minutes.

Imagine that it is five years from now and your life is everything you could ever imagine. You are at the airport and run into an old friend you have not seen in years. You only have a few minutes to catch up before you have to catch your plane. Take 3 minutes and tell your friend about your life.  Use the present tense and describe it as if you are already there.

Imagine that it is five years from now and your life is everything you could ever imagine. You are at the airport and run into an old friend you have not seen in years. You only have a few minutes to catch up before you have to catch your plane. Take 3 minutes and tell your friend about your life.  Use the present tense and describe it as if you are already there.

Go ahead – take 3 minutes and do this simple exercise. You have just seen it…and have already started to achieve it.

Then shut your eyes and sit still for a little while as you let your thoughts become focused. Mentally imagine yourself being in the situation you want, achieving whatever it is. Imagine the gradual steps you will need to take to make this happen. Imagine how you will feel, what you will be wearing, who you will be talking to, who will be with you as your success becomes real. See if you can see any colours associated with it and imagine that colour surrounding the situation or object. Make it as real as possible. Let your imagination stretch and flow too.

Example for those who find this difficult :  You want a new house. Try and create a mental image and imagine sitting at a table, playing in the garden with your kids, walking around the house — even though you do not know this house yet. Read the property pages, visit local Estate Agents — anything to do with moving — but don’t just visualize it, do it.

Visualization is the most effective language in which an athlete can communicate with himself.

Athletes imagine every step they need to take to win. They play the scene over and over in their minds, always culminating in winning. A good example is Tiger Woods, who has always been totally focused. Many sports people believe that is how they too will reach their own success.

You may not be able to create a mental picture at first; don’t worry about it. Many people find it helpful to practice by visualizing something familiar like a special room in your house or your favourite restaurant. Imagine yourself being there, what the place looks like, the smells, the sounds… scan the whole room in your imagination.

Keep doing it…

Make a point of visualizing this every day. Keep doing it. You may like to have a few words to associate with your thoughts. An affirmation of your choosing can help keep your mind focused; saying something over and over again brings it more into reality.

Some people say that visualization and meditation are the same thing; they are not. When you do a meditation you can visualize what you want — but you don’t need to do a meditation to visualize anything. But you do need to do this every day or as often as you can. Remember those words at the beginning: What you visualize you materialize.

Keep focused, visualize the end result that you want, and you may be pleasantly surprised with the end result — as I was.

Now I am going to say something strange…

I have just said that you have to visualize what you want to happen, including all the little details of the end result. But it’s important, also, to let the scene unfold naturally. This can be hard to do, particularly when you want a thing so badly — but you have to detach yourself from the end result and just let it happen

Trust the Universe to take care of it, and know deep down that it will happen. When you try to control everything yourself, sometimes you can miss some unexpected opportunities that are presented to you. Synchronicity will begin to flow so watch, and notice, by each step you take, how things begin to unfold. See how the jigsaw pieces suddenly fall into place

A Vision Board or wish list

A vision board is another highly effective way of living and working towards your dream. Let your imagination run riot here and put on there some of the things you have only dreamt about until now. 

Most people do this by cutting out pictures from a magazine and sticking them on a cork board. Put in images representing all the things you want to achieve or do within the next five years (or just 1 year if you prefer). Don’t make it all financial: include relationships, feelings and some fun. A big house, a new car, flying a plane, learning a new language, seeing a particular show, a special place you want to visit are all examples. You can also put in there how much you want to earn; break it down into a monthly figure if you want to but keep it realistic. You won’t be a millionaire in five years if you earn £20,000 a year now but aim high. (You can include that on the next one five years from now!)

But in some ways, if you put a certain amount on the board you are restricting yourself as you are putting limits on what the Universe may bring! Why not put an ‘open’ amount because who knows where you will be or what you will be doing in 5 years time!

I also like to type or write little things which can’t be explained in a picture and pin them on there. Or you may like just to make a wish list. Put it somewhere you can see it every day. A friend of mine put hers in the bathroom and then had to take it out because all her visitors kept asking questions about it!

When you have achieved something, don’t take it off the board. Tick it or mark it in some way, so that you can look back and be inspired when you do another one in five years time. These really work but you have to keep focused. Add to it if you want as your desires change, or do another board.

Something else you can do is create an imaginary bank account. Add to it daily or weekly but put in there something like £1,000 a day or per week and watch it mount up. Put beside the amount how you earn it and what you spent it on. Weekends away, a special treat, heating bills, going out are all good expenditures! It’s fun but it works if you are sincere, and again you keep your focus.

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