The Law of Attraction
SEEING IS BELIEVING:
THE POWER OF VISUALIZATION
“In order to use creative visualization
to create what you want in life, you must be willing and able
to accept the best that life has to offer you--your ‘good’.”
is easy to use. Like all the other tools of creation, we use visualization
every day to create our experience of reality. Daydreaming, fantasizing,
mental rehearsals, and imagination are all examples of visualization.
We have all daydreamed about an upcoming vacation or a visit with
a favorite friend. Many of us have fantasized about winning the
lottery or getting a better job.
Unfortunately, due to lack of knowledge about
the power of our images, we also often use visualization to create
experiences we do not want in our lives. We mentally rehearse
our greatest fears over and over in our minds.
Have you ever imagined how you would
respond if you were robbed or attacked, mentally rehearsed an
imagined argument with your co-worker, had a daydream about the
death of a loved one, or imagined the worst possible outcome to
a situation you were experiencing?
If you answered yes to any of the above
questions, you are using the powerful force of mental imagery
to create things you do not desire in your life. Although humanity
has always used some form of mental imagery, it has only been
in the last few years that the power of visualization techniques
have been taught widely in our society.
Businesses train their employees to use
visualization to improve performance
and production. Coaches use visualization with athletes because
research has shown that mental rehearsal is an effective way to
increase athletic performance. Students use visualization to improve
test scores while therapists use imagery to enhance relaxation skills.
Dieters are taught to image a thin and
beautiful body. Medical scientists have watched the power of mental
imagery increase the immune system as well as lower a person’s
blood pressure and heart rate; therefore, medical professionals
often teach patients visualization techniques to
assist in their healing process.
Visualization techniques can be applied
to many areas of your life, and if you will use them to consciously
create what you want to experience, these techniques will assist
you in soaring above the crisis.
The two components of an effective
positive visualization technique are a clear image of what you
want to create combined with a strong positive emotion. Mental
images do not always come in the form of a picture. Some people
use words, thoughts, or sensations to create a mental image.
You can determine what components you
use to create mental images by observing your daydreams or fantasies.
Do you see clear pictures, or do your daydreams consist of blurred
images with clear thoughts?
The first step in doing a positive visualization
is determining what you want to create in your life. If you do
not know specifically what it is you want to manifest in your
life, you can create with “broad brushstrokes.”
Broad brushstrokes define the general
events in your life while omitting the specific details. For instance,
you may not know the particular person you would like to have
as a life partner, so you visualize yourself in a relationship
that is harmonious, joyful, and romantic. You imagine yourself
and your future partner sharing a fun and fulfilling life. You
generate the feelings of love and joy as you create these images
in your mind. Once you have created the broad brushstrokes, you
patiently wait as the God force fills in the details of the picture
you have created.
If you are certain of the specific details
you want to manifest, you can clearly imagine these events in
your minds eye. There is nothing wrong with creating something
specific; however, manifestation often comes more quickly if you
leave the details of your creation to your Higher Self.
If you need a new car, you can trust
that God will bring you the very best car possible. Visualize
yourself driving a beautiful car without seeing a particular model
or color; then wait for God to surprise you with something better
than you could have imagined.
Visualization is a powerful tool of consciousness.
Combine visualization with prayer, faith, or love to assist you
in soaring above any crisis that may come your way.
Marty Varnadoe Dow, LCSW
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