Friday, December 16, 2011

Visualization - A Secret Technique to Improve Your Life!

Creative CommonsImage by ocean.flynn via FlickrBy Jim Ingham

Imagine being able to use your thoughts to bring joy and passion to your life. Everyone can do it. All you need to know is a simple secret method that can help you achieve success and profoundly change your life.

The secret method is creative visualization. Creative visualization, simply put, is a mental practice in which we use our thoughts to visualize things. By visualizing something such as a new car, home or job, we start the process of making those visualizations a reality.

By the same token, have you ever noticed that you've feared something so much that it inevitably came true? When we visualize a negative outcome, we are also putting negative thoughts into the Universe, and unfortunately bringing the negative reactions right back to us.

Visualization is a powerful tool that anyone can use in order to effectively improve their life, attract prosperity, and fulfill dreams. You've probably used visualization techniques a few times in your life without even being aware of it. If you've ever pictured yourself on a dream vacation or behind the wheel of a new car, you have visualized what you want. Yet, you probably wonder why your visualizations have not manifested yet, or how merely visualizing something produces results.

If your thoughts and feelings are powerful enough, they will enter into your subconscious mind. Once thoughts enter your subconscious, your actions, habits, mindset and outlook will change. Thoughts create and shape the lives we lead. Thoughts lead to imagery and imagery leads to visualization. Imagery is one of the most basic yet fundamental mental processes that we have. Learning how to use imagery in a positive way is the first step in understanding visualization concepts and techniques.

In order to turn on the power of manifesting our thoughts, we must first learn exactly how conscious creative visualization works. As stated before, many of you have already used creative visualization on a subconscious level while imagining and visualizing something that you desire. Visualizing on a creative and conscious level however, is the key to having your visualizations come true.

To begin with, you must already know what it is that you truly desire. If your thought patterns are skewed, then the process becomes hindered. For example, do you really want a new home, or are you perfectly content in your current home? When you mix these two thoughts together, the signals become scattered. Be certain that you know exactly what you want.
  • Know exactly what you are going to visualize!
Once you have your desire in mind, it's time to incorporate creative visual techniques into your daily life. There are several ways in which you can practice visualization, but first and foremost, make sure that your mind is clear in order to focus on the images that you create. It's also important to make sure your visualizations are about you. In other words, make sure that your images and thoughts are in a first person point of view and not about someone else.
  • Clear your mind!
  • Visualize in the 1st person point of view.
Start each visualization session with a positive affirmation. A positive affirmation is simply you telling yourself something positive. This technique will help to change your negative thoughts in a relatively short amount of time. According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, a brain researcher of over 20 years, the majority of illnesses we suffer are in direct correlation with our thoughts. On the other hand, our thoughts also heal us, and make us more powerful. Daily affirmations reinforce the positives and ignore the negatives.

Again, you must already believe what you want will manifest. Having doubts that you will ever achieve your goals will only obstruct the process. Even though you have yet to see anything materialize, you should act and think as if it is already there. This is an important step to remember, and should be repeated until you are confident that you will get what you want.

After you've cleared your mind, turn your focus to your desires. Create that image in your mind, paying close attention to the specifics. Visualize every positive detail that comes to mind and hold that image in your head. Keep in mind that we are all different, and we all have different sensory systems. You may not see a picture at first, but instead hear a song or thought that can be used to create mental imagery. Once that image comes to you though, focus on the positive energy that the image brings and a positive outcome.
  • Create an image in your mind with lots of detail.
If you are still having trouble visualizing, try practicing by staring at an object in front of you. Close your eyes and keep that image in your thoughts. Do this several times until you are comfortable enough to imagine the object and see it in your mind without physically looking at it. When are you ready, relax and clear your mind and focus again on your goal.

Another powerful technique in creative visualization that goes hand-hand with staring at an object in front of you is the "black shapes" concept. Start by attaching different shapes such as circles, squares and triangles to a piece of white paper. Make sure that all the shapes are black. You can simply take black construction paper, cut out the shapes, and paste them onto a white sheet of paper. Place the paper directly in front of you and stare at it until you feel that you have a firm image of the shapes. Close your eyes and imagine the shapes in your mind. Repeat this process until you can imagine each shape without looking at the physical images first.

When you see people visualizing and meditating, more often than not you will notice their eyes are closed. However, some individuals actually have more success with open eyes. There are no set rules stating that you must visualize with your eyes closed, so if you perhaps are someone who can think and relax better with open eyes, this technique is a powerful training tool for you.

Look around you. Imagine seeing something on your table or bed or whatever you happen to be near. For example, imagine seeing a stuffed teddy bear on your bed, and imagine picking that bear up and placing it somewhere else. Keep in mind that you need to imagine these things in the first person. Think about how the teddy bear feels, and think about physically picking it up and placing it somewhere.

This technique can be applied in a variety of situations. You can imagine drinking a strong cup of delicious coffee while starting at a coffee pot, taking in the aroma, heat and taste. This sort of visualizing helps you to place things in context in a physical sense while at the same time helping your imagination skills.

Every person has the power within themselves to visualize. Some folks may be able to relax, clear their mind and begin to visualize almost immediately, while others need help along the way. However, once you begin to visualize, you will eventually be able to fill that imagery with the details and specifics of your goals. Don't try to rush visualization techniques. If you feel you are stuck, there is nothing wrong with starting over. Just make sure your mind is clear and your thoughts are positive. This technique can truly change your life!

Proper visualization techniques can create truly great changes in one's life. What benefits can come from exploring this concept? Join the PathAcross Email list for free, or for immediate information, go to http://www.pathacross.com/silva.

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