The Secret to Visualization by Renee Emery
Are people around you constantly crushing their goals? They’re always getting great new jobs, starting successful businesses or taking fabulous vacations. Have you ever wondered how you can manifest your goals too?
Visualization and daydreaming are well-kept secrets and powerful tools that can help you manifest anything.
One of my fondest childhood memories was lying beneath the big oak tree in my great-grandmother’s garden in summer and daydreaming for hours. Finding a cool shady spot was not always an easy thing to do in Louisiana, a state in the southernmost region of the US, known for its hot humid temperatures. At three years old, I was an expert daydreamer. I’d close my eyes and travel the world. In one moment, I’d be dancing on a mountaintop, in the next, I was skating across a frozen lake, feeling the cool air hit my face. I could go wherever and be whomever I wanted to be.
Of course, my favorite daydreams were the ones that came true. Like the time I daydreamed about getting the chocolate Easter bunny from the department store downtown or a new bike with pink flowers on the basket. Without much effort, I got both of those things and lots more over the years.
Later in life I was introduced to visualization. I thought I could just think about what I wanted, and soon after, it would show up. As an expert daydreamer, I knew it wouldn’t be a problem for me. But, I was in for a rude awakening when things didn’t work out as easily as they did when I was back in the garden. After a while, I completely wrote off visualization because I couldn’t make it work, and I didn’t come back to it for a very long time.
Over the years I continued to hear about visualization and the power in using it. I wanted to know more, so I started researching. Here’s what I found:
The Difference Between Visualization and Daydreaming
When you daydream, you go into a hypnotic state where images run through your mind. The images are like “mind movies” and they can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, maybe even an hour if you have the time. Daydreams are all about escaping the present moment. They’re like having your own personal Hulu or Netflix inside your brain.
Daydreams can easily take on a life of their own because we rarely try to control them. When you’re bored daydreams can be a welcome distraction. When you’re down, they can lift you up, just like chocolate, shopping or binge-watching. On the flip side, daydreaming can be a gateway to negativity, lowering your vibration by releasing beliefs that don’t serve you and keep you trapped in fear.
Visualization is similar to daydreaming in that it uses your imagination to create images, sounds and feelings in your mind. It too, can take you to another place and allow you to see your world differently. It is intentional, deliberate and one of the oldest and most effective manifestation tools around.
What makes visualization work so well? Some say it’s magic, but not really. Although there is a bit of a mental trick happening on your brain when you visualize. The trick is, your subconscious can’t distinguish between reality and what you’re conjuring up in your mind. Your brain doesn’t know what you’re visualizing isn’t actually happening, so it processes it as if it is, making manifestation more possible.
This may all seem hard to believe, but it’s true and research consistently proves that visualization is rooted in science. For example, studies of stroke victims have shown that when a person with a stroke visualizes moving an immobile limb, blood flows to the affected area as if the tissue was never damaged. During visualization the brain was stimulated as if the action actually occurred.
Visualization is daydreaming with intention. A mental dress rehearsal to help you achieve your goals. The process of visualization is a well-known secret used by the top spiritual gurus, world-class athletes, entertainers, business people and laypeople alike. It’s a tried and true method that has been used throughout time. The coolest thing about it is it’s fast, it’s free and anyone can do it. Best of all the more you practice, the better you become. And here’s the thing, you’re already much better at it than you think.
Prepping for Visualization
Without realizing it, you’ve probably been practicing visualization your entire life. Sometimes you may be successful in achieving a goal, other times, maybe not so much. So, I’m going to share some “secrets” on how you can become an expert at visualization.
Before you start, you must have a specific goal or objective in mind. And the key word here is “specific.” If you don’t know exactly what you want, you’ll never get it. So, the first step is to get clarity around your goal. Let’s say your goal is to be happy and live your best life. You can start by asking yourself some open-ended questions, like the ones below to get a clear picture of what you want:
· What brings me joy?
Think back to your childhood or a time when you were really happy. What did you love to do? What made you feel good?
· If I could have the life of my dreams, what would I do?
Maybe you’d become an artist or start that business you’ve been dreaming of.
· What’s my motivation?
Why do you want to achieve this goal?
· How will I feel when my dreams come true?
Feelings are one of the most important aspects of visualization.
Once you get clear, the second step is to set your intentions. Your intentions help aim your focus. When you move through life without setting them, you often do so without purpose or direction. Your intention has to be in alignment with what you are visualizing.
The third step is to set your goal. Make sure it’s a SMART goal—specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
Four Steps to Visualization
Next comes the fun part where you actually do the visualization. I’ve broken it down to some quick steps to make it easy.
1. Take a few deep breaths and relax.
2. Create a detailed mental picture and focus on the image, bringing it to life. Remember it’s a dress rehearsal in your mind.
3. Use all of your senses to hone in on the details. In your mind, see it, touch it, taste it, smell it. Most importantly, feel it. Feelings are the foundation of manifestation and they help turn your visualization into reality.
4. Hold on to the good feelings of your visualization as you move through your day. Those positive feelings will motivate you to work toward your goal.
You can spend as little or as much time as you like when you visualize. It’s simply a matter of practicing often and using all of your senses. The more you use the technique of visualization, the easier it becomes to manifest your goals. Stay open, be persistent and watch your life change.