Imagine yourself in a dark room. You’re sitting comfortably and then, a large movie screen in front of you lights up. You watch the movie, enjoy the story and explore how it feels. You also notice how some details seem to “stand out”. When the movie ends, you’re left with impressions. Maybe, you might even dream about it later on.
Now, think about day dreams. Snapshots, ideas, images and conversations flash through your sleepy and relaxed mind and you notice something that makes you smile, laugh or touches on something that rekindles an old memory.
Both of these are gateways to learning how to visualize, to focus and empower yourself to create a desired state or outcome. Rather than sitting back and witnessing a movie like an observer, visualization puts you in the driver’s seat as a creator of that “day dream” and movie inside your own mind. This takes practise and self-mastery.
There are many ways to learn how to visualize but the most common is to begin by relaxing the body and mind just as if you were meditating. Once you are relaxed in the darkness of your own mind, you can focus on seeing in your mind’s eye, an image. You flood or illuminate that image with your own inner light. This inner light is the mental projector screen that will run your inner movie so to speak and energetically connect the body with a sense of being there. By combining meditation and visualization practises together, you are in a more receptive state to see and realize a “shift”. You are the director of your own movie, unless you opt for a generalized tour by someone else.
In the beginning you might wonder about fleeting images, images that aren’t very clear or worry that outcomes are vanishing because you aren’t able to focus. Just keep going and over time your focus will sharpen. Just ten minutes a day produced excellent results for me.
Here are five basic steps:
Find a comfortable place to sit or lay down. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Pay attention to your breath moving in and out of your body. This is a basic approach to meditation. Others might recommend counting as you breathe in or out or allowing thoughts to float in and out of your mind. Sounds of a bell, chimes or nature [ rain, running streams] can allow you to sink into a more relaxed state. More important, the objective is to relax and yet, be present and not fall asleep.
2. Clear out mental clutter
As you begin to relax you will notice thoughts will come up. Some thoughts might implore you to get up and check your phone or do something. Just watch these thoughts and let them go. Notice how they are trying to distract you from your meditation/visualization session. Let negative thoughts go and release your limits. Notice how your body is becoming more relaxed.
3. Clear your energy.
We are energetic beings that pick up a lot of energy from people and EMF’s during the day. To begin with a cleaner slate, use this method to clear your energy field. Imagine a waterfall of light over your head. Let the light wash through you, removing any blockages such as anger, frustration, worry, fear; lighting up and energizing all cells in your body with radiant health.
**As sci-fi as it may sound, visualizing light sweeping through every cell in your body is quite effective. As you become more sensitive to your own energy, this will become a welcomed practise to remove energies that don’t belong to you.
4. Imagine your desired state.
See the end result of what you wish to create as if it has already happened. For example, set an intention that you wish to improve your running time or hike farther. See yourself astonished looking at the distance log on your phone or see yourself at the top of a mountain peak. Imagine how strong and vital you feel, how your muscles move and the weather. Experience it as if you were already there. Imagine yourself as if your desired state has already been achieved.
5. Hold the vision for a moment before you open your eyes.
Hold a vision for your achievement as long as you wish before opening your eyes. It doesn’t matter whether you can hold that idea for longer or not. It matters more if you can experience the feeling as if it were already achieved.
Visualization can be very effective before you go to sleep at night because it allows the subconscious mind to go to work while you sleep to heal or shift you towards your goal. But it can work just as well anytime of the day that you are relaxed and set an intention to visualize [create] and focus on an desired outcome. Just a few minutes a day can have a profound effect.
“An awakened imagination works with a purpose. It creates and conserves the desirable, and transforms and destroys the undesirable.”