How to Practice Visualization for A Happy Life
“The source and center of all man’s creative power…is his power of making images, or the power of imagination.”
When you read the word ‘visualization’ in the title of this blog, what came to your mind? Are you not quite sure what it really is? Do you think it’s a strange ritual that’s only for people who are a little ‘out there’? Well, I’m excited to show you that it’s neither one of these.
In fact, many very successful and well-known people say that they practice visualization regularly and attribute it as one of the factors in their success.
The thing is – everyone visualizes whether they know it or not. It’s how our minds operate. We basically think in pictures. And, if you aren’t as happy as you could be, the images in your mind are more negative than positive. Even if you are already a happy person and want to get happier – you can begin changing the pictures in your mind to better ones.
Now, I’m sure you know plenty of happy people who do not sit around all day with their eyes closed in the lotus position dreaming up pictures in their heads. I get that. But, here’s the thing – the pictures stored in their subconscious minds are mostly positive already. They might not even be aware of this fact.
They may have been lucky enough to have had a generally stress-free childhood. They may have been lucky enough to have parents that spoke to them and interacted with them in mostly positive ways. They may have had great role models in their lives growing up. All these types of circumstances contribute to having more positive images than negative ones stored in a person’s subconscious mind. It’s their default, so to speak.
But, if you’re like many people, you have more negative images than you’d care to have. This, my friend, is where the practice of visualization can begin to change your life in amazing ways. Because you are never going to change your life by only working on outside circumstances. You have to change from the inside out.
Do you want to know what worry basically is? It’s playing negative images of what you don’t want to happen over and over again in your mind. Think about it for a minute. What are you doing when you’re worrying? You’re picturing worst case scenarios.
And, here’s the thing – our images, whether good or bad, are tied to feelings. Basically, our minds think in pictures and our bodies think in feelings.
So, how do you begin to change your life and become a happier person? You start intentionally creating beautiful pictures and scenes in your mind of yourself being happy.
There are three things you must get right to make visualization really work:
FEELING: You have to include feelings in with your visualizations. The stronger the better! Just think of why worry can be so scary and stressful. It’s because of the awful feelings that are tied to the images. Like I mentioned above – images are the language of the mind and feelings are the language of the body. When you visualize what you want your life to be like, make sure to turn up the volume on your feelings.
REPETITION: You know the old saying, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’? We have over 50,000 thoughts every single day. Think of how many images are stored in our subconscious minds. It’s a numbers game. Keep doing the same visualizations over and over again to start offsetting the negative ones. And make it a daily practice. Even five or ten minutes a few times a day will make a difference.
IN THE NOW: Here’s a fun fact. Our subconscious minds have no sense of time. Everything is in the present. So, when you visualize, imagine that it’s actually happening now. Think this is just silly acting? It’s actually an incredible truth that the great spiritual leaders of the world have told us. Here are two examples:
“What we think, we become.”
“Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.”
They were telling us how powerful our thoughts are! Isn’t it amazing?
So, where do you start with visualizations? First, just begin to become aware of the pictures that flash in your mind during the course of a day. They come so fast and so fleeting, but when you start to pay attention to them, that’s when you can start intentionally changing them around.
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Thanks for reading!