Improving Your Visualization Skills

Your power of imagination or visualization (whether it is visual, auditory, tactile,
gustatory, olfactory or kinesthetic) is closely linked to everything that you experience
in the physical realm. Thought is the crystalline predecessor to reality. The
expression "seeing is believing" is applicable to visualization. To truly see the thing
you want to do, become or accomplish is part of the process of believing it. If you
can't really see it happen in your life, how can you believe it can happen?
Thought and desire normally precede action and accomplishment, but oftentimes,
people say and think about doing one thing, only to NOT follow through with it or
wind up doing something else. Mental confusion often results; truth and fiction get
muddled; and absurd excuses are made for any conflicting behavior that follows.
Researchers at the University of Texas, San Antonio monitored the brain activity
of various subjects as they performed various body motions and also as they
visualized doing those same body movements. They discovered that imagining a
body movement involved the same areas of the brain as doing the actual movement --
with the exception of the motor cortex, which actually directs the muscles that
produce the movement. In other words, mentally visualizing an action ahead of time
gives your brain almost the same neural workout as doing the real thing. Whatever
you want to accomplish as a skill or activity, visualize each step of it first, and this
will prepare you for peak performance as you mentally walk through the successful
strategies and potential pitfalls.
As an exercise to make the connection between thought & action stronger, proceed
through a normal day, and visualize your daily actions a split second before doing
them -- brushing your teeth, unlocking doors, reading, walking or whatever. After
getting good at this, visualize each action simultaneously while DOING the action!
Then finally, visualize your actions a split second after doing them for better recall
later. Practice this exercise often, and it will bring amplitude, conscious control and
clarity to your daily actions and any new skills you are learning.
Many times we subconsciously play in the background of our conscious mind
unfavorable events or emotions that subtly cause us stress or unnecessary anger and
fear throughout our normal day. Continually replaying these thoughts, even on a
subconscious level, can contribute greatly toward our outward manifestations and
daily actions. As an exercise, create a preplanned visualization of positive events and
outcomes to practice in your mind. Then begin to consciously monitor the incidental
thoughts throughout your day. When you catch yourself replaying a negative, inner movie, interject your positive visualization and play it instead. You get good at what
you practice, and you can consciously choose to practice thinking whatever thoughts
you want, whether they are negative or positive.
There is a life energy flowing and ebbing in each one of us, and our immune
system is directly linked to this life energy stream. Your strength does not solely rely
on the size of your muscles. There are many environmental factors that can vitalize or
devitalize your body on subtle levels. With certain people, some factors carry more
weight than others in their effect, hence the variability from individual to individual.
An accumulation of negative influences weakens your immune system, leaving
you more susceptible to disease and overall emotional upset. But there is no need for
you to go through life lacking energy and in a negative, mental slump. By being
cognizant of what environmental factors de-energize you, you can avoid or at least
mentally override such factors when they're recognized.
If you are caught in an environment beset with de-energizing factors (fluorescent
lighting, improper foods, raucous sounds, etc.), just visualize an energizing thought
(picture, sound or feeling) to re-energize & strengthen yourself again. Your real
essence inside your physical body is fully integrated within every one of your
bodily cells, whether they are diseased or healthy. This knowledge gives you
complete dominion over how those cells operate, so that consciously directed health
can always be yours.
If you choose to shield yourself from the debilitating effects of negative input, you
can create a protective word or visual image to act as your anchor to do so. For
instance, you might reiterate to yourself the word, "strong," while stepping into a
visual image of yourself BEING strong. The higher your life energy, the more
protection you will have from negative factors. By raising your own life energy, you
correspondingly help to raise the energy of those around you as well.