Few people become eminent men and women, but most people find themselves
admiring other people of the past or present for the qualities they represent. To utilize
the vast storehouse of moral opinion and knowledge in your subconscious, the
invisible counselor visualization is a powerful one. Think of 2 or more people that
you admire or respect because of certain attributes they possess and write their names
down. Now just before going to sleep at night, imagine these people sitting at a
council table with you for the purpose of solving your problems for you. Visualize an
appropriate personality for each one and direct your problem to the council table for
suggestions and a possible solution. Do this nightly and you'll be astounded at the
individual mannerisms and characteristics each imaginary person will adopt in relating
This is just another method of drawing on your own inner reserve for assistance in
problematic situations. Dale Carnegie credited many of his successful decisions to a
similar technique where he imagined certain of the world's greatest minds sitting at a
meeting of his own personal board of directors. Every time he had a problem, he
would imagine going to his board of directors to seek the advice of those great minds.
The answers he got from them proved quite valuable to him.
A good variation of this technique is to visualize a constant companion or guide
that is always with you throughout the day -- sitting alongside you in the car, chatting
with you at the dinner table, walking with you on the beach, giving you love and
positive encouragement, etc. For Christians, Jesus Christ is an excellent companion
for a troubled person. With others, a different personage can be visualized. Carl
Jung had an imaginary old sage named Philemon who often gave him strong insight
into the problem areas of his life. In fact, much of the "channeling" of today is
simply the creation of internal personality assists to guide people along. Whether you
read the Bible or ancient philosophical treatises, they all steer you toward the axiom:
"The answers lie within you."
Another variation is to fantasize new or problematic situations being properly
handled by a visualized character model. By picturing somebody you respect dealing
with your problems or situational circumstances ahead of time, you can more
effectively see how to put yourself in such situations. In this way, you can get
around any self-imposed limitations that are blocking your progress.