“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand, imagination points to all we might yet discover and create” – Albert Einstein
Imagination is one of the greatest use of your mind.
If you can see it in your mind, you can accomplish it.
You may hear many a times that you need to visualize to succeed.
But what does that really mean?
If you look at most personal development or spiritual articles, they will tell you that you just need to visualize.
That is like telling someone how to be confident by “just be confident in yourself.”
Believe it or not, visualization may not come easy to some of us.
What are you supposed to see? How are you supposed to see it?
How do you know that you are visualizing adequately?
This is the guide on how to visualize effectively so that you can maximize the power of your mind.
How to Visualize Effectively
First, we must answer how to visualize.
Then once we know the basics, we enhance our visualization skill.
The more you practice visualizing, the clearer your image becomes.
Each and every person is able to visualize.
Simply, visualization is forming an image inside your mind.
Like your eyes, you can also see while your eyes are closed.
You are not only limited to the two physical eyes, you are a third one.
The third eye is your mind’s eye or the eye which you see with your mind.
If you can close your eyes and see an image of an orange, you are visualizing with the mind’s eye.
This image is the seed which all other mental works follows.
It’s the way you let your subconscious mind to know what you want to happen.
Let’s say you are trying to explain to a friend what the Mona Lisa painting is.
No matter how you describe it, your friend doesn’t get it.
Then you show him the painting and your friend can see what you mean.
This friend is your subconscious mind.
And visualization is the language which you speak to your subconscious mind.
These exercises are done on a gradual scale.
This means that once you have mastered exercise 1, you move onto exercise 2 and you don’t need to repeat the first exercise.
Visualization Exercise 1
Be relaxed as possible.
Look behind you for a second and then look back.
Close your eyes.
What you see in your mind should be the image of the thing you looked behind you.
This is because the afterimage stays a second longer in your mind until it slowly disappears.
What did you see?
And how clear can you visualize it in your mind’s eye?
At first, you may not remember all that much of what you saw.
Do it a second time to fill in the blanks of your image until it becomes clear.
You want to see as much detail as possible.
Repeat this exercise for 2 more times with different images.
Visualization Exercise 2
Remember those images you had in the first exercise?
Close your eyes.
Re-create the picture in your mind without any other influence.
How vivid is the picture?
If at any time you lost the image, recreate it again.
If you can create an image inside your mind, you are close to making it a reality.
At this point, you may wonder why it is necessary to be as clear and detailed in your image as possible.
It is because the more detail, the better your subconscious can give you what you want.
Now you want your friend to get you something to drink.
Because the command is vague, he may get you a soft drink or milk instead.
You didn’t specify which drink you wanted.
And so your friend can’t give you exactly what you need.
This friend, of course, is your subconscious mind.
If your image is unclear, it may give you something related to it but not exactly what you wanted.
Therefore, to maximize your chances in creating the change you want, be clear in your visualization.
Visualization Exercise 3
Close your eyes.
Picture in your mind a 3-dimensional ball (any dull object works too).
Move it around in your mind.
Let your mind be a square on a dark screen.
You can move this 3D ball from left to right. Then top to bottom.
Once you have done, make this 3D ball huge and then make it tiny.
Turn it around so that you can see the spherical shape of the 3D ball.
Lastly, put this 3D ball into animation. Allow it roll, bounce, or float.
When you have done this, you will have known how to manipulate the movements of your visualization.
Visualization Exercise 4
Close your eyes and relax.
Visualize the 3D ball in the center of your mental screen.
Make this 3D ball the color of your choice (green, red, blue, pink, etc.)
Go through exercise 3 but with the changed color.
The advanced visualization’s purpose is to turn a mental concept into an experience.
Your friend is a dating matchmaker.
How do you tell her the type of love you are looking for?
No matter how much qualities you list or mental concepts you wanted in a relationship, your friend won’t get it.
Until she has experienced exactly how you felt.
Your friend, the subconscious mind, can see what you want and feel what you want.
This translates to a greater chance of getting what you desire.
While your visualization is the “What”, your emotion is the “How”.
If you visualize yourself in a car but you are feeling sad, then you are telling your subconscious mind you want to drive in a car that makes you sad.
So if you want happiness, you must embody that happiness within your visualization.
Emotion is energy. The more intensity the emotion, the greater the energy.
Visualization Exercise 5
Here you will have your 3D ball once more in the center of your mental screen.
You are going to make a happiness ball.
Once you form your 3D ball, image this ball in the palm of your hands.
Now feel joy and happiness.
If you can’t feel any emotions, remember a time you were full of joy and happiness and you will find that you begin to feel happy too.
Then intensify this feeling of happiness while you hold that 3D ball in your hands.
When you feel happiness at the same time with your 3D ball, you associate 3D ball with happiness.
This becomes your “Happiness ball”.
Let go of this happiness ball into the universe.
You will find that you no longer feel the sensation of joy because it has left your body.
Now you want to do the same and create a sadness ball and a relaxed ball.
Visualization Exercise 7
Your visualization is like a camera.
You can visualize from multiple perspectives.
Imagine yourself standing on a place you have visited before.
First, see it from your own perspective, like you are looking from your two physical eyes.
How does that feel?
You will find yourself feeling involved and part of the visualization itself.
Now, see it from a dissociative perspective.
Imagine yourself from someone else’s eyes or float above your body and see your body.
How different does this feel?
You will generally notice that you can see yourself but in an objective and cold sense.
Problems in Visualization
You may encounter some problems when visualizing.
Your visualization disappears as quickly as you formed them.
This is likely because you are new to visualization.
So continue to practice and bring the image back if you lost it.
This is when the picture in your mind keeps looping the same animation even though you want it to stop.
For example, your 3D ball keeps bouncing up and down and you can’t control it.
It is an infinite loop. Each time you bring it back, it bounces again.
Though the cause behind this is unknown, it will stop if you take a break and try at a later time.
Similar to the image loop, the distortion creates an altered image of your visualization.
For example, your 3D ball becomes stretched and then turns into a pizza, which leads into a dragon, etc.
The distortions gives you a clue of how much monkey chattering is in your thoughts.
Meditation will allow you to focus and shorten the chattering thoughts, lessening the chances for distortion.
Sometimes you can’t visualize effectively because you are distracted.
In this case, find a calm and undisturbed place.
Relax yourself into a comfortable position.
You can sit, lotus posture, or lie down.
The set up to visualizing is as important as the visualization itself.
Visualization forms the image automatically.
There should be no intellectual process involved.
If you are the type of person who uses logic or reason on a daily basis, this may affect your visualization.
In the middle of your visualization, you may forget a part of your background and you find yourself logically dissecting what the missing piece is.
For example, I saw the kitchen with knives, dishes, sink, and microwave. But there is something else, what was it? It must be the fridge because we installed a new one a week ago or maybe the oranges go first.
Do Not Do This.
Instead, let your mind find the images by itself.
If you forget, open your eyes and look for it.
You Now Know How to Visualize!
That’s it. You can now visualize effectively.
If you would put all the exercises together, the final outcome is a powerful visualization skill.
- See in your minds eye your goal
- Make it as clear as possible
- Add emotions into the mix
And don’t forget to visualize yourself either in first person or third person.
First person always mean “involved” while third person is “not involved”.
It helps to also visualize the reactions of others inside the visualization.
Don’t worry if you fail a couple of times or you are not as vivid as you would like.
The greatest part of visualization is the quiet confidence inside you, that you know it will happen sooner or later.