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From Imagination to Reality: Using Visualization for Success
Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things you can’t see.
Successful people use the power of visualization; their motto is visualize and materialize — from imagination to reality. Even our friend Albert Einstein says:
Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.
Creative visualization is a mental technique that uses the imagination to make your goals and dreams come to life. You can improve your life and attract to you success, health and prosperity. It is a power that can:
- transform your habitat
- improve your lifestyle
- create events to take shape
- attract money and possessions
- bring you an abundance of work
- connect you to the right people
- invite love into your life
- increase health and happiness.
Creative visualization uses the power of the mind, which is the potential behind every success.
The Power of Visualization
Have you ever experienced daydreaming, where you just let your mind escape from the task at hand? Most of the time you daydream about what could be. Well, this is similar to visualization –the only difference is that daydreaming just happens; it is you allowing your unconscious mind to do whatever it want. Visualization is more of a conscious action, with structure and intention. The secret to a successful visualization is to fuel your image with all your five senses to make your image come to life, where you are fully entrenched in your feelings. Visualization plays a crucial role in most of the processes that you can use to influence and reprogram the way your unconscious mind thinks because its primary language is images.
Research shows that thoughts produce the same mental instructions as actions; mental images impact many processes in your brain, such as attention, perception, planning and memory. In other words, the brain sees no difference between the thought of an action and a real action. When you perform an action, some specific neural pathways are being stimulated and specific chemicals are being produced. The same physiological changes happen when you visualize yourself performing that action.
Mind and Body Connection
The mind and body connection is the link between thoughts and behaviors that allows you to use visualization to improve every aspect of your life. That’s why visualization is so important in practicing manifestation, where you can create whatever you dream about in your mind.
With practice, you can achieve what your mind can conceive.
If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought again. You may not consciously have taken this on, but your unconscious mind is awake 24/7 and is always eavesdropping on your internal dialogue.
Deepak Chopra talks about the mind and the body in parallel universes. Anything that happens in the mental universe must leave tracks in the physical one. The cells in your body react to everything your mind says; your immune system will be brought down if negative thoughts take over your introspection.
Begin With the End in Mind
Stephen Covey talks about beginning with the end in mind to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you are going so that you better understand where you are now and so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.
Successful visualization is to have the end in mind; you should visualize the end goal and not the process. The end goal should be pictured in as many details as possible, including all the senses:
- What am I seeing?
- What am I hearing?
- What am I feeling?
- What can I smell?
- What can I taste?
The stronger the feelings, or the sensation of your visualization – the stronger your belief.
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat…
Your unconscious mind will accept the thoughts that you repeatedly practice, and over time it will accept them changing your mindset accordingly. This is how you create new habits or transform old habits and actions. Allow yourself to repeat 21 days consecutively, without missing one day!
This creates new neural pathways, new circuits in your brain and brings you into contact with new people, situations and circumstances. Thoughts are enriched with a creative power that designs your life and attracts to you what you think about.
This doesn’t mean that all your thoughts will come to fruition, only the ones that are fueled with emotion, the thoughts that are focused, well defined and repeated. By changing your thoughts and mental images, you change your reality and reshape your world.
Associate with Your Image
When you constantly focus on an image in your mind, every cell in your body is involved in that image. You vibrate and resonate with everything that is in harmony with that frequency, both on a physical and non-physical level. This frequency moves you towards the image; it moves everything that is needed towards you, for the creation of the desired image.
Visualization is simple — take five minutes out of your day to manifest. Close your eyes and imagine exactly what you would be looking at if the dream you have were already realized. Imagine being inside of yourself, looking out through your eyes at the ideal result. Remember to make your image come to life, use all your senses and be vivid with your colors and exactly what you want to be as part of your picture.
If you make this part of your daily routine, you will be amazed at how much improvement you will see in your life. Visualization is also a great way to identify what is going on in your unconscious mind – your outside world is a mirror image of the inside and hidden mental world.
Have fun with your visualization, let your creative juices flow and work with your conscious mind to create the magic in your life – seeing is believing.
"Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it’” – Roald Dahl
Originally posted on CatherinePlano.com.
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