Guided visualization is perhaps the most powerful form available. In this method, you act as the captain of your visionary ship, guiding yourself through the images you conceive as though they were actually happening. When using guided visualization, it is especially important to set your timer, as it is easy to become caught up in your visualized reality.
To perform guided visualization, you need to do a bit of preparation beforehand. Choose a setting or scene in which you feel comfortable and affix the setting firmly in your mind: a sandy beach, a deep forest, or even an open-air mall (if you feel better away from nature and would have a tendency to visualize lots of bugs).
Guided visualization is best for working on your own emotions and behaviours. Decide before you begin the way you want to visualize yourself, whether it is being more confident, creating the perfect body or simply feeling relaxed and at ease. Tell yourself that the place you’re going will give you the power to achieve these feelings, emotions or characteristics. When you begin your visualization after your preparation phase, don’t imagine watching yourself perform the desired actions. Instead, try to feel as though you are actually doing them: as if you have suddenly achieved your perfect body size, or gained a hefty dose of confidence. You might even want to imagine yourself flying! (Just be sure you don’t try to translate your newfound powers of flight into real life experience, unless it’s boarding a plane).
You can also perform guided visualization with the assistance of an audio program or themed music. (You can email me for a copy of my Audio Program that is perfect for this process) You might want to try guided meditation tapes the first few times, and then gradually move away from them until you can perform this method on your own. After all, it is your imagination that you are trying to reprogram, and you should fill it with your own thoughts, feelings and emotions in order to reach your personal objectives.
Another form of visualization is receptive visualization. This differs from guided visualization in that you are watching yourself in a disassociated way rather than doing something. Receptive visualization is a good technique for working on your interactions with other people. For example, if you want to ask someone out on a date, you may visualize yourself doing so flawlessly and convincingly, and then visualize your target agreeing.
Performing receptive visualization is almost like watching a movie in your mind, with you as the director. The beauty of receptive visualization is that when things start to go in a different direction from the way you want them, a simple thought can change everything. You are in complete control, and the more completely and often you visualize a situation, the more likely it will be to happen just the way you pictured it.
After you’ve practiced receptive visualization, you can use it just about anywhere, in any situation. For example, imagine you go to the bank to make a withdrawal, but when you reach the teller you discover there is a problem with your account and you have to speak with a bank manager. While you’re waiting, you can visualize your conversation with the manager and mentally resolve the matter in your favour. Then, when you actually do speak to the manager, you will be ready to face the situation calmly and with confidence. More often than not, things will proceed quite similarly to your vision.
Receptive visualization is the most useful method of visualization for everyday events. Because it is versatile and adaptable, you can use receptive visualization to resolve nearly any problem. You will be able to move through each day with a sense of confidence that everything will turn out just as you want it to, and because of your projected confidence, other people will respond to you in a pleasant manner. Practicing your receptive visualization skills can ease the stresses of daily life, which in turn improves your entire situation.
Beautiful visions can lead to beautiful things.
Altered memory visualization
The final visualization technique we will discuss is altered memory visualization. This form is especially useful in resolving past conflicts and calming anger. In altered memory visualization, you can either “be” the image looking through your own eyes, or watch yourself from above, whichever you are most comfortable with. The main objective of altered memory visualization is to envision an actual memory and alter the outcome in your mind to reach a better, more satisfying resolution.
You can use altered memory visualization for small issues such as being cut off in traffic, or larger areas like past tragedy or trauma. Again, it is important to use a timer for this method, particularly when working with major traumas. It is too easy to become so immersed in your memories that you cannot shake them. This is were watching yourself from above as high above the situation as you like can reduce the feelings of the moment.
Whether you choose to watch or participate, begin remembering the event you want to change the way it actually occurred. Try to recall all the sights, sounds and smells just as they were. When you reach an unpleasant point in your memory, you can rise above the moment in your imagination and direct yourself to react differently from the way you did- or direct the other person to do something different. With practice, you will be able to quickly shift your mental images to a more positive chain of events, and the feelings you formerly associated with your memories will lessen in their effect on you. Using altered memory visualization is a powerful tool for forgiveness, whether you direct it toward yourself or someone else.
By employing visualization techniques and practicing frequently, you will heighten and augment your positive thinking foundation. Envisioning your desires and discovering the positive learning’s is the first step to achieving them. You can accomplish anything you believe you can, and visualization will help you realize your goals faster and with less effort.
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