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Visualization: Your Hidden Superpower (Part 2 of 2) - by Tad Lusk, LPC

Creating Your Reality

“What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.”

Wayne Dyer

Welcome back!

In Part 1, we discussed your mind’s superpower of visualization and how this mental process has a profound effect on how you feel. You also learned a simple & effective visualization technique for relieving stress and experiencing calm. 

Now in Part 2, you’re going to learn another method to harness the power of visualization in order to create your reality.

Consider this: everything that exists in your daily experience, everything you can see, touch or interact with physically started with an idea or a thought. Everything that was built or created had to be imagined first. We won’t go too far down the rabbit hole with this concept, but truly, the ability of the human imagination to conjure and create is staggering.

Similar to what we discussed in Part 1, on the level of emotion, the brain doesn’t seem to differentiate too much between what it's processing as a memory or visualization and what’s happening now. When you visualize it’s almost as if, for all intents and purposes, time ceases to exist.

If you tried the safe place visualization in Part 1, you’ll remember that one component of the exercise is putting yourself in that place in your mind’s eye right now, as though you are actually there. 

Even if you haven’t tried that activity yet, you’ve surely had times when you simply recalled a fond memory and it made you laugh, brought a smile to your face, or conjured a warm feeling of enjoyment. When you “go there” in your mind, it’s as if you’re there, reliving it.

For trauma survivors, this can be an especially difficult aspect of the brain to overcome. When a traumatic memory is triggered through a nightmare, flashback, or other stimulus, the person often experiences the same emotions and physical symptoms (including panic), as if the traumatic event is occurring now (even though they might be perfectly safe in reality). Because the brain is reliving that experience, those symptoms are every bit as real as when the event was happening.

But as you now know, your mind has a tremendous impact on your mood—both negatively AND positively—and it’s all about how you harness it. So what about visualizing a positive or preferred future?

The start of the New Year is one of the most fertile times for people to create goals and aspirations. The visualization technique below will help you create a “day in the life” of your preferred future in clarity and detail. You’ll also be emotionally invested in your vision, which is one of the most important aspects of staying motivated to actually follow through and realize the goal.

Try This…

A Day in Your Ideal Life*

*You can also use this technique to visualize a personal goal or experience you’d like to have.

Choose a quiet time and place where you won’t be interrupted or distracted. Sit or lie in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Bring your awareness to your breathing, allowing it to become slow and deep. Let your body relax a bit more with each exhale. Begin to picture the ideal day you’d like to have in the future, but as a present reality. See what you’re doing, where you are, what’s around you, who you’re with—not as though you’re watching yourself, but seeing it through your own eyes, first-person, in the experience. Live it like it’s happening right now. Picture as much detail as you can, and gradually engage all five of your senses. Observe and savor all the details you see, hear, smell, touch and taste. Feel the pleasant emotions that naturally surface as you enjoy the experience. Connecting your emotions really helps to solidify your vision and make it all the more real (and therefore more likely to become real in your waking life). When you’re ready, you can bring some movement back into your body and slowly open your eyes.

Take as much time as you want with this exercise. A great mood booster and stress reliever, this kind of visualization is also a powerful tool for motivation, goal setting, and creating the life you want.

  • How did it feel to be experiencing your ideal day (or goal) as a present reality while you were visualizing? 
  • What were any challenges that came up during the activity?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Obviously, we just dipped a toe in the water with this topic, and there are so many great resources including books, recordings, and videos on YouTube related to visualization and manifesting goals. If you’re feeling inspired or simply interested in learning more, I highly recommend the book Creative Visualization by Shakti Gawain.

Your mind is powerful, and you are the one in control.

As always, I hope you found this helpful and uplifting. Please feel free to share any comments or questions below, I would love to hear from you!  Please also link and share with anyone you think would benefit.

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