Many manifesting and Law Of Attraction (LOA) techniques call for the use of visualisation.
I can’t tell you how many times someone has told me that they can’t visualise. My usual response is to ask them two questions…
- What colour is your front door? To which they will give me an answer, and…
- What would it look like with a sparkly blue Xmas wreath on it? Which again they will give an answer to.
At that point I will say “So you’ve just done visualisation and creative visualisation.”
Easy. That’s it!
They may still be sceptical for a while but it really is as simple as that. What’s really going on is that (and this IS a generalisation because there are a very few people who actually very rarely use the visual system) the pictures/images in their mind are flashing by so fast that they don’t notice. But with a little discussion even the most sceptical person has to eventually admit that the only way they can answer both those questions is to have a reference image in their mind to refer to and adjust. And the funny thing is that they will often on realising this truth say things like “Oh, I see what you mean” ”I get the picture, that’s clearer now thanks.” Lol; so they even use visual words to describe their new understanding of not being good at visualising. As for sustaining visuals to get more out of them feeling wise; one way to do that is to map across into other sensory systems and add movement. I will address this idea later.
Why visualising doesn’t work:
Much has been written about visualisation. And a lot of it just plain misleading. The real role of visualising is not to get the details just perfect so that what you want will turn up like magic looking just as you imagined it would. To even try to do so will likely cause you to feel frustrated and eventually give up. Either of those two results of course will get you less than nothing. Giving up leads to one more example of how crap you are at doing ‘techniques’; and feeling frustrated (even if you keep at it with determination) will do more harm than good because you are holding yourself in the very state and vibration that got you to want to try visualising in the first place.
Visualisation, or mental rehearsal as we will get to in a moment, is for the purpose of getting you into the state of mind necessary to be a match in mental experience and vibration (see ‘Does the law of attraction work‘) that the reality itself would be like if you were actually there. This one understanding will do more for your success in using the LOA than any other.
Now there is some truth to getting a close approximation to your goal in your imagination as a template as practice for when it actually happens but you can never know all the details until you get there. Sometimes miraculous things do happen and you get almost exactly what you imagined. More often though, and if you really analyse the two, you will find that there are differences that actually make the manifestation of your visualisation better than you imagined it! Of far more importance than the exactness of your practice is to have a practised state of mind that will show up regardless of the details of the external event.
In Law Of Attraction terms; you will always attract something.
How you feel when you attract a situation is just as important as how you feel before you attract it. Many people forget this and think that if something other than what they wanted turns up that they have failed and therefore have learnt little more than how to plan to be disappointed.
Proof of change is not just that your external environment and the results that you’re getting have changed; proof of change is that you respond differently to the same external environment and results. Often there is a lag time before you see the change externally.
So the first thing you need to do is relax about the details and just feel good about what you are visualising/imagining.
There are two distinctions that I will make here though that will revolutionise your results with visualising if you adopt them.
It’s about more than visualising:
The first thing to know here is that visualising by itself is actually quite ineffective.
Glad you asked.
With any mental technique we practice that involves ‘tricking’ the brain into believing something is real; the key is to make it as real as possible right!? I mean that just makes sense. So in the real world what do we experience? Just pictures/visuals? No. With respect to people whom have limited senses the majority of us experience reality in 5 or 6 senses; Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic (feeling), Gustatory (taste) and Olfactory (smell) to state the main 5.
So this is where mental rehearsal becomes a more appropriate term to use for imagining a future reality. So you don’t just see what you want, you hear it, feel it and even taste and smell it. This is what makes an experience real. And science has shown that the brain cannot tell the difference between what is vividly imagined to be real and what actually is. So that’s key number one. By all means if you find it easy to visualise then start with that and then add in sound and feeling. Taste and smell can be added to but are less common drivers of experience. By driver I mean sensory system that leads most peoples thought patterns.
I will give you some pointers on how to do this toward the end of this article because if you’re used to primarily being aware of a certain sense then a little practice will bring the others into play. PLAY! See that? This is play time stuff. Relax; you can’t get your own way of doing something wrong. Because it’s your way. Pay less attention to step 1, 2, 3 of techniques and processes and more attention to the intention behind them!
Mental rehearsal and introducing other senses and movement:
Leaving behind then, the idea of visualisation in it’s most misunderstood form; we come to the idea of mental rehearsal. This is where All the senses (or in the least the three main ones of Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic) are brought into play with movement and variety. Much like real life. Mental rehearsal is where the idea of the Law Of Attraction really starts working for you. Although as you learnt in ‘does the Law Of Attraction work‘; it’s not really a case of getting anything to work so much as getting it to work in your favour.
Most people have one sense that is dominant. If you find it hard to visualise; or stated more correctly, you have not yet practised it enough; then think about how you usually remember an event. Do you hear the sounds or voices that were there at the time? Do you feel what it was like to be there? Start with whatever sensation is most prevalent for you when you imagine something happening and then add in what must be there in the other senses to match with it.
For example; lets say I can see my hand on the handle bar of a Harley Davidson motorbike. Next I see my hand twist the throttle while imagining what the sound must be like when I do that. I practice that a few times seeing the twist and hearing the roar of the engine at the same time. Now I imagine what the pressure of my hand on the rubber grip must feel like as I twist against the throttle resistance and hear the roar of the engine. And the feel of the vibration through the seat as well. I can then add in the smell of the exhaust if I like.
Get the idea?
By ‘mapping’ across like this from one sense to another I build a full experience of the event while also training myself to be better at using other senses in my imagination. And the addition of movement (making a movie clip rather than a snapshot) creates drama that makes the whole experience more exciting. Within a short period of time you’ll be imagining hurtling down a country road with the wind on your face, leaning into the corners, and hearing the loud roar as you drop down a gear and accelerate down the straights.
One last piece to this mental rehearsal idea before I share a distinction that will revolutionise your results.
There are two main ways to train your brain to accept the subjects used with mental rehearsal.
You can either make the training contextual; or you can make it generalise to all area’s of you life.
Simply put; if say you are wanting to be better at tennis (a single context) then you imagine your new self in various tennis games with various players in various locations and times.
So in other words, you want to vary the examples while maintaining the context of tennis to be the same.
Variety in your imagination creates a through time experience in the brain rather than a one time ‘gee I wish I could repeat that’ singularity.
On the other hand if you want, for example, to be more confident in yourself (esteem yourself; self esteem) then you would vary the contexts as well. So imagining feeling good about who you are with different people, different times, places, events, tasks and even ages through time.
Keep it fun and you will gain momentum that takes you on mental journeys that leave you feeling truly excited. Which is as I started by saying, the true goal of imagining anything. Basically speaking; if you train yourself to be in a positive state when you arrive at any future experience, you will respond in the best way possible and get the best result possible regardless of the external reality.
Now for the turbo boost feature.
You have to try this, it’s really cool… Part two – visualisation & the LOA